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  1. marty

    The stunning DMA-500 Anniversary Reference monos take center stage

    Guys, I love this thread. Peter's articulate write-up was superb but the OP set the stage. Now, I get the audio stuff, but let's forget about that for a moment. What was the 99 pt wine!! Seriously, this sort of evening is what the hobby is all about. Revealing one's significant efforts and...
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    Ron's Speaker, Turntable, Power and Room Treatment Upgrades

    Ron, This seems like a very personal decision. Why ask anyone? One thing for possible consideration- if you keep them natural, you can always stain later. If you stain now, I don't think there is any "going back". But hey, it's great to see it looking so much more real now!! Marty
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    Get ready to sell your Wilson, Sonus Faber And YG's......NOS Bose 901 Series VI in the house!

    These are not Bose pedestals. They are listening stations. You put your head inside to listen while the speakers play. And there are 2 options. The top hole is better sounding because you are closer to the source. The bottom hole brings your head closer to your butt. You can figure out the next...
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    Get ready to sell your Wilson, Sonus Faber And YG's......NOS Bose 901 Series VI in the house!

    I did!! 1972. Then I heard Magneplanars and my audio life changed.
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    across the Atlantic in a 47' Catamaran

    Wow. Damned impressive! Of course, I get motion sickness in a bathtub so I'm just blown away. Is there a crew or is this a solo journey?
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    The DMA-400SV monoblock amplifier

    Sorry Tasos. Fryer makes great electronics, but that doesn't mean he is a reputable historian. Johnson was at Stanford in the early 60's, almost 12 years after the bipolar transistor was invented. He has surely made noteworthy application efforts using bipolars, but he was hardly a "father" of...
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    The DMA-400SV monoblock amplifier

    That was an excellent interview with Fryer, who is not as well known to the public as many of his high end contemporaries. One cannot listen to this and fail to appreciate his accomplishments for which he deserves our respect. I will say this- he's certainly gotten more mellow and less arrogant...
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    Tweaks : A sensible investment or a waste of money?

    I saw that, glanced quickly, and thought it was a toaster!
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    Apogee Diva with Infinite Baffle

    Actually, I've been to Mike's a few times and have never heard him put the pedal to the metal even with rock. More importantly, he generally gives the volume remote to his guests and it is they who decide what level of hearing injury they wish to sustain! Many experienced listeners know that in...
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    The Ballad of Buster Scruggs | The Coen Brothers | Netflix Trailer

    I don't know man, all I can say is that the Coen brothers is an acquired taste and I have never acquired it. Irreverant to the point of warped? Sure. Dark Humor? Absolutely? Pretentious with misguided insights? Yup. And of course, well-crafted and well-acted. Yet these are inadequate to describe...
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    Apogee Diva with Infinite Baffle

    Hmmm, that's not the way I remember it when he visited me! ;)
  12. marty

    Alsyvox planars...prepare to sell your Magico's, YG's, Wilson's, Cessaro's. Maggie's, and all others!!

    As has been mentioned several times in this forum, the "ideal" frequency response of loudspeakers at the listening position is never flat. Studies by Harmon, B&K (see Fig 5: https://www.bksv.com/media/doc/17-197.pdf) and many other have shown this quite clearly. What is rather surprising is that...
  13. marty

    Looking for Preamp

    As long as the subject is preamps, here's one that might be worth exploring..... Everybody knows that John Curl is a legend. Much to my astonishment he's just designed a new tube phono preamp for Audible Illusions. Why is that interesting? Because Audible Illusions has been around for 30 years...
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    Good Music for testing Audio Equipment

    Have to respectfully disagree Ked. Yes, you were the one that turned me on to this recording, and a great recording it is. But if this doesn't sound like piano, sorry, something is wrong. I'm glad kodomo liked the playing. From my perspective it's not what I would consider a world class...
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    What's Spinning Tonight?

