MVP of your system - make it known here!

Joey_VJoey_V Posts: 5,721
edited November 2016 in 2 Channel Audio
We should try this activty of dissecting our system. Make a list of your components and make it too 1-5 based on which one was the most massive improvement and which one elevates the system the most.

Also when you label the components, list the retail price on it so we can see if pricing has anything to do with perceived value in your system line up.

Be honest and I am sure this will be a fun informative and eye opening thread.

Someone else start it.
Joey's Gear:
Current Gear:
Emm Labs DAC2x and TSDX Transport -> Cary SLP-05 preamp -> Boulder 2060 stereo amp (w/ Audioquest WEL Signature B) ) -> new speakers -> :D
Rotel RA1592 Super Integrated -> Sonus Faber Olympica 3 -> :o
Rotel RC1570 preamp -> Rotel RB1582 amp -> B&W PM1 -> o:)

Old Gear:
Speakers: Rockport Aviors (5/5), Sonus Faber Stradivari (5/5), BW 802D2 (4.5/5), Martin Logan Summits (4.25/5), Martin Logan Vantage (4/5), Sonus Faber Cremona Auditor (3.75/5), AV123 Strata Mini (3.5/5), ML Mosaic (3.25/5), Onix Ref1 (3/5), Sonus Faber Concerto (2.75/5), SF Concertino (2.5/5), Axiom M22ti (2/5), Polk LSi9 (3/5), LSi7 (2.9/5)
Source: Squeezebox 3 -> PS Audio Digital Link III -> Cary 306/200 CDP -> Cary 306 SACD -> EMM LABS DAC2X/TSDX
Preamplification: Rotel RC1070 -> Rogue Perseus -> Cary SLP98 -> Cary SLP98F1 -> Cary SLP05 (sold and then repurchased)
Amplification: HK AVR330 -> Rotel RB1070 -> Rotel RB1090 -> Plinius SA102 -> Cary 211FE -> Classe M600 -> Boulder 2060
Subwoofer: Infinity Entra2 sub -> SVS 25-31PC+ sub
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  • lightman1lightman1 Posts: 8,600
    edited November 2016
    CABLES! All of them! # 1
    About $1500 so far.
  • decaldecal Posts: 2,930
    My MVP right now is my Octave Audio V70SE tubed integrated. MSRP $5700.00
    If you can't hear a difference, don't waste your money.
  • tratlifftratliff Posts: 512
    Mine is the VPI Prime with Soundsmith Cartridge. $4k for turntable and $1.2k for Cartridge.
    2 Channel
    Legacy Focus SE, McIntosh C50, McIntosh MC601's, VPI Prime w/SoundSmith Zephyr MIMC, Parasound Halo JC3, Marantz SA-14s1, Oppo BDP-105, Furman Elite 15PFi, Douglas Connection Alpha Interconnects, Douglas Connection Alpha Speaker Cables, Pangea Power Cables

    Theater
    Yamaha RX-Z9, Legacy Focus SE (same as 2 Channel system), Def Tech C/L/R 2500, Def Tech BP-2X, Def Tech Pro-Monitors, Sharp Aquos 70"

    Living Room
    Yamaha YSP-4100 digital sound projector, Sharp Aquos 60"

    Office
    Teac NP-H750, Parasound Ztuner, Audio Engine P4N, Grado SR80, Grado iGrado, Audio-Technica ATH-M50, PC running High Rez files

  • Joey_VJoey_V Posts: 5,721
    List your system components and label it from #1-5, mvp down to worst performer.

    Then attach prices as we can see if price has anything to do with performance.
    Joey's Gear:
    Current Gear:
    Emm Labs DAC2x and TSDX Transport -> Cary SLP-05 preamp -> Boulder 2060 stereo amp (w/ Audioquest WEL Signature B) ) -> new speakers -> :D
    Rotel RA1592 Super Integrated -> Sonus Faber Olympica 3 -> :o
    Rotel RC1570 preamp -> Rotel RB1582 amp -> B&W PM1 -> o:)

