Me too,nice start Tvad.Merry Christmas,Bob
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Hi Tvad - I have been using Shindo electronics with Audio Note AN/E SPE HE for the past 12 months or so, and am VERY pleased with the results. Amp is the Cortese model (10 wpc) and Vosne-Romanee preamp. My listening room is approx 20 x 25 and the Cortese+AN combo fills the room with as much volume as my ears can stand at ~9-10:00 on the Shindo volume knob. Due to my listening room doubling as our family room/den, the speakers are not corner mounted as recommended - mine are mounted on custom-built, 500 lb Tel/TV shelves that pull out ~22 inches. Less than optimal mounting, but still sounds great. Will do my best to answer any specific questions you might have as well.
That's helpful to know, Encyclopediabsh. Thanks. My understanding from Matthew is that the Haut-Brion is out of production for many months, so it's good to know other alternatives.
Another person I know is using an Art Audio Symphony II with AN-E SPe HE speakers with good results.
My preamp is an SMc Audio VRE-1.
In the meantime, I will be trying a pair of George Wright Signature AU-15 2A3 PP monoblocks. Who knows, they may be ideal...
Viridian, I see that Art has gone through the Haute-Brion, Cortese, and now as the Corton-Charlemagne.
It's hard to keep up with that moving target.
Aronss, I was told by Matthew Rotunda, whom I trust to have current info regarding Shindo, that the Haute-Brion was "between production runs right now" and is not available for many months. I may have used confusing language when I stated that the Haute-Brion was "out of production for many months". What I meant to convey was that the amp will not be available for many months to come...again according to Matt. The amp is not permanently out of production.
I am using Audio Note SPe HE speakers with a Shindo Masseto preamp and Don Garbers fi WE300B Monoblocks and am very happy with the results.
Talk to Jonathan Halpern at Tone Imports if you require any information on Shindo he is a really good guy and very well informed.
You do need to site the AN-E's in the corner for the best presentation - I could not find an alternative sensitive and detailed speaker that kicks like the AN-E.
Hce4, I took deliver about a week ago. I have tried Pass Labs XA-60.5 and George Wright Signature AU-15, and I've stayed with the AU-15 on these speakers, which are designed for tubes.
The speakers sound very nice, but it's too early to go into detail. I've yet to finalize placement, stands, cabling, and perhaps even amplification.
Placement was pretty much finalized this weekend, although the placement will be tweaked if any element of the system changes, which is likely knowing my pattern of experimentation. I find that any change, including speaker cabling or power cabling affects speaker placement.
At this point, I am using the George Wright Signature AU-15 monoblocks with Morrow SP3 bi-wire speaker cable. Speaker stands are Sistrum SP-101. The speakers disappear, and create a deep, wide and high image. Lots of fun.
01-25-10: SamacCorrect. They are toed in so the axis crosses about three feet in front of the listening position. This is Audio Note's suggested set-up (crossing 2-4 feet in front of the listener).
At this moment, I don't anticipate changing the placement other than a possible small adjustment to the toe-in angle.
However, I will be auditioning AN speaker stands, and this may affect placement.