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Top Ten Tube PreAmp of all time?
My vote for Lafayette KT-600 of the 1950's. Warm and accurate in sound, versatile with 6 tone controls, and using the ubequitous 7025 (12ax7). There are three types of facia, of which the first is probably the most outstanding, with beautiful lett... 
Anybody used Nikko amps before?
While many users of Nikko components say their preamps are nothing special and their amps are better built, I have observed the contrary. I think that they had their best preamp on their Beta 1, followed by Beta 20¬† with nothing close to being a t... 
Elekit TU-8600 or ANK Kit 1?
I own and listen to TU-8600 for a while now. Besides that, I also own and listen by rotation all my 20-plus tube amps, mostly vintage and PP. The Elekit is my second¬†tube amp from Japan. My first was a Sansui 1000A receiver.With 1 vintage 12AD7 (s... 
NAD 304 - Best SS amp ever?
To chime in this long outdated thread, my upgrade thread started in 1979 when at the age of 11, I moved with my family to a new home where the previous owners left their Pioneer rack HiFi there, namely a small receiver, a turntable and speakers.In... 
Review: Ortofon FF 15 C MK II Cartridge
I am using an Ortofon FF15XE Mk II on a Pioneer Pl-L1000. It playes very well with classical music. Anything you throw at it will play with a neutral tonal balance. Heck! 
What am I missing using a 20 year old CD player??
I have many old cdp's, including the Sonographe SD-1 Beta. I opened it and found it totally similar to my Philips CD-350. It runs on CDM-2 pickup, and two TDA1540P DAC chips. The similarity ends there, from which point onwards the SD-1 has a revam... 
The best CD Player for the money
Why has there been so few who recommended the old Philips-based Revox B226? I own one. When converted to run tube outputs amping (eliminating from the PCB any opamps), it will give any 24/96 or any 24/192 CDP a run for their money. One can keep th... 
Amplifiers:A Keeper for Life. Do you know of one ?
Tubes separates:1. Marantz 8b. Incredible bass. Tunable damping factors. Easy to replace EL34 tubes. Value appreciating constantly. Simple circuitry. Individual bias pots mean no need of matched tubes.2. Heathkit W2(AM). Representative of the clas... 
Is the Eico HF 81 really that good?
I urge everyone who is interested in the HF-81 to try Pilot 602 receiver which has outraging bass and presence, at least on my Tannoy Arden II, MG III LZ, and even the low efficiency (read: 81.5dB/1 watt) Celestion SL700. These two EL84 PP amps se...