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    Quote Originally Posted by Joey_V
    Dave,

    Good choice for a center (even if it is "temporary")! How does it timbre match with the Vantages?

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    Joe, no complaints. My main listening is for two channel music(80-90%) . Truthfully my previous system(all Klipsch7 series stuff) was every bit as good as the M/L on movies but the horn's got to me when it came to two channel music.
     
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    Quote Originally Posted by twich54
    Joe, no complaints. My main listening is for two channel music(80-90%) . Truthfully my previous system(all Klipsch7 series stuff) was every bit as good as the M/L on movies but the horn's got to me when it came to two channel music.
    I figured the Klipsch would be good for movies, afterall, many theaters are equipped with klipsch speakers. Those guys are made for movies moreso than 2 channel music.

    I would like to outfit my HT room with klipsch speakers one day... cost effective but good sounding at the same time.
    Joey "kid with grey hair" V
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    Default Look what "I" got for Mothers Day !! ARC LS-26

    After listening to it in my system I couldn't return it ! Yes Spike I know I still need to expand my horizons but this thing was such a quantum leap over the SP-16, I figured....... oh hell, why not spend some more of the kids inheritance !
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    Quote Originally Posted by twich54
    After listening to it in my system I couldn't return it ! Yes Spike I know I still need to expand my horizons but this thing was such a quantum leap over the SP-16, I figured....... oh hell, why not spend some more of the kids inheritance !
    Uh oh... poor kids!

    What makes this preamp better Dave? Can you expound on this a little more? And, how did you come to this conclusion (ie A/B testing and what material)?

    Pics too!!

    Nonetheless... CONGRATS on the Mother's Day goodies!
    Joey "kid with grey hair" V
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    Joey, the A/B testing was done last week @ Overture Audio (see my post on Auditioning the LS-26). The single biggest difference between the LS-26 and the SP-16 is the "lifting of another veil" whereby all the instruments become more clearly focused, identifiable and spacially postioned as if "you were there live". I have spent many hours over the past few months listening to the ARC REF-3 and this thing is mighty close. It was easy for me to discern the difference between my "16" and the "26" whereas I don't know if I could blindly tell the difference between the Ref3 and the "26".
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    Quote Originally Posted by twich54
    After listening to it in my system I couldn't return it ! Yes Spike I know I still need to expand my horizons but this thing was such a quantum leap over the SP-16, I figured....... oh hell, why not spend some more of the kids inheritance !
    Dave,
    I must have done something wrong. I am a single dad and all I got was a card from one of my kids!

    Congrats on the new SP-16!

    Kids inheritance, yeah right, let them buy there own ARC stuff and keep yours. I told my kids I am taking my stuff with me when I leave and they can not have it.

    Jeff

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Zaret
    Dave,

    Congrats on the new SP-16!
    Jeff

    Jeff, Good morning, the SP-16 WAS my pre-amp, the LS-26 now resides in its place.
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    Quote Originally Posted by twich54
    After listening to it in my system I couldn't return it ! Yes Spike I know I still need to expand my horizons but this thing was such a quantum leap over the SP-16, I figured....... oh hell, why not spend some more of the kids inheritance !
    Perfect example of "trust your own ears"!! Congratulations on the baby Ref3!! No comments on...the kids inheritance

    Spike

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    Quote Originally Posted by twich54
    Jeff, Good morning, the SP-16 WAS my pre-amp, the LS-26 now resides in its place.
    Dave,
    See I was sooooooooooooo upset about just getting a card I got it wrong. LOL
    Sorry, but congrats on the LS-26

    Jeff

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    Default Santa Has Landed !!

    Got a call from Overture yesterday, the Aries 3 had arrived ! Everything as ordered, 10.5i arm with VPI/DynaVector 20XH cartridge. They did send me the wrong platter though, I ordered the translucent/white one , Black was sent instead. No problem VPI will swap out post-haste.

    I am now in analog heaven !
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    O my... what's the retail on one of those?

    Daveyman... I'm thinking of going TT... you're not helpign the upgrade bug!

    Joey
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    System 2: Rotel RA1592 Integrated -> Sonus Faber Olympica 3
    System 3: Rotel RC1570 Preamp -> Rotel RB1582 Stereo Amp -> B&W CM10s2 (ESL11a replacement??)

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    Quote Originally Posted by twich54 View Post
    Got a call from Overture yesterday, the Aries 3 had arrived ! Everything as ordered, 10.5i arm with VPI/DynaVector 20XH cartridge. They did send me the wrong platter though, I ordered the translucent/white one , Black was sent instead. No problem VPI will swap out post-haste.

    I am now in analog heaven !
    Dave, truely a thing of freakin' beauty. I told you I wouldn't be jealeous but now that I see it I truely am. You lucky bastage!

    I gotta tell you though, I've never seen it with the black acrylic platter, I'm thinking I like it better than the clear one. I'd be tempted to leave it as is. Must work on securing that BDR clamp for you... Happy listening my friend; something tells me you're going to be listening long into the night, pulling out album after album. Hell, just seeing it makes me want to go home and spin a few slabs right NOW!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joey_V View Post
    O my... what's the retail on one of those?
    Joey

    Too Much !!!!, Table and arm retail for $4700, Cartridge retails for $700, my dealer saved me 10% on the table and 20% on the cartridge, plus the beauty of living so close to Delaware...... NO TAX !!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MiTT View Post
    I've never seen it with the black acrylic platter, I'm thinking I like it better than the clear one. I'd be tempted to leave it as is. Must work on securing that BDR clamp for you... Happy listening my friend; something tells me you're going to be listening long into the night, pulling out album after album. Hell, just seeing it makes me want to go home and spin a few slabs right NOW!

    If it wasn't for the fact that within all my pieces of equipment, speaker grills, draperies,etc. there is so much black I would agree, I kinda like the contrast of the white/translucent platter. I'm on my fourth alblum now and it is just starting loosen-up/come to life !! Look forward to hearing how you make out with Black Diamond Racing, Thanks Tim !!

    also, I must borrow the words of Dan (DTB300), the piano black finish on this thing is "pure eye candy"
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    Quote Originally Posted by twich54 View Post
    If it wasn't for the fact that within all my pieces of equipment, speaker grills, draperies,etc. there is so much black I would agree, I kinda like the contrast of the white/translucent platter. I'm on my fourth alblum now and it is just starting loosen-up/come to life !! Look forward to hearing how you make out with Black Diamond Racing, Thanks Tim !!

    also, I must borrow the words of Dan (DTB300), the piano black finish on this thing is "pure eye candy"
    Yes, the fit-n-finish on the VPI stuff is great. I love the piano black finish on mine as well - it just exudes "class". I really am quite happy with my Aerius as well, but I really like what VPI has done with the constrained layer chassis of the III Series. It looks like a mini HRX. Glad you are living in analog bliss Dave.

    Hey! I like the Littlelite too...got one myself as you can see - indispensible for those low light level listening sessions!
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