The Two Channel Advice Thread

Discussion in 'Leaderboard, Overboard, Gear Advice and Deals' started by Marvey, Nov 10, 2016.

  1. dmckean44

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    When it comes to DIY speaker kits, it's all about the design and not really about the quality of the components used. Even cheap drivers can sound great when put into a proper sized box with a great crossover design and the reverse of this is true too.

    I'm somewhat into BBC style monitors and the LS3/5a mini monitor kits from Falcon Acoustics are a great deal right now because of the low value of the British pound.
     
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  2. Marvey

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    FYI, I'll be getting some Parasound gear in to compare against the Schiit 2 channel stuff. I skipped over Emotiva for now. Nothing in their lineup inspires me and it was hard to find gear that would be more of an apples to apples comparison.

    Freya ordered BTW. Let the two channel games begin. This will be a new fun world to explore, considering how stupidity expensive some headphones are now.
     
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    Parasound is a mistake. I dumped my A21 when I heard the rag and then a $100 crown amp.

    I picked up a few TA2020 implementations and a Sola 12V LPS. I'll report back on the way to go.
     
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    Ok, so I have a Krell KAV300i integrated amp from the 90's. I am finding it to be a bit dry for my tastes. Will something like Freya allow me to add a bit of positive coloration, or should I start thinking of a more traditional pre and power amp combo (like freya / vidar).
     
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    looks like your krell has a preamp bypass rca input.. S3.. you enable bypass via a jumper or something inside.. so you could definitely try a tube preamp to add warmth
     
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    For all their gear, or only some of it? I recall reading somewhere only a couple of their amps were actually designed/vetted by their head guy, and the rest are just derivatives or someone else's work buy they slapped his name on it.

    I've never actually heard any Parasound gear, so have no personal comments on their stuff.
     
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    I've noticed that electrostatic headphones use specialized amps but electrostatic speakers can use basically anything. Is there a particular reason why it's like this? Do all electrostatic speakers tend to come with something equivalent to a Woo WEE incorporated into the speaker?
     
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    I think they are powered devices, yes. The only one I got close up to (which was rather a hybrid thingie with electrostatic for the highs) certainly did. Led to a rather funny situation in a comparative listening session which was not turning out how we expected... until the owner realised he had forgotten to plug them in :)
     
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    Martin Logans do at least:
    http://www.martinlogan.com/learn/electrostatic-speakers.php
    fifth paragraph down
     
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    Looks like it's a step-up transformer to get those voltages. Does this mean I can just use a transformer with any amp to power Stax? Is this what a Woo WEE basically is?
     
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    Yeah, the WEE is basically just a pair of step-up transformers and a power supply for the bias. If you've got a crazy power amp that can swing the voltages on its own, you don't even need the transformers. I tried this for fun by modding a WEE. I left one jack as normal, and modded the other other one to have a direct pass through from the speaker amp (I also added a resistor to the bias pin on both jacks while I was in there). Running with a Yamaha P7000s power amp maxxed out, I could just barely get a quiet listening level from the SR-007. It seemed cleaner, but impossible to volume match with the other side without too much fiddling.
     
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    Have heard a LOT of good things about the Parasound Halo. Also the Sudgen A21(SE).
     
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    Just reading this. I bought the Odyssey Stratos Extreme off the 'Gon for $400 and sent it to Klaus for an upgrade to the Kismet board. I am pairing this with the Sys to listen to the HE 6 (i know...). Got to hook up a pair of speakers.
     
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    $400 was such a good deal. I still haven't heard any amp better than my kismets
     
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    i'm looking for temp replacement for my jbl 2245h 18'' subwoofer. i blew it awhile ago. it make a buzz/scraping sound so i know i fried the voice coil a bit and now the cone mis-align scrapping againist the motor/magnet. recone kits are uber expensive for them and believe they're like over 3-400 bucks or somethingso, for now i was just gonna buy another 18'' as temp replacement and to give a try. so far my top pick canidate is the eminence kiliomax pro which is rated for 1250w continuous. it's should give me plenty of power handling and with tiny bit of eq can be easily flatten from 20hz and below to work well with games and movies as well.

    was looking at the peavey low rider 18'' but, seems the kilomax pro is the overall better driver to me. i do plan on eventually getting the 2245h reconed but, as of now the price it'll cost i'll just hold off and try a new bass driver instead.
     
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    I like the gain cell idea. I have an older hp amp (ps audio gcha) with it and end up using it with my Yggy all the time. Sounds great. I'm glad they're using them again.
     
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    the crown ce2000 is one of my favorite from crown since it gives both power and what i consider more signal purity cause the ce2000 is one of the most simplest circuit designs in the crown line-up. very simple design amp with very little amount of parts used and doesn't use any of the fancy op-amp input and output tracking like the macro-techs and some of the other crowns. it will easily out perform the crest ca2 price to performance and lot of the other parasound and emotiva stuff. i use to own a ce2000 and kinda wish now that i never should of traded it up in the past. one other thing i love too is the monster uses banks and banks of metal die t-03 transistors perfectly matched(crown always made sure to use matching parts).
     
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    Friends! I need some advice to know what direction I should move in - I currently have a pair of Dynaudio X12 speakers connected to a Marantz PM5004 via a GOV2A.

    Right now everything seems fine since my room is pretty small (so no lack of amp headroom issues), but looking forward I'd like to check if I have things right in my head.
    From what I understand, the 4-ohm speakers would benefit from a power amp (along with better room treatment and speaker stands, which is planned - all when I move in a couple months). Problem is, the Marantz does not have pre outs so it wont work with a power amp.. and since the GOV2A is always left at maximum volume I'd have to add a control freak/sys/some other volume knob along the way when I get a power amp.

    Now considering most power amps you guys have been discussing are not so easy to come by in Holland/Germany, are there some other brands and models I could look out for? Also, it is possible to go balanced with the GOV but should I? I also plan to add a turntable along with the power amp upgrade.

    If i knew what to look for and what to ignore, it would help me look out for good deals on sale forums in my spare time! And what better place to ask than here :)
     

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