joekapahulu

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Would like advice on upgrading entry level system
I have the Marantz pm8005 integrated now the 8006. I demoed with both ls50 and rs300 from kef. It drive it well, cleanly at very good volumes. I got with rs300s which were as good as ls50 with more bass as a 3 way. Been very happy. Good power at 7... 
All-in-one: $1k Marantz or $2k Hegel?
I don't know for a fact it is active in direct mode. However, I know that with DM tone and balance controls are bypassed but the 2 speaker switches still work. I would expect output to sub to remain. Travel g right now so can't check manual. Btw, ... 
All-in-one: $1k Marantz or $2k Hegel?
Have Marantz pm8005. Very good sound for $1k new especially in direct mode bypassing tone controls. Used with Kef R300s and Marantz ND8006. Integrated fine for HEOS, various streaming sites. Setup  wired Ethernet and wireless. 
Another Kef LS50 and Integrated Amp question. Under $2000. No DAC needed.
I run a Marantz  pm8005 to Kef R300s which are derivatives of LS50s with 3 drivers.  The amp kicks out 75 wrms at 8 ohms and is very capable of driving the speakers clearly to very loud volumes. It is both detailed and warmish. I auditioned the am... 
Budget Tube Amp (newbie)
Read thru this thread and didn't see this anywhere so I thought I'd add my 2c. Old tube amps like the Dynaco generally sound more "syrupy" and warm than good modern tube  power amps like the Rogue CM. Old Dynacos, Conrad Johnson, Mac's, Scott's ar... 
What type of Amp for Ohm Walsh F-5015s?
I have Walsh Super2 100S3 units like mapman. I power mine with ATI 1502 amp which delivers 150wrms into 8 ohms estimated 180 to the 6 ohm speakers. I have previously run them with a Marantz pm8005 about 90 wrms. Both worked fine but I  like separa... 
What to do with broken McIntosh Pre-Amp
I use an Acurus R11 from EBay. R10 would work too. $300 and it is a highly regarded entry level,  quality piece that works well witn Mac and can be upgraded too. Good military spec components. You would be able to sell it later too. I use mine wit... 
Tidal and Squeezebox
Found this while looking for info on how to get my sbt going again. It's been sitting for a year or so during a remodel and has not been updated in years essentially since the manufacturer bailed. Where should I start to get a better handle on wha... 
My wife is at it again.........
Read read your wife’s blog tonight and laughed out loud more than once.  She is very funny and writes well. It certainly made my bookmarks list. I will also share it with my wife so she not only recognizes there are kindred souls out there of both... 
All Quiet on the Oppo front?
I am on the email list but have heard nothing? What email account did the email come from? Wonder if it hit the Trash bin? 
Cambridge Audio 740 cdp dying...suggested replacement?
Thx. Will check it out.  
Art Dudley Calls B.S. but without naming names - PLEASE DO!
A couple of observations. 1-Value is in the eye of the purchaser. It differs based on our engagement in the category and product considered.2- We live in a consumer culture but each persons perception of appropriate spending is different and refle... 
marantz pm8006 vs peahtree nova 150.
I have a 8005. It is very good for about $1000 new. Detailed, slightly warm, amply powered, good remote, 3 yr warranty and  Japan built with lots of Marantz Reference DNA in design and parts. The 8006 seems to be a refinement on this mode which wa... 
Acurus RL11 Mods
There used to be a guy on the audiokarma site under Mondialfan (Kevin M) who did them. Also Ken Ealey, tho he seems to have disappeared. The Mondialfan guy also sold a kit on Ebay. I got the kit last year and had a local tech do the work on my RL1... 
TX audio stores in Austin or San Antonio?
Thx for the responses. Looks like something should work.