    Old Gear:
    Speakers: Rockport Aviors (5/5), Sonus Faber Stradivari (5/5), BW 802D2 (4.5/5), Martin Logan Summits (4.25/5), Martin Logan Vantage (4/5), Sonus Faber Cremona Auditor (3.75/5), AV123 Strata Mini (3.5/5), ML Mosaic (3.25/5), Onix Ref1 (3/5), Sonus Faber Concerto (2.75/5), SF Concertino (2.5/5), Axiom M22ti (2/5), Polk LSi9 (3/5), LSi7 (2.9/5)
    Source: Squeezebox 3 -> PS Audio Digital Link III -> Cary 306/200 CDP -> Cary 306 SACD -> EMM LABS DAC2X/TSDX
    Preamplification: Rotel RC1070 -> Rogue Perseus -> Cary SLP98 -> Cary SLP98F1 -> Cary SLP05 (sold and then repurchased)
    Amplification: HK AVR330 -> Rotel RB1070 -> Rotel RB1090 -> Plinius SA102 -> Cary 211FE -> Classe M600 -> Boulder 2060
    Subwoofer: Infinity Entra2 sub -> SVS 25-31PC+ sub
  • NightfallNightfall Posts: 6,948
    1. Polk SDA 1.2 $1k (MSRP around $3k I believe)
    2. Dynavector 20x2H cartridge $400 (MSRP $1k)
    3. Yamaha PX-3 $400 (Unsure of MSRP, probably around $1k)
    4. Tied - Modded Dared MC-7P tube preamp and B&K Reference 4420 amp
    5. MIT StyleLine speaker and IC cables $bundle deal (MSRP $1.2k speaker/$500 per IC)
    6. Spinclean record cleaner (MSRP $89)
    | Front - Dynaudio Emit M20 | Center - N/A | Rear - Polk Monitor 4 | Sub - N/A |
    | AVR - Yamaha Aventage RX-A1020 | Preamp - Dared MC-7P | Amp - B&K Reference 4420 |
    | Turntable - Yamaha PX-3 | Cartridge - Dynavector DV-20X2H | Digital Source - AURALiC Aries Mini |
    | TV - LG 60" 4K | Gaming - Xbox One - PS3 - New 3DS XL - Nvidia Shield TV |

    This body holding me reminds me of my own mortality
    Embrace this moment, remember, we are eternal
    All this pain is an illusion
  • KrazyMofo24KrazyMofo24 Posts: 1,118
    1. Vienna Acoustics Mozart Grand MSRP $2500
    2. T+A P 1230 R Preamp MSRP $3-$4500
    3. Peachtree idac MSRP $1000
    4. B&K ST-202 MSRP $1000
    Setup:

    2 Channel: Vienna Acoustics Mozart Grand, T+A P 1230R, Peachtree iDac, B&K ST-202
    PC: Vienna Acoustics Haydn Grand, Cambridge Azure 650A v2

  • Joey_VJoey_V Posts: 5,721
    Good list so far guys.

    I'm trying to figure mine out.
    Joey's Gear:
    Current Gear:
    Emm Labs DAC2x and TSDX Transport -> Cary SLP-05 preamp -> Boulder 2060 stereo amp (w/ Audioquest WEL Signature B) ) -> new speakers -> :D
    Rotel RA1592 Super Integrated -> Sonus Faber Olympica 3 -> :o
    Rotel RC1570 preamp -> Rotel RB1582 amp -> B&W PM1 -> o:)

    Old Gear:
    Speakers: Rockport Aviors (5/5), Sonus Faber Stradivari (5/5), BW 802D2 (4.5/5), Martin Logan Summits (4.25/5), Martin Logan Vantage (4/5), Sonus Faber Cremona Auditor (3.75/5), AV123 Strata Mini (3.5/5), ML Mosaic (3.25/5), Onix Ref1 (3/5), Sonus Faber Concerto (2.75/5), SF Concertino (2.5/5), Axiom M22ti (2/5), Polk LSi9 (3/5), LSi7 (2.9/5)
    Source: Squeezebox 3 -> PS Audio Digital Link III -> Cary 306/200 CDP -> Cary 306 SACD -> EMM LABS DAC2X/TSDX
    Preamplification: Rotel RC1070 -> Rogue Perseus -> Cary SLP98 -> Cary SLP98F1 -> Cary SLP05 (sold and then repurchased)
    Amplification: HK AVR330 -> Rotel RB1070 -> Rotel RB1090 -> Plinius SA102 -> Cary 211FE -> Classe M600 -> Boulder 2060
    Subwoofer: Infinity Entra2 sub -> SVS 25-31PC+ sub
  • nbrowsernbrowser Posts: 6,880
    My system as a whole is my MVP, each component and cable contributes to it's overall sound. The sum is worth more than the parts in this case.
    Living room: Samsung UN55KU7000 4K UHD HDR 55 inch TV, Marantz CD6004, Pro-Ject Debut Carbon, Parasound zPhono, Mac Mini, Oppo BDP-93, XBox One S 2Tb, Kenwood DPX792BH car deck for radio purposes, Marantz SR5010 AVR, Parasound HCA-1200II, Front SDA 2 modded with Larrys Rings and RD0-194-1 tweeters, Rear Onkyo SKF-4800 Towers, Center CSiA6, BOOM Tannoy TS2.12 Sub, Audioquest Evergreen interconnects just about everywhere except from AVR to amp, MIT Terminator 4, MIT AVT3 speaker cables with extra terminals covered up Monitor 5 Jr+ in the wings for a center channel.
  • 1. Sonus Faber Cremona speakers. MSRP ~$10,000. Paid $4500
    2. Modwright SWL 9.0 SE tube pre. MSRP $2200. Paid $1400
    3. Aragon 8008 MkII amp. MSRP ~$2500. Paid $800
    4. Rega DAC. MSRP ~$1000. Paid $1000
    5. AQ IC's and speaker wire. MSRP - Too lazy to research and add it up. Bought most of it used.
    System
    ModWright SWL 9.0SE Signature Preamp | Aragon 8008 Mk II Amplifier
    Sonus Faber Cremona Loudspeakers
    Squeezebox Touch |Rega DAC
    | Jolida JD-100A CDP | Sansui TU-9900 Tuner
  • 1) Pioneer SX-9000 _$200
    2) Polk RT-8 _$130
    3) Monster speaker cable bought at 70% when Radio Shack was closing _$7.00
    4) Toshiba SD-4960 DVD/SACD player _Free
    5) Black RCA cable w/ the red and white ends _free
    Studio 2 equipment;
    Yamaha a-s2100 Amp, CD-2100 CD player, T-S500 tuner
    Loudspeakers: Harbeth p3esr, Polk RT7
    Cables: Aural Harmony Sonnet Interconnect II, WireWorld Equinox 7 speaker,
    Black Cat silverstar 75 ohm digital, Signal Digital Power Cord, PS Audio Perfect Wave AC-3,
    Pangea SE14, Voltz supplied interconnects
    Optional: Arcam DV88 DVD/CD (HDCD) player, Polk SDS-400 speakers
  • Joey_VJoey_V Posts: 5,721
    edited November 2016

