helomech

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The D'Appolito, MTM Configuration
My current speakers are the Philharmonic BMR Towers which have a MTM array in the form of two balanced-mode-radiators flanking a RAAL ribbon tweeter. These are the best sounding speakers I’ve owned among 35 pairs, but I’m not convinced it’s due to... 
The $10,000 Question
FWIW, I’ve owned many speakers in the <$6K pair price range and some above that range. Of all those speakers, the Philharmonic BMR Towers have been the best value by far, performing more like $10K/pair speakers rather than the typical $5K offer... 
Seeking Honest Opinions: Your Experience with McIntosh Audio Gear
I had Mac’s most recent solid state preamp and actually preferred the $599 Topping A90D in terms of sound quality. The Topping had a significantly lower noise floor and just overall superior resolution. Of course the Mac felt and operated like a m... 
Sub $2,000 Integrated Amp Recommendations
Pre-owned Yamaha A-S2100. Easily competes with $7K^ worth of separates. Hard to do better for <$2K and easy to do a lot worse.   
Looking for recommendations for integrated with a more “organic” sound.
Yamaha is about the only SS option (with sensible power) under $2500 that meets your sonic objective.  
What qualities stand out in really good solid state preamps?
Believe it or not, one of the very best sounding solid state preamps is the preamp section of Yamaha’s top tier integrated amps. For that reason I would heavily consider the Yamaha C-5000 preamp if budget allows.   
Rogue Audio hard to resell, has it fallen out of favor ?
It doesn’t help that it received a rather scathing review by ASR. That and both ASR and Stereophile measurements reveal the Sphinx falls considerably short of meeting its claimed power spec.   
CODA #16 vs Benchmark AHB2 | Yamaha NS500 Speaker
@benfica1 The easiest way to describe it is the 2100 does more of everything that the 1100 does well. It has higher resolution, improved refinement and better instrument separation. It’s even quieter also. Perhaps most importantly, the 2100 prod... 
CODA #16 vs Benchmark AHB2 | Yamaha NS500 Speaker
I will be selling my No.8, but unfortunately that’s to help finance a good friend’s custody battle. Oh well, luckily I bought it pre-owned and have other amps I enjoy equally. I am actually astonished at how well the Yamaha 2100 compares to my sep... 
CODA #16 vs Benchmark AHB2 | Yamaha NS500 Speaker
I ditched my AHB2 and haven’t looked back. I prefer both my Coda No.8 V1 amplifier and Yamaha A-S2100 integrated. I actually prefer the Yamaha integrated to the LA4/AHB2 combo. Though in past years I definitely preferred the Benchmark stack to the... 
What affects front to back depth in room/ system?
It’s in no way a matter of cabling and tweak products such as vibration absorbers, contrary to what the either delusional or perfidious dealer suggested here. Yeesh…talk about misleading.   The primary factor is how much space you allow between ... 
A Few Nice Words For Upscale Audio
I’m actually surprised by all these raves considering some past threads here and a friend’s recent experience with a speaker audition there.   
Young audiophile metal head looking to level up speaker choice
@mofojo   Really…… if gonna come hard like that back it up. Where’s your proof of what you are saying? “Their tweeters are low-rent distortion machines, both in measurements and sound. “ I mentioned their measured performance. One only need... 
B&W 805 D4: which 5 channel power amp should I go with (home theater): Parasound or Rotel
It appears so. Might be a good one to snag.   
Add Chord Cutest (DAC) to Bluesound Node or purchase HiFi Rose RS150BDAC
Sonically, the Chord Qutest was one of the most disappointing DACs I’ve owned. Value-wise, it easily ranks as the worst. Don’t fall victim to the hype surrounding their proprietary FPGA and filter tapping. It doesn’t result in any better objectiv...