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Old 02-05-2018, 02:56 AM
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Default D'Agostino Master Power Classic

Has anyone auditioned the Classic?

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2fastdriving had one of these for a listen, and may have posted something on it
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Here's an older AA thread about the Classic:

https://www.audioaficionado.org/show...+Power+Classic

Maybe not a lot of meat in that thread -- but thought I'd post it.

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After revisiting Marc’s postings, I wonder what Stillpoints would have done to each of the ranges, hearing what the mid level Ultra SS did to the Momentum’s I can only imagine how the Classic could have been tweaked, especially since its not billet, creating even more value, dunno, just thinking out loud
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Hey everyone, I revisited that thread as well and now I remember it clearly. I was really impressed with the authority and grip, which is present in ALL D'Agostino gear, yet wasn't taken with the midrange and soundstage accuracy. The Ref75 and now my Esoteric A-02 beat the Classic (or really the MP3+ that I demo'd) in that critical area (critical for me).

Since my demo, I've heard it sound very good in other rooms/systems. So maybe it was isolation. Ed is right, the amp could probably benefit from HRS isolation or stillpoints because it's not a solid chassis.

But the Classic is a great value any way you look at it, and it has gobs of power reserves. I've been tempted by my dealer on a few different occasions, but never bit because I'd rather wait and get a momentum stereo. I'm still thinking along those lines, but not in a hurry.
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Thanks for the feedback. I'm still thinking about staging a return to Wilson and D'Agostino for the bigger room. Going Alexia and Momentum like I had before is not in my plans but a pair of Sabrinas and perhaps the Classic would be doable.
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I found a thorough 3 part review which did peak my curiosity enough to seek an audition.

Part 1. https://youtu.be/Po6EhGkExj0

Part 2. https://youtu.be/GUcogQ-tMx8

Part 3. https://youtu.be/w-ND1q634N8
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Thanks for the feedback. I'm still thinking about staging a return to Wilson and D'Agostino for the bigger room. Going Alexia and Momentum like I had before is not in my plans but a pair of Sabrinas and perhaps the Classic would be doable.
This would be a very satisfying setup!
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............not in my plans but a pair of Sabrinas and perhaps the Classic would be doable.
Excellent choice on speakers as heard Sabrinas with ARC Foundation series and I was totally impressed. For their footprint, they did many things right to my ears.

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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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