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  1. Deang

    Ouch

    Now John be talking in a language I understand!! Here is my Les Baer ------------------ S Frontiers/Anthem CD-1f>s> Cary AE-25 SuperAmpf>s> Sonic Frontiers Line 1f>s> Marantz DV-7010f>s> Klipsch LF-10f>s> Klipsch RF7'sf>s> MIT/Monsterf>s> Toshiba 36"f>s> Inside every small problem is a large problem struggling to get outf>s>c>-- 2nd Law of Blissful Ignorancef>s>c>
  2. Deang

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    John, I'm still trying to figure out a way to keep the Peacekeeper. I'm considering taking out a small short term loan so I can keep it. Selling the Peacekeeper is worse than giving up the AE-25. I do most of my music listening in the winter -- when it warms up I like to shoot and throw darts. In the event you are not a liberal jerking my chain and your comment was sincere -- you should check out American Western Arms at www.awaguns.com Their version of the Peacekeeper is the real deal. Black powder frame, case hardened (not just colored), and a blue to die for. These are cold forged with good 'ole American steel and then handfitted by defectors from the Colt Custom Shop. Unbelievable amount of gun for the money. f>s> ------------------ S Frontiers/Anthem CD-1f>s> Cary AE-25 SuperAmpf>s> Sonic Frontiers Line 1f>s> Marantz DV-7010f>s> Klipsch LF-10f>s> Klipsch RF7'sf>s> MIT/Monsterf>s> Toshiba 36"f>s> Inside every small problem is a large problem struggling to get outf>s>c>-- 2nd Law of Blissful Ignorancef>s>c> This message has been edited by deang on 04-06-2002 at 09:45 PM
  3. Doesn't it just figure -- you get everything just the way you want it and then... ...you find out you owe the IRS $4500! Yeesh. I took that 2nd job back in June, and man oh man -- I got burnt big time. So where does a guy with 3 kids, $700 a month in child support to another 2 not living at home, a mortgage, and car payments get $4500? Yep -- he starts selling off those pricey toys. I had considered getting a loan -- but with Debbie having gone part time to home school the kids, I felt it was fiscal suicide. So off to AudiogoN they went. The Anthem CD-1 sold in a record 45 minutes. I got $850 for this 4 year old unit. Not bad. I got to use it for about $15 a month. Before I posted the sale, I did some extensive listening with my Marantz DV-7010. This DVD/CD player originally listed for $899. I bought it as a discontinued item on clearance for $599. Though they are discontinued -- they are still around for about that same price. Since I was strictly using it as a DVD player for movies -- I never really took any time to listen to CD's on it. When you have a $1700 CD player sitting on your rack -- what incentive is there to do so? I had maybe two or three times listened to a CD through it -- but found it a little lean sounding compared to the Anthem. So, before selling off my beloved CD-1 -- I sat down for a few hours to some serious comparisons. Initially, I was not surpised. The Anthem had a more full bodied sound giving texture to the music that the Marantz lacked. I had no idea how I was going to bite the bullet and give this thing up. The one thing I could say for the Marantz was that it somehow sounded 'cleaner' than the Anthem, with a nice shimmer on the cymbals -- and at least it didn't have the digital edge I was so accustomed to hearing on the lower end to middle CD players -- especially the Sony decks. I decided the only thing I was giving up was some of that full bodied sound one normally only expects to hear with vinyl. It's alot to give up though. However, I'm an expert at rationalization -- and decided the clean, incisive, punchy sound of the Marantz, could actually be pretty easy to live with. Now it gets painful. I did manage to sell the Bryston on Wednesday -- so I'm left