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    Power amps

    They are both terrific amps, however, you can buy a pair of excellent PSAudio BHK 300 monoblocks for half the price of the Mark Levinson 534 stereo pwr amp. The new ML range as good as they are, is overpriced in Australia (vs USA) in my opinion. The monoblock(s) ML 536 sound truely excellent (till you multiply the $ingle price by x2). McIntosh should also be considered as there power amps are vvg (and have the best resale price down the track). Lots of other quality brands out there in the 20-40k bracket, and lots of quality gear can be found in StereoNet classifieds.
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    I must say it looks cool, and desirable to my eyes in black.
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    Room Query

    Quality amp, 300 W/ch should be fantastic all round.
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    Room Query

    Focal Scala speakers, nice. Lot more demanding that previous units. You haven’t mentioned your amplification, specs say up to 500 Watts /ch for this large speaker (or quality Watts if lower). With speakers that claim to go real low 27Hz (11” woofer) one shouldn’t really need a subwoofer. You need a big amp to drive this low frequency air across the room. With speakers of such quality other areas might need addressing.
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    USB Cable

    To add some value to the USB cable question the following is a quote from PSAudio DAC guru Ted Smith Sept 2018 in their forums. “The 2nd most common source of noise from USB is running the data lines parallel to the power and ground lines for the distance. There are some “audiophile” USB cables that basically split into two USB cables, one with the power and ground the other with the data. Since they are separate cables (except at the ends) they can be shielded from each other. I’m not sure how easy it would be to make one at home, but it’s a cheap experiment if you are using generic USB cables.”
  6. Good thread In the end I have 2 vertical racks- one for black the other for mostly silver. The CNC machined front panels / precision folded curves - I admit show off the trick features best in silver or bead blasted Al.Alloy - specifically Dcs ; far better than black which doesn’t do a lot to enhance features. But black is brilliant for a recessed not on your face look. The more expensive units are nearly all silver or equivalent eg. Boulder Esoteric T+A Soulution CH Precision Nagara etc. So at some point in time the journey (as Ittaku says), a special component comes along with the opposite colour, and it sounds so good that the colour becomes irrelevant as your instead super proud to own it.
  7. Very fair price for $ure. One of the most good looking cables out there. I once owned a bi-wire Heimdall set for 10 years, sound is vg with no vices.
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    FS: Mark Levinson 434 mono blocks

    (with permission from Dacman) Matching component for a complete system is the lovely Mark Levinson PREAMP 326s. The 326s is a proper quality preamp made by the famed Madigal Audio Labs in the USA. It lets you hear into the music and follow closely each instruments playing. The 326s is one of the best presented and attractive pre's out there and is fully featured with connectivity. I have one for sale in exl cond (price $5,200) to match Dacman's 434 mono-blocks. Pics of actual unit attached.
  9. Valhalla 2 are a brilliant speaker cable and one of the best upgrades one can make. They transmit music so well you don’t even know they are there. Other cables seem like a road block in comparison. Game changer good. Highly recommended. For 4 post speakers, Nordost don’t do bi-wire (anymore), and so sell jumper cables. There is 3 choices but the best choice V2 is rather expensive.
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    Hello from Maidstone UK.

    Welcome Graham, Sounds like you’ve have a lot of experience with different equipment, so I hope there is some threads you can add value to. A.
  11. Check the standing energy consumption and the heat emission on each of the Bryston monos 28B3. McIntosh 611 monos are very efficient by comparison. And a high quality amp in all aspects. Top buy for a lucky person.
  12. Superb 725 Preamp has been sold.
  13. Optimum G2 (blue) were the top of the range Isotek and are a vg cable with good size copper cores, (read no silver coating) so are particularly excellent at relaxing a system on the bright side. Groovy on power amps as they go low with body.
  14. The latest free Directstream senior DAC software update ‘Snowmass’ is available for download from the PSAudio website. (SD Card pins up) This replaces Redcloud that was impressive. A quick listen notes more heft on lower frequencies, and a more layered midrange etc.
  15. Yes a most interesting video clip on speaker cone/diaphragm design, thanks for sharing Frameperfect. Erest, Good luck with the sale of these special speakers.