What did you do to your stereo rig today?

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  • rooftop59
    rooftop59 Posts: 7,104
    ^^^^^^^It's just another way to spend money on this hobby once you run out of electronics and speakers to upgrade :)
    https://www.amazon.com/Furutech-Flux-50-Filter/dp/B005LF17AG

    wait one can RUN OUT of speakers and electronics to upgrade?!? Maybe if you're Bezos and you have so much $$$ that the only conceivable way to spend it all (without actually helping other people of course) is space travel...
    Living Room 2.1: Usher BE-718 "tiny dancers"; Dual DIY Dayton audio RSS210HF-4 Subs with Crown XLS 1002 amp; Musical Fidelity A308; NAD M51 DAC; Sony UBP-x1000es
    Game Room HT: Denon AVR-X4200w; Sony UBP-x700; Definitive Technology SM450; Definitive Technology LCR2000; Definitive Technology StudioMonitor350; Mirage Nanasats; Sub - HSU VTF-2 MK5
    Master Bedroom
    Cambridge Azur 551r; Definitive Technology promonitor 800; ACI Titan Subwoofer
  • VR3
    VR3 Posts: 24,387
    The funny thing about that device is that I just recently changed my Ic to unshielded and my power cables are currently unshielded.

    - Not Tom

    "No, that's silly talk. Dude, you can't possibly be this audio dumb so quit the act." - Doro
  • ken brydson
    ken brydson Posts: 8,063
    pitdogg2 wrote: »
    This just arrived............ now I have something to do
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    What is it?

    Shake Weight....
  • motorstereo
    motorstereo Posts: 1,577
    It's actually my 3rd and last one. One for each monoblock and one for the front end. Do they work?.........my lips are staying sealed as tight as my 1.2tl cabs.
  • bhenmia0
    bhenmia0 Posts: 2
    Swapped out some different amps and blasted some tunes today for the first time in a long time. B)
  • nooshinjohn
    nooshinjohn Posts: 22,993
    ....my lips are staying sealed as tight as my 1.2tl cabs.

    Given that even the best sealed SDA cabinet with stock drivers have a leak-down, you will be blabbing away in 4.... 3.... 2.... 1....
    The Gear... Carver "Statement" Mono-blocks, TriangleArt Reference SE with Pass Labs Xono Phono Preamp, Walker Precision Motor Drive, ClearAudio Goldfinger Statement V2 cartridge and Origin Conqueror Mk3c tonearm, Polk Audio "Signature" Reference Series 1.2TL with complete mods, Pass Labs X0.2 three chassis preamp, PS Audio PerfectWave DAC MkII, Pioneer Elite SC-LX701, Oppo UDP-205 4K Blu-ray player, Sony XBR70x850B 4k, Polk audio AB800 "in-wall" surrounds.

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  • motorstereo
    motorstereo Posts: 1,577
    ....my lips are staying sealed as tight as my 1.2tl cabs.

    Given that even the best sealed SDA cabinet with stock drivers have a leak-down, you will be blabbing away in 4.... 3.... 2.... 1....

    True dat.........I'd love to have a 2 day leakdown
  • phipiper10
    phipiper10 Posts: 940
    Replaced Graham Slee Accession phono, which I have through their demo program, with Rega Aria. Happier!

    Also Verb's earlier EMI demo got me to get a meter of my own so ....a lot of plugging and unplugging and also Nirvana's MTV unplugged on vinyl!
    Analog Source: Rega P3-24 Exact 2 w/GT delrin platter & Neo TT-PSU
    Digital Source: Lumin T2 w/Roon
    Phono Preamp: Rega Aria MK3
    Preamp: Rogue RP-7
    Amp: Rogue Stereo 100
    Speakers: Audio Physic Tempo Plus
    Cables: Audio Art IC-3e & SC-5 ePlus, Signal Cable PCs
    Misc: APC H15 line conditioner, Noise Harvester, VTI rack, GIK acoustic panels
  • guyincognito
    guyincognito Posts: 41
    Nice job on the Aria @phipiper10. I love mine.
    Rega Planar 8, Apheta 3 MC , Aria mk2 Phono
    Aurender n100h, Benchmark DAC2 HGC
    Arcam SR250, Parasound JC5
    Revel F208, SVS SB-4000
  • phipiper10
    phipiper10 Posts: 940
    Thanks @guyincognito what is the rest of your rig?

