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Superb PHONO Preamp ?
thanks Frank, i appreciate your response. I did read your Ultimate Audio review. I have owned my Io for 2 and 1/2 trouble-free years.....i must be lucky i guess. My tubes still seem fresh and i bought a spare set for about $350 with the Io when ne... 
Superb PHONO Preamp ?
Fmpnd, have you listened to the Lamm long enough to form an opinion of it verses the Aesthetix Io. I own an Io and love it but have considered a second power supply, the Signature version, or both. I would appreciate any feedback.Another question ... 
Have you heard Rockport speakers?
I want to be clear on my comments on my Kharma Exquisite 1Ds that 2 speakers i mentioned in my comments i have not specifically heard. i have heard other Sound Labs, but not the Ultimate. I have never heard the Rockport. I believe both to be world... 
How BIG is yours?
About 3200 cds, 2500 lps, and 175 sacds so far. The last year or so i have been more discriminating with my aquisitions. I still buy about 10 cds and 5 lps a month although i can feel an lp binge comeing on as i just bought a Clearaudio Insider Go... 
ML 390S vs dCS Verdi/Purcell/Elgar Plus
Bill, i have listened to the above and still prefer my Linn CD-12. especially for classical listening the continuousness and musicality will be very rewarding. i have a Marantz SA-1 that gives me a great reference to judge the CD-12 against. for d... 
Have you heard Rockport speakers?
Bill, i just made that same move. i went with the Kharma Exquisite 1D. they arrived last thursday after a 5 month wait. i am simply overwhelmed at the performance and build quality of these speakers.they are a work of art; 565 pounds with stands, ... 
Krell FBP200C/Rowland 112/ ??
i just bought a Rowland 112 used to power the bottom end of my soon to arrive Kharma Exquisite 1ds in a bi-amp setup. the Kharma is a true 8 ohm speaker even in the bass. everything i have heard and read has mentioned the perception of control and... 
OTL amps on Dynamic Speakers
i might recommend the Atmasphere line as one of the the best and most stable OTLs with dynamic speakers. the M-60, MA-1, and MA-2 are all solid and excellent performing. i used the MA-2 MKII.2 to good result on the very difficult to drive Wilson W... 
Aftermarket Power Cord and Marantz SA-1
i use the Shunyata King Cobra II with my SA-1. the KCv.2 is plugged into a PS600. with this combo i get a lower noise floor, better dynamics, more ease in the presentation, and a more layered and deeper soundstage. the KCv.2 seems to do about 75% ... 
Tenor Audio - Anyone hear them?
the Tenor 75Wi monoblocks are $19900 list price per pair. that includes 3-rca inputs and one xlr input and a passive volume pot on each amp. you can switch from direct mode where the volume pot is bypassed or integrated mode where the volume pot i... 
Tenor Audio - Anyone hear them?
kevin, you have a point there but i personally know the process jtinn went thru to form his opinion. jtinn had helped me demo a number of different amplifiers, some were his and some not. i had settled on the Atmasphere MA-2 but had wanted to firs... 
My first impression of the Nordost Valhallas.
adsal and greg, i have been reviewing my correspondence with Kharma and from what Charles van Oosterum wrote the Enigma cable is not yet on the market or even priced. this info is within the last month. i don't pretend to know the facts on this is... 
My first impression of the Nordost Valhallas.
adsal, i have valhalla interconnects and opus mm speaker cables. as i have ordered Kharma Exquisite 1d speakers and have been considering Kharma cables i would love your opinion of the "Enigma" cables....are they Siltech G5 clones? thanks 
Tenor Audio - Anyone hear them?
i have owned Tenor 75Wi monoblocks for about a month and agree with all the above comments. i had compared them to the Atmasphere MA2 MKII.2 which had been my choice up to that time....but it was not close. i was using Wilson Watt/Puppy 6s.these a... 
complete SACD catalog listing
here is a relatively complete listing; http://www.amusicdirect.com/products/swsearch.asp?dmSearchBy=category&srch=30i hope that helps. there are more sacds than that but most are listed. HMV in japan has a few not on this list.