What did you do to your stereo rig today?

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  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 22,003
    What speakers? Appears to be an open baffle design.
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  • Tony MTony M Posts: 8,656
    It took my wife a year+ to notice my "new to me" huge Golden Ear Triton Ones.

    BUT SHE DID FINALLY NOTICE THEM. ;):D
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • Tony MTony M Posts: 8,656
    verb wrote: »
    Willow wrote: »
    I did it again, I pulled them away from the back wall. I do this every once in a while so that my wife doesn't notice.

    Lol! The Mrs hasn't really noticed I have 2 Mc300's in the basement! Shhhh! :)

    One day she'll ask you, "Is that amplifier with the big blue meters multiplying?" :o

    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 24,611
    steveinaz wrote: »
    I am finally setting up my shop rig, ordered a pair of Elac Debut B5.2's to go with my vintage Pioneer SX-780. Speakers should be here Wednesday. I'll post some pics when it's connected up.

    Will be interesting to see what you think of them (with that ol' STK-module-era Pioneer or other drivin' power). Also I will be interested to know what you put 'em on and how you have them arranged in the listening space.

    I've been listening to the 6.2s for quite a while, on and off, and I am still on the fence about them.
  • WardswebWardsweb Posts: 858
    What speakers? Appears to be an open baffle design.

    Those are Quad 2905 electrostatic speakers.
    Living room: Clearaudio Champion II turntable, EAR 834P phono pre, Auralic Altair DAC/server, PS Audio Quintessence power, DIY 6H30 Class A Linestage, ASL AQ1006 845 DT MKII mono block amplifers, DIY Altec/JBL speakers, DIY Baltic birch rack
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  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 15,634
    Tony M wrote: »
    It took my wife a year+ to notice my "new to me" huge Golden Ear Triton Ones.

    BUT SHE DID FINALLY NOTICE THEM. ;):D

    Yet you still haven't noticed she one upped you and bought 3 of something for your 1 ;)
  • maxwardmaxward Posts: 488
    Those Quads look great. End game speakers for people who listen at sane volume levels.
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  • 55LS7055LS70 Posts: 184
    tonyb wrote: »
    55LS70 wrote: »
    Just hooked up my new Decware CSP3 preamp and breaking it in.5dfvnb3ciuzx.jpg

    You got some nice gear on that rack bro, congrats.

    Thanks Tony, I appreciate that. I got about 20 hours on the preamp and it seems to be breaking in nicely.
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  • steveinazsteveinaz Posts: 19,179
    edited November 2019
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    steveinaz wrote: »
    I am finally setting up my shop rig, ordered a pair of Elac Debut B5.2's to go with my vintage Pioneer SX-780. Speakers should be here Wednesday. I'll post some pics when it's connected up.

    Will be interesting to see what you think of them (with that ol' STK-module-era Pioneer or other drivin' power). Also I will be interested to know what you put 'em on and how you have them arranged in the listening space.

    I've been listening to the 6.2s for quite a while, on and off, and I am still on the fence about them.

    Placement won’t be optimal. They’re actually going on top of my gun safe, on either side of the receiver. I may wall mount them later, to spread them out a bit. I had the sx-780 in a Huge shop before driving some Energy C-9 towers, and it impressed.j
    Source: Bluesound Node 2i - Preamp/DAC: Benchmark DAC2 DX - Amplifier: Parasound Halo A21 - Speakers: PSB Imagine T2
  • steveinazsteveinaz Posts: 19,179
    Yep I still have 4 of those.
    Source: Bluesound Node 2i - Preamp/DAC: Benchmark DAC2 DX - Amplifier: Parasound Halo A21 - Speakers: PSB Imagine T2
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 24,611
    us, too. :p
    Wedding present, if memory serves.
    Very '80s -- the ones we have.
    I mean, I grew up with the early 60s style TV tables (all metal, aluminum, perhaps) -- just made to be graced with a Swanson TV Dinner. :|

    OK, I'll stop now.
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 7,597
    Very nice, Mike. Looking forward to your thoughts on it after you've spent some more time with it.

    What digital sources will you be feeding it?
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  • ZLTFULZLTFUL Posts: 5,234
    In an attempt to up my Digital Game, I rolled in a Lampizator Amber 3 DAC this morning. Right outta the box, this thing is going to far exceed my expectations.

    ore4nyremvzj.jpg

    Lookin' good, Mike!
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  • ThortonThorton Posts: 1,255
    In an attempt to up my Digital Game, I rolled in a Lampizator Amber 3 DAC this morning. Right outta the box, this thing is going to far exceed my expectations.

    ore4nyremvzj.jpg

    Very nice pick-up. What did you have before that?
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  • Mike ReeterMike Reeter Posts: 3,727
    Clipdat wrote: »
    Very nice, Mike. Looking forward to your thoughts on it after you've spent some more time with it.

    What digital sources will you be feeding it?

    Drew, at present all I really have an OPPO 203 feeding it via Dig RCA Coax. The DAC has a USB Input that offers the best resolution, so I'll be looking for a Streamer with USB Output one day. No current laptops to hookup, although I can play some files via the OPPO.


