What did you do to your stereo rig today?

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  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 22,485
    edited March 2019
    I have a phone call into the seller now. The cables do not have factory terminations on them and a sticker or tag that identifies them as being demos. I’m wanting to learn more about the providence of these cables before I install them. If they are legitimate factory cables my plan is to get them over to audio quest and have them re-terminated.

    If they are not factory cables or if the seller cannot confirm the legitimacy of the cables or refuses to let me send them to audio quest for re-termination then I will be requesting a refund.
    Post edited by nooshinjohn on
    The Gear... Carver "Statement" Mono-blocks, TriangleArt Reference SE with Pass Labs Xono Phono Preamp, Walker Precision Motor Drive, ClearAudio Goldfinger Diamond v2 cartridge and Origin Conquerer Mk3c tonearm, Polk Audio "Signature" Reference Series 1.2TL with complete mods, Pass Labs X0.2 three chassis preamp, PS Audio PerfectWave DAC MkII, Krell Evolution 505 SACD Player, Pioneer Elite SC-LX701, Oppo UDP-205 4K Blu-ray player, Sony XBR70x850B 4k, Polk audio AB800 "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.

    “If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.”
  • audioluvraudioluvr Posts: 1,990
    I have a phone call into the seller now. The cables do not have factory terminations on them and a sticker or tag that identifies them as being demos. I’m wanting to learn more about the providence of these cables before I install them. If they are legitimate factory cables my plan is to get them over to audio quest and have them re-terminated.

    If they are not factory cables or if the seller cannot confirm the legitimacy of the cables or refuses to let me send them to audio quest for re-termination then I will be requesting a refund.

    That Sucks! Stuff that should have been revealed prior to sale.
    One foot on audio nirvana and the other in the poor house.
  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 22,485
    I connected them up anyway. They were a pain in the azz to work with. Two sets run together like that made them very stiff. I am not at all ready to say much on them, but I do hear a much larger soundstage and an air around instruments and voices that really makes me think these speakers are approaching the imaging I previously only got from my Magnepan's…


    More to come.
    The Gear... Carver "Statement" Mono-blocks, TriangleArt Reference SE with Pass Labs Xono Phono Preamp, Walker Precision Motor Drive, ClearAudio Goldfinger Diamond v2 cartridge and Origin Conquerer Mk3c tonearm, Polk Audio "Signature" Reference Series 1.2TL with complete mods, Pass Labs X0.2 three chassis preamp, PS Audio PerfectWave DAC MkII, Krell Evolution 505 SACD Player, Pioneer Elite SC-LX701, Oppo UDP-205 4K Blu-ray player, Sony XBR70x850B 4k, Polk audio AB800 "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.

    “If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.”
  • jdjohnjdjohn Posts: 1,311
    VR3 wrote: »
    Installed this bad boy... Really transformed the rig

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    Watch your back, bro...

    "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
  • jdjohnjdjohn Posts: 1,311
    This combo doesn't suck:
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    Rogue Audio Triton
    Eastern Electric MiniMax BBA
    Symphonic Line RG1MK3

    "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
  • audioluvraudioluvr Posts: 1,990
    I connected them up anyway. They were a pain in the azz to work with. Two sets run together like that made them very stiff. I am not at all ready to say much on them, but I do hear a much larger soundstage and an air around instruments and voices that really makes me think these speakers are approaching the imaging I previously only got from my Magnepan's…


    More to come.

    What were you running before?
    One foot on audio nirvana and the other in the poor house.
  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 22,485
    edited March 2019
    audioluvr wrote: »
    I connected them up anyway. They were a pain in the azz to work with. Two sets run together like that made them very stiff. I am not at all ready to say much on them, but I do hear a much larger soundstage and an air around instruments and voices that really makes me think these speakers are approaching the imaging I previously only got from my Magnepan's…


    More to come.

    What were you running before?

    Douglas Connection made by our own @HelipilotDoug. His cables have been in my rig since around the time he opened his doors, and they are superb to say the least. I started using them before I have my tube amps completed, and LONG BEFORE the Pass Labs gear was even a thought.

