astelmaszek

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How can Wilson Audio speakers sound that good if they are using OEM drivers?
Aerial Acoustics has never produced their "own" driver either and yet has managed to create some amazing speakers.  
Is there a better DAC than the Schiit Bifrost for $300?
A used Chord Mojo? To my ears it sounds as good as Yggy for 1/4 the price. 
Going linear - The Luxman 507ux
Loudness is a great feature. I use it a lot in the evening. I wish someone would create a perfect amp for me. I would have a Luxman in my main living room TV system but my wife would kill me as it would require her to turn it on and hit SEPARATE b... 
Yamaha integrated amp as3000 vs Pass integrated
So I've spent the weekend playing few test pieces between Yamaha AS1100 and Luxman L507ux and switching on the fly. Luxman is better by a small factor. Yamaha is just a little bit vailed and a bit less natural to me. The low end is a bit too much ... 
Going linear - The Luxman 507ux
@jzzmusican Only tube amps I have ever found to control bass about as good as solid state are from Audio Research, especially with the KT150s. Primalunas are nice, but not in the same league as AR gear. Luxman imaging is great, like you said, tad ... 
Yamaha integrated amp as3000 vs Pass integrated
@atl4love You know what other piece of Yamaha gear has a donut transformer? Their top of the line CX-A5000/5100/5200 home theater processor which is actually not too shabby of a preamp/DAC in itself. I love mine. Just upgraded from CX-A5000 to CX-... 
Yamaha integrated amp as3000 vs Pass integrated
Donut transformers come with their own set of issues. All of these amps are so seriously overspeced/overbuilt that I seriously doubt I could tell a difference between them. I had the 1100 and 2100 side by side for a couple of months before I sold ... 
Yamaha integrated amp as3000 vs Pass integrated
If I had to downgrade and pick, I could happily live with any one of them. Normally, the Luxman stays upstairs and powers Aerial 6Ts in the living room and 5Ts in my home office. The Yammie stays downstairs in the theater room and powers Aerial 7T... 
Yamaha integrated amp as3000 vs Pass integrated
So I would say Yammie sounds more like old school tube design like Primaluna. Luxman is more like Audio Research. Neither deliver the last ounce of 3D soundstage that either Primaluna or AR deliver. 
Yamaha integrated amp as3000 vs Pass integrated
As my primary listening/home theater space is currently undergoing remodel, everything is upstairs in one room:https://i.imgur.com/vnPQlH4.jpgA-S1100, Luxman L507uX, Audio Research LS28/VT80/Schiit Freya combo.Yes, the Luxman L507uX is more resolv... 
DAC - Aqua Formula or Aqua La Scala
@dgarretson I've grown to hate the hifi world precisely because of people like you. Anthem STR probably with properly setup room correction probably sounds better than 95% of the so called high end systems costing $100K I've heard [email protected] ... 
Going linear - The Luxman 507ux
@jetter I don't think you're going to get that day and night difference with any amps over a certain price point. In my living room setup, with a click of a remote (a high end Luxman speaker switch wired in reverse), I can currently switch between... 
Yamaha integrated amp as3000 vs Pass integrated
Sorry @fjn04,I meant @auxinput 
Yamaha integrated amp as3000 vs Pass integrated
@erik_squires Only in price. Sonically speaking AS3000 sounds basically identical to AS2100 which is to say spectacular. A-S3000 looks better, still not as good as a Luxman.Not sure where @fjn04 is getting his idea from that any of the Yammie MOSF... 
heeeelp please audio reserch 5SE - resistor blew up
@johnsonwu Audio Research will respond to you just fine. Just got an email back from them few hours ago.