Advice, Please? I got an unexpected call yesterday...

stretchlstretchl Posts: 1,121
edited June 2018 in Electronics
...and it turns out I have some extra liquidity which will enable me to upgrade my system.

I run lossless WAV files into a Squeezebox Touch and then to a Grant Fidelity Tube DAC-09. I'm primarily amping with a Yaqin MC-10t, but sometimes using an an Adcom GFA-555 II with my old Luxman R-115 amp as a pre. Speakers are LSiM-705's.

If you had $10k to upgrade this system, what would you do? I'm partial to tubes but would possibly... possibly... consider solid state. The McIntosh name and legacy has my attention, as it's never been in my price range before. But I'm very open to others.

Thanks very much -
“Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.'
- Isaac Asimov

Hi-Fi
Apple Lossless --> Squeezebox Touch --> Joule Electra LA-100 Mark iii --> MIT AVT2 IC's --> Adcom GFA-555ii --> MIT EXP S2 Cables --> LSiM-705's
Visuals
http://StretchPhotography.com
http://Vimeo.com/channels/stretchphoto

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  • stretchlstretchl Posts: 1,121
    This is all such great feedback. And I'm sure there will be more from others. What a great community of folks. :)
    “Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.'
    - Isaac Asimov

    Hi-Fi
    Apple Lossless --> Squeezebox Touch --> Joule Electra LA-100 Mark iii --> MIT AVT2 IC's --> Adcom GFA-555ii --> MIT EXP S2 Cables --> LSiM-705's
    Visuals
    http://StretchPhotography.com
    http://Vimeo.com/channels/stretchphoto
  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 18,923
    So.... what are you gonna do?
    The Gear... Carver "Statement" Mono-blocks, TriangleArt Reference SE with Pass Labs Xono Phono Preamp, Walker Precision Motor Drive, ClearAudio Stradivari v2 cartridge and Origin Conquerer Mk3c tonearm, Polk Audio "Signature" Reference Series 1.2TL with complete mods, Pass Labs X1 preamplifier Signed by Poppa himself, PS Audio PerfectWave DAC MkII, Pioneer Elite SC-65, Oppo UDP-205 4K Blu-ray player, Sony XBR70x850B 4k, Polk audio AB700/800 "in-wall" surrounds



    Saying that it's "too hard" to pursue your dreams is no different than admitting to yourself that you are too lazy to achieve them.

  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 5,213
    After careful consideration on all of our suggestions, he decided on a stereo dimensional array of Hello Kitty boomboxes.
    So.... what are you gonna do?

    • "Electronic music is human sound adapting to indulge technology, and for some, it feels like the signature sound of energy. New and abstract sounds over hypnotic rhythms can conjure vast soundscapes for escape, pleasure, and transcendence."
  • stretchlstretchl Posts: 1,121
    Starting out with something I've wanted for a while and that can replace my Squeezebox touch and my crappy DVD player. (We don't watch many movies...)

    So...

    A ModWright Oppo BDP-105 with a matched pair of Sophia Electric Grade A 6SN7 matched pair (for player) and an Emission Labs 5U4G Mesh tube (for power supply) are en route to the house.

    Beyond that... we'll see... :smile:

    http://www.modwright.com/modifications/oppo-bdp83-and-bdp83se-mod.php
    “Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.'
    - Isaac Asimov

    Hi-Fi
    Apple Lossless --> Squeezebox Touch --> Joule Electra LA-100 Mark iii --> MIT AVT2 IC's --> Adcom GFA-555ii --> MIT EXP S2 Cables --> LSiM-705's
    Visuals
    http://StretchPhotography.com
    http://Vimeo.com/channels/stretchphoto
  • rooftop59rooftop59 Posts: 4,890
    that modded oppo looks sweet!
    HT Rig:
    Denon AVR-X4200w; Peachtree Audio NovaPre; B&K TX4430; Bryson BPD-1; Mains: Dynaudio Emit 10; Center - Polk cs400i; Heights, Center Surround - Klipsch KHC - 6 In-Ceiling; Surrounds - Monoprice in-ceiling; Sub - HSU VTF-2 MK5; LG UP870 4K BDP; NVidia ShieldTV
    ;
    Master Bedroom
    Marantz SR-5007; Audiosource Amp Two, PSB Imagine B, Definitive Technology ProCenter 2000, NHT Super One CI surrounds, Martin Logan Dynamo, Squeezebox Touch
  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 18,923
    The Gear... Carver "Statement" Mono-blocks, TriangleArt Reference SE with Pass Labs Xono Phono Preamp, Walker Precision Motor Drive, ClearAudio Stradivari v2 cartridge and Origin Conquerer Mk3c tonearm, Polk Audio "Signature" Reference Series 1.2TL with complete mods, Pass Labs X1 preamplifier Signed by Poppa himself, PS Audio PerfectWave DAC MkII, Pioneer Elite SC-65, Oppo UDP-205 4K Blu-ray player, Sony XBR70x850B 4k, Polk audio AB700/800 "in-wall" surrounds



