|best amp for rinning 802n under 1200|
For speakers as nice as 802's, you should be willing to spend more than $1200 for a SS power amp. Adcom is not the way to power these speakaers. I used the 8008BB with my 802's and the sound was far too bright. A $1200 tube amp will sound better t...
|Worst speakers at Stereophile show|
There is no such thing as "good value" in a pair of speakers that costs $6000! The price of speakers is getting as obscene as that of cables, with outrageous mark-up on equipment which requires only modestly complex technology to develop and produ...
|IS TARA LAB "THE ONE"?|
Who put the nut in Avnut? Good one! You had me going for a few seconds, though. Yes, of course, Tara Lab is "THE ONE". Since you're already listening through "Number Two", you might as well take the final step up.
|Warm sounding ss power amps|
BAT VK200 is very warm, musical, accurate, open, powerful. The presence of instruments and voices is very realistic. Space is very well presented in three dimensions.
|Assemblage 3.1 or MSB platinum|
Amazing that I also am running the 3.1 into B&W 802's with North Creek outboard Xovers, and I find it very musical, with not a hint of brightness. I upgraded the cheapo standard opamps to the far more expensive model (part of the PLATINUM upgr...
|Need SS preamp that sounds like tube .|
I recently did a showroom comparison between Sonic Frontiers Line 2 and Bryston BP-25, using SS Classe power amp and Martin Logan electrostatics. SF pre was slightly more 3D, but Bryston had better tonality, sounded far more musical and less analy...
|Holographic Imaging- Cable suggestions?|
I have just heard and then purchased a pair of Siltech's, and they are very nice cables, with beautiful, open highs, lots of air around instruments and 3-D presentation. Smoooth on top and a robust bottom end. Not inexpensive, but worth the musica...
I owned an 8008BB for about a year. It was very powerful, with authoritative, deep bass, very crisp (somewhat bright, perhaps) highs, and decent mids for a SS amp. Threw a huge soundstage with good images. The amp seemed indestructible, built like...
|Why so many Plinius for sale lately|
This may also be a reflection of the popularity of the amp a couple years ago when it first became critically acclaimed. A lot of people who bought them then are ready to move on to something else or have tired of the sound.
|Sonic difference Vk200 vs. VK500?|
I haven't heard the 500, but I own the 200 and it delivers all the musical power I need for my B&W 802's. You will not regret buying the 200. I do not understand why people sell them!
|BEST brand for Classical Recordings?|
I can't believe no one has mentioned Philips, which has some truly stellar performers and performances, recorded with true concert hall perspective--no artificial emphasis on any instrument or section of the orchestra as in many Decca, DG, Sony, e...
|Coltrane. Can we talk?|
Well I won't pretend to have assimilated Trane's work to the extent that some here have. I have only ten or so Coltrane out of a couple hundred jazz CD's. One of my favorites is a two disc set containing the complete Coltrane / Wilbur Harden recor...
|XLR for BAT VK-3i and VK-200?|
I am using Van den Hul The Second between Bryston BP-25 and BAT VK-200, and the results are very musical, with good detail but no harshness, lots of air, three dimensionality.
|Harmonic Tech Pro Silway Mk II comments?|
If you are interested in buying a pair to try, I'll sell you mine. They were far too bright and didn't sound at all musical in my system.
|Which DAC? Bel Canto? Assemblage? EVS?|
I just got an Assemblage 3.1. I bought the upgrade opamps ($100) from TPC and installed them in about fifteen minutes. What an incredible sound! I haven't heard the other DAC's, but this one is astounding--so smooth yet detailed, so much air yet s...