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Is there any one piece of vintage gear you most wished you owned?
ESS AMT-1 Towers, A Marantz 7C and an original Ampzilla.  The AMT-1 Towers were a 10" woofer transmission line version of the original AMT-1, with much more linear bass and better driver integration than the ported 2-way, due IMO to its higher pla... 
Please settle a bet!
Oh, and either Mac can do a perfectly nice job with any of these unless you have a very heavy hand on the volume control.  We all know that watts rise exponentially with volume.  The MA5200 and 5300 are direct coupled, decently high current, very ... 
Please settle a bet!
I am quite fimaliar with all the candidates here, and the one sensible response I read, apart from keeping politics out of it, is that the best choice depends on what music one wants to optimize for.  The Revel F206 is light in the bass extension ... 
Masimo Acquires Sound United - Are Denon, Classe, Polk, B&W, Marantz, going to fade away??
HiFi history is littered with the victims of unwise mergers and acquisitions.  a/d/s/ was bought by DEI, makers of car alarms...and disappeared.  Boston Acoustics once had a strong market position and has all but disappeared.  Nakamich and Sansui ... 
Maggie 1.7i's lack detail. Ideas?
Also, 1.7is only disperse full range treble if your ears are aligned with the middle third of the panel...if you are too close, too high or too low, they drop off drastically, as I'm sure you've noticed.  Make sure you are in the sweet zone!  
Maggie 1.7i's lack detail. Ideas?
37 yrs ago there were MG3s, with the first "true ribbon" tweeter Magnepan made.  I owned a pair, and their palpable realism and detail far exceed the Quasi-ribbons of the 1.7is of today.  So that is a big part of it, but also, using a Marantz NR-1... 
I need a subwoofer recomendation
Comments on the Hsu are predominating here, rightly so.  The REL T/7x is a little steep on your budget, but used T/9is are not hard to find, so should also be on your list.  As for the center channel, stay with KEF…the uniformity of dispersion is ... 
Feel free to talk me off the ledge
Your Heresys and the BRX both have upper range drivers with broader lateral and minimal vertical directionality.  Try a speaker with more evenly dispersed mid and treble energy if you want to experience a really different sonic presentation.  The ... 
King Crimson
I was fortunate enough to be in the audience at the West Palm Beach Motor Speedway in Oct. 1969, where the original KC performed a set each of the 3 nights.  Fripp, Lake, MacDonald and I think Giles on drums.  They were brilliant and delivered a l... 
what does this mean?
Not to be technical, simply hookup the speakers, observing all polarity markings, and play. Avoid speaker selector switch boxes, and don’t try to play headphones off  the amps speaker outputs, not that it’s likely you would.  Any normal audiophile... 
If you want the utmost clarity from your CDs
Here we have the classic face-off between the view point of a pure subjectivist versus an objectivist with the knowledge of how the technology works saying based on the science, that the sound cannot be improved by this tweak.  Unless the listener... 
To Buy or to DIY, here is my question
I work at a high end retailer.  I can buy name brand speakers for 50% off or less.  Nevertheless, I built my own.  2 reasons...none of our brands make what I wanted my speakers to be in terms of size, form factor, etc.  AND, even at half price I w... 
Why dealers disparage certain products?
To OP: I completely agree, Roy.  You and I shared the same employer for several decades.  Bad-mouthing the competition is a losing strategy, but all too common.  Passing on anecdotes about the reliability or lack thereof of opposing brands is ano... 
McIntosh -- good for show, not for sound, says dealer
Not all Mac amps are autoformer coupled. They have several SS integrated amps and a monoblock that are direct coupled and use 12AX7s as input buffers. And don’t go saying the stuff is overpriced. A lot of audio gear is as costly or more.  Sure it’... 
Bought powerful/expensive Amp+Speakers but plan to use an old preamp , am I crazy?
There may be synergy between the Paradigms and the electronics. Paradigm is a thoroughly modern speaker with no “musical” coloration. The NAD is a perfectly competent low noise preamp but has no pretense of being High End… no premium parts or hero...