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  • marvda1
    marvda1 Posts: 4,891
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    Hope you bought some spares. :)
    Amplifiers: Norma IPA 140, MasterSound Compact 845, Ayre v6xe, Consonance Cyber 800
    Preamp: deHavilland Ultraverve 3
    Dac: Sonnet Morpheus 2, Musical Paradise mp-d2 mkIII
    Transport: Jay's Audio CDT2 mk2, Lumin U1 mini
    Speakers: Rosso Fiorentino Volterra II
    Speaker Cables: Crystal Clear Magnum Opus 2, Organic Audio Organic Reference 2
    Interconnects: Crystal Clear Magnum Opus 2, Argento Organic Reference 2, Argento Organic 2
    Power Cables: Argento Organic Reference, Synergistic Research Foundation 10 and 12 ga.
    Digital cables: Crystal Clear Magnum Opus 2 bnc, Tellurium Q aes, Silnote Audio Poseidon Signature 2 bnc
    Puritan PSM156
  • Clipdat
    Clipdat Posts: 12,782
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    "Replacement AA62B tubes cost $900 each, and are rated to last 5000 hours, but have been known to last much longer than that."
  • Wardsweb
    Wardsweb Posts: 924
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    marvda1 wrote: »
    Hope you bought some spares. :)

    Amp came with an extra pair.
  • newbie308
    newbie308 Posts: 721
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    I ordered a couple of power cables to try with my amplifier. The audioquest Blizzard, and a vintage KCI Fireball. I will be comparing these to the Pangea AC9 that I have been using for the last year.

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    Sources: Technics SL1200MKII | SME3009 Tonearm | Monster Alpha 1 MC cartridge | Oppo UDP203 disk player | Nikko NT-790 analog tuner | Musical Fidelity Trivista 21 DAC | Preamp: Threshold SL-10 | Amplifier: Threshold Stasis 2 | Speakers: Snell Acoustics C/V | Kimber 12-TC bi wire speakers | Analysis plus Oval 1 preamp to amp | Wireworld Eclipse 7 DAC to Preamp | Wireworld eclipse digital IC Oppo to DAC | Audioquest Quartz tuner to preamp |
  • nooshinjohn
    nooshinjohn Posts: 25,260
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    I pulled the Mcintosh C2300 from the rig and did some deep cleaning of the insides and replaced the side panels that were chipped up and scratched by previous ownership. Now that all the dust, fingerprints and the new side panels are installed, it is indistinguishable from new.
    The Gear... Carver "Statement" Mono-blocks, Mcintosh C2300 Arcam AVR20, Oppo UDP-203 4K Blu-ray player, Sony XBR70x850B 4k, Polk Audio Legend L800 with height modules, L400 Center Channel Polk audio AB800 "in-wall" surrounds. Marantz MM7025 stereo amp. Simaudio Moon 680d DSD

    “When once a Republic is corrupted, there is no possibility of remedying any of the growing evils but by removing the corruption and restoring its lost principles; every other correction is either useless or a new evil.”— Thomas Jefferson
  • treitz3
    treitz3 Posts: 18,671
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    Might want to clean the contacts on the KCI Fireball....

    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. ~
  • treitz3
    treitz3 Posts: 18,671
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    So, I got in a couple of days ago a product from Veri Fi called the "Snubway". The results so far have been interesting. I just swapped locations, after it being plugged into the same circuit for 2 days upstream in the circuit. I just moved it into the audio room to see if there is any other change.

    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. ~
  • newbie308
    newbie308 Posts: 721
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    I did clean it. The Fireball cable is heavily shielded with an overall copper braid. It completely hollowed out the midrange, gave the high frequency a nice sparkle, and emphasized the bass slightly. It wasn't bad, but it's not the sound I'm going for. It would probably be a good cable for a tube amplifier. I'm trying it on my subwoofer now. The AQ Blizzard is by far the most balanced sounding power cable, within my budget, that I have heard on this amplifier. The soundstage is a little wider a lot taller, and I can pinpoint instruments more precisely. I'm really enjoying what I'm hearing! The top end is just ever so slightly grainy.
    Sources: Technics SL1200MKII | SME3009 Tonearm | Monster Alpha 1 MC cartridge | Oppo UDP203 disk player | Nikko NT-790 analog tuner | Musical Fidelity Trivista 21 DAC | Preamp: Threshold SL-10 | Amplifier: Threshold Stasis 2 | Speakers: Snell Acoustics C/V | Kimber 12-TC bi wire speakers | Analysis plus Oval 1 preamp to amp | Wireworld Eclipse 7 DAC to Preamp | Wireworld eclipse digital IC Oppo to DAC | Audioquest Quartz tuner to preamp |
  • treitz3
    treitz3 Posts: 18,671
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    If you just cleaned it? It's gonna have a "characteristic" for a couple of days. FYI.