    The big driver for even having me look elsewhere was wanting to see if I was missing anything or leaving micro-details on the cutting room floor. The gear I have is the very first time I have ventured into stuff that I would consider worthy of something more that what Doug provides.

    I will say this... anyone even remotely looking at cables to improve their rig needs to CALL DOUG @DouglasConnection. https://www.douglasconnection.com/

    His cables offer excellent value and performance that beats most of the cables out there. If you go to BJC, Monoprice, or Kimber's entry to mid level stuff, you owe it to yourself to look into his offerings first.

    Post edited by nooshinjohn on
    The Gear... Carver "Statement" Mono-blocks, TriangleArt Reference SE with Pass Labs Xono Phono Preamp, Walker Precision Motor Drive, ClearAudio Goldfinger Diamond v2 cartridge and Origin Conquerer Mk3c tonearm, Polk Audio "Signature" Reference Series 1.2TL with complete mods, Pass Labs X0.2 three chassis preamp, PS Audio PerfectWave DAC MkII, Krell Evolution 505 SACD Player, Pioneer Elite SC-LX701, Oppo UDP-205 4K Blu-ray player, Sony XBR70x850B 4k, Polk audio AB800 "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.

    “If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.”
  • treitz3treitz3 Posts: 14,307
    edited March 2019
    I did but I instead bought my wife a Tahoe LTZ for Valentine's day this year. With what it would cost for said cables in my rig? I bought her a keeper...and my son loves the DVD player and what seems to be the I-Max head phones (I have heard them....holy chit!) for the back seats.

    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.

    ~ The best way to enjoy digital music reproduction is to never listen to good analogue reproduction ~

    ~ Not all things that can be measured can be heard and not all things heard can be measured ~

    ~ When the law ends, tyranny begins ~
  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 22,485
    I hear ya Tom... I feel lucky with these, provided I can get them terminated properly. I essentially have two pair of eight thousand dollar cables for 1450....
    The Gear... Carver "Statement" Mono-blocks, TriangleArt Reference SE with Pass Labs Xono Phono Preamp, Walker Precision Motor Drive, ClearAudio Goldfinger Diamond v2 cartridge and Origin Conquerer Mk3c tonearm, Polk Audio "Signature" Reference Series 1.2TL with complete mods, Pass Labs X0.2 three chassis preamp, PS Audio PerfectWave DAC MkII, Krell Evolution 505 SACD Player, Pioneer Elite SC-LX701, Oppo UDP-205 4K Blu-ray player, Sony XBR70x850B 4k, Polk audio AB800 "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.

    “If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.”
  • treitz3treitz3 Posts: 14,307
    Would you like a cookie?

    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.

    ~ The best way to enjoy digital music reproduction is to never listen to good analogue reproduction ~

    ~ Not all things that can be measured can be heard and not all things heard can be measured ~

    ~ When the law ends, tyranny begins ~
  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 22,485
    I prefer pie :p
    The Gear... Carver "Statement" Mono-blocks, TriangleArt Reference SE with Pass Labs Xono Phono Preamp, Walker Precision Motor Drive, ClearAudio Goldfinger Diamond v2 cartridge and Origin Conquerer Mk3c tonearm, Polk Audio "Signature" Reference Series 1.2TL with complete mods, Pass Labs X0.2 three chassis preamp, PS Audio PerfectWave DAC MkII, Krell Evolution 505 SACD Player, Pioneer Elite SC-LX701, Oppo UDP-205 4K Blu-ray player, Sony XBR70x850B 4k, Polk audio AB800 "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.

    “If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.”
  • BlueFoxBlueFox Posts: 13,017
    Since it is Thursday night, I turned it on. Should be ready to rock Friday night. Not sure what I will do when I retire in 6 weeks since every night will be Friday night. :)
    Bud - Silicon Valley

    Lumin X1
    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 preamp, 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.
  • halohalo Posts: 5,497
    BlueFox wrote: »
    Since it is Thursday night, I turned it on. Should be ready to rock Friday night. Not sure what I will do when I retire in 6 weeks since every night will be Friday night. :)

