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  1. I have done quite a few changes in amps, preamps and dac. Hopefully I have come to the end. Each change makes me realise how good my Sonus Faber's are and they are nearly 20 years old. I am curious however if it's worth getting Super tweeters. (Townshend) My Amatis being the original model is a bit laid back in the tweeter department.
  2. Just curious. What amps do you guys use? I have original Amati Homage and a Pass Labs XA 30.8 amp. The Amatis really work well with the high current Class A amp. @RobV
  3. I have most of the Forcione albums. They are all of the best artistry, production and sound quality.
  4. It appears that you are looking at a different album. No grape vine Acoustic Revenge_ Heartbeat last track 9
  5. Send me $100 and I'll see if we can get you in. The favourite track is: Antonio Forcione - Heartbeat from the album Acoustic Revenge
  6. Hi Gazza I have the same Gen 1 Antipodes music server as I have said earlier. I watched a YouTube by Steve Guttenberg who was interviewing a guy who was doing a number of tweaks to his Cambridge cd player. Nothing drastic but he did say the biggest improvement he got was after he applied Dynamat to the interior of the player. The Dynamat is usually used in cars to deaden door skins which I have done to my car with good results. This got we wondering if applying Dynamat to the interior of my server would improve things. Yes I am a tweaker, some things work and some don't. I bought the equivalent sheeting from Jaycar, Response Sound Deadener, and put some on the lid, sides and base. Cost $30 Results seem to be that any edgeyness has gone. I can't do an a/b comparison but for $30 I think it's worth doing. I doubt this would work on later model Antipodes servers as the cases appear to be of a more solid construction. My server has HDD, not SD. It's possible that there would be no improvement with SD (no moving parts) ?
  7. I have a Aesthetic calypso preamplifier. The ht bypass is a configured input, not an output. The Accuphase ext. Preamp appears to be for using another preamplifier. When all else fails read the manual. You may have to configure an input to ht bypass duties. Hope this is not bad news.
  8. I was fortunate to have a listen to the Heschl amp at Terry's place yesterday. All I can say is very impressive. Sounded great with all types of music. Congrats to the makers of this fine amp.
  9. Agree. Connect from your AV receiver front preouts to a 2 channel integrated amp ht input. When watching movies the receiver will control volume etc and the speakers will be powered by your 2 channel integrated amp with ht selected. When listening to music select input on integrated to the required source. Both music and movies will sound much better.
  10. I have found that putting in ceiling boxes over the speakers improves sound quality and protects speakers. There are many options. Mine are a collapsible vinyl type with internal acoustic foam
  11. I have gone through a 2 Channel vs HT journey myself. Originally I had a Sony STR DA 777es surround amp running 2 Channel and HT. As my 2 Chanel gear was upgraded the HT gear was sounding pour in comparison. I got an NAD M15 surround processor which is connected to my 2 channel preamp ht bypass. My rear speakers are powered by a NAD T955 power amp. All this made a big improvement. I had a large centre speaker which I considered to be very good but it could not compete with my front speakers (Sonus Faber Amati Homage.) Yes I lost the surround effect but the sound quality for voice was close to the 2 channel sound. I wouldn't go back to centre speaker unless centre and front speakers are the same which is difficult if you have large front speakers. I have now discovered the sound and picture quality (especially in 4K) from streaming is as good if not superior to my Oppo bluray player. To get that sort of sound quality in HT you do need a good processor that has a good optical DAC. Although the NAD is getting a bit old it's still doing a great job. I also run a sub which is switched to 2 channel and HT
  12. I have recently bought two Joey DeFrancesco albums. 40 and Paesanos with Tony Monaco trio. Both fantastic. Will certainly test your system bass capabilities.
  13. Thanks for the advice and info. Hopefully a local sale.
  14. Item: Icon Audio MB90 MKIIm KT150 Mono Block Amplifiers Location:Gold Coast Queensland Price: $3,200, RRP $7,700 Item Condition:9/10 Reason for selling:Change in direction (SS) Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: I originally purchased these amps from Decibel Hifi. The amps have powered my Sonus Faber Amati Homage flawlessly. Time has come for me to try something new. The amps are in perfect condition except one of the valve guard pins has lodged into the amp hole, this does not affect the performance of the guard . One valve guard has a slight melt from the large KT150 tubes. Only noticeable when you are very close. (See photos) If you are considering entering the tube world but are concerned by the lack of power provided by most tube amps then these amps may be for you. The Ultralinear setting produces 110 watts of dynamic power. The Triode setting produces 60 watts of deep smooth traditional power. On my speakers the Triode setting sounded the best to my ears. I have original boxes and manual and some tube spares Due to the weight and size of these amps I prefer pickup and I can provide demo to serious buyers. I can also provide delivery and help setup as far as the Brisbane area to serious buyers. Specification : KT150 tube design Pure Class A power 110 watts Ultralinear 60 Watts Triode 4 & 8 ohm speaker taps Easy bias system Large power supply Weight 22kg each Size each W:20cm, D:50cm, H: 22cm Photos: Advertisements without photos of the actual item will not be approved.
  15. Before I listen to any speakers I tap the sides. If it sounds solid it tells me generally what to expect. The Amatis weigh 75 kg each which tells you how structurally solid they are. Lenehan Audio also put a lot of effort into their cabinet structure which provides a a non distorted sound. Not many speakers that I have heard can equal this.
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