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    Quote Originally Posted by David Matz View Post
    C.A.P, your conjectures are pretty much exactly what I experienced. I have heard the same CLX driven by Krell evo and Manley 500 (tubes). For my tastes, I like the SS much better. Krell has better control of the panels and the speakers sound more alive and fill the room better.


    However, as we all know, it is all personal tastes. At a recent shootout of a CJ musical muscle amp and their top tube amp on the CLS, 3 out of 4 guys liked the SS, while one person liked the tubes. To me it was not even close - I thought SS way better. Obviously this is all anecdotal evidence. But it does illustrate how experiential this all is.


    Mgakathereaper, you got an awesome system. If you are not an audiophile, don't bother comparing. Just enjoy the music. However, as you enjoy the music, you may be tempted to swap out your equipment...

    Have Fun!
    Full range panels really need the extra current that SS can deliver. The CLS is actually a laid back speaker and tubes tend to even make it more so. IMHO. (No tube VS. SS argument please)

    I think the Krell will do wonderful , especially since he has Krell ancillaries to run with it. Krell really designs their stuff for their own amps and such for their house sound . All together it really has synergy, alone it can rick havoc when mismatched.
     
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    Hopefully your CLX's won't get lost in shipping like mine did and take an extra two weeks to get there!!

    Bottom line on the amp thing, try it! If you have the means to buy what you have, I'm sure that if you don't love the Krell setup, you'll move on to something else, but it's a darn good place to start.....

    Enjoy.

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    SteveH -
    Good to know the Krells can get good results with the Logans. On the topic of setup, I already have my floor marked up with tape indicating exact distances from Front, Back, Side walls and seating positions. I also have strings pinned to certain points in the room so I can double check my measurements once I get them setup. This is all theoretical until I actually receive the speakers.

    David Matz -
    It sounds like another endorsement for the Krells and Logans. This is encouraging for me. At some Point I will do some tube comparisons. I will have to find some local folks or dealers to accommodate some A/B testing down the road.

    C.A.P -
    Another good endorsement. This is great. The next upgrade to my system will be adding the EVO 505 so I have a pure CAST pipeline from Source to Amp. I have the Krell Standard hooked up to the EVO 202 with Balanced cables and then CAST from EVO 202 to EVO 402 so the source is my week link as it is. I am working on my "Black Stack" and everything is black from top to bottom.

    tonepub -
    No CLX's yet. As of last week they were supposed to ship on Tuesday but I have had no update yet. I am hoping they arrive tomorrow but I wont hold my breath. It has been about 5 weeks now. Apparently these things are just laying around in a warehouse and they had to make them after my order.

    MiTT -
    On the topic of turntables and Vinyl, are there any recommendations from the crew on a good entry point into this realm using my current system as a data point? I know the sky is the limit but are there any reasonable places to start since I have zero experience in this space?

    Thanks

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    What's the status of your current record collection?

    Are you starting from scratch or do you have a fair amount of vinyl that
    you've just ignored?

    Also, how fiddly do you want to be....

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    Since I see you will have a 'Surround Sound' set up and that you are just 'into listening to music' set your SACD player to multi-channel. And get SACD versions or Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon, Dire Straits Brother in Arms and either Steely Dan Gaucho or Elton John Yellow Brick Road, too start. When played on a CLX based surround system it will blow away any prior music listening experience that you have ever had, including the Statements. Trust me on this, just take a chance, you may find that you will like it over on the 'Dark Side' known as Multi-Channel.

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    Slight thread hijack:

    I have not listened to multi-channel in decades, but when I go to a classical concert I usually have a mid-hall seat, and all of the instruments are in front of me, in their own acoustic space. I do not hear instruments to the side of me, or behind me, or extending beyond the edges of the stage. I certainly do not feel like I am in the middle of the music; I am an observer.

    So how does multi-channel fit into this, when some of the sound emanates from behind you? It seems to me that recreating something that is supposed to be wholly in front of you requires only 2 speakers, but I don't have a closed mind, so convince me, you multi-channel aficionados.

    Speaking of aficionados, we have not heard from Roberto in a long time. I hope he is okay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JMAUSGP View Post
    And get SACD versions or Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon, Dire Straits Brother in Arms and either Steely Dan Gaucho or Elton John Yellow Brick Road, too start.
    DSOTM will have instruments etc. in the surround channels - to me this is GIMMICKY. When I listen to live music, I do not sit in the middle of the band, I sit in the audience. For me properly done MCH music uses the surrounds for ambiance, hall, venue sound additions. This is why I like Classical SACD's the best - but they too can get very aggressive with the surround channels.