    Thorton wrote: »
    In an attempt to up my Digital Game, I rolled in a Lampizator Amber 3 DAC this morning. Right outta the box, this thing is going to far exceed my expectations.

    ore4nyremvzj.jpg

    Very nice pick-up. What did you have before that?

    Former DAC was a PS Audio NuWave DSD, a good little DAC but I wanted something with some tubes in it ;)

    SDA SRS 2.3TL's/SDA SRS 3.1TL's/SDA CRS+4.1TL's and some other stuff
  • GardenstaterGardenstater Posts: 440
    edited November 2019
    I substituted an iPurifier 3 for an older iPurifier 1, plugged into the USB input of my iFi nano idsd DAC and oh what an incredible difference. Everything is so much clearer and more musical, but the most obvious was the clarity of vocals and the smoothness and extended decay of instruments. Didn't get rid of my packet noise (small peaks at 8kHz and 16kHz), and I'm beginning to wonder if they are being generated in the DAC itself. I'm pretty pleased especially since iFi sent me this, along with an iSilencer for free, in response to a support ticket I opened with them. Here's what the packet noise looks like, and it is definitely worse when the browser has lots of tabs open and my Lenovo Y900 desktop is busy doing lots of things (see attachment). I haven't done a test yet with the iPurifier 3, but I can still hear it. If it's better though then maybe it isn't all coming from within the DAC. We'll see.
    George / NJ

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    Martin Logan Dynamo sub
    Crown D150 amp
    iFi nano iDSD DAC
    iPurifier3
    iDefender w/ iPower PS
    iFi Mercury 0.5m OFHC continuous cast copper USB cable
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  • GardenstaterGardenstater Posts: 440
    edited November 2019
    Packet noise probably isn't any better with the iPurifier 3, although I believe the other noise is a bit lower, compared to the iPurifier 1. The sound quality is so much better I'm still pretty happy with this change! See attachments.
    George / NJ

    Polk 7B main speakers (1979, orig owner)
    Martin Logan Dynamo sub
    Crown D150 amp
    iFi nano iDSD DAC
    iPurifier3
    iDefender w/ iPower PS
    iFi Mercury 0.5m OFHC continuous cast copper USB cable
    Custom Ribbon Speaker Cables, 5ft long, 4N Copper, 14 gauge, ultra low inductance
    Custom Vibration Isolation Speaker Stands and Sub Platform
  • GlennDogGlennDog Posts: 2,176
    edited November 2019
    In an attempt to up my Digital Game, I rolled in a Lampizator Amber 3 DAC this morning. Right outta the box, this thing is going to far exceed my expectations.


    You upped your digital game all right! Nice score . . . and ditto what Skip said
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  • halohalo Posts: 5,443
    In an attempt to up my Digital Game, I rolled in a Lampizator Amber 3 DAC this morning. Right outta the box, this thing is going to far exceed my expectations.

    ore4nyremvzj.jpg

    Where's the WOW button?!?
  • NightfallNightfall Posts: 8,851
    @mhardy6647 check out Skylan stands. You can mass load the vertical square part with whatever you want.
    afterburnt wrote: »
    They didn't speak a word of English, they were from South Carolina.

    Village Idiot of Club Polk
  • Mike ReeterMike Reeter Posts: 3,727
    halo wrote: »
    In an attempt to up my Digital Game, I rolled in a Lampizator Amber 3 DAC this morning. Right outta the box, this thing is going to far exceed my expectations.

    ore4nyremvzj.jpg

    Where's the WOW button?!?

    It's the O in Lampizator :D

    SDA SRS 2.3TL's/SDA SRS 3.1TL's/SDA CRS+4.1TL's and some other stuff
  • joecoulsonjoecoulson Posts: 4,114
    Mike - your setup is so clean
    I love it.

    Can you show us the whole front view - I love the acoustic treatments and how you have decorated. Kudos!
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  • NightfallNightfall Posts: 8,851
    Great looking room. Man I can't wait to live by myself again. Or at least with cleaner room mates.
    afterburnt wrote: »
    They didn't speak a word of English, they were from South Carolina.

    Village Idiot of Club Polk
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 24,611
    Today, I unhooked the dump find hifi I've been listenin' to lately & brought the big-boy person hifi back on line.
  • NightfallNightfall Posts: 8,851
    What was missing from the PSAudio for you?
    afterburnt wrote: »
    They didn't speak a word of English, they were from South Carolina.

    Village Idiot of Club Polk
  • Gerres26Gerres26 Posts: 572
    joecoulson wrote: »
    Mike - your setup is so clean
    I love it.

    Can you show us the whole front view - I love the acoustic treatments and how you have decorated. Kudos!

    Thank you, I spend a lot of time there. The pic is pretty much from the Sweet Spot.

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    This really is one of my favorite setups on this site. Mike, I hope you don’t get mad when I finish my basement and post pics of my new listening room and it just happens to look just like yours lol.
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