with two amps -- The Super Amp and the Anthem Amp1. The Amp1 has been floating out on AudiogoN for 45 days. I've received two emails about it since I listed it. It's not moving. However, I figure if I list the AE-25 -- it will certainly sell. Selling the AE-25 and one of my handguns gets my tax liability taken care of. I unhook the amp. I'm not crying and this surprises me. I drag myself across the room and drag the 'POS' Anthem to the rack. I fire it up and let it warm for about 10 minutes. In goes the music. I sit down with the remote and brace myself. I press play, the music begins -- and it sounds...sounds...uhmm...well...it sounds good! Not near as incisive as with the AE-25. There is body to the music again and the bottom is nice and fat. Not as defined as the AE-25 but nice nonetheless. I listen to four songs and put the CD-1 back in the loop. Thick. Too thick, and the lower midrange sounds somewhat homogenized. I decide the EL-34 based Amp1 and tubed output CD-1 also lacks some definition. This sets off a flurry of activity. Back in goes the AE-25. The CD-1/AE-25 combo is wonderful. They complement each other perfectly. I try to mentally compare this combo to the Marantz/Amp1 combo. It's impossible. Back to the rack (due to the nature of this kind of torture -- it does not surprise me that we refer to them as 'the rack'). I wire the Amp1 back in. Again, the Marantz and the Amp1 sound great together. Time to draw some conclusions. The AE-25/CD-1 combo had a slightly more refined sound and the midrange was certainly clearer with more space between the instruments. No question about this. If there was a weakness, it was in the body of the bass. Though quick and punchy -- it did not hang around long enough to give me that sense of real presence that bass is supposed to give. I tried in vain over the last month to integrate my LF-10 to offset this, but had given up altogether -- because I could just never get it to gel. The Amp1/Marantz combo, though not quite as refined sounding -- still managed to sound very captivating. The lower midrange was a touch thick -- but the bass, though not as 'quick' sounding as the AE-25, has an 'all there' quality that works really well with the kind of music I usually listen too. The EL-34 ultralinear based Amp1 also added body and warmth back into the music and offset some of the incisiveness of the Marantz -- leaving the Marantz' razor edge cleanliness intact. I was afraid I would be taking two giant steps back -- but what I found was simply a 1/2 step back and one off to the side. Not bad, and I get to pay my taxes. Because of this, I was also able to hook the LF-10 back in. There is something in the quality or quantity of the bass with the Amp1 that allows me to dial in the sub seamlessly. With the AE-25, no matter what I did -- the sub seemed like a separate entity. I have certainly formed some new, strong opinions regarding component matching. At any rate, it was a good run -- but what I have left is still light years ahead of what I had a year ago, and only a moon's shot of what I'm giving up. f>s>------------------ S Frontiers/Anthem Amp1f>s> Sonic Frontiers Line 1f>s> Marantz DV-7010f>s> Klipsch LF-10f>s> Klipsch RF7'sf>s> MIT/Monsterf>s> Toshiba 36"f>s> Inside every small problem is a large problem struggling to get outf>s>c>-- 2nd Law of Blissful Ignorancef>s>c> This message has been edited by deang on 04-06-2002 at 02:47 PM
