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Does speaker-level input to sub by pass its electronics?
Duke, thanks for the explanation.  It gives me much more understanding of high-level input to a sub, and confidence in using it.Erik, I have no interest in bypassing the amp or HGS function.  To the contrary, I was concerned that speaker-level inp... 
Does speaker-level input to sub by pass its electronics?
I've used HGS-15s & 10s for years, but not with high-level input.  It's the high-gain servo function I want to preserve.  I'm not familiar with how high-level input functions.  A local is selling an HGS-15 that I might use with the Ayre A7e to... 
Do you use a Subwoofer when listening to stereo?
mijostyn, the Ayre preamp has two pair of analog outputs.  Are you implying that using a splitter to mix the output of one pair is likely to effect the output of the other pair?  I suppose an alternative is to take the second output from the Ayre ... 
Do you use a Subwoofer when listening to stereo?
The Velodyne SMS-1 acoustic room corrector has a single XLR LFE input.  Is it OK to use a splitter to mix the LR outputs from the preamp for input to the SMS-1 -- assuming full-range preamp output into an LFE input is not a problem?db 
Preamp LR to sub?
Thanks noromance, that was the essence of my question.  On reflection, I realized that must be so.  I was confused because the Bryston SP3 processor has a single sub output in addition to LR outputs whereas the Ayre KX-5/20 preamp has only LR outp... 
Preamp LR to sub?
The KEFs run full range.  I was asking about settings for the HGS-15s.  They are set by the SMS-1s. 
Ayre QX-5 vs Lumin vs dCS Bartok
I use Roon via ethernet to my QX-5/20, with balanced analog to a KX-5/20 preamp and VX-5/20 amp. Of course the sound is great, but just clicking play on my computer and watching the AyreLink turn everything on is a fascinating convenience. A DX-5 ... 
Empty canvas: recommendations on blending audio and moving watching
I don’t want to use high energy for TV, so I’ve settled on an Audio Engine 2+ for TV, saving the big stuff for Blue-ray and music. The sound with the AE 2+ is amazingly good. For Blue-ray, HDMI video goes to the projector, HDMI audio to a Bryston ... 
Beating a dead horse.... SACD
jafant, IIRC Kal Rubinson thought the Sony 5400ES was superior in his Stereophile review.db 
Beating a dead horse.... SACD
Forget the SCD-XA5400ES I recommended.  They're listed near $1K in the Blue Book and for some reason seem to be on the rise with the most recent being $2K.db 
Beating a dead horse.... SACD
OP might want to consider a Sony 5400ES. IIRC, they were thought to be a bit of an improvement over the 9000 and venerated SCD-1. I have one or two in the original box in the garage waiting for me to get off my ass and sell stuff I no longer use.db 
KEF 107.1 or B&W 802 S3 Matrix
I think the tweeter is what differentiates the 107/2 from the 107.  I've never heard the 107s, but JA's review in Stereophile claimed they were bit lacking in the high end and the 107/2 cured that.  You might want to read his review of the 107/2s.db 
KEF 107.1 or B&W 802 S3 Matrix
I used 107/2s for years with Parasound JC-1 monoblocks, a great combination. I loved the sound. As I understand it, KEF chose not to use internal circuitry and instead rely on KUBEs matched to specific speakers. KEF claims reproduction is not accu... 
To Roon or not to Roon
Roon is delivered via ethernet to an Ayre QX-5 digital hub that is both endpoint and DAC.  The sound, especially Qobuz 192/24, is superb.  The suggestions that follow the end of my selections have introduced me to recordings that have become some ... 
TV Mounted above fireplace mantel - neck strain?
In the early days of the ARPA net I developed a strange neck problem.  Some of the diagnostic procedures were quite unpleasant and all unproductive.  Then I read a Bell Labs study of monitor placement, lowered my monitor from a shelf above my desk...