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Old 01-16-2019, 11:49 PM
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I am most fortunate to have the 2nd generation Aida speaker. Combined with the Burmester 909MK5, it is the greatest overall sound I have encountered in 50 years.
That must be awesome. Lucky you
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Old 01-17-2019, 12:07 AM
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My original Cremona are currently singing in a relatively small room powered by a SF Musica. It's a very pleasing setup.
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Hearing the original Cremona is what got me interested in the SF brand. A beautiful musical sounding speaker in my opinion. Don’t let them out of your hands.
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Hearing the original Cremona is what got me interested in the SF brand. A beautiful musical sounding speaker in my opinion. Don’t let them out of your hands.
A friend who was with Sumiko for years, told me to replace the tweeters with domed ScanSpeak Revelator & the Cremona would be transformed (much improved). He likes the Cremona, but said the tweeter was always it's weak point. I think it's a physical drop-in, but I'd probably need to add a resistor to match the output of the old tweeter. It's an intriguing idea though.
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Old 01-27-2019, 04:02 AM
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I always knew my Cremona Auditors had potential. That’s why I have kept them for 10 years and have attempted to mate different amps to them, though always unsuccessful. I just paired them with my newly acquired preowned Mcintosh MC452 and they finally sing like I knew they could. C22 commemorative preamp to inject a little tube magic and it sounds pretty impressive. My non audiophile friend was amazed by the “big sound out of such a little speaker”
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Old 02-04-2019, 07:42 PM
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I use an Audio Research Reference 150 with my Elipsa's. Although the amp stopped working last week and I'm sending it to ARC for repairs and an upgrade to SE.
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I recently purchased one of the last demo pairs of the Amati Futura speakers. Now have to decide on Integrated, AMP/Preamp combo. I finalized my choices to the following:

EAR Yoshino 890 amp (70 class A watts, eventually can maybe add a second 890 for 140 watts)
EAR Yoshino 912 preamp
Primaluna EVO 400 Integrated or Amp/Preamp
Pass Labs X250.8 or XA60.8

Trying to stay with tubes ideally. I had the Olympica 3 with the Primaluna HP Integrated before and really liked that combo. I also had the Elipsa SE speakers with the VAC 200 iq amp, and while I loved the Elipsa speakers, I did not care for the VAC amp (too aggressive for tube amp, solid-state sounding, just not my taste). Looking for any feedback or if any has heard the EAR gear or the latest Primaluna gear.
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Old 06-02-2019, 09:59 AM
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I recently purchased one of the last demo pairs of the Amati Futura speakers. Now have to decide on Integrated, AMP/Preamp combo. I finalized my choices to the following:



EAR Yoshino 890 amp (70 class A watts, eventually can maybe add a second 890 for 140 watts)

EAR Yoshino 912 preamp

Primaluna EVO 400 Integrated or Amp/Preamp

Pass Labs X250.8 or XA60.8



Trying to stay with tubes ideally. I had the Olympica 3 with the Primaluna HP Integrated before and really liked that combo. I also had the Elipsa SE speakers with the VAC 200 iq amp, and while I loved the Elipsa speakers, I did not care for the VAC amp (too aggressive for tube amp, solid-state sounding, just not my taste). Looking for any feedback or if any has heard the EAR gear or the latest Primaluna gear.


I have not heard any of these amps, but I can tell you the Amatis like power. On that basis I would seriously consider the Pass X250.8.
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Old 06-02-2019, 02:07 PM
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I have not heard any of these amps, but I can tell you the Amatis like power. On that basis I would seriously consider the Pass X250.8.
Class A watts and Class AB watt amp perform differently with speakers, as does solid state and tube amps. I don't believe solid state watts are the same as tube watts, so not as concerned with tons of solid state power. I'm also as interested in the what many looks for in terms of speaker performance - tight, fast bass, extension, etc... I'm ok with sacrificing some of that for the tube sound that I favor far more than solid state.

I don't like the Audio Research sound, and I think McIntosh is ok but paying more for the brand than actually sound quality. I feel it is a bit overpriced with the competition. It certainly looks great though and has good resale value.
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Old 06-04-2019, 08:56 AM
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I'm using Linn Solo mono amps. The Amati Tradition's seem to work really well with these. I'll note that I haven't tried other amps with them.
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Old 06-10-2019, 10:33 PM
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I have not heard any of these amps, but I can tell you the Amatis like power. On that basis I would seriously consider the Pass X250.8.
Agreed, they like power. While my former Audio Research Reference 75SE amp sounded sweet, my Ayre mono blocks really make them sing with gusto. Just my 2 cents.
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