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    Need advice: Allnic H7000 or H8000 or...

    Dear all, I am in the process of acquiring a new phono stage and I have pinned down my decision around Allnic. I have positive experience with the brand, like their philosophy, sound and flexibility of their phono stages. Model H 7000 would be a logical economical decision but I cannot decide...
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    High gain preamplifier for a First Watt SIT-3?

    It is crucial to have electrically compatible pre and power amp. Output impedance of preamp and input impedance of power amp are among important factors of it. Others are gain and output voltage, input sensitivity, length of interconnects etc. I do not have deep technical knowledge but have...
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    High gain preamplifier for a First Watt SIT-3?

    Btw, just looked up at stereophile measurements of SIT3. It has high input impendance (150k-200k) and should therefore work well with tube preamps like janus.
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    High gain preamplifier for a First Watt SIT-3?

    Aesthetix Janus could be interesting match. It has internal flexible phono stage and high gain (23db se, 29db balanced).
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    SET amp owners thread

    I was a bit irritated by spiritofmusic’s comment that NAT Transmitter was a bit glassy. So I reconnected today mine and all I can say is: not at all. At least in my system. Very natural tone. Lots of SET qualities I easily recognize since I have owned 2 SETs and 1 PSET. Certainly less dark than...
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    SET amp owners thread

    Ron, I own VTL Siegfried II (for 3 years) and NAT Transmitter (3 months) and have been comparing them quite intensively for the last 3 months. Like many members here I have also been lusting for SET since many years. I have actually had one PSET system in another apartment but that system just...
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    Ode to a Swiss Turntable

    Thanks, Marty. Have been using Helix 1 for 4-5 years myself. The only piece of my audio chain which has not been changed. Love it! And thinking now to upgrade it to mk2 status. That’s why eager to receive your feedback.
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    Ode to a Swiss Turntable

    Marty, any impressions to be shared with us? I am eagerly awaiting your follow up...
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    Decisions

    In my understanding CS Port uses DC motor. So I am confused: the guy who sold that turntable to Mike does’t like its sound?
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    VTL Siegfried II - long term report

    Microstrip, I think we all would appreciate if you would share with us your experience with Siegfried II with your speakers. Especially compared to lower powered amp, like Lamm you have. Thanks.
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    VTL Siegfried II - long term report

    It was simple matter of one blown tube. Amp cleary indicates what to do. I also had to replace a fuse (which is in a spare parts box given with the amp).
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    VTL Siegfried II - long term report

    Sorry for late reply... I am on a business trip... Since Siegfried has 20A power input I have only been able to try two power cable: Valhalla and Faber cables. Found later to be superior, more natural and organic.
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    VTL Siegfried II - long term report

    Dear all, It is true that it is quite quiet at the VTL forum and it is IMHO petty that this brand is overlooked among many new trendy brands with more aggressive digital presence. I want to share with you my experience with VTL Siegfried II after two and half years of usage. Although...
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    2018 is about over. What did you do in Audio?

    I did two important steps forward in 2018: 1. Ayon Conquistador DHT preamp ended (at least temporarily ) my quest for the optimal preamp. It brought the magic to the music, it is now really kind of a heart of the system. 2. Optimizing my digital ring: first with roon nucleus +; then with...
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    Kaiser Kawero Classic

    Reading above comments may lead some members, imho, to wrong conclusion: that Kaiser is musical speaker and Tad not. Let me give you some perspective about my sound preferences: before owned Kaiser Kawero I had owned Harbeth 40.1. I loved them both. Very organic, holistic, musical speakers. So...
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    Kaiser Kawero Classic

    Just one more thought, I personally would not pair Tad with CH. in my opinion, Tad needs natural sounding power amps with little bit of musical soul, like Gryphon Mephisto, Msb M204, hybrids like Tenor or even Aries Cerat Ianus. You need to pair Tad with musical sources and amplification to get...
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    Kaiser Kawero Classic

    Before owning Tad Ref One, I had Kaiser Kawero Classic. Although later has its merits, Tad plays in different, higher league. It is real full range speaker with unbelievable dynamics and transparency. My friend still owns Kaweros and when I listen to them I now find them colored and much less...
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    Tad reference 1

    According to my experience, I doubt it would be a good match. I have tried Ayon Vulcan Evo (60w) and it was not able to drive it (lack of bass and drive). I am using it with VTL Siegfried II. Very good match. Wonderful holographic sound but still lacks some low bass compared to good A class SS...
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    What are the MOST DYNAMIC Tube Amplifiers and Integrateds out there?

