Responses from stevizzy

Drink of choice for serious listening?
Absolutely.....If you bring some excellent weed, or a bag of really good oysters the door’s open 😉 
$10k Speaker Cables??????????????
The madness would end really fast if people stopped buying cables at this price level. The prices would drop like a stone. They might even sell MORE of their pricy cables as the research/production/cost ratios improved. Duhhh!!! 
Drink of choice for serious listening?
Alone.... Petrus Red Friends..Krug or Dom bubbly  
Your Forever Pieces? What and Why?
After 40+ years endlessly buying and then selling my audio equipment, I’ve streamlined the whole shebang down to a Simaudio 700i Integrated amp, CD player and Focal Soprano No 2 Speakers. Only future upgrades I’d consider would be in the source. M... 
Switched from RCA to XLR Interconnects - WOW
3 years ago I purchased a Simaudio 700i amp which is a true dual mono balalanced circuit. I was using Discovery Essence RCA interconnects from a Simaudio CD Player. I thought it sounded great and was dead silent. Talking with Joe DePhillips the ca... 
Stillpoints - snake oil?
Jim, thanks for that information. Understanding the problems vibration creates in our audio system there is no reason to doubt that these devices do work as designed. Listen first to decide if they improve what you hear in your room.  
Stillpoints - snake oil?
Stillpoints are best used under speakers. Then if you’ve got plenty of dough, try them with your electronics. I’ve found they work magic with my Focal speakers on a suspended carpeted floor but less so with my Simaudio 700i amplifier or CD/DAC.  
Best used speakers under $10000
My Sopra 2’s have kept me happy since I purchased them nearly 3 years ago. Unless I get a new(bigger) home/listening room someday, my Sopra2’s are staying around for a long, long time. Awesome Speakers with great WAF.  
MFSL worth it?
My experience with MFSL goes back to the late 70's and thru the early 90's with their vinyl pressings including the original UHQR stuff.I enjoyed the quiet surfaces and flat discs compared to commercial pressings but sometimes their EQ differed fr... 
Have you ever hated the sound of your system one day, and loved it the next?
Last evening the world outside my home was silent with 12” of freshly fallen heavy snow. It was so quiet 🤫 I could hear my breath freezing. The evening was audio magic so I stayed up until 3:00AM listening to recordings that never sounded so good.... 
B&W.....Focal.....or Focal
PS:  Driving a few hours deciding to pull the trigger on buying $14K Speakers can be fun....and much cheaper in the long run if you get it wrong.  
B&W.....Focal.....or Focal
Can’t comment on 1038be2 vs Sopra but I had Focal Electra 1028be2 speakers. They sounded great but I was disappointed with their stability and coupling to the floor. The anchor points for the spikes loosened on mine within a few months. To their c... 
Amplifier for my new Focal Sopra no2
I’ve been driving my Sopra2’s with a Simaudio 700i for the past 2 years. It loafs along with around 5 Watts staying in Class A mode except for loud (90+dB) bass peaks in my 15’x24’ room with high ceilings. It has absolutely no problem playing at 1... 
Cables for Focal 1008be2
Seems like everyone has their favorite cables. Ive only used the Discovery Essential and Essence cables in my system with the Sopra2 and 1029be2 speakers. Sounds good so no reason to get on the cable train.  
Enjoying My New Focal Sopra No2's
The Sopra 2 that I own do not include any plugs. They don’t have any rear ports as the Electra series does. I had the Focal 1028be2 before my Sopra’s. They tended to have a bass boom when placed too close to the wall. I don’t have that issue with ...