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RE: Help With Amplifier Selection

I will add that the biggest selling Audio Note dealer in the world is in Hong Kong and their AN E speakers are free standing - not near side or back walls. The sound is excellent - the tune port is still 29hz so it's not like they are bass shy even away from walls.

The AN E/LX Hemp is under $6k. I ran the Line Magnetic 219IA with them and it was a great match. In December I replaced my AN E with another higher level AN E.

This IMO is still the best speaker I've heard for this price (regardless of sensitivity and regardless whether you can place them in corners or not.

As for the amps - I think the LM's have a more robust sound especially with bass content. Perhaps because they have beefier transformers. But I have not heard the 518ia enough.

Also before you plunge into the Line Magnet note that Audio Note also has the Cobra amplifier coming soon which is a 27 watt amp - and they have 65 watters apparently coming as well. The amp is under $2500 and from the looks of it are beasts for the money. It is push pull though but push pull made by guys with SE ears so it might be worth a wait just to hear it before taking the plunge. AN's push pull Zero integrated sounds sublime so the Cobra is really interesting.

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