avanti1960

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Tube amp recommendations to drive Joseph Audio speakers
I suggest the leanness you are hearing is likely from your preamp- notes from a review: "Notes on Tonal Structure I should note that the tonal integration of the Reference Two… the sense of "top-to-middle-to-bottom tonal balance and proportion" ... 
Active ATC vs Spendor / Pass Labs
If you get the ATCs make sure you have more than enough distance to allow the drivers to blend. when I heard them the dome midranges were noticeably incoherent with the other drivers (they have a very limited bandwidth compared to a conventional ... 
Distance from wall for KEF Reference 1s
Refer to the manual for starters- it should clearly indicate distance from wall options vs, recommended port options.    
Heavy duty amp stand, Sonic benefits?
If it looks so it must sound so.... whatever works for you.    
Disappointing On Mcintosh......help
Just received a McIntosh MC312 power amplifier (latest generation, 300 WPC).  Running it through its paces now and there is nothing to be critical of here- except the size and weight of the carton !  more later.........  
Can an audio rack be that important?
Except for turntable stability, quality speaker stands for stand mounts and not blocking too much air - the rest makes no difference to sound quality.    
KEF Reference 1 or LS60
Listen hard before you buy.  I personally dislike the current KEF sound which is artificial and metallic, from the R series to the Blades.   JMHO and I am not alone as witnessed at the AXPONA audio show,    
Pre-Meta KEF Reference 1 or LS50 Meta
Of the three the best sounding one to my ears is the Pre Meta LS50 (which I owned). The reason I liked them so much is the voicing, or frequency response they were given. The Meta version of the LS50s are voiced differently and are more subdued ... 
Disappointing On Mcintosh......help
As people have mentioned a great sounding system relies on system synergy.  I have heard Mac source and amplification sound uninspiring and even atrocious paired with GoldenEar and Sonus Faber speakers.   I have also heard it sound about as good... 
How do I know if my systems any good?
For the vast majority of recordings (95%)- DOES: Sound life like, provides realism Has exciting dynamics, attack and quickness Can turn it up when you want to and still sound good Spacious, 3-dimensional sound stage Clearly separates the mus... 
Anybody Try A5s With Pass XA30.8?
I had the XA30.8 for  while driving Spendor D7.2 towers in a medium / large room sitting 10 feet away and there were no issues with power availability.  The 30.8 puts out 120 watts at 4 ohms and is 2-ohm stable.    Your speakers are lower sensiti... 
"Too much gain"? (Cary SLP05 question)
@immathewj I have learned your issue the hard way having bought a power amp with 26db gain for my Cary SLP-05 (Pass Labs XA30.8).  Even when the Cary's gain is backed off to half (going any lower affects dynamics) there is too much gain in the sy... 
Benchmark AHB2 or Class D (GaN FET)
I had a set of Benchmark run in mono configuration.  I simply could not get them to sound great in my system and had to sell them.   They had a predominant midrange forward character where the midrange was so much louder than other frequencies.  ... 
Experience with Luxman L-550 AXII
go for it. the ultra smooth sound of the class A Luxman is a perfect combo with your Cornwalls. Class A amps like Pass Labs are a top performer with the Klipsch heritage series and a desirable combination., so is the class A Luxman    
Is it possible for a high end manufacturer to overprice their goods?
It is possible for low end manufacturers to overprice their goods.   People say audiophile gear prices are crazy and they might be right.  However, show me a (component) for cheaper that sounds as good in all categories,   Unfortunately many tim...