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    Re: Where do I go from here? New audiophile!

    Welcome to AS.

    Consider a warmer and musical DAC like a used Chord Hugo, 2Qute which is the Hugo minus the headphone amp. The Chord Qutest is supposed to be very good based on reviews. My son might be buying one. I would look at something else besides the A23. Maybe PS Audio M700's or the cheaper S300 stereo amp which would be on par as far as price wise with the A23.

    What usb cable and IC's are you using?
    My Gear- Mains System-Pass X250 amp, BAT VK-51se preamp, Luxman DA-06 DAC, Magnepan 1.6's, Thorens TD-145 TT, Dual Martin Logan Subs, Vintage Luxman T-110 Tuner, Other systems- Parasound A21 amp,Van Alstine Ultra Plus Hybrid tube DAC and Preamp, Magnepan MMG's, Monitor Audio S1's, PSB B6's, Def Tech Pro Monitor 1000's, Velodyne sub, Adcom GFR-700 AVR, Music Hall 25.2 modified CDP, Cables by Cardas Parsec, AQ Columbia DBS 72v, Wire World.

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    Where do I go from here? New audiophile!

    Quote Originally Posted by AJ Soundfield View Post
    The spiral is usually downward. Welcome.
    Says Trent Reznor..

    Welcome to AS!

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    Re: Where do I go from here? New audiophile!

    There are many good companies that have built a reputation of building high quality gear. NuPrime, for example, Benchmark is another that make very good gear and some highly rated DACs.

    One of my favorites is Wyred 4 Sound who build their award winning equipment in the US. Unlike some companies, they actually build their own cases, populate their own circuit boards, etc., and then back their gear with full 5 year warranties. Not bad for a small United States company competing on the world stage. Wyred is headed by a young man who has been called the boy wonder genius of audio design by more than one audio critique. His name is EJ Sarmento. He began designing for PS Audio and others when he was a teenager. He started Wyred 4 Sound when he was 22 some dozen years or so ago now.
    Wyred 4 Sound STP-SE Stage 2; T+A DAC 8 DSD; T+A AMP 8; KEF R700; ELAC Debut 2.0 SUB3010; AudioQuest Niagara 1000; Falcon Northwest Music Server; Microsoft Surface Pro 6; Roon & HQPlayer Software; W4S Recovery; Oppo BDP-105; McIntosh MR7083; Astell&Kern AK240; Audeze LCD-i4; Burmester Car Audio System

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    Re: Where do I go from here? New audiophile!

    Welcome! I'm in the same boat as you. We have some things in common...I have two SVS HT systems and I've returned to high end audio after about a 40 year absence. One thing I've learned about this forum is how dumb I am and how smart people are here. Many of the participants here are highly knowledgeable about electronics in general. There are even some EEs, physicists, and PhDs in electronics and computer related subjects here. On the ladder of electronics knowledge I'm below
    the first rung and many here are beyond the 100th+ story.

    My interest in high end audio was rekindled in earnest about last March and started with a visit to an audio store. I auditioned McIntosh (don't recall which model) and Audio Research (VSi75) amps along with Revel, B&W, and JBL speakers. That's all it took to rekindle the fire.

    If there is one piece of advice I'd give you it would be to take your time in making decisions about audio components. I can't tell you how many times I've changed my mind about what brands and models I wanted for my new system. Each time I was sure that's what I wanted. I've still not decided. Next month I'll be making a trip to Suncoast Audio to audition several amps and make final decisions on the remainder of my system components.

    I've been retired for four years and can't wait to make my final purchases. I'll be paying for my system with some pension money and, for tax purposes, have had to spread my purchases over two years. Therefore, I'll make the actual final purchases of my system in January. It's been a long wait and I've had to be very patient. But the wait has been a blessing in disguise. It has allowed me much more time to research what I want. I am so glad I didn't make my purchases last March based on almost no research and one live audition. There are so many great brands to research I would have always wondered "what if"? Once I make those final decisions next month the wait will just be three more months. Just in time for my birthday.

    I know you're preferring to buy used. But, once again, take your time. There are always good deals to be had. But resist the urge to purchase the first thing that piques your interest unless you're sure it's what you really want. Like I said, I've changed my mind countless times over a seven month span (so far). And each time I thought I was sure that's what I wanted. I'm now able to narrow my focus and be confident of the brands and models I'm considering. All I need to do now is the listening test. Buying used, you may/may not have the opportunity to audition your components. If there is any way you can swing it, do a live audition. You won't be sorry. I finally, after strong advice from the highly knowledgeable people of this forum, "bit the bullet" and booked a weekend flight to Sarasota to audition the components I'm interested in. Although it's a bit expensive I know it will be money well spent, not to mention fun.

    One final bit of advice...try to keep an open mind. Many times I've ignored some brands or models of components without even considering some very fine names in audio gear only to find out they were one of the highest choices of experienced audiophiles. There was a time when I wanted only a tube amp. Now, after considerable research based on features, specs, and characteristics only, I favor SS amps. However, I will certainly consider a tube amp if it turns my ear next month.

    Anyway, that's my two cents worth. Take it with a grain of salt. Listen to the people on this and other forums. They can be very helpful. You might occasionally run into an insecure person who wants to feed their ego at your expense. But that's definitely the exception. You can still learn from them. I've learned a LOT from the people here. They're a good bunch and have been tremendously helpful to me.

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    Re: Where do I go from here? New audiophile!

    Quote Originally Posted by AJ Soundfield View Post
    Mythy, by far the biggest improvement you could make, without dropping a dime, is moving the speakers forward, out close to the front edge of desk as possible. With the Audenze and 150w/ch, your current front end is by no means a limitation to the soundwaves/perceived soundfield.
    If you're going to spend $$ for physically improved sound, consider dual subs and some way to bass manage, at very least a high pass filter at 50-80hz (depending on how loud/what material) on the bookshelfs. That would clean things up.
    Many speakers can out perform subwoofers and integrate much better with the mids and tweeters. Why ? because they are woofers,designed to run from the lowest octaves up to frequencies your crappy sub could never reach,giving better harmonious integration with upper bass frequencies.
    High passing speakers already tells me that you are running a compromise. Sounds like a typical AV surround sound system
    Needing extra headroom for your receiver = compromise
    Placement of speakers is a bunch of bull crap , simply bi amp or use a active crossover lets me smooth out the bass as well or better.

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    Re: Where do I go from here? New audiophile!

    Quote Originally Posted by Prashell View Post
    Does AJ Soundfield post around here? I was told he knows a lot about measurements.

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    Re: Where do I go from here? New audiophile!

    Quote Originally Posted by AJ Soundfield View Post
    I see you didn't refute a single thing I said.

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    Re: Where do I go from here? New audiophile!

    Quote Originally Posted by Prashell View Post
    Thanks AJ. I frequent a number of forums and they almost seem to have a hive mind mentality that AVR's are crap for music and are flawed beyond measure. I've used AVR's for years and thought they sounded pretty good to me.
    High passing speakers already tells me that you are running a compromise. Sounds like a typical AV surround sound system
    Needing extra headroom for your receiver = compromise
    https://www.audioshark.org/showthrea...l=1#post247252

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    Re: Where do I go from here? New audiophile!

    So I'm not allowed to change my mind? I find it funny that you put in the time to go through my history, you must be very bored.

 

 
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