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  1. JimmyS

    Matching Pre-amps and Amps: Same Brand or Not?

    I think you got the wrong impression from my post. The journey is about the Music, not the gear. I’m lucky to have local dealers who allow home audition, and allow me to evaluate how a piece impacts my system. Decisions to make a change usually are measured in years rather than months for me.
  2. JimmyS

    Matching Pre-amps and Amps: Same Brand or Not?

    I think it’s a great starting point to match them, but as you learn about your system and develop your listening preferences you may end up with a mixed pair. My Pass XP20 remained my preamp as I went through the Pass amplifier line. Once I arrived on the XA160.8’s and the rest of the system...
  3. JimmyS

    Boulder 866 or D'agostino Progression Integrated with Wilson Sabrina Speakers

    Local dealer that carries Wilson recently added the Boulder line. Gotta say the Boulder gear has made the Wilson’s really sing. I’ve heard the 866 / Sabrina combo in a smaller room setup and it provided a well balance sound with nice control of the bottom end.
  4. JimmyS

    A1 vs A1.5 vs M1.1

    I had a full CH setup in the basement to audition (M1.1, L1, C1) and “soft“ isn’t a word I’d use to describe the sound of the CH components. BC (before Covid) I was ready to replace the my XA160.8’s with the M1.1, but now I’ll wait it out a bit.
  5. JimmyS

    Audio Research Ref 6 vs Pass Labs XP 22/ XP 30

    https://www.whatsbestforum.com/threads/review-pass-labs-xs-150-xa160-8-xa160-5.18813/
  6. JimmyS

    Wilson Audio SabrinaX coming out worldwide, September 1st 2020!

    Got to hear a two songs on them yesterday at my local dealer. Initial impression was that the Mids and Highs were a nice improvement over the previous design. My first comment on the lower frequencies was “hey they lost something here”, but nope it’s that they have really have improved the...
  7. JimmyS

    How are you powered?

    Mine go to directly to the wall. No dedicated lines (future remodel of basement will change that) I tried using my Shunyata 6000 on them, but preferred direct to the wall. I was able to then connect my pre amp and phono pre to the HC outlets on the 6000 and found I liked them better there vs...
  8. JimmyS

    DCS Vivaldi

    My reference was for the 44.1k/48k dCS clock. My friend who bought my Rossini was on the fence about adding one, and it was a simple test in my system. Listen to a song with and without, then again without and 1/2 way through turn on the clock. He bought the clock that day. I have not tried...
  9. JimmyS

    DCS Vivaldi

    I had a Rossini without clock before moving to the Vivaldi system (no transport). I would take the Rossini + Clock over the Vivaldi + Upsampler based on my testing with/without clock.
  10. JimmyS

    Member quick Survey about Axpona 2020 in August

    Got the email yesterday, Axpona 2020 is cancelled.
  11. JimmyS

    Member quick Survey about Axpona 2020 in August

    No, but this is due to a schedule conflict rather than health concerns.
  12. JimmyS

    What Amps are People Using with Latest Generation of Magicos? What have you heard that Impressed You?

    Would enjoy hearing how the Nagra HD amps compare to the CH M1.1 in my system. Have to see if I can arrange an audition.
  13. JimmyS

    What Amps are People Using with Latest Generation of Magicos? What have you heard that Impressed You?

    Well, I own magico’s (S3 MK1) and have them powered by pass labs (xa100.5’s, and now the xa160.8’s). I can agree that on the 100.5’s there is a more “tubey” presentation. Going to the .8 series, much better balanced sound top to bottom. Definitely “faster” and more precise. I have also tried...
  14. JimmyS

    CH Precision Announces New 10 Series

    I wish they would get the M10 out, so I could find a M1.1 from someone upgrading :).
  15. JimmyS

    DS Audio Ionizer

    Living in Chicago, winter is brutal for static build up so I took a chance and purchased one awhile back. Finally had a free evening to try out mine and was very pleased. Records came off the platter with zero static charge, where as prior to the device the amount of static build up was very...
  16. JimmyS

    Running Springs Audio fans?