    Leave it on all the time ;)
  • BlueFoxBlueFox Posts: 13,017
    Can't afford the electricity, even with solar. In the spring, summer, and fall I need to run the A/C when the amps are on.
    Bud - Silicon Valley

    Lumin X1
    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 preamp, 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.
  • joecoulsonjoecoulson Posts: 4,179
    ^ first world problems there Blue
    Auralic Vega G1/Rega TT/Denon SACD - Parasound P6 - PS Audio M700x2 - Elac Adante AF-61 - AQ Niagara 5000 - SVS SB16u
  • halohalo Posts: 5,497
    I installed a rumble filter from KAB between the Bottlehead phono preamp and the NAD integrated amp. Rumble is GONE and the music sounds fantastic. Thanks for the recommendation @Dawgfish!!
  • Mikey081057Mikey081057 Posts: 7,025
    Ordered a new "piece" today.... should be here Wednesday.
    My New Year's resolution is 3840 × 2160

    Family Room| Marantz AV7704| Usher Dancer Mini - 2 DMD Mains |Usher Dancer Mini-x DMD's Surrounds | Usher BE-616 DMD Center | SVS Ultra Rear Surrounds | Parasound Halo A21 | Parsound Halo A52+ | MIT Shotgun S3's | Dual SVS SB 4000 Ultras | Oppo UDP 203 | Directv Genie HD DVR | Samsung 75" Q8 QLED | PSAudio Stellar GCD | Mytek Brooklyn DAC+ | Lumin U1 Mini | HP Elite Slice PC | ROON'd for life |

    ManCave: HT:Polk LSiM 706VR3 LSiM 703's LSiM 702's|| Marantz AV7002 AV PrePro Sunfire TGA-7401| Sony PS4 Pro| Sony PS4 Pro|SVS PB13 Ultra| Oppo UDP 203 | Music Hall MMF 5.3se TT w/ Soundsmith Carmen | Samsung 55" SUHD TV | Sony PS4

    Patio | Polk Atrium 8's | Yamaha R-N303BL |

    Office BlueSound Node| KEF LS50 | Peactree Nova 125SE |

    Bedroom | Focal 905's | Chromecast Audio |

    Garage | Polk Monitor 5B's

    Closet Yamaha M80 | 2 Polk MP3K subs| Yaqin MC100B with Shuguang Treasures KT 88's & CV181Z's | Tesla E83CC's | Marantz 2252B | Marantz 2385 |Polk SDA SRS 2.3 | LSiM 705's |
  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 22,485
    Today it was confirmed that my new cables are indeed two full sets of Audioquest Meteors in a configuration that would have set the original purchaser back about 15k! :oB):o

    I am thinking this is overkill by a long shot, so I may send them to Audioquest for re-termination as two sets of ten foot bi-wire cables and selling one of the sets to recover my investment.
    The Gear... Carver "Statement" Mono-blocks, TriangleArt Reference SE with Pass Labs Xono Phono Preamp, Walker Precision Motor Drive, ClearAudio Goldfinger Diamond v2 cartridge and Origin Conquerer Mk3c tonearm, Polk Audio "Signature" Reference Series 1.2TL with complete mods, Pass Labs X0.2 three chassis preamp, PS Audio PerfectWave DAC MkII, Krell Evolution 505 SACD Player, Pioneer Elite SC-LX701, Oppo UDP-205 4K Blu-ray player, Sony XBR70x850B 4k, Polk audio AB800 "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.

    “If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.”
  • voltzvoltz Posts: 5,377
    joecoulson wrote: »
    At the recommendation of @voltz I have these on the way to me

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    I have really grown to love these cables! I did replace their connectors with some others as they were not connect very well. Now I use some I you can get from a fellow Polkie named Doug :) of Douglas connections :)

    https://www.douglasconnection.com/Furutech-FT-212-G-Banana-Connectors-FTFT212G.htm

    the ones that came with them where furutech also but didnt fit right in my system
    these are the ones I replaced with the better fFurutech's

    https://www.douglasconnection.com/Furutech-FP-202R-Banana-Plug-Connectors-FTBP202R.htm
    2 ch- Polk CRS+ * Vincent SA-31MK Preamp * Vincent Sp-331 Amp * Marantz SA8005 SACD * Project Xperience Classic TT * Sumiko Blue Point #2 MC cartridge

