What did you do to your stereo rig today?

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  • mhardy6647
    mhardy6647 Posts: 27,912
    That is sometimes what's needed. I used to have as a signature here a comment that Gary Kaufman had made to me about the SE 2A3 amp I use and active preamps. I forget his exact statement now, but in essence he said, "some amps need drive more than they need gain".

    :)
  • Clipdat
    Clipdat Posts: 9,820
    I complained to my wife about how since it was raining today, my noise floor was going to go up.

    She put her head in her hands and groaned loudly.
  • Picked up a CXN v2. We got to play around with it at Skip's place with various combos of other gear before I brought it home. Very excited about this purchase.

    Amp is next on the list!
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    Analog: MoFi MasterTracker > MoFi UltraDeck > Sutherland 20/20
    Digital: Cambridge CXC / Streaming > Cambridge CXN v2
    MastersounD Dueventi > Rosso Fiorentino Certaldo or Arcam rHead > Hifiman HE4XX
    Discogs
  • mhardy6647
    mhardy6647 Posts: 27,912
    edited February 2019
    Clipdat wrote: »
    My Ruby came with cables!

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    I see that kind of cable on many different kinds of equipment. They must be very good indeed, given their popularity.

    ;)
  • BlueFox
    BlueFox Posts: 14,668
    Yes. Nothing but the best.
    Lumin X1 file player; Sony XA-5400ES SACD; Pass XP-22 pre; X600.5 amps
    Magico S5 MKII Mcast Rose speakers; SPOD spikes

    Shunyata Triton v3/Typhon QR on source, Denali 2000 (2) on amps
    Shunyata Sigma XLR analog ICs, Sigma speaker cables
    Shunyata Sigma HC (2), Sigma Analog, Sigma Digital, Z Anaconda (3) power cables

    Mapleshade Samson V.3 four shelf solid maple rack, Micropoint brass footers
    Three 20 amp circuits.
  • Clipdat wrote: »
    Oh no!

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    My Ruby came with cables!

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    It was almost a deal breaker for me, LOL.
    I've actually got the whole system on Blue Jean Cables currently. Had a set on the bench begging to be put into the game.
    Analog: MoFi MasterTracker > MoFi UltraDeck > Sutherland 20/20
    Digital: Cambridge CXC / Streaming > Cambridge CXN v2
    MastersounD Dueventi > Rosso Fiorentino Certaldo or Arcam rHead > Hifiman HE4XX
    Discogs
  • VR3
    VR3 Posts: 24,675
    Plugged up the main rig to the Wilson Cubs, added a passive preamp from CI Audio. Liking the sound :)

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    - Not Tom

    "No, that's silly talk. Dude, you can't possibly be this audio dumb so quit the act." - Doro
  • nooshinjohn
    nooshinjohn Posts: 22,982
    edited February 2019
    I love it when Megatron and the autobots show up to help out like that.
    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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    “If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.”
  • VR3
    VR3 Posts: 24,675
    Right?? I actually am going to consolidate those here soon, I preordered the 18" Optimus Prime 30th anniversary. Thing is a beast. Probably sell 3 or 4 to balance it out! :p

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    - Not Tom

    "No, that's silly talk. Dude, you can't possibly be this audio dumb so quit the act." - Doro
  • VR3
    VR3 Posts: 24,675
    Comparing DH Labs Revelation IC to Groneberg series 3

    Also compared ci audio passive pre versus using streamer as a pre, no contest there. I dig the passive pre, clean as a whistle with no sonic flavor. Very easy to compare gear

    Good stuff.
    - Not Tom

    "No, that's silly talk. Dude, you can't possibly be this audio dumb so quit the act." - Doro
  • machone
    machone Posts: 1,296
    I emailed Dan at Modwright about still having some hum coming from my preamp. He said to check the volume knob for a good ground to the chassis as in remove paint.

    Using a VOM I found the powder coat is really tough to completely remove so I used a Dremel and got it clean. I also reworked the main ground and cleaned it more than my earlier first attempt. Now the hum is all but gone. Only noticeable with my ear next to the speakers.

    I also had some tube noise so cleaned and reinstalled the tubes.

    Easy peasy :)
    Mojo Audio Illuminati v3>>Quantum Byte w/LMS>>Rpi/PiCoreplayer>> Starlight 7 USB >> Mojo Audio Mystique v2 SE>>ModWright SWL 9.0 SE Signature>>Hafler DH-500 Amp+ (Musical Concepts Fully Modded)>>
    SRS 2.3TL (Fully Modded)...Velodyne Optimum 8 subwoofer
    1KVA Dreadnought

    Marantz SA 8005
    Pioneer PLX-1000 Turntable - Shure SC35C/N35X - V15III/VN35HE
    Yamaha TX-540 Tuner...Sony BDP-S570
    Sony PS4

    Separate subpanel with four dedicated 20 amp circuits.
    1. Amplification 2. Analog 3. Digital 4. Video

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  • Tony M
    Tony M Posts: 9,855
    dolbyd wrote: »
    Since I use the office system mostly for 2 channel I decided to see if the old Elite PDF-59 sounded better. Yes it does. I wonder if the Legato Link Conversion feature is part of that.
    It is also nice to load 25 discs at a time.

