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RE: Those darn measurements !

I have tried a lot of stuff over the last 25 years. The vast experience helps me find my preferences in audio gear. I am not a slave to those ideologies - I am generally a SET amplifier guy but that didn't stop me from selling a $7,500 premium SET amplifier and going to a $825 Push Pull amplifier.

I chose a King Sound Electrostatic panel as one of the best rooms at an audio show and another ESL was a runner up and recently really liked a system being driven with Solid State and used metal tweeters.

When you say someone is ideological that is just about the dumbest thing anyone can say. Everyone has ideology. A person who is Christian has Christian ideology, a person who is Muslim has Islam as their ideology and a person who is conservative or Liberal holds the ideology of those belief systems. And most people are somewhere in the middle or hold what could be considered coservative belief systems on some things and quite liberal belief systems on other things. Republican Arlen Spector for instance was pro-choice but on most other things he was a conservative. And several democrats are pro-life but hold to separation of church and state.

So what point are you making?

That I like SETs and High Efficiency speakers more than I like LE and Solid state. Well yes and so do tons of other people which is why this forum has a dedicated High Efficiency forum AND a SET forum. It's for the people who owned Solid State and LE speakers for decades and now like HE and SETs more. A preference isn't an ideology. And if tomorrow someone demonstrates a SS amplifier and a panel or other low efficiency speaker that I like better I will switch to that in a second. Why? Because I am not enamored with tubes - I don't like replacing them or screwing around with them in general. I am not nostalgic about them because I grew up with SS.

I have done my work - I went out and auditioned the new top SS amps from the likes of PASS Lab amps and the SIT amplifiers and First Watt. I have gone out and auditioned Mark Levinson, Soullution, Sugden, Rotel, McIntosh, Rega, Heed, Edge, Constellation, Boulder, Krell, Momentum, Classe, Bryston, MBL, Meridian, Sim Audio, Roksan, Orpheus, Emm Labs. I have auditioned the Magnepan 20.7/3.7/1.7, Martin Logan Summit X, Quads, King Audio, Vivid Audio, Wilson Audio, Wilson Benesch, Tannoy Prestige, ATC 100s, Trenner and Freidl, All of the Harbeth line, B&W Nautilus, 801, 802, Focal Utopia, Mezza Utopia, Micro Utobia, Usher Be 12, Scaena, Perfect 8 Technologies, Spendor, Castle, Reference 3a, RossoFiorintino, and it goes on and on.

I mean you can't really force someone to like Brussels sprouts who just don't like them. It's not ideology it's a preference.

So I don't know what you expect me to do.


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