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    Re: New amp to drive Sonus Faber Olympica III - Hegel? Coda? Mark Levinson?

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    Speaker cables?
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    Re: New amp to drive Sonus Faber Olympica III - Hegel? Coda? Mark Levinson?

    Boris - Of those 3 amps I'm only familiar with the ML 5805. This was amongst a dozen amps I bought or borrowed to replace tube amps I'd previously been using. It was quite good but not the best of the dozen.

    Someone mentioned GamuT - I had the D200 Mk III for a year or so. Personally I preferred the GamuT over the ML and would have kept it if it wasn't for my high sensitivity speakers that objected to Gamut's lack of soft start and stop circuit.

    You could look outside the box and consider a Purifi-based Class D amp. After testing the dozen amps, I chose the relatively cheap NAD M33. 200 / 380 watts 8/4 ogms, so plenty of power. You COULD better this, but it'll cost a great deal more than the amps on your list, I believe.
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    Re: New amp to drive Sonus Faber Olympica III - Hegel? Coda? Mark Levinson?

    I have digital combo already - Lyngdorf TDAI-1120 There is perfect baby with room correction. But anyway I think such modern devices sound synthetic. Now comparing Hegel 590 and Luxman 590. Both are in my room connecting to SF Olympica 3

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    Re: New amp to drive Sonus Faber Olympica III - Hegel? Coda? Mark Levinson?

    that should be interesting, which do you like better?

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    I have digital combo already - Lyngdorf TDAI-1120 There is perfect baby with room correction. But anyway I think such modern devices sound synthetic. Now comparing Hegel 590 and Luxman 590. Both are in my room connecting to SF Olympica 3
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    Re: New amp to drive Sonus Faber Olympica III - Hegel? Coda? Mark Levinson?

    Lyngdorf TDAI-1120 is very functional nice hi-fi. It has room correction which make them very useful. There is real advantage over other similar devices.
    Luxman L-590AxII - wool and silk :-) warm, wide and rich sound. Very well done. Real good old Japan quality. Very good companion for my Harbeths. But not enough powerful for my Sonus Oly 3.
    Hegel H590 hmmm...... powerful, good sound. It would be interesting to make comparison A/B test with Gryphon 300. I didn't compared DAC but believe to many reviewers that it is fine. However quality is disappointment.
    Cheap frame made of... sure not like tin but.... Noisy transformer. I even found microphone effect whet put it on floor near speaker.
    But Hegel can drive my Sonus which I like. Cheap frame - yes but light weight... Gryphon 300 is well done and gorgeous but more expensive and heavy.
    So, I will keep Hegel for Sonus. Lyngdorf for Harbeths in my study room. So sad but good-bye Luxman

    Thank you for advices everybody

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    Re: New amp to drive Sonus Faber Olympica III - Hegel? Coda? Mark Levinson?

    Boris, sounds like you made some excellent choices. Happy listening!
    Kevin

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    Re: New amp to drive Sonus Faber Olympica III - Hegel? Coda? Mark Levinson?

    Thank you

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    Re: New amp to drive Sonus Faber Olympica III - Hegel? Coda? Mark Levinson?

    If they are available to you look at Herbie's Audio for some isolation feet, they are very reasonably priced and work. Probably need Tender Foot and maybe one of the items to place on top, forgot the name.
    Aurender ACS10 w/Audioquest Diamond USB,
    Mark Levinson #526, 532h, JBL 4367's
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    SVS PC13 Ultra
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    Parasound P6, Coda CSX, Artisan speakers

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    Re: New amp to drive Sonus Faber Olympica III - Hegel? Coda? Mark Levinson?

    OREA Series | IsoAcoustics
    Will get this

    Still thinking about new speaker cables. Will try Absolute - top in Acoustic Zen. This cable is hybrid of copper/silver
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    Re: New amp to drive Sonus Faber Olympica III - Hegel? Coda? Mark Levinson?

    Have the CODA CSiB driving B&W 804 D3s, came to this thread after the fact you went with the 590 to power your SFs, seems like a good match 👍 for those speakers

    I have Transparent speaker cables, you might add them to your list to audition.

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    Re: New amp to drive Sonus Faber Olympica III - Hegel? Coda? Mark Levinson?

    What a journey! And a lot of great description. I'm going on a similar journey now, but don't have your skill to describe the experience.

    For speaker cable I'll suggest looking at Zu Audio and HiDiamond. Zu is not all too well known for their speaker cables but I doubt I'll ever part with mine - everything thing they touch becomes more clear and extended with improved soundstage. Close were the HiDiamond D8, just warmed things up slightly and that's not my preference. Zu is a US company so maybe not as easy to get for you, but HiDiamond is out of Italy.
    Main Room Lumin X1 | Enleum 23r | Scansonic MB3.5 B | Ayre Lx5-e
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    Soulution/Gryphon/Constellation/NAD to try when possible; all look interesting.
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