twb2

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tube amps and electrostatics
As a SoundLab dealer, I have had the opportunity to hear many of their full range electrostatic speakers driven by many different amps, both tube and SS. While out of the price range of many, I have found that Ayre MX-R SS amps do a superb job, ev... 
Used turntable market
My Sota Star Saphire was purchased used in 1989. Wonderful table. I shipped it to Sota last year for a repair, in the original carton. No problems. 5 years ago, I purchased a used SME 20/2, an even better table. Having 2 tables and thus cartridges... 
What happens when a tube amp fails?
ARC amps utilizing 6550's are notorious for going out with a nerve shattering mini explosion and smoke! An ARC tech told me it is the nature of the tube. Typically, there is a resistor adjacent to the failing tube that burns up, sometimes damaging... 
Audio Desk Record Cleaner
I too chose the Klaudio machine (no problems heard of from other owners, and nothing more to buy) and am thrilled with the results. I use RO water from my kitchen sink, no additional cost. Dump and refill whenever I think it's time-usually about 5... 
What Preamp to replace ARC sp-9 mkIII
Having owned one, I would say almost any modern preamp. Also, I would opt for a separate phono stage so that you can move up when you're ready. A used Asthethix Calypso would be a major upgrade for about $2500. If you insist on the phone stage bei... 
Record clamps: do they really make a difference.
I purchased my Sota table used in 1989. Back then, the rest of my system was nowhere near as revealing as it is today. I too heard little difference as far as the clamp back in those days. 
Record clamps: do they really make a difference.
My strong belief is that the LP must become one with the platter if if it is to sound it's best. Rapping one's knuckle against the LP surface when it is on the table will reveal the truth. If properly coupled, you will hear a solid sound. If not, ... 
LP Record Cleaning Machine - Ultrasonic or Vacuum
Roscoeiii,I have the Klaudio. I chose it over the Auto Desk for 2 reasons- reported issues with early AD machines and the requirement to purchase their cleaning solution and maintenance parts. The Klaudio needs only RO (or distilled) water which I... 
Your Preference: Resolution or Fullness?
You can have both with SoundLab electrostatic panels when properly set up with quality electronics. 
Dynavector XV-1s vrs Transfiguration Proteus
"I have mine loaded at 200 ohms..." Can others with experience with the Dynavector comment on what loading they are using and why? 
Soundlab speakers
Since the introduction of the PX technology about 5 years ago, the previous problems have completely stopped. Furthermore, the performance has increased dramatically. With the new Toroid II transformers, they are now even more spectacular. Albert,... 
LP Record Cleaning Machine - Ultrasonic or Vacuum
My vinyl collection (about 3,000) goes back 50 years, and is still growing. I love finding great music for $2. My 1st RCM was a Nitty Gritty 25 years ago. Later I moved on to a VPI. Both did an OK job, but nothing close to what I am now experienci... 
Best speakers for around 30K?
If natural, realistic presentation of music rather than a 'high-fi' spectacular is your goal, then you should consider SoundLab electrostatic panels. Check the "Planar" listings here on Audiogon. 
Solar Power
If you are on the grid, you probably want a 'grid tied' system, not batteries. A grid tied system allows you to sell your excess energy back to the utility company, while using the grid to draw energy during dark hours. This makes the most economi... 
What is the Phono stage you have finished with?
I recently moved on from an Aesthetix Rhea to an ARC Phono REF 2SE. The Rhea did have major tube rush which is a common problem but the REF 2 is dead quiet and much more dynamic and detailed. Definitely a big step up, and worth the price.