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    @Clipdat turned me on to that "Legato Link conversion" method on Pioneers and Sony as being a fine decoder. Thanks Drew!

    I never knew. Shortly after Drew opened my knowledge to it, I swapped out a player with the one ( that Drew spotted in a pic. I put on here ) Drew saw and I noticed a difference. My ears are old but there is a FINENESS about the sound. Details stand out!

    I read in a stereo mag. where a reviewer mentioned how only Sony and Pioneer got to use that method for a few years and then they moved on to other chips. The reviewer said he saw NO reason to leave that very fine decoding method at all.

    I feel the music is clearer and more alive thru my Pioneer CD changer with that decoder. ;)
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • dolbyd
    dolbyd Posts: 429
    Tony M wrote: »
    dolbyd wrote: »
    Since I use the office system mostly for 2 channel I decided to see if the old Elite PDF-59 sounded better. Yes it does. I wonder if the Legato Link Conversion feature is part of that.
    It is also nice to load 25 discs at a time.

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    @Clipdat turned me on to that "Legato Link conversion" method on Pioneers and Sony as being a fine decoder. Thanks Drew!

    I never knew. Shortly after Drew opened my knowledge to it, I swapped out a player with the one ( that Drew spotted in a pic. I put on here ) Drew saw and I noticed a difference. My ears are old but there is a FINENESS about the sound. Details stand out!

    I read in a stereo mag. where a reviewer mentioned how only Sony and Pioneer got to use that method for a few years and then they moved on to other chips. The reviewer said he saw NO reason to leave that very fine decoding method at all.

    I feel the music is clearer and more alive thru my Pioneer CD changer with that decoder. ;)

    Tony I agree with all that. I believe that the Legato Link is why I loved all my LD players over the years too.

    The details and the noise floor is a lot better. I found myself pulling disc after disc out today. My LS90s sounded great today.

    2- channel listening is a big part of my winter months.
    I am getting close to upgrading my emotiva X300 amp on that system. Great amp for the money but i have gone down the rabbit hole a little on this lately.
    Right now I am between a new A23+ or the PS Audio Stellar S300.
    Main room- RTiA9 x4, CSiA6, in ceiling Atmos RT-70 x4, SVS PC 4000 x2, Marantz 8805A, OPPO 203, Emotiva DR3 G3, Emotiva XPA-2 G3, Emotiva XPA-5 G3, Emotiva X300, Sony 75" 940E, Panasonic Plasma VT50, PS Audio Power Port X2, PS Audio AC-5 x8, AQ Rocket 33 Biwire speaker cables, AQ King Cobra XLR IC, Furman PFi20 W/Cullen cable, SoildSteel S4-4 rack, GIK room treatments

    Office- L600, in ceiling Polk RC80i, Marantz 7704, OPPO 203, Pioneer Elite PDF-59 CD, PSA Stellar 300, Sony 55" 800B

    Master BR- Signature S60, Signature S35 Center, Signature S15 Dolby Height, LSI700 in ceiling, SVS-SB4000, Marantz 5012, Emotiva XPA5 G2, OPPO 203, Pioneer DVL-919 Laser Disc, Sony 55" OLED

    Patio- SDI Atrium8 x3, Emotiva A-100 amps x3
  • Clipdat
    Clipdat Posts: 9,820
    My Pioneer player looks a lot different and I didn't know it had Legato Link conversion until I read the user manual for it. :)

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  • Willow
    Willow Posts: 10,395
    I lifted the components and cleaned the dust under them. Took sharpie and did some minor touch-ups on my sub.
    TV room- B&W 703, SVS PB10 NSD, Marantz NR1607, Parasound 1500a, Pro-Ject Debut Carbon (Yellow) with Acrylic platter, Pro-Ject phono pre, MIT AVT 2 speaker cables, MIT AVT 1 and AVT 2 ICs, XLO Jumpers, Signal Dig Coax, Signal Cable Magic Power Cables x3, Samsung QN75Q7DR Qled 75" tv, Harmony 1100, Sony BDP-S6200, Marantz DV-4200 (as Transport), Cambridge Audio DAC Magic100, Monster 3600MKII, Nintendo Switch and Xbox 360 Family room Samsung 55JS7000 Android Mi Box3 and Apple TV, Polk Magnifi Max. - Pool /Gazebo Yamaha RX-A1010, Polk Patio 25x4, Rotel RDV 1045 (as CDP) MIT AVT3 ICs - Work - Spotify Premium, Neutron App or Amazon Music to my FiiO Kunlun into my Grado SR125e

