I happily put my X-2 pre-amp made by Charlie (see my review at http://forum.audiogon.com/cgi-bin/frr.pl?rprea&1189119648&read&3&4& that I posted under "Product Review" category for pre-amps)
for a friendly contest with your current or new Aesthetix pre-amp.
We share this great hobby in which friendly and positive contests are fun provided they are done in good spirit. I am all for that. For me it is not a matter of ego or trying to prove "mine is better". But the X-2 beat Lamm L2 easily and since the Aesthetix is known to be great, I am very curious who these two pre-amps will compare. You do not live far from me, so you are welcome to come and bring your Aesthetix with you. Alternatively, I can bring mine.
I wonder if my dad should have purchased what looks to be a mono set of the Atlas..............oh well that Atlas is really amazing and it will be fun to hear your take on it. With his AR Ref3, the Atlas and his Vandersteens that system is gonna sing beautiful music........cheers.
No, but Jim White is planning a trip here (someday soon) and he promises that I will get to audition it :^).
Unknown to many, there are plans for a giant tube amp from Aesthetix, something equal to the Io and Callisto in a bad ass amp. I'm hoping it's 6550 based and better than VTL and ARC, maybe then I can have Aesthetix at both ends of my system.
Hi Albert Money is not the issue.I feel upset because I was not properly informed by dealer that there will be a new version coming up.Upgrading the "just bought" pre is a time and money waste. Just like you , I wanna the best.
You're correct about the capacitor changes. That's the most significant part of the upgrade sonically speaking.
Aesthetix ( Jim's White) chose the latest and greatest caps by Peter Moncrief. The appearance is a very smooth shiny exterior and gold colored. Construction I think, is film and foil.
I and three guys in California were the test bed for some of the upgrades, my Callisto has the new caps but not my Io. The new metal chassis designates the upgrade. I believe the factory wants the upgrade and chassis together with a new name. I heard the name at CES but Ill avoid printing that until I'm sure I'm not giving out bad data.
The cap change to my Callisto was huge and my audition was listening through my stock Io (phono stage) since LP is my prime source.
Jim White told me the Aesthetix remote was getting the same face lift, I hope to get mine upgraded at the same time as the other six chassis.