    Good thread.
    Joey's Gear:
    Current Gear:
    Emm Labs DAC2x and TSDX Transport -> Cary SLP-05 preamp -> Boulder 2060 stereo amp (w/ Audioquest WEL Signature B) ) -> new speakers -> :D
    Rotel RA1592 Super Integrated -> Sonus Faber Olympica 3 -> :o
    Rotel RC1570 preamp -> Rotel RB1582 amp -> B&W PM1 -> o:)

    Old Gear:
    Speakers: Rockport Aviors (5/5), Sonus Faber Stradivari (5/5), BW 802D2 (4.5/5), Martin Logan Summits (4.25/5), Martin Logan Vantage (4/5), Sonus Faber Cremona Auditor (3.75/5), AV123 Strata Mini (3.5/5), ML Mosaic (3.25/5), Onix Ref1 (3/5), Sonus Faber Concerto (2.75/5), SF Concertino (2.5/5), Axiom M22ti (2/5), Polk LSi9 (3/5), LSi7 (2.9/5)
    Source: Squeezebox 3 -> PS Audio Digital Link III -> Cary 306/200 CDP -> Cary 306 SACD -> EMM LABS DAC2X/TSDX
    Preamplification: Rotel RC1070 -> Rogue Perseus -> Cary SLP98 -> Cary SLP98F1 -> Cary SLP05 (sold and then repurchased)
    Amplification: HK AVR330 -> Rotel RB1070 -> Rotel RB1090 -> Plinius SA102 -> Cary 211FE -> Classe M600 -> Boulder 2060
    Subwoofer: Infinity Entra2 sub -> SVS 25-31PC+ sub
  • Joey_VJoey_V Posts: 5,721
    nbrowser wrote: »
    My system as a whole is my MVP, each component and cable contributes to it's overall sound. The sum is worth more than the parts in this case.

    I suppose, but each component from my experience contributes more or less than another. Of course the sum would be more than the parts, it's a system.
    Joey's Gear:
    Current Gear:
    Emm Labs DAC2x and TSDX Transport -> Cary SLP-05 preamp -> Boulder 2060 stereo amp (w/ Audioquest WEL Signature B) ) -> new speakers -> :D
    Rotel RA1592 Super Integrated -> Sonus Faber Olympica 3 -> :o
    Rotel RC1570 preamp -> Rotel RB1582 amp -> B&W PM1 -> o:)

