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Opinions on why this system is uninvolving
Since you changed your speakers, have you experimented on speaker position? Also, how are your room acoustics? Cables are probably your weak points. Before making drastic changes, (like changing amps) trying the above tweaks will probably get you ... 
Review: Odyssey Audio Stratos mono Amplifier
I also have a pair of odyssey monoblocks and are quite pleased with them. I auditioned and owned many different amps ranging from $3000 to $7000. These monoblocks compared equally or better than all of the other amps I tried. The other amps I like... 
Speaker Cable Feet: Suggestions?
I went to an electric utility company and got a dozen ceramic insulators. These were used/replaced but in good condition. If you get the larger insulators, your cables just lay on top in the groove. I have my speakers cables and the interconnects ... 
Death of Vinyl? Nah
i have purchased all of Michael Hedges and Ralph Towner albums from a used music store in the last 6 months. Great music. I would also recommend William Ackerman for guitar recordings. 
Anyone hear Thiel CS1.6?
This is a reply to Zaikesman comments above. This is the last paragraph from a "Soundstage" review of the Totem Arro speaker: In all, another superb speaker from Totem, one that delivers on all that you would expect from looking at it and that als... 
Best of the Classe amp line??? 200/201 - 400/401?
I almost purchased a CA-201. Very nice sound. It matched well with my Classe 47.5 preamp and my Classe cdp 1.5 cd player with xlr interconnects. In the end, I went with the Odyssey monoblocks. In my system, very similiar sound to the CA-201 but wi... 
Anyone hear Thiel CS1.6?
I went to the dealer to audition the Thiels 1.6's and was disappointed. No bottom end, not even a hint of one. They also carried the Joseph and Totem speakers. Both of these brands blew away the 1.6's for around the same or less money. I ended up ... 
Fish'in for Speakers
Demo the Totem line of speakers. I have the Model 1's in my listening room and the Arro's in my den. Very nice. My listening room is also 12x12x9. I use a REL sub with the Model 1's. 
Sub for Aerial 10Ts
I have a REL sub that I preferred over many other subs i auditioned. For strictly music listening, I preferred the cleaner sound (faster, smoother) of the smaller woofers (10") over the larger (12"+) models. Also, REL subs produce an awesome smoot... 
Speaker priority: high or low???
I also agree with Beemer. It is not just 1 piece that makes a system, it is how all pieces work together. Spend $5000 on an amp, $5000 on speakers, and $200 on a cd player or $200 on a turntable cartridge, you get crap. An amplifier nor speakers w... 
Musical amp/pre/integrated for Maggies 1.6Qr
I liked the Mcintosh 6500 and the 6900. i owned the 6500 for about 1 year. Very nice but not enough power for my 4 way inefficient speakers. The Classe and Plinius integrated amps are also very nice. 
Reasonable preamps with phono stage
I have a Classe 47.5 with the optional mm/mc phono card installed. New around $2800, used around $1600. Very nice. I demoed or have owned Mcintosh, PSE, Thule, Sonic Frontier, Krell, Bryston, Sim Audio, Plinius and others and preferred the Classe.... 
A better matched amp for my Totem Speakers?
i currently have a pair of Odyssey Stratos monoblock amps with a Classe 47.5 preamp and the Classe 1.5 cd player playing through the Totem Model 1 bi-wire speakers. I just added the REL Strata III subwoofer to the mix. Sounds fantastic. The Totems... 
What Would You Do?
Mcintosh equipment is very good! I have owned them in the past and currently using the Odyssey Stratos monoblocks. Both amps are very good. For the money, the Odyssey is a winner. To me, the Odyssey amps compare favorably to the higher price Mcint... 
Review: Totem Acoustics Model 1 Monitor
i also enjoyed reading your review. I used to be a drummer playing Cream, Jimi Hendrix, etc... material in the 70's and have since switched over to Jazz, Blues, and New Age. I have a small room (13 x13 x 9) that I use for my 2 channel music system...