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  1. In response to my own post I realize that I have not expressed my position properly. For those of you who are techies I am happy that you have sources such as this where you can expand your knowledge and enjoy your avocation. For me and those like me, who only want guidance as to how to find to the best sound possible, most of what is posted on CA is inconsequential. I should probably find another forum to which I am more suited and stop complaining. Sorry to divert the thread.
  2. I am not complaining re. The lack of outcomes as it relates to this particular thread. I was complaining about the lack of significant outcomes generally when reading audio related commentary. Most of it is all opinion based on"personal preference." Very little significantly factual information ever emerges. I have been closely involved with this hobby since the 70's and only occasionally have I experienced relevatory posting/ threads. I keep reading with the hope that I will experience another such moment before I pass on.
  3. As is usually the case with posts here on CA, rarely are firm conclusions ever reached that provide a reader with info they can hang their hats on. The frustration with the audio hobby continues to mount.
  4. Thumbs up regarding the regret over the AR2ax speakers. As a young buck with no money I drooled over these but had to settle for the AR 4x's.
  5. Front end for Audio Research DAC8

    No takers? How about Priaptor?
  6. For those of you that have had significant experience with the Audio Research DAC8, which front end has offered the best sound quality?
  7. Interested in hearing about those pieces of vintage equipment that you wish you never parted with. What pieces would you still be using today, not keeping for the sake of nostalgia. I should never have parted with my Quad ESL 57's.
  8. MQA Testing

    Just completed test with Magnificat. Two listeners involved. Myself age 70 with less than the best hearing felt there was essentially no difference between the cd file and the Mqa file. The second listener who has very very acute hearing abilities felt the mqa file was generally more pleasing. Curiously, if you read " sphinxsix" post, second paragraph, #82, the second listener felt almost exactly the opposite on all points.
  9. Thank you for the courtesy of your reply. So I guess it would be safe to conclude that since moving on from your bdp that you are now listening to a server/renderer combination that offers superior sound. Would you say that the sq improvement is largely due to the software you now employ for playback or from the hardware you are now using?
  10. Can anyone offer their thoughts re. The sound quality of the Bryston bdp units as compared to the various CAPS servers with and without the micro rendu?
  11. Sonore microRendu

    Sorry in advance for my ignorance but I cannot get my head totally around the micro rendu. Question...can the micro rendu be used in conjunction with the Bryston bdp digital player with a resultant improvement in SQ.
  12. Hearing aid distortion

    Thanks for this last bit of practical advice. I will try this today and see how it goes.
  13. Hearing aid distortion

    Has anyone noticed that while listening to music at reasonable sound pressure levels from usual listening position, that hearing aids are driven to distortion? I have noticed a "garbling" of especially female voices. A distortion that is subtle at first, often barely noticable, yet when perceived it makes listening unpleasant.
  14. Aging amplifiers

    Can anyone suggest a " maintenance" schedule for hi-end amplifiers as they age. I own a pair of Mark Levinson 33H monobloc amps that are approximately 15 years old with low hours for their chronological age. I am concerned with aging capacitors as well as other electronic internal parts. What does capacitor failure sound like? How does the failure of other elements effect sound?