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    Best/Favorite Analog Front End You've Ever Heard?

    Cartridge/Tonearm/Turntable and phono stage if you'd like. The best I've ever heard was the Continuum Audio Labs Setup with the Cobra Arm; although I can't recall the cartridge or phono stage. It was at the CES back in the '00s. Magic. It made me unhappy with my system for months..
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    SPL Audio Voltaire / With 120 Volt Rails - Anyone Heard Them?

    I have a new client that has bought into the 120 volt feature of SPL audio amplifiers. Has anyone heard these amps? Thoughts? Here's their website. https://spl.audio/en/spl-produkt/performer-m1000/
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    Favorite European Push Pull Tube amps of all Time

    Another thread got me thinking on this Mine would be a tie between the Jadis EL34 based amplifiers and the Klimo Linnets.
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    Your Favorite Audio Engineers

    Stan Ricker, Steve Wilson, Steve Hoffman, Kevin Gray, Bob Ludwig come to mind. What are yours?
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    High Level (Main Speaker Output) to Low Level Subwoofer Input Adapter/Step Down Device?

    I have looked, but have been unable to find such a beast. Do they exist? I searched the Jensen Transformer site, but wasn't able to find something to fit the bill.
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    Does Excellent HDMI Video Performance Equate to Similar Audio Performance

    I'm looking to buy a quality HDMI Cable to use in my HT setup. I currently have a SONY UBP-X800 feeding 4K HQR signals to my beloved 65" SONY 4K HDR OLED TV. I've tried and liked the AQ Diamond, but would like to audition others in the $1500 or lower price range. Eventually I'll install my...
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    Most Powerful Amplifier Ever Built?

    Is it the Relentless; the Boulder 3050 or ??
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    A Charlie Brown Christmas; Cantate Domino; Sarah Mclaughlins Wintersong: Are there other Spectacular Christmas Albums?

    Merry Christmas Everyone!! I've listed my three favorite Christmas Albums but would like to add more. Any others that combine epic performances and sonics would be appreciated.
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    Leading Edge/Percussive Bass: Subwoofer Setup: Reference Tracks etc.

    So over the last three years, I've spent hundreds of hours trying to tune the bass response of my System. I originally started out with a pair of Rockport Cygnus and slowly added two, then four, then finally six Rel Gibraltar G1s (connected with high level inputs but no variable phase...
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    A Spectrum Analysis of Your System

    What should a spectrum analysis of white noise played through one's system taken from the main listening chair look like?
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    Does DSP belong in State of the Art Systems?

    I've ordered a MiniDSP 2x4hd to play with. I'm going to play with only the crossover fuction as well as the timing/delay functions. It will sit between my DAC/PRE and one pair of RCAs going to my mains and the other pair going to my subs. I'm hoping/expecting better integration between my subs...
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    Perfect CD Resurfacing. Is it possible?

    Over the years, I have amassed a large collection of CDs SACDs DVD-As etc. Some of them have seen better days and few are perfect surface wise. Is there a method to resurface some of the worst ones, some of which are irreplaceable?
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    Jcat Femto vs Jcat XE Xtreme Edition USB cards: Twice the Performance at Twice the Price?

    Has anyone heard the new Jcat XE? How does it compare to the Jcat Femto?
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    Stars and their Systems.

    Danny Carey; drummer for Tool.
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    High Level Subwoofer Inputs: A Necessary Feature?

    The argument is that high level inputs to one's subwoofer(s) are necessary to keep the character of the mains amplifier(s) to the subs. The argument seems legitimate, but I have never tried low level or LFE inputs. Any thoughts on this?
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    Room Measurement and Software: 2020 Update

    It looks as if this topic hasn't been touched on since 2010-2015. Is Room Eq Wizard still the software of choice? Can anyone recommend a measurement mic that's good from 15Hz to >20k?
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    Briphonic Recordings?

    These seen to be best effort analog/digital recordings. Hi Fidelity Poland likes them, but they're very expensive, and the sound bytes seem very bass heavy. Anyone tried these out? I'd like feedback before greenbacks?
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    Japanese Audio: How do the best compare?

    Kondo, Zanden, Accuphase, Esoteric are all big names and boutique brands are highly regarded. What are your favorite brands and or pieces?
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    John Coltrane best digital and analog releases?

    Been on a Trane kick for the past few weeks. Thinking of buying the Hi Res reissues, but don't want to throw money away I have OP vinyl and early release CDs. What do people think the best releases of Coltrane are?
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    State of the Art Solid State vs SOTA Tubes: Which is Moving Faster?

    I think SOTA Solid State gear has come a long way sonically in the past decade, but I'm not convinced the same is true of Tube designs. Lots of big tube designs have evolved with auto biasing and other tricks, but they sound essentially the same to me as they did twenty or more years ago. Any...
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    Overachieving CD Player/Transports: Vintage or Otherwise

    I always like to have reasonably priced gear to calibrate my ears. Whats your favorite sub $2000 CDP/Transport that competes with the best, Legacy or otherwise?
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    Straight Wire with Gain: SOTA Preamps With Minimal Insertion Loss on a Digital Based System

    I have played at this game and have yet to find a preamp that I prefer between my Metrum Adagio DAC and my amplifiers. I've always liked the gain but not at the expense of resolution and clarity. I don't like digital volume controls either, so I've settled on a DAC that varies the reference...
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    Stereo Imaging Recordings? What are you're References?

    For me its always Kind of Blues especially Flamenco Sketches. But I'd like a few more (digital preferably but not exclusively) so I can Give Miles a rest...
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    Wilsons Through the Years: Culling Classics from the Herd..

    Wilsons are synonymous with American High End. What do yo feel are the best of the rest? Lets keep this discussion to the Alexias and down. My favorite was the Watt/Puppy fours, which by todays standards are slightly coloured, but still hold a warm place in my heart. The Sophia Is were very...
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    Can SOTA Two Channel Switch to Outstanding Home Theatre and Back?

    I've been down this road in the past and have found that switching from excellent two channel to excellent (or even great or decent) 5.1 with a flick of a switch (or two) was not a realistic goal. It seems like high end processors from decades past have all but disappeared as well. Is there...
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    Best Bosendorfer Piano Recordings

    The instrument, especially the Imperial, is legendary. I have a few recordings by Oscar and Paul Bley. Any others that are epically recorded with five star music and recording quality out there?
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    Bayz Audio Courante 2.0s

    Well, I just received the latest iteration of the Bayz Audio Courantes. The big difference here is the leg extensions which are approximately 6" long. As of this post, the speakers have only 2 hours with music playing so far. Out of the box? Impressive to say the least. In the crate this...
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    Best Amp - Speaker Combination you've ever Heard.

    This synergy can make or break a system. What's your favorite? I'll post mine once I let it cook.
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    SOTA Horns. Do they still have 'Horn Colorations'

    I think many, if not most of us on WBAF feel speakers with horns/wave guides do some things exceptionally well, like epic dynamics and synergies with low powered amplification. For me, these attributes have historically come at the expense of neutrality. I'm not sure if the colorations I've...
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    Crossover Designs without Capacitors

    I fondly remember Franko Serblins Extremas which utilized a crossover without capacitors. Just a power resistor in series and an Inductor in parallel with the Dynaudio Esotar tweeter. The speakers were amazing sounding, but notoriously inefficient, in no small part because of this crossover...

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