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  1. Please post your thoughts when you get these speakers. I was strongly considering them but ultimately went a very different direction (Genelec 8351, which I am expecting in the next few weeks.)
  2. Good grief, $10k+ on the network? Unfortunately the more time goes by the less relevant this website becomes. I suppose the focus has to go somewhere now that purpose built devices like the Aries, Aurender and micro rendu have made CAPS style computers no longer cost-effective. For someone who recently wrote about a "Disconnected" audiophile world, I don't see how this article does much to help the case that CA is not similarly out of touch with the reality of mere mortals.
  3. Genelec is releasing some smaller (and maybe more affordable) versions of the 8351. They are three way self powered monitors with concentric tweeter and midrange and concealed, slot loaded woofers for symmetrical radiation. They seem to include the same dsp and other capabilities. These might be the ultimate for desktop near field use. I haven't seen anything about pricing yet.
  4. BTW, if anyone is looking to sell an Aries (femto) then PM me.
  5. So the consensus is AES is a strong suit for the Aries. That makes my decision easier. I *think* I remember reading in a review and they thought the SPDIF/AES outputs were weaker than some other devices, but I'm not worried about it. I agree in general that AES is the least fussy if it achieves your goal. I prefer AES with my current dac (NAD M51) and the Genelec systems all require it as the only digital input. Thanks for the responses!
  6. Hi, I am considering getting an Aries for use with a Genelec system as a Roon endpoint. The Genelec needs AES input so the list of streamers that will work is limited. Does anyone use it this way and have any comments on the AES/SPDIF quality relative to other sources? I am also considering the Bryston BDP-2 but I like the form factor of the Aries better (also the price.) Anyone with any other recommendations? The higher end Aurenders are out of my budget.
  7. I have the Adam f5 and have to admit I am a bit disappointed in them. If I were buying again in the price range then I would go with the JBL LSR305. I think it is a better speaker. Sent from my SM-G930V using Computer Audiophile mobile app
  8. M22 is a pretty astounding amp. I heard it driving Aerial 7t which is admittedly a fairly efficient speaker, but they sounded really good together. For the price it is a very good option. Sent from my SM-G930V using Computer Audiophile mobile app
  9. Yay! A new one! The last one wasn't long ago. I hope she keeps up the pace.
  10. Looks like it is back up again.
  11. I also just noticed the power amp. I would highly recommend you check out the Odyssey Audio line of amps if you are trying to stay at lowish pricepoint. The guy that runs the company, Klaus Bunge, builds amps to order. His Kismet line is no slouch and can hold its own in comparisons with no compromise equipment like the Pass Lab XA series. Just ignore the power specs, they have more than enough dynamic power for just about any speaker, including maggies.
  12. I think you had said you were going to checkout VAndersteen, I assume you meant the Vandersteen Quattro CT. Well over $10k but the built in subs are fantastic and they absolutely don't need anything else. The logistics of how to hook them up to receive a .1 or .2 home theater sub feed tho might not be very clean.
  13. Funny that ARC has come up in this thread. One of the best systems I have ever heard used an ARC preamp, Ayre power amp then driving Vandersteen 5A speakers in a well treated room. The Ayre preamps are obviously superlative in their own right, but I really like the mix of the ARC + Ayre everytime I have heard it.
  14. Perhaps the new Aerial 5T would be the ticket?
  15. Anthony sold the company and I am pretty sure is gone. He was the driving force and the innovator. The Classico line is gone now and was sold on Audiogon by a dealer (Underwood Wally?) that bought every last unit on closeout. I bet the value of the company was purely in the little sphere speaker systems. I would be very surprised if the reference line is ever revived.