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    Re: Critical Mass Center Stage 2

    S3Mk2 is not to be sneezed at either....my journey has been a progression through the series. S3. Q3. M3. Nowhere else to go now.

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    Thank you, I agree. The S3 mk2s are very good, and I do not miss anything as such.

    But recently I got some Harbeth 30.2s for my summerhouse. Before shipping them over, I tried them in my main system. They were really good, and I kept them there for several weeks. But when I switched back to the S3 mk2s, I again understood the delta between both models.

    I presume the experience might be similar when switching from S3 mk2s to M3s. But both are great in their own right and price bracket.


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    Re: Critical Mass Center Stage 2

    I haven't heard S3Mk2, but I'd like to. I had the original S3 and I liked them very much. But once I got on the Q platform it's tough to go back to S. Not tough at all to go from there to M. Except of course the toughness of the price difference. But when you see M in the flesh you see where the money goes.

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    Re: Critical Mass Center Stage 2

    Quote Originally Posted by bazelio View Post
    Would you be willing to move them aside, and go back to the stock feet for a day? You know, just to double check / confirm your findings. Relying on audio memory 2 weeks later can be deceiving.
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    Sure. But I’m traveling early this week to visit a customer. So, perhaps next week or later this week. I purposely didn’t listen during the weeks. Once at installation, once after week one, then at two weeks.
    So what's the verdict?
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    Re: Critical Mass Center Stage 2

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    So what's the verdict?
    We broke down that room for the event on the 28th. Won’t be putting it back until next Friday at the earliest.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike View Post
    We broke down that room for the event on the 28th. Won’t be putting it back until next Friday at the earliest.


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    Re: Critical Mass Center Stage 2

    I have the HRS nimbus... They have been really good. Even uber expensive HRS is way cheaper than these... Is it real that these are THAT good??? Kind of hard to believe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steinkrieg View Post
    I have the HRS nimbus... They have been really good. Even uber expensive HRS is way cheaper than these... Is it real that these are THAT good??? Kind of hard to believe.
    They are that good. Yes.


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    Re: Critical Mass Center Stage 2

    Hey Mike, the rack i am using for my components is actually a piece of furniture and not a dedicated audio rack. my system sits in the living room and while i'm open to changing out the rack my gf really likes how it fits with the decor...unfortunately, amps are getting bigger etc and i'm worried about the weight and vibration. not sure cms will help with the weight but would vibration issues be solved if i slipped these footers under each leg?

 

 
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