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    Speakers for Kondo Ongaku... Please Help

    Kondo would sound phenomenal on Aries Cerat Symphonia speakers. Another choice that I have heard that sounded really amazing was the Diesis Audio Roma Triode speakers. Those really surprised me with how life-like they sounded. Haven't heard the big WVL Berlin speakers though...hard to...
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    KeithR's "Dream Speaker" Search

    Could be that the amps you have heard with a shared power supply between channels was just simply insufficient for the task at hand...
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    KeithR's "Dream Speaker" Search

    For me an "actual audible change" is a subset of "perceived audible change" because it is only through perception that audibility is determined (a machine cannot determine audibility to you or me...only we can say "Yes! I hear a difference or No, I don't). It is a subset because of course we...
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    Interesting build quality...

    Similar to the BAT VK200 I had many years ago...putting the boards directly in contact with the heat sinks is not a bad idea at all and it looks like signal path is short. As I don't think it is a Class A amplifier then the transformer is likely to be large enough.
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    Calling AC Kassandra Owners

    What was the previous DAC and what are your initial impressions given that it may change with longer burn-in. I can't honestly remember how long it took ours to reach "opitimal" sound. It didn't seem to be that long as it has been burned in a bit at the factory. You can also adjust the tube...
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    First tube gear- Is a 300b amp a good place to start?

    I always ran the VAC with 0db feedback...turn some on always damaged the sound. So, apples to apples in that regard between the two amps. https://www.soundstagenetwork.com/measurements/atmasphere_ma1_mkii2/ Your amp has a quite high 5th and 7th harmonic, which diminished (but not missing) 2nd...
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    First tube gear- Is a 300b amp a good place to start?

    From your list I would try the LM amp or the coincident amp. Another to put on your list is a KR Audio VA300...this has the balls and the highs that other 300bs may lack. Another consideration would be the WAVAC MD300. Finally, something with a bit more grunt like an Ayon Spark or Spitfire...
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    First tube gear- Is a 300b amp a good place to start?

    You would have to compare a PSET to a push pull amp for a fair comparison. I have done this with the very good VAC 30/30 and a JJ-322. Both have two 300bs per channel and both are Class A triode without feedback. The JJ is PSET and makes an honest 15 watts (seen the measurements in. Polish...
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    Avantgarde Horn Speakers

    I finally had to give up with my sub because I either got deep bass or mid bass but not both. It seems a servo sub is not really compatible with horn bass. Horn bass sub works I know but it is too large for my space. Maybe with continuously variable phase I could get it as well but mine only has...
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    Homemade Horns

    In my build I found 2nd order LR worked the best.
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    Kang Su Park - designer and manufacturer

    Almost bought one of these a couple of times...
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    Kang Su Park - designer and manufacturer

    I also, in addition to the SWC 1000 (that I no longer have) , I had the OTL reference monos (too hot but sounded great) and I still have a rare, possibly "one off" SWH-650 phonostage...which stands tall against some stiff competition.
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    Tube preamp suggestions under $11K, new/used

    Agreed...I had one for several years. Mine was not with remote control though...I had dual mono silver contact stepped attenuators...and in two separate boxes.
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    Tube preamp suggestions under $11K, new/used

    But does yours have a poker chip inside ;) I liked mine with the silver stepped attenuators...inconvenient but I would like to think a small improvement...;)
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    Delta Sigma Versus R2R Ladder

    You can add Ayon DACs, cd players and servers to that list of resolved yet emotional. The current crop are delta sigma and are reportedly very good...I only have experience with the R2R players from the early 2010s (using BB PCM1704 chips). Simply superb.
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    SET amp owners thread

    The first is the Amare Musica Entropy Diamond, which is only 2 tubes per channel. Both are DHT both from EML. The input driver tube has about 20db if gain but can also serve as a 5 watt output tube. The actual output tube is an EML 1605, good for 23 watts. The second Is an Ayon Helios, which is...
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    SET amp owners thread

    A couple of new SETs to play with :D
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    Delta Sigma Versus R2R Ladder

    The BB 1792 is a pretty good Soundcastles by delta sigma DAC chip. I had the Audio Aero Prima DAC, which was just a capitole 24/192 without the drive. Nice sounding but too smooth overall and a bit soft on dynamics. I always thought the last Audio Aero DACs were very Good...often rooms at shows...
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    Delta Sigma Versus R2R Ladder

    You should look for an Ayon Skylla 2, CD5Ss or S5 server with proper R2R BB1704 chips...and a very good tube output stage...would go great with your Crossfire...
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    Videos: Show me MALE vocals

    I went and listened to a whole bunch of versions on Qobuz and found they vary dramatically with regard to the amount of recorded ambience and clarity of the piano...the singer seems rather better captured. The peakiness could be overload as some recordings have very potent voices!
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    What's Everyone Reading

    Nah a good spy thriller is always a winner :)... I just bought my first Steven King novel in like forever...its good fun after the heavier material I have been reading lately.
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    Videos: Show me MALE vocals

    Do people think this Winterreise sounds good? Peter's posts sound far superior...
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    Recent Concerts You've Enjoyed

    Exactly what I have said here many times. I have realized that realistic full orchestra at true concert levels at home is not attainable, IMO. I concentrate on getting it right for trios, quartets, duos, vocalists and jazz recordings. Essentially chamber music for classical and small Jazz...
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    Are SOTA systems worth the effort?

    Aren't they all SOTA here? ;)
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    Are SOTA systems worth the effort?

    The used market here in Switzerland is full of Ferraris, Lambos, Aston Martins and even McLarens...guess at least some of those were people who got "bored" with their supercars... Can't imagine getting irritated wearing a high worth watch...not a great example...
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    Are SOTA systems worth the effort?

    Soulution, no... D'Agostino haven't heard enough to judge...they look cool though..perhaps SOTA looks ;)
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    KeithR's "Dream Speaker" Search

    Boenicke's are one of the few low sensitivity speakers I have heard that still sound pretty lively. Bakoons are probably a good match for them...but so was Aries Cerat when we demoed with them one year for a show. I also heard Bakoon sound not bad with the Swiss brand Sound Kaos.

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