sandthemall

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Many higher end preamps are dated and ugly, why is this?
I’m an industrial designer and I think Schiit stuff looks very derivative. It’s minimalist but kind of blah...easy on most eyes. I really like Audio Research aesthetics...especially the older stuff. I think McIntosh and Luxman look wonderful...I ... 
Are Tube Buffers for real or even worth it ?
The TFM-35 is an amazing sounding amp. I found one on eBay new in the box. Even today, its top end is astoundingly smooth even by today's standards. I ran it through a Don Sachs preamp wih 6SN7s and it was heaven. Doing that and having a dedicate... 
Question about speaker angle
Try all the possibilities. That's the only way to know. I now position my speakers so the left speaker hits my right ear and left speaker hits my left ear. This provides the best stereo image. My last speakers sounded best with right speaker to ... 
Turntable noobie...what advice do you have?
Biggest and best tip: Don't buy reissues. If possible buy used original...especially pre-90s. I bought an 180gram 'audiophile' reissue of a popular Billy Joel album. Came home to find that I had a used version I bought at the Goodwill for 50¢. T... 
Those that upgraded from Tekton
I demo'd a 35wpc Primaluna on my old Salk Songtowers. These have the same 88db efficiency as the Song 3 but at a tougher 6ohm impedance with a dip down to 3ohms. No problem...nice and loud...plenty of bass slam. And they sounded better on the 8ohm... 
Those that upgraded from Tekton
I’m not a fan of how Tektons look but they do have a solid following here. Which leads me to believe that they just might not be right for your room. Take a good look at your room and be realistic about what’s going to sound good in it. Having sa... 
Cornwall IV – tube (amp) choice
If I had to do this all over, I wouldn’t have gotten my Primaluna. I think I would get Quicksilver. That’s a dead honest opinion. I got the PL just so I could tube roll more than other amps...to hear as many tubes as possible before I get my final... 
Rogue Dragon VS PS Audio BHK VS Carver 350
I have a Primaluna Evo 400. No flabby bass whatsoever. Quality of bass is soooo good. Great midrange and upper end air. Not the last word in resolution but makes up for it in other areas. I would say the resolution is better than previous Dialogue... 
Large room with low budget for speakers
That's not so big of a room that you can't find speakers. What about some of the big Tannoys or Klipsch La Scala? A 20 x 30 room with 8' ceilings is 4800 cu. ft.. Most average to large speakers should be able to fill that room with sound if the ... 
Sub Pairing With Harbeth 40.3 XDs
I agree that dynamic kick drum thump is doable without a sub (kick drums don’t go that low). I was able to achieve this without subs by fixing the room and repositioning the rack on the side wall...nothing between the speakers but carpet. I also ... 
I don't want to beat a dead horse but I'm bugged.
Measurements are the first thing. But listening for yourself is the final thing.    
How to choose a cartridge?
Know your tonearm mass to start. Buy a few set up tools to help you dial in the cartridges. I cannot stress this enough. I've been doing his a while and am amazed by how much of a difference this makes with better cartridges. Pick a any brand an... 
Do you build anything for your high fidelity system? If so, what do you make?
I built a 26"h x 78"w diffuser panel. It's actually an open frame made from 1x4 Douglas Fir with about 3,000 free floating pine, oak, fir and walnut angle cut pegs resting on each other.   https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipMrue9PJ584ynuB4n... 
Upgrading from Primaluna
I had my Evo 400 running my old 88db 6ohm Salk speakers on the 4ohm taps for years before I tried the 8ohm taps for kicks. Upper treble and mids were much better with 8ohm taps with no adverse response from the bass. I could have kicked myself. I ... 
Upgrading from Primaluna
2 ft from the side walls sound correct. However, that measurement should be from the tweeter or center of the speaker...not taken from the outside edge of the speaker.  And yes, do add diffusion/absorption on the front wall and look at the ceilin...