Responses from jallan

The Hidden Gem at Capital Audio Fest (CAF) 2023!
I thought that they were interesting also. Lots of very nice sound; maybe the years of previous experience are allowing dealers to address room issues here better. The Goldenear 66’s were my surprise favorite for inexpensive speakers, they were im... 
Horns with good timbre and tonality?
Imaging with my ATC’s is positively holographic, with a strongly lifelike 3D placement of instruments. My system images as well as any I have heard in 50+ years of audio enthusiasm. I think it’s partly due to the fact that it’s easy to minimize ro... 
Horns with good timbre and tonality?
+1 for ATC’s, especially powered ATCSCM40’s. With the price drop, $11K. Very totally correct, do piano well, tremendous dynamics. I have not heard many horn speakers that don’t have honking or cup mouthed issues, Martin Lougans are BRIGHT, with le... 
All Pre 1970 Vintage speakers suck! Prove me wrong
AR3A’s have no bass? Get the ear wax out of your ears!  
Cable management....crossing at right angles or
The Mapleshade rooms at audio shows featured their cables suspended from the ceiling. Reminded me of a spider web… They probably did this as their very thin cables were totally unsheilded, making cross-talk on touching cables almost inevitable. F... 
Does an upgrade make sense?
I’m going to ask for consideration of another perspective re subs. I lived with two subs for more than 20 years (double Dahlquist DQ1Ws with DQ10’s). The subs added a lot in terms of dynamic range and weight, but always compromised the imaging, es... 
This reminds me of Julian Hirsch and his babbling. His ears seemed to be filled with lead. Many poor souls were deluded from his writings, when in truth the Hirsch-Houck labs were primitive. I was driven nuts as a salesman when customers would com... 
Speaker cable recommendations
I run biwired Audioquest speaker cables to my multiple pairs of ATC speakers in my systems, and they have proved a good match.   
Does the Audio press ever excite you anymore?
I am still getting over the schilling by AS of MQA years ago. Told me that their character had changed. Seemed like ideological capture. I definitely read both AS and Stereophile with a grain of salt. I often disagree with the writers on what they... 
Generalized attributes of amplifier technologies
Great discussion, thanks everyone!  
Recommend me a DAC under 3k
I might add to mtdining that to diss the precision of resistors in RTR DAC designs, you must acknowledge the ridiculous non-linearity and precision in RIAA-based vinyl playback systems. They are truly Rube Goldbergian!  
Recommend me a DAC under 3k
+1 enthusiastically on the Schiit Yggy. It compares well to anything I have heard, is painless to own and get serviced, and is far superior to any vinyl setup near its price range (far better than my Ariston RD11S/Grace 707/Benz Ace).  I find it ... 
Budget preamp recommendation...besides Schiit.
What’s wrong with Schiit? I have found that the Freya+ is quite responsive to different tubes, thus giving the ability to tailor the sound effectively.    
dac and streamer or seperates
I would recommend Aurender NH150 and Schiit Yggdrasil. Works well for me!  
Why on earth?
If you have ever heard the careful tube rolling comparisons by Tyco Dogg on YouTube,, I think you might change your tune that one can’t hear meaningful differences on YouTube. You can. And the format may be lossy, but it’s not terrible, especially...