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Old 03-04-2017, 06:13 PM
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When I compared Dag to ARC with Wilson Sashas in my system, I decided that I could not give up the slightly more natural sound of ARC for the transparency and grip of the DAGs. It was a close call for me and I went back and forth on the decision, but I stayed with ARC and vowed to someday buy the DAG stereo amp as a second amp. Then new pcs and ics and a new Spectral cd player got in the way. I may still get there someday.
I will say that the similarities between the 2 amps were more striking than the differences.
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The right high end tube pre coupled with the right (match wise) high end solid state amplification is a killer combo. End of story

Congrats on all here that found that sweet spot we all either cherish or continue to chase.
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The right high end tube pre coupled with the right (match wise) high end solid state amplification is a killer combo. End of story

Congrats on all here that found that sweet spot we all either cherish or continue to chase.
I totally agree with your statement. I own the Vandersteen Model 7 Mk2 speakers and I'm running the ARC Reference 10 preamp and Vandersteen M7-HPA mono amps with them with great success. Essentially all of the voltage gain in the preamp and the input stage of the amps is being handled by valves. The current gain in the output stage of the amps is handled by bipolar transistors. The icing on the cake is the rectification in the preamp's power supply is also handled by valves with a dual mono design. I couldn't be happier with the results.

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I totally agree with your statement. I own the Vandersteen Model 7 Mk2 speakers and I'm running the ARC Reference 10 preamp and Vandersteen M7-HPA mono amps with them with great success. Essentially all of the voltage gain in the preamp and the input stage of the amps is being handled by valves. The current gain in the output stage of the amps is handled by bipolar transistors. The icing on the cake is the rectification in the preamp's power supply is also handled by valves with a dual mono design. I couldn't be happier with the results.



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Lots of ways to skin that cat. But tubes somewhere in the signal chain seem to be a key element.

Congratulations on finding your yellow brick road Ken!

Kindest regards,
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Lots of ways to skin that cat. But tubes somewhere in the signal chain seem to be a key element.

Congratulations on finding your yellow brick road Ken!

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Thanks Carlos! I agree there are many different paths to success to gain your favorite sound. I can see from your signature line and my conversations with Le Roy that you have found your yellow brick road too. I admire your relentless pursuit of the best sound possible.

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Ahhh ....yes that elusive yellow brick road...full of lions, tigers and bears. Oh my!
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