safebelayer

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Looking for a ‘’No braine’r Integrated amplifier under 7500 or so
DECWARE ZEN TORII MK IV or DECWARE ZMA:  These are handmade, each one, point to point wiring...no circuit board. 25w or 40w respectively.These are designed from a SET model. If you're into tube rolling, great. If you're not into tube rolling Decwa... 
Amp recommendations
@z32kerberI'm wondering if you took the amp to Pat H? If so, I'd be surprised if he didn't know how to properly assess and repair it. He fixed a Lamm amp for me a couple years ago, as well as working on three tube amps that I had him upgrade. If y... 
VAC Preamplifiers
Check this out:https://m.ebay.com/itm/VTL-TL-7-5-Series-III-Preamplifier/224038789720?ul_ref=https://rover.ebay.com...You'll be hard pressed to find as good a preamp for twice this price. 
VAC Preamplifiers
Are you committed to VAC preamps? I would give a listen to the VTL 6.5 ii. Then go find the phono pre you really want. Just my 2¢. 
Furutech vs Audioquest Power Cables
Great recommendation on the power cable shootout.I'd also like to know what experience you have with different power cords. I'm not a cynic when it comes to the benefits of upgrading. I am wondering if there's a noticeable difference between a $50... 
Looking for an integrated amp around 4000 to 5000.
I would check out the Ayon Spirit III. Read the review...site given below. Very stout tube amp. My experience with Primaluna 400 gear, even their separates, mirrors what many have said here; quality gear but underwhelming.  The BAT gear I've liste... 
Top ten American composers/songwriters
Was Jim Morrison not mentioned? Also, was the OP speaking of all genres or just rock/pop? If all, then maybe top 10 for each of the major genres: jazz, blues, pop, rock, classical...and each of these have distinctive sub groups.   
Separates or Integrated? What makes more sense?
No right answer other than you must go listen to the components. Period. End of story.Today I listened to Primaluna Evo 400 integrated. Very nice. Then I listened to the Evo 400 Preamp with the Evo 400 Amp, major difference in soundstage, black ba... 
The Truth About Power Cords and there "Real" Price to Performance
Vista1868 commented about system quality symmetry with interconnects should equate likewise with power cords. A quality, clear stream of power coming into a component is not the same as a signal stream from that component. In fact, in simple terms... 
Nola contender tweeters - modify?
I have considered that as a possibility yet haven't done anything about it to date. Good suggestion, thank you.  
Audio Technica ART9 sounds awful
It ended up working out just fine.  Great resolution.  Maybe a bit too bottom heavy, but who knows, maybe my speakers (Nola contenders). This will be my final entry.  Thx to you all.  
VAC vs Conrad Johnson Amps?
VAC, inseparable from Kevin Hayes and that's a great thing.  Kevin's passion and expertise brings value beyond what you hear from your speakers.  For instance, Kevin doesn't voice his equipment to anyone one speaker model, brand or type.  He's bee... 
2017 Honest Cabling that doesn’t promote bankruptcy
Clear Day speaker cables. Owner /designer/assembler, Paul Laudati is a very honorable man making high end cables at very affordable prices compared to the big boys. I swapped out Cardas Neutral Reference for the Clear Day. Clearer and more dynam... 
Speaker Cable Suggestions
Buying used is great but there’s no return policy. I agree with the posters who suggest Clear Day, for all of the above reasons...biggest reason , you can demo for free and return them at a nominal cost. There are other cables you can buy and try ... 
thinking of switching from conrad johnson......
VAC Phi 300 or two Phi 200s if you can afford it.  I've listened to the 300 extensively.  Great amp all around.  VTL 6.5...good luck finding a better preamp , particularly with a remote. Plus, Kevin Hayes is great to deal with.