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    Re: Where to spend the most money in your audio chain?

    Well if my commentary contributed to your decision not to post on here than I did not mean it to have that outcome. It’s ultimately your decision whether you post or not from here on out obviously.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sharp 2160 View Post
    One other question, married or single? The reason I ask if there is a WAF involved?
    Phew .... Thanks for clearing that up ...







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    Re: Where to spend the most money in your audio chain?

    Please don’t be offended. When you ask the question, “where to spend the most money in your audio chain”, it implies that you are wishing to improve the sound of your system and want to know where others think the dollars would be best spent. Thus the recommendation to make sure you have heard the best your existing system has to offer before spending money chasing something that you may already have. No offense was intended, just trying to help.

    So to try and answer the question, my phono cartridge probably made the most significant impact of any of the gear I own. So I would stear toward a high quality source.
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    Re: Where to spend the most money in your audio chain?

    Quote Originally Posted by a.wayne View Post
    No amt of amplification would get those speakers to sound like real music , i would go for better speakers ,,bigger differences there than in the amplification...
    a.wayne, while I do respect your opinion I do not agree with it concerning the PSB's. I certainly agree that the 3.7i's would sound better in most respects as I a Maggie guy but it is a matter of preference. And I could have easily included them in my example system along with several other speakers. If you have never heard a pair of PSB Synchony's or the newer, better version the T3's, then you are mistaken about them.

    I heard a $120K system with $50K Rockport speakers in a large dedicated audio room that was professionally built for home audio and my son and I came away unimpressed. While it did some things better than my humble system, we preferred my system which sounded more accurate and natural.

    Here is part of the Stereophile review on the T3's, although I fully understand that most pro reviewers embellish to please their clients.

    As I mentioned before, the first music I listened to through the PSB Imagine T3s was a set of Brahms's Piano Trios. The date was April 21, 2016. And as I was deciding what to play next, I heard the news that Prince had been found dead. I was struck uncharacteristically silent. I set the title track of Purple Rain (ALAC file ripped from CD, footnote 2, Warner Bros.) on repeat and let the music wash over me. The electric guitar, like the tenor saxophone and the cello, has the same tessitura as the male voice, and every great artist who plays one of those instruments develops a unique voice on it. You just have to hear one phrase to know that it is Prince playing the electric guitar. That is the sign of greatness, and that day in April, my PSB-based system allowed Prince's greatness to shine through, unencumbered by artifact.
    Conclusions
    While more expensive than its predecessor, the Synchrony One, PSB's Imagine T3 offers superb sound quality for what is still a relatively affordable price. To improve on its combination of full frequency-range sound, clarity, and neutrality, you would need to spend almost three times as much. It is also a beautiful piece of audio furniture.


    Here is another review from TAS which is very similar-

    http://www.theabsolutesound.com/articles/psb-imagine-t3-loudspeaker/?page=2


    Enough said as I do not want to get into a tit for tat. Just my opinion.

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    Re: Where to spend the most money in your audio chain?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mechnutt View Post
    a.wayne, while I do respect your opinion I do not agree with it concerning the PSB's. I certainly agree that the 3.7i's would sound better in most respects as I a Maggie guy but it is a matter of preference. And I could have easily included them in my example system along with several other speakers. If you have never heard a pair of PSB Synchony's or the newer, better version the T3's, then you are mistaken about them.

    I heard a $120K system with $50K Rockport speakers in a large dedicated audio room that was professionally built for home audio and my son and I came away unimpressed. While it did some things better than my humble system, we preferred my system which sounded more accurate and natural.

    Here is part of the Stereophile review on the T3's, although I fully understand that most pro reviewers embellish to please their clients.

    As I mentioned before, the first music I listened to through the PSB Imagine T3s was a set of Brahms's Piano Trios. The date was April 21, 2016. And as I was deciding what to play next, I heard the news that Prince had been found dead. I was struck uncharacteristically silent. I set the title track of Purple Rain (ALAC file ripped from CD, footnote 2, Warner Bros.) on repeat and let the music wash over me. The electric guitar, like the tenor saxophone and the cello, has the same tessitura as the male voice, and every great artist who plays one of those instruments develops a unique voice on it. You just have to hear one phrase to know that it is Prince playing the electric guitar. That is the sign of greatness, and that day in April, my PSB-based system allowed Prince's greatness to shine through, unencumbered by artifact.
    Conclusions
    While more expensive than its predecessor, the Synchrony One, PSB's Imagine T3 offers superb sound quality for what is still a relatively affordable price. To improve on its combination of full frequency-range sound, clarity, and neutrality, you would need to spend almost three times as much. It is also a beautiful piece of audio furniture.


    Here is another review from TAS which is very similar-

    http://www.theabsolutesound.com/articles/psb-imagine-t3-loudspeaker/?page=2


    Enough said as I do not want to get into a tit for tat. Just my opinion.

    Best Regards,

    Larry

    Hi larry ,

    So you do agree the 3.7i with subs would have been the better choice , great minds Larry , great minds ............

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    Re: Where to spend the most money in your audio chain?

    For sure the 3.7i's with subs would be better. I was just throwing out examples. I would buy a pair in a NY minute if I had the room for them. When I bought my 1.6's I could have bought the 3.6's (even the wife told me to get them) but my room would not have accommodated them and my electronics were not up to snuff back then, Parasound Halo A21 LOL. My room is 17x17 with 9.5' ceilings. Door panels 4' out into the room just wouldn't work. My 1.6's are 3' out but the larger models need more room to breathe.
    My Gear- Mains System-Pass X250 amp, BAT VK-51se preamp, Luxman DA-06 DAC, Magnepan 1.6's, Thorens TD-145 TT, Dual Martin Logan Subs, Vintage Luxman T-110 Tuner, Other systems- Parasound A21 amp,Van Alstine Ultra Plus Hybrid tube DAC and Preamp, Magnepan MMG's, Monitor Audio S1's, PSB B6's, Def Tech Pro Monitor 1000's, Velodyne sub, Adcom GFR-700 AVR, Music Hall 25.2 modified CDP, Cables by Cardas Parsec, AQ Columbia DBS 72v, Wire World.

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