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kairosman

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Seeking Honest Opinions: Your Experience with McIntosh Audio Gear
Can't beat MAC on price/value ratio nor for resale and service. Sonics and and build quality can be bettered but only by EXPENSIVE stuff like VAC or Boulder etc. I recently heard the top of the line preamp and it is one of the best preamps I've he... 
Meitner MA-3 vs Lampizator Baltic 4
Baltic 4 owner here having upgraded from Baltic 3, big difference in resolution at the frequency extremes. Soundstage is wide and deep. Fed by a Lumin U1 (the big boy not the mini). Previously I owned a Terminator II DAC (fed by an Aurender N200) ... 
Songs you use when auditioning gear
Art Pepper's Nature Boy if you primarily want to test acoustic instrument fidelity.  
Streamers: Lumin U2 vrs Aurender N200
I sold my Aurender N200 to partly finance a Lumin P1, the N200 is an excellent unit but I prefer the P1 fiber optic input's sonic results in my system. The difference between the LAN and fiber optic inputs was not subtle, fiber optic revealed anot... 
Looking for 200 watt Amp to drive Dynaudio Heritage speakers
Paired with your LTA pre I would definitely go for SS amps a tiny bit on the warmish side (you can get these amps around $6K new, not too far outside your budget): - CODA S5.5  - AGD Tempo di GaN - Jeff Rowland 535 All have the requisite drive... 
The new Coda S5.5 amplifier: It's a "Petite Beast"!
@speedthrills yup I think reselling CODA amps might not be as easy as McIntosh, I imagine the circle of CODA buyers and sellers is somewhat self-contained but then also self-sustaining. I’ve owned 3, all were rock solid amps. The S5.5 is $6.5K new... 
The new Coda S5.5 amplifier: It's a "Petite Beast"!
Yes I had a #8 and a CSIB and ended up with the S5.5 and agree with Terry it's the best of the lot, and by a considerable margin, at least in my system. Yet it is the cheapest amp CODA makes. I have it paired with an Audio Hungary Qualiton C200 tu... 
anybody compare Dynaudio Special 40's/Heritage Specials/Confidence 20's?
The 20s will need lots of power especially current like the HSs - I had the HSs and they only woke up powered by my Gryphon Diablo 300. Dynaudio should up their recommended amp power ratings as every Dynaudio I've owned loved power, the more the ... 
Anyone bought a Gryphon Diablo 333?
Yes that's why they are doing a fire sale, no idea why they've parted ways but can't be easy to replace Gryphon with something comparable.  
Anyone bought a Gryphon Diablo 333?
BTW my Gryphon dealer in Vancouver has a demo 300 with DAC on sale for $20K CAD, 42% off retail. Good deals on 300s are going to be coming fast and furious, just thought I'd share the info for anyone out there who's ever wanted one.  
Analyzing DACs
My advice is buy the best measuring DAC available, the SMSL SU-X for $1K, and then buy a comparatively poor measuring DAC, the Denafrips Ares 12TH-1 for the same money, and do a 2 week A/B test in your system. You will learn a lot about what you l... 
The new Coda S5.5 amplifier: It's a "Petite Beast"!
Hey Terry, do you mean CODA updates the amp parts without signalling the change with a new name, like S5.6? If so is there a way to check the manufacturing date of the amp? If that's a stupid question forgive me!  
The new Coda S5.5 amplifier: It's a "Petite Beast"!
Have the S5.5, love it, can’t believe the price/performance value on offer, $6K new 10 year warranty 45 lbs only runs warm not hot and yes drives everything with ease. My understanding is that it is sliding bias not "pure" Class A which makes sen... 
Borresen Loudspeakers
A guy with not inconsiderable hifi experience goes to hear new speakers no one here has heard before, he is blown away to the point that he purchases the speakers. At $5500 they are not cheap either. Many comments boil down to "what an idiot". Eve... 
Anyone bought a Gryphon Diablo 333?
If the 333 is as much a step up as the 300 was from the 250 then I guess I’ll be upgrading too, damn it! McIntosh is good but not at the level of Gryphon, however lol the blue meter cult does continue on unabashedly. On the Gryphon website the 3...