    6 years later, my running springs gear was sold to a friend and now using a Shunyata 6000T. Was already using Shunyata power cords, and I liked what they did in my system so I tried the 6000T. It brought an improvement in providing a lower noise floor, and I was hearing small details in music...
  17. JimmyS

    Visit to Goebel company

    The Gobel setup from the 2018 show was one of my favorites. But the cost of the Aeon's was above my threshold. I live in Chicago, so Axpona is always on my "todo" list. A trip to FL during winter is always an option as well, as the wife will never say no to escaping the cold weather for a...
  18. JimmyS

    Visit to Goebel company

    As someone who is shopping the M2 and Rockport Avior II, my interest is certainly peaked..
  19. JimmyS

    Alternative considerations to the Pass X260.8 for my VSA Endeavor SE

    Thanks for sharing the feedback and congrats on the new amps :).
  20. JimmyS

    Audio Research Ref 6 vs Pass Labs XP 22/ XP 30

    No, but my short summary is that they are faster, control my speakers better, bass is much more defined, and the Lows/Mids/Highs are more balanced. PeterA has a great writeup on the .5 vs .8 and his findings are spot on.
  21. JimmyS

    Audio Research Ref 6 vs Pass Labs XP 22/ XP 30

    Thanks Alex. Yes, I remember our Axpona conversation and you were spot on. I need to plan a CA trip... The new YG speaker caught my eye, as I’m considering what’s next down the road.. M2 (ugh the $$$), Rockport Avior II, YG Vantage
  22. JimmyS

    Audio Research Ref 6 vs Pass Labs XP 22/ XP 30

    I thought it paired well, and the XP20 was in my system for a long time. It is neutral sounding without being cold/analytical. It really helped me hear the differences in the 100.5’s to the 160.8’s when I made that change. My system is in a smaller room, and as my system evolved I noticed...
  23. JimmyS

    Audio Research Ref 6 vs Pass Labs XP 22/ XP 30

    I have the XA160.8 and had a XP20. Auditioned the Ref 6 and it was not for me, but then I was able to audition a Ref10 and couldn’t believe the preamp was made by the same company. It didn’t leave the house. I also have auditioned the XS preamp when I had the XA100.5 and it was another great...
  24. JimmyS

    How satisfied?

    How satisfied? Very much for both Audio and spouse :). Its been a ten year journey to arrive at the system I listen to (and 28 years of my wife putting up with me and my various toys). That said, I'm always exploring new ways to improve on what I have (its the engineer in me) and perhaps...
  25. JimmyS

    Halloween Treats

    Its a snowy Halloween day in Chicago, which means the kid traffic will be light and I'll have some time to starting listening to a demo setup that arrived :).
  26. JimmyS

    Point 5 vs Point 8 amplifiers

    I’ve owned the 30.5, 60.5’s, 100.5’s, and now the 160.8’s. Peter’s writeup on the .5 vs .8 was spot on based on what I heard in my system. My short summary is that if you prefer a slightly warmer presentation, the 0.5 series will not disappoint. The trade off here to the 0.8 will be a bit...
  27. JimmyS

    DCS Vivaldi

    For wallet friendly digital cables: Geistnote's Apogee Wyde Eye 75Ω BNC Word Clock Cable for the future clock connections. DH labs for the duel AES cables. I use the above in my system and they perform well above their price points.
  28. JimmyS

    DCS Vivaldi

    I’ve had the Rossini (without clock) and now the Vivaldi and would highly recommend you consider the clock as it makes a significant improvement. A friend with a Rossini just added the clock after hearing my system with/without the clock. Regarding cords: I use Shunyata Sigma Analog on the...
  29. JimmyS

    To Roon or not to Roon, that is the question...

    In my home office Network Closet is the cable modem to ASUS 5300 (handles routing/wireless network for now but Ubiquiti upgrades are planned for these functions), which has a bonded pair to an Ubiquiti 24-port managed switch. At this switch I have 3 different NAS setups connected via bonded...

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