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  • skipshot12
    skipshot12 Posts: 1,033
    edited February 2023
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    Blurry shart happens when a 65 year old is dancing.
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  • stevep
    stevep Posts: 328
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    Picture depicts the excitement
  • pitdogg2
    pitdogg2 Posts: 24,755
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    65? You had better calm down before you stroke out
  • skipshot12
    skipshot12 Posts: 1,033
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    🤣 I'm coming Elizabeth....
  • skipshot12
    skipshot12 Posts: 1,033
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    Have started a new thread about the Phase Linear above...
    "Phase linear & High-Tech Audio."

    Didn't wish to clog up this thread with my journey.
  • audioluvr
    audioluvr Posts: 5,479
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    You should start a couple more... Might be fun 😜
    Gustard X26 Pro DAC
    Belles 21A Pre modded with Mundorf Supreme caps
    B&K M200 Sonata monoblocks refreshed and upgraded
    Polk SDA 1C's modded / 1000Va Dreadnaught
    Wireworld Silver Eclipse IC's and speaker cables
    Harman Kardon T65C w/Grado Gold. (Don't laugh. It sounds great!)


    There is about a 5% genetic difference between apes and men …but that difference is the difference between throwing your own poo when you are annoyed …and Einstein, Shakespeare and Miss January. by Dr. Sardonicus
  • jbreezy5
    jbreezy5 Posts: 1,141
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    Installed a pair of Canare xlr cables allowing me to run fully balanced from Ares II > B&K Ref 50 > Ashly EQ > B&K ST 125.2!

    Cambridge Audio CXC transport as source via KK DV30 digital coax.

    Sound is smooth, warm, and detailed w/o harshness. Canare xlrs are sandwiched between Monster xlrs in the signal chain.

    Thinking about going all Canare now. Really a great sounding low-cost cable.
    CD Players: Sony CDP-211; Sony DVP-S9000ES; Sony UDP-X800M2 (x2); Cambridge Audio CXC

    DACs: Jolida Glass FX Tube DAC III (x2); Denafrips Ares II (x2)

    Streamers: ROKU (x3); Bluesound Node 2i and Node N130 w/LHY LPS // Receivers: Yamaha RX-V775BT; Yamaha RX-V777

    Preamps: B&K Ref 50; B&K Ref 5 S2; Classe CP-800 MkII; Audio Research SP16L (soon)

    Amps: Niles SI-275; B&K ST125.7; B&K ST125.2; Classe CA-2300; Butler Audio TDB-5150

    Speakers: Boston Acoustics CR55; Focal Chorus 705v; Wharfedale Diamond 10.2; Monitor Audio Silver-1; Def Tech Mythos One (x4)/Mythos Three Center (x2)/Mythos Two pr.; Martin Logan Electromotion ESL; Legacy Audio Victoria/Silverscreen Center; Gallo Acoustics Reference 3.1; SVS SB-1000 Pro; REL HT-1003; B&W ASW610; HifiMan HE400i

    Turntable: Dual 721 Direct-Drive w/Audio Technica AT-VM95e cart

    Cables: Tripp-lite 14ga. PCs, Blue Jeans Cable ICs, Philips PXT1000 ICs; Kimber Kable DV30 coaxial ICs; Canare L-4E6S XLR ICs; Kimber Kable 8PR & 8TC speaker cables.
  • Reagan
    Reagan Posts: 116
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    Nice B&K! I have a B&K REF 200.2. Thinking about either selling it or giving it to my son in law.
    Speakers: Polk 1.2TL w/VR3 mods and Dreadnaught interconnects
    Amplification: ARC Reference 110 w/KT150s; Cary Audio SLP-05 w/Ultimate Upgrade
    Vinyl: VPI HW19 MK III (Heavily Modded); Origin Live Silver Tonearm; Hana ML Cart; Pete Riggle VTAF; VPI TNT Platter; SAMA; Iphono3
    Digital: Aurender N100H; Benchmark DAC1
  • Reagan
    Reagan Posts: 116
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    What about buying Canare cable and making up Neutrik XLR connectors.
    Speakers: Polk 1.2TL w/VR3 mods and Dreadnaught interconnects
    Amplification: ARC Reference 110 w/KT150s; Cary Audio SLP-05 w/Ultimate Upgrade
    Vinyl: VPI HW19 MK III (Heavily Modded); Origin Live Silver Tonearm; Hana ML Cart; Pete Riggle VTAF; VPI TNT Platter; SAMA; Iphono3
    Digital: Aurender N100H; Benchmark DAC1
  • jbreezy5
    jbreezy5 Posts: 1,141
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    Reagan wrote: »
    What about buying Canare cable and making up Neutrik XLR connectors.

