Found my hifi mojo again, and I'm having fun!

Discussion in 'Members' Systems' started by Ds2000, Mar 26, 2016.

  1. theophile

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    Harry Pearson liked that thing also.
     
  2. Ds2000

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    I am really curious as to how it will perform. Did a little research and a version of it has been made since 1982, to the public since 1985. Small, well run, very, very tight QC German company. This one is a series 2 Exclusive, only a few years old. The very high current capability of mosfet without the haze or mist. 250 wpc and 302 pounds.
     
  3. theophile

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    I listened to that model ASR for about 10 minutes around 5 years ago. The speakers were B&W 805D and the CD/SACD player was by Electrocompaniet. The speakers were not particularly well placed. The CD was a Japanese Sony SBM issue of Roger Waters' Amused To Death. Mostly I suspect due to the positioning of the speaker, and that the amp was stone cold, it wasn't an extraordinary session. I was stunned by the stereo image being thrown miles outside the R hand speaker during one part of the 'Genie' track.
    I would have liked to have spent more time with that system in a different room set-up and maybe with more capable speakers.

    That was the second system I heard that day(the shop was empty but for me and the proprietor). the other one was Electro CD player, TOTL preamp and Nemo monoblocks with B&W 802D speakers. Yes it sounded nice, but the entire time I was wishing I had my GT 2000 as the source. That would have been something to hear.
     
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    I'll be curious to know, they have a small but dedicated following.
    I feel the same, I'd have wanted to hear it on something else, maybe a floor stander. And maybe a different brand like Magico or the larger Sonus...Sony SS-AR1. That kind of demo.
    I'm hoping the Scepters and the ASR are friendly.
     
  5. Ds2000

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    Well the amp is here, I'm trying it out before it heads to the sale bin. (Yes it was never intended to be a keeper). This thing is a real curiosity, 4 chassis, one a battery supply, Very specialized silver cabling, really it's the works here. $30 grand worth of amp weighing 315 pounds.
    A short listening session shows immediately how well designed it is.
    I'll run it for hours this Saturday.
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    It's an ultra refined product, and an example of what extraordinary care and imagination can achieve when attached to a talented designer.
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    Man, there is some serious gear in this thread.
     
  8. Ds2000

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    Adding this little number in. Bought it here on BT broken for a good deal, had it fixed. A lot of stuff had been messed with, all straightened out now as per the SM. It’s a Va 24/96, pretty much the latest of the series. I will be able to stream or play files up to 24/96 (20/96) which will be nice.
    I’m really curious to hear it. A transport is on the way.
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    Very nice silverware. :beerchug:
     
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    I put the Onkyo together with the Polyfusion 940. Wow what a sweet combo. The ASR can take a break for a while.
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    This preamp is besting any I’ve had so far. No surprise I suppose, this company had been around for almost 20 years when they dove into the high end. A very smart design too. The whole chassis is aluminum, base plate too. Hot running transistors are mounted in a way that lets the whole case act as a heatsink, and it only gets warm. So those components stay well within temp range.
    And the sound, it’s nearly ideal with the Onk. Whatever weaknesses there may be, the pairing is so complimentary, that it’s hard to pick one out. I’m shocked!
     
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    just read about Polyfusion, awesome stuff. It's awesome a firm with great EE tech can design and manufacture high end audio gear
     
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    Nice sock broski... LOL
     
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    Am I missing something?
     
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    Not at all broski, noticed the sock next to your fabulous 50s fan, under the chair, in the top picture t'is all... :thumbsup:
     
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    Enjoying Ahmed Jamal on this new to me duo. Of course, FedEx managed to bang them around enough to throw the drawer parameters off on the transport. Once the claim is settled, I’ll send it off for a repair. I can finagle it into working well enough for now.
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    Teac/Esoteric have been at the forefront of transport design for a couple of decades now.
     
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    Inside of one of the ASR power supplies.
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  20. Ds2000

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    Playing some jazz and college radio today. Running up the Onkyo and the one Stax amp here.
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