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@svberger I'm sure it does..... bet the rest of that equipment makes those Cornwalls sing too!

Closest I'll get to that is McIntosh Music coming in at 320 kbps on my CXN.

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27 minutes ago, JohnJ said:

@svberger I'm sure it does..... bet the rest of that equipment makes those Cornwalls sing too!

Closest I'll get to that is McIntosh Music coming in at 320 kbps on my CXN.

 

Ultimately it's about the music. 

(FWIW, I prefer my Dynaco MKIII's tube amps with the CW's, but don't tell anyone:D)

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Color me as "easily amused", I suppose...

My vintage (~'77) Heresys sound great - crystal clear yet musical - with defined bass - driven by my new-last-fall Emotiva A-100 BasX 50 Wpc amp fed by an Onkyo C-7030 CDP. My previous variant of that amp, an a-100 mini-X, drives my RB-81ii's in my upstairs hobby/bonus room and is fed by another Onkyo C-7030 CDP. The newer amp has a headphone jack and provisions for lowering it's headphone impedance from 300 Ohms by included jumpers and a SNR of >110 dB. It - like the earlier mini-X version - puts out 50 Wpc (8 Ohms & both channels driven.) @ < 0.05% THD. Not bad spec's for the entry level Emotiva  product.

 

I've been a hifi enthusiast since HS days in the early sixties and my first 'system', which included a Garrard changer, kit built Williamson-style pp 6V6 mono amp, & Heresy-inspired homebrew speaker. I went 'ss' 12/68 with my AR amp and turntable - both replaced years ago by a Philips CD-960 CDP & FA-50 ss amp. I still have the AR turntable, although I started replacing my old LP's with CD's in 1986. I tired of tubes in the sixties - too much maintenance... and I was a TV/radio/hifi repairman after school and in college... then as an ET in the USN. No tubes here!

 

That Emotiva amp was an improvement over the the Onkyo TX-8020 Stereo (2.1) Receiver that preceded it. That receiver, a Sony BRD, JVC 22" LED monitor, a JBL SUB 550P sub, and a pair of K. R-15m's were repurposed as a mini-HT at my electronics workbench in my bonus/hobby room (I don't get much work done...).

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Have a fully restored Marantz 2500 paired to the Bell's and what an amazing pairing. I'd describe the sound as clean, cool and detailed. How they pulled that off I haven't a clue but it's so different from other receivers I've played with. 

On a very quick comparison it's has some similarities to the Carver SGT II amp/processor.

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On 7/12/2017 at 9:44 PM, Rxonmymind said:

Have a fully restored Marantz 2500 paired to the Bell's and what an amazing pairing. I'd describe the sound as clean, cool and detailed. How they pulled that off I haven't a clue but it's so different from other receivers I've played with. 

On a very quick comparison it's has some similarities to the Carver SGT II amp/processor.

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I owned one of those receivers for awhile and it was a powerhouse.  I'm not sure I ever utilized it too its full potential.  I would get the dial about a third of the way up and that was all I and any speaker I owned wanted!

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2 hours ago, japosey said:

 

I owned one of those receivers for awhile and it was a powerhouse.  I'm not sure I ever utilized it too its full potential.  I would get the dial about a third of the way up and that was all I and any speaker I owned wanted!

Luckily the volume dial can be adjusted in very small clicks. When I have it on one or two clicks or 7 o clock  it's perfect level for late late night listening. So I guess you can say it has finesse on low volume. So at this moment its the best receiver I've ever had.  I'm itching to throw a Mac 4300 receiver fully restored up against it.

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Decided to change it up. Put the Bob Carver Sunfire cinema grand's and it's respective pre through its paces for the first time. I think it looks rather nice. 

Where the Marantz 2500 is clean, cool detailed and softer the Sunfire is tad warmer, "harder" meaning a tighter grip on the music in it's detail and faster. A beautiful combo. This won't be a "I'm hearing things I've never heard before" kinda speech. It certainly is different in the way the music is presented. More modern. Together it's better in it's presentation than the Denon 3803 and Yamaha rx-777 where the latter was too bright and forward and the former not as detailed. 
Might stay this way for awhile.

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Nice! Love the Sunfire / Klipsch combo, has worked great for me for several years now. If you really want to hear some Sunfire "magic" find yourself a Sunfire tube Pre, you'll thank me if you do, they are incredible sounding!

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I can recommend a class-A. I have driven my Cornwalls with a integrated tubeamp(VSI60), pentode. But since the VSI has little to much watts I decided to build a Firstwatt M2. Now my lineup is a R2R dac, tub-buffer and M2 amp. The sound is very detailed, natural and no harsh tones. Even the bass is lower and more musical. With that comes a feeling of lack of bass. It is just more air. (Sub is for movies)

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On 7/15/2017 at 9:01 PM, Rxonmymind said:

Decided to change it up. Put the Bob Carver Sunfire cinema grand's and it's respective pre through its paces for the first time. I think it looks rather nice. 

Where the Marantz 2500 is clean, cool detailed and softer the Sunfire is tad warmer, "harder" meaning a tighter grip on the music in it's detail and faster. A beautiful combo. This won't be a "I'm hearing things I've never heard before" kinda speech. It certainly is different in the way the music is presented. More modern. Together it's better in it's presentation than the Denon 3803 and Yamaha rx-777 where the latter was too bright and forward and the former not as detailed. 
Might stay this way for awhile.

