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About samberger0357

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  • Birthday 03/11/1957

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    Oakland, CA
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    Vintage audio, records, jazz, pre war blues/country.

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  1. The majority of my streaming are FLAC's of my ripped cd's. As I indicated earlier, I occasionally use Spotify, for which I have the Premium subscription. I've also used Tidal lossless in the past. And frankly, I cannot tell any difference in audio quality between those 2 services, or them and my cd's. I'm sure it's there, but by choice I do not own the most resolving system possible, so can't hear it. Just happy that all these various mediums exist.
  2. Noise on records has never bothered me in the 45 years that alive been a serious listener/collector.. I don't buy trashed records, and vacuum clean if they're really noisy, but it's never been an issue. I tend to listen to a lot of styles where a little noise doesn't affect the listening experience, but I can certainly understand a person who listens to a lot of classical music to prefer the sonic perfection of digital. And as I buy and listen to pretty much all mediums I begrudge nobody their preference for enjoyment. I've never been a participant in the analog vs. digital wars. All that matters is the music.
  3. I love the "set up" Adams. Mine is mostly still big antiquated hardware-centric, with several thousand lp's and cd's and the things to play them on. But for several years now I have also embraced digital technology, and happily use my Squeezebox Touch and computer to stream what now amounts to a personal library of over 1500 albums, plus various radio programs worldwide, and to try out new music from sites such as Bandcamp and Spotify. It's lovely to have this digital jukebox at my fingertips, particularly in the evening when my wife and I are hanging out and working or doing other things just to be able to put the music on random, or create a playlist, and let it go on for hours if need be. No reason anybody has to be trapped with just one medium. It's easy and fun to use everything available to be able to access as much music as you want.
  4. Model Four's in my hood...should I go for them?

    Yes I saw those. And they are gorgeous, and a lot more expensive then the one's selling locally. I assumed that the Four's were all produced so early that they all had the oil filled caps, but from Tom's ad it looks like I may be wrong. Should check on my local seller's serial numbers.
  5. Model Four's in my hood...should I go for them?

    Seller wants $450, which I think is too high. Says they are in "excellent working shape". I emailed an offer of $300 plus a pair of Model Six's, but never heard back, which I suppose means he's not interested. I'm on the fence because I'd love to add these to the collection. They are scarce, and so a good pair selling locally is enticing. Plus I have an amp(McIntosh MC250) which accommodates 16 ohm speakers. Would appreciate any and all opinions.
  6. Pair of AR-2a's for sale

    Where are you located?
  7. Need Advice on Refinishing Rough KLH Model 5 Cabinets

    Thanks for the kind words. I've tried the 5's on the floor, with 8" stands, with the 11" replica AR stands that you see in the video, and up on top of my Klipsch Cornwalls! Frankly, they sound great no matter where I put them, but I prefer them on the AR stands. Not only because of the sound, but I miss my currently sick AR3's less with then 5's on their stands
  8. Need Advice on Refinishing Rough KLH Model 5 Cabinets

    Tube gear with the Model 5's is great. Here's a recent video of my system that I did for another forum that highlights the 5's being driven by a pair of Dynaco MKIII's and a McIntosh MX110 pre. My System
  9. AR58 BX PP -- almost put them on the curb; now what?

    Hi Victoria and welcome to the forums. I'm sure others will be around to provide more info then I can, but here is a thread from '03 which will provide some initial information for you. Hopefully you find it helpful. AR 58
  10. my ar-xb headshell rotates

    Well said, and couldn't agree more. There actually is a base, albeit probably not a very large one, that continues to buy, restore, and happily use and champion tables from pretty much every company that you named. Many of those tables were built to last, and while they typically require a certain amount of restoration to bring them back up to speed, once done they all have the capability to provide "hours & hours of hassle-free enjoyment, while preserving the condition of irreplaceable vinyl in a very satisfactory way", as ar_pro has so eloquently and correctly pointed out. And the AR XA/XB certainly belongs to that group.
  11. my ar-xb headshell rotates

    The XA/XB arm is quite good , and better then mid fi when properly restored. Have a conversation with Marc Morin over at Audiokarma regarding it's full potential.
  12. my ar-xb headshell rotates

    I'm not sure how to answer your question other then to suggest you might want to ask it on the Turntable forums of Audiokarma.org . There are several folks over there that are AR experts and I'm certain that they will be able to advise you. http://audiokarma.org/forums/index.php?forums/turntables.28/
  13. Adding to the Model Six collection

    They sure do, as does my slightly later set. But that set doesn't have what looks like to me to be the plywood cabinets that these do that I've read about. In any case. they are beautiful
  14. Adding to the Model Six collection

    Well, it's not much of a collection, so to speak. I have 3 of them now. But these came up not far from my home yesterday for a very nice price and I couldn't resist. Serial numbers 13967 and 14409, the lowest I've ever owned(currently the 3 I own are all in the late teens and early 20's). Bought them from the 2nd owner, and they're in great shape. I adore my Six's. They work well with pretty much any amp(currently using a McIntosh MAC 1700 receiver to drive them), and they always produce nothing less then a real sweet presentation. Plus, they are audio history. Like my AR 3's, I plan on keeping them forever.
  15. AR turntable Trivia 1

    Here's my current table that got the Morin treatment.