of all my systems in the past few years I have to say to my ears this is the most musical and engaging system by a large margin. I'm not listening to equipment any longer - just music. The all Kaplan wiring was a major step towards the enjoyment factor.
Agear - I bought a pair of Pass XA100.5 because I needed to feed my obsession and after a year+ with the AMR I wanted to experiment LOL... I can't afford to keep both but I like both equally - whichever pair sells first will go ;(
I bought both amps at the same time so I haven't tried using just one. I've pretty much always had mono amps in the past so I guess I am prone to mono amps ;) With the AMR in mono bi-amp mode most of the power supply power is available to the low frequency channel and gives better channel separation. I have 2 JL Audio 112 subs that I might try to integrate into the system. I miss that sub 25hz pumping - the Rosso do an excellent job with bass but only go down so far.. The only problem is the AMR don't have a sub or pre output. Not sure how I can hook them up... Any ideas?
I'm now thinking of selling my analog rig. I don't find myself using it much and have grown tired of using my VPI 16.5 RCM. I have about 200 albums to clean and just can't seem to find the time to do it, hahah..
Agear, both are excellent. The amps have plenty of power and the speakers use it to full advantage. They never sound over driven and bass is super tight and tuneful. I really like a sealed box for bass.
Hi Agear, the AMR amps only have 2 small tubes per amp for the voltage gain stage and they are supposed to last a very long time and do not need bias adjustment. It seems to be the best of both world's IMO. The Rosso are not Kirk's - I think his were wrapped in brown crocodile leather. Kirk was actually at my house to hear my system last year - it helped him decide to buy the ASR gear.
break in takes forever! I tried to keep a record of how many hours I had burned it in with the ISOTEK burnin track 2. It definitely opened up and became smoother around about 400 hrs - after about 600 it was even better but I don't notice any more changes. I probably have about 800-900 on mine now - I stopped keeping track. The ISOTEK track is supposed to speed up the process by 2-3X.
Thanks Pradeep ;) Yes, the FW sounds much better than USB in my system. I used the Gold X USB cable. FW is much more transparent and open sounding - the USB was a bit muffled in comparison. You might try both and see what you like better.
Hi Doug, I really am enjoying the sound ;) The Rosso sounded much better when I bypassed the jumper from the sub box to the mid/tweeter box by using individual cables for each. I don't think Darren ran them that way at the shows - when in mono biamp mode the AMR uses one channel for bass and the other for the highs - most of the power is available to the bass section - it makes a big difference sonically running things this way. thx Tony
Hi Pdreher, I use a Win 7 quad core PC that feeds the Mytek via firewire. The PC is in another room so no noise. I use JRiver as the server and JRemote on an IPad to control it all - it works great. The Mytek doesn't have wireless but I doubt it would work with DSD anyway.
Hi Aaron, yes North would be better but with the measures I've already taken it's really not an issue an longer. The solar screens really do the job. I take most of them off from Nov. to about late March..
thanks Aaronknock, I really enjoy the room and only wish the front wall didn't face west. The windows have good tinting so that helps with heat in the summer. I also have solar screens to put on the windows which really cools/darkens in the summer. Yeah, that's a custom sized 2" acoustic panel in the fireplace cutout - works good ;)
System edited: just a few updates: I sold my PS Audio PWD MKII soon after I got my analog rig thinking I would use the $$ to buy vinyl. Well after a while I missed the convenience of digital so I thought I'd get the well regarded Mytek and have been really surprised at it's sound - especially with DSD! At 1/3 the price of the PWD I have to say the Mytek is a much better sounding DAC in all regards. Soon after I got my analog rig I was mostly listening to vinyl and neglecting digital(PWD) - since I got the Mytek and after 500-600 hrs of burn-in I find myself listening to digital more ;) I think that says something about the Mytek. The analog side still sounds outstanding but digital is now much closer and soooo much easier. The Cabledyne cables have been a surprise - I tried several other brands before the Cabledyne and am sticking with these. They remind me of the Purenote brand that I liked very much years ago. At the price they are asking they are an absolute steal.