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    Re: A few quick photos of a system in flux - Duo XD ...

    Joe, will you give me a good deal on the speakers when you get tired of them and decide to move on?
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    Re: A few quick photos of a system in flux - Duo XD ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Mechnutt View Post
    Joe, will you give me a good deal on the speakers when you get tired of them and decide to move on?
    You calling dibs? Okay I certainly hope you are a patient man.
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    Re: A few quick photos of a system in flux - Duo XD ...

    Quote Originally Posted by PMCH View Post
    Joe, love the look of your system. I am a McIntosh fan.
    Thank you very much.

    It’s too bad I didn’t listen to some of you guys and pair MC2301s with my Strads. I think I’d still have that combo today.

    But, I absolutely love the MC275 with the C1100 on my Duo XD. They complement each other wonderfully.
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    Re: A few quick photos of a system in flux - Duo XD ...

    Hey Joe
    Have you had a chance to form an opinion on that Valvet E2 in your sig?

    I'd love to hear SS from Valvet, Sugden, Grandinote, Gold Note, Riviera, Spec, Linnenberg, and Audia Flight on the AGs but these brands are so esoteric in the US that even if you can access a dealer, the chances of getting a listen to the particular model you want to check out is virtually nil ...

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    Re: A few quick photos of a system in flux - Duo XD ...

    Quote Originally Posted by joeinid View Post
    You calling dibs? Okay I certainly hope you are a patient man.
    I hope so , Spring Break is quite aways ....

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    Quote Originally Posted by a.wayne View Post
    I hope so , Spring Break is quite aways ....
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    Re: A few quick photos of a system in flux - Duo XD ...

    Joe, so what are your favorite amp combos with the Duos now?
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    Re: A few quick photos of a system in flux - Duo XD ...

    Quote Originally Posted by pdub View Post
    Hey Joe
    Have you had a chance to form an opinion on that Valvet E2 in your sig?

    I'd love to hear SS from Valvet, Sugden, Grandinote, Gold Note, Riviera, Spec, Linnenberg, and Audia Flight on the AGs but these brands are so esoteric in the US that even if you can access a dealer, the chances of getting a listen to the particular model you want to check out is virtually nil ...

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    The Valvet E2 is simply outstanding. It's a little more neutral overall than the SIT3 for example but it feels so complete top to bottom. I'm personally leaning towards the SIT3 overall but have had the E2 in the system for the past 10 days or so.

    It's only 12wpc into 8 ohms but I still need to find out from the company officially if it likes or hates the 16-18 ohms of my Duos. It seems perfectly happy but I don't know electrically if it's too much like the SIT3. That needs a resistor in parallel to lower the overall resistance to 8 ohms or below.

    The E2 runs hot on the bottom because it's fully Class A. It's very open, 3D, lively, dead quiet, very musical and detailed.

    The SIT3 for example seems a little smoother, a little more reserved on top and a little more SET-like overall.

    If you made me pick one for the Duos, I'd go SIT3 for my personal taste. If you want more detail and openness, go E2. I think on another or different high efficiency speaker, I would absolutely pick and happily live with the E2. I'm certainly not giving it up. It's simply superb with another flavor of great.

    I think Sugden or Accuphase E650 could be superb as well.

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    Re: A few quick photos of a system in flux - Duo XD ...

    Quote Originally Posted by KeithR View Post
    Joe, so what are your favorite amp combos with the Duos now?
    If I had to pick one and only one amp, the SIT3 with GAT2 is my perfect combo. Just mainly because it’s solid state and minimal tubes and is the sweetest most SET like combo.

    The Luxman MQ300 beats all solid state and has all the bloom, air, sweetness, vocals to die for, depth and layering you could want.

    The 275VI is surprisingly awesome but is a little more matter of fact without the SET sweetness that I desire. It has 16 ohm taps like precious few amps have so it responds better than most. I love the long tube life and with the C1100 or GAT2 is an easy listening, carefree combo. My preference is the GAT2 with all my amps.

    The Valvet E2, Luxman MQ300 and SIT3 are my go to rotation trio.
    Joe

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    Re: A few quick photos of a system in flux - Duo XD ...

    Hey Joe, it's great to read about "your" preferences in this thread. Not many have had the privilege to experience good gear as you have in their own space & lived with it. This is a totally different perspective & knowledge base that many don't understand, thanks for sharing.

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