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Chill Out; Get Outside of yourself
Thanks gents, yes, the photo was taken from the plane by me or the wife. Once I get back I will collate and edit all the photos. It is culture shock in some ways, very much a "can do" attitude in others that is both familiar and reassuring. Our fr... 
Most Realistic Recordings
@yoyoyaya said: "Milcho Leviev Quartet's Blues for the Fisherman...". Not so secret late Art Pepper record!   
How accurate are cable descriptions for your system?
The only way I have found to approach it is to trial certain cables in my system. Sure, there could be a "wrong" cable for a particular system, given how the components, as a system are voiced- that is, you are combining attributes and to some de... 
Most Realistic Recordings
Or the Kodaly piece, on Period Records, old but not forgotten. I was told by a player (whose son studied under Starker at Indiana) that Starker did not use vibrato to cover his intonation. He was playing brilliantly for decades, even as a very old... 
Most Realistic Recordings
@simonmoon said: "Art Land and Rubisa Patrol" Great music. Even the US pressing has mojo and the import is better. For CD lovers, Black Ice by the Wolfert Brederode Trio on ECM (redbook only AFAIK) is stunning. One of my favorites for real pian... 
Vladimir Lamm RIP
@charles1dad - thumbs up.   
Vladimir Lamm RIP
I am saddened by this. I have his ML2 SETs and at one point, also had his Reference Line stage. The first time we brought the gear for him to go over- just to check- it was ready to be picked up a couple days after my wife dropped it off in deep B... 
Tubes getting hard to come by?
The real depletion occurred more than a couple years ago- truly "new" old stock of even common audio tubes is scarce and some of the more desirable old tubes, including rectifiers, are simply not on the market or very recherché. (and you have to k... 
Why Do You Post?
@teo_audio - I got turned onto Dobie Gray in around '73, and "got" the soulful vibe. I tracked down a couple of his records a while ago. Musical taste is separate from a well tuned hi-fi, though the system should, ideally, be genre/style agnostic.... 
Why Do You Post?
I first started posting at the end of 2005, to get feedback from other users who had made the switch from full range electrostats to horns. I got some good input. Since then, I’ve periodically posted on troubleshooting issues, including electrical... 
Whole House Surge Arrester
I have an Eaton, which was well reviewed at the time I bought it. It has two LEDs-which purport to show running state (I don’t know if they accurately reflect that). I have enough occasions to have an electrician here to do other stuff that it isn... 
Isolation Advice Needed
@retiredfarmer _hey farmer- I did something similar- two sheets of marine ply, with glue and a barn mat. Still didn't fix footfall issues in an 1880 house in downtown Austin. I respect farmers, rednecks and all people driving pick-up trucks for wo... 
What does a subwoofer solve?
I do not use any crossover to limit the main speakers. Instead, I play them out as far as they will go (Avantgarde Duos- older) and match the integrated woofers to the midrange for coherence. That means the speaker is bass-shy. I did a couple thin... 
Inexpensive Good Vintage Turntables?
It isn't just the turntable, but the arm, cartridge, phono stage and particular pressings, in top condition, cleaned. That is going to cost money. No way you get what "vinyl" has to offer without spending money. Some people are happy to go "used" ... 
Isolation Advice Needed
Barry Diament, who did a number of pretty famous remasters, suggested a bicycle tire in an enclosure (if you want to get fancy); there are commercial variations on this, including obsolete stock from Townshend. You float the turntable on air.  I ...