    HT - Polk 703's * NAD T-758 * Adcom 5503 * Oppo 103 * Samsung 60" series 8 LCD
  • voltzvoltz Posts: 5,377
    If you don't like your Acoustic Zens i promise you can sell them here and if any others don't want them I'd buy them B)
    2 ch- Polk CRS+ * Vincent SA-31MK Preamp * Vincent Sp-331 Amp * Marantz SA8005 SACD * Project Xperience Classic TT * Sumiko Blue Point #2 MC cartridge

    HT - Polk 703's * NAD T-758 * Adcom 5503 * Oppo 103 * Samsung 60" series 8 LCD
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 7,744
    stangman67 wrote: »
    They didn’t tell me much. They recommended a power supply and gain stage upgrade. I did everything they recommended and we will see how it pans out. I originally sent it in to have some hiss looked at and mentioned I’d like to get whatever easy upgrades are available and those 2 are what I ended up with. According to Andy it’s pretty much on par with the 1.3 now

    Nice Zach. I just got my 1.2 extreme back from getting the exact same mods.
  • joecoulsonjoecoulson Posts: 4,179
    voltz wrote: »
    If you don't like your Acoustic Zens i promise you can sell them here and if any others don't want them I'd buy them B)

    Online reviews follow suit to your recommendations. I am confident they will be a large step above the type 4’s I have now.
    Auralic Vega G1/Rega TT/Denon SACD - Parasound P6 - PS Audio M700x2 - Elac Adante AF-61 - AQ Niagara 5000 - SVS SB16u
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 24,907
    re-termination is a funny concept, isn't it? Kind of redundant... ;)

    :sunglasses:
  • Mikey081057Mikey081057 Posts: 7,025
    I painted the silver faceplate on the TeraDak Linear Power Supply.... I shoulda painted the LED too. thing is like a laser beam..

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    My New Year's resolution is 3840 × 2160

    Family Room| Marantz AV7704| Usher Dancer Mini - 2 DMD Mains |Usher Dancer Mini-x DMD's Surrounds | Usher BE-616 DMD Center | SVS Ultra Rear Surrounds | Parasound Halo A21 | Parsound Halo A52+ | MIT Shotgun S3's | Dual SVS SB 4000 Ultras | Oppo UDP 203 | Directv Genie HD DVR | Samsung 75" Q8 QLED | PSAudio Stellar GCD | Mytek Brooklyn DAC+ | Lumin U1 Mini | HP Elite Slice PC | ROON'd for life |

    ManCave: HT:Polk LSiM 706VR3 LSiM 703's LSiM 702's|| Marantz AV7002 AV PrePro Sunfire TGA-7401| Sony PS4 Pro| Sony PS4 Pro|SVS PB13 Ultra| Oppo UDP 203 | Music Hall MMF 5.3se TT w/ Soundsmith Carmen | Samsung 55" SUHD TV | Sony PS4

    Patio | Polk Atrium 8's | Yamaha R-N303BL |

    Office BlueSound Node| KEF LS50 | Peactree Nova 125SE |

    Bedroom | Focal 905's | Chromecast Audio |

    Garage | Polk Monitor 5B's

    Closet Yamaha M80 | 2 Polk MP3K subs| Yaqin MC100B with Shuguang Treasures KT 88's & CV181Z's | Tesla E83CC's | Marantz 2252B | Marantz 2385 |Polk SDA SRS 2.3 | LSiM 705's |
  • Mikey081057Mikey081057 Posts: 7,025
    I painted the silver faceplate on the TeraDak Linear Power Supply.... I shoulda painted the LED too. thing is like a laser beam..

    m8wu5p51aaal.png


    My New Year's resolution is 3840 × 2160

    Family Room| Marantz AV7704| Usher Dancer Mini - 2 DMD Mains |Usher Dancer Mini-x DMD's Surrounds | Usher BE-616 DMD Center | SVS Ultra Rear Surrounds | Parasound Halo A21 | Parsound Halo A52+ | MIT Shotgun S3's | Dual SVS SB 4000 Ultras | Oppo UDP 203 | Directv Genie HD DVR | Samsung 75" Q8 QLED | PSAudio Stellar GCD | Mytek Brooklyn DAC+ | Lumin U1 Mini | HP Elite Slice PC | ROON'd for life |

