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Category Archive for 'Hi-Fi'

Rocking it solid state

I am fortunate in that I own three museum-quality McIntosh amplifiers: two MC30 tube amps, and one MC2505 solid-state amp. The MC30s are my primary amps — they sound wonderful, open and warm, and are completely non-fatiguing. Their midrange is nothing short of magical.  But every now and then I like to shift things around, […]

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Dear theater managers: You all suck

I’m not much of a movie goer. I hate the prices, I hate the people, and don’t even get me started on the food. I have a very nice two-channel stereo/home theater at home, and I’ve been a Netflix subscribe for eight years, so I’m not crazy about shelling out a pile of cash to […]

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Zu Xaus in the house

I just bought a Zu Xaus phono cable. I got it off of eBay for a paltry sum, compared to what Zu sells it for retail. I put it between my VPI Scout and JuicyMusic Tercel and a whole new world appeared. What I got for what I paid is astounding. Last night I put […]

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Juicymusic Audio Peach mods

I installed a cryo’d Electro Harmonix 6922 in the Lo-Mode position. Holy shit! This tube is phenomenal! I’m glad I didn’t spend crazy money on one of the coveted pinch-waist Amperex 6922s. Here’s a picture of the EH 6922 with an Ultrasonic 9 halo and some generic silicon tube damper on the other Phillips 6922s. […]

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Dampening an Oppo DV-980HD player

Here’s a worthwhile and reasonably cheap tweak for the Oppo player. Tools required: Phillips screwdriver, a pair of scissors to cut the dampening sheet, and steady hands — you don’t want to knock those resistors and capacitors. It took me all of 30 minutes to do it. I used one sheet of Herbie’s 1.6mm Grungebuster […]

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