rbstehno

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Camp designations
Sound stager 
It was 20 years ago today...
My start date was around 20 years ago. Just looking back on my 1st sales on agon, early 2001 when the listing fee was $2. Bring back the good old days 
How Do You Live The Audiophile Life
1st thing you need to do is bring out GIK or ASC (or someone similar) to your house to treat your room. If you have a terrible sounding room, no amount of money spent on quality gear will overcome a sh$tty sounding room.Go out and listen to friend... 
Tekton Design Moab
MC, I agree with you that this covid19 is a big political hoax, mostly brought on to scare people. As for speakers, I tend to go for speakers with excellent drivers, not your typical off the shelf drivers. Back in the 70’s, I bought into the Heil ... 
Your One Bullet Point Solution; Electrical Upgrade
I have a whole house surge suppressor at the meter put in by the electric company. They maintain it, and provide insurance to every electrical device inside the house. Not only is my audio room protected, but my other audio systems in other rooms,... 
Tweaks that work? (yes very subjective topic)
We all use cones under components or should be and every room should have the basic room treatments.After that, you can raise your cables off the floor, and put some dampers on top of each component. There are many cable elevators out there or you... 
How many NICE looking high end floor standing speaker are there at present
Look at Usher, their Mini dancer 1 or 2’s, BE10, Or be-20 floorstanding speakers. Great looks with great sound quality 
Covering a TV behind your speakers?
You don’t want anything reflective in the middle of your speakers. Glass, tv, table, are the worst but even a high audio rack isn’t good 
10K system
I’m glad you qualified that your system doesn’t have any low end because benchmark products tend to be More cool/analytical sounding which other products can be more neutral or more warm. The op needs to specify what type of sound he prefers: neut... 
How do you share the sweet spot?
There are many speakers that give you a wide soundstage. IMO, a lot of this has to do with speaker placement and room treatments too. You can take a Revel Salon2 and put it in a bad room and you will get bad sound. Similar to what you hear at audi... 
is it possible to make digital audio sound like vintage vinyl
Not all vinyl sounds good! Not all digital sounds good. It depends on a lot of things, namely more $$$ for analog equipment before it starts sounding really good. A good phono preamp is going to cost you thousands, cartridge thousands, tonearm tho... 
In the middle of a pandemic, Stereophile reviews ~ $30K equipment
Go back several years and you’ll see $200k speakers, $100k amps being reviewed every month, nothing has changed because of this virus. All the expensive audio products haven’t disappeared, you can still buy them, just like you can buy $1M cars, $4... 
In the middle of a pandemic, Stereophile reviews ~ $30K equipment
I would rather read about a $30k piece than a $500 piece. Look at the car mags, a new manufacturer is selling his new car creation For $2.5M, only 100 will be built. Every car mag has Porsche’s for $100k to $300k, Ferrari’s and Mclaren’s for hundr... 
Are integrated amps technically better than separates?
Integrated amps are almost always built on compromises. When a name brand comes out with an integrated, reviewers claim the integrated is a combination of this amp and this preamp and possible a dac and phono that currently exist in their separate... 
Daily forum chats
I get 1 email at least daily, sometimes 2 a day, I think those are summaries