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RE: Is this still a problem with ultra linear tube amplifiers?

I have just finished my review of the Audio Space LS-3/5a and their dedicated subs make all the difference in the world - great combo. I'm sitting here waiting for them to pick up the speakers.

I am back to listening to the AX Two which doesn't give up much in the bass amazingly enough(yes against the sub - and makes me think even more highly of them). I wonder if Peter would consider making subwoofers like that. The LS-3/5a subs integrate about as well as I have ever heard any sub integrate. I know Peter hates subs but he did like down-firing designs in the Snell Type A. I don't see why they could not do that for any standmount - design it strictly for the model.

I can't really compare LS-3/5a models since *ahem* the speakers came out when I was something like 3 years old. The AX Twos in corners free up more space ultimately being able to stick them in corners - still need to fill the stands and possibly get bass traps. I wasn't expecting the level of bass out of the AX Two because most standmounts in this price range are laughably anaemic. The trouble is finding something to fill the stands.

There is no home depot or Wal-mart where everything is under one roof. You have to go to certain marketing districts to find anything - but of course you need to know "where" product A is. You'd think the hi-fi stores would sell this right? Nope. The place that sells acoustic foam doesn't sell any methiod of attaching it to the walls. So I sit for a month with acoustic foam all over my apartment trying various glues that either don't work or eat a hole through the foam. Finally found two way tape that works but I bet it rips the paint of the wall when it comes down. Arggh.

The Audio Space amp has no trouble with the combo at all - the UL switch seemed to merely compress the sound (on the LS-3/5a) a little - bringing everything to a flat plane (hence the SS sound) and loses the third dimension and depth. Though still sounds good just not as good as the triode mode. The headphone amp section was worth the price by itself which was ultimately why I bought it. My ASL MG Head and Total Bithead amps will go up for sale. The fact that you can operate it as just a power amp and the terrific build quality don't hurt none.

I'm listening to Techno music Tiesto club life Miami Vol 2 and Audio Note always amazes me that even their AX Two can play this with in the chest bass at pretty high levels.

I would love the Meishu - that was the first amp I heard that turned the entire audio hobby on end for me. That amp combo with E destroyed the first 15 years of audio listening and embarrassed EVERY system by everyone over those 15 years. Interestingly I always think back and wonder if I should take a more serious look at the Meishu. Especially here in HK where apartments are smaller and it would not need to fill the big western living spaces - here the entire apartment range from 432 to 1000 square feet. No wonder the Line Magnetic dealer said their 3 watt EL 84 based SET could drive the ATC 150s. The Meishu would be a behemoth.




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