128x128

bluethinker

Responses from bluethinker

Power filtering – Furutech or Puritan Audio?
I’ve purchased and kept the Puritan 136 and 156. Both were significant system upgrades. I wonder if some folks who denigrate the use of power filters actually have any first hand experience with these sorts of products.   
PREAMPLIFIER UPGRADE QUESTION
@kjl1065 - I recommend the Linear Tube Audio Microzotl preamp with the upgrade.  It’s below your budget and sounds so good it’s the one component I wouldn’t consider parting with. When I put it in it was the single biggest upgrade I’ve made.   
Audio Research versus McIntosh tube amps: anyone experience or compare both?
@bobbydd - I’m with Mazian’s comment above. As you mentioned warmth, I recommend the Conrad Johnson Classic 120. That amp uses EL34 tubes and brings a wonderful warmth to the music. I alternate it with an Audio Hungary power amp. The preamp is a L... 
Requesting opinions about 4 specific amplifiers
Personally, I feel the Luxman 509 is a little analytical to my ears, especially with those Dynaudio speakers. I agree with those posters who recommend a tube preamp to warm things up. I love the look of the accuphase, and people who’ve heard them... 
Power cords: Kimber Kable Palladium
@freightdac - I bought one used and ended up using it on my amp. I rotate back and forth between a Conrad Johnson Classic 120 and an Audio Hungary P200 amp.  I moved my cardas clear beyond XL, which had previously been on my amp, to my preamp. I ... 
Puritan 136 vs 156 for simple system
@temmple - They pop up on USaudiomart every so often. I think you should be able to get a 136 for around $1300.    Look at the power conditioner section right underneath power cables. Not sure why, but they don’t appear on Audiogon often.   
Tube amps under $7500
@hickamore - I recommend the Audio Hungary Qualiton P200. You can use KT 120 or KT 150 tubes with it. Fantastic sounding amp. I use it with a Linear Tube Audio Microzotl preamp. For my taste, it’s a sublime combination.   Audio Hungary also make... 
Experience with Puritan Audio 136 Purifier
Hi All -  Update on my original post. I ended up purchasing the 156 and moved the 136 to my office system. I think the 156 brings a marginal improvement to an already great product. To get the most out of these Puritan components, invest in thei... 
Puritan 136 vs 156 for simple system
@temmple - As an aside, I was finally able to find a used ultimate power cable. I was expecting a minor but worthy upgrade. I was wrong. As soon as I replaced the classic power cable with the ultimate version, my system sounded more expansive, mor... 
Puritan Ultimate Power Cable
After adding two Puritan conditioners to my two systems, I finally was able to pick up a used Ultimate cable from a seller who happened to reside in the same city. I was anxious to get it home and try it out.    I’ve read a few posters communicat... 
Solid state amp vs tube amps
@marquis4099 - I don’t think anyone has asked yet, but would love to hear more about your motivation behind the question? Are you embarking on a search yourself? Or is it more of an academic question?    If it’s the former, you’ve got a potential... 
Puritan 136 vs 156 for simple system
@temmple - Go for the Puritan…   
Innuos Zen mk3 NG and Zenith mk3 NG introduced at Munich
Wow. The Innuos Zenith MKiii went up 300%? I’m sure they’ve made some important upgrades, but I wonder how much better it is…?   
Puritan 136 vs 156 for simple system
@temmple - Our fellow posters are making a lot of sense. For me, the Puritan was a final touch, final edit purchase. I’d labored over my selection of components and felt everything else had been dialed in.    Finding the speakers that deliver the... 
Puritan 136 vs 156 for simple system
@temmple - I actually have both. I started with the 136 and ended up buying the 156 too. Firstly, the Puritan product up-leveled my musical enjoyment in both of my systems. They are both solid products.    For your system, listed above, I think a...