What stereo(s) do you listen to? What do you want? - Page 129
YS Audio tube preamp
McCormack DNA 0.5 amp
XA turntable with either a Denon DL-103 moving coil cartridge or a Shure M91ED with JICO SAS stylus
homebrew phono preamp for MM; DB Systems moving coil phono preamp
Squeezebox Touch with several different DACs
Signal (brand) interconnects
Most important: the music, mostly classical, but with all sorts of other stuff. For example my last haul included Destroyer and Wild Flag. But classical is what floats my boat highest.
I've had a pair of Grado SR-60s for years. I hate hate hate that thin metal headband with the minimal vinyl covering. And I prefer hearing my music out in open space. Not much of a headphone freak, I guess. They are high fidelity . . .
Naaa my hi fi passed the WAF test :
Key requirements were 'no spaceship-looking speakers,' (which BTW excluded B&O stuff), shelving that fit with our mid-century Danish decor, and, ahem, no exposed tubes.
Yeah the wires are a bit of a mess but she doesn't complain about them.
A 'real audiophile' would employ "cable dressing" to maximize sound quality, but I've not gotten there yet. Although neatening the appearance would still be a quantifiable benefit.
Reminds me of a dumbass friend that passed on a high end component and bought some POS Yamaha or something because it had 'so many more buttons to do stuff with'.
Tone controls are worthless. Oh, 'loudness', that's my favorite button ever.
Loudness controls are actually a necessity if you listen at low volumes, as they compensate for the human ear being more sensitive to middle frequencies than low and hIgh frequencies. If you listen at low volumes without some sort of compensatory eq, you aren't getting an accurate representation of the signal.
Some of those POS Yamahas of which you speak have sophisticated variable loudness controls that allow the listener to vary the midrange loudness relative to the bass and higher frequencies depending on how loud you're playing your music.
Google "Fletcher Munson curve" if you're interested in the science behind it.