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  1. May I add a comment here? For many years I used a Wyred4Sound Class D stereo amp in my system (with 2 REL Storm 5 subs) and took those REL warnings seriously. I changed from connecting the subs at the amplifier terminals (using the 'speakon' connections) to going 'LFE' from my preamplifier subwoofer outlets, thence to the subs. People say that you get better bass and such using the amplifier connections. Well, this might be technically correct I can't agree with that because I can't tell the difference in my system. The cutoff is set at 30Hz with the LFE but the quality of the sound overall--in every way--is very good. The convenience and absence of worry about the connection rules. Now I am using a different amplifier but I still use the LFE path. I am a REL fan for decades and they have never made a bad product in my opinion. Just my 2c worth
  2. Nice catalogue. But, I can't see the prices for the LSC generally. I can see the prices lower down for soundtracks; 6-LP sets, individual LP's and such. Can you say what the LSC prices are please? Thank you
  3. I owned a pair for many years, driving speakers of 88dB and 6 ohms--heaven. The sound is a typical lush valve SET sound, with plenty of 'second harmonic' in it. You just get lost in the music. It's a fair way from the leaner, brighter sound of modern pentode amps. Mine were spec'd at around 22W. Made by Shenzen Labs in China, never missed a beat. I still miss them (currently listening to Line Magnetic 845).
  4. It's so terribly tempting to try to spend your money for you... I am having trouble lately going purely by brand names/reputation since so many favourites have changed their 'house sound' and /or brought out a stellar model that addresses particular problems that were not acknowledged much prior...e.g. VTL and Audio Research both have quite 'modernised' their sound in my opinion to achieve a cleaner and more neutral sonic presentation, somewhat closer to the spectrum of solid state. I owned VTL for years and I fondly recall the Minimal preamp which made an unforgettable impact in its rendering of sonic colours, especially woodwinds and vocals -- goosebumps repeatedly for me while listening. Of course this preamp was never 'rated' very highly at all. Likewise Audio Research has apparently been hitting it out of the park (sonically) with their Reference series (I have not heard these). We've all heard expensive systems that don't produce a great sound. Enough said. [Now I am also thinking of the room and the resonances...] I only say this to mention that I have no idea as to what gives YOU goosebumps, as must and should happen at these prices. Doesn't it all really depend on what you like? In that sense you are not confined to those two brands. You obviously hold a special place in your belief system for tubes (as I do). Is it time to go to some good listening rooms and sessions? It would be relatively easy to hear those preamplifiers in a capital city Let's not forget Supratek and Leben and Line Magnetic (here I am betraying my bias for the more lush and atmospheric sound of tubes applied in an old-fashioned implementation; just adore single-ended triode/pentode sound)...I note that a Shindo selection was available here on SNA recently. Everybody seems to love Shindo -- do you know why this would be? Of course you 'can't go wrong' with either of your preferences especially if you love their house sound. With your beast of a VTL you need a great and refined signal I am not being supercilious but rather wishing you a successful search for the best preamplifier Just my 2c worth
  5. I am having TUBE LUST...must go and lie down... GLWTS
  6. 1. What kind of outputs do you have on your amplifier at the back? Model of amp? 2. What are the Canton inputs? 3 Rough room description? Where do you wish to place the subs? I'm thinking that you can organise a sub signal for both subs from a tape out (or even a sub out?) with a Y-splitter, then run into the subwoofer.
  7. Excellent pics--a standard for us all GLWTS
  8. I think AE has one of the biggest sounds for a small speaker that you could find GLWTS
  9. If I may chip in, yes, that's a definite associated factor. But the differences subjectively are pretty large and almost 'sudden' at certain times of the evening
  10. While I find it's generally true that your system is likely to sound better at night, with reduction in ambient noise from trucks and leaf blowers and such, even in a 'quiet' suburb, my own experience is that during the DAY there is a lot of electronic 'hash'/pollution on the power line that can't really be removed easily. In my own house that was not fixed by power regenerators, or a dedicated AC line, or a new switchboard, (although I am installing a Holton DC Blocker shortly anyway). It was mostly fixed when the Electricity Authority found that in my suburb there were so many industrial machines operating on my line 9-5 that they offered to "change my phase". I said 'yes' and this worked wonders...but it still wasn't as good as the quiet evenings are. Especially after 10 pm. Of course I don't quite know about phase and power delivery but I do know there is more to do from where you are... Just my 2c worth
  11. Terry, in case it's helpful, the REL crossover can function very well even when set at a low point; I found that 30Hz and under is ideal for many small-medium speakers. It's counter-intuitive I know. The REL directions are pretty good. What about just getting a basic position (one in the corner at least) with, say 30Hz, and lifting the volume stepwise until you hear sufficient bass response? REL will accommodate to most rooms I find. Then choose between o or 180 phase for the louder response. Tweaking comes later--at least you know it's all working. There is another possibility IF you think the room is the problem: http://www.dspeaker.com/en/products/anti-mode-8033.shtml I have one and I think it's great! Just my 2c worth
  12. This is vital information! I have both tube amps and REL sub(s) and never know that the 8 ohm tap is always best. There is no current involved, it's just a signal for the powered REL, unlike hooking up an amplifier. I actually use the LFE inputs from 'Sub Out' on my preamplifier; seems to be a better arrangement.
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