    ManCave: HT:Polk LSiM 706VR3 LSiM 703's LSiM 702's|| Marantz AV7002 AV PrePro Sunfire TGA-7401| Sony PS4 Pro| Sony PS4 Pro|SVS PB13 Ultra| Oppo UDP 203 | Music Hall MMF 5.3se TT w/ Soundsmith Carmen | Samsung 55" SUHD TV | Sony PS4

    Patio | Polk Atrium 8's | Yamaha R-N303BL |

    Office BlueSound Node| KEF LS50 | Peactree Nova 125SE |

    Bedroom | Focal 905's | Chromecast Audio |

    Garage | Polk Monitor 5B's

    Closet Yamaha M80 | 2 Polk MP3K subs| Yaqin MC100B with Shuguang Treasures KT 88's & CV181Z's | Tesla E83CC's | Marantz 2252B | Marantz 2385 |Polk SDA SRS 2.3 | LSiM 705's |
  • verbverb Posts: 9,935
    This is one of my favorite threads! I love to see you all modding, tweaking, repairing your rigs! Or just simply enjoying em! And, it gives me plenty of ideas! :smile:
    Basement: Polk SDA SRS,Cary SLP-05 Pre,Enlightened Audio Designs CD Transport,Northstar Designs Excelsio DAC,Cambridge 851N streamer,Marantz SA-14 SACD,McIntosh MC300 Amp,Silnote Morpheus Ref2 Digital Cable,Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner,Pangea Power Cables,Wireworld Oasis 8 RCA IC's,MIT Shotgun S3 IC's,MIT Shotgun S1 Bi-Wire speaker cables
    Office: PC,EAR Acute CD Player,EAR 834L Pre,Northstar Designs Intenso DAC,PASS ACA Monoblocks,Denon UDR-F10 Cassette,Acoustic Technologies Classic FR Speakers,SVS SB12 Plus sub,MIT AVt2 speaker cables,IFI Purifier2,AQ Cinnamon USB cable,Groneberg Quatro Reference IC's
    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
    Living Room: Peachtree Nova Integrated,Cambridge CXN v2 Streamer,Rotel RCD-1072 CD player,Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner,Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers,Polk DSW Pro 660wi sub
  • treitz3treitz3 Posts: 14,307
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    re-termination is a funny concept, isn't it? Kind of redundant... ;)

    :sunglasses:
    Irregardless of what other people think. I agree. *said with intense sarcasm*

    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.

    ~ The best way to enjoy digital music reproduction is to never listen to good analogue reproduction ~

    ~ Not all things that can be measured can be heard and not all things heard can be measured ~

    ~ When the law ends, tyranny begins ~
  • BlueFoxBlueFox Posts: 13,017
    I painted the silver faceplate on the TeraDak Linear Power Supply.... I shoulda painted the LED too. thing is like a laser beam..

    m8wu5p51aaal.png


    I put a small piece of black electrical tape over them. Use a pin to put a small hole in the tape, and that will provide all the light you need.

    Bud - Silicon Valley

    Lumin X1
    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 preamp, 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.
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 24,907
    treitz3 wrote: »
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    re-termination is a funny concept, isn't it? Kind of redundant... ;)

    :sunglasses:
    Irregardless of what other people think. I agree. *said with intense sarcasm*

    Tom
    well played, sir, well played.
    Somewhere, a pug is apoplectic.

    B)

  • joecoulsonjoecoulson Posts: 4,179
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    Replaced the older Marantz with this new fella. Older one was shutting down on me when cranked. New one has some pretty cool features and it makes my zone 2 patio rig work flawlessly with the Marantz app. Plus this handles the hdmi mess and just a single AQ Carbon going to the TV
    Auralic Vega G1/Rega TT/Denon SACD - Parasound P6 - PS Audio M700x2 - Elac Adante AF-61 - AQ Niagara 5000 - SVS SB16u
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