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Any Tekton users in UK???
From waltersalas, "Cup of snark" Spot on description/beautiful summation. 
The Border Patrol DAC - Maybe linearity in a DAC is bad ... Spitballing
I had a very similar Spectral experience (Dr. Keith Johnson controlled the room) with them  driving Avalons at CES in the late 1990s. The sound quality was threadbare,  mechanical and artificial in my opinion.  About 30 minutes after this demonstr... 
The Border Patrol DAC - Maybe linearity in a DAC is bad ... Spitballing
Reichert is a very experienced listener and professional reviewer who additionally had access to the live Chesky studio and master file. He had access to both DACs and could compare directly.  It doesn’t get much better than this in terms of knowi... 
The Border Patrol DAC - Maybe linearity in a DAC is bad ... Spitballing
Numerous posts on this thread attest to the very good sound quality of the Border Patrol DAC (BP). I’ve heard the BP and Benchmark (BM) although not in the same systems. In a general overall assessment the BP was more natural sounding and realisti... 
A DAC that crushes price vs. performance ratio
Hi Teajay,I also have long ago grown tired of the measurements versus listening debates. Interestingly I heard a system that used a Benchmark DAC. My listening impression matches your description. You had the added advantage of hearing it in your ... 
Tweeter Capacitor Upgrade (Coincident PREs)
Chris,Your PRE speaker crossover is pretty simple (fewer part count) and straightforward compared to many other speakers (higher part count). Your instincts are right IMO. Upgrading to a very high quality tweeter capacitor is a very worthwhile sin... 
Pass labs xa25 amp and BW 804 d3?
Well this explains Macguy's observation of his Pass Labs X250 not leaving class A operation while driving the Vandersteens, 95 db SPL is plenty loud for many listeners. Al thanks for the additional information and the always keen commentary. Charles  
Pass labs xa25 amp and BW 804 d3?
I do understand the desire/concern of many listeners in regard to "headroom" availability for demanding musical peaks and the fear of having insufficient ’juice ’ on hand. This is a common topic in audio forums. I do think that to some extend it g... 
Pass labs xa25 amp and BW 804 d3?
Macguy said his meter indicates the amplifier remains in "class A operation". So the first 20 watts of the x250 is bias in class A (bias set  at 0.8 for this model per the Nelson Pass article). At his listening levels the Vandersteen speakers aren... 
Pass labs xa25 amp and BW 804 d3?
How many class A watts does  the Pass Labs x250 provide? Charles  
Tweeter Capacitor Upgrade (Coincident PREs)
Hi Bill,As usual you've made wise and very rational decisions,  binding post for example.  No good reason to change the Coincident binding posts. They're pure solid copper as opposed to the typical utilized brass postsCharles . 
Tweeter Capacitor Upgrade (Coincident PREs)
Agree with advice regarding the inductors, you can easily degrade the sound quality if not sure of specific specifications. Thread carefully. Don't agree with advice to rewire as the internal Coincident wire is very good quality. Brownsfan (Bill) ... 
What do you like most? Jazz or Classic?
Agree with Spencer’s perspective. Instruments with far more overlap between Jazz and Classical music are piano, guitar, trumpet and double bass for example. More of a fair/relevant comparison of two great music genres and their respectively superb... 
If you love SET amplifiers, boy do I have speaker for you.
Hi Bill., Ok I understand your objective,  exploring the specific category of  the 45 and 2A3 tubes. In that case the NSMT speaker seems an excellent place to start the process.Charles  
If you love SET amplifiers, boy do I have speaker for you.
AricNumerous very established/highly respected SET manufacturers has written the same regarding DC versus AC heating. You are definitely on the right track in your findings/conclusions. Some believe that the 45, 50 and 2A3 ’may’ successfully allow...