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SirSpeedy - I noticed a similar thing when I was first driving my Kharmas with a Plinius solid state amp. The 1.0's are a discontinued model with the replacement being the 1.1--which in my opinion offers quite an upgrade. In any case, I worked closely with my dealer and we were able to solve the problem by using the Kharma Grand Reference speaker cables. These cables have the same silver/gold conductors that the Kharma speakers and crossovers are wired with. There seemed to be a real synergy in keeping the same impedance from the amplifier to the drivers. All harshness in classical disappeared and the music emanated
from the speakers like a stage at an orchestra hall. In contrast, I have also owned the Verity speakers which were eventually retired to my bedroom and later sold. The Veritys had an overall dark and closed in sound--quite reserved and not nearly as lifelike as the Kharmas.
Hope this helps---Krjr
Krjr, what were you driving your Parsifals with? Lamms or your Plinius? I've owned Parsifals for five years and I would not describe the sound that they produce as dark or closed in, but everything is system dependent, just as everything is derivative. The only time I've really been underwhelmed by Verity speakers was in their room a few years back at CES when they were driving their new Lohengrins with a Lamm and (I believe) Clearaudio combo. During the recent process of auditioning new digital front ends in my system the Parsifals have been extremely revealing (or "lifelike" if you prefer) and "read" very well in a largely untreated room. While Parsifals love tubes they have melded successfully with my BAT solid-state amp - though I have not heard them with Rowlands. Certainly, the types of music one listens to will bear heavily on the system one builds and, in my case, my library is dominated by jazz which is inevitably more intimate and less in-your-face like rock or large orchestral works. Really, another case of YMMV.