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Tubes vs. solid state.
Interesting thread. I have been back and forth so many times, but for the last 2-3 years I have been very happy with an SS system - perhaps it is finding the right mix of components? I would have stuck with tubes were it not for the maintenance an... 
Hopelessly mid fi?
The wikipedia has links to some excellent references and historical perspectives on MP3 and compressed audio in general, as well as some references to results of listening tests. It seems that as you approach 320K, most people cannot discern betwe... 
How good are grado cartridges
I think another way of looking at this kind of question is, does product XXX represent a good value or match for the system in question, hopefully based on past experience. I actually ran a Grado Sonato on a VPI HNW Mk II a few years back. Overall... 
Review: Herron M1 Monaural Amplifier
Interesting and informative review. I currently own a pair of Herron M-150s, and have been pondering the move to M1's. Have you ever heard the older Herron designs? Just curious since it is hard for me to find a place to listen and evaluate in my ... 
Wadia CD players direct to power amps opinions
For the moment I am running my Wadia 302 directly into Herron M150 monoblocks. It sounds much better than it did with a preamp, but since I am also an analog enthusiast I am still on the hunt for a preamp that doesn't queslch the sense of dynamics... 
Do flexible speaker cables exist?
How about Audience? Not obscenely expensive, and fairly lightweight. They've been well reviewed in the press and the community. 
Study say No difference CD/SACD/DVD stereo streams
Maybe audiophiles have an inflated view of a human's sense of hearing. I have never seen a zoologist of medical professional familiar with the subject weigh in on one of these debates, but I have always been under the impression that human's have ... 
Is my Esoteric DV-50S a keeper?
Keep the Esoteric, and save for a power conditioner down the road. The Esoteric has a lot of good things going for it - obviously the sound quality, but also the fact that they built their own transport, not a potentially flawed off the shelf OEM ... 
I envy what you know, not what you have
I echo Rushton's sentiments (hope everything is going well in you new abode). I've had the opportunity to help a few folks out with the odd product manual, and I've gotten help a couple of times in the form of product advice or repair how-to's. Th... 
Anyone know where to buy Hi-Fi World in US?
They seem to show up from time to time at both Barnes and Noble and Borders but not consistently. There is a huge Broders in King of Prussia, PA that you could call - they have had just about all of the overseas journals in the past. I have also p... 
Any previous Wadia users?? Or did everyone move?
Wadia is great - I have owned a 302 bought new for a littele over a year. There have been worries about the company's stability in the past, but they seem to be doing pretty well right now. Given the fading market for audiophile type gear I don't ... 
What Happened to Thiel?
Thiel's site is currently up - perhaps they were just updating the web and experiencing high call volumes for some reason. They did just introduce a new model to much industry hype. 
I've Fallen in Love With My Mistress
Nothing wrong with favoring whichever ebtertainment format your life situation dictates. Actually Mitch4t's honest observation is a pretty common trend in the US now, and is probably part of the reason that new music, as well as music systems don'... 
Retail Music Stores Gone
Where is the Stereophile poll? I have always heard about the mythical audiophile with the $50k system and 12 CDs, but I have never actually met one. 
First cd purchase
Genesis - Foxtrot