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My current set up is Dali Mentor 2s, TubeMagic D1 (dac), Emotiva USP-1 and McCormack DNA 0.5. I plan on adding a Rythmik F12 some time during this year. Anyone have any decent solutions to audio racks?
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My current set up is Dali Mentor 2s, TubeMagic D1 (dac), Emotiva USP-1 and McCormack DNA 0.5. I plan on adding a Rythmik F12 some time during this year. Anyone have any decent solutions to audio racks?

Very nice.

Today I bought an Audio Research Ref 3 preamp.
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Very nice.
Today I bought an Audio Research Ref 3 preamp.

Nice.

I am going to take a look at projectors tomorrow and listen to some different speaker options for a home theater.
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Great thread, and nice to see that there are so many well-dressed audiophiles!

 

And nice buy on the ARC Ref 3, Artisan Fan. My brother loves ARC stuff.

 

My current system is as follows:

 

Source: Musical Fidelity A3.5 CDP

>ICs: Audioquest King Cobra

Pre-Amp: Pass Labs XP20

>ICs: Audioquest Sky into Vandersteen high pass filter

Amp: Pass Labs X250.5

Speaker wires: MIT Magnum M2 Biwire 

Speakers: Vandersteen 5As

 

Currently using stock power cords and have yet to plunge into power conditioning, although I am convinced of its value. Likewise, nothing special in the vibration damping department yet - planning on Stillpoints in the near future.

 

Whatever room there is for improvement, I already love this system. With the right CD, incredibly warm, immersive, holographic and detailed sound. I was comparing different recordings of the Brandenburg concertos the other night, and the Richard Egarr/Academy of Ancient Music version was otherworldly. I had the entire orchestra in my living room.

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Great thread, and nice to see that there are so many well-dressed audiophiles!

And nice buy on the ARC Ref 3, Artisan Fan. My brother loves ARC stuff.

My current system is as follows:

Source: Musical Fidelity A3.5 CDP
>ICs: Audioquest King Cobra
Pre-Amp: Pass Labs XP20
>ICs: Audioquest Sky into Vandersteen high pass filter
Amp: Pass Labs X250.5
Speaker wires: MIT Magnum M2 Biwire 
Speakers: Vandersteen 5As

Currently using stock power cords and have yet to plunge into power conditioning, although I am convinced of its value. Likewise, nothing special in the vibration damping department yet - planning on Stillpoints in the near future.

Whatever room there is for improvement, I already love this system. With the right CD, incredibly warm, immersive, holographic and detailed sound. I was comparing different recordings of the Brandenburg concertos the other night, and the Richard Egarr/Academy of Ancient Music version was otherworldly. I had the entire orchestra in my living room.

Thats a sick amp and preamp.

I'd suggest you move to a digital streaming source and a DAC. After not having to deal with CD cases for the last 2 years, I'd never consider a CD player again.
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Yeah, I'm really, really pleased with the Pass stuff. Although I'd like to move to the XA series at some point, these have none of the sterility of some solid state stuff.

 

Agreed completely on the DAC and high-res music. It's where I'd like to head, but I haven't put the time in to hunt down and audition different DACs. I'm a big believer in component synergy as the key to a good system, and I'm loathe to drop that much cash on something I've never heard.

 

All that said though, I've been shocked at how good the MF A3.5 turned out to be. I picked it up used, and in an A/B/C comparison with the gear of some friends, it came out on top.

 

What do you use for a digital front end? Any stores in the DMV area you'd recommend for auditioning some DACs?

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Yeah, I'm really, really pleased with the Pass stuff. Although I'd like to move to the XA series at some point, these have none of the sterility of some solid state stuff.

Agreed completely on the DAC and high-res music. It's where I'd like to head, but I haven't put the time in to hunt down and audition different DACs. I'm a big believer in component synergy as the key to a good system, and I'm loathe to drop that much cash on something I've never heard.

All that said though, I've been shocked at how good the MF A3.5 turned out to be. I picked it up used, and in an A/B/C comparison with the gear of some friends, it came out on top.

What do you use for a digital front end? Any stores in the DMV area you'd recommend for auditioning some DACs?

I have a Levinson DAC paired with Sugden pre and a Naim amp. Very satisfied with the Levinson.

