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    What do you do when someone asks you for advice and then disregards it? Or worse, is the type who asks for advice from twenty people and then never does anything.

    Case in point. A person I know recently asked my opinion about an older preamplifier and should he buy it? I told him to save his money because the piece always sounded bright and solid-statish to me. World famous reviewer tells him the only problem with the preamplifier is the capacitors and if he changes out the parts the unit is world class and incredibly three-dimensional. Upshot, this person buys the unit, changes the caps and then complains to me that the unit is unlistenable and has zero dimensionality. Ughhh....
    Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
    Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
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    -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
    -Goldmund Telos 280 stereo amp
    -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
    -Doshi V3.0 phonostage
    -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
    -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
    -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
    -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
    -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
    -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

  • #2
    All you can say is "I told you so."
    Micro Seiki SX-8000 table with flywheel, SME 3012R arm, SME 312S arm, Lyra Etna SL and Dynavector XV-1S cartridges, ARC Ref 3 phono stage, Otari MX-55 tape deck, Ampex 350 repros, Roon Nucleus Plus server, PS Audio DSJ DAC, ARC Ref 6 pre, ARC Ref 75 amp, JBL 4345 speakers, and Def Tech Ref subs.

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    • #3
      Welcome to my life lol

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      • #4
        My $0.02. :-)

        IF they asked for my opinion then I'd give it to them straight and then added a disclaimer akin to...your finding may or may not be similar to what I said so feel free to ask others.

        This, BTW, included our own products.
        Hugh Nguyen
        ACA

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        • #5
          I've just come to expect it. It may be scarier when they take my advice.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by jnr View Post
            I've just come to expect it. It may be scarier when they take my advice.
            Good one Jack!

            Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
            Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
            ________________________________________

            -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
            -Goldmund Telos 280 stereo amp
            -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
            -Doshi V3.0 phonostage
            -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
            -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
            -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
            -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
            -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
            -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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            • #7
              Happens all the time!
              The biggest difficulty I have is I like 'different'. My liking for a specific style of reproduction is documented elsewhere, but I'll frequent the path less traveled in my search. This means I tend to discount out of hand many of the manufacturers that may be considered mainstream, and even a great many that are less well-known.
              As such, any recommendation from me will be well-considered and the subject of a great deal of thought, culminating in a suggestion that will often be met with the response "Who?" Or... "What? Never heard of them!"

              Still, as Jack acknowledges, the problems could really start if someone took my advice. At least by recommending something fewer people have heard I ensure only the most adventurous will follow up.
              DIY TT w/ Transrotor mech, Roksan Tabriz Zi, SAE 1000LT
              Vacuum State JLTi phono stage, SAS B11a pre-amp, DIY 2A3 monoblocks
              DIY HD XMOS-based USB->S/PDIF converter, Danish Audio Designs 3-box DAC10
              DIY 3-way folded line speakers, DIY Open Baffles

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              • #8
                I rarely give advice directly, other than to suggest what I personally like for me.

                example: Q: What preamp should I buy? ME: I've liked the BlahBlah XL MK2 in my system, Thought the Yadayada Signature was pretty nice too. Q: What do you think of the Superlicious Extreme Modified by Jones and Carbunkle? Me: Never heard it. Got no opnion...

                A few times I've had friends ask me to really help them shop for a complete system, and that's fortunately always worked out well. Many years ago (early 80s) a coworker said she was about to spend $1200 for a big rack system from May Company (a department store chain that long ago went out of business). Suggested she check out my system, and then we go shop in her price range. She ended up with a Thorens TD160, Grado cartridge, Creek 4040 integrated amp and Rogers LS2 speakers on Linn Index stands. Sounded wonderful!

                Even in my reviews, I make it clear I'm only describing my opinions based on my system and my personal biases.
                Steve Lefkowicz
                Senior Associate Editor at Positive Feedback
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                Analog: Linn LP12 (MOSE/Hercules II), Ittok, Dynavector 19a, iPhono2; Pro-Ject RPM-1 Carbon, Sumiko Pearl, iFi iPhono.
                Digital: Samsung 300E5C notebook, JRiver Media Center 26, Tidal HiFi and Qobuz Studio), iFi iDAC2, iFi iUSB3, iPurifier2.
                Electronics: Burson Conductor Virtuoso, DIY switch-box with TKD 10K pot, Antique Sound Labs MG-SI15DT-S, Burson Timekeeper Virtuoso, Jolida JD1000P, B&K ST140.
                Speakers: Tekton Double Impact, Tekton Lore, Magneplaner .7, ELAC Debut2 B6.2, Debut F5 and Debut B6, Emotiva Airmotiv B1, Sound Dynamics 300ti.
                Interconnects: Morrow Audio MA1, Vermouth Audio Black Pearl, Nordost Solar Wind, Audioquest Evergreen
                Speaker cables: Morrow Audio SP4, Vermouth Audio Red Velvet, Nordost Solar Wind, Nordost Flatline, Audioquest Q2.
                Digital cables: Straightwire USB Link, Aural Symphonics Digital Standard xxv USB, Belkin PureAV.
                Accessories: Sound Organization turntable shelf, Mondo racks, Pangea Audio Vulcan racks, Pi Audio Group Über BUSS, Monster HTS2000 power conditioner, Sound Organization speaker stands, Pangea Audio speaker stands, Kinetronics anti-static brush, Pro-Ject VC-S record cleaner, Spin Clean record cleaner.
                Headphones: Schiit Valhalla amp, Meze Audio 99 Classic and 99 Neo, Beyerdynamic DT770Pro, 1More Triple Driver Over Ear, 1More MK801, 1More Triple Driver IEM

                http://www.audionirvana.org/forum/ti...ounding-system

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by gjm View Post
                  Happens all the time!
                  The biggest difficulty I have is I like 'different'. My liking for a specific style of reproduction is documented elsewhere, but I'll frequent the path less traveled in my search. This means I tend to discount out of hand many of the manufacturers that may be considered mainstream, and even a great many that are less well-known.
                  As such, any recommendation from me will be well-considered and the subject of a great deal of thought, culminating in a suggestion that will often be met with the response "Who?" Or... "What? Never heard of them!"

                  Still, as Jack acknowledges, the problems could really start if someone took my advice. At least by recommending something fewer people have heard I ensure only the most adventurous will follow up.
                  Yes, I think there's a difference between an audio fan and being more thoughtful about making a recommendation. I think the later begin with getting to know everything about the person, their tastes, room, current equipment, etc.
                  Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
                  Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
                  ________________________________________

                  -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
                  -Goldmund Telos 280 stereo amp
                  -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
                  -Doshi V3.0 phonostage
                  -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
                  -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
                  -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
                  -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
                  -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
                  -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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                  • Johnny Vinyl
                    Johnny Vinyl commented
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                    And don't recommend anything that's 50% beyond their budget. Keep it real.

                  • gjm
                    gjm commented
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                    Absolutely!
                    For me, that's one of the great things about less well-known, (maybe esoteric?) products and manufacturers. The prices tend imho to be more realistic.

                  • MylesBAstor
                    MylesBAstor commented
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                    Great suggestions to keep in mind!

                • #10
                  Here's the other side of the question: How do you learn about audio? Ask your friends for advice, of course.

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