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  1. Wonder why this beast has not got a dedicated review yet.
  2. This is a game changer for Tidal. https://www.stereonet.co.uk/news/tidal-connect-launches-on-bluos
  3. If you can, carry your speakers to the dealers and then try them out. I did that with my kefs and then decided that the Kef actives were the better way to go. They need a lot of power. A lot. I had best results with a wyred4sound m-pre and monos and also a Peachtree Nova 300. Not sure if they will be under your price range. Rogue Sphinx is also a very good match. A buddy of mine is raving about his LS50s and Parasound Classic 200 integrated. Do not pair them with a forward sounding amp. It can get extremely fatiguing.
  4. I choose the LM-150IA over the LM-805IA. Both are great amps and cost the same. It would boil down to your speakers. I started my tube journey with an LM-88IA. Do share your update once you buy. I have documented my journey in my post. Do check it out.
  5. Hello David - Yes, I agree with your experience. There are many factors I had to take into account before deciding on the LM150 compared to the 300b based LM805IA. In an ideal world, I would have both amps driving two different speakers but it is a never ending game! I am considering setting up a second setup which is just completely different to what I have in the main rig. Ideally something that is forgiving of poor recordings! Something not meant for critical listening. I am most defintely planning on changing the small tubes and that has been the advice by most LM owners as well. Ive
  6. Thanks Stump! Yes, Robert is great with tubes and he is a DIYer. He offers his customers the option to get the "Singapore Edition" which basically is a souped up stock LM model. He changes the power sockets to Furutech, He also changes some caps and resistors. The midrange tends to be better compared to stock. I believe he exports some very large horns to Australia as well.
  7. Congratulations. The Sprout 100 is a slice of high end at a reasonable price. If you have not noticed it already, the Sprout tends to be on the cold side of neutral and hence it would serve you best with a laid back set of speakers. With regards to the room being lively, there is only so much you can do but I have had good success with rugs and curtains. My experience with B&W says they sound best with warm gear. They are very finicky with source which they should be like any high end speaker. I am not sure what your budget is, but looking at your room, I feel they will need a mid si
  8. I suggested that the OP spend 10% on non core which is not your front end and speakers. I did not say you need to spend 10% on just cables. I have mentioned cabling, isolation, power etc. Also the OP is obviously not playing at the same level as your so it would be helpful to be objective here. You have a great rig btw. Cheers
  9. Dave - You need to take into context what I wrote in its entirety. Not just cables. I said, 10% of system building budget goes to cables, isolation, power etc which are non core components. There are no hard and fast rules here for sure. I am just sharing my school of thought. Also with regards to good quality cables, there are good quality cables at every price point. And if you are inferring that the 200 dollar cable is going to give the same sonic results no matter which system it is deployed in, then this is a diff debate all together 🙂 But if you are saying that one does not n
  10. In my opinion 10% of the total cost of the system should be allotted for cabling and isolation and power. How you spend it is up to you. Also, higher the cost of a cable does not translate to better sound. Do diff cables sound different? For sure they do. Also, from my experience, getting to cables should be the last part of the system. 70% of what you hear is your room and your speakers. 20% will be your front end (source/electronics/amps), the 10% will be your cable, isolation, etc etc so get to the cables only once you have done your best in the 90%. I also feel th
  11. 12AX7 Amperex Holland OEM labels, 1960s vintage, $180.00 per matched pair Or top end Brimar UK military CV4035 “flying lead” 9 pin modified 12AX7 $300.00 per pair 12AU7 Mullard UK made OEM label $70.00 USD. Above was the advice I got from Brent Jesse of audio tubes when I had asked him a similar question. Insured Shipping to Australia will be 40 Usd
  12. In my experience, McIntosh gear work very well with speakers which are more forward. I have heard great pairings with Kef, B&W and Focal. Metallic Tweeters can be bright so Mcintosh helps a lot. The MA352 is something I have not heard but I have heard the MA252 and I found them to be lacking when it came to controlling the Bass with my speakers (Elac Adante). I just read about the ARC, and they have also tried it with an SF speaker and have good results hence the generalisation made by me that ARC and SF are usually a good match.. The reviewer does say that it might be straine
  13. The Olympica is a very relaxed speaker much like most SF speakers. ARC is a natural match since 1) They are under the same group (so is Mcintosh but not a good match) 2) ARC sounds a lot more neutral than traditional tube sounding gear. Luxman solid state pairs very well with SF. PrimaLuna also could be a good match depending on which tubes you use. You might also want to look at Line Magnetic LM-150ia. I have these and imho they are damn good for the money. There are lots of neutral/forward amps which will be a good pairing with SF gear. What is your budget? Arc and PL are not in th
  14. The Arcam SA30 Is a fine amp and it has Dirac. The arcam app is quite crappy but it was Chromecast audio and roon. What streaming service do you use? The amp is on the warm side of neutral and has enough grunt. My mate runs them with a pair of Elac Carinas and the synergy is great. We haggled and got the amp for 3k Singapore dollars. If you are able to get this for around the same price, it’s a much better deal. The dealer also deals with Roksan so we did compare. The Musical Fidelity amps are very good too. They sound a lot like Naim amps for a lot less money.
  15. I have had the CX80 which sounds the same as the CX60. It was paired to a Focal Aria 926. It was a good match. The CX60 is not a laid back amplifier so you should take care to pair it with a speaker which is on the warmer side of neutral. I am not sure how you would describe your speaker as I don’t have any experience about it. I have auditioned the rotel a few times and I always found the rotel sound to be thin and detailed. It was not something I liked. You should also consider the Marantz PM6006 which should be in the same price range. Also has a phono. A newer version has l
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