What you play doesnt necessarily have to be hi res, its just so nice to have a library you can scroll thru without having to fiddle with cds.

In this area, you can start with JS Audio in Bethesda, MD. Its hard to audition a lot nowadays. I've gone the Audiogon route and trades pieces that don't match.
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Interesting - I've never read much about the Levinson DAC, although his amps get a lot of press. How would you describe the Levinson's character?

 

Don't know anything about the Sugden either. Naim are, of course, Naim.

 

I take your point on the form factor, but hi-res is the big draw for me. THe magnitude of difference in sound quality I encounter from one CD to the next keeps me on the hunt for well-produced stuff.

 

Thanks for the rec on JS. I've been out there a couple of times, but was pretty frustrated that after significant travel time, they couldn't figure out how to get their Weiss DAC202 to work my Macbook pro so I could audition using music I'm familiar with. Maybe I'll give them another shot.

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Living room / Computer

PC with ESI Juli@ SPDIF out > Anedio D1 > Adcom 5300 > lamp cord > Jordan JX92S in PE curved boxes

 

Bedroom

??? > Nakamichi TA-2A > ???

 

Thinking of making these for the bedroom: http://meniscusaudio.com/classixii-pair-p-1333.html

post #2125 of 2370
My current and primary system:

GamuT M7 Loudspeakers
Bryston 28B SST Mono Blocks Amps.
Pass Labs X.1 Pre Amp
Cary 306 Pro SACD/CD
Stelth Audio Surrge Protector
Macbook Pro
Pure Music/Amarra
Sonicweld Diverter USB Converter
Lucus Designs USB Cable
Licie 1TB HD
Power Cords: Crystal Cable Reference Connect
Speaker Wire: Cyrstal Cable Reference Connect
IC's: Crystal Cable Reference Connect

My source these days is 90% the Macbook > Diverter > Cary 306 DAC....With the Remote App, its just too convenient to worry about that last 3% of fidelity....
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That's a heckuva a lot of power you've got driving those GamuT's! Do you find you need it?

 

Interesting to see you use the same cabling throughout. What's your impression of the Crystal Cables?

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That's a heckuva a lot of power you've got driving those GamuT's! Do you find you need it?

Interesting to see you use the same cabling throughout. What's your impression of the Crystal Cables?

They are rather large speakers in a 22 x 23 sized room, the bass response is tight and room filling, i.e. sweet. So, I have never been in want for more power. I go "comfortably" to 103db without any stress or distortion.

The use of the same cabling throughout has been one of the more compelling improvements I have made with my system. I have always preferred silver cabling with softer speakers (Sonus Faber, Verity Audio and GamuT) and these fit the bill nicely. The synergy gained by doing so was remarkable, I recommend doing so.
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Anyone have a pair ofVerity Monitors? I am looking for a pair of front speakers for a home theater, and would be interested to hear others thoughts.
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Anyone have a pair ofVerity Monitors? I am looking for a pair of front speakers for a home theater, and would be interested to hear others thoughts.

Which monitors? I had the Parsifal Ovations for a few years and occasionally used the monitors alone. Great speakers, but I would not recommend them for HT. You would be better served with a more dynamic speaker. If your listening habits will be over 75% HT and 25% music, the market is wide open and only defined by your price point.
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They are rather large speakers in a 22 x 23 sized room, the bass response is tight and room filling, i.e. sweet. So, I have never been in want for more power. I go "comfortably" to 103db without any stress or distortion.
The use of the same cabling throughout has been one of the more compelling improvements I have made with my system. I have always preferred silver cabling with softer speakers (Sonus Faber, Verity Audio and GamuT) and these fit the bill nicely. The synergy gained by doing so was remarkable, I recommend doing so.

Interesting comments. I have 250wpc driving my Vandy 5As, but they have built in 400wpc amps for the sub-woofers as well. Never had a problem with power either - can't imagine what it would take to get the dial on the front of the Pass amp to budge.

 

As for cabling - I certainly agree that cabling for synergy is key. I was very happy with my upgrade to the MIT biwire, but I can't get full MIT cabling because the Vandy high-pass filters (which attenuate the bass signal coming from the preamp so as not to blow out the powered sub-woofers) are hard-wired to Audioquest sky ICs.

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