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Best bang for buck integrated amp for $500
Creek 4330R is a great budget integrated for under $500. Same with Audio Refinement Complete integrated.  
Best bang for buck integrated amp for $500
I owned the Rega Brio R. 1. High noise floor so a poor choice for a desk unless you don't mind tweeter hiss when nothing is playing.2.  Upper mids/lower treble are a bit it a fun and lively sound (toes tapping). Tone/timbre is ver... 
Schiit Saga+...What’s the point of the tube?
The Saga is just a tube buffer without gain I believe. It’s designed to be a very subtle difference so you will need a resolving system and pretty good ears to pick up on the tube buffer. The Freya is a proper active tube preamp with tube gain. Th... 
What frustrates you the most about seller’s for sale ads?
Seller’s trying to pass “like new” gear as brand new. As soon as you open the box and do whatever with it, it’s not brand new. “Only opened to verify that everything works.”🤔 
What is the most analytical sounding amplifier that you have heard?
So you see a much better definition of analytical is everything there, nice and neutral, only sterile, lifeless.See how much better that is?millercarbon, I still like Stereophile's definition best. If something is neutral (which really doesn't exi... 
What is the most analytical sounding amplifier that you have heard?
Does analytical mean accurate?mapman, the Stereophile definition is the best that I know of:analytical - "Very detailed, almost to the point of excess." 
What is the most analytical sounding amplifier that you have heard?
+1 on Benchmark AHB2 paired with their DAC3 
Open Letter To REL, SVS, Hsu, etc., et al
Although it's not a bad idea at all, it would result in more tech support calls about tweaking this or that. So it would cost REL money to do this and they wouldn't sell any more subs. Probably would result in more returns as well, when perfection... 
Killer used integrated for
I have an excellent condition Audio Refinement Complete in my closet. IMO a step above Rega Brio R and Rega Mira 3 I have owned. I don’t have a use for it, but keep it because it’s so good.I currently use Vista Audio spark on my desk. Great little... 
Schiit - shipments stopped?
They could offer amazing customer service, a dealer network, etc...but then you wouldn’t pay $900. What is PrimaLuna and Rogue audio charging for their tube preamps? Give Kevin Deal at Upscale Audio a call he will talk your ear off and overnight y... 
SVS vs REL and experiences with both: your comments and preferences...
Try searching this forum for SVS vs REL. specific models have been debated 
When did audio goners now have to pay to see the book value of equipment??
you can see completed listing prices but not completed sale prices at  Ebay does offer completed sales prices and the actual listing using their search filter. That is the most accurate free tool that I know of. Every once in a whil... 
When did audio goners now have to pay to see the book value of equipment??
hifishark is nice but you only see asking price. also, audiogon no longer shows the full listing that sold so you don't know if the item was fair condition or excellent.  
In my comparison experiment, go Lore or Lore Reference, or something else, for the same $
You really need to describe what sound your looking for. Things you’ve liked and disliked about specific speakers. The Lore Reference has a goal of neutrality...not hyped sound. The ZU is a party animal. A heresy so to speak.  
Omega Alnico XRS vs. Fritz Carrera vs. Harbeth 30.2 Speaker Shootout
I think it’s fair to say that the cabinet resonances make more of a musical instrument out of the speaker, more natural harmonics if done right, or’s why I like to have resonators in my room.Yes and why something like the Kii Three is...