    I was planning to demo a Gold Note the GS and Aria. The dealer sold his demo Gold Note and said it was slow getting new units to the US so never hear the ph10. I found what I thought was a decent deal on a used MK2 from an authorized dealer but was told for only $50 more I could get a new MK3. I don’t think there is anything more than a facelift however but was worth the extra $50 to me to be new with original, packaging and paperwork.
    Analog Source: Rega P3-24 Exact 2 w/GT delrin platter & Neo TT-PSU
    Digital Source: Lumin T2 w/Roon
    Phono Preamp: Rega Aria MK3
    Preamp: Rogue RP-7
    Amp: Rogue Stereo 100
    Speakers: Audio Physic Tempo Plus
    Cables: Audio Art IC-3e & SC-5 ePlus, Signal Cable PCs
    Misc: APC H15 line conditioner, Noise Harvester, VTI rack, GIK acoustic panels
  • guyincognito
    guyincognito Posts: 41
    @phipiper10, "for only $50 more I could get a new MK3"... this sounds very similar to how I ended up with my Planar 8. Hard to turn down NIB/full warranty for only a little extra coin up front. It is also my understanding that the mk3 Aria was just a cosmetic casework change. I bought my mk2 used off Agon and it was a big improvement from the fono MC it replaced.

    Currently, my TT rig is a new model Planar 8, Apheta 3 MC cart and the mk2 Aria phono stage. I am very happy with how everything sounds and finally feel like I am done with the TT tweaks and upgrades.
    Rega Planar 8, Apheta 3 MC , Aria mk2 Phono
    Aurender n100h, Benchmark DAC2 HGC
    Arcam SR250, Parasound JC5
    Revel F208, SVS SB-4000
  • phipiper10
    phipiper10 Posts: 940
    edited March 7

    Currently, my TT rig is a new model Planar 8, Apheta 3 MC cart and the mk2 Aria phono stage. I am very happy with how everything sounds and finally feel like I am done with the TT tweaks and upgrades.

    Was just looking at the P8 this morning and checking some threads on Apheta 3 vs Ania carts. Hmm...
    Analog Source: Rega P3-24 Exact 2 w/GT delrin platter & Neo TT-PSU
    Digital Source: Lumin T2 w/Roon
    Phono Preamp: Rega Aria MK3
    Preamp: Rogue RP-7
    Amp: Rogue Stereo 100
    Speakers: Audio Physic Tempo Plus
    Cables: Audio Art IC-3e & SC-5 ePlus, Signal Cable PCs
    Misc: APC H15 line conditioner, Noise Harvester, VTI rack, GIK acoustic panels
  • guyincognito
    guyincognito Posts: 41
    I had the original Ania prior to the Apheta 3 and the Apheta is a much better cartridge (as it should be for the cost increase). I really think a lot of it comes down to the stylus profile. The blunt stylus shape on the Ania causes it to pick up more surface noise on records and while it tracks pretty well, my Apheta is much less likely to skip on records with imperfections. The Apheta rides deeper in the groove with its "fine line" stylus profile and is more detailed than the Ania was.

