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    To treat or not to treat

    Jesus. Surely more accurately that's a video of cupboard treatment?
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    Laskys and Tandy

    My first turntable, a Garrard Zero100SB, came from Laskys, when I was 15. Saved up from a summer and weekend job at the local zoo. My old man was persuaded to bring it home on a flight to Aberdeen after a business trip to that London (for reasons which now escape me) must have been a total pain in the arse. Zero100, Sure M75ED, Rotel RA611 and a pair of AR4a. Happy days. I can't even remember where the Rotel came from (Comet maybe?), but the ARs came from a local dealer whom I later ended up working for.
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    Active and passive speaker topologies with examples

    You need to get out more. Or at least meet a better class of hooker.
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    Gato - direct sales

    Sounds like they're doing the right thing by existing customers – common sense really since they've already bought into the brand, but fair play to them.
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    Gato - direct sales

    I suspect it's a model which will become increasingly common as margins get squeezed. Probably a very effective way to piss off existing owners though, who have just watched the same percentage wiped off the s/h value of their Gato kit.
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    the wisdom of russ andrews 2 - speaker stands

    Different schools of thought, so I don't think there's a one size fits all conclusion to be reached. IIRC, AudioNote suggest heavy stands but initially only half-filled, then incrementally adding/subtracting to taste. Some manufacturers of course are somewhat 'anti-spike' in an audio context, Lavardin/LeContoure, Boenicke and Townshend come immediately to mind. I think all you can do is go with the prevailing wisdom for any given application and be prepared for a little experimentation.
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    cd transport or dac ?

    Err... No issue with the cost. The top-end CEC and the Zanden I really liked both cost more than I paid for the first couple of flats I bought, although that's probably a whole other discussion.
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    cd transport or dac ?

    That's always been my reaction to Esoteric. Built like a brick outhouse, could anchor the QE2, but nothing remarkable in terms of sound. Although as I say, when I've heard them (never at home) it's almost always been in the context of the 'Star Wars ultra-tech' type systems where one searches in vain for a nice bit of wood (not a euphemism). Such systems do nothing for me but I doubt it's ever been the Esoteric which was defining the sound in that context. Yup. I'd still happily live with one. S/h prices are now so low I've almost been tempted to grab one, although rationally I have no real use for it.
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    cd transport or dac ?

    Funnily enough I've never registered a reaction above lukewarm to an Esoteric transport/CDP. Part of this is undoubtedly down to the type of system I've invariably heard them in, which never get me particularly moist of an evening, but I do tend to have Esoteric classed under 'looks big and shiny, sounds big and shiny.'
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    cd transport or dac ?

    Nope. But for a change, why don't you tell us what you think about some of the subjects you're posting on, rather than just prodding at topics with a stick?
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    cd transport or dac ?

    The system I heard used the then top-end Moon (Reference?) amplification and an enormous pair of Focals, complete system hooked up with enough Nordost Valhalla to run to the (real) moon and back. It was f***ing horrendous. The CEC and other top quality transports aren't 'improving' anything. They're just screwing it up less. It's not a difficult concept. What you get with playback of a vinyl record improves when attention is paid to a number of factors, including careful set-up, accurate alignment and suppression of unwanted vibration. Since reading a CD is also a mechanical process, why should these factors be any less relevant? The physical engagement undoubtedly does have a part to play in terms of user satisfaction (oo-er, Matron) as I've commented upon previously. But there's more to it than that. John Darko recently discovered that CD players generally sound better than his music servers/streamers and Roon server doodads. Srajan Ebaen made the same observation recently when the first CD player he'd listened to for years outstripped his file-based replay system. And the most recent Stereophile contains a review of the new DCS Rossini disc transport by John Atkinson where he concludes that to his surprise the physical media sounds better than the networked alternatives, even if he's buggered as to knowing why. There does seem to be a school of thought in some quarters that CD development just somehow stood still while all the streaming stuff has been in the spotlight. I don't think that's the case, there are plenty of examples to the contrary just in the three items I've mentioned above. With specific regard to CEC, I've used 3 of their transports, the most recent of which is both the best and cheapest, so what's that if it's not progress? Hadn't heard that (re the slot) but you might be right. The build quality was a bit agricultural (certainly compared to high-end Japanese manufacturing) and it was a tad 'ergonomically challenged' but a great-sounding player IMO.
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    boenicke Owners Club

    Hmm. In the circumstances I thought perhaps she'd mis-heard you...
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    boenicke Owners Club

    When you tried to put, er, something in her ear?
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    cd transport or dac ?

    I've only heard DCS equipment once, around a decade ago. On that basis, my gut response would be 'Jesus, I hope not...' but that was a long time ago and in a system which for my tastes no front-end could have redeemed (and which at high volume emptied a large room as effectively as machine gun fire), so probably unfair to judge solely on that. But as far as I know, until very recently DCS had abandoned physical media, so no, probably not very much in common at all. Compared to what? A CD on a CEC transport? To me the file invariably sounds inferior regardless of the DAC used. In my system at the moment that's more clearly demonstrated by the DAC in my amp than my CEC DAC. As I said, the belt-drive thing is just one factor. Doesn't mean it's the 'one true path' any more than it is for turntables. Generally speaking though I do have a clear preference for top-loading CD mechanisms with high quality mechanical engineering and invariably some type of puck/clamp/brick in the process. Apart from CEC, I really rate top-loaders from Pro-Ject, Reimyo and Zanden. Inconveniently for any tentatively coalescing dogma, there are exceptions, one of my all-time favourite CDPs remains the Resolution Audio Opus21, which uses a cheap DVD drive, and one of these days I'd like to hear the Origine player. Personally I'd probably rather have the Technics, primarily because looking at the latest TechDas it seems highly improbable I'd be able to heave the bugger up the stairs.
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    boenicke Owners Club

    In some respects I agree, but to be fair I know what he was getting at as well. Regardless, from my POV, the review served its purpose in that it made me aware of the existence of the Boenicke's and triggered a home demo. Interestingly enough, when I first tentatively mentioned to Kevin and Lynn that I was contemplating abandoning my beloved RWs in favour of a couple of Swiss matchboxes, I was anticipating an enquiry as to the state of my mental health. The actual response? "Ooh, they're great..."