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    Mark Levinson 536

    ML 534, 536 no doubt superb -as most Levinson gear. Recently, I found a No. 53 ML power amp brochure and wondered deeply about ML's claim that their then new flagship outperformed competitor's amps and even all previously manufactured ML (A/B) amps ! Telling us/the reader they pursued...
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    Audioquest (USB cable) 'DBS' positioning changes sound ?

    No, but I can see you are (laughing YAO all the way to ..... your Fisher Price hi-fi, I suspect.) !
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    Audioquest (USB cable) 'DBS' positioning changes sound ?

    Hey 'twitchy': Since I haven't gotten to the '168' hour mark, I can't say. Yet, this morning, the USB 'Diamond' was sounding flat/ uninspiring, so (as normal when 'breaking-in'), I disconnected, then will re-insert. I, unlike some, have been doing this a long time, and hope to offer some rare...
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    Audioquest (USB cable) 'DBS' positioning changes sound ?

    Thanks Folsom. I thought everyone would "get it": DBS module's physical positioning/orientation as it relates to perceived SQ -specifically low/mid-frequency 'clarity'. pj
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    Audioquest (USB cable) 'DBS' positioning changes sound ?

    I agree; although I only have experience with AQ digital (specifically USB), the ones I've had/have include Carbon, Coffee and for the last 150 hours, Diamond USB (1.5m). And, an appropriate segue thus follows; the time required for 'Break-in/Settling' of DBS module cables: My experience with...
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    Audioquest (USB cable) 'DBS' positioning changes sound ?

    Hey ayreman: I should have started another paragraph when speaking of cable length choice -nothing at all to do with DBS module positioning, that of course extends only a few inches. The 1.5m simply enables greater component positioning. pj
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    New MSB DACs

    Wow. Amazing. And sensible design. I'd choose 'Hi-Fi Stay' racks over 'Stillpoints' simply because I strongly believe in the design architecture of HFS stands. I did not know of HFS racks previously -thanks kindly for the link. S. Korea make some absolutely fantastic product ! peter jasz
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    Charles' Little 2-ch Hi-Fi System...

    Nice ! ... nothing like experiencing new musical interpretations/perspectives of new gear. YET, I remain impressed by your photography skill ! Enjoy, Oh, and don't forget to elevate SQ several notches up with the inclusion of: http://www.vtimanufacturing.com/vti_product/bl404-audio-rack/...
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    Pass Labs XP-22

    Once at the Xs price-point, the ML No.52 (preamp) may be a better (and cheaper -though not by much -lol) alternative? pj
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    Pass Labs XP-22

    Good call on UPS (Unscrupulous Pathetic Shippers -lol), FedEx is Definitely much, much better. pj
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    Pass Labs XP-22

    Gentleman: Does anybody have (or know where) there are 'internal' images of the X-22 preamp ? I can't seem to find any ? Thx, pj
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    New MSB DACs

    Hey Esotar: Nice gear. Why did you choose the equipment Rack/Stands ? What brand ? pj
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    Charles' Little 2-ch Hi-Fi System...

    Damn, that's a nice light. And damn, you take some GREAT photo's ! pj
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    Interconnect

    That's some nice gear -and cabling. pj
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    Interconnect

    Understood. Thank you. peter
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    Interconnect

    Hmm: Do you feel the same about your 'other' cables ? (RE. " ... Why not offer cheaper plugs? The plugs are key and often more important than the wire with AC power!" ) pj
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    Audioquest (USB cable) 'DBS' positioning changes sound ?

    Hi Lee: Oh, but do ! Way before I purchased the 'hunched-backed' AQ cables -I wondered about that growth hanging off the cable. Upon first connecting (primarily the 'Coffee' USB), I noticed drastic changes in SQ -that went beyond typical 'break-in' experience. And sure enough -the further the...
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    Charles' Little 2-ch Hi-Fi System...

    snazzy ! ... Now, scoop-up a VTi equipment stand -and you'll catch my attention. (lol). In fact, it'll catch' your attention. pj P.S> I do like the 'light' though -stylish, sleek -sensible.
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    Interconnect

    audio.bill: I was thinking the same thing. However, AZ's MC=2 digital (pure silver) is a highly regarded digital cable -and not terribly expensive. pj
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    Interconnect

    Earlier today purchased DH Labs ('brand-new' design) SilverPULSE IC's (Balanced and SE). Running cables for some break-in. The SilverPULSE are Long-Grain OCC silver-plated copper/Teflon dielectric/Ins. ($120-$150/m SE/Bal).. So far; clean/clear, open, resolving, balanced, lucid and dynamic. A...
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    Interconnect

    AZ 'SIlver Ref II's = Excellent. Another league altogether from Copper Matrix. pj
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    Charles' Little 2-ch Hi-Fi System...

    May be. Or, perhaps the other-way-around (for one to like Nodont's) ! pj
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    Pass Labs XP-22

    That preamp (XP-20/22/30) deserves the finest IC's: Kimber SELECT '6' series (IC's), Acoustic Zen 'SIlver Reference II", Audioquest? 'WInd/Earth'? (all-silver), Wireworld ? 'Platinum Eclipse', or perhaps some Stealth (all-silver) IC's -or others, I can't quite think of now (lol). Oh, the DH Labs...
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    Charles' Little 2-ch Hi-Fi System...

    What's easy ? pj (P.S. My listening reveals anything but a "fast" quality.)
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    Charles' Little 2-ch Hi-Fi System...

    Brilliant ! .... and looks great to boot. I feel SO strongly about the VTi (style) racks -hence my reply. I note, more and more (stand) company's are offering up such a design -and for good reason. Keep me/us posted if you get a chance to evaluate said stands. Cheers, peter
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    Pass Labs XP-22

    OMG. Sacrilege; stacking such fine gear a-top-one-another. Ouch. (lol) pj
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    Charles' Little 2-ch Hi-Fi System...

    Your system/set-up definitely deserves a VTi-style equipment rack -and do try to elevate the bottom component off the floor. pj P.S. Clever placement of the subs -a big SQ advantage; between the 'mains'. Oh, and nice/smart touch with the loudspeaker stand platforms.
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    Charles' Little 2-ch Hi-Fi System...

    A nice set-up. And pic's ! The 'stand' needs to go. Try/find something like this (for MUCH better sound -isolation/coupling): http://www.vtimanufacturing.com/vti_product/bl404-audio-rack/ Color combinations are readily available; post, shelves, caps -as is the 'height' of each stack-able...
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    Charles' Little 2-ch Hi-Fi System...

    There appears to be a often-heard (false) assumption regarding Nordost cables being "fast". How is it, where is it, that makes Nordost 'fast' ? pj

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