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Old 12-15-2017, 03:44 PM
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How do you like them with Maestro Utopia?
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Old 12-15-2017, 07:13 PM
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Before you are too hard on the MX-R Twenty, do you know what the behavior of Pass amps into two ohm loads is?

For example, when Stereophile tested the INT-150 integrated, they found at clipping it delivered 198w into 8 ohms, 284w into 4, but just 225w into 2.
Comparing an older generation Pass INT-150 with Ayre's top line monos at multiples the price would be misleading at best.
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Old 12-16-2017, 06:06 AM
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How do you like them with Maestro Utopia?
Pretty impressive. They're not broken in but they're even more impressive on the Maestros versus the MX-R Twenty than was the case when I demoed both amps on the Avalon Isis.

Right off the bat more energy, resolution and speed. Many more layers of music with greater seperation and a lower noise floor. Better control and grip and decay is enhanced. Background vocals are now no longer blended into the background and vocals are more intelligible. No more bass fatness. No complaints at this stage but let's see over extended listening as they break in.
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Old 12-17-2017, 02:20 PM
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I've had the system on 24/7 since Friday (was broken in for 2-3 days by my dealer before that) and over today it's just transformed. Light years ahead of first listen.

Super smooth, supple yet forceful bass, vocals no longer have an edge. Supremely musical - changing fundamentally some songs I've heard 100s of times. Background, low level and surround effects I've never heard before. Pace is more relaxed but just right.

These amps are worth every dollar. I can't believe amps can make such a difference.

I also repositioned the speakers. Moved them in from the side walls and reduced toe in to only 1/2 inch. May need slightly more toe in but nothing that's urgent.

edit: New pics up on Audiogon if anyone wants to see. Just go to Virtual Systems and search for "Desert" it'll bring up my system with the Maestros as one of the top results.
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