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  1. TubeHiFiNut

    Need Advice from the Tube Gurus out there

    Currently have SET Amps that use 845, 300B and 2A3 output tubes and a SEP amp that uses the EL84. The SET amps are beautiful sounding amps - each in their own way.. The Almarro A205a SEP EL84 amp also sounds wonderful and can definitely run with the big dogs. I would try using one unbridged Decware EL84 amp, as was suggested.
  2. TubeHiFiNut

    Advice for Beginners....

    Thank you. I appreciate different perspectives and enjoy conversing about our hobby. Seems like this subject is "one of those" where the two camps are pretty entrenched in their thinking - me very much included. Thankfully, the discussion has been civil and respectful. Just my opinion.
  3. TubeHiFiNut

    Budget Amp Suggestion for Heresy I

    How many sources will you be running?
  4. TubeHiFiNut

    Advice for Beginners....

    And thus the discussion goes in the usual (unfortunate) direction....."Less fillung, tastes great". My advice to beginners, as previously stated..... Beginners should listen to lots of gear in a variety of settings. Gain experience. Learn what you like. Trust your own ears. Don't be influenced by other folks telling you what you should, or should not, hear. Your ears, your brain, your connection to the music. Assemble whatever system best connects you to the music. Buy lots of the music you love. Enjoy this wonderful hobby for many years. Just my opinion.
  5. TubeHiFiNut

    Facebook on PBS Frontline

    I consider The PBS News Hour to be right doen the middle and is my primary nightly news broadcast.
  6. TubeHiFiNut

    Facebook on PBS Frontline

    I steer clear of all 24x7 news channels. Too much "real estate" for all of them to fill without a crapload of (mostly sensational and combative) editorial content being passed of as hard news. I keep track of national politics via a variety of sources (including PBS and NPR ) but pay much closer attention to local government - city council, county commission, state assembly and state senate - where I can hopefully make a difference. This is another area where social media is dangerous. Everyone is a "journalist" now and is is all too easy for these folks to whip a small percentage of the populace into a frenzy thus impacting local politicians. Just my opinion.
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    Facebook on PBS Frontline

    If you are referring to my opinion regarding the slight left perspective of Frontline, you are not even close to how I view things.
  8. TubeHiFiNut

    Advice for Beginners....

    With respect, running an excellent integrated amp or separates (tubes or solid state) does not mean breaking the bank. It does mean taking the time and effort to do research and not buy into the "all amps sound the same" mantra. My main systems would probably be described by many as "upper middle class" - not crazy "uber high end expensive" - and, by "synergistically" (I'll continue to use that word ) matching components, my system absolutely connects me to the music. My living room system was put together for less than $1K and sounds quite good. It was also, with the exception of the speakers, all purchased brand new. It does not get to the heights of the main systems but is very satisfying given room (and wife ) considerations. Just my ramblings and opinions.
  9. TubeHiFiNut

    Advice for Beginners....

    "If it measures good and sounds bad, -- it is bad. If it sounds good and measures bad, -- you've measured the wrong thing." --Daniel R. von Recklinghausen, former Chief Research Engineer, H.H. Scott
  10. TubeHiFiNut

    Facebook on PBS Frontline

    I'll try to keep that in mind. Used to publish an online cigar magazine. VERY in tune with what the Mods do to keep things running.
  11. TubeHiFiNut

    Advice for Beginners....

    I had a Paragon E and (stupidly) sold it. VERY good sounding preamp. Just my opinion.
  12. TubeHiFiNut

    Facebook on PBS Frontline

    Big supporter of PBS. Personally, I do not facebook or any "social media" (except audio forums, of course ) and believe it, twitter and the rest of "social media" (except audio forums, of course ) have outpaced our brain's ability to assimilate information. Whoever said "there is no solution" is correct. Whoever said 'the industry will evolve and get better' (or words to that effect - home sick, not into finding the exact quote right now) is also correct. I do not believe in government censorship. I do believe in going after the originators of deliberate and demonstrably false assertions and accusations that are not clearly put forth as OPINION - but I also know that is probably not feasible. The left believes that the right controls the media and the right believes the left controls the media. This makes it critical to monitor and actively choose your news sources - and to make sure that you are choosing from a wide variety of viewpoints. This is what I do. Also still read newspapers. The Frontline FB series probably leans slightly left but has overall, to date, been fairly objective. What I am gleaning from this is that each of us must take responsibility for who we choose to use as information sources and the weight we give to each source. Just my opinion. Mods: this is the first thread of this type that I have posted on here. If this violates any TOS considerations, please delete and let me know so I do not repeat the error. Thank you.
  13. TubeHiFiNut

    Advice for Beginners....

    I do not know the answer to either question. If I can find the original reviews of the Paragon 12A and Paragon E preamps, I hope to see how that Paragon company was named.
  14. TubeHiFiNut

    Advice for Beginners....

    Don't believe so. The Paragon preamps were manufactured back in the late 1970s - early 1980s. The company may have just been Paragon? I'll have to research further (actual magazines) and find the original reviews.
  15. TubeHiFiNut

    Advice for Beginners....

    @Deang - thank you for posting the Deneen piece. For those of you keeping score, long ago and prior to his current business, Deneen was the designer and driving force behing Paragon Audio. Paragon's 12A and E preamps were considered by many to be some of the finest tube preamps of their day. Bottom line from my perspective: I, like many here, have more than four decades of experience in audio. I trust my ears. I also trust myself to choose the components that best satisfy my audio selection criteria - price and technology notwithstanding. Finally, I know what I hear - and all components do NOT sound the same. Just my opinion.
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