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Benchmark DAC1 or Ah Reference Tjoeb 4000
The Benchmark DAC1 is not a good choice. I have owned both the DAC1 and  DAC2. I just bought a DAC3 and Benchmark AHB2 amp (have not powered up the last 2 yet). The DAC1 requires a pre-amp with some softness in it or you will have fatigue. The DAC... 
Just bought Kef reference 1, now to choose speaker wires
I like AudioQuest and Audience. Audience is very flexible. Try the Audience Ohno III line on a budget or Au24 SE or SX. You can get these cables at a decent price at usedcables.com or A'Gon. I used these with KEF LS50's. I will use Audience with a... 
Small room electrostat/ planar speaker?
Thanks guys for the great info. I called a local dealer this afternoon in Los Angeles that carries the E.T. but they do not have it in the demo rooms. It is not a big seller for them and they like to show Magico's.If my next room is close to accom... 
Small room electrostat/ planar speaker?
@aniwolfe , @bdp24,Can you guys give a recommendation to the room size for the LFT-8b (the smallest acceptable size). I was reading about it after your recommendation above and it looks like a good candidate for my office system. I am currently us... 
From KEF 103.2 to Harbeth 30.1 and back....Your advice sought.
If you could save a few more pennies I would look at the KEF Ref 1. A standout speaker. You can get it used in 9/10+ condition for about $5K. 
Briscati M12 | PS Audio Direct Stream | Mola Mola Makua
I actually decided to get a pre-amp for the more expensive system that I am building later in the year. I am undecided on which of the 3 expensive DAC's from my list to get but it may come down to cost (maybe used). I will be getting the Luxman C9... 
Briscati M12 | PS Audio Direct Stream | Mola Mola Makua
Thanks. We conversed on Coumteraudiophile forum on this issue. I have put the shopping for the big rig on hold while I am currently shopping for my office system. I am going to take another look at the speakers you mentioned to me last time on the... 
Class D options
Why not buy a new amp the day after your tube gear fails? Are you far from an urban area or hifi stores? You can also buy all of these items on A'Gon from online dealers. I was considering the Mola and Theta and found a few dealers and private sel... 
Any Spendor D9 owners out there?
My buddy gave me a listen  to his D7's using an Audio Research tube amp and Berkeley DAC direct into amp. It was a great sounding system. I normally dislike tubes.  
Hegel H360 vs Separates
I heard both the H360 and the H30 at the LA Audio Show last June. They were driving the KEF Blades. The goal of Hegel at the show was to show how close the Rost | H360 | H30 sounded on the great KEF Blades. Most people thought the H360 was a fine ... 
Bryston 4B Cubed vs Hegel H360 vs Benchmark AHB2
I was going to go to a place in Calabas, CA to hear the Bryston with KEF when I go for my original KEF demo in Newport Beach. However, the Bryston guy in Calabas, CA no longer has KEFs. Check out the Bryston cubed units for sale on A’Gon. The pric... 
Bryston 4B Cubed vs Hegel H360 vs Benchmark AHB2
I should add that I heard the KEF Reference 1 at the last LA Audio show driven by the following Wyred4Soud gear:"MS Music Server (was prototype then, it is now released), our 10th Anniversary DAC, and a pair of our SX-1000R mono block amplifiers"t... 
Bryston 4B Cubed vs Hegel H360 vs Benchmark AHB2
@lak,I was looking for that extra Bryston info last night and went to the source. Read the complete thread.http://www.audiocircle.com/index.php?topic=151889.0They talk about issues I had raised about the Bryston. I used to own the BP25 + MPS-2 pre... 
Bryston 4B Cubed vs Hegel H360 vs Benchmark AHB2
I am going to check out the new Bryston gear just so I cover all the bases. The new gear is supposed to sound more mellow than my older Bryston and the used prices of a 4B3 + BP173 is around the $6K range. 
Bryston 4B Cubed vs Hegel H360 vs Benchmark AHB2
@scott_w,Thanks, with that info I guess I can demo just one AHB2 amp in stereo mode instead of 2 as mono blocks with 380 watts at 8 Ohms. Stereo is 100 watts at 8 Ohms. Then both DAC and amp will cost about $5300 new,