    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. ~
  • treitz3
    treitz3 Posts: 18,671
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    treitz3 wrote: »
    So, I got in a couple of days ago a product from Veri Fi called the "Snubway". The results so far have been interesting. I just swapped locations, after it being plugged into the same circuit for 2 days upstream in the circuit. I just moved it into the audio room to see if there is any other change.

    Tom

    Expect a post and review on this one. I'm not very impressed with many things in a snake oil versed audio world but I have been sursprised at this relatively inexpensive unit.

    Key words - more in the music, not in the reproduction. Tommy like.

    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. ~
  • maxward
    maxward Posts: 1,556
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    There is a review by Tom Gibbs of Positive Feedback (positive-feedback.com) of the Snubway. Tom has also reviewed other Vera Fi products. Based on his review, I’m tempted.
  • treitz3
    treitz3 Posts: 18,671
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    Damn. I just read that review and many of his points (most of them, actually) mimic my personal observations thus far.

    Now to change up some chit!

    I love this hobby!!!!

    'Till the next episode....

    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. ~
  • treitz3
    treitz3 Posts: 18,671
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    Keep in mind, I already have 5 Puron's on the same circuit, along with other devices to thwart noise. This one?

    I don't know if it was a cumulative effect or the icing on the cake but as mentioned? Tommy like. The end result as to what hits your ears is awesome.

    When I do the things that I am planning on? I'll be able to hear the vinyl rig as well. Looking forward to that!

    I appreciate your mentioning that review. Thanks.

    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. ~
  • newbie308
    newbie308 Posts: 721
    edited June 27
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    I finally picked up an amplifier stand for the Threshold Stasis2. This is an Adona stand with an add on shelf for future possibilities.

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    Sources: Technics SL1200MKII | SME3009 Tonearm | Monster Alpha 1 MC cartridge | Oppo UDP203 disk player | Nikko NT-790 analog tuner | Musical Fidelity Trivista 21 DAC | Preamp: Threshold SL-10 | Amplifier: Threshold Stasis 2 | Speakers: Snell Acoustics C/V | Kimber 12-TC bi wire speakers | Analysis plus Oval 1 preamp to amp | Wireworld Eclipse 7 DAC to Preamp | Wireworld eclipse digital IC Oppo to DAC | Audioquest Quartz tuner to preamp |
  • VR3
    VR3 Posts: 28,317
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    Jeebus
    - Not Tom ::::::: Any system can play Diana Krall. Only the best can play Limp Bizkit.
  • bcwsrt
    bcwsrt Posts: 1,760
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    Holy crap, dude! Saweet! 👍

    Brian

    One-owner Polk Audio RTA 15TL speakers refreshed w/ Sonicap, Vishay/Mills and Cardas components by "pitdogg2," "xschop" billet tweeter plates and BH5 | Stereo REL Acoustics T/5x subwoofers w/ Bassline Blue cables | Rogue Audio Cronus Magnum III integrated tube amp | Technics SL-1210G turntable w/ Ortofon 2M Black LVB 250 MM cart | Sony CDP-508ESD CD player (as a transport) | LampizatOr Baltic 4 tube DAC | Nordost & DH Labs cables/interconnects | APC H15 Power Conditioner | GIK Acoustics room treatments | Degritter RCM
  • jdjohn
    jdjohn Posts: 3,066
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    Noice!!!
    "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
  • Tony M
    Tony M Posts: 11,085
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    NICE!
    B)
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • motorstereo
    motorstereo Posts: 2,079
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    I spent the 10 seconds necessary to switch power supplies on my Fosi class d amp. The smaller 32 volt ps keeps the Fosi at room temp while the 48 volt unit causes it to run warm on it's 4ohm load.
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  • WilliamM2
    WilliamM2 Posts: 4,764
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    newbie308 wrote: »
    I finally picked up an amplifier stand for the Threshold Stasis2. This is an Adona stand with an add on shelf for future possibilities.

    No offense, but isn't that amp facing the wrong direction? Sideways.

  • newbie308
    newbie308 Posts: 721
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    Interesting! Is there any change in sq with the bigger power supply?
    Sources: Technics SL1200MKII | SME3009 Tonearm | Monster Alpha 1 MC cartridge | Oppo UDP203 disk player | Nikko NT-790 analog tuner | Musical Fidelity Trivista 21 DAC | Preamp: Threshold SL-10 | Amplifier: Threshold Stasis 2 | Speakers: Snell Acoustics C/V | Kimber 12-TC bi wire speakers | Analysis plus Oval 1 preamp to amp | Wireworld Eclipse 7 DAC to Preamp | Wireworld eclipse digital IC Oppo to DAC | Audioquest Quartz tuner to preamp |
  • newbie308
    newbie308 Posts: 721
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    @WilliamM2 Yes it is. My room is too cramped to put the amplifier in its ideal location and proper orientation, unfortunately. These are the woes of living in a 300 year old 900 square foot living space house...
    Sources: Technics SL1200MKII | SME3009 Tonearm | Monster Alpha 1 MC cartridge | Oppo UDP203 disk player | Nikko NT-790 analog tuner | Musical Fidelity Trivista 21 DAC | Preamp: Threshold SL-10 | Amplifier: Threshold Stasis 2 | Speakers: Snell Acoustics C/V | Kimber 12-TC bi wire speakers | Analysis plus Oval 1 preamp to amp | Wireworld Eclipse 7 DAC to Preamp | Wireworld eclipse digital IC Oppo to DAC | Audioquest Quartz tuner to preamp |
  • motorstereo
    motorstereo Posts: 2,079
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    newbie308 wrote: »
    Interesting! Is there any change in sq with the bigger power supply?

