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Old 05-14-2022, 08:27 AM
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Fantastic! I'd bet that it sounds even better than it looks, and that's saying something!
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Old 05-14-2022, 09:20 AM
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prepress, you have hit it on the head. That's what AA is all about. My music and gear wouldn't be ten percent without my AA buddies. Same with skating or church. Who wants to skate in an empty rink or a church devoid of people?

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p.s. I'll be lacing up at about 8:10 pm cst tomorrow. I expect I'll do it next to Chris. He is so good. His skates are identical to mine in every respect, except the toe stops. He's from Detroit and has been skating all his life. I think the Snyder plate a bit heavy so I'm going to try a modern plate. Chris says never to switch from Snyders. He employs huge toe stops. I'm going to cut mine down even more. I identify with Antonio in skating style.
And each of those friends has been over to enjoy a concert on my system. One even helped me rearrange my equipment racks a few years ago. And you're right about the gear. My setup's not on the same level as yours, but it's no slouch either, and part of why I've gone as far as I have is to share the fun with friends. We don't spend on this kind of gear to be selfish with it, I think.
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Old 05-14-2022, 10:29 AM
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Thanks everybody for the kind comments. I really do appreciate them.

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Old 05-14-2022, 10:44 AM
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Fantastic! I'd bet that it sounds even better than it looks, and that's saying something!
cleeds, these 3500's are so special. First on just regular music the resolution is amazing. And there is zero harshness. Just a beautiful delicate presentation. Significantly better than my 1.25's. The 1.25's have superb resolution. Some think Mac lacking in resolution. However, add WEL Signature/Dragon solid silver throughout and you find otherwise. Let me just say I would not trade these 3500's for any other amp.

Their dynamic capabilities are amazing. Last night I was listening to a Phil Collins concert Live at Montreux BR. I started out a 50% volume. I wound up at 65%. The brass was simply amazing. The Thor was kicking out 120 watts and the XVX was requiring over 200. It was louder than the front row. No harshness or compression at all. No feeling you were reaching a limit.

It's simply amazing. The quality of the XVX is in its dynamic capability. They have no upper limit. The 3500 easily handles them. You have to be careful. I had the system at 91% on Paul Simon and friends. All of a sudden there was a crescendo of sound in the left channel. The 3500 hit 350 watts. I got scared but the amp never missed a beat. I turned it down to 85%

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Old 05-14-2022, 12:33 PM
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cleeds, these 3500's are so special. First on just regular music the resolution is amazing. And there is zero harshness. Just a beautiful delicate presentation ... dynamic capabilities are amazing ... No harshness or compression at all. No feeling you were reaching a limit ...
Charles I haven't heard your system but I understand exactly what you mean from your description. It is awesome to have a system that is capable of both subtle delicacy and powerful, full range dynamics, and it's something that's very, very difficult to achieve.
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