Krell gear with Sony speakers?! Consider replacing the Sony's as your next upgrade step. Bonus points awarded for Blackmore's night.
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Blackmore's Night is indeed Ritchie Blackmore. As Rainbow began to fall apart Ritchie snagged Candice Night to sing for him. She's the best singer he's had since Ronnie James Dio! Their music is much different than what he has done in the past. The first Rainbow LP is probably the closest to this. There is some Rock and Roll there, but there are more acoustic numbers than he's done previously. I have "Shadows of the Moon," and "Under a Velvet Moon." Two good outings from this group. The first CD has Ian Anderson from Jethro Tull playing flute on ine track. It's worth checking out!
Linkster, since I have long been a proponant of the "all things being equal, speakers are the least important componant in the system" school of thought, I have had to wait till they were the weakest link before replacing them. As bizarre as it may sound these Sony speakers are actually quite good. As good as Thiels and others costing thousands more! Check out the review I did, it might offer better insight than these brief comments.
I am in the market for new speakers though. I'm looking at some Soundlabs, Talons, Usher Audio, Von Schweikert, and Magnepan.
I hope to have them in place soon, but we'll see.
Agree that the speakers may be a little tougher to upgrade than the amp was, but that's based on second-hand info, not personal experience. Anyway Nate, I'm glad the amp upgrade worked out as well as you had hoped when we last visited the topic in your "System" post (if you'll recall, we were on the same wavelength here). And thanks for a very informatively-written review - warms my heart! (BTW, was this all done with the stock cord, and what are your plans on the AC cord front?) Let us know what you think of the Maggies when you go...
I am trying to find the right IEC connector so I can use my DIY powercords. The socket on the back of the Krell is not the standard 15 amp connection. I think it is a 20 amp, but I'm not sure. I have a couple people working on it for me. Everytime I put a new PC in it made a real difference, I hope it will here too.
I'm stilling pulling at what little hair I have left over the speakers. I found a pair of Usher Audio speakers I really liked, but I found out they were made in China. I refuse to buy anything made by slave labor! So the hunt goes on. I'd like to find a pair of Magnepan 3.6's that someone is absolutely giving away!!!
Sean the lack of clothes would probably be okay around the house but it makes it tough to go out for dinner.
I know it can be very frustrating to shop. I had to pass on several Christmas gifts for my boys because I could not find them made anywhere but China. I hoped to buy them an electronic dartboard or a better foosball table. They did not get either of those.
Before the Holidays I heard about an expatriate Chinese who said virtually all Christmas light are made with prison labor by either pastors and priest or political objectors. They are given no tools and are required to assemble strings of light with their hands and teeth. If the strings do not work they are beaten with a board comparable to a 2x4! I will never buy another string of lights from China or anything else, but I have been boycotting them for many years now.
I wish more people would refuse to support evil regimes like the Chinese government.
This makes me appreciate our admittedly flawed country even more.
I have to say (not that I know), the Xmas light story sounds pretty apocryphal to me. One could make the argument that capitalism in countries like China is what is dragging them into the modern world - yes, for worse as well as for better, but ultimately leading inexorably toward democracy. There do exist Western companies that manufacture in places like China for the low labor costs, but are involved enough to ascertain a desired minimum level of pay and conditions for the workers, albeit below what is common in the free world, but maybe better than what is available for them otherwise. I embrace your concerns, but am just not so sure the issue is always cut-and-dried.
Anyway, I believe you are correct about the Krell IEC connector being a 20-amp variety, and in fact I think Krell recommends 20-amp lines for their amps.
Zaikesman ... I hear what you're saying. I'm not anti globalization, because, as you point out, it is hauling a number of countries into the 21st century. However I think that the number of western companies who are using 3rd world labor with any regard for the living conditions of the workers is the tiny minority. They do it so the execs can make a fast buck and cash out enormous stock options. Is anyone else wondering why only 2 years of downturn after the biggest economic boom (bubble) in US history hundreds of companies who have survived since the depression are filing for bankruptcy. I'm afraid corporate america (and probably much of Europe) has become a kleptocracy, aided and abetted by the politicians. Sorry .. off topic. I feel better for getting that out. Now I must go and turn the heating up because it's cold being naked all the time.
Zaikesman, that's a real concern now. I have read in Stereophile that there are other companies producing product in China. I wish I had paid closer attention so I could tell you who they were.
I am in business and understand the need to make a buck, but at what cost? The idea of good honest American or European, or even Japanese companies building in a country that has long been known for brutalizing it's own population is unconscienable!
I personally have a lot less problem with illegal aliens coming here and making a better wage than US companies going to China and making...whatever!
Now I have to be careful because we can get into the whole union thing.
I don't disagree with your point about supporting companies that build here in the US. I'm just not persuaded that companies taking their assembly business to China is necessarily bad for assembly workers in China. But as you imply, there are many other good reasons to try and keep your business with America. (I have a harder time seeing reasons to care very much about keeping your business with Britain or France or Japan, for example, other than to get the piece of gear you want.)
I don't think taking the business to China is bad for the workers. The workers though probably don't benefit much. My sister-in-law lived there, and the impression I have is for the most part it doesn't matter where you work the wages are all bad. I think the Chinese government is the one that really benefits from the influx of American businesses. They make money brokering all the deals and having their greasy palms greased again.
I don't mind helping the Chinese people, and would buy from China if the money went to the people who do the work. I do mind supporting their government. The communist government has murdered over sixty million of it's own people since slaughtering their way to power. I feel sorry for the person who is not appalled by that information.
I have my FBP200 running with a Pass Aleph P pre-amp, Martin Logan Re-Quests and Magnan Signiture speaker cables. My interconnects are Nordost SPM's and Quattro Fil's
It is a very revealing system, and never ceases to amaze me with its sound quality. Female vocals are to die for, and it is perfect for jazz listeners.