Originally Posted by mgrande101
Your profile says you're in Taiwan. Me too. Can you give me info about places that sell used gear here? Addresses?
I appreciate your thoughts on the amp - I'm a newbie. I have limited options for placement in my living room. The space is about 22' by 18' and the speakers pretty much have to be on one of the 22' walls. The room is open on one of the 22' ends into another room. Have been moving the minis around a bit but I'm still not happy with the fullness of the bass. But I see a real difference overall in the sound depending on placement.
It's amazing what moving the speakers can do! And inches matter (despite what the doctors say) ;-) another consideration is moving your listening position. Because you're in Taiwan, if you want new, the only equipment that seems reasonably priced is Usher. They also make Vincent tubed gear, but It never clicked with me, and a former French brand, YBA? I'm not sure of the name, but I didn't care for that sound either.
You've got a pretty big room. If you're looking for bass impact, Usher also makes a nice subwoofer, and it's only 18,000 NTD or so. For that price you could get two, and you should get a pretty even response and solid bass throughout the room. I believe it's only rated down to 30hz or so, but unless you're listening to a lot of organ music it would answer your bass concern. I've never auditioned it seriously (yet), but based on their other speakers I would think it's got some pretty good engineering under the hood. Would your room warden allow a good sized sub, or two? My experience is that one sub can give you great bass in the listening position, but can have really strong room nodes elsewhere. Two subs solves a LOT of problems.
The other option is the 1.5. Usher has two stores in Taipei over by taipei main station. The store on ??? has better rooms. The second floor has a pair of mini twos set up with the 1.5. You could get a great audition there. The 1.5 has great control and authority, but i don't know how that would translate to your room. Maybe they would allow you an in home audition with both. Feel like a field trip?
I haven't really cracked used audio in Taiwan. I was at Sun Moon Audio (????) once and they said they have used gear next door, but it was closed at the time. They also sell Pass Labs and Ayre. They are just off Minsheng Rd between fuxing and Dunhua. Audio in Taiwan is extraordinarily expensive and it's difficult to find all these little shops. I haven't found a Taiwan Audiogon. I've bought off Audiogon and shipped to Taiwan, but you need to know what you want when you purchase this way, and auditions are not an option.
I don't know your timeline but your easiest way to audition are the audio shows. You just missed one. They are usually held at the Dynasty hotel by Ikea on Dunhua. I have some cards of stores I found interesting, I'd be willing to share them with you if you're interested, and I can ask a friend (record dealer) when the next show will be. He always participates..
Are you downtown? I see the 101 in your tag. I'm in Tienmu. If you want to hear BAT stuff, I can give you an audition. I sent you a PM.