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Feedback on New System (Version 2)

How things can change whenever you expand your budget & audition really good stuff. Revising my earlier post, here is what I am currently looking at:

Paradigm Signature S8 speakers
Audio Research SP16L preamp
Bryston 3B SST power amp
Cambridge Audio 840c CDP.

Your thoughts? (Other than I might be eating Top Ramen for the next decade).

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Great system. Stop worrying and start enjoying music.

All you need is vinyl and you'll have a "complete" system. Oh, the other thing is speaker placement. To get the potential out of a system speaker placement is incredibly critical. You'll need help getting that right, but live with them a while first and get everything broken in and then post here about how to get the speakers set up right.

Dave

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Looks like a very nice system. If you are going to spend $6000 for a pair of loudspeakers I would suggest listening to the Vandersteen 3A Signatures ($3550/pair) and then think about Vandersteen Quatros ($6995/pair). There is a pair of nice Quatros on AudiogoN for $5200. I think the Vandersteen 3A Signatures give the Paradigm Signature 8S a good run at almost half the price and the Vandersteen Quatro blows those Paradigms away. Just my humble opinion. See if you can listen to the Vandersteens.

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Re: Feedback on New System (Version 2)

jackfish, do you own vandersteens? Curious if you have comment on difference between the 2CE and the model 3A...I heard somewhere about there being only a modest difference betw those models..thanks.

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Great system. Stop worrying and start enjoying music.

To get the potential out of a system speaker placement is incredibly critical. You'll need help getting that right, but live with them a while first and get everything broken in and then post here about how to get the speakers set up right.Dave

Thank you. I will report back after a couple week trip up to Alaska starting tomorrow. A remote cabin on a frozen lake in the middle of the Alaska winter has to be everybody's winter fantasy.

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Re: Feedback on New System (Version 2)

I've owned the Vandersteen 2Ce Signature II speakers for over four months now, and I love them. When I was shopping, I asked to hear the 3A's, but my dealer said he didn't even carry them anymore. He said Richard Vandersteen "shot himself in the foot" with the 2Ce SigII, as the 3A's were not worth the extra money. Although I still haven't heard the 3A's, I believe they play a little bit louder, and go a couple of hertz deeper, but I'm very happy.

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Re: Feedback on New System (Version 2)

Interesting, thanks. I've got the 2's also (an earlier version, the 2ci)

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I'd have to concur w/ bertdw. I just heard Vandersteen 2ceII, 3A & Quattros last week. The Quattros were just out of this world, bi-amped by Pass Labs gear. Enough dynamics to make you faint, but still pin-point precise in the quiet passages (The music was from Wagner's Die Walkure). But I much preferred the 2s over 3s. I still can't forget how warm & natural the 2s sounded, yet still precise & powerful. Jackfish: you can sound like a broken record sometimes but when you're right, you're right!

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Re: Feedback on New System (Version 2)

Thanks, selfdivider. At the risk of hijacking this thread, I'd like to ask why you preferred the 2Ce Signature II to the 3A Signature. Did they sound superior? If so, how? Or would you just prefer keeping the extra $1500 in your pocket?

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