jheppe815

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High Pass Filter for Mains
I bought a 2-way electronic crossover from Phil Marchand last year.  It's built like a tank and sounds fantastic.  A very good friend is running the same Marchand crossover in his system, and it's been rock solid.  
Need a 4 way electronic crossover
I had a Marchand crossover and it was an exceptional piece.  Well-built and sounded great.  
First Bi Amping Experience
@melbay - With the jumpers removed on the speakers, I assume the subwoofer outputs (or preamp outputs?) from your Coda integrated are running the Crown which then is wired to the bass speaker inputs on the Signature SE's.  Then I also assume the i... 
Integrated amp: Component weight
@cundare2 - I'm in the same camp; bad back and can't lift heavy equipment up steps. Not everyone's cup of tea, but I'm driving 86 dB sensitivity Bryston Mini T's with my McIntosh MA5300 integrated amp.  Here are some specs: 38 pounds unboxed. P... 
Best Audiophile desktop for under $2500?
@quantos - Thanks for sharing your list of components.   Fully agree with that type of build.  Is it safe to assume one could shave off some cost by going with 1 SSD vs. the three listed on your example?  
Best Audiophile desktop for under $2500?
@elliottbnewcombjr - You asked if there are better sound cards out there vs. the onboard USB in a PC. While not a sound card, JCAT's USB Card FEMTO is a fantastic sounding card that paired with an outboard linear power supply, can give nice isola... 
Seeking Honest Opinions: Your Experience with McIntosh Audio Gear
I have been a McIntosh owner for over 30 years.  I will state that when I would visit stereo / hi-fi stores over the decades (when we still had hi-fi stores!) and salespersons would ask what I had for a system, I was embarrassed to some degree to... 
Vintage dbx Products
There seems to be some activity with dbx 224's on eBay, so that might be an outlet vs. the electronics recycling bin.  I've read an article or two that cassette is not totally dead yet...and there are some writings of it making a (small) comeback.... 
DAC suggestion for PC
@lanx0003 - I should rephrase my statement by saying, "and finally went to a higher quality USB cable".  I am using an Audio Quest Carbon USB-A to USB-B cable.  There are certainly higher quality cables than what I'm using, so my apologies for the... 
DAC suggestion for PC
I gotta agree with @milpai and @fuzztone about Fidelizer helping with sound quality for your PC.  It's cheap and easy and if you are using Windows, that platform is not good at processing audiophile quality audio without a little bit of help.  Pro... 
Is My McIntosh C52 Pre-amp The Weak Link?
I believe the C52 is pre swappable DAC module technology from McIntosh, so the C52’s internal DAC is built in and not able to be changed/upgraded. I also vote for keeping the C52 (I have a C53 with the internal DA2 and love it) and trying a diffe... 
3-4 dB dip at crossover region: what should I listen for to hear it?
@rischa - I remember distinctly how good the 4349's sounded right out of the box.  However, the high frequency compression driver did smooth out in short order as the drivers broke in.  I didn't have a very long break in period where the cabinets ... 
3-4 dB dip at crossover region: what should I listen for to hear it?
@rischa - I bought my JBL 4349’s two years ago. I read extensively about these speakers before I bought them as you are probably doing. I’d recommend simply to just listen to them and put away all the reviews, graphs, etc. I very much enjoy my 43... 
Mcintosh pre amp pricing
I bought a new McIntosh integrated amp in March 2023 for about 10% off retail from my local dealer. There were three other used units for sale at the time on eBay and Audiogon that I considered. Two were priced at about 65-80% of new. The third wa... 
Speaker Cables : Moderate priced
@mijostyn - I'm a big fan of Kimber Kable as well.  +1 I have cables made to order by Schmitt Custom Audio Cable and use both James' Canare 4S11 and Reference 100 cables.  Super fast service, reasonable prices and located domestically here in Wis...