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  1. Muel, thanks for your input. I will check Fidelify out. Hopefully I'll be able to piece together something that I will enjoy, I have had the DAC for a few years but I was using it with very old equipment so it was difficult to hear a big difference and wasn't sure what the reputation was here.
  2. That's a great question. I have an audioengine DAC that I will hook up to my computer to stream music from Spotify Extreme to the amp. Does anyone have any suggestions? I know there has been a lot of debate over the quality of streaming services and this is where I will start. Has anyone ever tried Peachtree Audio's BT1 http://www.peachtreeaudio.com/bt1-bluetooth-receiver.html It doesn't seem like many people who are into hi-fi have experimented much with these setups and I know it's because of losing quality but from what I have read it's pretty good espcially considering the convenience factor of listening to anything you can think of. I don't even know where to start with quality wires that aren't insanely expensive. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated for a basic Speaker to amp setup without breaking the bank. I am in Southern California and have found a few amps I am going to check out this weekend. One is a Scott 299-D that was recently checked and brought back up to spec by Mike Zuccaro in San Diego.
  3. Thank you for the warm welcomes and quick response. The dimensions of the room are 14 x 16 ft and will also serve as an office so my listening chair be positioned in front of my desk and will be 6-8 feet away from each speaker positioned in an equilateral triangle. I listen to a very wide range of music (Classic Rock, Acoustic, Country, R&B, etc) I don't like to listen to my music too loud and am not familiar enough to give you a decibel level but don't ever want to damage my hearing listening to music. I am not trying to blow any windows out, I am looking for a very clean, warm, live sound from this setup. I want to close my eyes and feel like I am listening to a live performance. I would like to stay under $2,000 but if something came up that was a good deal and paired well with the speakers, I would consider going over it. I am looking for an integrated tube amp in the $600-800 range. I would like to stay away from buying a pre-amp if possible. I have read the Heresy line of speakers are known for lacking in bass but I am not one who wants so much bass it rattles items in the room. I have a feeling the bass will be sufficient for my taste but I could always add a sub down the road if I'm wrong or my tastes change. Anyone have any experience with the Peachtree Decco65 or Nova65SE? I don't think this is a full tube amp but do not know enough about tube buffer technology and if these amps would even be called a true tube amp like the other vintage tube amps I've been looking at. I have found the Scott 299 is a popular choice and have been on the lookout for one. I also took a look at NOS Valves and it looks like he has sold most of the amps he has in stock. Should I send him a message to get an up to date inventory? Thanks again for the replies.
  4. I am new to the forum and have very little knowledge of audio equipment but am trying to piece together a quality system that will last a very long time and sound so good I won't want to change it up every year but I know that is very unlikely with this hobby. I have read so many outstanding reviews of the Heresy III that I am having trouble taking my eyes off of them. I know they are expensive and the Is and IIs can be rebuilt for much less but I don't have any experience rebuilding speakers and would rather have something I am confident will last the next 30 years. I would like to pair it with a nice tube amp but the Peachtree Audio Decco65 has caught my attention because of the new features that make streaming quality music to it very easy. I know it has one tube in it but am curious if anyone has run a pair of Heresy IIIs with this amp. It sounds promising but any feedback would be great. The Jolida FX10 also sounds like it is a solid bet but it seems they have been discontinued so would have to find a nice used one. The vintage amps are what I was originally after but these new tube amps seem to be real competitors in my mind. Can anyone give me some suggestions on tube amps that you have run with these speakers? This system will go in my office to double as a listening room so it won't be in a large room. Thanks in advance for any advice and suggestions.
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