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Love the Carvers....

Don't have ant Sunfire amps yet....... the operative word....."yet" :P

 

Lately I've been powering my LaScalas with a Carver 4.0t. I push them quite hard with the Carver and I must say they put out more bass with that amp than any amp I've used. Really like that set-up....even my wife has comented on the sound of that combo.

 

MKP :-)

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I admit it's been quite some time since I realye spent serious time in front of my Khorns (but that is not relevant for this thread), anyway - one thing I did not expect that I would have something positive to say about solid state equipment and Khorns. The reason? Well, many years ago I started off with a McIntosh combination that many people have praised here - MC2105 and C29. To my ears that combo was not really to my liking (too strident) and led me a long way down into tube territory - and then came other speakers so the Khorns kind of retired.

Anyway, lately I have had the idea to try a moddified MA6200 (better parts in the signal path) with said speakers - and to my total surprise this turns out to be a really excellent combination - actually it's so good that I cannot stop listening - and that has not happend for quite some time.

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I think Sunfires really works well with Klipsch. I have the Sunfire 300 Two, connected the HF to the current source for a more "tube like" sound, and the LF to the voltage source for a tighter low. RF 63 and RF83 are in the picture, but I prefer the 83s for music, the 63s are in my HT. In my HT i have a Sunfire Ultimate and could not be happier, switched from a Yamaha RX-V679 and haven't looked back, IMO its in a different league!!

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I am currently using a Peachtree pre and Peachtree 220 amp (borrowed from another setup) this combo works well so far. I have a Belles 150A coming soon and it will replace the Peachtree 220. I will give my impressions once it's here and set-up and I've had time to listen.

 

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Belles came in defective I had to send it back, after hearing a friends Threshold Im now looking for a Threshold SA 3 or similar or Forte 4A. For now back to the Peachtree combo which sounds pretty good.

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The Wyred4Sound mAmps at my end are sounding really really really good here. Not to take away from the thread, but this song came on while I was reading this thread. I keep turning it up LOL...

 

 

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On 9/5/2016 at 8:07 PM, Schu said:

The lower output 500's would be better for music/2-channel... the mAmps would probably be better.

Thanks Schu :D

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I've never had anything fancy for SS amps, and never owned tube anything but TVs.

 

Today I'm using Yamaha 3070 AVR for the 7.1.4.  I think it sounds best with YPAO: Natural.  Seems to work well for the RF-7II, but I've not heard them on another amp.  (Oh that's not true, I had them on my Outlaw 5000 for a bit, but the amp has recently developed some noise issues, possibly a ground issue I need to figure out.  It used to be silent.)  Voices are very real sounding (movies/shows).  I can be in the other room and can't tell, sometimes think it's my wife talking to our children (this is with a RC-64II also).  Music sounds very good to me, either in multi or when I really want to sit down and listen I use 2.0.  I think the Yamaha amp sounds slightly better than the Outlaw.  I may bring out my NAD to hear the RF-7II on that so I can listen for differences. 

 

For my Forte II, I'm using my old NAD C372.  I haven't heard the Forte II on anything else either, as they are "new to me".  The Forte sound very good, take me by surprise at times just how good they can be. For the first time in a long time, I actually just want to sit in the sweet spot and close my eyes to listen.  I either listen through a mid/entry level Fluance record player, or Tidal or FLAC files served from a PC through a Schiit Modi multibit DAC to the NAD.  This also used to power my SVS Ultra bookshelf speakers in this room.  The SVS and the Forte II sound very good to me with this equipment.  The SVS I have heard also extensively on the Yamaha, which sounded good, but they sound better with the NAD setup.  I might take the Fortes to the main room and listen to them vs the RF-7II from the Yamaha.

 

 

 In the past with many other speakers I've had Denon, Yamaha, Adcom, Carver.  The Carver was delightful to my ears at the time, but was paired with relatively low end Polk Audio towers which sounded quite sweet and natural to me. (many years later, the Polks are still singing along, gifted to my Mom).  A huge improvement over the Bose 601 towers I had before that (I was young and impressionable with what speakers the BX carried at the time - bought the Polk at a Circuit City and hastily sold the Bose when I heard the dramatic difference).  The Carver was the CM-1090.  I loved the little power gauges, silly as they may be.  Wish I still had that thing.  What pushed me into ditching the Bose, was exposure to very good systems thanks to a good buddy of mine who was a bit of an audiophile.  He had a pair of B&W CDM somethings, large towers, incredible sounding compared to what I was used to.  We would traverse the audio shops of Vegas and demo systems that blew me away.  The Bose then sounded...well I have nothing good to say about them.  

 

An odd experience I had with a pair of KG3.something, they sounded terrible with my Denon, terrible with my Adcom pre and NAD 2155 (which was great with everything else). (in both cases terrible = lifeless, no dynamic anything, dull and boring)  Then I paired the KGs with a cheap Yamaha AVR and they were dramatically different in all the good ways.  A bit of harshness when really cranking along, but they rocked the garage surprisingly well.  Never figured that one out, by all rights the TOTL Denon I had should have handled the Klipsch with aplomb, and the NAD 2155 (only 55wpc but with 40amps of current) made every other speaker sound so very good to my ears and drove them all tirelessly without breaking a sweat.  Why did this low end Yamaha do so much better with the KGs?  No idea.  I just enjoyed the results.  To this day that setup is in a friend's garage pissing off the neighbors on a regular basis.

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