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tom_hankins last won the day on April 20 2013

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About tom_hankins

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  • Birthday 08/06/1954

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  • Interests
    hiking, collecting records, art, music, Hockey
  • Occupation
  • Sources
    Avid Sequel SP, Avid Volvere, both w/SME V arm and Kubala Emotion cable.Air Tight PC-1 Supreme and Benz LPSmr cartridges. Marantz SA11-S3 for CD, SACD, DAC.
  • Other Audio Gear
    Audionet PAM G2 phonostage w/ Audionet EPS power supply. Audionet Pre G2 preamp. Audionet AMP monoblocks. YG Acoustics Anat III signature w/binding post upgrade speakers. Kubala-Sosna Emotion and Audioquest Sky & Colorado cables. DH Labs Red Wave power cords. Audio Desk Systeme record cleaner
  1. The analog thread.

    It's in my top two to replace the Sequel SP with. The Kronos Sparta with the Helina arm is the other.
  2. The analog thread.

    I'm sold on mono cartridges. I just sold my Ortofon Quintet mono and I'm going to get something else in the near future.
  3. The analog thread.

    Avid Volvere (black) with Airtight PC-1 Supreme and Avid Sequel SP (silver) with Airtight PC-1 Supreme and back-up Benz LPS. SME V arm and Kubala-Sosna Emotion phono cable on both tables. Going to unload the Sequel SP and move to a better table for stereo and then use the Volvere for mono listening.
  4. Speaker Porn

    The YG Acoustics Sonja XV
  5. Speaker Porn

    Numbers I think are right. Why I don't know? You can email the designer and probably get exact answers to design, probably by Monday or teus. They blew me and wife away. We went to GTT audio in NJ to spend the day listening to the new Sonja XV speakers. We listened to the Sonja 1.2 with the small AudioNet "AMP 1 v2" stereo amp. Bought it, brought it home sunday. By weds called and asked if he had the AMP monos in stock and would he give me my money back on the stereo amp. He said yes and drove back up to NJ and picked up the monos. I had never heard the gear with anything before that day. Now I'm saving and selling stuff to replace my BAT preamp with one of the AudioNet pre's.
  6. Speaker Porn

    http://www.avshowrooms.com/Audionet_Amplifiers.html https://www.google.com/search?q=audionet+amp+pictures&biw=1366&bih=643&tbm=isch&imgil=mfqtuR-TtdefBM%3A%3BGqg_B9fC1TImXM%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.fairaudio.de%252Ftest%252Fvor-end-kombi%252F2011%252Faudionet-amp-pre1-g3-verstaerker-eps-netzteil-test-2.html&source=iu&pf=m&fir=mfqtuR-TtdefBM%3A%2CGqg_B9fC1TImXM%2C_&usg=__v0vGySHBRZY4JBvpAdSlAPVEXMM%3D&ved=0ahUKEwjFtcS1kfPOAhWM2SYKHQLnDikQyjcINQ&ei=nLnKV8X3EYyzmwGCzrvIAg#imgrc=mfqtuR-TtdefBM%3A http://balanced.com/FAQ If you scroll down the FAQ section of the balanced link, you can see that the low input really does not matter. I had a lengthy talk with Victor about this.
  7. Speaker Porn

    Ever in the N. Virginia area, look me up. http://en.audionet.de/machines/amp/ Here's some info/specs on the amps if anyone is interested. DC coupled, control and power way above there watts. The finest electronics I've heard to date. The BAT REX tube amps and the Tenor hybrid amps were the best I had heard with the YG speakers. But these are a cut above.
  8. Speaker Porn

    I guess I've got the best of both worlds. Six years of saving and waiting for the right chance to hit. Started with the Carmels, then the Kipod II signatures, and now these. They are the exact same speaker as the Sonja 1.2 only in the pre Sonja skin (Anat). Paired with my BAT front end and the AudioNet amps, just great music. Have not stopped smiling in a month. Crazy good with the all BAT gear, even better now. I
  9. Speaker Porn

  10. Which pre-amp?

    I've had great success with the BAT tube preamps with SS amps. In every case they have added a touch of warmth, lots of power, body and texture to the music. You could probably get VK-31se in that price range. I have driven input loads as low as 3K with them, no problem. Reliable too. Good Luck
  11. Capitol Audio Fest August 28-30

    I preferred the DeJa Vu room with the Nola speakers to the horn room set up. I have been a couple times to the store and heard great horn and Audio note systems. The Oddysey room was very good! Listening to tape in the Classic Audio room was next level source stuff. if the media was easier to get and not so costly I would get into it. I think with VPI taking such a big interest/involvement in this show combined with it now being in the fall (next year) instead of key summer vacation time this show will really take off. I'm 20 minutes away so good news for me.
  12. Speaker Porn

  13. Happy Birthday tom_hankins

    Thank you very much everyone!! Sorry I missed this but have not been around much for a while. Moved up another notch on the YG speaker ladder and don't come up for air much. Talk to Brent through facebook a lot though. I'll post some pics on speaker porn today. Again, thanks everybody, maybe see some of you at RMAF Canjam if you go
  14. Happy birthday Brent

    Happy Birthday Brent!
  15. What are you listening to Part the Third

    Jimmy Rogers "Chicago Bound" an Italian pressing Chess Records.