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Speaker Recommendations - from Vandersteen 5As
He built his own highpass filters, so the dip switches probably don't apply.  Still, the first thing I always start with is checking with a voltmeter and 1kHz/100Hz tones that the frequency response of the highpass filters is correct.Then check th... 
Calling all Vandersteen Fans
Vandersteens are fussy about tilt.  Not good for those with OCD.  I use a Huepar Box 1-R laser level for this.  But if you made some effort to follow the instructions, and it didn't work for you, I would move on. 
Bookshelf to replace Martin Logan Source
Re: the Buchardt S400, note that the frequency response spec specifies +/- 3dB "in room".  So this measurement was probably taken with the speakers close to the front wall in a room of their choice.  If you look at the anechoic response curve, 33 ... 
Electro Harmonix 6922 pre-amp tubes
I've gone thru a lot of EH 6922s in my BAT 3iX.  They always get noisy after 6 months or so.  I've found J/J quieter and perhaps a little better in tone.  I've been using a quartet of Amperex orange globes for a couple years.  Very nice tone and t... 
5A Vandersteen
If I had the cash and a big first-floor room in a detached house to put them in, the 5 carbons would be a top choice.  I remember playing a track from "Time Out" on the 5 Carbons at Stereo Unlimited and then going home and trying to get that deep ... 
Is the NHT xd System worth buying today?
I hooked mine up last week just to remind myself why I was dissatisfied.  Surprise, they sounded great.  The very even dispersion means they can really float images beautifully, better than my Vandersteen cloth Quatros in this regard.  And though ... 
Is the NHT xd System worth buying today?
Too late for the OP, but I wanted to reply to the comment about mains hum.I believe what Stereophile documented was the self-noise of the system, not mains hum.  Mine don't hum, but you can hear hiss if you put your ear to the tweeter.  You'll fin... 
Digital Room Correction For Speakers
The Vandersteen 11-band EQ only effects frequencies below 100 Hz. Knocking down the big bass humps really improves midrange transparency, though. They just added a subwoofer to their line, the Sub 3, with the 11-band EQ, so you can add this to any... 
Speaker With Least Room Interaction
Vandersteen Quatro and up have bottom firing subwoofers with adjustable 11-band bass EQ.I'd also suggest looking into digital room correction if your your sources are all digital. 
Class D is affordable and sounds as good or better the SS/Valve why buy anything else ?
Those Emotiva PA-1 amps are very intriguing, particularly as they don't cost much more than replacing the power tubes of my Rogue M-180 monoblocks. 
Vandersteen 2ce Signature and Signature 2?
@beetlemania Thanks for the correction. I guess I misread what audioconnection wrote. Perhaps he could clarify.I have to say I’m still very happy with my cloth [email protected]  Thanks for the report.  I'd love to hear the VLR CTs. 
Vandersteen 2ce Signature and Signature 2?
Great to read that the carbon technology is trickling down to the 2s.  I would be very tempted to stretch to the VLR CT with a subwoofer or two.   
Miss my Dunlavy Speakers, Were to go...
I'm embarrassed to admit it, but after spending about $11k on other speakers, I think the Dunlavy SC-III are the best speakers I own.  IIRC, I spent under $3k on them in the early 2000s. 
Miss my Dunlavy Speakers, Were to go...
Finally scooched the SC-IIIs out of the spare bedroom and hooked them up to my Rogue M-180s.  I just set them to the outside of my Vandersteens, toed in a bit, but not very carefully.  I never had these hooked up to my big tube amps.  They sound v... 
BUY Bryston!!!!!
I bought a used Bryston 3B-SST on the 'gon and it had a problem with it making a thump noise thru the speakers a few seconds after being turned off.  Called the US service number, went thru a bit of troubleshooting with the tech, and he told me it...