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  1. B&W's can definitely sound bad with the wrong electronics upstream. Personally I don't care for the FST midrange or diamond tweeter. I find the FST draws attention to itself, and the diamond tweeter just a touch slow. I agree, but a quality amp with plenty of current is needed to show what Dynaudio's can really do. I use the Audience line in my HT and have never been happier. For music, I'd take Magnepans and a JL sub for a total of about $4k and it'd smoke the other contenders... IMHO.
  2. I've found this to be true as well. The larger the SS amp, the less I liked it with Heritage, unless it was a modern McIntosh which is push/pull with output transformers so not a comparable design. The large direct coupled SS amps that I've tried with Klipsch sounded bad compared to smaller amps. I really can't imagine what one would do with 300 watts and a 97db+ efficient speaker. Hear much?
  3. As far as solid state goes, the McIntosh C26 and MC2505 were very good for their time but modern SS has come a long way. As much as I appreciated the C26 and 2505 that I owned, they were no where near the modern competition from even receivers let alone separates. Definition at the frequency extremes, transparency and imaging are all much improved in modern designs. The Macs are still great sounding and beautiful to look at and will be valuable and dependable for a long time to come. Enjoy.
  4. Much debate surrounds that. The debate you refer to is Seymour Duncans version of events surrounding supposedly two Strats, both with #0001 serials, that Seymour owned in the seventies before selling one to Phil Taylor, who then supposedly passed it on to Gilmour in the mid 70's. FWIW, Seymour is the only one making this claim, and on his own forum. Seymour claims that guitar is pieced together of a 57 neck, a different 57 body and 60 pick ups. That's fine, but Gilmours neck and body are both 54's, and the anodized pickguard and gold hardware are unusual and suggest a special build like a #0001 of a brand new design would be. It's likely that Seymour Duncan was thinking of guitar different from this 1954 Fender Stratocaster #0001 that David Gilmour currently owns. The neck and body are both dated and signed '54. The pick ups appear to also be 54's according to those who have seen it. All evidence suggests that it is a 1954 Strat with serial #0001. The historical significance of this guitar is incredible. The fact that it's owned and played by one of the greatest guitarists is just beautiful.
  5. A favorite of mine too. And he owns one of the most desirable guitars in the world. The Fender Stratocaster that he's seen playing here is serial #0001, the very first Stratocaster sold in 1954. Too cool.
  6. Excellent post Audible Nectar. Though, I've never experienced any problems with 125v. If the op had his amp recently rebuilt as stated, then it should be completely up to spec which would include operating at 125v with no problems. As an electrician I see varying voltages everywhere, but this is no cause for concern as our electrical devices are designed to operate within these variations. Yes, transformers will be warmer to the touch but the difference is negligible and I doubt it would shorten its life. As a guitar player, I've had many old tube amps that were completely original and had been played in many a honky tonk with questionable electrical services and grounding systems... 60+ years later those amps are just fine. I've never plugged my amps into anything more than a wall outlet, no problems here.
  7. Perfectly normal and within spec. Have no worries, your measured voltage is about average for most parts of the US. Voltages can peak as high as 130v in some areas.
  8. AnalogWave: You've summed it up pretty well. As a long time Audiogon'er with extensive feedback, I'm a very unhappy camper with what has become of the current site. I don't visit it daily, let alone weekly. I really can't stand the look and functionality of it. I've had luck selling and buying on eBay but it's not for the faint of heart. Stereolist and other new sites don't have many members with feedback, so buying and selling there will be hit and miss until that is established but importing feedback from other sites was a good move on their part. The number of listings on Stereolist is very small, so there's not much there that interests me yet. Craigslist seems to be the sellers that are completely unaware of fair market value and those who wish to sell crap to avoid negative feedback on eBay, I've been a victim of the latter. I miss Audiogon. []
  9. I found a great SPL meter app for my iPod Touch. It has a weighted adjustment and a slow/fast switch. It works very well and has an old school looking analog meter that can record peak SPLs. Wonderous times these are.
  10. I was under the impression that Stereophile owned Audiogon prior to the websites redesign. I don't care for Stereophile's magazine or website design either.
  11. It has cured me. I hate the site now. I was a daily lurker, always looking, selling or buying. No more. I thought it was the worst redesign I had seen, glad I'm not the only one. The colors are bad; hard to read and scan through quickly. The photos in the ads are too small; requiring that all photos be enlarged to actually see them. Communication is done publicly; no private emails. And the list goes on; I just lose interest and skip off to another site. Well done Audiogon!
  12. Wow, those are beautiful! Congrats. I keep searching my local Craigslist, but I've yet to find anything remotely that nice. Enjoy!
  13. So I was surfing YouTube for the usual fun and games when I came across something about Klipsch RF-63's. Thought I'd give it whirl and see what it's all about. I can't seem to stop thinking about dairy products.
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