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  1. TubeHiFiNut

    Inexpensive Integrated Amplifiers

    Ain't that the truth.
  2. TubeHiFiNut

    Inexpensive Integrated Amplifiers

    In addition to the Topping TP60 and TPA3250 amps I previously recommended, the Allo Volt+ D amp should also be considered. Thus far, I have only listened to it using the stock 19vdc power brick. Speakers are Tangent RS2. I use the Schiit Saga as a preamp. Clear, clean, decent image size. Maybe not the last word in excitement. All in all a very competent performer. Just my opinion.
  3. @Don Richard - We are actually in agreement regarding cable and wire. I've had some of the semi-mega buck stuff and found that Belden 8402 with Switchcraft RCAs for interconnects and Dueland 12ga for speaker cable sounded better. Very reasonably priced stuff that sounds very good. I would also add Canare to the list of reasonably priced interconnects and speaker cable. Just my opinion.
  4. TubeHiFiNut

    K-horns tubes and solid state?

    +1 to this. I get more than enough volume driving my Belles in a 14' x 25' basement listening room with my 3 watts/channel 2A3 SET or my 4 watts/channel EL84 SEP. Just my opinion.
  5. TubeHiFiNut

    I know you guys like the crazy posts

    It certainly is an "interesting" sales tactic.
  6. Very true. I'm fortunate to have our 14' x 25' basement den as my listening room. Works great for my Belles, JBLs and Lowthers. Not big enough for most of the huge, multi-way megabuck speakers I've heard. Just my opinion.
  7. I use a Quicksilver Line Stage Preamp, $995. You can get a remote control version for $1,595. This line stage will drive the McIntosh MC275 with ease. Just my opinion.
  8. TubeHiFiNut

    Western Electric and Belden 8402 wire

    I use 8402 extensively in my systems. Sounds wonderful and is reasonably priced.
  9. I have had the opportunity to hear several "megabuck" systems: *Avantgarde Trios driven by Audio Note Ongaku (liked) *Wilson X-1/Grand SLAMMs driven by big Levinson amps (not my cup of tea) *Full Levinson HQD system: stacked Quad ESL57s, Decca Ribbon tweeter, 24" Hartley on each side driven by 4 Levinson ML2s on each side (really liked) And several other similar high end systems. I've had Klipschorns, La Scalas, KG 4.5 and Belles, still have the Belles. Have also listened to Fortes at length in a friend's system. I've never had the opportunity to listen to the Jubilees, something I need to rectify. It is my opinion that most of the stratospheric "megabuck" systems will not work that well in the "real world" rooms most of us share with our families. Just my opinion.
  10. TubeHiFiNut

    Lenard Audio?

    Doesn't impact my decision making process regarding my systems at all. Listening to the component in question in my systems and rooms for an extended time has been how I select my components for my 45+ years in this hobby. If others wish to do it differently, that's up to them. Each of us will discover the best path to our own personal enjoyment of audio and music. Just my opinion.
  11. TubeHiFiNut

    Tube Preamp Opinion with Khorns Please

    Quicksilver Line Stage Preamp and Quicksilver Phono Stage (if you do vinyl). Or find a used Quicksilver Full Function Preamp. Other used preamps to consider: Audio Research SP3A-1, SP6B. CJ PV12, PV5. Audible Illusions M3D. Any of these will sound wonderful when matched to a compatible amp on your Klipsch speakers. Just my opinion.
  12. I use 12ga Dueland tinned, cloth insulation hook up wire. Sounds great to me and does not cost an arm and a leg.
  13. @joessportster has a pair on sale for $700 in the Garage Sale room. These are "real deal" amps that are on a sonic par with amps that cost considerably more money. Just my opinion.
  14. The Quicksilver Mini Mono and Horn Mono amps were under $1,000 when new. Perhaps look for a used pair?
  15. Thank you, @Schu. The Bel Cantos have enough power but the M-L CLS are a pretty brutal load and dip to the 1 - 2 ohm range in the highs.