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  1. Wow. I agree w/ Tiz. Stereo is audio trickery, using two channel recordings that are a far cry from a real musical event, and played back purely for the amusement of the listener. It's essentially just a trip toy, and the best measuring kit, or that which adheres to prevailing engineering orthodoxy, may not provide the most natural sounding, pleasant, or compelling experience to the end user. I also agree w/ Rod Elliot's take on SETs, at least from a technical point of view. However, I still find them (as well as single ended ss, e.g. the ACA) to be very "naturalistic" sounding despite the fact that they don't amplify particularly well by prevailing metrics. The music always connects, and draws me in. Not sure if this impression results because of their flaws or in spite of them. Probably something to do with the inherent lack of crossover distortion, if I had to pin it down reductively. Or perhaps I just like distortion. I can live with that too. You should try one of Maynard's (aka tubefanatic, our own resident sweep tube ninja) single ended tube designs. Or don't limit it to tubes, and try the NP designed ACA for ss se. Either can be done for just a couple hundred bucks...and you really don't need to spend any more than that, as both deliver the kooky hart-to-verbally-describe single-ended goods.
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    Low power amps on speakers

    Not exactly. It's true that a continuously clipping amp will dramatically increase the average power and thus also the likelihood of damaging a driver, but if the power delivered from the continuously clipping amp is below the driver's limits, it won't fail. (Those of us using flea watt amps aren't frying tweeters, and we clip our amps plenty enough.) Ultimately, it's the power (applied over a specific amount of time) that melts voice coils and kills drivers, whether that comes from a continuously clipping amp or not. Re-read the quoted material from DJK again, it's spot on. HERE is another reputable source saying much the same.
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    BS from PS Audio Paul McGowan

    That's the problem. Some folks in this distinctly postmodern age find him charming, many even believe in his nonsense. They even want to attribute to him qualifications he's never earned. He has no engineering credentials at all. He's just a typical phony baloney Boulderite, liar (see the OP), charlatan, huckster, relying on every trope in the audiophool religious belief system to sell magic wires and other overpriced, low-value kit to suckers. His business ethics are those of PT Barnum (it's a moral imperative to separate fools from their money). He could make his living selling any number of questionable new-agey BS with the rest of the Boulder nincompoops, he just happened to gravitate to audio.
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    BS from PS Audio Paul McGowan

    No, he's not. His CV is somewhere on his site, and it's all marketing and sales, zero engineering. He's the epitome of the modern snake oil huckster. The only thing he engineers is steaming piles of poo.
  5. Get with the program. All opinions are equally valid, however ridiculous./s
  6. @ODS123, I'm as much of a no-BS crotchety reductionist as anyone when it comes to audio kit, but even I have a soft spot for SE amps. Despite the lack of comity in this thread, I think you shouldn't rule them out on principle. If you need some down to earth reasons to give them a try, read this: http://www.silcom.com/~aludwig/Amplifier_distortion.htm
  7. I like that Outlaw integrated on your list, good power and bass management (which won't matter if the Mrs. won't allow a sub), but unsure if it will have the eq capability you want. If that loudness control is essential, then one of the Yamaha networking receivers/integrateds would be the ticket. R-N803d for $499 at A4L right now. None of the NAD, Rotel, or Emo kit has the eq you want.
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    That's just your ears insensitivity to low frequencies at low volumes, described by the Fletcher-Munson equal loudness contours. Adding some bass via tone controls is A-ok to address it. [edit: I see your Denon has a "loudness" button on it, how old school! That would work better than the tone controls to restore tonal balance at low listening levels. Give it a try. Also realize that your speakers are more sensitive than average, so there is a chance that the Denon's loudness control will be more pronounced than it would on less sensitive speakers. If that's the case, you may require less eq than the loudness control applies, and a more modest adjustment using the tone controls rather than engaging the loudness button may be warranted. There is nothing wrong with using your tone controls or loudness eq to get more pleasing or natural sounding results, regardless of what the golden eared "tone controls are bad, m'kay" crowd will tell you.]
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    Don't worry about replacing the jumper between speaker terminals. Think in terms of room acoustics. The biggest difference between your old speakers (the Atoms were well regarded) and your new Klipsch is the dispersion pattern in the upper registers, and that in turn means they'll interact with your room in rather different ways. As you play with placement and orientation you will notice the differences in how they interact with your room, so I suggest you start there. For example, due to the comparably narrow pattern the Klipsch throw, you can get away with placement in closer proximity to walls and/or corners (which reinforces the lower registers and produces a warmer tonal balance), and be sure to at least try extreme toe-in/crossfire orientation (which keeps you from spraying side walls with high frequency hard first reflections, while preserving tonally correct late reflections, and coincidentally expands and stabilizes the "sweet spot"). Your new Klipsch will give you the chance to mitigate your room's influence in ways that the Atoms simply couldn't. When you mitigate the room's influence, you hear deeper into your recordings. So play around with it, and enjoy the music while you do. And keep in mind they're new to you, so give it some time. It's not the speakers that are breaking in (highly unlikely) as much as you becoming acclimated to them.
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    help with amplifier

