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Analog: Koetsu Rosewood > VPI Aries 3 w/SDS > EAR 834P > EAR 834L: Audiodesk cleaner

Digital Fun: DAS > CAPS v3 w/LPS (JRMC) SOtM USB > Lynx Hilo > EAR 834L

Digital Serious: DAS > CAPS v3 w/LPS (HQPlayer) Ethernet > SMS-100 NAA > Lampi DSD L4 G5 > EAR 834L

Digital Disc: Oppo BDP 95 > EAR 834L

Output: EAR 834L > Xilica XP4080 DSP > Odessey Stratos Mono Extreme > Legacy Aeris

Phones: EAR 834L > Little Dot Mk ii > Senheiser HD 800

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Decedents of my favourite "budget" (no disrespect meant by that term) bookshelf speakers. I use a pair of the older 601s2 with my Marantz M-CR510.

Eloise

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...in my opinion / experience...

While I agree "Everything may matter" working out what actually affects the sound is a trickier thing.

And I agree "Trust your ears" but equally don't allow them to fool you - trust them with a bit of skepticism.

keep your mind open... But mind your brain doesn't fall out.

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Decedents of my favourite "budget" (no disrespect meant by that term) bookshelf speakers. I use a pair of the older 601s2 with my Marantz M-CR510.

 

Those 601s are luverly...miss them.

 

Mike - good choice on your 685s

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Decedents of my favourite "budget" (no disrespect meant by that term) bookshelf speakers. I use a pair of the older 601s2 with my Marantz M-CR510.

 

Funny you mention the 601's. My wife picked up a pair of 601's at a garage sale, and i liked them so much that i started researching B&W as i haven't listened to them before. ( i have listened to literally 100s of speakers, always buying and selling, but never came across b&w before).

 

In some tracks i like the $45 601s more, and some tracks i like the $600 685s more....but maybe it's just break in, as the 685s sound a little hollow and less "full", and i am hoping it is just break in period....i think i sold a pair of new paradigm studios too soon not realizing about "break-in"...i am still relatively new at all of this....only got back into audio about a year ago.

 

I don't know if i have the s1 or s2 though...the labels are torn off. i think i have the original s1s, but not sure.

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Funny you mention the 601's. My wife picked up a pair of 601's at a garage sale, and i liked them so much that i started researching B&W as i haven't listened to them before. ( i have listened to literally 100s of speakers, always buying and selling, but never came across b&w before).

 

In some tracks i like the $45 601s more, and some tracks i like the $600 685s more....but maybe it's just break in, as the 685s sound a little hollow and less "full", and i am hoping it is just break in period....i think i sold a pair of new paradigm studios too soon not realizing about "break-in"...i am still relatively new at all of this....only got back into audio about a year ago.

 

I don't know if i have the s1 or s2 though...the labels are torn off. i think i have the original s1s, but not sure.

 

B&W certainly had a few gems. Not a fan of the diamond tweater 8 series, but the 303, 601 and my all time B&W fav 704 are great if you can find them second hand.

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