  4. Christos said:f>s> "..and it was later on that I realised Max was using a subwoofer too - and not in the middle but at the far left side!!f>s> Christos -- your comment indicates that you were surprised to find the subwoofer in the corner. I find it intersting that you would be surprised by this -- it is after all, the most common form of placement. It is also the most practical way to boost the overall output of the sub, so it will more easily integrate with, and match up to the efficiency of horns. f>s> ------------------ S Frontiers/Anthem CD-1f>s> Cary AE-25 SuperAmpf>s> Sonic Frontiers Line 1f>s> Marantz DV-7010f>s> Klipsch LF-10f>s> Klipsch RF7'sf>s> MIT/Monsterf>s> Toshiba 36"f>s> Inside every small problem is a large problem struggling to get outf>s>c>-- 2nd Law of Blissful Ignorancef>s>c> This message has been edited by deang on 04-03-2002 at 10:47 PM
  5. Craig, Just because Kelly got defensive doesn't mean he is paranoid. I think his reactions were completely natural. As far as the 'Army of three' thing goes. I'm sure he felt, and still feels -- that your perception of the sound is biased by your opinion regarding the design of the circuit. I'm just guessing here. He probably felt bad you weren't happy and deep down DID feel responsible. I think your assessment of him is off the mark - IMO What's wrong with stong opinions? The fact that he places emphasis on this -- shows his openess to the opinion of others. He has his mind made up -- but I don't ever recall him slamming someone for disagreeing. I like all you guys -- what an awesome site this has become because of you. However -- I would have much preferred an Army of Four, as opposed to an Army of Three. This sucks. ------------------ S Frontiers/Anthem CD-1f>s> Cary AE-25 SuperAmpf>s> Sonic Frontiers Line 1f>s> Marantz DV-7010f>s> Klipsch LF-10f>s> Klipsch RF7'sf>s> MIT/Monsterf>s> Toshiba 36"f>s> Inside every small problem is a large problem struggling to get outf>s>c>-- 2nd Law of Blissful Ignorancef>s>c>
  6. Josh - don't buy new. There is just no reason to. The deals on used equipment are simply incredible. I realize you have a minimal investment in the Heresys -- and from your point of view it probably seems to make sense to not go completely overboard with your front end investment. Why not just go with some used ASL stuff just to give you an idea of what tubes can do? If you like it and decide you might want to upgrade -- you can easily sell it for what you paid for it. There are several other options as well. If you don't want to go with the retro look -- you can pick up an Anthem Amp1 and Pre2L (has remote) for about $1200. It's a great sound -- just not as detailed as the triode offerings. Whatever you do - it's hard to go completely wrong. Personally -- I will never go back to solid state. ------------------ S Frontiers/Anthem CD-1f>s> Cary AE-25 SuperAmpf>s> Sonic Frontiers Line 1f>s> Marantz DV-7010f>s> Klipsch LF-10f>s> Klipsch RF7'sf>s> MIT/Monsterf>s> Toshiba 36"f>s> Inside every small problem is a large problem struggling to get outf>s>c>-- 2nd Law of Blissful Ignorancef>s>c>
  7. You have them backwards. Reference Series is above the Synergy Series in quality of components used and quality of sound.f>s> The RB3's retail for $650. Remember -- more times than not you get what you pay for. This is one of those times.f>s> ------------------ S Frontiers/Anthem CD-1f>s> Cary AE-25 SuperAmpf>s> Sonic Frontiers Line 1f>s> Marantz DV-7010f>s> Klipsch LF-10f>s> Klipsch RF7'sf>s> MIT/Monsterf>s> Toshiba 36"f>s> Inside every small problem is a large problem struggling to get outf>s>c>-- 2nd Law of Blissful Ignorancef>s>c>
  8. Hey Ed -- shhhh! You'll blow my sale ------------------ S Frontiers/Anthem CD-1f>s> Cary AE-25 SuperAmpf>s> Sonic Frontiers Line 1f>s> Marantz DV-7010f>s> Klipsch LF-10f>s> Klipsch RF7'sf>s> MIT/Monsterf>s> Toshiba 36"f>s> Inside every small problem is a large problem struggling to get outf>s>c>-- 2nd Law of Blissful Ignorancef>s>c>
