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Balanced versus single ended
Everyone of my Ayre manuals recommends balanced as does Parasound for the JC 1 monoblocks, JC 2 preamp, and JC 3 phonostage.  That convinced me. db   
Maggie LRS amping question
I just installed a pair of LRS driven by a pair high-current 800-watt Parasound JC 1 monoblocks, and augmented with a pair of KEF KC62 subs.  The sound is impressive. db  
KEF celebrates sixty years with the LS60 Wireless
I'm looking forward to the reviews.  Could be a nice alternative to racks of equipment now that I've become a Roon junkie.  I'm using a pair of the amazing KC62s alternately with LS50s and Magnapan LRSs. I suppose I'd use them with the LS60s. db  
Balanced v high-pass
I have ISOMAX boxes I bought to use with KEF KUBEs.  I'm running the speakers full range; the subs are set at 45 Hz/24 db.  I installed the LRSs today.  Damn, they sound good when driven by high-current 800-watt Parasound JC 1 monoblocks. Are the... 
KEF Blade 2 as replacement for Reference 107/2
I also never compared the R107/2s with the R1s except with a length time gap.  Anyone do a closer comparison and if so what are your thoughts.   db  
KEF Blade 2 as replacement for Reference 107/2
yyzsantabarbara -- I'll take you up on that offer. I never actually tried the R107/2s with the Ayre setup, because I had had a poor experience inserting a Bryston high-pass filter between the preamp and amp, and I was admonished not to put anythi... 
KEF Blade 2 as replacement for Reference 107/2
I’ve often regretted giving away the 107/2s. I did so because the KUBE wasn’t balanced, and I was moving to an all Ayre set up: DX-5 DSD, QX-5 Twenty, KX-5 Twenty, and VX-5 Twenty, that sounds best balanced. I replaced the 107/2s with Reference 1s... 
KEF Meta Reference 1's? anyboy heard them?
Some of us have moved away from floor standers. I augment my Reference 1s with a pair of Velodyne HGS-15s with SMS-1 acoustic bass management, and high-pass them with a passive balanced Marchand filter that sits between the Ayre KX-5 Twenty preamp... 
Magnepan LRS
The front of my KEF LS50s are 18" from the wall; a KEF KC62 sub at the foot of each LS50 stand extends another 10" from the wall. My plan is to leave the LS50s and subs in place and move an LRS in front of them for easy swapping. I’d use Magna Ris... 
QYRE QB9 DSD no output
I'm waiting for an upgrade of my QB-9 DSD to QB-9 Twenty.   Apparently Ayre needs to gather parts.   Ayre support is first rate.  When I switched from a Mac Mini to a Nucleus, Roon in the Nucleus would not enable my QX-5 Twenty because its firmwa... 
Just a share
Reminded me of my days in the 50s pestering shops in West LA to listen to their EV Patrician and Bozak Concert Grand, and later JBL Hartsfield.  I made cabinets that I stuffed with a Jenson from my Fender guitar amp then later an Altec 604.  First... 
Audioengine for Surround Sound
While trying to bring up Roon in the living room, I inadvertently brought up HDMI from the Mac Mini to the Sony 65 XBR that provides audio to a pair of A2+ speakers. The sound, although not quite the equal of the preamp and monoblocks with KEF LS5... 
When did you get hooked?
In the mid 1950s a neighbor had a JBL C34 rear-loaded corner horn, a custom amp with separate power supply he had designed, and a Garrard RC 80 with GE variable reluctance cartridge.  The sound was a revelation to me, and I was hooked.  I added an... 
Move from Parasound A23 to A21/A21+ or Something Else?
I have two A23s in boxes that I should sell.  I much preferred the A21.  I'm now using an Ayre VX-5 Twenty in one setup, JC 1 monoblocks in another. db  
Ayre Acoustics MXR-Twenty and KX-5 Twenty owners...
I use an Ayre QX-5, KX-5, VX-5 Twenty series with KEF Reference 1s augmented by a pair of Velodyne HGS-15s below 80 Hz and high-passed by a Marchand balanced passive filter. The QX-5 Twenty serves as a Roon endpoint; a DX-5 DSD plays discs. I thin...