    Canare use Neutrik xlrs.
    CD Players: Sony CDP-211; Sony DVP-S9000ES; Sony UDP-X800M2 (x2); Cambridge Audio CXC

    DACs: Jolida Glass FX Tube DAC III (x2); Denafrips Ares II (x2)

    Streamers: ROKU (x3); Bluesound Node 2i and Node N130 w/LHY LPS // Receivers: Yamaha RX-V775BT; Yamaha RX-V777

    Preamps: B&K Ref 50; B&K Ref 5 S2; Classe CP-800 MkII; Audio Research SP16L (soon)

    Amps: Niles SI-275; B&K ST125.7; B&K ST125.2; Classe CA-2300; Butler Audio TDB-5150

    Speakers: Boston Acoustics CR55; Focal Chorus 705v; Wharfedale Diamond 10.2; Monitor Audio Silver-1; Def Tech Mythos One (x4)/Mythos Three Center (x2)/Mythos Two pr.; Martin Logan Electromotion ESL; Legacy Audio Victoria/Silverscreen Center; Gallo Acoustics Reference 3.1; SVS SB-1000 Pro; REL HT-1003; B&W ASW610; HifiMan HE400i

    Turntable: Dual 721 Direct-Drive w/Audio Technica AT-VM95e cart

    Cables: Tripp-lite 14ga. PCs, Blue Jeans Cable ICs, Philips PXT1000 ICs; Kimber Kable DV30 coaxial ICs; Canare L-4E6S XLR ICs; Kimber Kable 8PR & 8TC speaker cables.
  • treitz3
    treitz3 Posts: 18,533
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    Switched out a throttleneck.

    What a huge difference.

    Tom
    ~ In search of accurate reproduction of music. Real sound is my reference and while perfection may not be attainable? If I chase it, I might just catch excellence. ~
  • rebelsoul
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    treitz3 wrote: »
    Switched out a throttleneck.

    What a huge difference.

    Tom

    What do you mean ?
  • treitz3
    treitz3 Posts: 18,533
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    Streaming portion of rig. Switched out an Audioquest to a Transparent.

    The difference is literally akin to replacing an amplifier from a a low level to high end in my rig.

    When you get to a certain level of reproduction, the differences between what you have on hand that (in the past) didn't amount to much? Holy crap.

    They do now. In ALL aspects and in ways that are unfathomable. With so many things...

    More later. I am tired but can't stop listening.

