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    Re: D-5's Down on the Bayou

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    ML33's. They'll probably be the first components to go, even though I've enjoyed them for years. Based on initial impressions, The D-5's should benefit from a modern amp with a high damping factor. We'll see, still breaking in...

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    Check out Soulution 725 preamp and 711 stereo amp or 701 mono amps. Soulution and Raidho are a match made in heaven. The amps have a damping factor great than 10,000 and will control the D5 bass like no other. I have the 520 preamp and 501 mono amps with my Raidho D3 V2. The synergy is just off the charts great.

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    Re: D-5's Down on the Bayou

    Audionet MAX monos should also be on the short list.

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    There are lots of great choices out there. Nice to live in the 21st century; a golden age for high end audio. I would form a list in talking with others who have extensively auditioned and/or own the electronics coupled with Raidhos.

    Consider what factors your speakers will benefit from that the candidate amp possesses. Then go listen, listen, listen for yourself. An over-riding theme here on Audioshark is believe your own ears. You're the one that is going to have to live with the electronics.
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    Re: D-5's Down on the Bayou

    Really appreciate the amp suggestions and the great advice. This is getting interesting. Every day as the speakers are breaking in, it seems the priorities change as to what components should be replaced first. We have the Burmester monos and preamp/power supply arriving this week for a listen, and my audiophile compatriot down the street has the big Soluution monos arriving next week. I may be able to borrow them for a trial since his Magico's are at the factory being upgraded. Trying to also arrange for Lars to come down to the bayou with his Ansuz loom. Funny thing is that after listening this morning, I can't imagine the sound getting any better; yet I know things are just getting started. The D-5's replaced Alexandria X-2's, but the difference after only 3+ days has been more akin to changing the entire room rather than just 2 speakers. There is literally a wall is sound emanating from the stage. And other than a small hump somewhere in the mid-bass, the presentation is spectacular. Thanks again for the sage advice. I'm going to try and take my time to get this right, but going slow is not my strong suit...

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    Re: D-5's Down on the Bayou

    Quote Originally Posted by allenkrewe View Post
    We have the Burmester monos and preamp/power supply arriving this week for a listen
    The big 909s or the 911s? Should be very interesting the comparison to Soulution.

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    Re: D-5's Down on the Bayou

    911 MK3 factory mono's; 077 preamp with outboard power supply.

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    I'll jump in here and offer the opinion that D'Agostino Momentum mono blocks are a great match for my D-3's and should be likewise for the more capable d-5. The best way to describe the combination is "palpable" i.e. thick, tubey kind of vocals and instruments that blur the line between valves and transistors. Percussion instruments have a sizzle and weight that brings a smile to my face. I run the amps direct from a dCS DAC with no preamp and am very happy with that setup.

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    Re: D-5's Down on the Bayou

    Quote Originally Posted by Cincy2 View Post
    I'll jump in here and offer the opinion that D'Agostino Momentum mono blocks are a great match for my D-3's and should be likewise for the more capable d-5. The best way to describe the combination is "palpable" i.e. thick, tubey kind of vocals and instruments that blur the line between valves and transistors. Percussion instruments have a sizzle and weight that brings a smile to my face. I run the amps direct from a dCS DAC with no preamp and am very happy with that setup.

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    Yes. I love the D'Agostino monos on Raidho. I've had great success with D1s, D3s and D5s. I've listened to the 700 series Soulution a bunch on various Raidho Models, and I preferred the D'Agostino. The Solution didn't do anything wrong, just the D'Agostino made my toe tap more.

    In my current room, my favorite so far is the Ayre MXR20s. In my last room it was the Dag.

    The new Ayre MXR20s have the vise like grip on the base like the Soulution has with SE tube like mids with silky highs like the Dags and toe tapping galore. Since I put the Ayre in the system, there isn't a listening session that I don't get goose bumps on several tracks and always loose track of time. It's that involving.

    I do want to try the Burmester tho. Lots of great amps out there.
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    Re: D-5's Down on the Bayou

    Quote Originally Posted by allenkrewe View Post
    Really appreciate the amp suggestions and the great advice. This is getting interesting. Every day as the speakers are breaking in, it seems the priorities change as to what components should be replaced first. We have the Burmester monos and preamp/power supply arriving this week for a listen, and my audiophile compatriot down the street has the big Soluution monos arriving next week. I may be able to borrow them for a trial since his Magico's are at the factory being upgraded. Trying to also arrange for Lars to come down to the bayou with his Ansuz loom. Funny thing is that after listening this morning, I can't imagine the sound getting any better; yet I know things are just getting started. The D-5's replaced Alexandria X-2's, but the difference after only 3+ days has been more akin to changing the entire room rather than just 2 speakers. There is literally a wall is sound emanating from the stage. And other than a small hump somewhere in the mid-bass, the presentation is spectacular. Thanks again for the sage advice. I'm going to try and take my time to get this right, but going slow is not my strong suit...

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    So Allen, the nice thing about this forum is that you'll find a wide array of opinions and tastes in delivery medium. At this level there really aren't any wrong answers, just personal preferences.

    I had the privilege to listen to most all of the electronics mentioned so far. On the D5's I also had the opportunity to hear Accuphase and Constellation. They all had there strong points. I could probably live most any of them.

    After you do all of your research you should have a peace of mind in your decision. I've been to three major audio shows and visited fellow audiophiles with very nice systems since making my final choice of what to mate with my D5's.

    In all that time I haven't heard anything to make me second guess myself because I auditioned such a variety of electronics. That's a nice place to be able to get to.

    Lots of great choices.

    One more thing: about two years ago I learned a valuable lesson on this forum. Believe your own ears! I was at a listening venue where two other audiophiles (with more experience than me) were saying how much better "Brand X" (as I'll call it here) sounded on Raidhos than what I favored. I almost started to go down that path because of how much respect I had for them. But on a second hearing it just wasn't doing it for me.

    Believe in what you hear for yourself.

    Now you've got your dream speakers. I would say take your time and don't be in a rush. Go to shows. Have what you like brought in to your home. Offer to pay the round trip shipping on what makes your short list for audition. I had a lot of heavy iron through my primary listening room before pulling the trigger.

    Then when you think you've spent too much on electronics you can really take leave of your senses with cabling.
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