Snoop65 wrote:Since I joined I always thought you were honest and gave constructive comments.
Very rarely will I offer a glowing review of anything and I am quick to point out even the smallest of observances as well. Yes, even with my own system. Good lord, don't get me started on that as it would be a LONG post and I don't want my butt to get sore while I type. No, my rig isn't that bad, it's just that I have more gripes with my own rig than anybody who has come over ever does. With my goal being the accurate reproduction of music with real music as my reference and reproduced music being limited to just an approximation of real music, I have more gripes than most when it comes to my observations. Hence, my analness [<<< is that a word?] with systems. What may sound great to you or someone else, I may not share the same observances of.
There is a thread around here that shows the progress that John has made on his tube amplifier, if you are interested.
As far as my Adcom comment, allow me to clarify. I most certainly have not heard every single Adcom out there. I'll be the first to admit that. That said, I have heard a lot of them in different rooms and with a plethora of gear, both tubed and SS. Some of them to me are just downright "unlistenable" to me. The brightness of them makes my ears bleed, even with relatively tame speakers. There are some that I have listened too that are OK, but that's where I basically draw the line. They are just OK.
Getting back to my clarification. Please note that I said Adcom -vs- Lightstar. When comparing those two, on the rigs I have heard both of them on, using just sonic memory, the Adcom(s) are bright as hell. All of the ones I have heard, again, when comparing them to a Lightstar. The Lightstar(s) have a real nice overall spectrum of frequencies and a pleasing sonic signature. Not massively powerful as some of the Adcoms are, but they hold their own to a reasonable sound level.
BTW Snoop, the comment you had made about having an in-home trial is highly recommended. Also, where is that thread about the pre-amps?
The best way to enjoy digital music reproduction is to never listen to a good analogue reproduction.