    Tom



    ~ In search of accurate reproduction of music. Real sound is my reference and while perfection may not be attainable? If I chase it, I might just catch excellence. ~
  • Reagan
    Reagan Posts: 116
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    I replaced ALL iron in my home brew KT88 SET. For the PT, used a smaller power transformer. Lowered B+ voltage and thus lowered current going through the tubes. Much less stress on the tube. Better grid admittance. Sweeter sound. Current swings! Much longer tube life. Changed output transformers to lower impedance. Again, allows current to really swing! Lower DCR with meatier wires and lower DCR. Then, last but not least…changed my single 10 Henry choke “pi” type power supply to an “L” power supply using two ultra low DCR, ultra low Henry (800 mHy each) chokes. Added four DCLink bypass caps. This is a very fast (responsive) power supply. Everything is still burning in but can’t wait to get home to listen.
    Speakers: Polk 1.2TL w/VR3 mods and Dreadnaught interconnects
    Amplification: ARC Reference 110 w/KT150s; Cary Audio SLP-05 w/Ultimate Upgrade
    Vinyl: VPI HW19 MK III (Heavily Modded); Origin Live Silver Tonearm; Hana ML Cart; Pete Riggle VTAF; VPI TNT Platter; SAMA; Iphono3
    Digital: Aurender N100H; Benchmark DAC1
  • Reagan
    Reagan Posts: 116
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    I bought Canare 4S11 Star Quad Speaker Cable, 14AWG for $1.40 a ft and the Neutrik Speakons were less than $6 each. I’ve never used Canare for balanced I/C but imagine they are nice. Now that I have gone rogue with SET amps, I only use single ended I/Cs.
    Speakers: Polk 1.2TL w/VR3 mods and Dreadnaught interconnects
    Amplification: ARC Reference 110 w/KT150s; Cary Audio SLP-05 w/Ultimate Upgrade
    Vinyl: VPI HW19 MK III (Heavily Modded); Origin Live Silver Tonearm; Hana ML Cart; Pete Riggle VTAF; VPI TNT Platter; SAMA; Iphono3
    Digital: Aurender N100H; Benchmark DAC1
  • WagnerRC
    WagnerRC Posts: 2,141
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    Playing the moving game around. Its been awhile since I fired up the Joule LA300. I love my SLP05 but the Joule just takes everything to another level. Jud did know his game. Happy Happy xi2gg989wj0e.jpeg
  • Dr_Wu
    Dr_Wu Posts: 320
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    Put the entire system through a PS Audio P10 PerfectWave regenerator. May be done. Except now I need a new rack big enough for this beast and an A21 Halo. Ideas?
  • jdjohn
    jdjohn Posts: 3,046
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    Not my rig, per se, but did a little triage/purging today from my dad's collection. After testing, and attempts to revive, I threw out two turntables. One was a Technics SL-B303, and the other a Sony PS-LX340. The Technics SL-B303 had to be one of their cheapest, lowest-quality options...just not worth the effort. As far as Sony turntables: did they actually make any decent turntables? Good grief...I've worked on at least four different Sony turntables from my dad's collection, and only one has survived as usable. And even that one (a PS-2350) required some 'shaving' off the motor pulley in order to get the speed right, since it has no fine-pitch adjustment.

    On a positive note, the Realistic STA-76 receiver pulled from storage today has worked like a champ!

    Here is a pic of the surviving Sony turntable with the Rat Shack receiver:
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    Running the SBT (top right) through the receiver sounded very nice as well B)
    "This may not matter to you, but it does to me for various reasons, many of them illogical or irrational, but the vinyl hobby is not really logical or rational..." - member on Vinyl Engine
    "Sometimes I do what I want to do. The rest of the time, I do what I have to." - Cicero, in Gladiator
    Regarding collectibles: "It's not who gets it. It's who gets stuck with it." - Jimmy Fallon
  • jbreezy5
    jbreezy5 Posts: 1,141
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    jdjohn wrote: »
    Not my rig, per se, but did a little triage/purging today from my dad's collection. After testing, and attempts to revive, I threw out two turntables. One was a Technics SL-B303, and the other a Sony PS-LX340. The Technics SL-B303 had to be one of their cheapest, lowest-quality options...just not worth the effort. As far as Sony turntables: did they actually make any decent turntables? Good grief...I've worked on at least four different Sony turntables from my dad's collection, and only one has survived as usable. And even that one (a PS-2350) required some 'shaving' off the motor pulley in order to get the speed right, since it has no fine-pitch adjustment.

    On a positive note, the Realistic STA-76 receiver pulled from storage today has worked like a champ!

