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Old 12-21-2017, 02:36 AM
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Power City! Those speakers are going to sing, and loud!

Enjoy your setup!
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Old 12-21-2017, 05:15 AM
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Congratulations! The amps look great. I've heard the Progressions before and they are truly outstanding amplifiers. And, ARC-DAG-Wilson is a great combination.
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Old 12-21-2017, 12:38 PM
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Congrats...Very Nice! The black looks amazing... Those are some very serious looking amplifiers... looking forward to your listening impressions.
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Old 12-23-2017, 10:51 PM
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Default My initial impression

I am very happy with the D'Agostino Progression monoblocks. I am not the first to mention how dynamic these amps are. This was evident listening to the CD Red Violin. Track 20 has some very loud orchestral peaks on the track. It was amazing to hear these amps reproduce effortlessly the dynamics on it. It was loud but yet I was able to hear every instrument clearly for the very first time. My ears will give out before reaching the full potential! It is the headroom you notice. I have noticed when listening that these amplifiers are very revealing of poor recordings. The ARC Ref 250 SE monoblocks I had on loan from the dealer made the normally "poor sounding" discs listenable because of the tubes in my Ref 10 and the tubes in the Ref 250 SE amps.

This is not necessarily right but expected with an all tube system. With the Progression monoblocks my well known recorded redbook discs sound fantastic with small little details not heard before in the recordings being heard now! Possibly due to the low noise floor. With SACD listening to them now is definitely better and confirming the reason for having them to begin with! Listening to both male and female vocals they are smooth and natural with a touch of air on both. The better the recording the more is revealed. I am waiting for both of my Transparent power cords to be reterminated to 20A.
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Power conditioning: Transparent PowerIsolator
Isolation: HRS
Room treatments: Vicoustics

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Old 12-27-2017, 12:25 PM
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Sharp 1080 - Congratulations. That is a beautiful looking setup and combination.
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How's it going Vern? Did you have the opportunity to try the Progression Preamp or just decided not to since you had the Reference 10 & preferred a tubed preamp in the mix?

Best Sir,

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Old 12-27-2017, 02:18 PM
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How's it going Vern? Did you have the opportunity to try the Progression Preamp or just decided not to since you had the Reference 10 & preferred a tubed preamp in the mix?

Best Sir,

Bob
I am sticking with my ARC Ref 10. I love the synergy they make together. I have said before the "best of both worlds"! The Ref 10 and Progression amp is popular as the demo in Los Angeles was the same IIRC? I will always choose a tube preamp over solid state. No slight against D'Agostino preamps as I love the Momentum combo the dealer has in the store. The Ref 10 is my 7th Audio Research preamp/linestage. Hope that finally answers your question Bob?
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Power conditioning: Transparent PowerIsolator
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Hope that finally answers your question Bob?


Yep & thanks Sir.

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Preamp: Dan D'Agostino Progression Preamp.
Digital Source: dCS Paganini 4 stack (Transport/DAC/Clock/Upsampler).
Analogue Preamp: VAC Renaissance SE Phono stage with XLR Output Option & with Nordost Tyr 2 P/C and Tyr 2 XLR's.
Analogue Sources: SME 20/2 w/SME V arm & Nordost Valhalla TA cable, Palo Santos Presentation Cartridge & Akai GX-400D Reel-to-Reel w/relapped heads by JRF Magnetic Sciences. Akai RC-17 cabled remote.
Vibration Control: TT on HRS M3X 1921 shelf, Stillpoint Ultra SS under dCS Transport, Stillpoint Ultra-Mini's under dCS 3 Stack. HRS NA100's under Ansuz D8 Power Distribution Bar.
Speakers: Wilson Audio Alexia in Argento Silver/Black grills.
Power Cables: 3 each 2.5M Nordost Odin Supreme Reference on amps & preamp. Nordost Valhalla V1 on dCS Transport.
Power Distribution Bar: Ansuz Mainz Diamond 8(D8) fed by Ansuz Diamond Power Cable.
Power Outlets:Furutech GTX-D NCF (R) duplex outlet, GTX Wall Plate & Duplex Cover (x2).
Speaker Cables: 3M Nordost Odin Supreme Reference with 4 Nordost Sort Lifts.
Signal Cables: Nordost Tyr 2 XLR's 2M on dCS Paganini and Mono amps. Nordost Valhalla 2's 110 ohm Digital AES/EBU on dCS internal connections and Crystal Cable Firewire 1394 cables on dCS.
Clock Cables: 3 each 75 ohm 1.25M Nordost Valhalla BNC/BNC Digital
Headphones: Selling - 6M Cardas Clear HP cables. Vintage Koss Pro IV AA.
RCM: Audio Desk PRO
Tube Test Gear: Mint late '60's/calibrated Heathkit TT-1A & current SOTA MaxiMatcher Power and Preamp tube test sets.
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I am sticking with my ARC Ref 10. I love the synergy they make together. I have said before the "best of both worlds"! The Ref 10 and Progression amp is popular as the demo in Los Angeles was the same IIRC? I will always choose a tube preamp over solid state. No slight against D'Agostino preamps as I love the Momentum combo the dealer has in the store. The Ref 10 is my 7th Audio Research preamp/linestage. Hope that finally answers your question Bob?
I'm in the same camp. I love arc preamps.
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I knew I had saved a photo of someone else having used this combo. Alma Audio in La Jolla California.
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Amplifier: Dan D"Agostino Progression monoblock
Speakers: Wilson Audio Maxx3,
Cables: Transparent Audio Super balanced interconnects and Reference Gen 5 speaker cables
Power conditioning: Transparent PowerIsolator
Isolation: HRS
Room treatments: Vicoustics
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