    Old Gear:
    Speakers: Rockport Aviors (5/5), Sonus Faber Stradivari (5/5), BW 802D2 (4.5/5), Martin Logan Summits (4.25/5), Martin Logan Vantage (4/5), Sonus Faber Cremona Auditor (3.75/5), AV123 Strata Mini (3.5/5), ML Mosaic (3.25/5), Onix Ref1 (3/5), Sonus Faber Concerto (2.75/5), SF Concertino (2.5/5), Axiom M22ti (2/5), Polk LSi9 (3/5), LSi7 (2.9/5)
    Source: Squeezebox 3 -> PS Audio Digital Link III -> Cary 306/200 CDP -> Cary 306 SACD -> EMM LABS DAC2X/TSDX
    Preamplification: Rotel RC1070 -> Rogue Perseus -> Cary SLP98 -> Cary SLP98F1 -> Cary SLP05 (sold and then repurchased)
    Amplification: HK AVR330 -> Rotel RB1070 -> Rotel RB1090 -> Plinius SA102 -> Cary 211FE -> Classe M600 -> Boulder 2060
    Subwoofer: Infinity Entra2 sub -> SVS 25-31PC+ sub
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 15,087
    Altec 604E Duplexes (stereo pair) are the number one component(s).
    The homebuilt SE 2A3 amplifier (slightly modified version of the JE Labs "Simple 2A3" design) is next on the list.

    These two together can make most kinds of music sound real.

    Subject to some update if the "big horn/big format compression driver" experiments currently underway lead to anything interesting.
    "Some amps run on self bias, some amps run on fixed bias. But his amps run on confirmation bias." -- seen on audioasylum

  • hochpt21hochpt21 Posts: 4,854
    1) Musical Fidelity A308 integrated
    2) PSB Stratus Gold speakers
    3) Project 2.9 wood turntable
    4) Parks Audio Budgie tube phono pre
    5) Grado Gold cartridge

    Not sir what MSRP is, but I paid around $3,200 for those 5 components.
    2 Channel
    Turntable - Pro-Ject 2.9 Wood/Grado Gold Cartridge
    Phono Stage - PS Audio GCPH
    Preamplifier - Dared SL-2000A
    Amplifier - Parasound HCA-1500a
    Speakers - GoldenEar Triton 2
  • Joey_VJoey_V Posts: 5,721
    edited November 2016
    Thought long and hard, here is where I stand in terms of my MVP.

    1. MVP - room treatments - $3,500 msrp, paid msrp (still have 1 order left)
    2. Boulder 2060 amplifier - $45K msrp, bought preowned
    3. Emm Labs Dac2x and TSDX combo stack - $30K msrp, bought preowned
    4. Audioquest WEL speaker wire - $31K msrp, bought preowned
    5. Speakers - $22K msrp, paid near msrp, bought new
    6. Cary SLP-05 - $8,500 msrp, bought preowned
    Joey's Gear:
    Current Gear:
    Emm Labs DAC2x and TSDX Transport -> Cary SLP-05 preamp -> Boulder 2060 stereo amp (w/ Audioquest WEL Signature B) ) -> new speakers -> :D
    Rotel RA1592 Super Integrated -> Sonus Faber Olympica 3 -> :o
    Rotel RC1570 preamp -> Rotel RB1582 amp -> B&W PM1 -> o:)

    Old Gear:
    Speakers: Rockport Aviors (5/5), Sonus Faber Stradivari (5/5), BW 802D2 (4.5/5), Martin Logan Summits (4.25/5), Martin Logan Vantage (4/5), Sonus Faber Cremona Auditor (3.75/5), AV123 Strata Mini (3.5/5), ML Mosaic (3.25/5), Onix Ref1 (3/5), Sonus Faber Concerto (2.75/5), SF Concertino (2.5/5), Axiom M22ti (2/5), Polk LSi9 (3/5), LSi7 (2.9/5)
    Source: Squeezebox 3 -> PS Audio Digital Link III -> Cary 306/200 CDP -> Cary 306 SACD -> EMM LABS DAC2X/TSDX
    Preamplification: Rotel RC1070 -> Rogue Perseus -> Cary SLP98 -> Cary SLP98F1 -> Cary SLP05 (sold and then repurchased)
    Amplification: HK AVR330 -> Rotel RB1070 -> Rotel RB1090 -> Plinius SA102 -> Cary 211FE -> Classe M600 -> Boulder 2060
    Subwoofer: Infinity Entra2 sub -> SVS 25-31PC+ sub
  • hochpt21hochpt21 Posts: 4,854
    Wowsa...that's some goofy money!
    2 Channel
    Turntable - Pro-Ject 2.9 Wood/Grado Gold Cartridge
    Phono Stage - PS Audio GCPH
    Preamplifier - Dared SL-2000A
    Amplifier - Parasound HCA-1500a
    Speakers - GoldenEar Triton 2
  • Joey_VJoey_V Posts: 5,721
    edited November 2016
    hochpt21 wrote: »
    Wowsa...that's some goofy money!

    Yeah tell me about it, now I question my sanity now that I actually see it on paper. It's been this vague nebulous concept for me.

    But this thread isnt about costs - it's about MVP compared to the rest of your system. THe msrp is listed as a way to show whether cost correlates with MVP status.

