|The most transparent speaker cable|
I've been in the hi-end audio game for just over 50 years, and during that time I have owned or used some 20 brands of speaker cable. The most transparent cable (both speaker and interconnect) in my system is the Nordost brand. Try to borrow sever...
|Help me choosing Phono Preamp|
Unless you are absolutely committed to a tube unit, I urge you to audition the Parasound JC3+ (retail = $3000). It's an excellent phono pre designed by John Curl, and it works very well with both MM and MC/MI cartridges.
|When and what was your last significant equipment upgrade?|
Parasound JC3+ phono preamp -- what a fine piece of gear and a real value.
|Upgrade from Vandy 2w to 2wq.|
In one word: yes. I have owned both the 2W and the 2Wq, and the 2Wq is a meaningful improvement over the earlier version. I currently own a pair of 2Wq's and confidently recommend them to serious music listeners (but not for LFE in home theater). ...
At this price range, you should put the Audible Illusions Modulus 3A on your audition list. Galen Carol Audio sometimes has factory refurbished units at a nice price.
|Integrated amp recommendation around 3k (I need more power!)|
Hegel H160 -- a really fine integrated amp that offers some of the most innovative technology available today.
|Need a decent universal remote to work with a Magnum MD-208 and Oppo 980H player?|
I bought a Logitech Harmony 700 about 4 years ago and have been VERY pleased with it. It is easy to program (via the Internet) for the specific equipment you own, and it has downloadable settings for a wide variety of gear. I think the Harmony ser...
|Need New MM Cartridge Recommendation|
The "short list" in your post included the Clearaudio Maestro v2 Ebony, which is a stellar choice. I owned one for nearly a year and passed it along to my son when I upgraded to another cart that sells for about 3X the price. Interestingly, there ...
|Will Changing my 100 Watt Tube Amp to a 200 Watt SS Amp Solve My Problem?|
I'm coming late to this discussion, so I'll try to be succinct. One of your problems has already been identified: the preamp, for whatever reason, has a poor signal-to-noise ratio. This could be due to mediocre original design, but it could also b...
|Parasound JC2 compatibility with Quicksilver v4's|
FWIW, I suggest you consider the reverse of your current plan: get a good, tube preamp and pair it with a good SS power amp. This arrangement will give you the advantages inherent in both modes of amplification. And, again FWIW, the Parasound JC-2...
|Is there Really a difference between a Krell 400xi intergrated amp and the newer Vandgard?|
I have a close friend who has been using a Krell integrated amp for about 15 years, and he recently decided to replace it. He asked for my input about which integrated amps might best suit his needs (MartinLogan speakers; large, high ceiling room ...
|Used amp recommendation|
Assuming you want to stick with SS amps, then you should put Bryston on your "possibles" list. They are fine amps, have a transferrable 20-year warranty so you are covered should the amp need repair, and they provide unparalled customer service.
|Most of us have this in our collections .... |
I've always enjoyed Desmond's self-deprecating description of his sound on the sax: "like three dry martinis".
|Speaker recommendation for a Fisher 500-c|
Last year, I bought a Fisher 500-C and a Fisher 400. Both receivers were superbly restored by Analog Engineering Associates in California, and I highly recommend them if you have not already made other arrangements. AEA's roots go back to the earl...
|Do you remember when Audiogon was just a bulletin board classified ad site?|
It was good to read Elizabeth's remarks about the LP's she bought from me -- glad you still enjoy them SC53. I first started posting to A-gon in the late 1990's and really miss the level of discussion we had back then. Not the old A-gon anymore......