    Unfortunately there are no standards for the mixes, just what the engineer wants to do with each album.

    Now on the other hand I have friends who are musicians, and they like it when the surrounds have instruments and singers. They feel as if they are sitting there with the band without playing.

    So it is really a matter of experience and personal preferences for MCH. But when done correctly it can be amazing. Update: And I also feel (based on my experiences) surround speakers should be full range and not these little things you see used by most.

    IMO, BIA is the best sounding of the bunch of SACD's you listed. There are FAR better sounding SACD's than the others either for 2CH or MCH playback. Yellowjackets, Fourplay, ESE Sessions, Flim & BB's, Tierney Sutton, Mark Knopfler, Britten/Elgar, Boston Symphony Chamber, Iso-Mike, Steven Davis, to name a few SACD's which I believe have great sonics - but you have to like the music too.

    If you are a Floyd fan, the Wall on MoFi (2CH) is, IMO, sonically superior than DSOTM.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bernard View Post
    I have not listened to multi-channel in decades, but when I go to a classical concert I usually have a mid-hall seat, and all of the instruments are in front of me, in their own acoustic space. I do not hear instruments to the side of me, or behind me, or extending beyond the edges of the stage. I certainly do not feel like I am in the middle of the music; I am an observer.
    But while sitting there, the influence of the hall/venue does have an affect on how and what you are hearing. This is where MCH SACD when done properly (my opinion on "properly") will give you more of the "you are there" than 2ch will.

    So how does multi-channel fit into this, when some of the sound emanates from behind you?
    To me (my opinion again) this does not equate to good MCH sound. When the album is done properly and the surround channel setup is done properly, you do not even realize the surround channels are playing. But change from MCH to 2CH on your player and you will see/hear the differences and what you are missing - everything just collapses forward and inward.

    Speaking of aficionados, we have not heard from Roberto in a long time. I hope he is okay.
    Roberto is heavy into MCH music for Classical too. Hopefully he will chime in here with his experiences.
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    Bernard, exactly the point I wanted to make but never bothered to. I am all ears too.

    However, please note I have heard a few... my brother has a Mission based one (I have also heard some at shows). He almost exclusively listens to 2 channel for music, claiming surround sound murders it. It is good with movies, though. Especially helicopters - but they are few and far between!

    Opps post was supposed to follow Bernard's!

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    Bernard when I saw that you posted I quickly looked to read your post, I expected a jaw dropping gafaw or at least a whimsical chuckle, but alas you sounded serious.

    It is really quite simple, if you want to be a bystander or observer that is fine. And I am serious about that. But the best seat in the house is the conductor, he or she experiences the music and the music is literally all around him or her, winds in front, horns to the side, piano and or strings can even be somewhat to the side and behind, huh, just like a good surround system. With good surround sound you are no longer an observer. With good surround sound you can capture the ambience of the venue, you can actually capture the energy of the music that feeds the conductor. If you could listen to music in the best seat in the house, every time, why wouldn't you? Oh and any time you want to jump back a few rows and be an observer(2 channel), just hit a button and go to 2 channel. It is a whole new world to listen to music both ways and decide for yourself which seat is better. Sometimes you will listen to 2 channel, sometimes you want an experience and you will listen to multi channel, just click a button. And hey there is a reason that the conductor is worn out at the end of a concert, experiencing the music is a lot more physically and mentally demanding than sitting out in the middle observering. And I am not trying to be judgemental or a smartass here. You asked what makes multi-channel something worth experiencing. Several years ago I ran into the symphony conductor for our local symphony here in Indy at my local hi-end audio shop, he had Logans, and he had a surround sound system that way better than mine. I talked to him about surround sound and basicly he described the conducting experience is what makes him tick. I have been listening to as much good surround sound as I can find since then. You will find that surround sound is different because it has different objectives, sometimes it is about reproducing the sound field, so the music was performed at Carniege Hall, and when you engage the Surruond Sound you are there at Carniegie Hall complete with all the ambience, at least if you close your eyes.
    Sometimes it is about the conductor experience or the sound engineer experience. But again sometimes you don't want or can't do the experience so just hit that button and blink you are back in 2 channel. I guess it is kind of like why go from mono to Stereo. Because technology allowed more information to be delivered to your ears and many but not all thought that was an enjoyable experience, in the old days you could just hit a switch and go back to mono if the information was too much or too tricked up. Some Surround Sound stuff is tricked up and like alot of things it is not as enjoyable as say Stereo. But the truth is certain SACDs and DVD-As like Pink Floyd, Elton John, Steely Dan, Dire Straits, Roxy Music,.......and many others were actually mixed to be experienced in Surround Sound. Well that's my story and I am sticking to it......what you say you have video!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JMAUSGP View Post
    It is really quite simple, if you want to be a bystander or observer that is fine. And I am serious about that. But the best seat in the house is the conductor, he or she experiences the music and the music is literally all around him or her, winds in front, horns to the side, piano and or strings can even be somewhat to the side and behind, huh, just like a good surround system.
    When I go to a concert I am a bystander; I have no choice. The conductor's perspective would not be real to me. Remember that the conductor has to focus on each individual instrument, whereas I do not; I listen to the whole. I am trying to recreate a real experience, not what would really be a pipedream to me - don't we all want to be conductors?

