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  1. Fred Crane

    Clarysis Audio Stadium Ribbon Loudspeakers

    Amen...
  2. Fred Crane

    Natural Sound

    Congratulations!! One can't help but be curious regarding the levels of improvement from the Micro to the AS 2000, especially as it is a re-mounting of the same arm and cartridge.
  3. Fred Crane

    Puget Audio Fest

    Beautiful.
  4. Fred Crane

    What's Spinning Tonight?

    Love those Monos!!
  5. Fred Crane

    Natural Sound

    You should be in charge of messaging for New England, save the last 6 words : ) Am I to understand that your beautiful Micro Seiki is now relinquished? And that you now have the final bits of the Natural Sound equation? I'll have to catch up on this thread.
  6. Fred Crane

    Endgame monoblock amp choice

    You can still get Zero Formers to place after your big Atma-Spheres...that was all the rage for a period with Apogees and Soundlabs. Some would say that placing an autoformer in front of the speaker defeated the purpose of running an OTL circuit, however, user approval was very high. You can...
  7. Fred Crane

    Endgame monoblock amp choice

    Are we assuming the same specs as were present in the original model? (87d and 3 ohm)?
  8. Fred Crane

    Speakers for Kondo Ongaku... Please Help

    A new place to hear the Ongaku... Destination Audio and Prana Distribution are very pleased to announce Audio Limits of Nevada as a new team member representing Destination Audio and Audio Note. Darrin O'Neil the founder and owner of Audio Limits has been in the audio business for 30 plus...
  9. Fred Crane

    Fred Crane at Prana Distribution - my personal audio journey

    Destination Audio and Prana Distribution are very pleased to announce Audio Limits of Nevada as a new team member representing Destination Audio. Darrin O'Neil the founder and owner of Audio Limits has been in the audio business for 30 plus years. His matter-of-fact, easy-going nature belies his...
  10. Fred Crane

    Destination Audio Vista Loudspeaker

    Destination Audio and Prana Distribution are very pleased to announce Audio Limits of Nevada as a new team member representing Destination Audio. Darrin O'Neil the founder and owner of Audio Limits has been in the audio business for 30 plus years. His matter-of-fact, easy-going nature belies...
  11. Fred Crane

    Destination Audio Vista Loudspeaker

    I hope you have the opportunity to hear the newer models. The crossover has been updated and upgraded. The field coil options, while have the Destination DNA, take the experience to an entirely different level.
  12. Fred Crane

    What SPECIFICALLY is better or different about the Wadax Design? How do these design choices manifest in better sound?

    Sorry, you'll have to be specific about my incorrect assumptions. Ahh wait, because I wrote that I or we should/would consider Wadax to be one of the great dacs of our day. Perhaps I should have made my observation more personalized and written, 'to my ears, after these sessions, I would...
  13. Fred Crane

    What SPECIFICALLY is better or different about the Wadax Design? How do these design choices manifest in better sound?

    No, I wasn't implying that they're holding back...rather as I wrote, I don't think high end audio is their primary focus.
  14. Fred Crane

    What SPECIFICALLY is better or different about the Wadax Design? How do these design choices manifest in better sound?

    Well, if this is you trying to stay on the sidelines, I look forward to when you jump in and assert yourself : ) A few things come to mind; all of the large venerable companies to which you've referred make their chip sets to a very strict cost ratio. They would never consider making a great...
  15. Fred Crane

    What SPECIFICALLY is better or different about the Wadax Design? How do these design choices manifest in better sound?

    I've had the pleasure of listening to Wadax gear on 3 occasions wherein the listening was at length for a daily venture. I was familiar with two of those systems intimately. It was the best those systems have sounded banging out digitalis. So, I have to count Wadax as one of the finest DAC's...
  16. Fred Crane

    Ron's Speaker, Turntable, Power and Room Treatment Upgrades

    5 years...my hat is off to you. Patience is a virtue...
  17. Fred Crane

    In search of a DAC which sounds excellent.

    I feel your pain. Rest assured, we'll find away for you to spend even more money than the Audionet. (Wadax comes to mind, and down the line a Destination Monster DAC to Monster Preamp that is only deliverable via elephant parade-here we are on a break from practicing a delivering scenario for...
  18. Fred Crane

    In search of a DAC which sounds excellent.

    On the whole, we share similar findings. (there are for me, important exceptions in the higher cost arenas) In recent listening, advances in clock design and refinement of inputs, dac trees etc. that the upper echelon of dac design has made strides in non R2R implementations. In this way...
  19. Fred Crane

    Re-imagining "Class A" Amplification

    Congratulations Gary and Fred!
  20. Fred Crane

    Auditioning a turntable is kind of ... impossible?

    Sounds like you have an opportunity for discovery and entertainment in your future. Personally, I think of a turntable, arm, cart and phono stage, as a complete system within a system. There are just as many opportunities for fun as foible. Once you do balance the parts into a desirable whole...
  21. Fred Crane

    Destination Audio Vista Loudspeaker

    FYI, the current Vista's have a vastly improved XO...so much better everything .
  22. Fred Crane

    AIAP: New Audio Industry Publications Association

    Agreed. Some of the emotional responses to the perceived misdeeds of writers and publications brings to mind the old quote, 'Competition in audiophilia (academia) is so vicious because the stakes are so small.' - Laurence J. Peter Being an audiophile is a caveat emptor identity. Education is...
  23. Fred Crane

    What are the Top Horn Speakers in the World Today? Vox Olympian vs Avantgarde Trio vs ???

    We're welcoming a new location in France later this year, so perhaps neutral ground : )
  24. Fred Crane

    What are the Top Horn Speakers in the World Today? Vox Olympian vs Avantgarde Trio vs ???

    Ahh, I had forgotten about Brian's work. Shame on me. I didn't know he was offering field coils but it makes sense that he would. Two different guys I believe. I never really adopted A'Gon's forum. I'm sure there were/are some interesting bits there. To a point I agree, though I've heard a...
  25. Fred Crane

    What are the Top Horn Speakers in the World Today? Vox Olympian vs Avantgarde Trio vs ???

    You took me back with Loth-X. I used to enjoy their little speaker and had their BLH...you could stack the little ones tweeter to tweeter and get some very nice sound. The Beauhorns and R.L. Acoustic Lamhorns had special sounds too. (owned the former) I wonder if the guy in Jersey you're...
  26. Fred Crane

    What are the Top Horn Speakers in the World Today? Vox Olympian vs Avantgarde Trio vs ???

    Thanks Gary. It was great having you visit. Sam and I hope you and Deb can re-visit before the season comes to a close. There are a number of interesting items en route which will add excitement to your return. Of course, Cape Ann is a superb summer chill. We still have at least 40 rums to...
  27. Fred Crane

    Re-imagining "Class A" Amplification

    Yes, industrial art.
  28. Fred Crane

    Re-imagining "Class A" Amplification

    Thanks Steve, yes, that's the mandate of this particular system. It will fill a 20,000 cubic foot room with sound at or near the summit of what's possible, while not requiring a large visual commitment, and despite the speakers being north of 10ft. tall. (okay, you can laugh here...but they're...
  29. Fred Crane

    Re-imagining "Class A" Amplification

    We're working with Soul Sonic on a very unique planar hybrid speaker that will almost span the height of our rather tall ceilinged listening space (the speaker being so tall is by design, certainly not necessity) and the Westminster Amplification will figure into that proto-system very pointedly.

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