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my shortlist for integrated Harbethsuper hl5 plus xd - please advise
Thing about your speakers is that they work with a wide variety of amps and many will sound good. Comes down to personal preferences. If you don’t listen loud, but still want to cover peaks in dynamic music then low power class A works really well... 
Decware and “The List”
@eag618  when my time comes I hope to be able to face it as you are: with dignity and gratitude. Thank you for sharing and putting things in perspective.  
Are Harbeth Super HL5 XD right for me?
I have tinkered with the placement of my Shl5’s, and yes, the front port makes them less fussy about placement. I am amazed at how well these relatively big boxes disappear into the soundstage. I too, use a refined solid state amp and find the spe... 
How do you stop house guest from damaging your speakers?
I let my 5 yo boy adjust the volume on my integrated. Even if his hands are a little dirty, the Pass cleans up nice.  
Dual mono integrated amps
@jjss49  Thanks for sharing your experience.  How do you think the i-30 would do with harbeths from a treble and mid-range standpoint? I have Shl5+'s.  
Dual mono integrated amps
@jafant  It’s hard to complain about all this wonderful equipment we have access to. But we can still be crazed and obsessed!  
Dual mono integrated amps
Thanks for the i-30 recommendation. It may allow for experimentation without breaking the bank. Those are some beefy transformers...  
Dual mono integrated amps
@petaluman  my father in law has a hint 6 driving some LS50’s which I will listen to soon. I do prefer a simplified integrated since I have an external Dac and streamer.    @jimmyblues  this is what I’m getting at. I have a pass integrated whic... 
Dual mono integrated amps
Thanks for the responses. It appears that Hegel uses 1 toroidal power supply for its dual mono design. Can anyone comment on this technique? Doesn’t this defeat the purpose?  
Pass Labs Speaker Choices
Bah humbug!  
Advice for RCA Interconnect Upgrade?
+1 Triode Wire Labs I replaced my AQ Big Sur with the Spirit II RCAs. Nice upgrade.  
Does anyone know the detailed specs of the new Belles Virtuoso?
I emailed David Belles awhile back to get some information and this is what he sent: The Virtuoso does not have a phono stage in it. It is completely dual mono at 200 wpc 8 ohms and 350 wpc into 4 ohms. It has voltage gain of 21 or 26.44 dB  I... 
LTA microZOTL or Backert Labs Rhumba Extreme 1.3?
I don’t have an apples to apples comparison but I was able to borrow the rhumba extreme 1.3 for a week driving schiit aegir monoblocks. I was really impressed by the increased micro dynamics. It also threw a taller and wider stage than my Pass int... 
Sad songs- We love them- We need them
Stevie Ray Vaughan- Life without you  
Integrated amp for Sonus Faber olympica nova 1
Seems like she warmed up to the sound when you switched to the Pass. She’s an audiophile! You should explain that the amp is beautiful because of the sound quality it provides.  I’ve heard that the Pass/SF combo is a good one.