Novemeber 2016-Added 4 x LAMM m2.2 for biamping the TADS, driven by the LAMM LL1.1 preamp.A match made in heaven!( or in Brooklyn NY......) The LAMM amps will be set on 4 SRA ocxl+2 amp stands.The LL1.1 power supply will be set on HRS m3xs. October 2016-the pas lab gear proved to be completely unreliable and after 7 months of use,one of the xs amps died! good riddence!
October 2015-update-- after 4 years of enjoyable listening sessions with my focal stella em, i replaced them with the TAD REF1s.The ref1s bring more of the focal's strengths to the forefront ,and then some.
Also upgraded the siltech double cown i/cs to the newly developed TRIPLE CROWNS- a significant upgrade on its own.
Just wondered if you had ever tried a 10MHz clock in your Vivaldi system -- I just added one to mine and the benefit is pretty considerable despite relatively modest cost (at least in the context of DCS)
The best bass i had in my room over the years was from the rockport hyperions. omg- it would peel the paint off. the worst bass ( or for that matter ,the overall worst speaker i ever had) was from the tidal sunray. the focals stellas were imactful but rolled off some, yet detailed and tunefull. the TADS , to my ears are the best of all worlds.
Yes they are....13 months later they are continuing to show me new things! I miss the deep sub-bass bottom end of my Legacy AERIS as these seem to roll-off in room below 23Hz or so (have yet to measure with REW but will soon) but the bass they do put out is tuneful, accurate, super-fast and resounding!
Jim, my all tubes system, vac and bat before that were great sounding systems. tubes, without a question in my my mind, humanize the sound. but.... too much of a good thing is just too much. i also arrived at the conclusion that a well designed tube preamp is far more critical in "humanzinig " the sound then a tube amplifier.to my ears ,the lamm ll1.1 is at the pinnacle. the hybrid design manages to create a great deal of current to drive not- so- easy -loads speakers, but having a tube in the signal path lends ,again ,to a more human sound ,not brittle or etched.
Jeff, sorry for being so absent. Have not been on agon for a while.
No itching for any changes at the moment. Very content with my sound.
Decided to enjoy the system vs. chase the latest and greatest trend out there. There so much snake oil in this hobby it’s pretty disgusting, really.hence my absence from agon and other forums-it appears that any one with some technical know how is a speakers/amp/gadget guru now days.... go figure.
Zephyr, my apologies ,have not been on Agon for a while. Congrats on your ref 1s.truly remarkable speakers that will make many other at twice/trice the price sound broken. Trust me ,I’ve had those too....especially the Teutonic ones....
The tad ref ones need power and I’m very content with the grip the 4x lamm’s offer. My system never sounded so resulte and muscular,sound wise ,ever.
Ozy,...I did opt for the TAD R1s and I am VERY glad that I did. More on that offline via PM or phone some time if you are up for it. How's life and what has been happening with your system, new music, etc...!
Ozy...hope you have been doing well and enjoying the system! Do you still love your TAD Ref1s? Due to an unfortunate series of events (WAF problems with all the extra cables and boxes for an active speaker), my Aeris are up on Agon and have to go. I've been thinking intently about the TADs as a full-range alternative and wonder how you are liking them after some long-term use.
OTRB, thank you! no lps for me. im' too heavily invested in sacds and cds to venture out... one day perhaps.... wth the upgrades on the dcs software and firmware ,the gap between lps and cds is narrowing even more so.