I've been looking out for your return, wondering how things were going.
It's great that you're getting some expert support.
Afraid I can't help with valve choice, but there's plenty of others here with experience and sure they'll be along soon.
Accuphase E350 amp, Electrocompaniet EMC1UP CDP, Siltech 25th Classic anniversary 330I XLR Harbeth Super HL5 on Sound Anchor Quod ELS63 stands, Chord Odessey2 speaker cable. Grado SR60 headphones.
I hope things work out to your satisfaction.
"Everything has been said before, but since nobody listens we have to keep going back and beginning all over again." André Gide
News indeed. Very good news
The amps were set up half an hour ago and fired up and first good news is they work faultlessly. There's the usual mild hum/hiss but its inaudible as soon as the music comes on at even low volume.
Stupidly i've spent the last 4 weeks waiting for their return by plugging a disused Marantz MCR603 into the MA GX300's (stupid I know especially now with hindsight!) and being wholly unimpressed by the sound coming out of the speakers but it gave me a benchmark. I was worried that nothing could make the speakers sound good. Until tonite.
Ok perhaps its easy to get carried away but ive spent 30mins listening to some of the 'Yes Album' and I am loving what I am hearing. What is apparent is how the MA GX300 speaker is quite honest and revealing so it shows me its only as good as what feeds it and doesn't tolerate bad sources. What the speaker also reveals is just how lovely the Icon kit is to listen too. I could go on about how the soundstage has opened up and how I can hear all the instruments in the mix etc but the electrics are too good for talking all that guff.... I am simply hearing the music and grinning from ear to ear in the process. In fact its pointless trying to describe it almost if that makes any sense? Ive always loved the Yes album and know it well but this evening its like ive not heard it before. It sounds soooo much better. This is exactly what I hoped to achieve!
Now I will spend some time listening to other recordings, especially poorer ones to conclude my love for my music again!
As an added bonus with all the lights off in the room the amps create an ambiance and atmosphere before the music even starts playing. The literally golden glow from the big power valves is hard to take yore eyes off! It has made a mundane task of putting a CD into a tray and turning an amp( on much more exciting!
So far, so awesome
At this stage, you totally deserve an awesome system.
Class A / Valves often sound really well with clean revealing speakers.
Thanks, CNo. Its been along time waiting. I'm glad its all gonna be working for winter where it'll help keep me warm. Literally! The long winter here wont seem as long I expect this time.
I have yet to hear evidence of the slow/sloppy bass one can expect from some valve amps. Something tells me just by looking at these MB845s and feeling the heat they give off that there's plenty of current and grip on tap!
Excellent news... really pleased for you... well deserved after all your efforts and I'm sure it's only going to get better.
Don't be a stranger.
Thankyou all for for sticking with me. I committed the cardinal sin of buying hi-fi without listening to it first but through a lot of research, good advice and some assumption and speculation ive lucked out with exactly the sound I was searching for.
Thanks for replying again Mac, CNo and anyone else who's followed this since day one.
I'd like to take some pics of the setup so you can all see the fruits of my labour!
Having not spent much time on this forum and looking at other threads I don't if photos are do-able? Cant see any attachment option. May upload to a host and link if that's allowed?
I forgot to mention as well as the good advice, research, luck etc that there was a lot of money involved too
But you definitely only live once
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