pwhinson

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What is the best solid state amplifier you have ever heard?
Depends SOLEY on the speaker involved.  On my Thiels, PASS power amps without question...no doubt about it.  On my BIG Magnepan 20.7's so far Aesthetix Atlas but would love to try a few others.  Also in the past, Bel Canto's E.One series amps have... 
My rankings of some classical violin music in high resolution
Szeryng's Brahms Violin Concerto (LSO, Dorati) is stunning on Mercury.  I have it on vinyl and as a high resolution digital file.  This is not a digital recording however.  I find that violin recordings made from 1960 to about 1975 especially comp... 
Magnepan 20.7 and Subs
As the OP, I have to say first of all that I listen to pretty much only classical music. OK, a bit of jazz here and there. I find the bass on the 20.7’s not only adequate but PERFECT really. I think my original idea to supplement them with subs co... 
Thiel Owners
@bighempin - was glad to see that you finally have your 3.7’s. As you may know I gave up on the pair of 3.7s that "might" come back to ATL and presently have Magnapan 20.7s that I’m extremely pleased with. I’m presently continuing to use the my 2.... 
Opinions on Magnepans sales/marketing approach to
I share all the frustration aired over the what, 7 years of this thread? I certainly experienced the same thing here in Atlanta with a dealer who doesn’t keep (or frankly even remotely try to sell) the 20.7. The 20.7 is a game changer because its ... 
How do you know when tubes are done?
When the timer goes off your tubes are done. 
Carver 275 Crimson tube amp --- any feedback appreciated
A friend whose judgment I trust has recommended a pair of the 350s for my Magnepan 20.7s and I'm very tempted but I do wish there was something between the price level of the 275 stereo and 350 monos.  It would be great if the 275 stereo could be ... 
Power amps into surge protector/Conditioner or DIRECT to wall? Final verdict?
I tried running my Pass 150.8 into a Bryston BIT 20 power conditioner and got a continuous slight constant hum out of the Bryston so I moved it to a regular Isotek surge supressor and the hum disappeared.  The Bryston is essentially (I believe) ju... 
Why the fascination with subwoofers?
I have to admit that with my Magnepan 20.7's I have toyed with the idea of adding a subwoofer but in the case of the 20.7's in my room they measure flat down to about 28hz and only then start to roll off.  So I would not want to crossover the sign... 
Carver Amazing Line Source Speakers
I heard them at AXPONA and I thought they sounded great playing some fusion jazz but that's the only thing I heard on them.  I did NOT hear them on classical orchestral music which is a great test for all systems and speakers.  Of course you have ... 
Does anyone use wood for vibration control?
@abucktwoeighty I made a similar observation about wood, energy and how to dissipate the energy but it was deleted by the moderators who apparently have no sense of humor. And if ANYTHING ever needed a sense of humor, its high-end audio. 
What was your favorite speaker at Axpona 2019
I agree with all the comments so far that these rooms sounded good with the exception of Vandersteen (at least the big room with the 9s) which sounded truly lousy to me to be honest. That doesn’t mean its not a good speaker but it was in a freakin... 
Audio Doctor goes to Axpona observations so far
It was easy to compare the Sanders electrostat hybrids to the Martin Logans:  I thought Sanders had much much better integration between their dynamic sub driver and the electrostatic panels than ML, really surprisingly so since ML has been at thi... 
Audio Doctor goes to Axpona observations so far
I agree that the big surprise for me was the Muraudio room. I had heard of these speakers but they were simply awesome...a revelation in a sea of mediocrity. Beautiful seamless blend between the dynamic and electrostatic drivers...they sounded gre... 
Astoudingly good recording of Wagner's Parsifal
@jafant, yes its available on cd from amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/Wagner-Parsifal-Halle/dp/B06XWCT4V9