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medwardo

Responses from medwardo

Is it safe to buy from Audiogon sellers?
I've bought probably a dozen items from Audigon over the past 6 - 8 years and I've never had a bad experience. Some of these were cables and some were expensive components.Having said that, I check the feedback for sellers carefully and I also cor... 
Aurender MQA update worth it?
I second mmeeks100's assessment: definitely worth it. I've upgraded both of my Aurenders (N10 & X100L), so best $100 I've spent.... 
Which Transparent speaker cable to chose?
I originally had the Transparent Super with my Sophia 3's and then upgraded the cable to Transparent Reference. I think I got the Ref SCs about 4 years ago, so they are not current models.Biggest change I heard was in 3 areas: 1) more coherent, or... 
What are the weak points of Pass amps and pre-amps ?
Sorry, @wolf_garcia, but the XA25 is the best amp I've used in my system. I've used: CJ MF2550SE, ET250S, Musical Fidelity SS.What I love about the XA25 is that I get >wonderful midrange from the CJs with most of the bass slam of the MF SS. The... 
Conrad Johnson preamp: ET5, ET7 (series 1 or 2) or ET3SE ??
I've had both the ET5 and the ET3SE for a number of years.ET5 is awesome...great holographic soundstage, that famous rich CJ midrange, decent tuneful bass, and lovely detailed treble with no harshness.ET3SE is a great preamp too...just not as good... 
Anyone try the new Shunyata
I have 3 Defenders in my systems.I use the Defender when I'm not using some other type of power conditioner...e.g., when I have a sub on an duplex, I put the Defender in one of the outlets. I'm not sure it makes much difference in sound quality TB... 
Shunyata Delta NR or ???
For around your price, you could likely pick up a used Shunyata Alpha HC power cable (one on sale here now for $750 (I'm not the seller)). Excellent for amps/power distributors and includes noise reduction. I have 3 of the Alpha HCs in my systems ... 
Shunyata Sigma Speaker Cables and Interconnects
I have Sigma rca ICs and PCs in my system. I like the sound a lot...organic, lovely midrange and treble, tight and tuneful bass, very quiet. Putting just the Sigma ICs in caused the soundstage to completely disconnect from the speakers and move ou... 
Pass labs xa25 amp and BW 804 d3?
A bit late here, but...I’m running Wilson Sophia 3s with the Pass XA25. The Sophia’s are ~87db/1W efficiency. They are made easy to drive (nominal 4Ohm impedance), but not all that efficient. I’ve had the XA25 since last Summer.90 - 100 db is abou... 
What are the best speakers you have ever owned and why?
I've owned only two speakers over the last 35 years (was surprised when I wrote that 'cuz I've swapped out everything else multiple times):Dahlquist DQ-10s, from '82 to '13. Lovely, spooky midrange in the room. I loved that the music was "in the a... 
USB vs SPDIF, which sounds better?
I've had an Aurender N10 for a year or two and have tried all of its digital outputs.With that player, they're all pretty good. To my ear, here is the stack rank from best to not-so-best:XLR: quietest with the biggest soundstage, great midrange &a... 
Conrad Johnson amp and Pass Labs Pre
I run a cj et5 pre and a pass xa25 amp in the main rig. Lovely combo. Holographic soundstage and sweet midrange w taut bass. I like the little pass amp better than the all the cj amps I’ve had. 
$10k Speaker Cables??????????????
Are $10K speaker cables worth it?Like many things in life, IME, the answer is "it depends." 
Are audiophiles still out of their minds?
Are $10K speaker cables worth it?Like many things in life, IME, the answer is "it depends." 
mapleshade cable recomendations
I've tried their Ribbon interconnects and Digital SPDIF...whatever their top ones were at the time (about 8 years ago or so).I really like the Ribbon interconnects...great transient snap, great midrange, and bass slam I hadn't heard from my (at th...