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  1. Imperial

    Anyone with big, high current amplifier(s) find a power conditioner that doesn't destroy the amplifier's virtues? Is it even possible? Which Ones?

    You would need about 800% capacity of an AC KIT actual draw to negate hysterisis...anyway. I would guess out of 10 million audiophiles less than 50 have applied their stuff correctly .. If even that. So basically no one... So .... No. Not even the manufacturers of their own gear even touch...
  2. Imperial

    Boulder 1161 Power amplifier

    Oh... Well. You missed the point Chuck. I was reminiscing the good old days when some tube amps killed ANY modern Boulder amp. Yes. Those existed... But... There are tube pre amplifiers that would make the Boulder team smile. I tell you. There are not many of them... But they are out there...
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    Power Amp for Magico Q3

    You know... There is a new contender in the XXxX it must be tubes because it has SOUL and Spine breaking bass and dynamics like krells of yore.... And it has midrange and high end like what ever into the stratosphere Audio Analogue Donizetti Aniversary. Specs...Dynamic Music Signal... 8...
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    Best Amp - Speaker Combination you've ever Heard.

    You know. I once heard the Snail. That is the original B&W Nautilus. It was driven by Classe best amplifiers at the time. OMEGA was it? Dont remember But it was maxed out. About a cool million setup.. Insane! It sounded correct... went hella deep and almost broke my eardrums on transients. No...
  5. Imperial

    Boulder 1161 Power amplifier

    Well. Walking along the shoreline. One morning the sun was so beautiful, that tubeglow filled my soul. Been to that beach alrainbow? :) Tubes with some gain adds to the sound i think. Like more verve more dynamism. Solidstate amps also sound better if they are driven with a couple of volts...
  6. Imperial

    Problems converting my Mini DV video tapes to digital files on my laptop using firewire.

    Dv know how from Sony You might send an e-mail to you camera maker, and ask their technical team. There might be propietary methods to preserving the recorded quality that is more of a .... Shall we say company know how. This is an audio forum by the way. Not a Video codec secrets forum...
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    Boulder 1161 Power amplifier

    Can the 1161 give full power into 1 ohm without trippin its fuse, I wonder :rolleyes:... It is a very beautiful design I think. I want one!! May it sell By the buckets so there are plenty on the used market in 5 years. Perfect for use with a tube pre this one must be ( Yoda said....) One...
  8. Imperial

    Help with my first ,budget, audiophile system

    This here YouTube video is a must watch then...Onkyo streamer review Imperial
  9. Imperial

    Best Amp - Speaker Combination you've ever Heard.

    Gryphon Antileon driving B&W 801D This you dont see to often. Imperial
  10. Imperial

    thinking to buy Luxman M900u mono , what other similar amps should i look? for Focal Maestro

    How about a Electrocompaniet AW250R. Those go down to 0.5 ohms and have extreme current delivery at those loads. They are unfazed at any load really. About 2kw at 0.5 ohms.. At 1.7 ohms like 600 to 900w easely. 100 amps into deep loads. And sound does not change at all into any load. About...
  11. Imperial

    Loudspeaker Suggestions Please – Alternatives to Avantgarde Mezzo

    Yes. My observation too. How often would you wanna casually stand in front of your speakers. Some owners tried to tilt them slightly forward... When standing back some 4 to 5 meters they integrated fine. But, a design choice that is strange. Other than that. The Fremer test aside. They were...
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    Loudspeaker Suggestions Please – Alternatives to Avantgarde Mezzo

    Yes. I think i know what you mean... Hear here would need to confirm this but I'd be willing to bet that in his current setup bass information is left or right dominant in the soundstage. Meaning that bassy information isnt centered as it should be. Most likely more often to the right. So in...
  13. Imperial

    Loudspeaker Suggestions Please – Alternatives to Avantgarde Mezzo

    Imaginative suggestions... Well. A speaker that would work in the current location occupied by the Avantgardes would be Since we are talking the UK here.. Proac Future two. Classics, and somewhat underrated. They would need powered subs to complement them. I heard them with Aerial 12 Subs...
  14. Imperial

    Keith's Dream Amplifier Thread

    Here be another tip Email entreq. The swedish company. Assuredly they must have helped loads of people with similar issues. Fill in this form Imperial
  15. Imperial