    Here is a pic of the surviving Sony turntable with the Rat Shack receiver:
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    Running the SBT (top right) through the receiver sounded very nice as well B)

    At least it’s a nice looking TT.
    CD Players: Sony CDP-211; Sony DVP-S9000ES; Sony UDP-X800M2 (x2); Cambridge Audio CXC

    DACs: Jolida Glass FX Tube DAC III (x2); Denafrips Ares II (x2)

    Streamers: ROKU (x3); Bluesound Node 2i and Node N130 w/LHY LPS // Receivers: Yamaha RX-V775BT; Yamaha RX-V777

    Preamps: B&K Ref 50; B&K Ref 5 S2; Classe CP-800 MkII; Audio Research SP16L (soon)

    Amps: Niles SI-275; B&K ST125.7; B&K ST125.2; Classe CA-2300; Butler Audio TDB-5150

    Speakers: Boston Acoustics CR55; Focal Chorus 705v; Wharfedale Diamond 10.2; Monitor Audio Silver-1; Def Tech Mythos One (x4)/Mythos Three Center (x2)/Mythos Two pr.; Martin Logan Electromotion ESL; Legacy Audio Victoria/Silverscreen Center; Gallo Acoustics Reference 3.1; SVS SB-1000 Pro; REL HT-1003; B&W ASW610; HifiMan HE400i

    Turntable: Dual 721 Direct-Drive w/Audio Technica AT-VM95e cart

    Cables: Tripp-lite 14ga. PCs, Blue Jeans Cable ICs, Philips PXT1000 ICs; Kimber Kable DV30 coaxial ICs; Canare L-4E6S XLR ICs; Kimber Kable 8PR & 8TC speaker cables.
  • mhardy6647
    mhardy6647 Posts: 33,239
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    Working (as hard as I can against my own inertia) to cull the herd.
    The "New England Vintage Electronics Expo" (sale/swapmeet/fleamarket thing) is Sunday.

    This is a moderately uncommon, attractive, but largely unremarkable item that I've had for a long time and, other than its aestetics, never really bonded with. Dragged it out, cleaned it up a little and I'm testin' functionality even now. It works. Looks like a lamp or two may be out -- I'll pop the hood anon.

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  • xsmi
    xsmi Posts: 1,798
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    Nice looking piece.
    2-channelBelles 22A Pre, Emotiva XPA-2 Gen 2, Marantz SA8005, Pro-Ject RPM-10 Turntable, Pro-Ject Phono Box DS3B, Polk Audio Legend L800's, AudioQuest Cable throughout.
  • mhardy6647
    mhardy6647 Posts: 33,239
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    ... and the 1060 that didn't make the cut in the election ;)

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    (a bit grubby but proud)

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    I did a face transplant with the (otherwise) better one. B)

  • engie490
    engie490 Posts: 426
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    Fired up the Martin Logan CLS-IIZs. They sounded like poo on the short end of the room. Sound awfully good now.

    Damn. I'm supposed to be downsizing...

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    Sonus Faber Liuto / Coda Continuum / Anthem STR Preamplifier / Oppo BDP-105D / Technics SP-15 w/SAEC WE-308SX & Ortofon AS-309 arms / Ikeda 9C2 & Dynavector XX2 Mk II carts
  • audioluvr
    audioluvr Posts: 5,479
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    engie490 wrote: »
    Fired up the Martin Logan CLS-IIZs. They sounded like poo on the short end of the room. Sound awfully good now.

    Damn. I'm supposed to be downsizing...

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    Nice setup!
    Gustard X26 Pro DAC
    Belles 21A Pre modded with Mundorf Supreme caps
    B&K M200 Sonata monoblocks refreshed and upgraded
    Polk SDA 1C's modded / 1000Va Dreadnaught
    Wireworld Silver Eclipse IC's and speaker cables
    Harman Kardon T65C w/Grado Gold. (Don't laugh. It sounds great!)


