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The imperfect amp: Pass or Ayre?
So in my system with Vandersteen 5A Carbons, my Pass XA 60.8s do an admirable job, checking almost all of the boxes of the sonic attributes I’m looking for. Then comes along an opportunity recently to demo a pair of Vandersteen M5-HPA’s. Immediate... 
5A Vandersteen
It does not have the 7’s tweeter, it has the 5A Carbon’s tweeter and midrange. The midrange is the same for all three. This is based on looking at all the specs on the Vandersteen website. Not mentioned for the Kēnto is if the crossover’s are batt... 
Vandersteen Kento Specs Released
A few things stand out to me 1) the 6.5 inch woofer vs the 7 inch in the model 5, which I’d think would be an advantage in the model 5. When I went from the Quatro with its 6.5 inch woofer to the 5A Carbon, the upper bass and lower midrange sounde... 
Vandersteen's new affordable mono blocks at the CES 18
Another question is how much better the M5-HPA’s internal high pass circuitry is over the external crossovers. I have set of late model balanced with fresh batteries. 
Vandersteen's new affordable mono blocks at the CES 18
I’m running my 5A Carbons with a set of Pass XA 60.8s and a Pass XP-22. The latter is quite neutral, I think, and certainly the best preamp I’ve heard. The amps are very good or great, I’m not sure. I suppose it depends on the setup. One thing I’m... 
Vandersteen's new affordable mono blocks at the CES 18
I’m interested in anyone’s long term opinions of running the Vandersteen M5-HPA’s with the 5A Carbons, especially, or the other high passed models. Are they significantly better in this application than any other amplifier, tube or solid state? 
can you add tone controls to a primaluna HP integrated amp
I tried a Schiit Loki in the tape loop of my Pass XP-22 and it just killed the sound. Both the volume and resolution dropped. It may be due to my having XLR connections everywhere else. I suggested to Schiit that they provide XLRs. I only tried th... 
What are the speakers you very rarely find in the Used market(Audiogon or Anywhere)?
My Quatro Wood CTs are now for sale, just not here. 
What are the speakers you very rarely find in the Used market(Audiogon or Anywhere)?
There’s a good chance that I will be selling my Vandersteen Quatro CTs within the next couple of weeks, for local pickup only. Stay tuned... 
After all, you're listening to the power supply.
Does it continue to sound much better, no matter the time of day? I agree that the power supply is so very important. On some days my system was unlistenable. My system was recently saved by the addition of a PS Audio P20 power regenerater. The in... 
Rogue RP-7 vs. New RP-9 - What's the Difference?
I had a chance to compare an RP7 to an ARC Ref 6, then I learned a little about the difference between the 6H30 and 12au7. The former is going to have higher transconductance - there’s supporting discussion on the technical side if you search it. ... 
Vandersteen TREO CT's with Pass Labs XA60.8
I had an XA 30.8 hoooked up to my Quatros for almost a year. It sounded very impressive, with glorious midrange and top to bottom excellent presentation. However, in comparison to the 60.8s, it was somewhat deficient in the center image and didn’t... 
Vandersteen TREO CT's with Pass Labs XA60.8
I’m running XA 60.8s with Quatro CTs, which sounds amazing. Your combo will make the amps work harder, but they’ll probably be fine. That 60 watt rating is very conservative. 
Vandersteen 5a vs Quatro ct which do you choose?
The new carbon tweeter was a significant improvement over what was in the previous Quatro, and it appears to be better than what’s in the 5a. I’m very happy with my CT’s.  In my 22 * 12 * 7 ft room, there’s plenty of tight, powerful and tuneful ba... 
350.8 to 30.8
Also, they’ll put up to 90 watts after going out of class A, not sure if that’s into 4 or 8 ohms