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  1. tom hankins

    Pictures Of Your High End System (Please see the first pages for examples of what should be posted here)

    Quote: Had the VPI SSM signature before the Michell/SME combo. Listen to the new  WT table quite a bit. Neither is in the level of the Avid. Have not heard the Teres, but love the looks.  
  2. tom hankins

    Pictures Of Your High End System (Please see the first pages for examples of what should be posted here)

    Quote: Big fan of the BAT gear and have been using either phono or preamps for many years. Was looking for a table in the $10K range that would not only sound great but be reliable (offer great support), set it and forget playback, and pair well with the SME V arm. I like the Avid over the...
  3. tom hankins

    Where is Singlepower? Where is Mikhail?

    Quote: Those are very inspiring words. How much time and money did Mikhail steal from you?
  4. tom hankins

    New listening impressions of Stax C32 prototype and Shipping SR-009

    Quote: Dont you already own everything you need to try it?    
  5. tom hankins

    Your favorite sub $10,000 Speakers,...

    Depending on your taste, room, and electronics you have an almost endless list of great speakers in the sub (used) $10K market. Thiel CS3.7 Thiel CS7.2 vandersteen 5A Maggie 20.1 Harbeth M40.1 Wilson WP7 Wilson Sophia 2  Offerings from Quad, Avalon, Totem and on and on and on...
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  13. tom hankins

    My visit to the William Ralston high-end music listening room at The University of the South in Sewanee

    Great thread, Thanks! My wife and i have talked about visiting them. Did you just call the University and make an appointment?
  14. tom hankins

    Pictures Of Your High End System (Please see the first pages for examples of what should be posted here)

      Quote: If only i could have paid dealer prices! i'd have a pr. of the BAT amps instead of one :) Wish i had some long XLR AQ cables to compare with the Blue Jeans. Probably not a huge difference with the Harbeths but these YGAs are the most revealing speakers i have owned. ...
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    Pictures Of Your High End System (Please see the first pages for examples of what should be posted here)

    About a week out from some dramatic changes to my speaker system.  I've moved alot of things around and taken about 2K records out of the room and added some things. Going to now have two complete systems using the same front end and different amp/speaker setups at opposite ends of the room...
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    Best of the Tube Integrateds

    Of your three, I like the Mac/harbeth combo. But would take either the VTL or Manley with the harbeths over even the Mac combo.  Have not heard the Mystere amp.  
  17. tom hankins

    High End Bookshelf or Near-Field Speakers (seeking advice)

    Quote: That would leave out desk top system.  
  18. tom hankins

    High End Bookshelf or Near-Field Speakers (seeking advice)

    Harbeth P3ESR and Leben work well together, and the harbeths are one of the best mini monitors out there. I've heard them with your amp, and with several other amps in desk top nearfield systems and they always impressed the heck out of me. Enough that  i bought two larger model Harbeths. (SHL5...
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    Harbeth owners?

    Quote: It took me alot of moving the 40.1s around to get rid of the thickness in the upper bass. I think if your room is big it will be less of a problem. I use a REL R-505 with the 40.1s and did with the shl5s too. I think the Mac amps in momo would be great.
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    Harbeth owners?

    Quote: when I say max, I mean performance not volume. You will notice it more at lower volume than high. The Harbeths are not going to crank out super high volume at any power input. If you want lots of inner detail and tighter bass, it will take power. Thats what I have found.
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    Harbeth owners?

    IMO, most people who say the 40.1s can be driven to there max with small amps, have not used the speakers with higher rated amplifiers. Dont believe everything you read on on the harbeth user group. I have tried three different tubed amps (Mcintosh MC60s, Manley Snappers, and VTL MB185...
  22. tom hankins

    Pictures Of Your High End System (Please see the first pages for examples of what should be posted here)

    Quote: No bib required. PM me if you are around Norcross and stop by.
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    Pictures Of Your High End System (Please see the first pages for examples of what should be posted here)

    Quote: I'm done. Things will get even better with the addition of the new arm. I cant (and doubt ever will) afford the BAT REX monoblocks, so this is it. I havent heard another system that is better (for me) 
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