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  1. Mark 1101. You're the Man. I am just starting my journey into the rabbit hole of hifi rapture. For the sake of hearing what a Yamaha integrated sounded like, I had the sales person keep it paired with the Klipsch RP8000's, as I didn't have time for him to change stuff around...and what a combo. Made me smile. Jumping ahead: I ended up purchasing a vintage mint condition Mitsubishi DAA15DC dual mono block amp/preamp. Then I got laid off. Just returning to work and ready to finish my purchasing. I always thought the tubes in a preamp would logically last bit longer than those in a main amp. In addition, the preamp is where some good magic happens, so having a nice one can really improve upon the amp. I like to eventually get there. All I need are my Klipsch and a source. Last time I had a system was over 30 years ago. Wow! Bit, no, a lot confused about the whole saving music on files, streaming etc...I have to decide if I want to stream or go old school via phono, CD/DAC, Tuner etc. How are you running your system??? I like being physical with my gear, you know, touching knobs etc, and if best using a remote control. Any suggestions where/how I should set this up would be appreciated? For hardware (not including speakers) willing to throw down 1000 to 2000, maybe 2500. I hear lot of good stuff from Schiit Audio and Rogue. I also would love to have a visual display, in case I stream sample. I see Sony put out a HiRes device: Hap 1Zes. I want also to avoid upsampling at all costs. I'll probably be getting the Oppo BDP105 or UDP203 with loads of connections, but still need a source.... Thanks
  2. Mark 1101. You're the Man. I am just starting my journey into the rabbit hole of hifi rapture. For the sake of hearing what a Yamaha integrated sounded like, I had the sales person keep it paired with the Klipsch RP8000's, as I didn't have time for him to change stuff around...and what a combo. Made me smile. Jumping ahead: I ended up purchasing a vintage mint condition Mitsubishi DAA15DC dual mono block amp/preamp. Then I got laid off. Just returning to work and ready to finish my purchasing. I always thought the tubes in a preamp would logically last bit longer than those in a main amp. In addition, the preamp is where some good magic happens, so having a nice one can really improve upon the amp. I like to eventually get there. All I need are my Klipsch and a source. Last time I had a system was over 30 years ago. Wow! Bit, no, a lot confused about the whole saving music on files, streaming etc...I have to decide if I want to stream or go old school via phono, CD/DAC, Tuner etc. How are you running your system??? I like being physical with my gear, you know, touching knobs etc, and if best using a remote control. Any suggestions where/how I should set this up would be appreciated? For hardware (not including speakers) willing to throw down 1000 to 2000, maybe 2500. I hear lot of good stuff from Schiit Audio and Rogue. I also would love to have a visual display, in case I stream sample. I see Sony put out a HiRes device: Hap 1Zes. I want also to avoid upsampling at all costs. I'll probably be getting the Oppo BDP105 or UDP203 with loads of connections, but still need a source.... Thanks
  3. Mark 1101. You're the Man. I am just starting my journey into the rabbit hole of hifi rapture. For the sake of hearing what a Yamaha integrated sounded like, I had the sales person keep it paired with the Klipsch RP8000's, as I didn't have time for him to change stuff around...and what a combo. Made me smile. Jumping ahead: I ended up purchasing a vintage mint condition Mitsubishi DAA15DC dual mono block amp/preamp. Then I got laid off. Just returning to work and ready to finish my purchasing. I always thought the tubes in a preamp would logically last bit longer than those in a main amp. In addition, the preamp is where some good magic happens, so having a nice one can really improve upon the amp. I like to eventually get there. All I need are my Klipsch and a source. Last time I had a system was over 30 years ago. Wow! Bit, no, a lot confused about the whole saving music on files, streaming etc...I have to decide if I want to stream or go old school via phono, CD/DAC, Tuner etc. How are you running your system??? I like being physical with my gear, you know, touching knobs etc, and if best using a remote control. Any suggestions where/how I should set this up would be appreciated? For hardware (not including speakers) willing to throw down 1000 to 2000, maybe 2500. I hear lot of good stuff from Schiit Audio and Rogue. I also would love to have a visual display, in case I stream sample. I see Sony put out a HiRes device: Hap 1Zes. I want also to avoid upsampling at all costs. I'll probably be getting the Oppo BDP105 or UDP203 with loads of connections, but still need a source.... Thanks
  4. I like to see if they improve upon the Forte lll design. Perhaps omitting the radiator in the rear. I have base board heating and I am very concerned of the heat drying out the cone fabric, like it does to a hand straw broom. The new Cornwalls look real cool and about my price, least in a years time or less. Also I am curious if the company will make strong advancements in active speakers designs, preferably with analog internal power, I guess digital is okay but from what I read and seen it has to be done very very well and carefully, especially in horn loaded speakers. I heard the La Scala and they just make me smile. It's surely like being at a live show. I demoed a few Totem speakers in the past. Huge soundstage, give them that, but something was missing, it sounded like Bose but on steroids, in other words, artificial. Well least to my ears...This hobby is so subjective isn't it? Cheers. Last note: I like to eventually get a tube preamp, first gotta try Schiit Audio, then either: Prima Luna, Vincent Audio, or Rogue Audio. Any experience with using tube preamps w/ your K's? If so what's it like? Betcha the sound stage gets that 3D quality?
