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    Wilson Benesch Resolution Loudspeakers

    Yes but with the addition of a pair of Torus subs!
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    Wilson Benesch Resolution Loudspeakers

    Nic pics. Great speakers!
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    Recently arrived - Audiopax Model 5 preamp

    Great looking system. Have you tried Mayer amps with the Tannoys?
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    Most Respected Amplifier Designers

    458 / 468 maybe, but my wife described his lesser amps as like having shards of glass thrown at her. For me: David Berning Thomas Mayer The guys at Audionet who did the Scientist series
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    Incredible L1

    Adding an X1 to the L1 is a significant step up. To my mind, the L1 excels in allowing music to flow. Adding the X1 opens up the soundstage and gives much more precise delineation of the instruments, voices etc.
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    Cable Elevators

    https://shunyata.com/products/accessories/df-ss-cable-elevator/
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    Cable Elevators

    I bought the Shunyata ones recently. I was able to try them in my system before hand, and made a noticeable improvement in clarity, detail, noise etc.
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    Best contemporary speaker under $100k for Lamm ML2.x type amplifiers?

    The Borgs are great - heard them in Munich a couple of times and found them really engaging and a rare combination of sweet treble and impactful bass. When I had a guess at the price though, I was quite disappointed, although this happens a lot at Munich!
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    Totaldac D1-Driver, the (pre)amplifier driver

    This is a brand new unit from Vincent, so I assume V2. It may not be fully run in though. I don't think the soundstage was much different (which in itself is very impressive as the Stern is amongst the best), was more around the musicality and flow. Clearly doubling up the D1 Driver will help...
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    Totaldac D1-Driver, the (pre)amplifier driver

    It's one or the other - Audionet are on demo, and I'd px the Bernings if I decided to buy. I'd be sad to see them go, but couldn't justify both!
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    Totaldac D1-Driver, the (pre)amplifier driver

    Agreed - 45 + Bernings was magical on some Leider we listened to. Highlights the one area / music style that Bernings may better the Heisenbergs, as there was a lightness and airiness to the performance which was captivating.
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    Totaldac D1-Driver, the (pre)amplifier driver

    The Heisenbergs are the first power amps I've wanted to own over the Bernings. If you fall in love with the Bernings speed, transparency, and tonal accuracy, they are a tough act to follow. For example, when the CH M1.1 monos left, I didn't miss them at all. The Heisenbergs are almost as quick...
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    Totaldac D1-Driver, the (pre)amplifier driver

    OK a few thoughts having spent time with the D1 Driver and Pacific with volume control since Friday, including a session with Ked on Sunday. First point to make is that the D1 Driver + Lampi VC is very good in outright terms, and exceptional when considering value for money. Given the cost of...
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    Thöress "Super" Preamplifier (with phono)

    I've spent time with this (or one very similar), and liked it a lot. It is very well built and I think it represents good value for money. Tonally it is very good, and has a nice flow to the music. Soundstage is not the widest I've heard. In the end, I was willing to pay more for better...
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    Totaldac D1-Driver, the (pre)amplifier driver

    Yep remember you saying when I was testing the Bespoke. Took me while to work it out for myself tho ;-)
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    Totaldac D1-Driver, the (pre)amplifier driver

    I don't have a Bespoke but I have a MFA silver-wired, which is very similar. I've spent a lot of time with the Bespoke though, so know it pretty well. It left a Vitus SL-103 for dead, but into my Bernings could not match either the Stern or CH L1, largely through lack of dynamics (I had the...
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    Totaldac D1-Driver, the (pre)amplifier driver

    D1 Driver arrived today, and have slotted it into the system in place of the Stern. I had to swap out my Lampizator Golden Gate 2 for a borrowed Pacific at the same time as my Lampi doesn't have a volume control. I can concur with Emile that this is stunning with the Heisenbergs. Too early to...
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    Totaldac D1-Driver, the (pre)amplifier driver

    This is very interesting given how good the Stern / Heisenberg combination is! My problem is that my Lamizator GG2 is fixed volume output so would need to get that amended.
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    Audio hobby is like tasting wine.

    I had this exact discussion with a wine expert friend of mine on Saturday night. I'm no wine expert but know what I like, and he is the same with music. We agreed to do a session at mine - he'll bring the wine and I'll supply the music. We'll educate each other a bit about our relevant...
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    Vitus SIA 30 vs CH I1

    I love my Lampi too much!
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    Vitus SIA 30 vs CH I1

    I think the real star is the combination of Stern + Heisenberg, but yes I think much of the dynamics are coming from the power amp, while the pre is providing the sound-staging. Both seem to have very low noise floors, but then so does CH. One thing the CH has is huge flexibility, both for pre...
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    Vitus SIA 30 vs CH I1

    Yes would agree with liquid for CH, and to some ears and in some systems this may be too soft. Again in some systems, Audionet could be analytical. I don't think that can be said of the Stern / Heisenberg though, as the sound is pretty saturated. For sure the detail is there, but I don't think...
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    Vitus SIA 30 vs CH I1

    BTW the CH system was with a pair of M1.1
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    Vitus SIA 30 vs CH I1

    CH was also on extended home demo. Stern / Heisenberg is a more dynamic presentation, meaning every listening session is an event. I found with CH it was sometimes easy to drift off and lose interest in the music. For some, they might find the CH more "natural" in presentation and prefer it...
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    Vitus SIA 30 vs CH I1

    Audionet Scientist series is very different to the rest of their kit. I currently have Stern / Heisenberg on home demo and prefer it to L1 / X1 / M1.1
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    Getting in the Spirit(s)

    If you already have the Stern pre-amp, then you MUST try the Heisenbergs. Completely different league to the MAX. My only regret is I never heard them on the Giyas when I demo'd them!
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    FTA (Final Touch Audio) Callisto USB cable

    Yes current Callisto. I would stress these differences are small, and may only really be noticable in back-to-back testing. The Stav cables have gone back today, so I have plugged the FTA back into the system to see if in day-to-day life I feel I'm missing anything. The other thing to add is...

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