avanti1960

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KT120 replacement options in a Cronus Magnum II
do your best to find a KT120.  as long as they bias correctly you should not need to have them tested.   KT150s will not work on the CMII.   I had the CMII and tried KT88s.  It was an instant downgrade- weak and dull sound.  the KT120s are the r... 
Preamp Recommendations For the Parasound JC 5 Amp
I love tube preamps and successfully ran my JC5 with the Cary Audio SLP-05.  The SLP98 is also very nice.  Each have plenty of gain and will give you a huge sound stage that projects in all directions.  
I want more bass…
Experiment with speaker positioning.  If you you don't have much freedom to move them about relative to corners and walls (closer or farther) then you may be stuck with the bass you have. A sound level phone app and a source for playing full band... 
Best turntable under $4000
@cpdkee  a few spins of the Technics G with a kick ass cartridge and you will quickly forget how it looks because the sound quality is amazing and a perfect match to your rogue amplifier.   a few spins of the mofi fender and you will quickly for... 
Bi-Amping: How can I determine relative output?
if the a21+ is new, it will sound extremely smooth at 450 hours or so like mine did, so that could be an option.   you can set an amps gain with a test tone and measure the voltage at  the terminals without speakers attached.  the problem is that... 
Placement of subwoofers
subwoofers sound best where they sound the best, not necessarily even with your msin speaker.   the general area you have them in could bo ok but i bet they need more distance from the wall to sound smoother, typically at least 12 to 20 inches.  ... 
Help. System sounds thin and bright or harsh
in your old room was your back up against a wall and now you are sitting out in the room?   sitting up against a wall reinforces bass quite a bit.   is the new room more lively / less furnished / less treated with drapes and carpet?   also sett... 
diffuser or absorption panels, which would you choose?
I use combination panels and have great success.    
Whats the ultimate goal with your pre amp ?
My preference for a preamp is both sound and function. For the function I like / require at least 2 balanced inputs.  For sound I prefer a class A operation with 6SN7 tube complements and a tube rectifier.  I also like lots of dynamics and drive... 
Wide dispersion + high efficiency + detail + coherence in a speaker?
you didn't specify efficiency but the Spendor D series are the best all around speakers I have heard for my system and ears. Impeccably coherent, real 90 db efficiency that sounds lively and fast and near horn like without the downsides and deep ... 
Coaxials - Reality vs. Experience?
A coaxial application done right can give the best coherence and power dispersion in all directions.  You have the potential for the biggest sweet spot and sound stage with proper supporting equipment, positioning and amplification.   Unfortunate... 
Under my tower speakers -- Isoacoustics Gaia, other options?
isolation recommendations without specifying floor type are meaningless.    
New Audio Technica ART9XA Up and Running.....
the shibata sounds awesome after it is burned in and burnished- e.g. 30 hours. smooth as silk and all the detail you could want.  
Dipswitches for Lehmann Audio Black Cube SE II
looks like you have it right-  windows 1 and 2-   1 on (MC) and 4 on (100 ohms)  windows 3 and 4-   1 on (+10 db, 66 db total gain) and 2 on (this is the 23Hz roll off filter.  I used this setting with my subwoofers and bass sounded tighter and ... 
Best turntable under $4000
Technics 1200 G. nothing else comes close. you have to break down the functions of a table and form becomes low on the priority list (although the G is not bad IMHO, certainly not a deal breaker). 1) Immunity from vibration -CHECK-. No wall moun...