avanti1960

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Rogue Audio Cronus Magnum - Worth spending $700+ for Mk.III version?
The new IIIs are shipping with KT 88 tubes.  Do NOT get that amp with KT-88s.   If you can find a nice CM- II with low hour KT-120 tubes go for it.  The CM II is a winner.    
Luxman L-509X as a preamp
since you do not already own the Luxman integrated what possible advantages could it have compared to a standalone preamp?   the idea of manufacturer to manufacturer synergy is not necessarily going to give you the best sound for the dollar.   I... 
new First Watt SIT-4
Heard it at AXPONA driving cube audio speakers.  The system sounded disconnected for lack of a better description.  Too much bass and midrange- booming and glaring at the same time.   There are likely much better speakers for this amp.    
Need a new Class AB SS integrated...$2-3k due to hurricane
YAMAHA A-S2200 Stereo Integrated Amplifier Black | Accessories4less   
Are higher end preamps worth the investment when you are only streaming Tidal & Spotify ?
I am also a preamp first audio fan. brings everything to life.   yes.   don't underestimate the quality of your streams.    
Class A integrated amp recommendations
Pass INT-25.  Best sound for the money and perfect for higher sensitivity speakers.  More dynamic and transparent than the Luxman models.  
New KEF R11 META : The Real Giant Killers !
No they are not.    
What speaker could safely be ordered without hearing it first?
Even with a manufacturer with a stellar reputation there is the room size, acoustics and supporting system to match with. Not easy to do if you have demanding preferences.      
Crossing Left and Right Speakers
does the reversed image sound the same if the amps are non-reversed and you turn your head away from the speakers?   
Superconducting speakers, are they on the way? Would you be first?
Not without an amplifier that is .0000000002 ohm stable.    
Crossing Left and Right Speakers
There sound should be no different other than reversing the channels of the recorded output left to right and vice versa.  Unless- 1) Something was inadvertently wired out of phase.  2) The room acoustics affect the sound of the left and right ... 
Who to trust when buying vintage ss ?
There are some reputable online dealers that do very good refurbishing of vintage units- but at a very steep cost IMHO that is not as competitive as buying new.  I went the vintage route and every piece I bought needed work.  Buy from a local cr... 
Best amplifier for low to moderate listening levels
The Pass Labs XA30.8 and other Class A amplifiers are distinctly a low volume sound quality leader- most likely because of the Class A topology.  Spectacular.  The Parasound JC5 is also very good for low volume listening,   Also depends on the q... 
Best preamp under 1500$ freya+ , cary slp03 ?
Try to save more $ and look for a used Rogue Audio RP-5.  A huge difference from the others being mentioned.    
The best speaker cables you’ve had
A local dealer uses Nordost exclusively - makes every system sound better than they should,.  I use Kimber 12TC, bi extended, clear and refined,  perfect for my system.