esprits4s

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Thiel Owners
Hi Jafant,  Yes, I am still using the ARC Reference 3.  Speakers are CS5 and CS7.2. 
Advice on desk speakers
I use, and recommend, Gallo Strada's in my best desktop setup.  The 1st gen versions sell for under $1K, and you might be able to find a used 2nd gen for your budget as well.  Excellent near field imaging.  I've been using them for 5 years now wit... 
Thiel Owners
The GFA 5802 is a highly regarded Adcom amp. I owned one at one point (prior to my Thiels though), and it drove a pair of Aerial Acoustic 10T’s nicely. However, I understood that it would be very difficult to repair if any issues arose with the ou... 
Thiel Owners
Thank you Tom.  I will start there. 
Thiel Owners
Hi Everyone,  Very much enjoying that this thread is so active. I've mentioned before that I own a pair of CS5's and CS7.2's.  The CS5's are close to mint, and the CS7.2's unfortunately have seen better days cosmetically.    When I originally star... 
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"esprits4sThank You for your assessment of the XP-10. Which ARC pre-amp did you purchase?   "Jafant,It is a Reference 3.-Gary 
Most favored hearing aid for audiophiles
Bose is coming out with some interesting stuff for hearing aid.  Apparently deregulation of hearing aids is coming so there should be a lot of new products and testing methods hitting the market in the coming years.  There were a number of hearing... 
Thiel Owners
I used a XP-10 for several years and really enjoyed it.  I only sold it because I got a deal on an Audio Research preamp that I had been eyeing for some time.  The ARC pre is different, but not universally better than the XP-10. I used the the XP-... 
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I hope that wire choices don't significantly drive up the cost of these upgrades that the team is working on.  I won't weigh in on the overall audio cable debate, but transmission line effects are generally not relevant in audio equipment, at leas... 
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Thank you Tom! I will give that a try.-Gary 
Thiel Owners
So, I have the new to me CS5's set up (sort of) in my listening room.  Still need to be positioned properly, but I've got to move some gear to make room:).  Regardless, they already sound fantastic.  I am already feeling better about the speakers ... 
Thiel Owners
Tom,  Thank you for your feedback on CS5's vs. CS7.2's.  I very much appreciate your thoughts.  FWIW, I ended up buying both pair:)  The 7.2's have severely damaged woofers though, so not sure yet what I will do with them if the woofers cannot be ... 
Thiel Owners
Question for the Thiel owners and enthusiasts here:  If you could buy a pair of CS5's or CS7.2's for the same price in similar condition, which would you pick (and why!)?  
Any info out there on the Audio Alchemy OM90.1 monoblocks?
Yes, I also have their newer DDP-1 preamp which is very nice, especially for the price. I may eventually use the two together in an all AA setup. Currently, I am using the OM90's with an ARC Reference preamp.  These amps are from the mid-90’s just... 
The "most foolish" loudspeaker tweak/upgrade ... is
I think the problem is that peoples' mental self influence is often stronger than their audio memory or discrimination.  I feel it myself most times I try out a new piece of audio gear that I've just purchased with the intent to upgrade.  Actually...