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    Re: D-5's Down on the Bayou

    Quote Originally Posted by octadyndude View Post
    Also hold off on deciding cables too. I think you will be very impressed with the Mainz d8 (or 2) and Diamond Tc cables. They are not cheap but oh what a difference.
    The Mainz D8 is at the top of my list. I want to order that piece and the D pc without further fanfare, based on everything I have read. But CES is around the corner and I'd like to see/hear the new Tesla Coil pc's as well. As you related, each piece is quite a commitment...

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    Lars didn't say when the Pre/Amp will be out. The Diamond is a great cable. The TC version is the icing on the cake!!
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    I understand the Ansuz MainzD8 is a terrific power conditioner. David B. used to rave about it. Does it contain any surge protection? If not, I would probably have to add whole house surge protection north of it first. The plus is it would free up a spot on my audio rack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alpinist View Post
    I understand the Ansuz MainzD8 is a terrific power conditioner. David B. used to rave about it. Does it contain any surge protection? If not, I would probably have to add whole house surge protection north of it first. The plus is it would free up a spot on my audio rack.

    Ken
    No surge protection. I still maintain my APC S20's are fantastic and using my Entec, measure perfectly. You may want to take a look at those Ken.


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    Mike, how long have you had APC S20's in your system? They provide great surge protection and don't compromise sound quality?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Odyssey View Post
    Mike, how long have you had APC S20's in your system? They provide great surge protection and don't compromise sound quality?
    Going on 5 years now. I've done extensive in/out comparisons. Using my Entech, they showed a drop of line noise by 99.99% vs the MIT Z-Duplex outlet alone.

    In Florida, we have frequent brown outs and the rapid on/off/on of the gear, coupled with the surges those cause, makes the APC S20's invaluable in my system.

    For 701's, you would likely want one APC S20 per amp and then another for sources/preamp. They are about the size and weight of a good sized amp (think a single Bryston 28 size).


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    Re: D-5's Down on the Bayou

    How are things sounding now that you have a couple weeks on them?

    How has the up and down breaking process been? You should be over a lot of it.
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    Well... after Day 5, I admit I was ready to send these bast@rds back. Once the Day 3 enthusiasm wore off..., at Day 5 there was no focus, flabby bass, instruments too large, and confusing soundstage. I thought--Hell, I was doing better than this with the Wilsons and 10 year old gear! But there were a lot issues: a new dCS Rossini Player breaking in, Transparent cables setup for old electronics, and probably mis-matched gear for the Raidho's--amps (Levinson Ref 33's) and preamp (AR Reference 5). Thankfully, the Burmester amps and preamp arrived, and after hearing the setup my audiophile neighbor insisted on swapping my cables out for his Nordost Odin "loom." Add to this a kind, encouraging call from Odyssey (Le Roy) advocating for patience and advising on placement--which helped me bridge to 300+ hours of break-in. Now I'm glad to report that all is sublime!

    While the speakers still haven't been perfectly optimized in the room for bass (we're dancing them around tomorrow), the mids and highs are just amazing. The presentation is like nothing I've ever heard: we have focus, the kind of air and harmonics around instruments that you not only hear, but are beguiled into actually seeing the instrument. The soundstage is MUCH better (huge), but will probably still improve with proper speaker placement. Mozart, Bach, Rossini and Shostakovich have been in heavy rotation--and Miles Davis dropped by to scintillate us with Bitches Brew. What a dramatic reversal of fortune in just a few days--thank Goodness! The Burmesters doing their thing, and also the rack with Aurender, dCS Rossini, and the Burmester 077 preamp. The 800 lbs of Levinson amps have been (permanently) taken downstairs (got 4 linebackers on a bye week), and the Audio Research will be up on Audiogon this weekend. The Burmester gear is like a fine burgundy, very musical and soooooo refined. I think the Soluution will be the Bordeaux. But man, these Raidho's! I'm talking Applied Materials.

    We'll see what TIME will bring. Thanks to all for the continued support, and particularly the counsel of PATIENCE. Not the strong suit of a Type A personality...

    Jock - Thanks for the sanity check
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    Glad is coming together. System looks great!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Allenkrewe@mac.com View Post
    Well... after Day 5, I admit I was ready to send these bast@rds back. Once the Day 3 enthusiasm wore off..., at Day 5 there was no focus, flabby bass, instruments too large, and confusing soundstage. I thought--Hell, I was doing better than this with the Wilsons and 10 year old gear! But there were a lot issues: a new dCS Rossini Player breaking in, Transparent cables setup for old electronics, and probably mis-matched gear for the Raidho's--amps (Levinson Ref 33's) and preamp (AR Reference 5). Thankfully, the Burmester amps and preamp arrived, and after hearing the setup my audiophile neighbor insisted on swapping my cables out for his Nordost Odin "loom." Add to this a kind, encouraging call from Odyssey (Le Roy) advocating for patience and advising on placement--which helped me bridge to 300+ hours of break-in. Now I'm glad to report that all is sublime!

    While the speakers still haven't been perfectly optimized in the room for bass (we're dancing them around tomorrow), the mids and highs are just amazing. The presentation is like nothing I've ever heard: we have focus, the kind of air and harmonics around instruments that you not only hear, but are beguiled into actually seeing the instrument. The soundstage is MUCH better (huge), but will probably still improve with proper speaker placement. Mozart, Bach, Rossini and Shostakovich have been in heavy rotation--and Miles Davis dropped by to scintillate us with Bitches Brew. What a dramatic reversal of fortune in just a few days--thank Goodness! The Burmesters doing their thing, and also the rack with Aurender, dCS Rossini, and the Burmester 077 preamp. The 800 lbs of Levinson amps have been (permanently) taken downstairs (got 4 linebackers on a bye week), and the Audio Research will be up on Audiogon this weekend. The Burmester gear is like a fine burgundy, very musical and soooooo refined. I think the Soluution will be the Bordeaux. But man, these Raidho's! I'm talking Applied Materials.

    We'll see what TIME will bring. Thanks to all for the continued support, and particularly the counsel of PATIENCE. Not the strong suit of a Type A personality...

    Jock - Thanks for the sanity check
    Allen,

    Your system looks terrific. Great to hear the break-in is progressing with the new gear. Nordost Odin is an outstanding synergistic match with Raidho speakers. It is fast and will de-emphasize the mid-bass bump of your Raidho D5's. Nodost cable used to be used in Raidho speakers before Ansuz cables were created.

    Best,
    Ken
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