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    Audionet Scientist Series: Humboldt Integrated vs Stern and Heisenberg Separates : Having Your Cake and Eating it Too?

    While not in the exact same setup, I heard the Humboldt with the YG Sonjas See my post above (#4). The Humboldt, for me was signiificantly better than the MAX/Pre G2 in these two setups heard back to back in two similar rooms and on similar speakers (YG Hailey 2s driven by the Humboldt vs the...
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    D'appolito Designs: Pros and Cons?

    I heard from one of my local dealers that he does not in general like D'appolito designs. This is the first I've heard of such a stance. Why do you or do you not like D'appolito designs?
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    Relevant Audio Forums other than WBAF?

    Are there any other forums that are either originally in English or can be translated that people frequent other than WBAF?
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    German Highend Concrete Cabinet Loudspeaker Project

    http://www.die-besten-lautsprecher.de/das-lautsprecher-projekt/ (Right click in Chrome and translate to English) Has anyone heard about or even heard these bad boys? There's a lot to like about the design AMT Tweeter, heroic cabinet design etc.
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    Wilson Audio Thor’s Hammer or Master Subsonic Subwoofers

    I've tried to achieve sub 20 Hz pressurization with the Rel Gibraltar G1 in a six pack configuration (L & R channels x 3 high stacks/channel). With felt furniture coasters and staggered stacks to adjust launch and phase, one can play to their heart's content. My room is 13.5 wide by 35 feet...
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    Opinions on the New Dynaudio Confidence Speakers

    I know the Confidence 60 speaker was featured at Munich in at least one room last year, but if it was at Axpona, I missed it. Does anyone have an opinion on the new line? Especially the new Esotar 3 and the funky waveguide? I never liked aspects of Dynaudio's old dual tweeter speaker designs...
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    Audionet Scientist Series: Humboldt Integrated vs Stern and Heisenberg Separates : Having Your Cake and Eating it Too?

    Well, reading Audionet's propaganda :), It appears that DC coupling is a big difference technically, also the bandwidth of the scientist series is quite a bit wider. Don't get me wrong the MAXs are better than all the other SS designs I've ever heard, but the Scientist series is better by a...
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    If I Had Ten Thousand Dollars (Sing it!!)

    :D :D :D :D :D :D 6 Pack = 6 Smiles
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    If I Had Ten Thousand Dollars (Sing it!!)

    Funny, my six-pack of Rel G1s will be in my system forever.. regardless of any future electronics and main speakers.
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    If I Had Ten Thousand Dollars (Sing it!!)

    Paradigm Persona 3Fs
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    If I Had Ten Thousand Dollars (Sing it!!)

    Identical thread? No I don't think so.. My question is pretty specific, I think. For example I have a friend who has a 100k system fronted by a 10k pair of speakers that sounds truly epic. Yet I've heard these exact speakers several times with lesser electronics at shows and in homes and...
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    If I Had Ten Thousand Dollars (Sing it!!)

    OK lets say the sky's the limit on the rest of your system, but you could only spend 10-15k on a new pair of speakers. What would those speakers be?:rolleyes:
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    Audionet Scientist Series: Humboldt Integrated vs Stern and Heisenberg Separates : Having Your Cake and Eating it Too?

    IMO, The Audionet Scientist Series (Humboldt Integrated, Stern Preamp & Heisenberg Monoblocks) are in a different league from the AMP and MAX series performance wise. In fact, based on my audition of the Humboldt Integrated driving the YG Hailey 2s as well as the MAX Monoblocks and Stern Preamp...
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    Recent Concerts You've Enjoyed

    Saw Tool 2 nights in Toronto from the 5th then 6th row floor. They are amazing.
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    Audionet Scientist Series: Humboldt Integrated vs Stern and Heisenberg Separates : Having Your Cake and Eating it Too?

    I know that by now, many have heard the big separates, as I have been lucky enough to hear on two separate occasions in two vastly different setups (a BIG thanks to both Don and Bill for hosting me). I now feel that, for me, they are the best amplification I've yet heard. But I'm very curious...
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    The Best Franco Serblin Designed Loudspeaker?

    I think the Extremas with todays SOTA high powered amps would be amazing. Selling these was perhaps my greatest shouldacouldawoulda moment in audio.
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    The Best Franco Serblin Designed Loudspeaker?

    In your opinion, of Franco Serblin's own Sonus Faber designs or those designs for his own company. What was his best speaker? For me it would have to be the Extremas, speakers way ahead of the amplifiers of the day, but amazing nonetheless. The Electa Amator and the original Amatis are no...
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    State of the Art Analog: Is the State of the Art Advancing?

    Wow, the Derenville is WAY cool!! So which SOTA analog setups excel at reduction of noise back into the stylus? I assume some of those decoupled from the motor and drive in one or more ways? magnetic induction etc...
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    State of the Art Analog: Is the State of the Art Advancing?

    Turntables, Cartridges, Tonearms, Oh My;)! I've heard some of the very best of the best analog systems at shows and in dedicated dealer and home systems (Air Force 1, Walker, Brinkman, Clearaudio, Vyger, Kronos, Continuum Audio Labs etc.) The best of these are truly amazing, but can cost more...
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    Most Respected Amplifier Designers

    In a stream of consciousness order.. Tubes: André Calmettes - Jadis Ken Stevens - CAT Dusan Klimo - Klimo Audio David Berning - Berning Audio SS: Yves Bernard Andre - YBA and Goldmund Dave Reisch - Classe and Theta Nelson Pass - First Watt and Pass Labs Hybrid/Tube Vladimir Lamm - Lamm...
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    Your Personal Top Three Speaker-Amp Combos That You've Actually Heard.

    Classics: Jadis JA200s on Infinity IRS Vs.
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    Mundorf/Heil/ESS AMT designs.

    WLM has a variety of active and passive speakers using AMTs as well.
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    Reality is Cruel : Cybershaft new Ultimate OCXO 10M Clocks Shootout OP20 vs OP17

    Wow!! Very Cool. I am the Canadian Distributor for the MUTEC line, but was a fanboy first. Can hardly wait until the REF10 120SE lands here in North America!!
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    Mundorf/Heil/ESS AMT designs.

    You mean like this one?...;)
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    Mundorf/Heil/ESS AMT designs.

    A question just occured to me... Has there ever been a three way design incorporating the original heavy dipole heil-AMT as the tweeter? I had a pair of original ESS AMT1B 2 ways back in the 70s and always pined for a 3 way implementation.
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    Mundorf/Heil/ESS AMT designs.

    Hi guys and happy new year. I have a friend with a very good but modest system. He is looking to upgrade his old Monitor Audio Studio 20 floorstanding speakers and has caught the AMT bug. I know of a few of the current designs incorporating this tried and true tweeter: Both the dipole and the...
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    Chronosonic XVX.

    Well, at least you wouldn't have to deal with room boundary issues...:D
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    Your Personal Top Three Speaker-Amp Combos That You've Actually Heard.

    Hi Bob. Thanks for hosting John and I that evening in Manhattan. It was a most excellent evening in the big apple. It was not my intention to misrepresent my status as a dealer. I am one. I'm a long term lurker but a relatively new active poster here. As for my purchase of the Botticellis, I...
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    State of the Art Speakers and Imaging: Insights on SotA Planars vs Dynamic vs Omni Speakers vs The Real Thing

    It's all in the title. I have my opinion and I'm sure many other contributors have theirs and I'm inviting insights. What are your thoughts regarding image depth, density, placement focus and layering It's great if you have opinions relative to live unamplified music as well.

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