    The 12 Transcendental Etudes discussed below comprise the 1st disc of this 2 CD set. Incredible playing by one of today's extraordinary pianists. (The legendary pianist Georges Cziffra also recorded these in mono in the late fifties but most audiophiles will prefer the current DGG recording.)...
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    Ron's Speaker, Turntable, Power and Room Treatment Upgrades

    I bought a ZYX 2 months ago but haven't installed it yet because my Benz LPS just sings. I guess the old adage "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" resonates with me.
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    Spectral pairings

    I can't find a spec for output impedance of the Zanden 3000Mk2 preamp but it does use output transformers. If their phono stage is any guide, that unit's output is 3K ohm so my guess is the 3000Mk2 is similarly of low output impedance. As such, I'm not surprised it works perfectly with the...
  18. marty

    Massive wildfires rage in California

    Ron, I think you meant about 3600 auto deaths a year in CA, not 36,000. Still, way too high I agree. Marty
  19. marty

    USB cable suggestions

    Lee, I see you use both the Synergistic Power cell UEF and a Shunyata Denali. That's somewhat unusual I think. May I ask what application(s) does each unit serve and is it possible to make a generalized comparison between these units? Marty
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    I said I would never buy another Turntable...Argh !!!

    That's a wonderful write-up Keith. Thanks. Not sure how we've gone from "last turntable" etc to solar power, conditioners, and AC cables in the same thread but OK. One comment I'd add is that honestly, I was not as impressed with the CC cables UNTIL I removed the power conditioner. Once that...
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    I said I would never buy another Turntable...Argh !!!

    Tang, I feel your pain.I hate it when the "Cable Whisperer" comes and removes your expensive power cords and conditioners and replaces them with his Ching Cheng specials sans any conditioners. But damn, the man quickly sold me on the move back to "Chevy" when I gave up my "Lexus" cords. I've...
  22. marty

    Tweaks : A sensible investment or a waste of money?

    Now that is what I call audiophile humor! Love it.
  23. marty

    Tweaks : A sensible investment or a waste of money?

    My power cords for all gear but my Soulution amps are plain Jane (Chinese translation= Ching Chen! Ha!) specials courtesy of ddk. My cable elevators are laboratory rubber stoppers Both cost less than a meal at McDonald's and my hi fuses cost 20 bucks. I assure you nobody is putting anyone...
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    Good Music for testing Audio Equipment

    I've been evaluating some PCs and interconnects recently. Although I used both LP and Digital sources for critical evaluations, LP was preferred. The 5 LPs that I used almost exclusively for this exercise were 1) Ikuyo Kamiya, Beethoven* ‎– Piano Sonata No. 23 in F Minor, Op 57 "Appassionata"...
  25. marty

    audio research Ref 6

    I feel your pain. In over 40 years of collecting, the most serious problems I ever had was with ARC. Loved their sound, but from my D79A's potted transformers that leaked black crud all over my shelves to my 610 Uber amps that both blew up within a week of owing them, I said sayonara. Their...
  26. marty

    American Sound AS-2000 Installations- Far East (Tango)

    The mind races. Not sure what you and your secretary might have been doing that involved a turntable. Most people would probably use some other form of furniture.....;)
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    To Loom or Not to Loom?

    I see no compelling reason that one path is necessarily better than the other. Use the pieces that work best with your own system. If it turns out they are from the same manufacturer, fine. If not, then they're not. Sort of irrelevant as I see it. i'm currently using an interconnect mixture of...
  28. marty

    San Francisco (near the wharf)

    I loved your list and was thrilled to see Yank Sing on it. It's one of my favorites in the world (only open for lunch in the financial district) and never miss it if I'm in SF. For about 25 bucks, it is phenomenal food at a bargain price. Far better, at least for value, than Gary Danko's which...
  29. marty

    Ron's Speaker, Turntable, Power and Room Treatment Upgrades

    I don't know about that. With all the flying he's done, I think it's Ked.

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