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  1. AudioLibertarian

    my new 300+ pound listening buddy

    Bears do enjoy a friendly scratch behind ears :).
  2. AudioLibertarian

    What are some of the top 845 Amplifiers you have heard?

    I ve owned both the MAstersound Integrated and the Masteroound PFF-100 monoblocks, and the monoblocks were noticebaly better sounding on all of my speakers. The monoblocks just thad sense of unlimited musical reserve when blasted very loud. Also Masteround amps sound more refined when used...
  3. AudioLibertarian

    What are some of the top 845 Amplifiers you have heard?

    Actually there are couple of SE 845 based amps that are very powerful in the absolute terms (about 120 of SE 845 watts, which is about I 'd say 300 "regular" tube watts) and will play VERY loud into most sensible loudspeakers: the Mastersound PF-100, the Unison Research Finale monoblocks...
  4. AudioLibertarian

    What are some of the top 845 Amplifiers you have heard?

    With all due respect to Mr Hayes, who's EL -34 based amplifier I used to own in the mid 90s, but the KT 88 is the crudest & least refined sounding tube of them all, and that includes the entire 6550 family! Comparing the KT 88 to the 845 is like comparing 1980 POntiac Bonneville to the modern...
  5. AudioLibertarian

    Thoughts on Jeff Rowland 925?

    Shakti hello, Were those Goldmund models in your AMP competition the current NExt Gen models, or previous generation amps? In what areas did the M825 "outperformed: the Telos amps in your view? Thanks so much!
  6. AudioLibertarian

    Pilium Audio in action-

    Bob hello, Do these Piliums require a 20, or 30 AMP line, i.e whats their power consumption for the units with two power cords? Thanks!
  7. AudioLibertarian

    What are some of the top 845 Amplifiers you have heard?

    I second Mr Resnik here: Mastersound PF-100 are without a doubt one of the best (the BEST IMHO) 845 - based amps, and perhaps the most reliable modern tube amps in my experience with factory installed Shuguangs 845. Even a non Litz version is a marvel. These can drive practically any speaker in...
  8. AudioLibertarian

    Symphonic Line

    Skanda, When will you be posting your impressions of the Kraft 300mk3? I ve been contemplating on buying this particular model for the last couple of years, yet only can purchase it without audition, as there are practically no dealers in the USA stocking& demoing it, so your observations...
  9. AudioLibertarian

    Brick and Mortar Stores

    I know lot of folks love to trash the Sound by Singer store, but despite Andy S. often being arrogant and condescending, some say insulting (actually him being a fairly decent judge of character he could smell those potential clients that he could kinda "intimidate" and get away with it, that...
  10. AudioLibertarian

    Recommendation for $7,000 System

    Bowers& Wilkins 703 s2 ($4000msrp), $3500 street (Alternative 1: Rega RX-3, $2000, these are better than the bigger RX5) Alternative 2: Eminent Technology 8b, with almost mandatory Sound Anchor stands- $2800, these are IDEAL for opera lovers, like myself, as few other speakers will portray the...
  11. AudioLibertarian

    What's Everyone Reading

    Camille Paglia's Provocations..... First chapter is on the art of song lyric, which is quite fascinating so far ... Highly recommended book overall ....
  12. AudioLibertarian

    Best DACs comparison test result [[My Subjective Opinion]]

    Also, for curiosity's sake, if by any chance you have access to the older Goldmund Mimesis 10 dac, or Meta Research Convert One ... ( I owned Goldmund and still use Meta Research). These use Goldmunds proprietary multi bit (secret) dac modules.... Frankly very few modern day dacs have matched...
  13. AudioLibertarian

    Best DACs comparison test result [[My Subjective Opinion]]

    Dear Esotar, Thanks for your reply and for sharing your experience... Have you actually compared the Nagra HD to the converters in your comparison? I am talking about just pure sonic performance and not discussing a price/value ratio... Thanks again...
  14. AudioLibertarian

    Best DACs comparison test result [[My Subjective Opinion]]

    Dear Esotar, Have you had a chance to compare these DACs to the new Nagra HD dac (with MPS and battery supply), the top of the line EMM labs model & top of the line Esoteric as well ? I wonder...Thanks so much for sharing your amazing experience.... Regards
  15. AudioLibertarian

    Mastersound PF100 PSET Amplifier

    I ve no idea, but your best bet is to contact Antonio at the Mastersound....
  16. AudioLibertarian

    Mastersound PF100 PSET Amplifier

    Hey Falcon, I am not familiar with your particular speakers, however I would venture to guess that the PFF100 monos will provide much more "wholesome" sound with a bigger soundstage, better separation, provided you room &set-up allow for it, and much better dynamic range & swing... Why are...
  17. AudioLibertarian

    Mastersound PF100 PSET Amplifier

    mastersound pff100 for the pendragons Ron, Frankly I would still take a stock PFF 100 over the stock MB-185 mk3 for its ultimate transparency and even better separation, darker background, and "wholeness". Having said that, there is something how shall I put it , very, very right with...
  18. AudioLibertarian

    Mastersound PF100 PSET Amplifier

    Wow, looks great! 35 watts per channel should drive most 87-90 db speakers very well.... I wonder if its going to use the same transformers & schematics as the Dueventi? 1500 Euro minus Italian vat should be $1600 :) Why the 3 grand then? If it sounds anything like the Dueventi IMHO at...
  19. AudioLibertarian

    Mastersound PF100 PSET Amplifier

    Hi Skip .... Thanks for reaching out .... Sure, will get in touch.. I know Sound Approach, very pleasant folks in the DC area .. I believe they even have a tech who can work on any Mastersound amp.... I have the EVO 845 and love it, and used an older version of the PFF 100 (without fans) in my...
  20. AudioLibertarian

    Mastersound PF100 PSET Amplifier

    Ron, our 845 tubes in parallel produce more SET output power but SET purists prefer a single power tube to a quartet of paralleled tubes. So I am wondering if you have ever compared a stock PF100 or a modded PF100 to a high-power single tube SET such as the NAT Audio Magma New (170 wpc) or a...
  21. AudioLibertarian

    Mastersound PF100 PSET Amplifier

    Mastersound 845 bases amps Ron hi, Been a long time reader of this forum....Since the mid 2000I have had an extensive experience with the PFF100, as "mine" dealer in NY/NJ area has sold quite few of those , and let me to listen to them at his customers systems with wide variety of...

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