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Synthesis Amplifiers: One of High End's Best Kept Secrets?
I notice a little bit of a hum very briefly when first powering up my A100, but it quickly goes away. I have not noticed any noise at all changing the volume. In the year I have owned the Synthesis, I have come to love it more and more. It is jus... 
Going Tubing
I have tried to walk away from tubes many times and always wind up coming back. For some of us, there is no solid state gear to be found that can match the presentation of tubes, regardless of what the skeptics say. The only way to know is to list... 
Heavy speakers: How to be able to reposition?
Another vote for Herbie's super gliders. Work great and not super expensive.  
Are You a Swifty?
@tylermunns  It really helps if you have a relentless teenage daughter begging you to give it a try. In this case, I'm glad she prevailed. In other cases, not so much. I don't guess I'll ever love Imagine Dragons the way I should.  Be well.  
Are You a Swifty?
@tylermunns Count me as a fan of the vast majority of your posts in this forum, but I’m afraid this isn’t one of them. Taylor Swift’s songs about the vicissitudes of young love are at least as interesting--to cite a random example--as Fleetwood ... 
Stereophile review of the $30,000 tekton speakers
I no longer have a dog in this fight, but the hysterical backlash against Tekton speakers on this site has been going on for years and is, for me at least, far more nauseating than Tekton's lofty claims for various speaker models. FWIW, I have per... 
Damping Factor and Overall Negative Feedback.
Unfortunately, our beloved Al (almarg) is no longer with us. If you search the archives, you might find some of his insights that may help. Al is sorely missed, that's for sure. He was one of our very finest.  
Luxman leaves me wanting
Here's another recommendation for the Synthesis A40 or A100. After a very lengthy amp search that involved at least half a dozen highly regarded integrated amps, my search ended when I tried the Synthesis A100 about a year ago. Not only does it ha... 
I Cried Today
What a touching post, a reminder for us all to keep things in perspective. Thanks for sharing this story.  
100 Albums You Would wish for...from a Genie
Without a doubt, my list would be a little different if I could use box sets (Howlin' Wolf, James Brown, Ornette, etc.) or best ofs (Creedence, George Jones, etc.) and would be subject to endless editing upon closer inspection, but this was nevert... 
Synthesis Amplifiers: One of High End's Best Kept Secrets?
@pryso  Now there's a thought! I am going to look into that possibility right away. Thanks for a creative potential solution. This is my only issue with this amp, which continues to delight me every day.  
Stephen Stills
@roxy54 I didn't say Stephen Stills didn't have talent. There is a difference between talent and genius. I could name at least a dozen Neil Young albums that are better than any solo album Stills ever made, but so what if you disagree? Some peopl... 
Stephen Stills
@roxy54 Tastes will vary. Or maybe you're not much of a reader.  
VAC Phi 300.1 won't power on.
Agree with pdreher. Check the fuse.  
Stephen Stills
Stills wrote song great songs, but come on, this is like comparing the 1985 Los Angeles Lakers to the Washington Generals. Neil Young is in a small handful of the greatest songwriters in rock and roll history, having recorded at least half a dozen...