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    Re: Playing beyond it's price point

    Quote Originally Posted by jdandy View Post
    Everything is the best until you experience something better.
    Yes!
    And sometimes, we only know what we were missing when we started to have it.

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    Playing beyond it's price point

    How true. Everything in audio (and life) is comparative.


    Quote Originally Posted by jdandy View Post
    Everything is the best until you experience something better.



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    Re: Playing beyond it's price point

    I always thought the Dynaudio Focus 160’s sounded pretty darn good for the money. The fit and finish was also top notch.


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    Re: Playing beyond it's price point

    deleted - found new thread on the T+A Criterion S 2200 CTL speakers.

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    Re: Playing beyond it's price point

    Jdandy just lays it down. You can't refute that.

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    Re: Playing beyond it's price point

    I've found something can play beyond it's price point...if you hold out and wait for something to go on a deeply cut sale price. I've managed to pick up some items like this where it's nearly half off. Helps to grab something for a discount when you can.
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    Re: Playing beyond it's price point

    What I paid for my Heil Kithara speaker was a veritable steal! Not the best looker, but that big Heil driver is pure voodoo. Nothing better for voice or piano transients to me. Weakest link would be bass and the floorplate and tightened woofer suspension cured that.

    The Rowen amps for the price are stunning in their ability to deliver unclippable power. Imagine monoblocs for $2600 a pair that can deliver 65wpc into 8 ohms and 1,300W music power into 0.5ohms! Coming to America soon too.

    As for Dac, the Lampi Pacific even at that premium price is a relative bargain. With the right tubes...untouchable for me!
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    Re: Playing beyond it's price point

    Having said that, lots of great gear out there and system and room synergies matter. Just be mindful that power corrupts and absolute power...when you hear it, you cant go back to flea watts. LoL.

    I had some demo amps and was running peak 4,000 wpc into 0.5ohms for 2 pairs of speakers in parallel. Dynamics were off the chain!

    I also got to hear the Von Schweikert E3 Mk2 over the holidays and I must say for $8K, they were kicking butt and taking names!
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    Re: Playing beyond it's price point

    I am hoping and believe that the Audio Mirror pre-amp might very well be the best bargain I have ever found. It arrives today (fingers crossed). The Audio Mirror 45 watt mono block SET amplifiers are one of the finest bargains I have ever heard (TAS agrees and stated at twice their price they would be a deal). Vlad stated to me that the pre is a perfect match, and as a true DHT pre at under a grand.... nice....
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    Re: Playing beyond it's price point

    All in Randy.

 

 
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