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  1. The Absolute Sound Editor's Choice Reference Monitor excellent condition in high gloss black. Only 25 hours on it. I bought them 3 weeks ago and just now got an offer to pay the deposit for the custom speakers of my dream. It will take a long time 3x the price of the Audience The One. My impressions of these speakers in nearfield with Teac 502 DAC and DSD material are just 9 of 10 and I mean it, fantastic soundstage, excellent instrument separation, precise and accurate but non-fatiguing, you can listen for hours to them on the desktop. New these speakers are $1070 with stands. I am selling these speakers at the very heavy discount. I will include Audience OEM $75 angled stands for free. Buy with confidence, see my Audiogon, eBay and US AudioMart perfect ratings. Buyer pays actual charges for PayPal and insured double boxed FedEx shipping.
  2. I extensively use beyerdynamic T 1 headphones with Benchmark DAC 2 D (well, happened). The cord limits mobility somewhat, plus I would love to have a little more "stage". I am happy with the sound, but want a change at times. The thinking is to get an amped 2.1 system under $3000. Specifically I thought of Genelec G Three with their F Two subwoofer (like in the "systems" tab here) off of the same DAC. But those Genelecs are not available around Chicago to listen to. Even if I would like it, showrooms sound very differently than my office. So, a few questions: Is my assumption realistic that I can find a sound setup comparable to what I have at the price I target? Is it a good idea anyway? What would be your choice of a system like that? Thank you!
  3. I need help deciding which way to go regarding building my nearfield, desktop audio system, with 2-3 feet between speaker and ear. I am building a high value, moderate cost, but high quality system for my computer, a PC running JRiver being fed by uncompressed WAV files from my NAS. I consider myself a high-value audiophile, and my music taste is every eclectic (jazz, classical, pop/rock, bluegrass/country), but mainly acoustic (though I love Pink Floyd). I will be looking at both self-powered and passive speakers. The speakers currently on my radar include: Focal 706V, Focal 705V, KEF Q300, KEF Q100, KEF LS50, KEF X300A (powered), Focal XS Book (powered), Emotiva Pro airmotiv4/5/6/Stealth6 (powered), Adam A5x (powered), Audioengine P4, and Audioengine A5+ (powered). If I go for passive speakers, I would add a modest USB DAC/amp (possibly NuForce DDA-100 or TEAC AH-01) to drive the speakers. Powered speakers such as the Emotiva’s, Focal XS Book and Audioengine A5+ would need USB DAC (Schiit Bifrost Uber), while the KEF X300A would not require anything else. My first decision would have to be regarding which speakers. Sound quality is my main concern, as I desire speakers that are transparent and refined, and will tolerate sins of omission more than sins of commission. I also am concerned about the drivers integrating coherently at 2-3 feet distance. I would expect that the KEF Uni-Q drivers would have an advantage in this respect. Would the larger Focal 706V work well in a nearfield, desktop application, and its drivers integrate at 2-3 feet between speaker and ear? I am familiar with Focal drivers, as 15 years ago as I built a set of DALINE transmission line speakers using twin Focal 6.5" Polyglass drivers and Focal Tioxid tweeters in D'Appolito towers (double boxed, with high purity silver wiring). These are still my reference speakers driven by my DIY Nelson Pass bi-amp Zen mono-block amps (single stage, Class A), DIY Bride of Son of Zen preamp (Class A), with DIY high purity silver interconnects and speaker cable. I am totally unfamiliar with the sound quality of the KEF, Emotiva, Adam, and Audioengine speakers, though they seem to be well thought of. What are your suggestions/comments regarding the electronic options between the NuForce DDA-100 and TEAC AH-01? (Though the TEAC has $100 higher MSRP, it can be bought about $200 cheaper.) What are your suggestions/comments regarding the following system options, in a nearfield, desktop application: 1) KEF X300A (5.25” Uni-Q, bi-amp, DAC), nothing else necessary, ($800 retail, $800 street) 2) KEF Q300 (6.5” Uni-Q) with: a. NuForce DDA-100, (total system: $1,200 retail, $1,050 street) b. TEAC AH-01, (total system: $1,300 retail, $850 street) 3) KEF Q100 (5.25” Uni-Q) with: a. NuForce DDA-100, (total system: $1,100 retail, $950 street) b. TEAC AH-01, (total system: $1,200 retail, $750 street) 4) KEF LS50 (5.25” Uni-Q) with: a. NuForce DDA-100, (total system: $2,050 retail, $1,650 street) b. TEAC AH-01, (total system: $2,150 retail, $1,400 street) 5) Focal 706V (6.5” Polyglass woofer, 1” Al/Mg TNV tweeter) with: a. NuForce DDA-100, (total system: $1,250 retail, $950 street) b. TEAC AH-01, (total system: $1,350 retail, $750 street) 6) Focal 705V (5.25” Polyglass woofer, 1” Al/Mg TNV tweeter) with: a. NuForce DDA-100, (total system: $1,050 retail, $875 street) b. TEAC AH-01, (total system: $1,150 retail, $675 street) 7) Focal XS Book (powered, 4.0” Polyglass woofer, 0.75”Al tweeter) with: a. Schiit Bifrost Uber USB DAC, (total system: $920 retail, $820 street) b. Other USB DAC ??? 8) Audioengine P4 (4” Kevlar woofer, 0.75” silk tweeter) with: a. NuForce DDA-100, (total system: $800 retail, $800 street) b. TEAC AH-01, (total system: $900 retail, $600 street) 9) Audioengine A5+ (powered, 5” Kevlar woofer, 0.75” silk tweeter) with: a. Schiit Bifrost Uber USB DAC, (total system: $920 retail, $920 street) b. Other USB DAC ??? 10) Emotiva Pro airmotiv4 (bi-amp, 4.5” woofer, Heil tweeter) with: a. Schiit Bifrost Uber USB DAC, (total system: $870 retail, $870 street) b. Other USB DAC ??? 11) Emotiva Pro airmotiv5 (bi-amp, 5.25” woofer, Heil tweeter) with: a. Schiit Bifrost Uber USB DAC, (total system: $970 retail, $970 street) b. Other USB DAC ??? 12) Emotiva Pro airmotiv6 (bi-amp, 6.5” woofer, Heil tweeter) with: a. Schiit Bifrost Uber USB DAC, (total system: $1,220 retail, $1,220 street) b. Other USB DAC ??? 13) Emotiva Pro Stealth6 (bi-amp, 6.5” woofer, Heil tweeter) with: a. Schiit Bifrost Uber USB DAC, (total system: $1,620 retail, $1,620 street) b. Other USB DAC ??? 14) Adam A5x (bi-amp, 5.5” woofer, X-ART tweeter) with: a. Schiit Bifrost Uber USB DAC, (total system: $1,520 retail, $1,520 street) b. Other USB DAC ??? So my current possibilities run from $600 (Audioengine P4, w/ TEAC AH-01) to $1,650 (KEF LS50, w/ NuForce DDA-100). I will be looking for best bang for the buck, but willing to pay up for meaningful SQ improvement. I would also value to non-powered speaker options slightly higher due to more future flexibility. Your suggestions/comments are welcome. Thanks!
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