    Keith's Dream Amplifier Thread

    MSB ground trouble shooting. PDF from their site Now. For the love of God :). ... Someone tech savvy should draw up your system. Send that picture to MSB audio AND the passive Pre manufacturer and ask how to connect... At least ask their opinion Do not attach wires at will. Maybe signal cable...
  16. Imperial

    Keith's Dream Amplifier Thread

    3. Lamm M2.2. Gain = 31.8db 2. Burmester 911 MK III. Gain = about the same... A.k.a ca 0.77 to 0.9v full power 1. Gruensch CSE II SE. Gain = 22.1db meaning 3v plus for full power.. What is a Gruensch? ️Warmish and dynamic sounding transistor amp... Imperial
  17. Imperial

    Power Amp for Magico Q3

    I would like to mention an amplifier that you most likely just won't find... Yba Passion 1000 Stereo. It's getting old, it silly heavy. It's got no circuit boards what so ever. Yba hand soldered into a 100lbs arc welder. And I bet it's slightly cooler sounding that the target here. But the...
  18. Imperial

    State-of-the-Art Digital

    Last I saw a Capitole for sale in Norway I believe it went for some $1700 or equivalently. The thing was that there were several French Swiss and Dutch companies and some smaller electronics workshops locally in Norway and Sweden and in Denmark with enough know how and balls frankly that would...
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    State-of-the-Art Digital

    The most sought after model in the used market of the Audio Aero's in the Nordic countries I believe is the Audio Aero Capitol Mark 2 or the Prestige. The Prestige being the better model and more Wadia like in it's Sonic's. They have extensive digital inputs and can serve as D/A converters...
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    State-of-the-Art Digital

    I remember that back in the 90's there was a little machine called a micromega stage 5 or stage 6. It was a DAC I believe or a CD player. Kind of cheap for it's time. It would rival just about any of the top models at the time with it's clarity and resolution. It had a smaller than usual...
  21. Imperial

    State-of-the-Art Digital

    The people behind Audio Aero these days are for the most part Vermeer Audio. They'll service to some extent the 'ol disc spinners from the good old Audio Aero days. They have the Model two on offer now. An entry level model three in the works and a model one that will be their top offering a bit...
  22. Imperial

    State-of-the-Art Digital

    World...and those that are in the know... We are the frenchies. To come out with with the best digital. French Standards be like...
  23. Imperial

    Looking for best pre amplifier under $12k

    I would recomend you to sell your x25. It is a reall bitch to please... I gather you have somewhat easy speakers to drive in your two systems? You got the living room sys with the integrated and then your seperate stack else be it within the house maybe?? Anyways... I would really look into...
  24. Imperial

    State-of-the-Art Digital

    If there ever was a title to check out... michelle ndegeocello mary magdalene Awesome track... Any service. Any bitbdepth... Really. If you like bass and suave sounds. Jazzy and atmosperic. My favv track. Maybe one drives it into ones heart with one of these: Le maccina adorable... That...
  25. Imperial

    Looking for best pre amplifier under $12k

    Ok. Pass Labs XA25 aka 20db gain transistor amp. I can see why you would need a high gain pre for that. Better sound meaning better tubes for the Etc3... There are threads on this forum debating that already. But I've seen it written that Philips SQ88CC Holland Herleen ca 1960'sh tubes are...
  26. Imperial

    Looking for best pre amplifier under $12k

    Hi. 3 questions: In your set up.. What tubes for main gain stage are you using? 12ax7 (high gain) or 12au7 (low gain? And.. What setting does your volume knob stop at when it just perfectly loud on the song with best base. And can you describe the base at that setting. Slightly loose or just...
  27. Imperial

    Best "bang for the buck" DAC

    The ML 360S might the best D/A ever made. Reports online testify to its prowes in delivering within its resolution and noisefloor. That awesome mark ii version the 'drive 1' that now is delivered by totaldac is the very finest buffer/driver yet produced any audio company in 2020..
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    State-of-the-Art Digital

    I think that the top tier companies and the top tier products these days are Not the best digital stuff.... There are now a generational shift because you have - network switches - network to usb - usb to usb - and what not. - components That are linkable and atomic clock syncable ... One can...
  29. Imperial

    Calvados/Apple brandy

    Well, this is sort of the Cognac made from apples. Tastewyze, rather different really. But a Fave of mine!!! So, beeing from the beautiful country of Norway I have to tell you guys of two absolute amazing types from the 'ol home... First, a long standing super quality product called "EGGE...

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