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I enjoy your stories Lummy when I have time to read them, I am also a fan of Simaudio. Here is a pic from the beginning, although I can't tell an interesting story from my youth at the time to go with it.
When I entered UCSC in Fall 1989, Simaudio called themselves "Celeste" or "Moon." They claimed they were founded in 1980, by a Victor Sima. Then it made sense, why they were "Simaudio."
Anyway, a brunette coed down the hall from me was named Celeste. She was kind of thick-bodied, like a moon. Depending on class schedule, she seemed to like taking a shower in the late morning. FWIW, that was a time of day, when the restroom wasn't in high use. Celeste would carry toiletries in one hand, and a towel in the other. She wouldn't drape the towel, to cover her body. So yes, she was au naturel.
If you passed by, Celeste would stop, and carry on a conversation, as if everything were normal. When it came to ethnicity, she rattled off a few European countries, but claimed that the highest percentages were German and Italian. French was on her list, so when I put "Celeste," her big bare moon, and "French" [Simaudio were from French-speaking Quebec], the audio dweeb in me thought positively of Simaudio.
No, if you quizzed the college-aged Lummy, he would not have predicted owning Simaudio gear, and certainly none this expensive. So far, how is the 700i treating you? Our 600i just goes about quietly, and we mentally forget it is there. For us, that is high praise, but for other audiophiles, that is underwhelming.
From my last visit to the UCSC campus, what was once part of the Great Meadow has been converted to soccer fields. The benches overlooking the field and Monterey Bay are still there. Moreover, they were clean, without the graffiti of the early-90s.
Absolutely happy with the 700i. You were right it is so smooth and just outputs what you feed it. Full bodied signal in, full bodied sound out. This signal in, thin out. Transparent, great sound stage and placement. At this point I couldn't ask for more. Thanks for the tips Lummy.
The Bay Area, including San Francisco, is not teeming with people. So now is the time for people to mask up, and enjoy the outdoors. Heck, with snowstorms across the country, some of my friends and colleagues have gone skiing.
Staying at home also means that people get to spend more time on their stereos. If you have a Simaudio Evolution preamp or integrated amp, be sure to adjust the settings, including the gain for each input. That way when you switch from input to input, the volume across all sources can remain level.
For the 600i, our most cost-effective "tweak" is the Hi-Fi Tuning Silverstar fuse. These have long been out of production, but can still be found at reasonable prices.
I can't find the 600i's original powercord. Some users are perfectly fine with it. These people can squeeze more out the stock OEM powercord (and all after-market ones, as well), by placing it on the audiodharma Cable Cooker, with its Ground Breaker adapter. Above, I am Cooking a throwaway right-angle powercord, which another audiophile uses under his Mark Levinson No. 380S preamp.
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