    I was hoping to hear one but if there is any change I can't hear it. In addition to less heat the smaller ps also gives a more linear control to the volume knob which is helpful.
  • treitz3
    treitz3 Posts: 18,671
    edited June 29
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    newbie308 wrote: »
    I finally picked up an amplifier stand for the Threshold Stasis2. This is an Adona stand with an add on shelf for future possibilities.

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    Curiosity is getting the better of me, based upon my experience with isolation/racks. Did you hear a difference in your playback when this was installed?

    Oh, may manners.....congratulations! That thing is STOUT.

    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. ~
  • newbie308
    newbie308 Posts: 721
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    @treitz3 ,
    I found that amp stand on a FB Marketplace listing at a price that I couldn't pass up. Like 10% of new retail. It is heavy! I think the leg tubes are filled with sand. The shelves were missing, so I purchased a couple cutting boards until I can get some granite shelves cut.

    In regards to audible changes, the change was subtle. I didn't notice a increase in frequency range, sound stage or anything like that, but I did notice a change (increase) in dynamics. Like the amplifier needed less effort to do what it does. I attribute that to better air convection and maybe a little less capacitive coupling to the carpeted floor. It's nearly impossible to do an A to B comparison, so maybe there was a slight tonal change, but this amplifier is 110 pounds, the stand is at least 30 pounds, and I'm not moving it again to find out.

    Dan
    Sources: Technics SL1200MKII | SME3009 Tonearm | Monster Alpha 1 MC cartridge | Oppo UDP203 disk player | Nikko NT-790 analog tuner | Musical Fidelity Trivista 21 DAC | Preamp: Threshold SL-10 | Amplifier: Threshold Stasis 2 | Speakers: Snell Acoustics C/V | Kimber 12-TC bi wire speakers | Analysis plus Oval 1 preamp to amp | Wireworld Eclipse 7 DAC to Preamp | Wireworld eclipse digital IC Oppo to DAC | Audioquest Quartz tuner to preamp |
  • treitz3
    treitz3 Posts: 18,671
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    Awesome. It's things like this that make up a cumulative effort to the end result as to what hits your ears.

    I noticed the same thing with mine (although it only held a DAC).

    Congratulations!

    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. ~
  • pitdogg2
    pitdogg2 Posts: 24,937
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    Personally I'd rethink the granite. I would not have believed it until I heard it with my own ears. We think of rock as being an inert solid that can make no sound. Well I was proved wrong when I heard a granite slab ring like a church bell. The different silica and metal oxides within it can not only make sound, it can also be tuned by shape and size, it's crazy.
  • treitz3
    treitz3 Posts: 18,671
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    Hard surfaces tend to have a distinct cold sound, as to where wood has a warmer sound. FYI.

    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. ~
  • GlennDog
    GlennDog Posts: 3,112
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    Wardsweb wrote: »
    Upped my SET amp game with this Ayon Crossfire III.

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    sexy Beast . . . FO SHO . . . quick writeup would be enjoyed B)
    AC Regenerator PS Audio PerfectWave Power Plant 10
    Source Lumin U1 Mini into Lampizator Baltic 4 DAC
    Pre Cary SLP-05
    Power Rogue M180 Dark monos
    Mains Salk HT2-TL
    Rythmik F12
  • Wardsweb
    Wardsweb Posts: 924
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    GlennDog wrote: »
    sexy Beast . . . FO SHO . . . quick writeup would be enjoyed B)

    For an in-depth review, check out Vade Forrester's for Absolute Sound: https://www.theabsolutesound.com/articles/ayon-audio-crossfire-iii-pa-power-amplifier/

    My experience has been one of those OMG moments. Yes it is a bit flashy but it backs up the bling with real substance. The build quality is top shelf and the auto biasing makes living with it very easy. My system has been raised several levels. It is like when you hear music coming from another room and it sounds nice. Then when you walk into that room, the music opens up and you are in it. There is incredible detail and depth. Add to that, real dynamic bass. I never knew my speakers could sound like this. Bass with punch from a SET amp. I am loving it.

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