    Saying that it's "too hard" to pursue your dreams is no different than admitting to yourself that you are too lazy to achieve them.

  • stretchlstretchl Posts: 1,121
    That looks like a hell of a deal. But I’m thinkjng now that I may max my spending out at ~$5k or so. And I for sure don’t have an amp that would to a unit like this justice.

    I got my 705’s during the two for one sale you may remember from a while back. Wondering if I should sell them at a profit and upgrade to the 707’s. Haven’t really researched them in comparison since the sale, but from what I recall there was something that steered me away from the 707’s.

    Lots of thinking out loud here, obviously...
    “Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.'
    - Isaac Asimov

    Hi-Fi
    Apple Lossless --> Squeezebox Touch --> Joule Electra LA-100 Mark iii --> MIT AVT2 IC's --> Adcom GFA-555ii --> MIT EXP S2 Cables --> LSiM-705's
    Visuals
    http://StretchPhotography.com
    http://Vimeo.com/channels/stretchphoto
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 5,213
    IMO, stick with your current speakers as they are fantastic.
    • "Electronic music is human sound adapting to indulge technology, and for some, it feels like the signature sound of energy. New and abstract sounds over hypnotic rhythms can conjure vast soundscapes for escape, pleasure, and transcendence."
  • stretchlstretchl Posts: 1,121
    I seem to be wanting a bit more bass at times. Could obviously be due to other links in the chain...
    “Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.'
    - Isaac Asimov

    Hi-Fi
    Apple Lossless --> Squeezebox Touch --> Joule Electra LA-100 Mark iii --> MIT AVT2 IC's --> Adcom GFA-555ii --> MIT EXP S2 Cables --> LSiM-705's
    Visuals
    http://StretchPhotography.com
    http://Vimeo.com/channels/stretchphoto
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 5,213
    What genre of music are you listening to where you notice that?
    stretchl wrote: »
    I seem to be wanting a bit more bass at times. Could obviously be due to other links in the chain...

    • "Electronic music is human sound adapting to indulge technology, and for some, it feels like the signature sound of energy. New and abstract sounds over hypnotic rhythms can conjure vast soundscapes for escape, pleasure, and transcendence."
  • stretchlstretchl Posts: 1,121
    Eh. I’d be hard pressed to say when I notice t. Larry listening to a lot of Willie, some Queen, The Who, R.E.M., Zep, Bach piano fugues... Hall & Oates playing now. So no rhyme or reason. I’ll have to pay more attention to when I need more cowbell... we, bass. :smile:
    “Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.'
    - Isaac Asimov

    Hi-Fi
    Apple Lossless --> Squeezebox Touch --> Joule Electra LA-100 Mark iii --> MIT AVT2 IC's --> Adcom GFA-555ii --> MIT EXP S2 Cables --> LSiM-705's
    Visuals
    http://StretchPhotography.com
    http://Vimeo.com/channels/stretchphoto
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 5,213
    With that type of music/genres, I don't think moving to the 707 would net you any additional bass response.
    stretchl wrote: »
    Eh. I’d be hard pressed to say when I notice t. Larry listening to a lot of Willie, some Queen, The Who, R.E.M., Zep, Bach piano fugues... Hall & Oates playing now. So no rhyme or reason. I’ll have to pay more attention to when I need more cowbell... we, bass. :smile:

    • "Electronic music is human sound adapting to indulge technology, and for some, it feels like the signature sound of energy. New and abstract sounds over hypnotic rhythms can conjure vast soundscapes for escape, pleasure, and transcendence."
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