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  1. I have a Conrad Johnson MF 2550 SE with 250 watts per side used successfully with both Heresy IIIs and LaScala IIs. Sounds great; never run out of headroom. On the other hand, my 5 watt Gaanam and my 12 watt 300B sound great, too, just different. Mike
  2. And there's nothin' shakey about dealing with Tim. -- Benny, a former LaScala owner
  3. I was just typing exactly the same thing... 😆
  4. Uh oh, Benny saw the picture and now knows where his speakers are. Be careful if you hear a scratch at your door. Have you turned them up yet? 😎 Enjoy! Mike
  5. With mixed feelings, these are now sold. While I shall miss their big voice, Benny is one step closer to his 'horns. Thank to everyone. Mike
  6. Different sound, likely not an upgrade per se. But if you buy them you'll know for sure & have another pair a big-*** speakers in the house! 😎
  7. House cleaning continues... This gloss white S.9 subwoofer features a custom, long-throw 10" woofer and passive radiator framed in cast steel baskets for superior rigidity and accuracy. The active driver is paired with a powerful, high-current 350-watt amplifier for deep, high-impact bass. This is a class A/B amplifier. Specs: frequency response: 35-120 Hz (-3dB) 350-watt built-in Class A/B amplifier down-firing 10" long-throw, treated-paper cone woofer with front-firing 10" passive radiator continuously variable low-pass 30-120 Hz crossover phase switch (0-180°) separate auto power on/off and main power switches line-level/LFE inputs speaker-level input Neutrik Speakon® connector separate volume controls for speaker/line-level & LFE input 14"W x 15-15/16"H x 16-1/4"D weight: 46.2 lbs. This sub is ‘as new’ with no cosmetic or sonic issues. No nicks or marks in the gloss white finish or pinholes in the grill. Includes power cable, 30’ Neutrik Speakon® connector cable, manual, and factory double boxing. $600 plus shipping & insurance to you. PayPal is fine as is local pickup. Please email any questions. Thanks.
  8. BTW, these are still available and Benny lowered the price to $4000 so he can get his horns. 😎 Mike
  9. My thought, which with 99 cents will get you coffee at McDonalds, is that within the parameters of your question - you are not worried about symmetry - it does not matter. Buy the best and quietest of everything you can find. But computer geeks will remind you "garbage in, garbage out" implying your pre, where the initial gain is wrought, is where to focus your money. And your pre is where you switch your inputs so it has a variety of electrical issues to deal with. The more expensive, generally, the more sophisticated the approach to resolving those issues. Removing that parameter, my answer is it depends on the speaker. I have some relatively expensive components I will not use with each other because they don't match well. For my LaScala IIs, your tagline is the answer: "toss that pre." My best sound is from the variable outputs of my CD player, tubed or other wise, plugged into an amp. If I tie my tubed CD into my tubed DAC into my tubed pre and tubed amp, it is unlistenable on the LaScalas. On the other hand, placing my Harbeths at the end of that chain is quite pleasant. When I was selling audio equipment in my prior life, I told my customers to focus on the speakers and work backwards. I still think that holds true. My 99 cents worth (pandemic inflation). Mike
  10. I daydreamed about recreating my second* audio system - the one I put together after selling my first one since when I was in school, if I couldn't eat it, it tended to be sold. My "proposed" rules were the pieces should be as mint possible after 35 years, with original boxes and manuals, and working. This was fueled when I found my first CD player, a Mission PCM 7000 for $200. Then, I stumbled across the second piece, a CJ PV2Ar preamp. Cleaned all the connections and fired it up this afternoon. Sounds great, a bit bright with some flabby bass, but if I find my speakers, Magnepan SMGs, they worked well with the preamp's "character." The worst part is, I found a rebuilt pair on SMGs... and the power amp, a CJ MV-75. I actually still have the interconnects & speaker cables from that system. Somebody stop me! *Why not the first? It was all Phase Linear - 4000 pre, 5000 tuner and 700B amp through Bozak speakers. I worked at an audio store at the time and had unfettered access to a service department to keep them running and I feel confident if they weren't reliable in 1978, they sure ain't be reliable in 2021!
  11. Apparently... But what do I do with the other 235 feet of Romex ? 😂
  12. But jerky is not as good a conductor. If it was, we'd be discussing whether sound improves with Jack Links or Lorissa's...
  13. I have a friend who found that in all of Tucson, only one place had any 2" conduit in stock. And I read this morning Costco in some areas is back to limiting paper products to one pack per customer.
  14. On a more harmless note, yet evidencing a bizzaro world; I went to Lowe's for a 15' length of 12/2 Romex. I had to have the fellow repeat several times it would be $28. $28? I guess I should be glad they had it as opposed to WallyWorld not having regular MilkBones. Someone in the house will not understand that at all.
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