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    Re: Do you use an integrated in your main system?

    Until recently I used a Hegel H160 in my main system as an integrated. Also own a Magnum Dynalab MD-208 that I use in another system, and even a PS Audio Elite Plus which is still going strong after more than 30 years!
    Main system: PS Audio P5, CAPS server w/HDPlex power supply, Hegel H160, AQ Colorado and Rocket 44, Vandersteen Treos, PS Audio DS DAC. NAD M4 tuner, Mcintosh MR74. Analog: Bryston BLP1, Ortofon Quintet Black, customized Tavish Adagio phono pre. AudioSensibility Statement interconnects. Rythmik Audio 15-inch sub. Other stuff: Sequerra Met 7's (original) Met 7 MK. II, REL Q108, Berning ea-230's, Micro Seiki BL51 with Grace and Rega arms. Too much else to list, I am gonna leave a heck of a pile of stuff when I die.

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    Re: Do you use an integrated in your main system?

    I've used integrated amps from the beginning with only a brief and unsuccessful foray into separates. The thought of optimizing a system around separates has been for the most part too daunting for me. Between the need for more racks, cords, outlets, space and usually money I've stayed with integrateds. To date I've had the following: Krell S300i, Simaudio I7, Luxman 507u, Vitus RI-100(on loan), Luxman 590AX, Coda CSIB

    That said, ultimately my future destination is separates. (I'm particularly interested in the Luxman combo as well.)

    With my systems fully optimized I have been quite satisfied with integrated amps but honestly at your level of equipment I'm not sure I could do it without feeling I've left performance on the table. Pretty much all of the reference level integrateds I've seen still look quite compromised compared to their separates brethren. I think you do get a big advantage in synergy with the short signal paths and optimization between functions in an integrated at their price points. But beyond being very value and space conscious I would go separates. I do however wish more manufacturers would push the boundaries with integrateds. For example I would love to see a c900u/m900u level integrated from Luxman. I would choose it over their separates for the sake of simplicity. I often feel the disparity between separates and integrateds is too large. That's just my 2 cents anyway!


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    Re: Do you use an integrated in your main system?

    So what's your integrated list, Joe?
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    Re: Do you use an integrated in your main system?

    Great question. I promised myself that before I did anything rash, I’d demo the Luxman M900u. Although not an integrated, this makes sense to match my preamp and by all accounts is stellar.

    If that doesn’t work out, I’d like to check out the T+A PA3100HV. That looks great and is supposed to be smooth and sweet on top with balls.

    I miss my Naim and have to think about what else is on my list.

    I do have a Pass XA25 on order, so that could be perfect and a lot of fun.


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    So what's your integrated list, Joe?
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    Re: Do you use an integrated in your main system?

    Joe,

    Am biased of course and haven’t worked out your price point, but is the Gryphon Diablo 300 on your list?

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    Re: Do you use an integrated in your main system?

    Very happy with the Luxman L-590AX Mark II so far. Just arrived yesterday. Sounded pretty damn great out of the box and this morning it really sounds fantastic. Driving the Harbeth 30.2 effortlessly, it sounds plenty ballsy yet velvety smooth with midrange sweetness that is very addicting. Does not leave me wanting something else, I can see myself spending years upon years with this combo which is very musical and non-fatiguing. Exactly what I was hoping for. I've owned enough much higher end gear to be confident in what I am hearing.
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    Re: Do you use an integrated in your main system?



    If there’s something I really want, I’ll reach for it. I just don’t want to spend a lot if I don’t have to. In the grand scheme of things, the Diablo is not “too” much.

    I really need to hear whatever I decide on but yes, the Diablo 300 is on my list.

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    Joe,

    Am biased of course and haven’t worked out your price point, but is the Gryphon Diablo 300 on your list?

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    Re: Do you use an integrated in your main system?

    Serge,

    I’m so happy for you. I absolutely love Luxman. That’s why I am so intrigued by the M900u. I’ve been looking hard at both the 509 and 590.

    I have to be honest, since selling off a lot of gear, I’m feeling a renewed sense of freedom with less of an obsession. It’s kind of nice.

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    Very happy with the Luxman L-590AX Mark II so far. Just arrived yesterday. Sounded pretty damn great out of the box and this morning it really sounds fantastic. Driving the Harbeth 30.2 effortlessly, it sounds plenty ballsy yet velvety smooth with midrange sweetness that is very addicting. Does not leave me wanting something else, I can see myself spending years upon years with this combo which is very musical and non-fatiguing. Exactly what I was hoping for. I've owned enough much higher end gear to be confident in what I am hearing.
    Joe

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    Pass Labs XA25, Audio Research Ref 10 preamp, D'Agostino Momentum M400 monos, McIntosh MCLK12, Luxman C900u, Job INTegrated, Accuphase A-36, Cary 300B SE, JBL 4367, Revel Ultima Studio 2, JBL 4312D, Klipsch RP-160M, Klipsch RB-75, KEF LS50, ModWright Ultimate Sony XA-5400ES, ASL Wave monos, Kimber RCA and XLR cable, VPI Classic 3, VPI SDS, Lyra Kleos, Burmester 948, Metric Halo LIO-8, Linear Tube Audio MZ2 - MicroZOTL2.0 Preamplifier, Bricasti M1SE dac.

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    Re: Do you use an integrated in your main system?

    I was just looking at some of the Luxman units on Music Direct site and noticed 2 Esoteric Integrated units. F05 and F07. Does anyone have experience with the Esoteric Ints since the CDPs get so much love?
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    Re: Do you use an integrated in your main system?

    Thanks Joe! I am happy with the integrated, it's a lot of bang for the buck. No doubt there is a bit more to be had going M900u and C900u for example but at more than 3x the price the diminishing returns kick in really hard. Of course it may not be a good solution for someone who really does need much more power that the M900u would deliver!
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