A small upgrade in speakers... The CLXArt a true masterpiece!

spiritofmusic

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Lagonda...Mr. Understatement.
 

Lagonda

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Lagonda...Mr. Understatement.
It was long time ago Marc, as i said before, now i’m just a old guy sitting around listening to music in my underwear :rolleyes:
 

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It was long time ago Marc, as i said before, now i’m just a old guy sitting around listening to music in my underwear :rolleyes:

If you hadn't spent all that money on hifi, you would have some clothes left for the old age
 
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spiritofmusic

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You don't get it, Ked. He CHOOSES to do this.
 
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Mark Seaton

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And thank you again Mark for setting the Statements up during a incoming hurricane !:eek: I know we went for lunch the next day, but did we take the Lamborghini ? I did love to show of that car when i had out of town visitors :rolleyes:

That was certainly memorable and a great view of the hurricane! :oops:

I recall one of the ML guys who came out later mentioned a ride in the Lamborghini. I think it was still a bit messy with debris on streets and the like when we finished up.
 
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Big Dog RJ

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What? Wait... Lamborghini? Now that's a statement, Nice one indeed!

Although I would love to own one, let alone drive someone else's Lambo, the last time I actually managed to fit my 6ft3 129kg frame in one was many years ago in London at a car show. I clearly remember having to be assisted out of the Lambo by three people because the damn thing was so low... as well as another rare car that never became commercially viable, the Listor Storm. Fast fwd that from 90/91 to present, earlier this year again I had to be assisted out of a Honda NSX! Talk about either low slung cars or bad osteo... couldn't they make them bit higher, like a SUV?

Anyway, those were the good old days, during my formidable rugby playing years... now I'm not 120kg anymore nor ripped, just a load of jelly with a few biceps & triceps here & there. At least it helps to lift and move heavy highend gear...

Getting back to audio, I can certainly see some very valid points of discussion and have certainly learned a few more points from all these posts. Many thanks to that. I must say, please do enjoy your music on your fabulous systems that you all have put together carefully over the decades. Afterall, as one wise man said, putting together a system is an art form, listening to it is a passion!

So enjoy those fine tunes and trust everyone's in good health.
Cheers, RJ
 
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KostasP.

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Hello Bonzo,

I am not a "professional, full-time" poster on this forum, like you seem to be and I have no desire to become a "household" name of this forum. I defend the CLXs for the reasons that I have outlined.

Refusing to "debate" is a good strategy ; I applaud you.Enjoy your peripatetic audio adventures!

Cheers, Kostas.
 

brad225

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Hee haw! The big dog in da howzzzz!

Finally, finally, finally - from my initial post in 2018 around Sept when I acquired these dream stats, hearing them the first time, driven with Dan D's Momentums in Spore stopped the train! Then later on about two years after, listened again very closely at Mr. K's place, with his full Leben & Pass Labs line up, in a well arranged room perfectly laid out, I was fully convinced that these are the reference stats that I will end up with, no doubt!

After about a year..., so a total of three years of hard labour... I got these full range stats driven with my fully upgraded CJ amplification line up.

However, the biggest downside to all that awesomeness was the bloody room! No matter what upgrades I did on the pre-power, plus AC mains upgrades, mods on the Class A voltage rails, plus class A voltage regulators, made incremental changes but still the full potential was yet to be unleashed!

From our humble shoebox... Now to a place well built and equipped with the latest upgrades in AC mains regulators, plus dedicated 10 amp lines for the monoblocks, ladies & gentlemen, Audiophiles, music enthusiasts and regular shoppers, here it is!

Simply superb!!!!!
Every minute detail, level of control in transients and power and finesse delivered in true CJ tube power amplification at its finest! The depth, speed, realism, and sheer transparency is just breathtaking! I have no further words to describe this particular sound, just pure music I guess.

From this experience all I can possibly say and advice fellow Audiophiles is the ROOM!

Oh my goodness golly gracious, what a superb level of pristine quality, especially in the soundstage. Along with ample bass, and when I say bass, I mean whiplash bass, not just lumpy thuds or kabooms... This is something truly to be experienced personally, afterwhich you will understand what I mean by system-to-room interaction.

It is of paramount importance to provide ample space for those larger systems, otherwise you're just kidding yourself, there's no denying it. No matter what you tweak or try, if you haven't got the room and extra space for large speakers, please don't buy large speakers!
High grade reference monitors will provide a far more accurate representation of recorded music in smaller rooms. I also believe that those software gadgets, such as digital room correction and EQ software..., will certainly help to a certain extent but unless you've got the right room, there's no point in really trying to correct anything!

Well here it is Maties, cheers to all, absolutely loving it, nothing I've ever owned has come this close.
Now it's definitely time to pour out the scotch and light that cigar... Cheers, RJ

I don't know how I missed this RJ. Congratulation on the CLXs. I'm sure they have given you hours of enjoyment.
 

Big Dog RJ

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Cheers Brad,
Yes certainly have, and more so than ever now, after having upgraded my previous McIntosh sacd player (served well for 10yrs) to the Esoteric K07xs, simply superb!

I've just managed to clock in around 10hrs on it so far, and started yesterday with a few favourite tracks, then moved onto Norman Brown, Dena D'Rose trio on Max Jazz, a few more jazz labels and now onto Venessa Fernandez- use me album, on SACD DSD direct, look out! Stop the train! This level of fine detail and ambient soundstaging was not picked up on the Mac at all. It was somewhat there but totally missed it. For example the opening track, there's a very noticeable section with fingers on the strings, then far left percussion kicks in and far right, the shakers blend in, as if those two musicians evolve in a true holographic sense, it's marvellous! I was missing out on this aspect totally.

Played a standard CD by Four Play called Elixir, heard numerous times with great systems, including the Statements Evo-II's. Those along with this time round transported me back to Frankie's Blue Room in Naperville IL, just superb!

At this stage, now my system is complete. Might as well sit back, pour that Scotch and puff that cigar...
Big woof! RJ
 

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Hi Big Dog - just catching up here. I strongly considered Esoteric for SACD playback but in the end exercised some restraint and got a good deal on the Marantz SA-10, which sounds really good (also using as a DAC for now). Rest of the system besides the CLX and JL e110 subs and Pass XA30.8/XP-10 combo is dCS Network Bridge (soon to be Bartok) and Pro-Ject the Classic turntable with iFi iphono2 preamp and Sumiko blue point #2 cartridge. Cabling is all Audience au-24sx. Exactpower EP15a power regenerator/conditioner. I'm considering the Pass labs XP-17 phono preamp for the analog setup.
 

Big Dog RJ

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Nice one DM,

the Marantz should work well as long as you're getting perfect synergy between all the components. Balance is the key, you don't want too much of anything and nothing to enjoy in terms of musicality at the of the day. If the synergy is right then the CLX's will perform to their utmost potential, regardless of price and lofty gear behind them. You can get 200grand monoblocks to drive them and they'll sound superb! Then again with the right type of amplifier/s, having plenty of current to nicely control the CLX's impedence curve, possessing an average output power of Class A watts but with plenty of stable current, at a fraction of 200grand, will infact sound equally superb! That's the marvel of the highend, plenty of fabulous designs out there, it's just a matter of finding which one/ combination you prefer. (Not the reviewers...)

Cheers DM, that Marantz should prove to be a worthy contender, especially in a system of true class with the CLX's!

Cheers to that Daniel!
Best and enjoy those fine tunes
RJ
 

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