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Old 21st November 2011, 07:11 PM   #18141
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We also own the same Boulder amps JGH liked and they are not "no emotion" sound, and have lots of feedback. They sound very natural, neutral, to our ears, in our system. My dad does attend concerts and I used to.

Are many paths to a great amp designs, I think.
Thanks for posting this.
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Unfortunately, the phono stage of the JC-80 was a disappointment to me, and Vendetta was started to replace it, which it did in stages, for Dave Wilson, me, and anyone else who was interested.
I guess even compliments bounce off.
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Old 21st November 2011, 09:34 PM   #18143
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I guess even compliments bounce off.
You were probably setting a trap.
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You were probably setting a trap.
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Old 21st November 2011, 10:54 PM   #18146
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Actually, for most people to tell me that the JC-80 was 'good enough' would be a mild complement. But in Scott's case, it can be contrived in two ways: One way is that he has a more 'forgiving' listening standard (probably so) or it could be that all my efforts with Vendetta, Parasound, the Blowtorch, and with Constellation Audio has been just a waste of time, or 25 years of added experience.
I have a JC-80 in my closet. Nearby, I have a Levinson JC-2. Neither is hooked up in any of my 3 sound systems. I KNOW the compromises that are in them, and they have been put aside. Just like an automotive designer might not want to drive an early version of one of their designs, and would prefer a later model, with the attendant improvements, that they worked so hard to do.
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You were probably setting a trap.
No not at all, John Dennisen had a Linn set up with his linear tracking arm and the JC-80, the sound was less colored than the typical all valve setup and I could live with it. The advances since are incremental to me, if the few dozen well heeled audiophiles out there think that the last drop of improvment is worth the dollars, fine.
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of one of their designs, and would prefer a later model, with the attendant improvements, that they worked so hard to do.
You wouldn't want to take a mint 1959 XKE around the block?
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Not really, I have previously driven an XKE from San Jose to Berkeley, once. I prefer Porsches.
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I presume you mean Frank Dennesen?
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