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  1. Gregm

    Lumen White speakers. What do we think?

    I heard the "Kyara" several times at a show-room, driven by different amps, and I liked what I heard on all of the occasions. Large, bold sound with gobs of very fine detail and no compression on powerful orchestral passages -- albeit, we didn't play very loud. They were surprisingly good at...
  2. Gregm

    Lumen White speakers. What do we think?

    I heard the smaller sized model several times (at a show-room), driven by different amps, and I liked what I heard on all of the occasions. Large, bold sound with gobs of very fine detail and no compression on powerful orchestral passages -- albeit, we didn't play very loud. They were...
  3. Gregm

    why all the hate for multi-band EQ??

    The purported point of hi-end reproduction is to transport ourselves to the musical event, as presented by the recording & mastering engineers. In this respect, modifying the recorded sound takes us further away from that goal -- the equalizer being an additional circuit modulating the original...
  4. Gregm

    Ideon Audio Absolute DAC - anyone heard it?

    As far as I know, no. I auditioned their top of the line digital front end and it consisted of a separate DAC, a streamer, and a reclocker / reviver.
  5. Gregm

    Your DAC replacement thoughts please

    A while back I was looking for involvement and dynamics and, as you note, timbre distinctions (metal guitar strings or nylon...). I had the big PS Audio PW and a dealer/ consultant I know recommended I audition a "very engaging and dynamic dac" I had never heard of -- called Ayazi (it's actually...
  6. Gregm

    upgrading speakers in very large room

    I love the M40 models and Harbeth specs them at 86dB 1W & 650W programme. On paper at least, these should do the trick, albeit with powerful amplification -- 250W or better. It's fascinating to realise how many speakers are designed with small-medium sized spaces in mind!
  7. Gregm

    upgrading speakers in very large room

    I think it boils down to the fact that your room is big so you need higher than usual SPLs to reach comfortable listening levels. Being very efficient, horns can easily reach +100dB SPL with little effort (a few watts). Additionally, positioning them is relatively painless, making horns the...
  8. Gregm

    upgrading speakers in very large room

    I'll chip in briefly to second (third?) the recommendation for horns. A mid-sized horn (or bigger) will fill up your ~750ft2 space with lifelike sound (lower mids to highs, at least) and dynamics; the equivalent in conventional dynamic speakers will an arm & a leg or two, and will requires...
  9. Gregm

    Ideon Audio Absolute DAC - anyone heard it?

    In my system, the linear mode filters produce magic; my preference goes to the slow roll-offs -- i.e. slow roll-off linear mode. Apparently the Absolute has a very clean high-frequency response (with vanishingly low distortion & noise, it seems), so we can get away using more benign/slow...
  10. Gregm

    Speaker upgrade

    Can you elaborate on what you would like the Blades to do better? That would help guide us a bit as there are many choices out there and your two short-listed choices are somewhat different animals. Regards
  11. Gregm

    Getting Started

    If you feel that noise is the issue, it might be worth cleaning up your mains. An isolation transformer outputting balanced power could be a simple, low-cost solution. I hooked up my digital devices on such a device and couldn't be happier; low-level detail & low frequencies became allegedly...
  12. Gregm

    Why are vibration isolation products still considered accessories?

    Hi Stehno -- do I understand correctly: the idea is to clamp the components on a rigid structure, itself coupled to the floor -- thereby syncing & giving the total structure additional mass? As opposed to liberating components from (extraneous), floor borne vibrations
  13. Gregm

    The Avalon Acoustics Ascent speaker

    Interesting experience, especially driving the Ascents with an EL34 tube! Some time ago, I auditioned these speakers and the Eidolons driven by big Spectral and Boulder power amps.... Anecdotally, I remember preferring the Spectrals on both speakers, and the Eidolon to the Ascents even though...
  14. Gregm

    The 12 Most Significant Loudspeakers of All Time

    I really got my timing really wrong, didn't I:):)
  15. Gregm

    The 12 Most Significant Loudspeakers of All Time

    Interesting! My KSA's probably needed recapping, who knows. Someone actually still uses them, I hear (from the dealer), but listens to chamber & acoustic music.
  16. Gregm

