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  1. Head's up; I just received an unsolicited PM from a "new user" with 0 posts telling me to email a different person for what I wanted to buy. Amazingly I was not trying to buy anything, but the day is young...
  2. OMG: I didn't believe you until I read this 6 Moons' review: I was intrigued enough by the Tesla Series description to pay a visit to the Synergistic Research factory. On arrival, the affable Eliott Nomensen, assistant engineer and head of technical support, gave me the tour of the facility. Elliot really piqued my interest when he informed me of Synergistic's patent-pending conditioning process called Tesla quantum tunneling. To demonstrate its effect on cable performance, we first listened to a pair of untreated interconnects in Synergistic's ambitious in-house music system. The sound was unusually open, detailed and spacious. We then entered a small room where I thought I might be witnessing a bit of mad science. In front of me stood a six-foot tall Tesla coil topped with a reflective metal sphere the size of a basketball. The untreated interconnect was then suspended by clamps which held one RCA connector in close proximity to the sphere and the other end close to a huge copper grounding rod planted in the concrete floor. Elliott offered me protective ear covers and then flipped a switch. A deafening crackle ensued and 2 million volts arced like lightning to the RCA connector, through the cable and into the grounding rod. We returned to the listening room to reinstall the treated interconnects and listen for changes in sound quality. The sound was still lovely but obviously more open, three-dimensional and liquid. I was dumbfounded. Quantum tunneling works.
  3. How about a category for mysterious add-ons which transform the acoustics of any room, interconnect, or component merely by their existence in your listening environment: magic dots, stones, disks that balance close proximity electromagnetic fields, etc.? One I just discovered is the $3000 "HighEnd Novum PMR Premium Mk.II - Room Acoustic Resonator Extraordinaire;" the brass dish on top of the stand. While it just sits, "It sweetens and clarifies the sound with more focus and definition." And its endorsed... I can [cautiously] buy into cables and interconnects, but mysticism for my setup isn't going to cut it.... Plus I'm pretty sure I can get one at Pier 1 for less than $3K.
  4. The plate looks like "mesh," not solid. Similar to this: Not this:
  5. In another life back in the 70s when I sold these, which was not often, the retail was over $500. That $2000 in this week's dollars.
  6. Question for the technically literate: I know a ratio of 5:1 ratio of pre to amp impedance is acceptable and 10:1 is "preferred." What might happen with a pre's output impedance of 100 Ohms connected to an amp with an input impedance of 100K Ohms? These are both tubed, BTW. Is this something I should care about? Thanks in advance. Mike
  7. I go there whenever I think we gotten off the rails here and to drool over $300 fuses...
  8. "You know he has a $28K set of loudspeakers to sell now, right?" That's a fact, not bashing. Childish is making a personal or non-fact based comment directed at impugning his character. My comments are neither.
  9. You know he has a $28K set of loudspeakers to sell now, right? Of course the other reason we don't see more of them is the movie screen hides them 🙂 Mike
  10. There is a pair for sale in Belgium for 1400 euros ($1475+/-). HiFi shark will take you there. Or use it for bargaining. 😉
  11. I received several sets I purchased from the Captain and am waiting for a couple more. Patience. Mike
  12. As we all know on the forum, equalizers are either an absolute necessity or the worst thing you do to the sound from a Heritage loudspeaker. No middle ground. This is for the former group. The 9010 is from the "Flat Group;" Technics' first foray into high end audio equipment. Technics designed the SH-9010 with variable frequencies; by turning the control knob below each slide pot, the center frequency can be moved up or down by as much as 1.6 octaves. The five slide pots per channel cover the following ranges: Center Frequency variable between: 60Hz 20Hz-180Hz 240Hz 80Hz-720Hz 1kHz 333Hz-3kHz 4kHz 1.3kHz-12kHz 16kHz 5.3kHz-48kHz As adjustment is continuous, center frequencies can be set accurately at the desired points. What's more, settings are independent for each stereo channel. "Q" (or slope or bandwidth) adjustment is also independent for each band of each stereo channel. Thus the SH-9010 offers an infinite combination of three adjustments: 1. Boost or attenuation up to 12dB at five points in the frequency spectrum 2. Precise adjustment of those five bands by more than an octave overlap between adjacent bands 3. Adjustment of "Q" for each frequency band between the range of Q = 0.7 to 7 Very good condition. Unit is silent; all pots and sliders were cleaned and lubed this year. No scratch or sounds making. adjustments. All lamps work. The unit has minimal scratches from normal use; rack mount face plate and top cover look nearly new. Includes copy of owner’s manual and service manual. $400including shipping in the lower 48. Please email any questions. Thanks. Mike
