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    Re: What did you do this weekend

    October 5th I spent the day auditioning 7 different amps at Suncoast Audio. Had the time of my life. Both Mikes were wonderful. Mike B. even took me out and fed me a wonderful lunch. It took me the entire day to decide on an amp because they ALL sounded sublime. What a high?!! Out of a Simaudio 340xi, Naim Supernait 3, VAC 170i, Luxman 509x, Pass int 60, Hegel H390, and Gryphon Diablo 300, I picked the D300. The Pass int 60 was a very close second. I was surprised at how great it sounded. Same with the NAIM Supernait 3 and Hegel H390. Oh yeah, and the VAC 170i and Luxman 509x...see what I mean? They all just sounded soooooo good. But, man, was it fun?! Wonderful experience. Thanks so much Mike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluegrassphile View Post
    October 5th I spent the day auditioning 7 different amps at Suncoast Audio. Had the time of my life. Both Mikes were wonderful. Mike B. even took me out and fed me a wonderful lunch. It took me the entire day to decide on an amp because they ALL sounded sublime. What a high?!! Out of a Simaudio 340xi, Naim Supernait 3, VAC 170i, Luxman 509x, Pass int 60, Hegel H390, and Gryphon Diablo 300, I picked the D300. The Pass int 60 was a very close second. I was surprised at how great it sounded. Same with the NAIM Supernait 3 and Hegel H390. Oh yeah, and the VAC 170i and Luxman 509x...see what I mean? They all just sounded soooooo good. But, man, was it fun?! Wonderful experience. Thanks so much Mike.
    What music do you listen too most. What speakers are you pairing the amp with? Thanks
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    Re: What did you do this weekend

    Quote Originally Posted by Kingrex View Post
    What music do you listen too most. What speakers are you pairing the amp with? Thanks

    Bluegrass mostly, then small combo jazz. My speakers are Harbeth Super HL 5+ 40th Anniversary Models. Outstanding synergy between those speakers and the D300.

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    Re: What did you do this weekend

    What did you like about the piece you selected. Why the Gryphon.

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    Re: What did you do this weekend

    Kingrex Rex came over and listened to some music, flirted with my wife then finally picked up an ADD-POWR Everclear off the table to add to his collection and left only to be texted later saying great things about his sound.
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    Re: What did you do this weekend

    Well, bit of a twist is what I'm doing this weekend, rather than done. The Suncoast Audio Society (SAS) is having our monthly meet in Gulfport/St Petersburg. On deck is a live music performance by cellist Carlos Audi (Brazil) and Adam Booher on piano (using the hosts Steinway baby grand).
    The performance will be digitally and analog (reel>reel) recorded. https://www.meetup.com/Suncoast-Audi...nts/264261763/
    Afterwards, we will play back the recordings on hosts dedicated audio room/system downstairs - Einstein/Hegel/Hot-rodded Quad ESL 63/Gradient dipole subwoofers.
    Should be fun.

    cheers,

    AJ

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    Re: What did you do this weekend

    Quote Originally Posted by Kingrex View Post
    What did you like about the piece you selected. Why the Gryphon.

    Oh boy...not sure I can put it into words. But here goes...crystal clear, cleeeeean, natural, perfectly balanced frequency spectrum, just the right mix of openness vs warmness; tight, focused, clean bass, just the right amount of bass, biiiiiiiig, deep, sound stage, all instruments and vocals are very discrete across the sound stage, you can close your eyes and know exactly where each musician is standing on the stage, D300 has everything you want/need and nothing you don't. Chocolate ice cream with strawberries. There. How's that?

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    Just superb music. Didn't know beforehand, both musicians are professors of music at local colleges. May be seeing them again!
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    Re: What did you do this weekend

    I had a blast to AJ. Fabulous event.




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    Re: What did you do this weekend

    Went to Lake Street Dive show Saturday...Rachel Price can sing, what a voice!!!

 

 
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