wrm57

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Sound bar
I’m a picky audiophile who is extremely happy with my Sonos Arc with surrounds and sub. Fills my large room with immersive, dynamic sound that makes all programming more enjoyable. For years I ran my TV and Blu-ray through my very high-end 2-chann... 
What is a good turntable preamp under $500?
If you want to run a test without risking much, pick something within your budget from Music Direct. It has a 60-day return policy for full refund. Several of the units mentioned here are available there.  
Mcintosh MC275 alternatives?
Were I in the market for a stereo tube amp made in the USA with more than 50 watts, the Zesto Bia 200 would be my first stop. To my ears, the KT150 tube is far better than the KT88; but if you're into the latter, this amp will take it, with a hand... 
Power isolator versus need for a better Power supply
The isolator and upgraded power supply are two separate but additive links in the chain. An isolator or purifier will reduce the noise in the AC to your power supply (and typically other components, too); the improved power supply will allow for g... 
Has anyone bought the Psvane Acme 300B Vacuum Tube?
@blisshifi , So I went and inserted the EML 300B XLS back into my amp, just to check the sound after putting them away for 8 mos. I have to say, you are correct about the brightness, even slight edginess on top. Interesting that this is because of... 
What is the best sounding GZ34 / 5AR4 rectifier tube you've ever heard?
IME, rectifiers make a big difference in sound. I have a box full of various kinds of 5AR4s (including various Mullards) along with two SET amps and a phono stage that use them. Believe me, they do sound different. My fav 5AR4/GZ34 is the Amperex ... 
Sound quality stranger Things on Netflix
Recently watched this show and was impressed at the overall quality of the sound design through Sonos Arc 5.1. I did not find it harsh. I'm not much of a HT guy (hence the soundbar) but thought this show was notably good in sound, remarking so to ... 
Reed 1H vs Tri-Planar VII U2 tonearms....
I used a Tri for several years on several different turntables, and it always performed admirably. As you are no doubt aware, ease and precise repeatability in adjusting all the important set-up parameters is its calling card. Ultimately, I sold i... 
New Klipsch Conwalls (IV)
Very happy with my modded CWIV. They’re quite good stock, but as @audioman58 noted, they can be seriously improved by upgrading the caps and resistors in the crossover and damping the horns, ports, and woofer baskets. Big improvement from changing... 
Has anyone bought the Psvane Acme 300B Vacuum Tube?
And then there’s this about the Tak from "The Quick and Dirty 300B Shootout" in Stereotimes, which included the Elrog but not the EML: This was definitely a crowd favourite and elicited plenty of excited superlatives. The Takatsuki is a very cle... 
Has anyone bought the Psvane Acme 300B Vacuum Tube?
That said, I’m unsure how the Taks were more resolving, I’d never felt that across the 3-4 amps rolled my 300Bs around with. @blisshifi , just my experience. Maybe because the amp was designed to use the Tak, but I can’t say for sure. I’d add t... 
Has anyone bought the Psvane Acme 300B Vacuum Tube?
See, this is where @charles1dad ’s statement that 300Bs are system-dependent rings so true. I have the Taks and the EML 300B-XLS. In my amp, a Luxman designed with Taks, the sound is nearly the reverse of what @blisshifi experienced. The Taks are ... 
Are You Happy With Your Phono Preamp?
After 8 years with an Allnic H-3000 mk2, I still have no real urge to upgrade. Prior to the Allnic, in reverse chronological order, were a Steelhead RC, K&K Maxxed Out, and a Trichord Delphini. Each was successively better but the Allnic is a ... 
Phono stage options - balanced with XLR both input and output...
The newish Accuphase C-47 is fully balanced, with one XLR plus 3 RCA.inputs, along with RCA and XLR outputs.  
What's with all the new colored vinyl?
While I struggle with white LPs a bit, I think it’s all fun. I’m just happy LPs are being made again, whatever the color. But then, I haven't worn white underwear in 30 years.