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  1. Having more power than the average triode strapped amp opens your options (you could go with smaller, less sensitive models in the RP series for example), but I recommend you stick in the Heritage or 'extended Heritage' realm. Heresies would be great, but if you like bass extension you'll need to augment them with a sub or two. Fortes or Chorus dig pretty deep on their own. If you have the means for new Heritage, the forte III should be near the top of your list of contenders.
  2. ~6 watts will take you further than you might expect, but it's a good idea to keep a bigger amp on hand for those times you want to crack the plaster. The Decware amps are more about resolving inner detail and imaging prowess, all that proverbial single-ended stuff, which they do quite well.
  3. There is still room involvement, even in Chris' LEDE treated room. Later reflections, those from sound that has to traverse the room, are preserved, which helps create the illusion of space. Those later reflections are also a perfect tonal match to the on-axis response, simply because they mainly ARE the on-axis response, and thus don't call attention to themselves as would the early reflections from the often irregular off-axis response of a wide dispersion speaker. Also, without the early reflections, all the depth and ambiance encoded in the recording is more fully revealed, giving quite a bit of perceived depth behind the plane of the speakers. While I think that's about as good as it gets with two channel, it can be a rather "enveloping" experience.
  4. Chris, that "envelopment broadening" you mentioned a couple posts up is exactly what Toole has extensively covered in his books and articles on reflected sound, perception, and preferences. Seems that those of us who prefer 'less room' and to let the recordings paint the picture are in the minority. Toole acknowledges our existence, but doesn't shine the light on the approach as much as he does on the direct radiator types the masses prefer. And it's kind of ironic, since you're absolutely correct that "envelopment is easy" with the right method. I still have tons of respect for Toole and his willingness to aggregate all the research. For the Toole fans, or just those who want to learn more about acoustics, there is a new edition of his book coming out, if it's not out already. (Seems relevant given the thread title. Great reference, full of myth-skewering and pragmatic info, even if those of us who use horns and controlled dispersion speakers have to kind of determine what best applies to us.)
  5. Although Marantz gives a rather cryptic 1.2v spec for their pre-outs, the OP's Marantz might swing considerably more. One that was bench tested by Audioholics could swing 7v unclipped from it's pre-outs, although I don't recall which model it was. Another they tested could do over 4v unclipped. OP's Marantz may actually be juicy enough to drive Quicksilvers to full output.
  6. My apologies for the snark, unclefred. I thought you were employing the standard audiophool "golden ear" canard about not being able to hear magic fuses, but you were clearly referring to Klipsch speakers, a sentiment with which I wholeheartedly agree.
  7. Unclefred, with the iron-clad reasoning you've presented, I'm sold! What fuses and AC cords do you recommend to me so I can hear (or listen to?) what you've been hearing (listening to?)? I'm dying to hear all that I've been missing out on, so help a brother out.
  8. See avatar for the stands...regarding Cardinal Rule 5, with furniture legs or open stands like I use, there indeed is a loss of boundary reinforcement in the lower octaves, but that can be countered by using subs, applying eq, or both. Also, elevating and aiming the mids appropriately can improve imaging a great deal.
  9. Well that sucks. Sincere best wishes that this is not a huge financial disaster. If finances are not a tremendous worry, then the logistical stuff can actually be a blessing in disguise, in terms of forcing new routines and the satisfaction gained from gracefully rolling with the punches that life throws your way. As others mentioned, the irreplaceable stuff (you, your family, and your heroic dog) came through unscathed. Be strong, stay positive.
  10. Yeah, I agree that the Quad was among the more interesting circuits. Why they never licensed it I cannot fathom, as it's simpler, lower maintenance, and superior to traditional a/b as it completely side-steps crossover distortion. I seem to recall the old Stasis amps using it. It looks like Benchmark appropriated the feed-forward error correction part, but used a modern supply and better a/b amps for the dumpers. And it does look nice. Good thing (for the wallet at least) I don't presently have need for a SOTA amp, but if I did, that Benchmark would be at the top of the list. Any budding DIY-ers looking for an interesting case study in circuits should google up the Quad current dumpers, just for their own edification.
  11. I knew the patents had expired, but I didn't know anyone besides Quad was building a current dumper. Are you sure? (Not that it matters, just curious as I've always wondered about Peter Walker's clever little amps.)
  12. In spite of the smaller cab, the fortes are probably a better over-all compromise with Hoffman's Iron Law, digging as deep or slightly deeper than CW, at the cost of a few db/w of sensitivity. The new horns have only gotten positive reviews, in the fortes and the similar mumps in the KI 396, when heard by those at the gathering.
  13. Forgive me if this is lacking sensitivity, but listening to fuses and power cords is complete lunacy. What the hell have you guys been smoking?
  14. Well, I wouldn't call it a lower end amp. It's probably just fine when operated within it's limits, but it is modestly powered to begin with, and probably current limited into low impedance when bridged. Bridged amps can run hot too. I generally avoid bridging, except for maybe bomb-proof pro amps driving subs.
  15. Bridged amp channels may not like the load presented, as they'll "see" it as half. It could be the AVR produces more than adequate power into the load, while the bridged Adcom channels can't. And Yamaha kit is pretty nice, with pretty respectable amp sections. Either way, it seems you've found a workable solution, so it's time to start crankin some tunes.