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  1. BTW, if anyone is looking to sell an Aries (femto) then PM me.
  2. 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!
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. Yay! A new one! The last one wasn't long ago. I hope she keeps up the pace.
  7. Looks like it is back up again.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Perhaps the new Aerial 5T would be the ticket?
  12. 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.
  13. Ok, So I will probably go with either 8350 vs 8351. Urs already chimed in to say he didn't think the improvement in the 8351 over the 8350 was worth the nearly 70% price premium. Does anyone else have a comment on this that is famiiar with both speakers? I am going to try and find some to listen to prior to purchase, but I don't know about the probability of finding both speakers close to where I live and do a comparison. Finding a set of 8050 is probably as close as I will get. There seem to be quite a few 8351 owners here, anyone compare them to the newer but less fancy 8350?
  14. To those using 83xx or 82xx, how do these handle placement close to the wall? I see Genelec makes wall mounts, which is promising, but this is clearly an exercise in compromise. Does the GLM do a decent job of smoothing things out with near wall placement? Or is it simply an absurd idea to get monitors like 8351s and the place them within a foot of the wall?
  15. I know it's not exactly an apples to apples comparison due to the streaming capabilities, but has anyone compared the active KEF LS50 to some of the recent Genelec DSP (83xx) models of similar price? I am asking because I am purchasing a system that I want to last me for at least 5-6 years and something very compact would be ideal. The room is roughly 20x30 with 9 ft ceilings, but the listening area would be at one end and would be approx 20x20. I figure I would need a sub, but will these be able to fill that space? The Genelecs have the advantage of the GLM with room correction and possible integration with a sub. The KEFs have the advantage of audiophile pedigree, cuteness and slickness, and the possibility Roon integration. Anyone familiar with some of the recent Genelecs and these new KEF actives?