  9. You don't need no stinkin remotef>s> I don't know much about the Wave 8's -- however, I have heard that ASL has been plagued with some quality control problems as of late. Hard to go wrong with the price though.f>s> If you are going to go on the cheap -- you might as well go all ASL or even maybe a Jolida integrated.f>s> I think to benefit the most from what the Heresys have to offer -- you should stay all class A triode if you can. I had been running the Anthem Amp1 (EL-34 tubes running in ultralinear) with the Anthem Pre1L (6922 based Line stage) for a while -- and the Super Amp walked all over it. It was a not so subtle differencef>s> ------------------ S Frontiers/Anthem CD-1f>s>Cary AE-25 SuperAmpf>s> Sonic Frontiers Line 1f>s> Marantz DV-7010f>s> Klipsch LF-10f>s> Klipsch RF7'sf>s> MIT/Monsterf>s> Toshiba 36"f>s> Inside every small problem is a large problem struggling to get outf>s>c>-- 2nd Law of Blissful Ignorancef>s>c> This message has been edited by deang on 04-02-2002 at 07:47 PM
  10. It's possible they were 'B' stock -- but without the serial numbers there is no way to know. Post the serial numbers and maybe someone will be able to help you. Still a great deal though. Welcome to the board! ------------------ S Frontiers/Anthem CD-1f>s> Cary AE-25 SuperAmpf>s> Sonic Frontiers Line 1f>s> Marantz DV-7010f>s> Klipsch LF-10f>s> Klipsch RF7'sf>s> MIT/Monsterf>s> Toshiba 36"f>s> Inside every small problem is a large problem struggling to get outf>s>c>-- 2nd Law of Blissful Ignorancef>s>c>
  11. The main difference between mine and the $1400 version is that mine is still 15 watts instead of 20. The previous owner ordered the standard version, but had them perform the oil and film cap upgrade, install the volume control knob, and send along a Kimber power cord.f>s> It has just the two inputs (L/R) -- so you would need a preamp if you wanted to use more sources than a CD player. The inputs are very nice. They are Kimber single ended inputs and are very solid -- not like the chinzy, gold plated inputs you usually see on audio equipment.f>s> I do not remember with absolute certainty - but I think this amp with the mods and power cord was almost $1500. I would sure hate to part with that power cord -- I'm sure it's the reason the amp sounds so good.f>s> ------------------ S Frontiers/Anthem CD-1f>s> Cary AE-25 SuperAmpf>s> Sonic Frontiers Line 1f>s> Marantz DV-7010f>s> Klipsch LF-10f>s> Klipsch RF7'sf>s> MIT/Monsterf>s> Toshiba 36"f>s> Inside every small problem is a large problem struggling to get outf>s>c> -- 2nd Law of Blissful Ignorancef>s>c> This message has been edited by deang on 04-02-2002 at 02:36 PM
  12. Actually, the full blown version is $2000. You can also buy these from Upscale Audio. The following link shows you the pricing options. http://www.upscaleaudio.com/ These amps are not switchable between pentode and triode. They come wired in triode only. Each step up gives you a little more power. With the efficiency of the Heresys, and the fact that you don't want to bankrupt yourself -- why not just buy the base model for $1200? Or -- since I want to upgrade to the DJH version -- why not buy mine for $975. It comes with the upgraded oil filled caps, Kimber power cord, and has a built in volume control so you can run it CD direct. You can also use a preamp -- you just have to turn the volume control knob all the over. ------------------ S Frontiers/Anthem CD-1f>s> Cary AE-25 SuperAmpf>s> Sonic Frontiers Line 1f>s> Marantz DV-7010f>s> Klipsch LF-10f>s> Klipsch RF7'sf>s> MIT/Monsterf>s> Toshiba 36"f>s> Inside every small problem is a large problem struggling to get outf>s>c>-- 2nd Law of Blissful Ignorancef>s>c> This message has been edited by deang on 04-02-2002 at 12:27 PM
  13. I'm far from an expert but common sense would dictate that the modifications often discussed do indeed make this speaker a pleasure to own -- how else can we explain those who refuse to listen to anything else.f>s> ------------------ S Frontiers/Anthem CD-1f>s> Cary AE-25 SuperAmpf>s> Sonic Frontiers Line 1f>s> Marantz DV-7010f>s> Klipsch LF-10f>s> Klipsch RF7'sf>s> MIT/Monsterf>s> Toshiba 36"f>s> Inside every small problem is a large problem struggling to get outf>s>c>-- 2nd Law of Blissful Ignorancef>s>c> This message has been edited by deang on 04-02-2002 at 11:19 AM
