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Any Magnepan Mini Maggies fans here
If you haven't purchased the Maggies yet, consider the Vandersteen 1Cis instead - much better speakers than the mini Maggies and they don't require subs. 
Should I keep the Turntable or sell it?
I’m not on the Audiogon Forum much. I get a weekly email titled Weekly Recap which has some of the top discussions of the past week, I guess.I was very intrigued by this thread because I’ve had a Bluenote Bellavista Signature turntable for about t... 
Demo'd a few sets of speakers over the past 2 weeks...
Oh and as far as I know there are no newer versions of the 3a sigs. The signature version was an update to the 3a.At one point they changed the 3A Signature midrange driver to the current one with the woven plastic cone. Vandersteen is known to ma... 
Spatial M4 TS vs Magnepan LRS
I did notice some weird frequency peaks with the TM's running off the 8 ohm taps of my Rogue CM-II. With some recordings that are very familiar, I was hearing background noise that I know is supposed to be too low in level to be audible. So I ques... 
Spatial M4 TS vs Magnepan LRS
I'd say the TMs are approximately 10% better. Occasionally he has "demo" pairs for a discount. 
Spatial M4 TS vs Magnepan LRS
I’ve owned Magnepan 1.7is, and the Spatial M4 Turbos S’. The Spatials are the far superior speakers IMO. I’ve also owned the M4 Triode Masters which can easily compete with some $6K speakers I’ve heard. The Magnepans sounded like the $2K speakers ... 
Low cost WiFi streamer : Google Chromcast Audio v/s Audioengine B1
I have the B1 and two Chromecast Audios. Unless you plan to do away with your wireless service or something like that, there's no good reason to own the B1. I believe Wi-Fi transmission is technically superior. If you're still interested in a B1, ... 
Calling all Vandersteen Fans
I finally received the speakers, unfortunately, the 26' of bulk cable I ordered with them had been cut into 5 random lengths (wtf?). So I'm using stranded cable in the mean time. I was surprised to discover my Audioquest Suregrip 300 spades were a... 
Preamp for Rogue Stereo 100 amplifier
Thanks everyone. The RP7 seems very promising, though expensive. But now my interest has also piqued for Cronus Magnum III with their SE upgrades (resistor and caps upgrade). If it is close to the sound of seperate ST-100 and RP7 then it would be ... 
Preamp for Rogue Stereo 100 amplifier
Having owned the Stereo 100 and a Rogue Cronus Magnum-II, I would opt for the new CM-III and request the factory resistor and capacitor upgrades. Total expenditure would be very near that of a new ST-100 and you'll simplify your setup. While I lik... 
Focal Sopra 2's vs Titron GoldenEar Reference speakers
@ozzy If talking large, full-range speakers, a used pair of Revel Salon 2s, which have a superior Be tweeter to my ears. Those or an old pair of Spendor SP100s. Different sounds, but each produces a superior top-to-bottom balance, and with smoothe... 
Should I keep the Turntable or sell it?
There's no use in debating anything with the direct-drive zealots. The reality is there are many good approaches to analog sound. Every approach produces a unique sonic signature because each material has different resonance properties. Whether a ... 
Focal Sopra 2's vs Titron GoldenEar Reference speakers
Both of these speakers are far from neutral to my ears, with the Golden Ears being the less refined of the two. Either would be a terrible choice for punk rock IMO, but the Focals would be the easy choice between the two.As for the GE AMT, it's no... 
Demo'd a few sets of speakers over the past 2 weeks...
Maybe you should stick with Vandersteen. I've heard most of the popular contenders in this price range and just bought the latest 2CE Sig IIs. I couldn't keep ignoring that I was missing the realistic note decay that I only ever experienced with V... 
KEF LS50 or Harbeth P3ESR for desktop system?
The thing that concerns me with the Kefs is the potential for listening fatigue as they are quite forward sounding. That's a common misconception. They're not at all forward sounding if positioned as KEF intended: stands no more than 24" tall and ...