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Amplifier Pairing with Coherent 15s
@alexberger Thanks! Yeah, they will only sound better as they break in more. They were finished in early December, but because of holiday travel, Frank held onto them and started breaking them in over the holidays before sending them to me in mid-... 
Amplifier Pairing with Coherent 15s
@bjesien Just wanted to chime back in here since you asked - I have some notes on my thoughts on the speakers on my system page. Just a very quick summary though: I love the speakers, and the combo with the Aric 2a3 and linestage is wonderful.  
2a3 Tubes - Favorites?
@dekay The ones that came with my amp are Linlai Global 2a3T. My problem right now, is this is my first SET amp and first set of 2a3s, so I don't have much context as to where these land with sound in comparison to other options.  
2a3 Tubes - Favorites?
Yeah, I suppose that might be the case lol  
2a3 Tubes - Favorites?
Interesting! I'd heard about EML before, so will look into the mesh 2a3s from them. They're significantly cheaper than Takatsuki 2a3s (and I can't really find any reviews on those at all).  
Amplifier Pairing with Coherent 15s
@bjesien Not quite. I ended up asking for them to be held until early January to ship as it was getting into a time crunch before I was out of town for the holidays. I was supposed to receive them last week (they've been in the shipping process fo... 
How best to arrange cables in this room...
@tmiddle the listening position will be about 6ft back from the center of the fireplace.  
Auralic Vega G2 or Denafrips Pontus II 12th + streamer?
@olyaudio I forgot to follow up here! I did end up going with the pontus/iris combo for the dac/ddc to pair with the Zen. They sound great, but definitely invest in a high quality HDMI and USB to use with them. The HDMI is best if kept very short... 
Bookshelf Speakers for office ~$500
Can’t really beat $150+shipping for that. I think they were originally like $650 new back in 2005, so they’d be around $1k today adjusted for inflation. I’d probably feel fairly confident they’ll be better than anything new at that $150 price poin... 
Bookshelf Speakers for office ~$500
I ended up remembering a pair of small speakers I heard a while back that sounded pretty good and picked them up used - Epos M5.  
Amplifier Pairing with Coherent 15s
@toro3 I certainly hope so! Definitely will be a big step up from what I am using now, but it was just temporary anyway. :) I also was checking on Coherents on the used market - but only saw stuff pop up very rarely - mainly 12s from what I saw -... 
Amplifier Pairing with Coherent 15s
As a follow up to this since its been a few months... I actually decided on going with the Coherent 18 speakers instead of the 15s, and I put a deposit down on a pre-amp and amplifier combo the other day and decided to go with Aric Audio. Preamp... 
i2s Cable for Denafrips Iris -> Pontus?
@soix No problem! lol. I don't sell them or get any benefits or anything, but DH Labs has a pretty good return policy (30-days) on their cables. If you sign up for emails you can get 10% off too, so can get the HDMI 2.1 for ~$100 incl shipping fo... 
i2s Cable for Denafrips Iris -> Pontus?
@soix I actually just swapped the HDMI cable back to the old one in the middle of a song, and then back again to see. While the baseline change with just the USB was an improvement, the HDMI cable seems to make the biggest improvement here. The U... 
i2s Cable for Denafrips Iris -> Pontus?
@soix  So quick update: after a few days of pretty heavy listening, it did seem to open up a little more (though some may be attributed to my ears adjusting to the sound). I did still hear a minor difference when the Iris was connected versus jus...