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Old 08-15-2018, 09:59 AM
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Well, all the upgrades are in and I am very pleased with the results. I feel that my connections are now commensurate with the internal wiring of my Alexx. The last thing I may do but it is far from certain is upgrade my subwoofer system connections but I do not think it will make an audible difference since the Thor is rolled off at 30 Hz in a passive configuration (no HP LP only). All my equipment (Mac C-1000, MR 85 tuner, MIT pc systems, and a plethora of KK and AQ cables) have been boxed up and are at the dealer and are currently being sold. Money from this would go into this last upgrade. We will see.

How does it sound? first of all it would be unfair to compare my Alexx to my Maxx3 because I have made far too many improvements that were not there with my Maxx3. I thought my Maxx3 was a fantastic speaker. Still do. Like Jim, I never heard the inferior treble that folks associated with the old tweeter. The main thing I noticed with the Maxx3 was I felt it was not the last word in resolution, but this was from top to bottom. The Maxx3 was and still is as neutral a speaker as there is on the planet. I have nothing but praise for it.

What about the Alexx with all the new ancillary equipment? I have achieved what I had hoped to which is a significant increase in transparency and clarity without the hardness and ruthlessness. I wanted smoothness, elimination of grain, increased resolution top to bottom, delicacy, refinement, better imaging and sound staging and I have achieved these things.

With the new system I find myself listening more to classical music, especially Mahler. I am trying to learn his symphonies. The new system makes it fun.

Sadly or happily depending on how you look at it connections make a huge difference in a high end system. Connections are extremely expensive. One Dragon HC power cord (2m) is 7,900. I have two of them and eight Dragons all together. Solid silver IC's, well don't get me started. But I really enjoy that fact that when I see a truly high end setup in the internet knowing that my power conditioning and connections are second to none.

So am I happy, was it worth it? Yes absolutely. The cost is fast receding in my mind and when I look at my results, strangely, I think I have achieved a very high end system that not only sounds great but is very cost effective in that I think I spent my money exactly where it needed to be spent. I wouldn't change a thing.

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Old 08-15-2018, 05:42 PM
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Charles... Congrats! money well spent.
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Old 08-15-2018, 10:25 PM
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Thank you Ivan. Coming from you it means a lot.
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Old 08-15-2018, 10:49 PM
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Thank you Ivan. Coming from you it means a lot.
Power delivery is crucial, and I happen to spend a small fortune on it also.
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Reference System: ACCUPHASE A250 MONOBLOCK AMPS, C3850 PRE-AMP, DP950 CD/SACD PRECISION TRANSPORT, DC950 PRECISION DIGITAL PROCESSOR, DG-58 DIGITAL VOICING EQUALIZER, T1100 FM STEREO TUNER, PS530 POWER SUPPLY, SONOS ZP90-W4S MOD, HRS-SXR CUSTOM 4V-4V RACK w/ M3X 1921 SHELVES, TAD REFERENCE ONE MK2 LOUDSPEAKERS, WIREWORLD PLATINUM CABLES & PLATINUM ELECTRA PC'S
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MX150, MC501(2) MC1.2KW(10) MC2301(2) MR88, MS750(3) MVP881, MCD1100, MDA1000, C1000C/P/T, MPC1500, ESOTERIC K-01X 30th ANNIVERSARY (BLACK) SACD/CD PLAYER, G02-X CLOCK, HT3F(2) XRT2K, XCS2K, XR27(2) OPPO-BDP95, PS AUDIO PPP(8) PUREPOWER 1050(4) RGPC 1200(15) JL GOTHAM SUBS(2) JL FATHOM F113 SUBS(4) SOUND ANCHOR SUB STANDS(2) LUMAGEN RADIANCE PRO SCALER, SONY VPH-G90U PROJECTOR, STEWART STUDIOTEK 120" SCREEN, SONUS FABER STRADIVARI, SILENZIO, SONOS ZP90-W4S MOD, BRYSTON BHA-1, ASC ACOUSTIC PANELS & BASS TRAPS, FORTRESS SEATING, WIREWORLD PLATINUM ECLIPSE CABLES & PLATINUM ELECTRA PC'S.
Analog Rig: CLEARAUDIO INNOVATION WOOD w/ OUTER RING & CLAMP, UNIVERSAL ARM w/ Da VINCI' CART, 2nd UNIVERSAL ARM w/ GOLDFINGER STATEMENT CART, KLAUDIO RCM, HRS-MXR REFERENCE 4V RACK-GLOSS BLACK w/ M3X 1921 SHELVES, AESTHETIX RHEA SIG PHONO-PRE, PS AUDIO PPP, RGPC 1200, WIREWORLD PLATINUM ECLIPSE CABLES & PLATINUM ELECTRA PC'S
Reference System: BURMESTER 911MK3 AMP(3), 088 PRE-AMP, 089 CD PLAYER, 100 PHONO PRE-AMP LOADED, 948 POWER CONDITIONER, AVID ACUTUS REFERENCE SP TT, GRAHAM PHANTOM II SUPREME ARM, BENZ MICRO LP-S CART, ESOTERIC GRANDIOSO P1/D1 STACK, G01X RUBIDIUM MASTER CLOCK, N05 NETWORK PLAYER, SILENZIO, HRS-SXR CUSTOM 2V-3V-2V RACK w/ M3X 1921 SHELVES, STILLPOINTS, SONUS FABER AIDA SPEAKERS IN RED VIOLIN FINISH, JL FATHOM F113(2) SOUND ANCHOR SUB STANDS(2) ASC ACOUSTIC PANELS & BASS TRAPS, GIK PICTURE PANELS, PS AUDIO P10, WIREWORLD PLATINUM CABLES & PLATINUM ELECTRA PC'S

