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Mellow speakers
JohnK makes a great point. I too have found that the relative tonal balance from top to bottom can give the impression of brightness and cause fatigue, when what is really wrong is lower mids suckout and/or lack of lower frequencies to balance the... 
Mellow speakers
Sorry for typo ... ". I am afraid some of the dynamic speakers like vandy and quad may sound mellow to many people"I meant vandy and audio note. 
Mellow speakers
I have the same sensitivity as you. I cannot stand that edginess because it hurts my head and ruins the musical illusion for me. I have spent years fixing it and i finally have a system that sounds amazing and more like real music than ever before... 
Subwoofers
Meant to specify i am talking about quad esl-63 speakers in my above post. 
Subwoofers
As akg described well, the 2wq subs avoid the major historical problems with sub integration. I run a pair of 2wq subs with Quad esl speakers and the sound is so good i stopped reading speaker reviews. The speaker system seems to have unlimited po... 
Thor ta-1000 pre cap replacement -- advice
Correction... the big caps below the board are actually the electrolytics and I think they are Panasonic. So I'm focused on the Hovlands and Multicaps. Does anyone know which ones are the output caps? 
Neutral electronics are a farce...
JMCgrogan2... i agree with everything you wrote. "Neutral" in audiophile circles is a term that has been twisted to mean something different than balanced and uncolored. As a result, it misleads many people to expect it to mean one thing, when it ... 
Best mellow sounding 12ax7 for Thor TA-1000 preamp
Thanks for all the great advice guys! I tried two NOS Mullards and it helped quite a bit. Then I changed by DAC caps from Dueland back to Audio Note coppers and that helped even more. A cable change or two and I should be good. 
Cary 805c and Quad ESL-63 Combination?
Too funny... I misread the date of this thread. What's 15 years between friends? ha ha 
Cary 805c and Quad ESL-63 Combination?
Forgot to mention that the Cary's blew me away with their "big" sound and huge dynamics. 50 watts sound like 200 watts, and I don't mean 200 solid state watts. I mean they sound like 200 tube watts. Comparable dynamics to the 200 watt VTLs I now h... 
Cary 805c and Quad ESL-63 Combination?
I had a less positive experience combining 805c's and ESL-63s. I run mine biamped with Vandersteen 2wq subs, but the issue I encountered was more with the treble. It seemed very dead on top. I love 805c amps (I've heard them on other systems) and ... 
Best mellow sounding 12ax7 for Thor TA-1000 preamp
Jbrrp1, wish I lived in Minneapolis. It feels like Minneapolis here in St. Louis now. I may try some used mullard 12ax7 as an experiment because right now I need "too warm" to balance the edginess. 
Best mellow sounding 12ax7 for Thor TA-1000 preamp
Thanks for all the great responses. Gjrad mentioned the 5751 as others have. Would a 5751 be warmer on top than perhaps a mullard 12ax7? If so, I would actually welcome less gain/volume 
How old are your speakers
I owned Snell Type A ... Several incarnations as well. One of the best speakers ever made, and helped convince me that materials and technology in and of itself is irrelevant. It is about the designers execution and voicing, and personal preferenc... 
Quad ESL-63 and low-powered amps; Sun Audio, Atma
Correction the assemblage is single ended and 8 watts. Looking at so many amps I got them confused.