    Carry on with the posts.
    Joey's Gear:
    Current Gear:
    Emm Labs DAC2x and TSDX Transport -> Cary SLP-05 preamp -> Boulder 2060 stereo amp (w/ Audioquest WEL Signature B) ) -> new speakers -> :D
    Rotel RA1592 Super Integrated -> Sonus Faber Olympica 3 -> :o
    Rotel RC1570 preamp -> Rotel RB1582 amp -> B&W PM1 -> o:)

    Old Gear:
    Speakers: Rockport Aviors (5/5), Sonus Faber Stradivari (5/5), BW 802D2 (4.5/5), Martin Logan Summits (4.25/5), Martin Logan Vantage (4/5), Sonus Faber Cremona Auditor (3.75/5), AV123 Strata Mini (3.5/5), ML Mosaic (3.25/5), Onix Ref1 (3/5), Sonus Faber Concerto (2.75/5), SF Concertino (2.5/5), Axiom M22ti (2/5), Polk LSi9 (3/5), LSi7 (2.9/5)
    Source: Squeezebox 3 -> PS Audio Digital Link III -> Cary 306/200 CDP -> Cary 306 SACD -> EMM LABS DAC2X/TSDX
    Preamplification: Rotel RC1070 -> Rogue Perseus -> Cary SLP98 -> Cary SLP98F1 -> Cary SLP05 (sold and then repurchased)
    Amplification: HK AVR330 -> Rotel RB1070 -> Rotel RB1090 -> Plinius SA102 -> Cary 211FE -> Classe M600 -> Boulder 2060
    Subwoofer: Infinity Entra2 sub -> SVS 25-31PC+ sub
  • halohalo Posts: 3,654
    edited November 2016
    1. Dynaudio Excite X14 Speakers = $1500 MSRP
    2. McCormack DNA-125 = $1695 MSRP (Bob Backert of RHB Sound Dezign upgraded signal path caps (Black Gate) and power supply @ $500.00) = $2195 MSRP
    3. Parasound P5 Preamp w/ built in DAC = $1095 MSRP
    4. DIY SVS Subwoofer = $250
    5. MIT AVT1 Speaker Cables = $599 MSRP, MIT AVT2 Audio Interconnect = $169.00 MSRP, Signal Cable Magic Power Cable = $69 (x 2) MSRP & Creative Cable Concepts "Green Hornet" Digital Coaxial Cable = $299 MSRP
    Total MSRP = $6245

  • nbrowsernbrowser Posts: 6,880
    F1nut wrote: »
    Hello Kitty Stereo AM/FM/CD boom box. $43.48.

    You sir, owe me a bottle of monitor cleaner and a cloth...lol
    Living room: Samsung UN55KU7000 4K UHD HDR 55 inch TV, Marantz CD6004, Pro-Ject Debut Carbon, Parasound zPhono, Mac Mini, Oppo BDP-93, XBox One S 2Tb, Kenwood DPX792BH car deck for radio purposes, Marantz SR5010 AVR, Parasound HCA-1200II, Front SDA 2 modded with Larrys Rings and RD0-194-1 tweeters, Rear Onkyo SKF-4800 Towers, Center CSiA6, BOOM Tannoy TS2.12 Sub, Audioquest Evergreen interconnects just about everywhere except from AVR to amp, MIT Terminator 4, MIT AVT3 speaker cables with extra terminals covered up Monitor 5 Jr+ in the wings for a center channel.
  • Joey_VJoey_V Posts: 5,721
    Seems like the price loosely correlates with mvp status based on all our responses thus far. Very interesting.

    This thread was a good exercise.

    For me I had to think long and hard. A case can be made for the speakers for mvp or the Emm for mvp, at first I thought the Boulder for sure... But when I thought about it, I think room treatments yielded the greatest jump in quality.

    Joey's Gear:
    Current Gear:
    Emm Labs DAC2x and TSDX Transport -> Cary SLP-05 preamp -> Boulder 2060 stereo amp (w/ Audioquest WEL Signature B) ) -> new speakers -> :D
    Rotel RA1592 Super Integrated -> Sonus Faber Olympica 3 -> :o
    Rotel RC1570 preamp -> Rotel RB1582 amp -> B&W PM1 -> o:)