    That being said, the new Ania Pro with its improved stylus profile is an interesting option for someone that doesn't want to spend Apheta 3 money. My Dad has a new model Planar 6, Aria mk3 and he just recently traded in his Ania for an Ania Pro and he seems very content. We live several states apart so I haven't been able to hear it yet unfortunately.
    Rega Planar 8, Apheta 3 MC , Aria mk2 Phono
    Aurender n100h, Benchmark DAC2 HGC
    Arcam SR250, Parasound JC5
    Revel F208, SVS SB-4000
  • bhenmia0
    bhenmia0 Posts: 2
    Spare Room: Antique Sound Labs Wave AV-8 Monoblocks, Tisbury Mini Passive Pre, Tjoeb 99 tube CD player (modified Marantz CD-38), Analysis Plus Oval 9's, Zu Jumpers, AudioEngine B1 Streamer, Klipsch RB-61 v2, SVS PB1000 sub, Blue Jeans RCA IC's, Shunyata Hydra 8 Power Conditioner get-mobdro.com

    Regards, tubemate
  • TEAforONE
    TEAforONE Posts: 605
    Spam alert! Nice gear for a spammer!
    First Watt,Monarchy Audio,Aric Audio,Promitheus Audio,April Music,Wyred4sound ,Bluesound,Pro-Ject,Onkyo,Graham Chartwell,Nola,Hornshoppe,HSU Research.
  • TEAforONE
    TEAforONE Posts: 605
    I'm in the process of working out a deal for a used First Watt J2. This will be rotated in the main system with a FW F5. Fingers crossed.
    First Watt,Monarchy Audio,Aric Audio,Promitheus Audio,April Music,Wyred4sound ,Bluesound,Pro-Ject,Onkyo,Graham Chartwell,Nola,Hornshoppe,HSU Research.
  • gp4jesus
    gp4jesus Posts: 1,621
    @halo
    What are those white things in front of your stand and what do they do?

    Thnx Tony
    Samsung 60" UN60ES6100 LED
    Outlaw Audio 976 Pre/Pro
    Samsung BDP, Dish Rcvr, Xbox, Phillips CD chgr

    Canare 14 ga - LCR tweeters inside*; CC outside
    BJC 10 ga - LCR mids, inside* & out
    8 ga Powerline - LR woofers, inside* & out
    *soldered

    LR: tri-amped RTi A7 w/Rotels. Woofers - 980BX; M&T - 981
    CC: Rotel RB981 -> bi-amped CSi A6
    5 Audio Pro Subs: LFE & CC - B1.39; all others - Evidence
    Surrounds: Rotel 981 -> AR 12 ga -> RTi A3
    Power Conditioning & Distribution:
    3 dedicated 20A feeds; APC H15; 4 Furman Miniport 20s
  • halo
    halo Posts: 5,618
    gp4jesus wrote: »
    @halo
    What are those white things in front of your stand and what do they do?

    Thnx Tony
    Cat scratching posts that lye flat or can be mounted on a wall. We have a vertical scratching post that has a very large base with two of the posts joined together. Trying real hard to keep the kitten away from the speaker grills.
  • Mike Reeter
    Mike Reeter Posts: 4,066

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    Congrats Victor on the return of your speakers. My first dedicated Two Channel Tube Amplifier was the TAD-60, should have never sold it.
    SDA SRS 2.3TL's/SDA SRS 3.1TL's/SDA CRS+4.1TL's and some other stuff
  • halo
    halo Posts: 5,618

    Congrats Victor on the return of your speakers. My first dedicated Two Channel Tube Amplifier was the TAD-60, should have never sold it.
    Paul was onto something. I went all-in with the InnerSound/Sanders Sound Systems speakers and solid-state amps after the TAD-60 amplifiers and the VR-2 speakers (I held onto the VTL 2.5 preamp until I got out of the hobby).
  • TEAforONE
    TEAforONE Posts: 605
    I just brought the First Watt J2 and put it into the system in the Pit. The first disclaimer is I do not listen loud. I’m at about 74db at about 7 ft from the speakers. The J2 is paired with a TVC passive pre,driving a pair of Graham Chartwell LS3/5’s. These are an easy load,but not a very sensitive speaker. I just pulled the F5 out and swapped in the J2. The first thing I noticed right out of the gate is a taller soundstage,and there is definitely more separation of instruments. I’m sure things will settle in once the J2 hits operating temperature. The F5 runs warm for sure. The J2, hot as a tin roof in August! This amp should definitely NOT be placed in a cabinet. IT GETS HOT! But the sound! Did I mention the sound?? Tonality wise, the F5 and J2 are very similar. The F5 might show a little more detail,but the soundstage winner is the J2.

