kingbarbuda

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Best Amps for Magneplanar 1.7i Speakers
Not sure about the use of tubes with Maggies. I had a pair of Magnepan 1.7i and I used the usually recommended Bryston Class AB amps with them. During a period in time I used a pair of Bryston 4B3 amps with great success. But you can likely do wel... 
Maggie LRS so ridiculously good
Not to take away anything of the opinions of those that are happy with the bass with Maggies alone, I suggest you get one or two subs and integrate them well in your system and listen to what happens. The subs fill out the sound. These are panels ... 
Dust Settled Consensus- is the Benchmark AHB2 an Audiophile Amplifier?
@holmz I have more than a few amps and I would have to put the AHB2s back in my system to give you more up to date impressions. But here are a couple of things. I tend to do most of my listening to jazz. A large amount of piano. A large amount of ... 
Dust Settled Consensus- is the Benchmark AHB2 an Audiophile Amplifier?
@kijanki In the Paul Seydor review you posted, I think he was using subtlety to mock audiophiles and not denegrate the AHB2. He essentially was suggesting that audiophiles at least sometimes seem to be more interested in playing around with gear a... 
Magnepan .7 Alternatives
@mschott I think this narrative about Maggies not integrating well with subs is a myth. Maybe it was started by folks who did not know how or take the time to properly integrate subs with speakers. But I can tell you from personal experience with ... 
Where did you buy your first audio gear?
Bought my first system in high school in the early 70’s. Went to Tech Hifi in Springfield, NJ and got a low end Sansui receiver, Philips GA-212 turntable with AudioTechnica cartridge. Speakers were EPI 120. Later steam cleaned cookie sheets in a b... 
What is the added value of a streamer over a networked dedicated Computer
Here is my advice, probably similar to the above in a nutshell: 1. Run the Roon Core (ROCK) on a Mini PC that is overbuilt compared to Roon’s ROCK specs. You can use a SMPS brick or if you want a LPS. Not sure it will make much difference.  2. co... 
Best vibration isolation for speakers on carpet?
I don’t have carpet. But I used to have my Magico A3s on Isoacoustics Gaia I footers. Then I tried the Townshend Seismic Podiums and that was it. The Magicos are staying on the Podiums and the Gaia Is got repurposed onto a pair of standmount speak... 
What's going on with the used audio gear market?
Part of the reason you are seeing sellers wanting more than 50% of what MSRP *was* is IMO due to the following: 1. MSRPs have increased due to price increases from vendors. When a vendor increases the price for an item it raises the value for the... 
Burned Pecan Pi
@fishdoctor I think your issue is with Volumio and not Orchard Audio. I have a PecanPi and a Starkrimson stereo ultra and I am a very happy customer. Leo is always commutative and ready to help. I do not use Volumio though. I use Ropieee which wor... 
Advice on Improving a Wifi-Mesh -> Ethernet Setup?
@serancien @curiousjim I would like that Swenson SMPS info too. Thanks.   
Class D Amplification Announcement
Class D arrived a while ago and at lower cost. I have a pair of Jeff Rowland Model 125s, a pair of AGD Audion monoblocks and a new Orchard Audio Starkrimson Ultra. All of them sound great. No glare, with plenty of power and headroom. Other than on... 
Nucleus, is there a better alternative?
I run a an Intel NUC10i7 with 32GB RAM and 256 Samsung M.2 SSD running Roon ROCK as my server. It is powered by a Ferum Hypsos hybrid power supply. From there via Shunyata Sigma ethernet cable to a Synergistic Research UEF network switch. Black ba... 
Wendell Diller: "You don't wanna put a subwoofer with a Magneplanar; it doesn't work."
@pedroeb Since you mentioned him, what ever happened to @MillerCarbon? Last I saw, he was selling his Raven Audio integrated and then he disappeared.   
My New Magnepan 1.7i's sound dull and lifeless on the top end...why?
@eatapc Hi. I am a former Maggie 1.7i owner. This is what I recommend: 1. Magnepans NEED subwoofers. They do. They are ribbon speakers with no air movement and no percussion. There is no slam. They need subwoofers. I added a pair of REL T/9i subs...