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About ChrisK

  • Birthday October 26

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    Hawthorne, CA
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    (2) MC225's, J Nichol Lenco redux TT - Rega 300 arm - Zu, Shelter 501 & Hana ML carts, Benchmark LA4 Pre, EAR phono pre, Benchmark Dac, 1976(?) Cornwalls, Silenzio server

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  1. Of all the amps I've rolled through my system, a Decware SE84 had the sweetest sound overall. However, not quite enough punch when needed for my large room with high ceilings.
  2. Dac - Benchmark DAC 2 Pre - Benchmark LA4 Amps - 2 Mcintosh MC225's Pretty darn happy. Don't know why my system hasn't updated in my profile. It displays correctly when I view my profile page, but does not when I post.
  3. I have a pair of CW's that are driven by a pair of Mac MC225 tube amps. I also use Tidal through a Benchmark DAC. My preamp is a Benchmark LA4. The speakers are about 12' apart, slightly toe in. The room is about 18'x20' with a high ceiling. Sounds great to me!
  4. Greetings Mark!! Still think about you every time I fire up my Peach. On another front, not sure if you heard, but my lifelong best friend Josh passed Feb, 2021. Josh was a big JMA fan as you likely recall. My wife and I were up in NoCal this past weekend and visited his wife. We had a good listen to his system and drank some great wine. All the best! Chris
  5. Years ago when I first began to roll equipment with my Cornwalls, a Decware Zen Triode was the first amp I tried. To this day and many amps later, the Zen is still the best overall sound of any, including an older AR. The only issue was a lack of full blast power. Now I have twin MC-30's that I enjoy very much. Maybe one more to try. Benchmark - on a glowing recommendation from a trusted and dear friend.
  6. Have 3... Main 2 channel - 1976 Cornwalls, (2) Mac MC225's, Peach pre, EAR phono amp, Benchmark Dac 2, Silenzio server, Lenco J Nichol rebuild TT w/RB300 arm and Zu cart, Oppo cd/br, Garage 2 channel - Scott 299 amp, Accuphase T100 tuner, MD antenna Bedroom - Bose Wave radio
  7. I'm guessing Klipsch "The Fives" are great sounding powered speakers that are compatible with a variety of sources. My system is designed around analogue and hi-rez digital sources and I use Roon as a hub for the digital sources (Tidal, Amazon HD, Silenzio server, etc.) through a Benchmark DAC 2. To my ears, Tidal and A HD sound almost identical. Side note: Roon's interface is kinda cool in that it let's you know what resolution is sent to the system at any time. Maybe attempting to get "analogue" sound out of powered speakers and digital sources is not an easy task.
  8. Hi Allan!! Long time no talk. Hope things are well for you. BTW, in no particular order I enjoy jazz, classical, folk, bluegrass, americana, country, reggae, rockasaurus, and just about everything else this side of hip hop.
  9. Regardless of which forum this belongs in, I've had quite a few different amps with my Cornwalls and a pair of Decware Zen's where the best sound...bar none. However, my room is rather large and when it's time to crank up some rockasaurus, big band jazz, orchestral or other big/loud music, the Zen was straining. Still, in it's lane, the DW Zen sounded amazing!!!
  10. When I had them refinished, I bought new badges. The originals didn't look as good with the new color. Originally, they arrived unfinished and were rubbed with linseed oil. Fast forward 20something years, the linseed oil had yellowed while in storage. I had them refinished as you see them. No veneers.
  11. I have 1975 Cornwalls. Other than refinishing, new woofer cones and 5 way binding posts, they're completely original.
  12. Love Tidal HiFi. Also enjoy touring their rabbit holes. I very much hope they survive.
  13. Not sure I would pass on the SE III's. I found some images of the Indian Rosewood finish online. They sure do look purdy! When speakers are as big as a Cornwall, handsome looks can be helpful with other residents at home
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