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What is the best 2 channel listening chair?
Most Ekornes Stressless recliners are sold with leather upholstery. However, the difference between leather and fabric upholstery is profound. I tried out  a leather Stressless for a while and it radically altered the sound. When I finally located... 
"World's Best Cables" vs Audioquest interconnects
I use both Audioquest and World's Best cables interconnects between my components. I use them interchangeably, capriciously, depending on what length I have to hand. Do my choices impact my listening? Not at all. Did I need to break in the newest ... 
Inexpensive speaker cables: any experience?
paulgardner Rather than listening to this forum, you would do better to listen to some cables. Borrow or rent a few at different price points, to see where your subjective response takes you. You may be an OMG! believer and go off in that directio... 
Burn in period
I would love to know the point in time when this concept of cable 'break-in' was foisted upon the audio public. Was it a bunch of guys in a marketing meeting, guffawing over the idea, or was it an r and d situation where a eureka moment occurred? ... 
CDP or Transport and DAC? Recomendations?
Just picked up the Cyrus cdt transport. Will be feeding it to my Border Patrol r2r dac. Possibly the best transport out there at the price. Have the audio lab transport, however it is my feeling that it is too large for what it does, unnecessaril... 
If there’s an audiophile exit ramp, this ain’t it…
However, in the end it always comes back to timbre and tonality. The very two things that I fell in love with all those years ago.@cd318 Yes, I agree and those fine qualities have been around in audio,  for a long time. I'm glad you resonated with... 
If there’s an audiophile exit ramp, this ain’t it…
My off-ramp was to get off where I began! I am completely convinced that audio satisfaction is a state of mind, not material, each one of us holding a different set of qualifiers. In my case, terminal satisfaction arose when I purchased (at age 68... 
100W+ solid-state amps known for beautiful mids
Well, I'm sitting here listening to my vintage Quad.......405-2. Having owned the Quad 909 before, I much prefer the 405-2. It has the midrange, but it also has dynamic power and smooth upper frequencies, far from rolled off. The bass is nowhere n... 
Great Recordings, Sonically Speaking - and Why.
Even now there’s potentially hundreds of great albums I’ve not heard - mostly US artists little heard in the UK.Great music and great recordings have never stopped being made by great musicians. Sure enough, there is a huge amount of material to w... 
Great Recordings, Sonically Speaking - and Why.
sumaato,I am 68 and heard the name porcupine tree but never heard any of the music. The other's you have mentioned, never heard their names before!ozzyOzzy, If you put a foot in the water with any of those artists/labels, it will lead you to other... 
Great Recordings, Sonically Speaking - and Why.
Audio friends, I've got to wonder, reading the posts in this thread, if any listeners have purchased a record since about 1980! (And I'm 70).There are countless fabulous recordings produced in the last few years alone, not to mention the '90s, '20... 
Tube vs. Solid State Amplifiers
I was an SS guy for thirty years until I purchased a modern KT120 tube amp. Wonderful! However, the reliability issues and the regular cost of replacing tubes was onerous. I happily went back to various SS amps, including D-class.Eventually I came... 
Is D for Dry? Class D...
It's ridiculous to lump class D amps together as having a particular sound. It's just as nuts as lumping together all class A/B amps, or tube amps together. The variety of amplification outcomes in each type of amp is so varied that I challenge an... 
How many vinyl albums do you own you listen to?
703 albums here......over 40 years. A lean collection. 550 of these I purchased at thrift stores, in the epoch when whole NM collections were being dumped. Virtually free. I've only purchased 150 new albums. I have not had a good experience of buy... 
What do we hear when we change the direction of a wire?
There are two choices. The difference is audible. The difference is not audible. The only way to know is an unbiased listening testI agree. Absent a quantitative analytical procedure for testing audible directionality, then a well set up listening...