    Old Gear:
    Speakers: Rockport Aviors (5/5), Sonus Faber Stradivari (5/5), BW 802D2 (4.5/5), Martin Logan Summits (4.25/5), Martin Logan Vantage (4/5), Sonus Faber Cremona Auditor (3.75/5), AV123 Strata Mini (3.5/5), ML Mosaic (3.25/5), Onix Ref1 (3/5), Sonus Faber Concerto (2.75/5), SF Concertino (2.5/5), Axiom M22ti (2/5), Polk LSi9 (3/5), LSi7 (2.9/5)
    Source: Squeezebox 3 -> PS Audio Digital Link III -> Cary 306/200 CDP -> Cary 306 SACD -> EMM LABS DAC2X/TSDX
    Preamplification: Rotel RC1070 -> Rogue Perseus -> Cary SLP98 -> Cary SLP98F1 -> Cary SLP05 (sold and then repurchased)
    Amplification: HK AVR330 -> Rotel RB1070 -> Rotel RB1090 -> Plinius SA102 -> Cary 211FE -> Classe M600 -> Boulder 2060
    Subwoofer: Infinity Entra2 sub -> SVS 25-31PC+ sub
  • nbrowsernbrowser Posts: 6,880
    Ok...system list...with numbers to indicate which pieces are better or not, MSRPs not available for some parts. All dollar figures in Canadian Dollars.

    5 Marantz SR5010 I bought new on a price match $980 taxes in (reg price was $1,200)
    4 Marantz CD6010 Bought on an open box deal for $280 (reg $700....STEAL!)
    3 Pro-Ject Debut Carbon TT all stock. $350
    1 The game consoles and Mac computer for sources...meh.
    4 Oppo BDP-93 Blu-Ray aw hell it's a Universal player in any event. $300 used, probably worth a ton more new but I don't know.
    5 Parasound HCA-1200II 2 channel AMPlifier, not just a wattifier but it makes some serious amps. $400 used with a complete service.
    5 Polk Audio SDA2 speakers, Much to some peoples chagrin. Paid $120 for em, cost $140ish to ring them up and another $200 to re-tweeter them to RD0-194-1. And that money sucker isn't done yet as I'm saving up for the crossover upgrades.
    Cables...$lost track.

    Yes, 3 MVP pieces...was hard. The AVR just does what I want it to do and sounds fab, the amp has the grunt to drive the ever loving snot out of the speakers and those speakers are such a nice sound.
    Living room: Samsung UN55KU7000 4K UHD HDR 55 inch TV, Marantz CD6004, Pro-Ject Debut Carbon, Parasound zPhono, Mac Mini, Oppo BDP-93, XBox One S 2Tb, Kenwood DPX792BH car deck for radio purposes, Marantz SR5010 AVR, Parasound HCA-1200II, Front SDA 2 modded with Larrys Rings and RD0-194-1 tweeters, Rear Onkyo SKF-4800 Towers, Center CSiA6, BOOM Tannoy TS2.12 Sub, Audioquest Evergreen interconnects just about everywhere except from AVR to amp, MIT Terminator 4, MIT AVT3 speaker cables with extra terminals covered up Monitor 5 Jr+ in the wings for a center channel.
  • txcoastal1txcoastal1 Posts: 8,343
    edited November 2016
    Matt Polk's Threshold SA/12e power amplifiers...thanks Matt and Ken
    250watts of premium class A power (tested to 380watts). Had these shipped and refurbished for $7K. A demo pair of Pass 160.8 is $19K from reno hifi. I couldn't be happier with the Threshold mono's and my Dyn C4 which is another deal....music to mine and everyone's ears

    Cheers
    Post edited by txcoastal1 on
    2-channel: Modwright KWI-200 Integrated, Dynaudio C1-II Signatures, Simaudio 780D DAC
    Desktop rig: LSi7, Polk 110sub, Dayens Ampino amp, W4S DAC/pre, Sonos, JRiver
    Gear on standby: Melody 101 tube pre, Modwright LS100, Unison Research Simply Italy Integrated
    Gone to new homes: (Matt Polk's)Threshold Stasis SA12e monoblocks, Pass XA30.5 amp, Usher MD2 speakers, Dynaudio C4 platinum speakers
  • Joey_VJoey_V Posts: 5,721
    nbrowser wrote: »
    Ok...system list...with numbers to indicate which pieces are better or not, MSRPs not available for some parts. All dollar figures in Canadian Dollars.

    5 Marantz SR5010 I bought new on a price match $980 taxes in (reg price was $1,200)
    4 Marantz CD6010 Bought on an open box deal for $280 (reg $700....STEAL!)
    3 Pro-Ject Debut Carbon TT all stock. $350
    1 The game consoles and Mac computer for sources...meh.
    4 Oppo BDP-93 Blu-Ray aw hell it's a Universal player in any event. $300 used, probably worth a ton more new but I don't know.
    5 Parasound HCA-1200II 2 channel AMPlifier, not just a wattifier but it makes some serious amps. $400 used with a complete service.
    5 Polk Audio SDA2 speakers, Much to some peoples chagrin. Paid $120 for em, cost $140ish to ring them up and another $200 to re-tweeter them to RD0-194-1. And that money sucker isn't done yet as I'm saving up for the crossover upgrades.
    Cables...$lost track.