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    Way off topic here!

    Make sure to run the Krell Silver CAST at least, not the older copper CAST. The copper are fatter and not as revealing. JBAudioPimp has some right now .I have not tried the MMF by Nordost. I did try the Transparent CAST and they were good but nothing special for the price I could have gotten the MMF silver from Nordost.
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    DTB300,

    I actually read your post after I posted mine. I found it interesting that you have muscian friends that like MCH. Most of the MCH guys at my local high end shop are muscians as well. I really think it is the experience of making music with other muscians all around them in the band that makes the MCH experience what it is.

    And again, I am not saying that 2 channel doesn't have its merits, because it does, but quite simply to dismiss MCH as gimicky without actually comparing or experiencing the difference well it is not one of the things that want to regret that I missed in life, especially if you already have a HT setup, listening to MCH is as easy as buying a Oppo Universal player for less than 2 hundred bucks. And again don't dismiss it because it is cheap, Oppo products perform way beyond their money and hey if you don't like it you can always use it to upconvert your standard DVDs to 1080P, they do that with the best of them, but on the other hand you may get multi-channel desease and then you are on another quest, looking for Mr. Goodbar or was it looking for a better sound byte, hey I am old and I have forgotten more than I can remember.

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    Quote David Matz: "However, as we all know, it is all personal tastes. At a recent shootout of a CJ musical muscle amp and their top tube amp on the CLS, 3 out of 4 guys liked the SS, while one person liked the tubes. To me it was not even close - I thought SS way better. Obviously this is all anecdotal evidence. But it does illustrate how experiential this all is."

    I think the CLS sucks power, and the CJ wasn't enough for it. I remember the reviews at the time saying it was a b*tch to drive. The CLX is a different and better beast, however. I have just played my CLX recording again through my Ascents, via, you guessed it, a tube amp! But in the recording, you can hear that the CLX has dynamics a plenty with 160 Watts of Jadis power. There's just loads of slam in there playing La Grange. Just felt I needed to make that point, that's all

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    tonepub -

    I myself own zero vinyl but my dad has around 100 of them that I used to listen to on his turntable growing up. He was not an audiophile so he has quite the mix of dance/party music for when he entertained.

    If I remember correctly, I think he had a Phillips turntable which I could probably dig up. It is low end I am sure.

    JMAUSGP -
    I will indeed try the multi-channel approach after I get my 2-Channel dialed in. the Krell SACD only as single end outputs for multi-channel but I give it a try for sure for comparison. I have most of the SACD's you mentioned so it should be a good test.

    Bernard -
    I have not developed my personal preference for 2-channel versus multi-channel yet so when I start to make some comparisons I will see what my ears tell me. I tend to be a purist when I can and see your points mentioned.

    DTB300 -
    Some more valid points. As you stated, not all things are created equal so I am sure some sound better than others given the original intent of the engineer. Nice list of music, I will be expanding my listening range with my new system and will give a few of them a try.

    In general I can see the benefits of both formats and how well they are executed. I will stay out of the emotional side of this discussion until I have formed my own opinion.

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    Bernard,

    Now it sounds like you are making excuses. Don't listen to MCH, don't do it. It is something you will regret for the rest of your life. Don't listen to these people don't do it.

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