tantruming at yourself because you bought into the hype of audiophilia
Interesting word creation.
But I do not throw a tantrum here...you haven't seen me in action yet.
I never "bought" into the audiophile hype, I just thought about it, thought there might be something to it (also I never ever bought the amp sound qualifications, that did not make any sense to me in light of FR curves.
I always thought that distortions might be responsible for the difference in reproduction of the sound of music and voices. I also liked the Brystons for their heft and build.
When I decided to go the computer audio route, the first thing I did was to try an "integrated" system, one that would utilize an amp that would be fed by one cable from the computer soundcard (spdif) and would have an on board DAC, the hypex fit the bill.
This idea came from David Messinger in Austria, who builds high end active speakers (he owns a audio store in Vienna http://www.hifiaktiv.at/
) and used hypex at the time.
I tested the hypex AS 2.100 extensively for several weeks before I confirmed that there was no discernible difference in SQ between them and the Brystons, when driving the kef 104/2 at even loud levels.
I sold my whole audio chain (bryston BP 20 pre, bryston 4Bst for the kefs, bryston 4b for the diy compound loaded sub, plus varius behringer DSP units) and then build my own server using a m-audio 1010lt soundcard and the hypex build in dsp to feed a bash-300 amp for the sub woofers).
I lately came into the possession via a second hand store of a pair klipsch heresies (19$) , whose sound, after extensive listening sessions, I preferred to the kefs. I use those with subwoofer support, feeding the heresies with a quad 33/405 (40$) combo as the hypex are build into the kefs cabinet.
Amps, cables, cd drives are not any of my concern, the speaker and how it is driven counts. I built active sub/satellite systems myself in various config, usually d'Appolito design, but got of the full active bandwagon after listening to and measuring the kefs response in my room, after which I just used the subwoofer to supply the bass energy.