    State-of-the-Art Digital

    What helped me decide to get into computer audio in the 1st place was to NOT have high expectations. Hence, I was pleasantly surprised with the sound coming from a tiny 'puter reading a hard-disk: the signal originated from a minix with optimising s/w (don't ask!) and Musichi player, fed into a...
  17. Gregm

    The 12 Most Significant Loudspeakers of All Time

    I finally remembered the TLs: it was TDL, an English company. I had a pair of their speakers promising f3 17Hz!! Not that I had much content so low :) QUOTE="christoph, post: 658707, member: 7611"]What amps did you try? I had excellent results with Lamm M1.1 hybrids :cool: I used Krell ksa...
  18. Gregm

    The 12 Most Significant Loudspeakers of All Time

    In keeping with the idea of a speaker that what unusual or contained novelty in its design and influenced others, I would also honorably mention Arnie Nuddel's Genesis V and Linkwitz's Orion. *The Genesis V was composed of two parts, the bass-shy upper & and a separate, active, woofer section...
  19. Gregm

    Why are vibration isolation products still considered accessories?

    Interesting! Basic round footers or is there a design quirk somewhere?
  20. Gregm

    Why are vibration isolation products still considered accessories?

    Do I understand correctly that your points are, a) floor-borne vibrations do not impact the sound at all b) wrong labeling: it's a case of energy transfer -- not isolation, If so, I'm ready to take your word for a); I've never delved too deeply into hi-end marketing blurb anyway except to...
  21. Gregm

    My feels about this forum

    Agreed! Here is another that could also apply in conjunction with the one above: «Έν οἶδα ὅτι οὐδὲν οἶδα» (why not throw in some greek while we're at it ;) )
  22. Gregm

    ARC Preamp started clicking exceptionally loudly. HELP!

    From your description the noise seems to come from relays or capacitors. In any case, best take it to a qualified tech rather than go it alone! Good luck
  23. Gregm

    What is the benefit of very expensive DAC´s?

    I would agree with the previous poster (s) that the obvious answer is better sound as well as better construction quality (although that may not be much lacking at lower prices either nowadays!), and I would add that the sonic benefits may not be very subtle. Eschewing the price- % benefit...
  24. Gregm

    The Unstoppable Power of Music

    A great read indeed, thank you for sharing. The Berliner streams selected concerts for free. Apparently Tchaik's 6th with Petrenko is currently on the menu. Regards
  25. Gregm

    What are you currently listening to (Classical)?

    Surprisingly good performance--may I say breathtaking? I wish I could find the master!
  26. Gregm

    What makes a good reviewer?

    The recent Jurowski / LPO is excellent but I am not sure you can find it on vinyl (it's an interesting performance in and of its own. The Abbado / Chicago SO on DG is well recorded and shoul;d be available on vinyl. Why not check out the Klemperer / Bayerische, live version on EMI, if you can...
  27. Gregm

    What makes a good reviewer?

    I have read many reviews in my time and spoken to a few of their writers, so here is my take (random order) 1) Exposure to live music with acoustic instruments... so they know what a violin, or a piano, or a tom-tom etc sounds like (more or less, of course, depending on mastering) 2) Experience...
  28. Gregm

    Ideon Audio Absolute DAC - anyone heard it?

    I'm a bit of a very latecomer to this, but I actually have an Absolute at home, along with an MSB Select. I am very much enjoying the Absolute (and the Select for that matter, but much less so sound-quality wise), it outputs a lot of musical energy. If still interested in more don't hesitate to...
  29. Gregm

    What are you currently listening to (Classical)?

    Hello, the Japan edition is vastly superior to the older Philips version — worth having! Listening to E. Ney / Abendroth - Berlin Phil playing Beethoven 5. A 1944 recording; fascinating performance ( ) Musical & emotionally charged at the same time! Regards

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