|Suggestions on replacement AV processor...|
Get a good A/V preamp and a separate audio preamp. I have the Lexicon MC-1 and love it but it really needs a good preamp after it to make 2-channel shine. Check out a used BAT VK-5i or the like. These two in combination are very nice.
|Which Linn pre-amp|
I wouldn't put an LK1 into a decent Linn system. I had one for a few years and wasn't terribly impressed with it compared to many other preamps I reviewed later on. The LK85s are much better amps than the LK1 is a preamp.I ended up getting a used ...
|Interconnects for CAL-10|
You might check out AQ's new line. I've got the Python and really like it. Very nice balance and lots of extension. Extremely clear.
|wood tonic hurts ?|
I've been using Lemon Oil for many years on all of my wood (including speakers) and have had no problems (no darkening or other changes in the wood). I would recommend Lemon Oil on your wood furniture and appliances. It also smells very nice.
|Interconnects between DAC and Pre|
The new line from AudioQuest is truly outstanding -- you can tell they've done their homework. Check out the Python at $500 (retail) or, if you want a step up, the Anaconda. I just got a pair for my pre-to-amp and the sound is simply amazing. Like...
|Best Amp for LS3/5A 15ohm?|
I'd check out the Plinius line -- high praise from everyone. Smooth sound, no grain whatsoever, plenty of power, built like a tank. I own the SA-100 and I don't think I've ever clipped it into my Dynaudio 4 Ohm speakers. A highly recommended compo...
|Whats a good tube preamp?|
The Balanced Audio Technologies (BAT) lineup is great. I got a BAT-VK5i here a while back for a little over 2 grand. It has a really nice sound and doesn't compromise in any area that I can find (or hear).
|favorite amp/pre-amp combos?|
BAT VK preamp and Plinius SA-100. They seem to complement each other to give a sound that is smooth and detailed but still has "punch", bass and crystal, clear highs. Imaging is almost holographic. Highly recommended.
|Please help: Speaker wire ?|
The preamp in your receiver is most likely culprit. Try a separate preamp.
|Auric Illuminator, Optrix, others|
PRAT = Pace, Rhythm and Timing
|introducing tube$ into my system|
I just bought a used BAT VK-5i preamp and it totally changed the sound of my system for the better. Music now sounds like MUSIC, not CD's. It's amazing. I would most heartily suggest you try a good tube preamp. I got the BAT on Audiogon for about ...
|Coax or Toslink, Which is better?|
Coax is superior, if only because you don't have to convert an electrical signal to light and back. Many claim superior sound but I've never used Toslink so I cannot comment. Also, try to audition a nice high-end digital cable. I have the Illumina...
|Opinions on what my next step should be|
I would probably look into a nice sub if you don't have one, probably REL Storm or Strata. You can't lose with a sub-bass like the REL. Next choice would be either a PS Audio 300 to try out or stuff for the room. One can never be sure how the room...
|My pre-amp inverts phase--what's up?!?|
If it inverts *absolute* polarity then switch *both* speaker connections (both blacks on red, etc).
|What is the best digital interconnect|
I have the Illuminations (Illuminati?) D60 and am *very* happy with it. It's a good buy. Shawn Harvey