    I very much agree with you. I have had VTL Siegfried II for a year and half. At the beginning I was a bit frustrated because I have expected more but then I changed the preamp to Ayon Conquistador and am very satisfied now. Very dynamic, low noise and they have good musical flow. You can fine...
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    Zero Distortion: Phono Shootout – Thrax vs FM 123 vs Audio Tekne vs

    Dear Tang, I would actually like to thank you - you have also encouraged to go for Conquistador :) We are, at least, lucky two :) Thanks for recommending Kuro. I might try it.
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    Zero Distortion: Phono Shootout – Thrax vs FM 123 vs Audio Tekne vs

    After enjoying the weekend shootout of the phone preamps, I could not stop thinking about improvement FMA line preamp brought to my system. I realized that, relatively speaking, the weakest link of my system is actually the line preamp. A lot of very seasoned audiophiles gave me the feedback...
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    Zero Distortion: Phono Shootout – Thrax vs FM 123 vs Audio Tekne vs

    It is the best that the owner himself answer the question re ARC Ref 6  Why did I change VTL pre? Because I think ARC Ref 6 is better in terms of noise, drive (that was a shock for me) and transparency. Regarding VTL pre, I still think it has its own merits like relaxed, less forward sound...
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    Ayon Apheris vs EMT JPA66 MkIII vs CH P1+X1

    Thanks for a quick reply, Tang. But has Conquistador retained musicality, organic sound and good bass despite higher transparency? Because we see many designers today striving for ultimate transparency but losing the natural flow and organic density.
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    Ayon Apheris vs EMT JPA66 MkIII vs CH P1+X1

    Tang, hi. A bit off topic: if I see correctly you have a Ayon Conquistador preamp. Would you be so kind and describe your experience with it, compared to your previous preamps. If my memory serves me well you had Spheris III which I also had and found it to be an excellent preamp. Thanks.
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    Line Magnetic audio horns - any experience? Field coil?

    I have read the review. But as far as I remember Dudley reviewed smaller model, similar to altec, less to WE.
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    Line Magnetic audio horns - any experience? Field coil?

    Thank you. This is the number I have called several times. No luck.
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    Line Magnetic audio horns - any experience? Field coil?

    Dear all, The more experience I have with speakers, the more I am convinced that the right speakers for me are horns, which offer high sensitivity, organic direct sound and openess. For me reference speakers are Living Voice Olympian and WE (which I have heard several times at Munich high...
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    Zero Distortion: Dohmann Helix 1 with Schroeder CB + MSL, Kuzma 4p + GFS, TAD Ref One, VTL, MSB

    No, I did not. I wish I would. The Monaco was actually recommended to me by one famous reviewer. At the end of a day I did not go down that route because I have read some reviews saying it is cold, thin. I can not comment on how Dohmann control the speed but it is interesting that they use...
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    Zero Distortion: Dohmann Helix 1 with Schroeder CB + MSL, Kuzma 4p + GFS, TAD Ref One, VTL, MSB

    Hard to argue with other people's opinion but since I have good experience with Dohmann, I certainly would not use words like "cool" or "detail", analytical to describe its sound. It is superb TT and I would describe its sound like: neutral and musical, with lots of drive and stability. For me...
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    New DAC - does it need MQA to play MQA files?

    Dear all, I am thinking of buying a new DAC but I do not fully understand the compatibility with MQA. Does a new DAC need to have MQA incorporated in order to play MQA based files/streaming? Or can the conversion be "pushed" up to the chain: to a streamer or music player (like roon or audio...

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