    I’ll update again as I get more saddle time here in the pit.
    First Watt,Monarchy Audio,Aric Audio,Promitheus Audio,April Music,Wyred4sound ,Bluesound,Pro-Ject,Onkyo,Graham Chartwell,Nola,Hornshoppe,HSU Research.
  • mhardy6647
    mhardy6647 Posts: 27,177
    edited March 30
    TEAforONE wrote: »
    I just brought the First Watt J2 and put it into the system in the Pit. The first disclaimer is I do not listen loud. I’m at about 74db at about 7 ft from the speakers. The J2 is paired with a TVC passive pre,driving a pair of Graham Chartwell LS3/5’s. These are an easy load,but not a very sensitive speaker. I just pulled the F5 out and swapped in the J2. The first thing I noticed right out of the gate is a taller soundstage,and there is definitely more separation of instruments. I’m sure things will settle in once the J2 hits operating temperature. The F5 runs warm for sure. The J2, hot as a tin roof in August! This amp should definitely NOT be placed in a cabinet. IT GETS HOT! But the sound! Did I mention the sound?? Tonality wise, the F5 and J2 are very similar. The F5 might show a little more detail,but the soundstage winner is the J2.

    I’ll update again as I get more saddle time here in the pit.

    Are those 15 ohm EDIT 12 ohm LS3/5a? I am guessing that they are(?).
    The BBC 'white paper' on the LS3/5a specification, FWIW: http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/rd/pubs/reports/1976-29.pdf

  • TEAforONE
    TEAforONE Posts: 605
    Hey Doc,
    They are 9ohm.They are the LS3/5. No A on the end. These aren’t the vintage version. They were made in 2015. The J2 plays well with an 8ohm load. Some weird specs. 25 watts into 8ohms,13 watts into 4ohms. The amp has no issues with my Hornshoppe Great Horned Heils. So far, no issues with the Graham Chartwells. It’s been fired up for about an hour and a half,and it is toasty! Next test,I will put the Nola Boxer 2’s in there.
    First Watt,Monarchy Audio,Aric Audio,Promitheus Audio,April Music,Wyred4sound ,Bluesound,Pro-Ject,Onkyo,Graham Chartwell,Nola,Hornshoppe,HSU Research.
  • mhardy6647
    mhardy6647 Posts: 27,177
    ahh, I see.
    The specs on the amp reflect its output impedance, I reckon.
    Most amplifiers are happier with higher impedance loads, though, if they get a choice about it.
  • gp4jesus
    gp4jesus Posts: 1,621
    TEAforONE wrote: »
    Some weird specs. 25 watts into 8ohms,13 watts into 4ohms.
    behaves more like a current source. Most amps behave more like a voltage source

    Samsung 60" UN60ES6100 LED
    Outlaw Audio 976 Pre/Pro
    Samsung BDP, Dish Rcvr, Xbox, Phillips CD chgr

    Canare 14 ga - LCR tweeters inside*; CC outside
    BJC 10 ga - LCR mids, inside* & out
    8 ga Powerline - LR woofers, inside* & out
    *soldered

    LR: tri-amped RTi A7 w/Rotels. Woofers - 980BX; M&T - 981
    CC: Rotel RB981 -> bi-amped CSi A6
    5 Audio Pro Subs: LFE & CC - B1.39; all others - Evidence
    Surrounds: Rotel 981 -> AR 12 ga -> RTi A3
    Power Conditioning & Distribution:
    3 dedicated 20A feeds; APC H15; 4 Furman Miniport 20s
  • invalid
    invalid Posts: 502
    gp4jesus wrote: »
    TEAforONE wrote: »
    Some weird specs. 25 watts into 8ohms,13 watts into 4ohms.
    behaves more like a current source. Most amps behave more like a voltage source

    Sounds more like that is class A watts. Usually class A watts are half as much when you half impedence.
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