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  1. View Classified 2014 Chapman T7 Speakers Up for sale are my beloved 2014 Chapman T7 speakers (full range/3-way) in cherry finish. The Chapman T7 has been in production since 1981, and is Stuart Chapman's best selling speakers. These speakers are entirely hand-made. I am moving towards lower wattage power amps (think single ended triode), and this speaker at a 89db, 4ohm load prefers an amplifier that has more current capability and higher damping factor to sound at its best. This speaker had been driven by my Cary Audio Sli-80 integrated and Aesthetix Atlas h
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    Up for sale are my beloved 2014 Chapman T7 speakers (full range/3-way) in cherry finish. The Chapman T7 has been in production since 1981, and is Stuart Chapman's best selling speakers. These speakers are entirely hand-made. I am moving towards lower wattage power amps (think single ended triode), and this speaker at a 89db, 4ohm load prefers an amplifier that has more current capability and higher damping factor to sound at its best. This speaker had been driven by my Cary Audio Sli-80 integrated and Aesthetix Atlas hybrid power amp. It is currently being driven by my First Watt Sit-3. Current retail is $11995 for the standard wood finish ( http://chapmanaudiosystems.com/CurrentModels/T-7.html ). My speakers are the standard wood finish. I have owned them for 6 years. If you are looking for a neutral, transparent yet grand sound, these speakers are right up there. And they go down deep (26Hz). If you have the electronics to drive and control it, these speakers will give you that deep & tight bass foundation (as your source material intended) for your music. The timbral accuracy, pin point imaging and spacial transparency are to die for. Please note the following: 1. The speaker started life as an older cabinet with older drivers and electronics (pre 2014), and Stuart did a "full overhaul". He updated the hard wood, damping materials, bracing, replaced all crossovers and drivers. Other than the MDF cabinet, everything was updated to 2014 specifications. 2. Stuart has kept the T7 cabinet architecture/construction the same (I am not sure starting which year) so that the speakers can be upgraded to current year specs to preserve owner investment. I recently checked with Stuart, and it will cost $3K to upgrade to 2021 specs. That said, it is phenomenal sounding now, and I think upgrading is a nice-to-have option. But if you want to go down that path, for $8.5K, you essentially get a set of $12K speakers. He does not discount his new speakers. 3. They rarely come up on sale, but if you do an internet search, you will see used prices all over the place because (a) some of the units that you see have the older cabinet structure that is NOT upgrade-able (tell tale = the tweeter/mid range grill cover is not removable, and the upgrade-able structure is taller at 44.5 inches); (b) even if it has the new cabinet structure, it has the older drivers/crossovers/non Rhodium speaker cable connections (2014 was a major revision year), and/or older hardwood cosmetics (the current wood base has a much thicker profile then some of the previous ones) 4. It's a 3-way speaker. The 10 inch woofer is hidden behind the grill cloth. 5. There are some blemishes to the wood base (see pictures). If you really want to change them, Stuart will sell you new wood bases. 6. These speakers come with the heavy duty factory cartons (that are in excellent condition). EACH speaker plus its carton weighs 110 pounds. They are heavy. I prefer local pick up (located near Seattle WA, USA). If you really want it shipped, I will work with you. However shipping expenses and loss/damage (in transit) are Buyer's responsibility. 7. In case you are wondering, I don't use the fireplace that you see in the pictures - these speakers have never been exposed to extreme temperatures. I prefer payment via Paypal. Paypal fees are buyer's responsibility. No fees if done via Paypal friends and family. Please reach out if you have more questions or want additional pictures. Thank you for reading!

    5,500.00 USD

  3. I was emailing Nelson and he actually said my setup would be fine at reasonable listening levels. I usually listen between 65 to 80 db (sometime peaking into 85db) measured from my seating position so i am not at the risk of even surpassing 1-2 watts on the amp. Also, based on Nelson's white paper, and a few others have experimented, the SIT-3 actually sounds the most optimal with a 4 ohm load (my speakers are 4ohms). All that said, i do have this curiosity "what if" i tried a more efficient set speakers :) this hobby is a never ending quest.....
  4. Thanks @jabbr for sharing. The B1 is interesting but unfortunately with the low gain of the SIT-3, I will need some gain in the preamp in my set up (speakers are 89db sensitive) unless i move into higher sensitivity speakers.
  5. Hello, I have Nelson Pass's First Watt SIT-3 power amplifier. I am using a ~15 year old VAC (Valve Amplification Company) Standard Preamplifier using NOS Telefunken 12AU7 and 12AX7 tubes for the 2 stages. I am looking to upgrade the preamp and am considering the Passlab XP-12 or the Linear Tube Audio MicroZotl MZ3 preamp. My impression is that both preamps are fairly popular when pairing with First Watt amps. Anyone have paired both these preamps with the SIT-3 and can provide impressions that might help me in deciding? Thanks in advance for any advice. Andrew
  6. Thanks @Nenon, @firedog, @stefano_mbp, @charlesphoto, @davide256! Super helpful insights and advice. Answering some of the questions posed previously: 1. Will be using this in my 2 channel stereo setup. The music server (to be built or bought) will be feeding directly into a BorderPatrol DAC. The DAC will feed my VAC (vacuum amplification company) preamp. And the preamp will feed into either my Nelson Pass's First Watt Sit-3 or Aesthetix Atlas power amp (i use them interchangeably). The power amp feeds my full range Chapman T7 speakers. 2. My stereo setup i
  7. Hi There, I am hoping to embark on a first build of a music server. My original thought was to buy an Innuos Zen Mk3, but the more i read on this forum, i am thinking i might be able to do much better "sonically" for the USD2600 i would need to spend on a new Zen Mk3. Don't get me wrong, the Zen Mk3 is a nice music server, but thought with some elbow grease i might be able to get more for my money. Anyone have recommendation for a build ("recipe" for hardware/software) in the USD2-2.5K range that would better the Zen Mk3 and maybe perhaps get me closer to a Zenith Mk3? Storage wise
  8. Hi, I recently bought a HRT Music Streamer II Dac. I am using VLC as the media player and a MacBook Pro. I bought some high resolution (24 bits/96Khz) music files off HDtracks. When playing back, the sampling rate on the DAC shows 44.1Khz. I am probably doing something wrong. Any advice is much appreciated. Thanks.
  9. Hello, Newbie here, if this topic has been discussed previously, please point me the right way. I love the sound of vinyl (it's my primary source - rega P3 + benz micro wood SM cart) but I am not too excited about caring for the physical medium. I've been told that high res digital source files approximate (maybe better) the sound of vinyl. I got intrigued enough to test the waters of computer music and to gauge the "potential" of high res digital source files without breaking the bank - so i plugged my MacBook Pro directly (headset output) into my integrated tube amp (Cary SLI-80) pow
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