@solobone22 My response was for you sorry lol.
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@yyzsantabarbara By musicality i mean organic, meat on the bone , engaging, the opposite of cold, thin and sibilant.This is the type of amp you need for 3.7s to sing.I would rather get the smallest Gryphon amp as opposed to Krell or Bryston for instance.If you live near the US Gryphon distributor he would probably glad to invite you for an audition of the Diablo 120 at his place.
Jafant, i was at the Paris high end show last weekend and was able to audition the latest gear on different speakers.
You asked in an ealier post about lastest Mark Levinson gear, well i was able to audition the n° 519 all in one network player with a pair of n° 536 monoblocks driving TAD Compact Reference and i can tell you i was very disappointed.
The Mark Levinson gear was very bright and fatiguing.
I was considering this gear for my CS 3.7 but for this kind of money i can have much better.
I liked very much the Gryphon Diablo 300, pretty warm, organic and what a base slam.That would be the integrated to choose for the bigger Thiels.
As of seperates 4 good options are the Hegel H30, the Dan d'Agostino Classic amp, Modwright KWA 150 in stereo or mono config and last but not least Aesthetix amps and preamp.
I'm going to audition Aesthetix gear this thursday at a dealer's.
If you have the budget and want to go much higher end you have Steve McCormack's SMC audio gear.
jafant man i saw your pics of your beautiful CS 2.4SE not connected to any system...
How can you look at them everyday and not beeing able to listen to music ?
I know you are in the same boat as i am wanting to build a reference system with them, but meanwhile why don't you do like i did buy a modest used Integrated and a DAC to stream high res files via USB ?
For a very small budget you could at least listen to your CS 2.4SE.
I bought my CS 3.7 2 years ago and couldn't wait any longer staring at them and not beeing able to listen to them.
What do you have on your latest short list in terms of amp-preamp combo for your future reference system ?
I'm also investigating on my side and was able to listen to the Aesthetix combo last week in Lyon, i think that is a serious option for Thiels.
Hybrid solution might be the way to go at least to my taste.
I will investigate on Ypsilon gear also, the Aelius II monos have very good reviews.
Here is some reading if you want to learn about this company : http://www.theaudiobeat.com/visits/ypsilon_interview.htm
jafant like i told you i have a very modest system to drive my CS 3.7 : Classé CAP-151 connected to a Hegel HD12 DAC with balanced Cardas Golden Cross interconnects.
For the speakers i'm using my very old Siltech LS 4-120 speaker cables.
HMS energia powercords.
Streaming high res files from my PC with JRiver and Audioquest USB cable.
All of the gear was bought used except the USB cable.
Are you going to have a DAC in your system ? if so which ones are you considering ?
Yes only the CS 3.7 will stay, this system is short term because i didn't want the speakers to stay longer in their boxes.
As you might know it's not good to not drive your speakers for a very long period of time as some components and filters could dry.
That's what made me decide to put up this little short term system in my office to at least drive the Thiels from time to time.
So your going for an all in one big CD Player like the Esoteric K03-X ?
My future reference system will be as follow : 2 mono blocks, a preamp, a DAC with seperate server from TotalDac and a turntable probably from Bergmann.
Thanks jafant, well yes we have quiet a number of good high end dealers here in France.
I fell in love with Thiel speakers in 1997 thanks do a local dealer who sold me my first pair : CS 1.5, i still have them.
Did you ever consider the Dartzeel CTH-8550 ? even though you prefer going the seperates route.
michaeljbrown have you auditioned the 7.2s before taking your decision to purchase CS6 ?
If so what dit you like better about the 6s ?
I might try to purchase a pair of 7.2s at some point unfortunately they are very rare on the used market.
I love the older Thiels even though the 3.7s are still my favorite.
Ypsilon's distributor called me today to tell me that he is coming down to a client's place to demo the Aelius II monoblocks on his Maggies 20.7
Knowing that i'm interested in Ypsilon gear he proposed me to demo the Aelius ll in my home with my CS 3.7.
I'm pretty excited to hear what these awsome hybrid monoblocks can do whith my Thiels.
He will bring a Nagra Jazz preamp and we'll use my Hegel HD12 DAC to stream high res files.
This should take place jan 14th.
Dave it's just that i would like to have one of the bigger legacy Thiels for my future dedicated listening room, i would be using both the 3.7s and 7.2s as my reference speakers.
Problem is that 7.2s are very rare on the used market now days.
The last time i saw a pair for sale was in 2015.
My room size should be around 15x21x10 with serious room treatment.