stewart0722

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Basic integrated amp for $700-$900
Find a used or demo Rogue Sphinx 
New DAC or New Streamer or New Streamer/DAC
I have had limited experience with Lumin, but extensive experience with Auralic.  I wouldn't ever buy one unless you like rebooting the unit every couple of days when it mysteriously disconnects from your network.....For me, I would never purchase... 
Curious what people think is the best "value" high end speaker (~5K to 15K)
Magnepan 20.7 for large roomMagnepan 3.7i for medium roomYou can try to do better from the standpoint of overall realism, but you'll fail.... 
What headphone amp to use with Sennheiser HD800?
I have had Burson Soloist w/ the warmer of the 2 dacs offered.I found it a bit bright w/ LCD-XUsed the McIntosh MHA100, and it was great, but more expensivethan I felt was a great value, so I sold it and broke even.I now use the Bryston BHA1 with ... 
Please help me chose a tube preamp
You can do better than Aesthetix.  My limited experience was a friend who had three Aesthetix preamps over about a year.  He had strange issues with each and every one of them.......channels dropping out, eating tubes quickly, noise, leds going ou... 
Sanders 10e
LOL"Quite satisfactory for casual listening or even for home theater use!!!!"You just made my point 
Sanders 10e
pokey,Again, the manufacturer says they have a tiny sweet spot and that it is intentional, to minimize room interaction......Also, if they do not have a tiny sweet spot then perhaps you could explain to me why Sanders is the only exhibitor at any ... 
Sanders 10e
Your assessment differs even from Roger Sander' characterization of the speakers....Taking the side wall reflections out of the equation equals TINY SWEET SPOT....PERIOD..If you are hearing wonderful in a 2 foot window, then you would frankly find... 
Sanders 10e
The Sanders speakers are not head in a vice, they are head in a quarter inch scale vice......if you so much as shoo a fly away from your face, you're completely out of the sweet spot and the stage collapses and the sound turns to a shadow of it's ... 
Best tube preamp ever
I've heard most of the top tube pres.  I have had the Convergent Audio Techologies SL1 Renaissance w/ Phono for about 4 years.It won't be leaving for a very long time.......probably when I do 
Bryston or Pass Labs
I've owned the Pass Labs X350.5 and Bryston 7BSST2's and now Bryston 28BSST2's.I prefer Bryston overall 
Vandersteens, PSB or something else?
I actually have heard most Vandersteens to date........The 5s and 7s have always left me flat in show conditions but the Quatros and Treos have always sounded consistently wonderful..... 
Vandersteens, PSB or something else?
Have you actually heard Vandy subs with Magnepans?    Where?     Ive heard them    along with JLs and RythmikIf you want more bass from a rbbon    you get a bigger ribbonAs to euphonic coloration, I honestly have no idea what you are talking about... 
Vandersteens, PSB or something else?
I owned three pairs of 2s, then went to Revel Studio 2s, then went to Magnepan 3.7s.  For the size space that you have, I don't think 3.7s would suffice, but 20.7s would.....  I would not pair Magnepans with subs....Vandersteen represents good val... 
Magnepan 3.7 - 3.7i owners need help please
I've heard 3.6s but not owned them, they always sounded veiled to me......I have owned 3.7s for 3 1/2 years......I will say they need at least half a thousand hours to truly loosen up, and background music won't cut it.....In my experience, 4' off...