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Old 07-06-2017, 01:44 PM
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My 2 cents is what you heard is mostly cable related. I have owned Wave Plus, Super, Ultra, and Ref XL XLR interconnects and speaker cables, all MM2

Comparing Super MM2 interconnects + Reference MM2 SC versus Gen 5 Reference IC + SC is not a fair fight!!

When you are ready to absorb the upgrade, home demo the Ref Gen 5 combo. My hunch is they won't be going back.

I'm sure the Linn DAC is stellar but come on. It ain't gonna bury a K01X. The files probably make more of a difference than the DACs
I agree with you, I will try the Ref gen5 throughout and see what's what. I sure hope the Linn can't bury a K-01x. But I will tell you: regardless of the wires or music, the Linn is fantastic. It better be, at 27k.
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Old 07-06-2017, 01:47 PM
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My take exactly -- IIWM, I'd ask for a loaner pair of speaker and interconnects for a few days. I'd hold off though from jumping up the cable ladder until after RMAF. Mr BP, whose previous employer was Transparent, knows a thing of two regarding that line and now, employed by Wilson Audio can come up with a definite 4 when adding 2 + 2. (he was always great at math). If you catch him for 5 minutes at RMAF, speak quickly, ask as many questions as possible & afterwards let him do his thing -- he's working.

Regarding the Linn DAC -- assuming they used the latest 4th Generation Katakyst DAC in their Klimax DSM, it's possible it's better than the K01X; but, I'd stop there.

In all likelihood it was Dave's sourced material that is his compilation of music -- one that is extremely well and I say well mastered that made you perk up when Definitive was in their final placement mode.

I once attended a musicmatters event in town a number of years back with Dave Wilson attending along with Dave Gordon of ARC -- they were demo'ing the Wilson Audio XLF. Dave had a very small, yet highly sophisticated drive from which he selected music. Nothing the 4 of my group ever heard before --it was amazing and mind blowing what we heard from those speakers. Everyone from what I observed had the same impression. I'll leave it at that --but, you get my gist -- personal selection & no holds bared mastering beyond the scale can have a dramatic effect & make one take notice.

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Bob

P.S. Just a beautiful room -- so pristine and lovely. Hats off to the misses too. Great taste.
Thanks, Bob. No misses...I live alone, but I do have a girlfriend. I had a female friend help me with some stuff years ago in my room...I got rid of some of it because it was a bit too weird for my tastes.

I believe you about the mastering...that track from Wilson must be just off-the-charts good. And when I see you and Bill in Denver, we can talk about Transparent and Alexias all day
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Old 07-06-2017, 09:16 PM
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Congrats Marc, glad to see everything is coming together. I sure wish I could have heard your system during this setup process.
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Yes, I agree, Gary is a great guy.

Here are the pics with everything set up. I thought I'd step farther back so you can see the room more.









Looks great Marc! Congratulations!
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