richopp

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Factory Authorized Service
I set a preamp to a "reputable" service provider in Virginia and received it back a many months later with a huge bill and "we could not fix it."Stay away from Music Technology no matter how long they have been in business.  Who charges full price... 
Speakers The single most critical component
Long waste of time and space. Have your dealer set up a pair of Magneplaner’s correctly IN YOUR ROOM, forget all this stuff, and LISTEN. I don’t care what measurements you do, boxes distort and Maggies give you what you feed them.If you don’t like... 
stereo review magazine
HA, ha, ha.  BOSE!  What a joke that was.Gee, I need to see more ads of tall, white guys in Buddy Holley glasses and white lab coats telling me how good bose 901's were.  They were the joke of the industry, remain so, and to this day, simply seein... 
Maggie LRS so ridiculously good
@optimize I could not have stated it better.Look. I don't have my shop any more, so I have no skin in this at all, but what I learned, given that I could lock the door and LISTEN to every speaker of any quality on the market at the time for as lon... 
Are audiophiles crazy?
@edcyn and barts,Thanks guys (or gals!).  Glad to know you enjoyed my little reminiscing.  Those were fun times if difficult in some ways.Also glad to know another C-2 owner.  We have a little club here and drive ours all over and ENJOY them.  I h... 
Maggie LRS so ridiculously good
I keep posting that Magnepan has the most accurate speakers. NOW, YOUR ROOM may not be right for them. I have set up over 75 pair in my time and there are rooms that just do not work with them. However, a good dealer with knowledge can pretty much... 
Are audiophiles crazy?
As a former dealer, we had a few types of customers. The best were basically music lovers--mostly classical and jazz (1970’s-1980’s) who wanted their home system to replicate the concert hall. Fun times as Audio Research, Magnepan, and tons of oth... 
My journey to find a speaker + amp + setup for classical music (piano)
After you listen to ALL those speakers IN YOUR ROOM, go get a pair of smaller Magnepans and wail out your piano.You will be amazed, I am sure.Cheers,Richard 
Horn speakers , high efficiency but not “shouty”
I have posted it before, but will again:Horns belong on top of poles at high school football stadiums, period.I challenge you to A/B your horns with any model of Magnepan speakers and see if you still want the horns.  Listen especially to voices a... 
Speaker Suggestions/Opinions
Take yourself to a Magnepan dealer and LISTEN to them.  THEN, take some home and listen IN YOUR ROOM.  If they do not produce accurate reproduced music based on your source material, do not buy them as they are not for everyone.All boxes, horns, e... 
Audio Research REF 75SE and REF 80S
@ jasonbourne52 Having a bad day, huh?People who are willfully ignorant deserve what they get.  A buyer who does not research something like this and is unhappy after purchase is willfully ignorant.A buyer who does the due diligence and still bu... 
If you had access to a time machine, what concerts would you go back to see?
Beatles, 1966, DC (now JFK) Stadium.Loggins & Messina, Fleetwood Mac, Eagles, 1976(?) Tampa StadiumDick Clark Caravan of Stars, 1964, RaleighRay Charles, June,1963, Dome, VA BeachRolling Stones, July, 1966, Dome, VA BeachLinda Ronstadt, Oct., ... 
Straight out of the box doesn't work.
In my experience as a dealer, IT HAPPENS.  Period.The manufacturer will make it right if you speak to him/her.Sorry for the inconvenience; maybe they will give you a perk or something to make up for their error.  Never hurts to ask, and be polite.... 
Worst Concerts You Have Attended ??
@ rockysantoroI saw that concert at the Jacksonville Auditorium...can't remember the year, but 1966 comes to mind.  Anyway, announcer says there is an "opening act from England" and Hendrix walks out.  Never heard of him, and the audience was par... 
Worst Concerts You Have Attended ??
My almost favorite band--The Eagles--Miami Stadium.  I walked out after the 4th song, which was really the 2nd song.  They started and stopped the first two songs twice.  My guess is that they were so high they could not perform. It was completely...