    Yes, 3 MVP pieces...was hard. The AVR just does what I want it to do and sounds fab, the amp has the grunt to drive the ever loving snot out of the speakers and those speakers are such a nice sound.

    Which are the mvp pieces?
    Joey's Gear:
    Current Gear:
    Emm Labs DAC2x and TSDX Transport -> Cary SLP-05 preamp -> Boulder 2060 stereo amp (w/ Audioquest WEL Signature B) ) -> new speakers -> :D
    Rotel RA1592 Super Integrated -> Sonus Faber Olympica 3 -> :o
    Rotel RC1570 preamp -> Rotel RB1582 amp -> B&W PM1 -> o:)

    Old Gear:
    Speakers: Rockport Aviors (5/5), Sonus Faber Stradivari (5/5), BW 802D2 (4.5/5), Martin Logan Summits (4.25/5), Martin Logan Vantage (4/5), Sonus Faber Cremona Auditor (3.75/5), AV123 Strata Mini (3.5/5), ML Mosaic (3.25/5), Onix Ref1 (3/5), Sonus Faber Concerto (2.75/5), SF Concertino (2.5/5), Axiom M22ti (2/5), Polk LSi9 (3/5), LSi7 (2.9/5)
    Source: Squeezebox 3 -> PS Audio Digital Link III -> Cary 306/200 CDP -> Cary 306 SACD -> EMM LABS DAC2X/TSDX
    Preamplification: Rotel RC1070 -> Rogue Perseus -> Cary SLP98 -> Cary SLP98F1 -> Cary SLP05 (sold and then repurchased)
    Amplification: HK AVR330 -> Rotel RB1070 -> Rotel RB1090 -> Plinius SA102 -> Cary 211FE -> Classe M600 -> Boulder 2060
    Subwoofer: Infinity Entra2 sub -> SVS 25-31PC+ sub
  • Joey_VJoey_V Posts: 5,721
    txcoastal1 wrote: »
    Matt Polk's Threshold SA/12e power amplifiers...thanks Matt and Ken
    250watts of premium class A power (tested to 380watts). Had these shipped and refurbished for $7K. A demo pair of Pass 160.8 is $19K from reno hifi. I couldn't be happier with the Threshold mono's and my Dyn C4 which is another deal....music to mine and everyone's ears

    Cheers

    You have the 160.8?
    Joey's Gear:
    Current Gear:
    Emm Labs DAC2x and TSDX Transport -> Cary SLP-05 preamp -> Boulder 2060 stereo amp (w/ Audioquest WEL Signature B) ) -> new speakers -> :D
    Rotel RA1592 Super Integrated -> Sonus Faber Olympica 3 -> :o
    Rotel RC1570 preamp -> Rotel RB1582 amp -> B&W PM1 -> o:)

    Old Gear:
    Speakers: Rockport Aviors (5/5), Sonus Faber Stradivari (5/5), BW 802D2 (4.5/5), Martin Logan Summits (4.25/5), Martin Logan Vantage (4/5), Sonus Faber Cremona Auditor (3.75/5), AV123 Strata Mini (3.5/5), ML Mosaic (3.25/5), Onix Ref1 (3/5), Sonus Faber Concerto (2.75/5), SF Concertino (2.5/5), Axiom M22ti (2/5), Polk LSi9 (3/5), LSi7 (2.9/5)
    Source: Squeezebox 3 -> PS Audio Digital Link III -> Cary 306/200 CDP -> Cary 306 SACD -> EMM LABS DAC2X/TSDX
    Preamplification: Rotel RC1070 -> Rogue Perseus -> Cary SLP98 -> Cary SLP98F1 -> Cary SLP05 (sold and then repurchased)
    Amplification: HK AVR330 -> Rotel RB1070 -> Rotel RB1090 -> Plinius SA102 -> Cary 211FE -> Classe M600 -> Boulder 2060
    Subwoofer: Infinity Entra2 sub -> SVS 25-31PC+ sub
  • WTSWTS Posts: 170
    Recordings. In my case, many hundreds of CDs and LPs, plus what is on the radio, the Internet, and other sources, plus a few stray legacy cassette tapes.

    Without high quality performances, why listen?

    Without well-recorded music, the equipment can do only so much. (Ergo one reason why I haven't delved into family 78 RPM records yet -- although I eventually will bite the bullet and do so, if for no other reason than to find out if any of it is worth listening to.)

    Without quality source material, all the rest is just gadgetry.
  • Joey_VJoey_V Posts: 5,721
    edited November 2016
    WTS wrote: »
    Recordings. In my case, many hundreds of CDs and LPs, plus what is on the radio, the Internet, and other sources, plus a few stray legacy cassette tapes.

    Without high quality performances, why listen?

