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keithr, I tried Bryston models 4B (original from 1978), 4B ST, 4B SST2, 3B SST.  They were all vastly inferior to my 2.5B SST2 for clarity, snap, etc."Real experience?"  Tell me what your musical background is.  What is your listening experience, ... 
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Jay,Your Alexia 2 speakers are one of the best, but all speakers, including mine, have much more distortion and coloration than even midlevel electronics.  Many flawed speakers are still good enough to tell lots of differences between electronics ... 
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Jay,A reader has to interpret what any reviewer says, for a few reasons.  Aside from the commercial bias, the review is only as good as his ears, experience and understanding of music.  Who says a reviewer is any more qualified than any listener? ... 
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keithr,Which tube electronics today have the detail and absence of euphonics of the best SS amps?  Stereophile's Mike Fremer loved the VAC 452 iq for its excellent detail and RELATIVE absence of euphonics, but if you read carefully, he still found... 
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Analogies are interesting but weak.  I like a proper amount of HF "sizzle" which is the audio equivalent of hot peppers.  But not too much of any of these things.  Then there is the portion size, which is like the SPL (Satiety from Portion overLoa... 
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Jay, Another thing to do with certain recordings that have etched HF moments, is to turn down the volume for those recordings. If you use things like Odin 1 at lower volume, there will be no pain, but you will get more out of the music at 80 dB th... 
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Great strategy.  You are actually slowing down and being more thorough than in the past.  Also, your choices at this level have narrowed considerably.   The only major next step would be to see what advances will occur in class D, but this will ta... 
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Cool to the max.  If you also find the sound cool, learn from it and accept it.  Boulder knows what they are doing.  Let them be your teacher. 
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Jay,OK, you never tried the Block line stage, as I recall.  That would be worthwhile to try.  Don't be impressed by the fancy features of 3 power cords, temperature sensing of Block monos, etc.  The basic circuitry is the only thing that counts, w... 
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Jay,In the army, I don't know how the guys kissed and made up after hurting each other over the candy infraction.  Well, maybe not kissing, but not continuing to be angry at each other is hard for me to understand.  Doing tough pushups is unpleasa... 
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When do your Tektons arrive? 
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Audio systems and live music can be enjoyed without preparation, but the rewards are greater by listening carefully with concentration.  But sports can be dangerous without concentration, although there are no hazards with casual listening to music. 
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speedbump6,Agree with much of what you say.  I have had a few different Bryston models over the years, and what you say is true, with the notable weird exception of my little 2.5B SST2.  This is in a class by itself, with its detail and coolish to... 
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speedbump6,I think your Ferrari and Formula One analogies are reasonable, but up to a point.  Cars are cars, but music is music. Although I have never really heard the Mephisto, from Jay's comments and our hearing of it on his videos, I estimate t... 
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rsf507,I also heard the Christine sounding clean, but it is hard to compare on computer audio.  Getting a used Christine for $6K is very worthwhile.  You still might want to try a new Benchmark LA 4 preamp for $3K on a no risk 30 or 60 day trial.g...