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    Holiday Tradition: Raid Dealer's Showroom!

    Some people favor Christmas Carols, eggnog, or mistletoe this time of year. For me the best part of Christmas is that my generous-spirited dealer, Mark Jones, closes for a week or so and his showroom gear gets loaded into the trunks of various clients and prospective clients for at home testing.

    This year I have the Constellation Inspiration 1.0 Integrated, for which I have immediately developed a strong affinity. The sound over the Magico S3 Mk2's is perfectly lovely in every way I can conceive. Forget binge watching Netflix series. For me, there is nothing better than having a superb new component in the house that makes me want to binge-listen to all of my favourite music.

    Instead of my dreaded in-laws, the Constellation 1.0 is my house guest for the holidays. This combination of circumstances may make 2018 the "best Christmas ever"!
    Magico S3 Mk II (M-Coat Titanium)
    AMG V12 (Teatro cart)
    Lampizator Atlantic Plus DSD512
    Blue Circle Custom Dual-Mono Preamp
    Auorasound VIDA (phono-stage)
    PS Audio BHK Signature 300 monos
    Aurender N100h
    Nordost Frey 2
    HRS, Rix Rax

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    Re: Holiday Tradition: Raid Dealer's Showroom!

    Quote Originally Posted by BayStBroker View Post
    Some people favor Christmas Carols, eggnog, or mistletoe this time of year. For me the best part of Christmas is that my generous-spirited dealer, Mark Jones, closes for a week or so and his showroom gear gets loaded into the trunks of various clients and prospective clients for at home testing.

    This year I have the Constellation Inspiration 1.0 Integrated, for which I have immediately developed a strong affinity. The sound over the Magico S3 Mk2's is perfectly lovely in every way I can conceive. Forget binge watching Netflix series. For me, there is nothing better than having a superb new component in the house that makes me want to binge-listen to all of my favourite music.

    Instead of my dreaded in-laws, the Constellation 1.0 is my house guest for the holidays. This combination of circumstances may make 2018 the "best Christmas ever"!
    Great post. Great dealer. Great amp. To me, Constellation sounds like tubes, doesn’t get hot and is made in the USA.


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    Re: Holiday Tradition: Raid Dealer's Showroom!

    I must report that after the initial shine of novelty it became obvious that the 100 watt 1.0 lacks the weight and power to bring out all that my S3 Mk2's can deliver. But all of the detail and musicality together with much of the speed is preserved by using the 1.0 as a pre-amp to feed my BHK300s. The gravity of the presentation is restored. I'd love to experiment with a more powerful Constellation amp.
    Magico S3 Mk II (M-Coat Titanium)
    AMG V12 (Teatro cart)
    Lampizator Atlantic Plus DSD512
    Blue Circle Custom Dual-Mono Preamp
    Auorasound VIDA (phono-stage)
    PS Audio BHK Signature 300 monos
    Aurender N100h
    Nordost Frey 2
    HRS, Rix Rax

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    Re: Holiday Tradition: Raid Dealer's Showroom!

    Quote Originally Posted by BayStBroker View Post
    I must report that after the initial shine of novelty it became obvious that the 100 watt 1.0 lacks the weight and power to bring out all that my S3 Mk2's can deliver. But all of the detail and musicality together with much of the speed is preserved by using the 1.0 as a pre-amp to feed my BHK300s. The gravity of the presentation is restored. I'd love to experiment with a more powerful Constellation amp.
    You need some Taurus monos! . The Constellation preamp is great. Glad you’re enjoying it.
    My Systems: http://www.audioshark.org/showthread...481#post158481

    "We can hear everything we measure, but we can't measure everything we hear. Let your ears be your guide."

    Dealer for: Audio Research, Aurender, AudioQuest Cables & Power Products, Avantgarde Acoustics, Avid HiFi, Ayre Acoustics, Berkeley Audio Design, Bowers & Wilkins (B&W), Bryston, Chord, Constellation Audio, FirstWatt, Focal Headphones, Furutech, Fyne Audio Loudspeakers, GigaFoil, Gryphon Audio, Harbeth Loudspeakers, Hegel, iFi Audio, ISO Acoustics, JL Audio, Keces Power Supplies, KL Audio Record Cleaning Machines, Lumin, Luxman, Magico Loudspeakers, MBL Speakers & Electronics, MIT Cables, MSB Technologies, Naim Audio, Ortofon, Pass Labs, PS Audio, Quadraspire, Rega Turntables, Roon Labs, Shunyata Research, SRA, Stein Music Products, Stillpoints, T+A Electronics, VAC, Vicoustics, Viva Audio, VPI Industries.

    https://suncoastaudio.com/
    Phone: 941-932-0282
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Suncoast-Au...1105178279194/