    Without well-recorded music, the equipment can do only so much. (Ergo one reason why I haven't delved into family 78 RPM records yet -- although I eventually will bite the bullet and do so, if for no other reason than to find out if any of it is worth listening to.)

    Without quality source material, all the rest is just gadgetry.

    As much as what you say is true, I must say that's a cop out answer.

    The same question can be asked. Without high quality components, then why do you need high quality sources?

    You can't have one without the other.

    But seeing as this is an audio component forum, then the topic of discussion would be of components rather than software.

    Without quality components then even the highest quality source material would either sound like nothing at all (if you had no components) or subpar.

    I guess I would not meet your answer without skepticism had I not read your reply on the other thread where you implied that how much you buy into hifi depends on your gullibility.
    Joey's Gear:
    Current Gear:
    Emm Labs DAC2x and TSDX Transport -> Cary SLP-05 preamp -> Boulder 2060 stereo amp (w/ Audioquest WEL Signature B) ) -> new speakers -> :D
    Rotel RA1592 Super Integrated -> Sonus Faber Olympica 3 -> :o
    Rotel RC1570 preamp -> Rotel RB1582 amp -> B&W PM1 -> o:)

    Old Gear:
    Speakers: Rockport Aviors (5/5), Sonus Faber Stradivari (5/5), BW 802D2 (4.5/5), Martin Logan Summits (4.25/5), Martin Logan Vantage (4/5), Sonus Faber Cremona Auditor (3.75/5), AV123 Strata Mini (3.5/5), ML Mosaic (3.25/5), Onix Ref1 (3/5), Sonus Faber Concerto (2.75/5), SF Concertino (2.5/5), Axiom M22ti (2/5), Polk LSi9 (3/5), LSi7 (2.9/5)
    Source: Squeezebox 3 -> PS Audio Digital Link III -> Cary 306/200 CDP -> Cary 306 SACD -> EMM LABS DAC2X/TSDX
    Preamplification: Rotel RC1070 -> Rogue Perseus -> Cary SLP98 -> Cary SLP98F1 -> Cary SLP05 (sold and then repurchased)
    Amplification: HK AVR330 -> Rotel RB1070 -> Rotel RB1090 -> Plinius SA102 -> Cary 211FE -> Classe M600 -> Boulder 2060
    Subwoofer: Infinity Entra2 sub -> SVS 25-31PC+ sub
  • WillowWillow Posts: 8,742
    At one time when running my polks, full rti setup, my MVP at the time was my rotel 1075. The avr at the time used as my pre has changed to an Rx a1010, yet another improvement then it was my svs. Now my b&w 703 followed by my most recent purchase of MIT avt 2 speaker cables.

    I can't point to one specific as I don't know if I'd still feel the same if I had purchased them in a different order. I can say that I tend to go in bursts. I'll buy and buy over a year and then nothing for several. I have on its way MIT avt2 interconnects. I think it is a matter of it is all part and parcel. If I have to pick one I'd say the biggest difference was made by upgrading my speakers which were made even better by my speaker cables which my amp helped too and so on.
    2Ch- B&W 703, SVS PB10 NSD, Marantz NR1607(pre), Parasound 1500a, Pro-Ject Debut Carbon (Yellow) with Acrylic platter, Pro-Ject phono pre, MIT AVT 2 speaker cables, MIT AVT 2 ICs, XLO Jumpers, Tributaries Optical, Signal Cable Magic Power Cables x3, Samsung 55JS7000, Harmony 1100, Sony BDP-S6200, Rotel RDV 1045 (as Transport), Cambridge Audio DAC Magic100, Monster 3600MKII and Android MXQ Amlogic S805 Media player. - Pool /Gazebo Yamaha RX-A1010, Rotel 1075, Polk Patio 25x4, MIT AVT3 ICs

  • Yes, 3 MVP pieces...was hard. The AVR just does what I want it to do and sounds fab, the amp has the grunt to drive the ever loving snot out of the speakers and those speakers are such a nice sound.[/quote]

    Which are the mvp pieces?[/quote]

    It's right there in metric.

    Studio 2 equipment;
    Yamaha a-s2100 Amp, CD-2100 CD player, T-S500 tuner
    Loudspeakers: Harbeth p3esr, Polk RT7
    Cables: Aural Harmony Sonnet Interconnect II, WireWorld Equinox 7 speaker,
    Black Cat silverstar 75 ohm digital, Signal Digital Power Cord, PS Audio Perfect Wave AC-3,
    Pangea SE14, Voltz supplied interconnects
    Optional: Arcam DV88 DVD/CD (HDCD) player, Polk SDS-400 speakers
  • KennethSwaugerKennethSwauger Moderator Posts: 6,029
    I'm glad you're enjoying them, TX!
    "Passion is inversely proportional to the amount of real information available", G. Benfield
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