  13. To me, today’s “open concept” family room - kitchen - dining room is an acoustic nightmare. I enjoy music in the background, but given the acoustics, I knew I could not have ultimate fidelity in this area. So I started looking for a [relatively] inexpensive integrated for the family room. After perusing the usual suspects, I came across this forlorn Separo SE-300I integrated with lots of tubes and a flashy gold front end. Since I never heard of it, I did my research and discovered its had a interesting back story but only about two reviews in its short life. One was unfavorable and the other gushed. After reading the specs, my hunch was it would be closer to the gush. What sold me was it weighs 65 pounds! Its all transformers! So for the munificent sum of $649 including shipping from the west coast (!), the family room now sports 10 watts of class A power. With the no name tubes, it sounds terrific. Depth, soundstage, midrange; its quite lovely. Even the 300Bs glow blue. I had to reinforce the table it rests on because it weights every bit of 65 pounds. Now that I know it works very well, I’ll roll the good stuff in. Even a blind pig…
  14. I have way too many tubes in the tube drawer. Please read the small label to id the tube (the box indicate the brand if noting maker is otherwise noted). The four Tung Sold are in fact matched 6SN7GTBs. "Green" sticker means “good.” "Yellow" means the tunes are more than three years old. "Orange" means I had the tubes several years and don't recall how much use it had. But they all work as intended. All are in good shape with no issues other than I replaced them with NOS. In fact, the three 6922 probably have less than an hour combined (I was trying to get a Conrad Johnson to not hiss through La Scalas- a losing effort). The Tung Sols, about 100 hours. These 17 tubes just need to move from my tube drawer to your’s. $100 for all plus shipping to you. Please email any questions. Thanks.
  15. https://www.audiogon.com/listings/lisah1gj-klipsch-klipschorn-ak6-75th-anniversary-heritage-speakers-limited-edition-matched-p-full-range
  16. If you have an iPod, this dock allows you to integrate it into your system.The Wadia 170iTransport was the first dock letting you bypass the iPod's built-in digital-to-analog converter so you can run your own DAC for better sound. The 170iTransport also features one component video output, a pair of RCA outputs and one S-video output. compatible with all 30 pin docking iPods, including the 120GB iPod classic, curved screen iPod nano, and second generation iPod touch bypasses iPod's built-in digital-to-analog converter (DAC) analog stereo RCA output S-video and component video output powder-coated cast aluminum chassis remote control 8"W x 2-3/4"H x 9-11/16”D The remote is the all metal unit from the higher end Wadia dac/amps. But in all candor, I can’t read the type from across the room… Works great; I just don't need another back up. $75 plus shipping to you. Please email any questions.
  17. From when Bob ruled the audio world. In his words: The Phase Linear 1000 is a dynamic range recovery system. Recording studios and record processing companies employ a number of necessarily evil techniques brought about by the state of the recording art. Taken together, these techniques may be described as processes which serve to limit and restrict the dynamic range of recorded material. Unfortunately, their use is necessary in order to put the tremendous range of live music onto the surface of modern phonograph discs and tapes. When used properly, the Phase Linear 1000 will significantly correct these shortcomings inherent in the recording process. Long ago and far away when I used an original AR turntable with an M91ED cartridge through a Marantz 2230B, it improved playback of records. It had a similar effect as a DBX 3BX. The audible impact on CDs is negligible in my opinion. Clean unit with no particular issues; it works as Bob intended (no clicks, pops or hiss) and comes with a copy of the owners manual and service manual. $75 including shipping to you in the lower 48.
  18. Anyone considering selling a primo pair? I'll consider a package with the Klipsch headphone amp as well. Let me know. Thanks. Mike
  19. Shouldn't Nipper be in front of the RCAs?
  20. LOL; wish I had thought of that. Not to justify or debate the concept, I find it interesting the knock offs, which are nearly 100% of the original design, can be retailed for well under $2000 while after 65 years of production, Herman Miller still retails the originals for $5500 or so. 'tis a puzzlement.
  21. Because to me, the poser chair is more comfortable than the Stressless chair.
  22. If it is an electronic key, be seated when they tell you how much it will cost. Gone are the days you can get a 99 cent key cut for your car.
  23. Perhaps, but for me its the tilt of the low back and seat cushions that induce the "relaxing" angle. I spent some time in an Eames chair before purchase and knew what to expect. For me, it's just it really doesn't mate well with La Scala. (I could adjust the height on my other stand mount speakers.) Interestingly, the chair was a good match for my Forte IVs. It's all in the tweeter/ear match. Even if you "just" use it for headphones, its a very comfortable and relaxing chair. Good luck!
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