Library System: ESOTERIC GRANDIOSO SYSTEM M1 MONOBLOCK AMPS(2), C1 LINESTAGE PRE-AMP, K1 CD/SACD PLAYER, G1 MASTER RUBIDIUM CLOCK, E02 PHONO-PRE, SILENZIO, SONOS ZP90-W4S MOD, AERIAL ACOUSTICS 20T V2 SANTOS ROSEWOOD, AERIAL SW12 SUBS SANTOS ROSEWOOD w/ BASES(2), CANTON REF K1, VPI HRX TT w/ SDS POWER SUPPLY, ORTOFON CADENZA BLACK CART, FURUTECH SILVER ARROWS PHONO CABLE, KLAUDIO RCM, SHUNYATA PS8, RGPC 1200(2) STEVE BLINN COMPLETE CUSTOM RACK, ASC STUDIO TRAPS, WIREWORLD PLATINUM ECLIPSE IC'S & PLATINUM ELECTRA PC'S
Bryston/Esoteric System: ESOTERIC C02-X PRE-AMP, P-02X TRANSPORT, D02-X DAC, G02-X CLOCK, BRYSTON 28B CUBED MONOBLOCK AMPS, BIT-15(2) AMR-DP777-SE DAC, SILENZIO, TAD REFERENCE ONE MK2 LOUDSPEAKERS, QUADRASPIRE RACK, WIREWORLD PLATINUM ECLIPSE IC'S & PLATINUM ELECTRA PC'S
Accuphase/Canton System: ACCUPHASE E-650 INTEGRATED, DP560 CD/SACD PLAYER, T1200 FM STEREO TUNER, PS530 POWER SUPPLY, CANTON REF K3, CANTON REF K5, SILENZIO, HRS MXR 4V REFERENCE MAHOGHANY RACK w/ M3X 1921 SHELVES, WIREWORLD GOLD ECLIPSE IC’s & PLATINUM ELECTRA PC'S
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Old 08-16-2018, 01:29 AM
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Charles,

I have been following your AQ upgrade, it's been a delight.

If only I could follow your footsteps.

Maybe someday.

Happy listening!
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Charles,

I have been following your AQ upgrade, it's been a delight.

If only I could follow your footsteps.

Maybe someday.

Happy listening!
How is your Slp-05?
Ido like the looks of them.
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How is your Slp-05?
Ido like the looks of them.
Sorry, wrong thread.
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Way cool.

I’d love to see pictures!!!
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Old 08-17-2018, 11:48 AM
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Way cool.

I’d love to see pictures!!!
Pics are posted under Threads: "Installation Complete" and "Wel Cables and IC's Installed!". About the only thing I want to say in comparison of the Maxx3 to the Alexx is that for me I pay particular attention to the bass. If the bass is not right I'm not a happy camper. In so far as quantity of bass the Maxx3 and Alexx are about equal. The Alexx woofers are definitely more rugged. Where the Alexx surpasses the Maxx3 is in resolution and transient response. There is a suddenness associated with the Alexx bass that the Maxx3 bass doesn't have. You would never appreciate this unless you have owned both speakers. I found Maxx3 bass without peer until I have owned the Alexx. Franlky, I think the Maxx3 represents a benchmark from which to measure many different speakers. Very few can match or surpass its many superb sound qualities. However, the Alexx is one of them. There is nothing about the Alexx (or really my new system) that does not significantly surpass my Maxx3 and my old system.

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