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    What is your favorite tube type?

    My wife likes to leave the lights on in the bedroom so she can see better on the stairs. Ignoring the fact that the stairs have their own circuit and light switch. Today, I came home to both sliding doors open and the air conditioning turned up because she said it was warm in the house. I...
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    What is your favorite tube type?

    I have been surprised in the difference in warmup time between the PS Audio BHK and my Art Audio Conductor. There was no noticeable warmup time for the BHK, it takes a good 10-15 minutes with the Art Audio. Once warmer I like the Art Audio better but it is an interesting contrast.
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    Best bang for the buck used speakers under $50k ?

    I will be picking up the Bamboo cabinets on Friday. The cabinets themselves are done but need to get multiple coats of finish on them. The two products will be the Bambusa AL and Bambusa MG. The distinction will be that the $2000 product will use an Aluminum driver with a phase plug vs a...
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    Need a new streamer

    Have you thought about a Roon Nucleus or Nucleus+? You can attach an external hard-drive and Tidal and Qobuz integrate via Roon. I was such a big fan of Roon, I reached out to become a dealer and added the Nucleus+ to my system and the thing is super stable. is fanless, etc... I only stream...
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    What is your favorite tube type?

    With so many tubes that do different things and have different sound profiles, what is your favorite? EL34s wonderful PRaT, KT88/6550s smooth and dimensional sound, lush mids of a 300B, detail of a 2A3 or the huge soundstage of an 845? I am curious which is your favorite. What do you like...
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    Best bang for the buck used speakers under $50k ?

    Kach22i - first round of finished cabinets will be done next week. If all goes well I will be doing testing in late August, early September and may have these to listen too at Capital AudioFest. Targeting a $2K and $4K price point based on different driver and crossover configurations.
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    Thanks for the invite

    There are so many cool materials available that can do great things. It is a shame more companies aren't willing to take a risk and use something other than MDF. If there was broader acceptance of these composite materials, consumers might start actually looking for them and seeing the...
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    I might be crazy

    Are you going to run speakers from a second zone in the HT out to the deck? I did in my old house (pre divorce) and was quite happy with the result.
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    Thanks for the invite

    One other though, when I say outperformed or underperformed my reference stand mount, I am explicitly talking about observable details. I just rant this same test but in a much more precise way...sort of. As a matter of curiosity, I built a pair of Nightshades using Blackthorn parts to...
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    Thanks for the invite

    So, testing went like this... I built the same box based on interior volume and dimension via a series of materials; MDF, Baltic Birch, Fiberglass over Nomex and CF over Nomex and I had a cabinet produced using CF reinforced ABS. This was pricey so I did one of each. The only deviation is...
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    Capital Audiofest - Room 525

    Come see us in room 525 at Capital Audiofest where we will be showing the Blackthorn 1 speakers along with amps and preamps from Art Audio and our partner Kimber Kable.
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    Best bang for the buck used speakers under $50k ?

    I am going to book Capital Audiofest I think. I will let you know what room I am in and will be showing off the Blackthorns (CF over Nomex cabinet) and TBD on the Art Audio Quartets or the Opus 4s. I may also have a less expensive Bamboo speaker I am working on. TBD though. It has to be...
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    Thanks for the invite

    Cool...thank you!
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    Best bang for the buck used speakers under $50k ?

    I get not wanting to have that. In another forum I saw someone post about replacing a Magico tweeter and they were nervous about dealing with the soldering. Given that it was damaged, I was far more nervous for them around the toxicity. For my CF based speakers, I opted for a Ceramic &...
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    Best bang for the buck used speakers under $50k ?

    I would check out the Raidho D4.1s which you can get in that range. They are a special speaker though your room has to be just right to handle them. I say that looking at your tweeter choice on your favorites and if you do miss them....these things happen. You seem to like beryllium and the...
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