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  1. Why does consumer audio SUCK?

    gmg doesn't dream it, he lives it. He always got free milk, so he never had to buy the cow.
  2. You Think Audio Is Expensive?

    When I was a pro, photo equipment was more affordable, but you also had your film and processing costs. And, you charged your clients accordingly. If you buy pro-grade gear for amateur use as a hobbyist, you need deep pockets. Part of it is status and the exclusivity factor. I think the more insecure you are, the more important those things are to you. And, this goes for a lot of hobbies. Take cycling...how many here would spent $12-$15K for a bicycle? That is what the pros ride, and many enthusiasts would not settle for anything less. I do club rides through the suburbs and farmlands of NJ with a bunch of guys in their 50's and 60's, and many of them own several five-figure bikes. Some of then are always talking about upgrading some component, wheelset, or getting an even lighter carbon frame to replace the perfectly good one they bought two or three years ago. If you let your self be sucked into that mindset, instead of enjoying what you have, you are thinking the whole time that your equipment is lacking, and you won't be happy until you buy something better. I understand it, but I don't think that way.
  3. Why does consumer audio SUCK?

    I figured you'd say something like that. We know that I don't qualify as an audiophile. Call me an audio enthusiast. I've owned stereo components since 1961 and I've always known that there was better gear out there, but I never let that dampen my enjoyment of music.
  4. Why does consumer audio SUCK?

    I had a NAD C275BEE driving a pair of old B&W's. I had this amp for three years, and one of the filter capacitors blew. I had to decide between spending about $400 to fix it, or replacing it with something else. I demo'ed a Rogue Sphinx and a Rotel RB-1582 ($1999). I ended up buying another NAD C275BEE. While I am less fussy about my equipment than I am about finding the best masterings of the music that I like, the SQ differences between the three amps were enough for me to know that I made the right choice. The Rogue is a hybrid integrated, so maybe not apples to apples. I don't have much good to say about that piece, so I will not elaborate. While the Rotel has more watts, higher damping factor, etc., it definitely did not sound as "musical' to me as the NAD. My friend's Mark Levinson is in storage in my basement after he split with his wife and they sold their house. He's now living in a 400 sq. ft. apartment, so he can't use it there LOL. If I could lift the thing to carry it up my basement staircase, I might try it out.
  5. Separating components for air space

    Gotta hand it to Mapleshade getting folks to fork over $40 a set for these, when you can make them yourself for $2.32 and a few drops of glue. Tell me they are not the identical product. https://www.supplyhouse.com/DiversiTech-MP-2C-Rubber-Cork-Anti-Vibration-Pad-2-x-2-x-7-8
  6. Separating components for air space

    Some folks here use these: https://www.supplyhouse.com/DiversiTech-MP-2E-EVA-Anti-Vibration-Pad-2-x-2-x-7-8
  7. Audirvana 3.1

    It was posted. http://audirvana.com/delivery/AudirvanaPlus_3.1.8.dmg
  8. How would you get your metadata into Word or Excel? Unless there is a script or app for that, I wouldn't want to type it in manually. I use the simplest method I can think of. Create an iTunes library for each drive. There's a menu command to save the Songs By Album to a PDF file like this:
  9. Do I have a perfect audio set-up?

    You are the best judge of your own gear. Try it and see if it improves anything, then report back, which might help others here.
  10. HomePod & the Future of local files on iTunes

    I don't think of it that way. Vintage gear is still a big part of this hobby. I've gotten 20, 30, 40 years out of some stereo components. Newer is not always better.
  11. Article: The Definitive Sgt. Pepper's In High Resolution

    I have heard the 2014 mono box set, and I like it, especially Revolver and Rubber Soul, as the original stereo mixes were not done well.
  12. Sonore ultraDigtial

    Here's the USB version. A nice short cable, when that's all you need.
  13. Article: The Definitive Sgt. Pepper's In High Resolution

    It's easy to embrace this revisionist remix as the definitive version if you weren't alive when the original came out. There is a strong nostalgic component in the Beatles music for me. My fond memories from those days are brought back when I listen to the original versions, and less so when I am aware that it is a modern remaster. I prefer Beatles on vinyl. I still have the US mono LP of Sgt. Pepper that I got as a bar mitzvah gift right after it came out.
  14. Hubbell Hospital Grade outlet as an upgrade

    A buddy of mine sold his house, and is storing some gear at my place. I'm using his Mark Levinson preamp a the moment, but the Levinson stereo power amp is still in the box my basement because I can't lift the thing to carry it upstairs. It must weigh at least 100 lbs.
  15. NOOB ALERT! How do I use a Schiit Modi 2 DAC?

    I had the original Fulla. More of a toy than a real component. I ended up throwing it in the garbage.