  • steveinaz
    steveinaz Posts: 19,418
    I'm doing a trial run of Tidal hi-fi to see if I like it, unfortunately my Oppo Tidal app is a little glitchy sometimes; otherwise seems pretty cool so far...very soon I'll be getting a Bluesound Node 2i for streaming and I suspect it's support of Tidal will be far better.
    Source: Bluesound Node 2i - Preamp/DAC: Benchmark DAC2 DX - Amp: Parasound Halo A21 - Speakers: MartinLogan Motion 60XTi
  • reverb
    reverb Posts: 67
    Today I checked the bias on my Scott 299B. Like always, it was spot-on.

    Tonight I plan on testing a pair of Infinity Infinitesimals I have been rebuilding. Got the last missing piece, the EMIT tweeters, in the mail today!
  • nooshinjohn
    nooshinjohn Posts: 22,982
    That should be in a permanent place of honor....
    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.

    “Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book has been rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered…History has stopped. Nothing exists except the endless present in which the party is always right” — George Orwell

    “If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.”
  • gmcman
    gmcman Posts: 1,627
    edited February 2019
    Replaced my two power supply fuses in the McCormack DNA-1, with a pair of Synergistic blue 1.6A. I had upgraded the single mains fuse last year, made a noticeable improvement in the higher frequencies, this was immediate.

    Been reluctant to change these two but gave it a go.

    Brief history...I have been listening for a few days with a change in the padding resistor, going from a .5 ohm Path Audio to a .56 ohm Path Audio, paired with the 22.5 Duelund. I went with the .56 because with the Duelunds, the highs were just slightly crisp...just enough that it was so close I wanted to see if I went any further on the padding resistor would the treble start to drop off.

    The .56 is right on the cusp but overall quite smooth. However, with the two blue fuses that changes things. The upper midrange and treble are both noticeably cleaner and more detailed, enough that I'm not going to swap the .5 back in for now.

    The .06 is not a big jump at all, but when you're already at .5 ohm, I believe it's more apparent.

    Overall the clarity improved throughout, this time it's not just the treble, noticeably cleaner down to the lower midrange.

    Here's a few gratuitous nudiez.

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  • dromunds
    dromunds Posts: 9,332
    Here’s a couple quite early and rare PS Audio pieces : a phono preamp Model PSIVa - MM or MC - serial number 28. Very respectable sound quality actually that holds its own against the GCPH concerning sound quality. The other is the VK passive pre, havent hooked that up yet. My college roommate bought these new in the 80’s and maybe about that time he also got a Carver cube amp and Alison One speakers. He hasn’t played vinyl in many years so gave me the PS Audio gear last week; he still uses the Alison’s as rear surrounds with Salk fronts and center.

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  • VR3
    VR3 Posts: 24,675
    That should be in a permanent place of honor....

    Possibly... I am sending it off for service to a tech pass recommended. The amp sounds "fine" but when idling the right side runs about 2 to 3 times hotter than the left. Hoping it is just a bias issue, will see.
    - Not Tom

    "No, that's silly talk. Dude, you can't possibly be this audio dumb so quit the act." - Doro
  • halo
    halo Posts: 5,612
    edited February 2019
    Swapped out some IC’s and SC’s yesterday.

    Installed a new table last night.

    Swapped out the included cart on the new table for the Nagaoka MP-110 after carefully aligning it on the ol’ protractor. Huge difference. Sounded very good with the OE cart and the MP-110 took it to a whole different level.
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  • maxward
    maxward Posts: 918
    Received the last of the 10 electrolytic capacitors needed to replace those on the power supply side of the Joule. I soldered leads onto the four that are not sized the same as the original ones. It’s been a long time since I did any careful soldering (Dynakits). Once this is done, I’ll look into those in the signal path.
  • Took out my futon and put in a love seat recliner. Added a tube buffer and moved my speakers around.

    Pretty blissful right now.
    Just a dude doing dude-ly things

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  • audioluvr
    audioluvr Posts: 3,621
    Cambridge Audio 851N Streamer/DAC
    Belles 21A Pre modded with Mundorf Supreme caps
    B&K M200 Sonata monoblocks refreshed and upgraded
    Belles 350A Reference modded with Mundorf Supreme caps
    Polk SDA 1C's modded / 1000Va Dreadnaught
    Wireworld Silver Eclipse IC's and speaker cables


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  • steveinaz
    steveinaz Posts: 19,418
    That's a final tweak I still need to do, once I replace the wall outlet with a high quality unit---then better power cords.
    Source: Bluesound Node 2i - Preamp/DAC: Benchmark DAC2 DX - Amp: Parasound Halo A21 - Speakers: MartinLogan Motion 60XTi