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Due in to the garage between 10AM & 2PM Tuesday, 0620/17. I'll shoot some photos of them being delivered, etc., but I don't expect to do much until this weekend. I have been known to keep goodies in boxes for a few days (my dCS boxes sat in a corner of the kitchen nook for a week).

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It's gonna be pretty fun to compare notes with you as we get to know the Alexia in our homes.

I'm coming from Sasha 2's and you are coming from what...the Raidho's that you just sold?
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you are coming from what...the Raidho's that you just sold?
Yes Sir,

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Preamp: McIntosh C1100
Digital Source: dCS Paganini 4 stack (Transport/DAC/Clock/Upsampler)
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.
Tuner: McIntosh MR74 and MR71 w/L12 Cabinets
Vibration Control: Stillpoint Ultra SS under MC2301's & dCS Transport, Stillpoint Ultra-Mini's under dCS 3 Stack & C1100C. HRS NA100's under McIntosh C1100T Preamp instrument & 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. Ansuz Ceramic on Ansuz Mainz Diamond D8 distributor.
Power Distribution Bar: Ansuz Mainz Diamond 8(D8).
Power Outlets: Isoclean ICP-003 Power Wall Socket.
Speaker Cables: 3M Nordost Odin Supreme Reference.
Signal Cables: Nordost Tyr 2 XLR's 2M on dCS Paganini & McIntosh C1100 to MC2301's. 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: Sennheiser HD800S w/6M Cardas Clear HP cables. Vintage Koss Pro IV AA.
Tube Test Gear: Mint late '60's/calibrated Heathkit TT-1A & current SOTA MaxiMatcher Power and Preamp tube test sets.
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Old 06-20-2017, 01:26 AM
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Could I ask what it was about the Raidho's that made you change to the Alexia?
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Old 06-20-2017, 01:24 PM
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Could I ask what it was about the Raidho's that made you change to the Alexia?
Certainly. First off, no speaker is the ultimate & final solution -- there are pros and cons and plusses and minuses when one is comparing speakers as you well know.

Having said that, let me say what I know I'll miss from the Raidho in comparison to the Alexia. It's that Raidho ribbon delicacy which it's known for on certain types of music. What I won't miss is the Raidho having trouble with bass heavy notes -- that is a slight deficiency and not meaning to degrade the Raidhos at all. I love 'em & if I could afford the $70K diamond coated D3.1's, which addresses the bass issue, game over. Happy camper.

Now, what will I gain with the Alexia? A slightly easier speaker to push with the MC2301's and boatload of dynamics would be my first thoughts. Kick down bass with extremely clean sound with no break-up is the second expectation.

I believe I have made a good decision w/no regrets as I wait the delivery truck.:thu mbsup:

Best Sir,

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Amps: MC2301 Tube Mono's loaded with Gold Lion KT88's and 12AT7's/dedicated 20A breakers.
Preamp: McIntosh C1100
Digital Source: dCS Paganini 4 stack (Transport/DAC/Clock/Upsampler)
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.
Tuner: McIntosh MR74 and MR71 w/L12 Cabinets
Vibration Control: Stillpoint Ultra SS under MC2301's & dCS Transport, Stillpoint Ultra-Mini's under dCS 3 Stack & C1100C. HRS NA100's under McIntosh C1100T Preamp instrument & 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. Ansuz Ceramic on Ansuz Mainz Diamond D8 distributor.
Power Distribution Bar: Ansuz Mainz Diamond 8(D8).
Power Outlets: Isoclean ICP-003 Power Wall Socket.
Speaker Cables: 3M Nordost Odin Supreme Reference.
Signal Cables: Nordost Tyr 2 XLR's 2M on dCS Paganini & McIntosh C1100 to MC2301's. 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: Sennheiser HD800S w/6M Cardas Clear HP cables. Vintage Koss Pro IV AA.
Tube Test Gear: Mint late '60's/calibrated Heathkit TT-1A & current SOTA MaxiMatcher Power and Preamp tube test sets.

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Old 06-20-2017, 02:30 PM
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Speakers delayed to a 1-5PM delivery. Driver just called & enroute -- ETA 30 minutes. Woohoo.

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Preamp: McIntosh C1100
Digital Source: dCS Paganini 4 stack (Transport/DAC/Clock/Upsampler)
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.
Tuner: McIntosh MR74 and MR71 w/L12 Cabinets
Vibration Control: Stillpoint Ultra SS under MC2301's & dCS Transport, Stillpoint Ultra-Mini's under dCS 3 Stack & C1100C. HRS NA100's under McIntosh C1100T Preamp instrument & 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. Ansuz Ceramic on Ansuz Mainz Diamond D8 distributor.
Power Distribution Bar: Ansuz Mainz Diamond 8(D8).
Power Outlets: Isoclean ICP-003 Power Wall Socket.
Speaker Cables: 3M Nordost Odin Supreme Reference.
Signal Cables: Nordost Tyr 2 XLR's 2M on dCS Paganini & McIntosh C1100 to MC2301's. 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: Sennheiser HD800S w/6M Cardas Clear HP cables. Vintage Koss Pro IV AA.
Tube Test Gear: Mint late '60's/calibrated Heathkit TT-1A & current SOTA MaxiMatcher Power and Preamp tube test sets.
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Old 06-20-2017, 03:35 PM
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The Alexias' have landed.....................

