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h3yn0w
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Posted Wed Feb 16, 2011, 8:14pm
Subject: PID'd QM Alexia vs La Marzocco GS/3
 

I'm not sure how many members here have had the fortune to use both these machines, but I'll ask anyways ...

Is there an appreciable difference in straight shot performance between a PID'd Alexia and a GS/3? Either in best shot performance or average shot performance?
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Posted Wed Feb 16, 2011, 9:44pm
Subject: Re: PID'd QM Alexia vs La Marzocco GS/3
 

I'm curious as well.   The different preinfusion, saturated group and maybe some other things will produce a difference.  Each person will have their own definition of "appreciable" since some have a more developed palate than others.

You just have to decide on your own if you think that difference is worth the price differential.  I've been using a PID QM Alexia for a couple months now and might be tasting from a GS/3 next week.  I'll hopefully have this settled soon!
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Posted Fri Feb 18, 2011, 3:08pm
Subject: Re: PID'd QM Alexia vs La Marzocco GS/3
 

Shawn, please do report back on your findings.
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Posted Wed Feb 23, 2011, 6:23pm
Subject: Re: PID'd QM Alexia vs La Marzocco GS/3
 

So I sampled a GS/3 with a B-Vario. I couldn't tell the difference between that and my Alexia/B-Vario setup.
I am, admittedly, quite the amateur and I just might not have the experience or a detailed memory.  (I didn't have the Alexia and GS3 side by side)  

That being said, I also sampled a Compak K10 vs a B-Vario, side-by-side.  There I can tell the difference!  That's where you gotta spend the money first.  (As the forum always says)
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