    It very well might. NAD from back in the day really emphasized dynamic power reserves, so if it's more than what the Simaudio can bring to the table... Even with fairly sensitive speakers, the dynamic power demands for music is often overlooked. Given the OP's present gear, I think power is likely the issue, as you don't want solid state amps to clip, ever. That Simaudio amp is only 50w w/ a switching supply, so it has no wiggle room whatsoever. His old NAD probably brings more clean dynamic watts than Moon amp. He should give it a try. Agreed regarding lower power tube amps, where dynamic peaks are clipped far more benignly and recovery from clipping conditions generally more ear-friendly.
  11. Ski Bum

    help with amplifier

    Feels underpowered, eh? Tell us more about your room size and listening distance. That's a nice integrated, but it's not exactly a deep breather. I have forte II in a large room over here, and (as evidenced by losing bass and increasing stridency) I've noticed the following: -I can bring a 50w integrated and a 60w ATI power amp to their limits (the ATI can get marginally louder) -the next step up in my amp quiver is good for ~200w, and it's clean and effortless to the ear well beyond any reasonable listening levels. It's really not much more in terms of decibels, but it's more than enough to not audibly clip when blasting it, even with some bass eq boost. So if your room size and listening distance is at all similar to mine, I could see you very easily exceeding capacity of the Simaudio amp. If, on the other hand, your room is more modest in size, you should probably assess things further before throwing money at amps. And if it seems more juice is the solution, don't limit yourself to NAD, as there are better values to be found (Monoprice, Outlaw, etc.).
  12. Even the "amps sound the same" claim comes with a bunch of qualifiers, which @ODS123 at least touched on. By ignoring those conditions, all you're doing is engaging in a straw man fallacy in some stubborn attempt to win an argument. Someone please bring an ABX device to Hope, put your own golden ears and cherished beliefs to a real test. A single completed pass is worth a thousand arm-chair quarterbacks.
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    Pre amp required with Yaqin MC-13s for vinyl??

    Unable to determine if that Yaquin thingie has a built in phono pre in a cursory search. It may have an input labeled phono, but no grounding wire or specification for mm or mc or anything phono pre related, so I suspect you will need an outboard phono pre. (The phono pre provides more than just gain, they also provide RIAA equalization. If you try your tt directly into the yaqin and it sounds anemic with very low output you'll know your answer.)
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    how to listen?

    Nope. Have you contributed anything to this thread that hasn't been some misguided logical fallacy or petty insult? Try harder.
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    how to listen?

    Of course you're the arbiter of what you like, but like it or not, your perceptions are just as mutable as anybody else's. Do you want them based on illusory improvements, or genuinely audible improvements? ABX is a tool to separate the wheat from the chaff, and help inform you how to best spend your hard earned ducats, either on worthy upgrades vs. expensive placebos of transient efficacy. The illusory gains only work until they don't, after all.