  14. nice review Josh I just bought the Dennis Hadd (Cary Audio) modified AE-25 off of Audiogon for $1000. I'm really happy with this amp. http://131.103.202.229/ampl2/ampl2.html ------------------ S Frontiers/Anthem CD-1f>s> Cary AE-25 SuperAmpf>s> Sonic Frontiers Line 1f>s> Marantz DV-7010f>s> Klipsch LF-10f>s> Klipsch RF7'sf>s> MIT/Monsterf>s> Toshiba 36"f>s> Inside every small problem is a large problem struggling to get outf>s>c>-- 2nd Law of Blissful Ignorancef>s>c>
  15. Jolida - from what I have read, ASL has some quality control problemsf>s> ------------------ S Frontiers/Anthem CD-1f>s> Cary AE-25 SuperAmpf>s> Sonic Frontiers Line 1f>s> Marantz DV-7010f>s> Klipsch LF-10f>s> Klipsch RF7'sf>s> MIT/Monsterf>s> Toshiba 36"f>s> Inside every small problem is a large problem struggling to get outf>s>c>-- 2nd Law of Blissful Ignorancef>s>c> This message has been edited by deang on 04-01-2002 at 12:00 AM
  16. LOL - yea...but you 'poked' me first s>f> ------------------ S Frontiers/Anthem CD-1f>s> Cary AE-25 SuperAmpf>s> Sonic Frontiers Line 1f>s> Marantz DV-7010f>s> Klipsch LF-10f>s> Klipsch RF7'sf>s> MIT/Monsterf>s> Toshiba 36"f>s> Inside every small problem is a large problem struggling to get outf>s>c>-- 2nd Law of Blissful Ignorancef>s>c> This message has been edited by deang on 03-31-2002 at 11:32 PM
  17. My vocabulary is fine -- I was wondering about the instability electrically speaking, as it related to the M-1.5tf>s> Must not be much of an amp if it can't handle a braided speaker cablef>s> ------------------ Cary AE-25 Superampf>s> Sonic Frontiers Line 1f>s> Anthem CD-1f>s> Klipsch RF7'sf>s> MIT/Monsterf>s> "Inside every small problem is a large problem struggling to get out."f>s>c> This message has been edited by deang on 03-31-2002 at 09:21 PM
  18. i think i would have to know more about how that 'talent' knob works before I put down that kind of moneys>f> ------------------------------- S Frontiers/Anthem CD-1f>s> Cary AE-25 SuperAmpf>s> Sonic Frontiers Line 1f>s> Marantz DV-7010f>s> Klipsch LF-10f>s> Klipsch RF7'sf>s> MIT/Monsterf>s> Toshiba 36"f>s> Inside every small problem is a large problem struggling to get outf>s>c>-- 2nd Law of Blissful Ignorancef>s>c> This message has been edited by deang on 03-31-2002 at 10:46 PM
  19. hmmm...whatever happened to giving someone the benefit of the doubt? ------------------ Cary AE-25 Superampf>s> Sonic Frontiers Line 1f>s> Anthem CD-1f>s> Klipsch RF7'sf>s> MIT/Monsterf>s> "Inside every small problem is a large problem struggling to get out."f>s>c>
  20. I wonder what he meant by 'instability'?f>s> ------------------ Cary AE-25 Superampf>s> Sonic Frontiers Line 1f>s> Anthem CD-1f>s> Klipsch RF7'sf>s> MIT/Monsterf>s> "Inside every small problem is a large problem struggling to get out."f>s>c>
  21. last try Cary AE-25 Push-Pull Triodef>s> Sonic Frontiers Line 1f>s> Anthem CD-1f>s> Klipsch RF7'sf>s> MIT/Monsterf>s> This message has been edited by deang on 03-31-2002 at 09:13 PM
  22. one more time Jeesh This message has been edited by deang on 03-31-2002 at 06:51 PM
  23. and another This message has been edited by deang on 03-31-2002 at 06:41 PM
  24. UBB code test again ------------------ Amplifier: Dennis Hadd AE-25 Push-Pull Triodef>s> Preamp: Sonic Frontiers Line 1f>s> CDP: Anthem CD1f>s> Speakers: Klipsch RF7f>s> Cables: MITf>s> This message has been edited by deang on 03-31-2002 at 11:00 PM
  25. UBB code test This message has been edited by deang on 03-31-2002 at 10:59 PM
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