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Amps: MC2301 Tube Mono's loaded with Gold Lion KT88's and 12AT7's/dedicated 20A breakers.
Preamp: McIntosh C1100
Digital Source: dCS Paganini 4 stack (Transport/DAC/Clock/Upsampler)
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.
Tuner: McIntosh MR74 and MR71 w/L12 Cabinets
Vibration Control: Stillpoint Ultra SS under MC2301's & dCS Transport, Stillpoint Ultra-Mini's under dCS 3 Stack & C1100C. HRS NA100's under McIntosh C1100T Preamp instrument & 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. Ansuz Ceramic on Ansuz Mainz Diamond D8 distributor.
Power Distribution Bar: Ansuz Mainz Diamond 8(D8).
Power Outlets: Isoclean ICP-003 Power Wall Socket.
Speaker Cables: 3M Nordost Odin Supreme Reference.
Signal Cables: Nordost Tyr 2 XLR's 2M on dCS Paganini & McIntosh C1100 to MC2301's. 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: Sennheiser HD800S w/6M Cardas Clear HP cables. Vintage Koss Pro IV AA.
Tube Test Gear: Mint late '60's/calibrated Heathkit TT-1A & current SOTA MaxiMatcher Power and Preamp tube test sets.

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Old 06-20-2017, 03:54 PM
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Wow, awesome, time to open
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Sitting here reading the on line manual on line -- 74 some pages (will open the array box tomorrow and get the tools out, printed manual, etc). Thought this was interesting:

"Break-in Period

All audio equipment will sound best after its components have been broken in for some period of use. Wilson Audio breaks in all drivers for approximately 12 hours. All drivers are then tested, calibrated, and matched for their acoustical properties. In your listening room, expect 25 to 50 percent of break-in to be complete after two hours of playing music at normal listening levels. Ninety percent of break-in is complete after 24 hours of playing. Playing a CD on repeat overnight can accomplish this task quickly. Wilson Audio recommends chamber music for this task."

Sounds easy enough.

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Amps: MC2301 Tube Mono's loaded with Gold Lion KT88's and 12AT7's/dedicated 20A breakers.
Preamp: McIntosh C1100
Digital Source: dCS Paganini 4 stack (Transport/DAC/Clock/Upsampler)
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.
Tuner: McIntosh MR74 and MR71 w/L12 Cabinets
Vibration Control: Stillpoint Ultra SS under MC2301's & dCS Transport, Stillpoint Ultra-Mini's under dCS 3 Stack & C1100C. HRS NA100's under McIntosh C1100T Preamp instrument & 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. Ansuz Ceramic on Ansuz Mainz Diamond D8 distributor.
Power Distribution Bar: Ansuz Mainz Diamond 8(D8).
Power Outlets: Isoclean ICP-003 Power Wall Socket.
Speaker Cables: 3M Nordost Odin Supreme Reference.
Signal Cables: Nordost Tyr 2 XLR's 2M on dCS Paganini & McIntosh C1100 to MC2301's. 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: Sennheiser HD800S w/6M Cardas Clear HP cables. Vintage Koss Pro IV AA.
Tube Test Gear: Mint late '60's/calibrated Heathkit TT-1A & current SOTA MaxiMatcher Power and Preamp tube test sets.

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Certainly. First off, no speaker is the ultimate & final solution -- there are pros and cons and plusses and minuses when one is comparing speakers as you well know.

Having said that, let me say what I know I'll miss from the Raidho in comparison to the Alexia. It's that Raidho ribbon delicacy which it's known for on certain types of music. What I won't miss is the Raidho having trouble with bass heavy notes -- that is a slight deficiency and not meaning to degrade the Raidhos at all. I love 'em & if I could afford the $70K diamond coated D3.1's, which addresses the bass issue, game over. Happy camper.

Now, what will I gain with the Alexia? A slightly easier speaker to push with the MC2301's and boatload of dynamics would be my first thoughts. Kick down bass with extremely clean sound with no break-up is the second expectation.

I believe I have made a good decision w/no regrets as I wait the delivery truck.:thu mbsup:

Best Sir,

Bob
Thank you and congratulations on your new speakers.
Hope you have years of fun with them.
All the best.
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