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    Quote Originally Posted by magiccarpetride View Post
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    But in the world of audio, there is so much maliciousness as this sector seems to attract many broken, maladjusted individuals who have obvious difficulties socializing. At least us guitar heads are gregarious, we like to congregate and talk shop, play some rock licks, drink beer, ogle chicks...
    it isn't malicious to state facts..or to try to teach those that are ignorant. it is for their own good. (and for the good of those who will be led like rats (the new naive guys) by people like you and SBGK wailing about shakti stones and server optimizations. )
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    it isn't malicious to state facts..or to try to teach those that are ignorant. it is for their own good. (and for the good of those who will be led like rats (the new naive guys) by people like you and SBGK wailing about shakti stones and server optimizations. )
    Calling someone a troll is not stating facts. It is an uncalled-for personal attack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soulkeeper View Post
    But I hope that the difference between two $5000 power amps is smaller than the difference between two $200 power amps. There ought to be some kind of standard (and I think there is, at least to some degree).
    Good point but I can't answer that question. Now of course if one $5,000 amp was some flea powered tube amp and the other amp a 200 watt per channel solid state model, well then all bets are off.

    And of course since we're talking about high end audio, a third $5,000 amp could just be a $200 amp in some fancy aircraft grade aluminum case with an equally fancy name badge. (Think Luxman)
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    Quote Originally Posted by ralphpnj View Post
    Good point but I can't answer that question. Now of course if one $5,000 amp was some flea powered tube amp and the other amp a 200 watt per channel solid state model, well then all bets are off.

    And of course since we're talking about high end audio, a third $5,000 amp could just be a $200 amp in some fancy aircraft grade aluminum case with an equally fancy name badge. (Think Luxman)
    ALL 5k aolid state amps are. 200ú amps in fancy boxes. It's the box that costs For valve amps you can at le ast treble the parts cost - good output transformers and valves are expensive.
    You want to see the signal path BEFORE it gets onto a CD/vinyl...it ain't what you'd call minimal...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil Leigh View Post
    ALL 5k aolid state amps are. 200ú amps in fancy boxes. It's the box that costs For valve amps you can at le ast treble the parts cost - good output transformers and valves are expensive.
    Ignorance is bliss: I've always been impressed with Mark Levinson power amps (that are not located in Lexus cars.) Since my main speakers are the world's hungriest, accurate .5-1 ohm is really enticing.

    Of course, they are now owned (like everything that used-to-be-sacred) by Harman Industries. These things happen.

    Electrocompaniet driving Focals was also impressive since the room was totally wrong (long side in front and back and the size of mobile home LR. Well no more than 12' x 16')

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheOctavist View Post
    it isn't malicious to state facts..or to try to teach those that are ignorant. it is for their own good. (and for the good of those who will be led like rats (the new naive guys) by people like you and SBGK wailing about shakti stones and server optimizations. )
    TheOctavist,
    You are clearly a raving objectivist but am I the first to notice the TT mods in your signature?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil Leigh View Post
    ALL 5k aolid state amps are. 200ú amps in fancy boxes. It's the box that costs For valve amps you can at le ast treble the parts cost - good output transformers and valves are expensive.
    I don't think so. I own a very nice $5,000 power amp which is definitely not a $200 power amp in fancy clothes. Is the amp worth $5k, no I don't think so which is why I bought it used for substantially less than the new retail price. However I do believe that most $5,000 amps should at least have very parts quality and be built to last a long time without going out of spec.
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    Quote Originally Posted by magiccarpetride View Post
    That's true, but the way you put it, sounds like you feel that it could be a problem. Why?

    The reason we go into hobbies is precisely to cultivate obsessive-compulsive disorders. That way, life becomes laced with spice. Otherwise, you may just as well obtain a degree in accounting and then get buried alive in your spreadsheets for the rest of your life.

    My much bigger hobby (way, way bigger than audio neurosa) is collecting vintage guitar and bass guitar equipment. In that hobby, we obsess over excruciating minutia over every tiny little spec on the guitar or the amp. Is it a maple fretboard, are the pickups hand-wound, etc. But no one calls us crazy, because that's just something we guitar heads love to do. No harm, no foul, we piss away our own hard earned money, we concoct our own outlandish claims, and no one ridicules us for that.

    But in the world of audio, there is so much maliciousness as this sector seems to attract many broken, maladjusted individuals who have obvious difficulties socializing. At least us guitar heads are gregarious, we like to congregate and talk shop, play some rock licks, drink beer, ogle chicks...
    A couple of comments. I think you've conflated two different things.

    First, musical instruments are about "making" music rather than reproducing it. (Though I wouldn't find it surprising that at least some audiophiles fancy the sophistication and nuance of their equipment and tweak choices are at the same level of importance as that of the original composer and artist(s).)

    Second, "vintage instrument" collecting has the issues of: 1) is the item an original or fake?; and 2) has it been modified or repaired? Those qualities are common to collecting activity, whether classic cars or 16th century oil on canvas paintings.

    No collector wastes his time claiming his 1958 MG Roadster will beat a modern sports car in a race. That's not the point. The collector simply likes what he likes.

    These endless audiophilia debates are more akin to the "Ford vs Chevy" arguments I used to hear back in high school.

    I don't care that people spend their money on what they like, but the part I find odd is that it is the "subjectivists" who seemed most determined to declare there cannot possibly be a subjective reason for their preferences - it must be rooted in some incredibly obscure aspect of physics. It's simply not good enough to like what one likes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by darrenyeats View Post
    TheOctavist,
    You are clearly a raving objectivist but am I the first to notice the TT mods in your signature?!
    see the tt 3.0 thread.

    did loads of dbt today. no difference with or without, stock psu or linear.


    i jumped on tt bandwagon hastily. it provided no benefit..so back to stock for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by magiccarpetride View Post
    Calling someone a troll is not stating facts. It is an uncalled-for personal attack.
    If the person behaves like a troll, pointing it out isn't an unwarranted attack. Reality isn't optional
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