    There is about a 5% genetic difference between apes and men …but that difference is the difference between throwing your own poo when you are annoyed …and Einstein, Shakespeare and Miss January. by Dr. Sardonicus
  • engie490
    engie490 Posts: 426
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    stangman67 wrote: »
    Norfolk, headed to United States Fleet Forces Command. Just transitioned off my department head rides (Surface Warfare Officer)

    Fair winds and following seas!
    Sonus Faber Liuto / Coda Continuum / Anthem STR Preamplifier / Oppo BDP-105D / Technics SP-15 w/SAEC WE-308SX & Ortofon AS-309 arms / Ikeda 9C2 & Dynavector XX2 Mk II carts
  • engie490
    engie490 Posts: 426
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    audioluvr wrote: »
    engie490 wrote: »
    Fired up the Martin Logan CLS-IIZs. They sounded like poo on the short end of the room. Sound awfully good now.

    Damn. I'm supposed to be downsizing...

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    Nice setup!

    Thanks! But now I've got to try them with the Kinergetics SW800s. I suck at this downsizing stuff!
    Sonus Faber Liuto / Coda Continuum / Anthem STR Preamplifier / Oppo BDP-105D / Technics SP-15 w/SAEC WE-308SX & Ortofon AS-309 arms / Ikeda 9C2 & Dynavector XX2 Mk II carts
  • jbreezy5
    jbreezy5 Posts: 1,141
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    engie490 wrote: »
    Fired up the Martin Logan CLS-IIZs. They sounded like poo on the short end of the room. Sound awfully good now.

    Damn. I'm supposed to be downsizing...

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    IMO those speakers are small enough; you should keep them. 🙃
    CD Players: Sony CDP-211; Sony DVP-S9000ES; Sony UDP-X800M2 (x2); Cambridge Audio CXC

    DACs: Jolida Glass FX Tube DAC III (x2); Denafrips Ares II (x2)

    Streamers: ROKU (x3); Bluesound Node 2i and Node N130 w/LHY LPS // Receivers: Yamaha RX-V775BT; Yamaha RX-V777

    Preamps: B&K Ref 50; B&K Ref 5 S2; Classe CP-800 MkII; Audio Research SP16L (soon)

    Amps: Niles SI-275; B&K ST125.7; B&K ST125.2; Classe CA-2300; Butler Audio TDB-5150

    Speakers: Boston Acoustics CR55; Focal Chorus 705v; Wharfedale Diamond 10.2; Monitor Audio Silver-1; Def Tech Mythos One (x4)/Mythos Three Center (x2)/Mythos Two pr.; Martin Logan Electromotion ESL; Legacy Audio Victoria/Silverscreen Center; Gallo Acoustics Reference 3.1; SVS SB-1000 Pro; REL HT-1003; B&W ASW610; HifiMan HE400i

    Turntable: Dual 721 Direct-Drive w/Audio Technica AT-VM95e cart

    Cables: Tripp-lite 14ga. PCs, Blue Jeans Cable ICs, Philips PXT1000 ICs; Kimber Kable DV30 coaxial ICs; Canare L-4E6S XLR ICs; Kimber Kable 8PR & 8TC speaker cables.
  • rebelsoul
    rebelsoul Posts: 756
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    When my wife talks about downsizing and looking at my stereo, I ask her where she's going.
  • stangman67
    stangman67 Posts: 2,228
    edited March 2023
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    Not really today, been in the stereo for a week but I’m comfortable enough with it now to speak on it a bit. Got a Lumin U2 Mini from Skip and got it installed along with an AQ Cinnamon ethernet cable. First couple hours were rough as it was very very bright, and my right ear is very sensitive to harshness and will start to buzz badly (medical community says there’s nothing wrong with me of course)

    I let it play constantly for 30 hours and re-evaluated and like what I am hearing now. Haven’t done the Sbooster yet, not real comfortable voiding the warranty right now.

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    2 Channel in my home attic/bar/man cave

    2 Channel Focal Kanta 3 I Modwright SWL9.0 Anniversary Pre I Modwright PH9.0X I Modwright KWA-150SE I VPI Prime Signature w/ Soundsmith Zephyr MIMC I Lumin U2 Mini I North Star Designs Intenso DAC I Audience OHNO ICs/Audience Furutech FP-S55N and FP-S032N Power Cables/Acoustic Zen Satori I Isotek Sirius