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MNSki last won the day on December 26 2020

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  1. Do you still have the 2Ws? It would be interesting to see what a swarm of the 4 subs would graph at.
  2. As I was setting up my subs, I referenced the Audio Perfectionist Journals which are now on the Vandersteen site. I forget which journal # it is, but Richard Hardesty goes into great depth on how he sets up/positions subs. They can be found at http://www.vandersteen.com/audio-perfectionist-journal. They are really fun to read if you haven't seen them!
  3. Awesome! The subwoofer addition will be amazing in there.
  4. Hi Tom, I'm running a Aesthetix set up like you and did a similar search for a streamer a few years ago researching the Aurender units. After reading a lot of reviews, I ended up going with a Sotm SMS-200 (similar to the Sonore Rendu), with a LPS-1 battery supply. This was based mostly on a lot of reading on head-fi.org where some of the members did extensive tests with multiple units and this came out ahead of the competition (other sites as well). I use the base model, not the Ultra model. The new Aurender looks great and I'm sure sounds wonderful. It seems to have some bells and whistles that you pay for like a well respected software interface, internal storage, front screen, etc. I'm using Roon and have the files on a separate hard drive, so didn't have a need to pay for these features in a streamer. I also decided to put more of my digital money allocation toward the DAC (Schiit Yggy)- thinking with a solid streamer, that more money in the DAC would make the most difference in sound quality. The streaming technology seems to evolve very quickly, so things may have changed quite a bit since I did my research.
  5. Hard to say better than the original, but for Bob Marley fans, Ceu’s rendition of Concrete Jungle is spectacular (on her self titled album). The track has great presence and strong bass. I was fortunate to see this talented Brazilian singer in a local jazz club.
  6. Glad you figured it out. What a cool room. It must be a blast to watch movies with that huge screen!
  7. The Ayre V-5xe is a popular and well established match under $3k. I do not have experience with it, but imagine you would likely be very happy with it. The only negative I found on it when researching amps is that it may be a little light in bass impact. You may enjoy searching Audiogon forum posts by member Bigtee. He compared this Ayre with a number of different amps. I saw that SA-100 also. It is still listed on us audio mart for sale.
  8. Davi, I owned a Nakamichi PA-5A II (and matching preamp) that I ran with 1Bs and 2ce. I know it’s not the same as the more powerful 7A, but likely is similar. I would pass based on my experience, the age, and how far amps have come. After researching good matches - Ayre, McCormack DNA, etc., I picked up a Belles 150a. It was good for the price (around $500) Have since moved through 3a sigs and own quatros. My big amp “Ah Ha” moment was when I put a Belles 150a Reference V2 (around $1,400 used) in my system. I’d say it has a lot of the impact and presence that I get from my current amp, an Aesthetix Atlas. It far surpassed the Nakamichi I had. For likely a lower price than the Nak, I’d put the Belles 150a Ref V2 high on your watchlist. Let us know what you decide!
  9. Congratulations on your new Vandersteens! I owned and enjoyed the 2ce for many years. Your speakers are designed to be used with a custom metal base which has 3 holes facing the floor - 2 in front, 1 in back. If you haven’t downloaded the manual, you can do so and learn about tilting the speakers correctly using the base. There is another post in the forum where a member was using aftermarket footers and preferred the Vandersteen recommended setup. You may find that post helpful.
  10. What a cool personal (or at least local) connection you have with John McLaughlin. I enjoyed playing the album at my office on cheap computer speakers, and again later at home on the Quatros. I'll definitely enjoy checking out more of his music!
  11. BKDad, I’m really enjoying Friday Night In San Francisco - Di Meola, McLaughlin, & DeLuca - thanks for the recommendation!
  12. The whole album is solid, including the trippiest version of Take 5 I have heard. It’s fun!
  13. It’s on Tidal - search “Desmond live”
  14. I’ll look forward to checking out some of these suggestions! For feeling like you are there with the performers, this is one of my favorites. There is a lot of ambiance - faint noises from table service and audience, and great “texture” from the recording. It is easy to turn the lights off, relax, and imagine you are at the jazz club with them. I’d love to find more like this!
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