  5. I am still deciding how to approach my music: stream vs. "hard copies" ie (CD, LP, Tuner, Internet Radio). Not sure if I'm into paying for my music. And physically going out to a music store and looking for music is kinda appealing still and gets me to socialize. It's kinda like a pilgrimage. Never ripped CD's onto any file whatsoever, but can't imagine it being difficult. But imagine if I rip them onto a device that only does that and does not have an internal DAC of it's own, I must have an external DAC between that source (The Ripper) and the Preamp. Yes? Pretty sure that's correct. Lately been curious if I can somehow include my PS4 or XBox into the hifi system and a point source say for Spotify if I should want to try streaming sometime. Also I think I can store my own music on it's app too. I think I use a USB for that. I guess I get there by first saving the ripped music onto either a computer or another device that rips specifically, like the Astell Kern CD Ripper? Any experience in this? Thanks.
  6. Audio Flynn. Check out the RME ADI DAC 2. Really cool stuff out from Germany. Lots of tweaking abilities inside too like adjusting EQ, slope, crossover, etc...LMK what you find.
  7. Benjii. I heard the Peachtree Nova 300. Pretty neutral...least to my ears. Nice. Hegel I think known for very high Dampening Factor...the amount of energy the device creates that moves the woofers....Lots of people have different view points on this matter, but it somehow seems logical to me. Also check out Schiit Audio gear. Made here in USA! And pretty cool stuff, really cool actually. You could probably get Two Amps plus a preamp from them at that price and perhaps have a better sounding system. I am starting out in this journey and still have speakers and either a DAC or something to buy. I just got a vintage Mitsubishi DA A15 DC amp and preamp, my next purchase is probably Klipsch or JBL speakers, although I heard Elac and they sounded nice, but my amp I don't think will go down to 4 or less Ohms. I would like to do a 2.0 system but for Music and TV...if possible, are you doing it this way? If so how? I want to avoid getting a AVR/AVP at this point and just concentrate on separates.
  8. LMK how you are running them? Love to hear. Do you stream Tidal? Or do LPs/CDs? What's your setup? I love to get ideas that would help me along this journey from real folk who are getting great results from their Klipsch. Ultimately love to get the new Cornwalls or at least the Hersey lV. Hey do you have your Hersey's off the floor or on the floor?
  9. That is really cool. Still have them? I am just starting a hifi system, 2.0 or 2.1/2.2 system specifically. Last I owned a system was back in late 80's! OMG! And truthfully, with all the modern tech now, streaming platforms, DAC's, optic vs HDMI, music files etc I am a bit lost. I just purchased a vintage mint condition Mitsubishi DA A15 DC dual mono block amp and its preamp. Now where? I want Klipsch or JBL, but I think this amp won't do below 4 Ohms, it will probably sound nice w/ Klipsch. I love to maybe stream music from a smart TV if possible and not sure if I should get a separate DAC. The DAC I am looking into is the RME ADI DAC2. I also see a Oppo BDP 105 for sale, which may be okay for now. Ultimately I love to get a tube preamp in the mix. And what about room correction? The only place I know that sells devices for this is miniDSP. Not even sure if I need it...but probably do. Not even sure if I want to stream, maybe just FM, Internet Radio, and CD/SACD? I don't know. Things were so much simpler back then....
  10. Another law of demand and price increase? Or numerous positive reviews of Audiophiles? I remember looking at these when offered at 999.00/each but after numerous positive reviews the price increased to something like 1300 and change. Just really blew. Makes me Not want to support Klipsch....but I do love horn loaded speakers. Now the 4's came out and the price is higher....decisions, decisions....
  11. Hey wnabphil. Funny you got the Outlaw 2150 Integrated. I was thinking on doing just that and pairing it w/ RP 600m. I think there will be plenty of power for the speakers since rated at 96dB or so. Plenty of juice. I am curious how you, or anyone else reading this think of using a Class D amp (such as the Crown XLS 2502) with ANY horn speaker. I know probably alone, it may be a bit too "bright", but the kicker is to marry the amp w/ a Tube PreAmp. I am curious what That would sound like. I dig Tube sounds, Class A, and Class AB but they all consume SO MUCH power! Some of them it's like running a second, or third major appliance. Ridiculous. I don't want to pay so much on my electric bill, just to hear music, or watch a movie thru a 2.2 system or something. That's why I brought up the question about the efficient class D amps. I think the Only Class D amp that I demoed was the PeachTree Nova 300. Very nice. Love to hear what you think. PS> Regarding the use of L and R speakers and possibly a sub or two for a 2.0 or 2.2 system: I guess I must use a video processor. Unless I could get satisfying results thru using the integrated amp's optic out?
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