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4 hours ago, ctsooner said:

Nice.  Thanks for sharing.  What are the stones for other than looking cool?  

Ha...absolutely nothing, but yea, their kinda cool.  I was originally using them for cable risers until I found some cd display holders from TAP plastics.

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Cool.  I am about to make a set of walnut holders for the cables as I have a lot of walnut left in the basement (I play with wood for fun).  It makes a bit of a difference, at least on my carpeted floors, lol. 

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On 7/28/2020 at 7:51 AM, Eric Neff said:

Electronics are PS Audio BHK Signature 300 Monoblocks and Pre-amp. PS Audio DirectStream DSD DAC and Disc Player connected via Is2. VPI Prime Signature TT with Ortofon Cadenza Bronze cartridge. Simaudio Moon 610 LP Phono Pre. All AudioQuest cables including William Tell speaker cables. AudioQuest Niagara power management. Everything pairs nicely with the Quatro CT's. I love the sound.

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I have cloth Quatros, being driven by PSE Studio V solid state mono's ............ Dean Klinefelter's old company.  Used them with my 2C's, my 3A's (later upgraded to Signature status) and now the Quatros.  They have provided years of audio fulfillment.  While I don't have $15K to part with right now, I occasionally contemplate how better the sound would be with different amps.  PS BHK 300's have always appealed to me, but now, Richard's M5-HPA's are available for the same $.  When the time comes, not sure which way I'd go.  

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I'm getting the 5's in the Fall.  I haven't heard an amp under 30k that is close for MY money.  I have heard MANY amps, lol.  My favorite amps have been the AR mono's that cost around 30k or so.  Tons of good amps, but if you own Vandersteen speakers and are getting a new amp, make sure they are zero feedback in design as they play better in the sandbox with them design wise.  Again, it's all about system matching, not product of the day products that don't have synergy.  I know plenty who are using King's amps with Vandersteen's and like them.  Plenty of options, so hopefully you can audition.

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I would be happy with the M5's but as a reviewer I need something a bit less specific then them.  I am hoping to get the ARC 160S in for review this fall. That should be fun!

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I've heard the 5's go from 20-20k on a pair of Paradigm 7H last year and they made them sound bearable to me.  I PERSONALLY, can't listen to the top level Paradigm's as their high freq boost hurts my ears.  That speaker specs at 24hz for bass (I went to look that up for this post, lol).  I fully understand needing a different type of amp that doesn't have the crossover built in though.  As you all know, I love AR amps and preamps.  I am not a digital fan of theirs.  All companies make a 'best' component I believed.  

 

Also, Vinylfan20, love the set up.  Huge Brinkmann fan here.  Even their DAC is very very good.  Having to be a digital guy, I am always auditioning as many top level DAC's as I can.  Glad that so many in the digital world are willing to ship things at times for me to audition.  I should start a digital forum on the board, lol.  Most of the best sounding digital gear are from 'garage' companies just like speakers were in the 70's when Richard and some others started.  Sorry to get off track. lol.

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Using a McCormack DNA1 to drive my 3A Signatures. Just updated by Steve and Pat at SMc Audio to the full gravity base system upgrade.  Steve has these speakers and this amp drives them beautifully.

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Lot's of McCormack gear with the 2 and 3's.  Does CJ still own his company?  I have his passive preamp in the basement I believe.  it was a great unit in the day.

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I think CJ shut down the McCormack Company and line a few years ago. I do not think they service  the line anymore. Steve started a new company SMc Audio in Vista CA a few years after the sale. This company does any updates for McCormack gear, pre and post CJ,, at least the models posted on his website. My DNA 1 was from the early 90’s. I had a full gold level upgrade done a year ago, before the gravity base thing was offered. They called me early in the year to offer it to me at a greatly reduced price but with Covid, I needed the amp. I sent it in last month as with all the storms this time of the year and the heat in my room, I wouldn’t be listening much anyway. The first update was excellent but the gravity base and the new rectifier and some ever newer caps upgrade is unreal. What a great sounding amp.

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Very cool. Thanks for the update.   As I said, I even owned his gear in years past.  I'll check his company out now that you have shared.  Thanks.

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I initially powered my 5As with a Rogue Magnum 99 preamp and Classe DR8 amps in mono.  Then moved to a beautiful and wonderful sounding Luxman integrated, 110/channel, in the interest of simplifying (I gave the Rogue pre to one of my nephews, and sent the Classe amps, along with a DR5 pre, to a great friend in Indiana).  I now have a Music Reference tubed pre, an RM5, and a wonderful tubed amp, the Music Reference RM9, SE.  I bought these Music Reference pieces after I read that their developer, the Great Roger M, had died.  I was so sad to read that, and discovered that he made 20 of the RM9SE pieces, and there were a few remaining, so I jumped at that.  I followed it with the RM5 pre.  I love the system, and the loudspeakers.   I posted a few photos today on the site.  

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