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    Heresy III in Cherry driven by an Elekit TU-8200 with dual Martin-Logan Dynamo 700 subwoofers

    U-Turn Orbit with Ortofon 2M Blue with a BottleHead Reduction Phono Preamp

    Schiit Modi Multibit & Eitr

    Home Theater

    KG4 / KV2 / KG 1 with two RW-12 Subwoofers driven by some old Onkyo A/V

    Basement Music

    B&W DM-12 driven by a Yamaha A-400 (trash day find #1)

    Outdoor Music & Video

    RB-51 II driven by an APPJ Miniwatt 2013

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  1. Highlighting my shame Main two-channel system: Heresy 3 with Martin Logan Dynamo 700 subs being driven by Harman Kardon 430 with a Elekit TU-8200 on standby Office System 1 (the spouse): Design Acoustics PS-6a driven by APPJ Mini 2013 Office System 2 (mine): Martin Logan DM-12 driven by Yamaha A400 Theater System: KG4 + KG1 + KV2 + RW-12 subs driven by Onkyo TX-NR509 Workbench System 1: Klipsch RB-51 II driven by Lepai LP-168HA Speakers on the shelf: Scott 206D Speakers
  2. The Nipper in the original advertisement bears a near perfect resemblance to the Design Toscano resin/stone recreation, available everywhere online including Amazon and Home Depot for $113.90. https://www.amazon.com/Design-Toscano-Nipper-RCA-Statue/dp/B005EIWSYY?ref_=ast_sto_dp
  3. Per the above, I used listening position but did an average of 9 or 10 measurements across the listening area (width, height, front to back).
  4. I used listening position measurements exclusively; but my usage is to develop a response curve for a MiniDSP HD to apply to my subwoofer feed. Helped immensely.
  5. Stealing from something I once read - there is a reason music sounds best with the lights dimmed late at night - without the distraction of sight, our sense of hearing gets to focus on the music, not the inputs in the room. It's the same reason why PowerPoint presentations are horrible ways to convey information - the presence of words on a slide causes the viewer to read the slide (visual) instead of listening to the presenter (audio). Because of this - I agree with others - focus on the music aspect and let the movies fall where they may because when there is a movie on, you're going to be focusing on the visual. When you're just listening to music, you'll truly focus on the audio.
  6. I love that these "found" a good home. Every time I fire up the Heresy system in my smallish room I wonder how the Belles would have performed...but I'm glad you're keeping them! If you're ever driving down 128 to Boston shoot me a message. I'd be happy to meet up, get some BBQ or something and give you a chance to say "yeah, his listening room is too small!"
  7. Won't make a difference. I find a mini flat blade screwdriver is the way to pop the caps. Sometimes a box cutter blade.
  8. Good news is EHX claims to have resolved the export issue, bad news is there are additional costs on both the export and the import end, as such, expect price increases. https://www.guitarworld.com/news/electro-harmonix-tube-supply-resolved
  9. Just adding fuel to the fire - I placed an order at Eurotubes over the weekend for some JJ tubes, just received an email indicating that while sufficient inventory exists, order volume is such that they're currently running a 3 - 4 week lead time on shipments.
  10. I dug this up from DIYaudio, supposedly from the original ad copy on the Schitt site (original webpage is down). I have no idea if this answers any questions or is marketing with few answers: Okay, fine. We see how it is. What’s inside are two depletion-mode MOSFETs, together with minimal support circuitry to protect them against static, and to set the gain necessary for our products. There’s no “triodization” or other tricks applied to make them act like tubes, or have curves like tubes. They’re just good, linear, solid-state devices…in a can. When used in Mjolnir 2, they provide essentially the same topology as the original Mjolnir’s high-voltage JFETs, now simply at a much higher voltage, for even greater linearity.
  11. Rumor has it that it was bad before Friday's export ban, as the uncertainty behind Shunguang production that started two years ago still exists. Heck, I had a heck of a time just getting some JJ 6922 at the start of 2020. https://guitar.com/news/gear-news/panic-on-availability-of-vacuum-tubes-mike-matthews-future-valve-amps/ JJ might be the only reliable source with appreciable quantity for some time. That being said: “Russian tubes are now a no-go and JJ is probably crapping sideways trying to keep up with orders. That means you’re mega-boned, right?” https://www.head-fi.org/threads/schiit-happened-the-story-of-the-worlds-most-improbable-start-up.701900/page-5951#post-16859594
  12. Thanks, @Mark Z - Have to pass too as I realized my listening room is too small. My enthusiasm got the best of me. I've already contacted the seller but wanted to post this here as well - These are still available. I have the high res photos from the seller as well if anyone need better photos - let's get these to a good home before the weekend.
  13. Posting these on behalf of @Domenic. @Mark Z has called interest in this, and I'll happily buy them if Mark Z turns them down. But we all like gear shots, and like all Belle's, these are beautiful. Again, posted on behalf of the seller.
  14. One common trick to downsample photos is email them to yourself - some email editors will compress the photos to reduce file size. Or if you prefer, feel free to PM me the photos and I'll downsample them on your behalf. I'll also admit that I'm interested in the Belles and using the "PM me the photos" angle to try and get an early look. But I'll give @Mark Z first dibs as he responded with his interest yesterday.
  15. Winning bid was $320 + 20% buyers premium = $384.
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