What did you do to your stereo rig today?

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  • verb
    verb Posts: 9,885
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    verb wrote: »
    These arrived last week and have not moved. Crazy couple of weeks at work!

    Delco branded (made by GE) 6SN7 GTB's ) :smile:

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    Nice tubes but what is their zero/sixty time and will they pass 2025 CA emissions?

    Does @Verb have an emissions tester?
    If not -- I do! B)

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    I do! With all that lead solder in it, probably not even allowed in CA! :smile:
    Basement: Polk SDA SRS 1.2tl's, Cary SLP-05 Pre with ultimate upgrade,McIntosh MCD CD/SACD player, Northstar Designs Excelsio DAC, Cambridge 851N streamer, McIntosh MC300 Amp, Silnote Morpheus Ref2, Series2 Digital Cables, Silnote Morpheus Ref2 Series2 XLR's, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, Pangea Power Cables, 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, Antique Sound Labs AV8 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: Dayens Ampino Integrated Amp, 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, Shunyata Hydra 8 Power Conditioner
    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
    Garage: Cambridge Audio 640A Integrated Amp, Project Box-E BT Streamer, Polk Tsi200 Bookies, Douglas Speaker Cables, Shunyata Power Conditioner
  • pitdogg2
    pitdogg2 Posts: 19,047
    Been getting your testing on Dave?
    Interested in your findings.
  • CH46E
    CH46E Posts: 3,324
    edited May 2020
    Tony M wrote: »
    Are those mid and tweeter counts what were in them from Infinity originally?

    Sorry. They are RS1 not rsb.

    No, I think it was 7 ribbon mids and 3 emit tweeters in each. Actuall I think the EMITs were on front and rear so 6 each possibly.

    I cant afford the original parts much less has the experience to build the crossovers for them either.

    There are some affordable dome mids on PE, so I may experiment a little.
  • verb
    verb Posts: 9,885
    pitdogg2 wrote: »
    Been getting your testing on Dave?
    Interested in your findings.

    Hey Ivan. A little, but gotta get back into it. I'm looking for a set of bogey tubes to validate my tester does not need re-calibration.
    Basement: Polk SDA SRS 1.2tl's, Cary SLP-05 Pre with ultimate upgrade,McIntosh MCD CD/SACD player, Northstar Designs Excelsio DAC, Cambridge 851N streamer, McIntosh MC300 Amp, Silnote Morpheus Ref2, Series2 Digital Cables, Silnote Morpheus Ref2 Series2 XLR's, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, Pangea Power Cables, 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, Antique Sound Labs AV8 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: Dayens Ampino Integrated Amp, 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, Shunyata Hydra 8 Power Conditioner
    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
    Garage: Cambridge Audio 640A Integrated Amp, Project Box-E BT Streamer, Polk Tsi200 Bookies, Douglas Speaker Cables, Shunyata Power Conditioner
  • Milito
    Milito Posts: 1,311
    edited May 2020
    Got my Music Hall A70.2 integrated amp set up this afternoon and removed my B&K Reference 4420.

    The Music Hall to me and my wife has a cleaner sound overall. The sound stage seems a wider also and some of the background sounds were more apparent than before. We both heard more detail in the music. I got my replacement tweeters in late this afternoon and haven't replaced them yet, so I'm expecting it to sound even better when I replace those. I also tried out the built in turntable preamp which seemed to sound a little better than the Parasound Zphono USB Phono Preamp I got in December.

    The amp also seems to have plenty of power which was something I was a little worried about going from 225 watts to 125 watts.

    Being fairly new to this hobby I don't know what all of the terms mean as far as describing how a system sounds so excuse the poor review.

    Overall I'm pleased with my purchase, thanks Keith.

    My wife asked me why I needed another amp and I said it would allow me to have less equipment sitting out on the top of the audio cabinet which she hates. Well after she gave me the look after that comment, she knew I was selling her on the idea. I turned my system on and played a few of her favorite songs. I saw her smile a little bit. I asked her if it sounded better to her and she said yes it does and she didn't say a word about getting another amp the rest of the day. We did listen to music the rest of the day.
    Yamaha RX-A2070, Music Hall A70.2 integrated amp, Benchmark Dac1, Bluesound NODE 2i, L600, L400, Douglas Connection Alpha 12AWG OCC Speaker Cables, Douglas Connection Alpha Analog Interconnect Cables, Audioquest Interconnects and Digital Cables, Douglas Connection Alpha 11 OCC Custom Power Cable, Cullen Gold and Crossover Series Power Cables, Signal Power Cable, Furman PL-8C 15 Power Conditioner, Fluance RT85, Parasound Zphono USB Phono Preamp, Sony 65" 900F, Sony UBP-X700, Fios.
  • Milito
    Milito Posts: 1,311
    Well I thought I lost the first post above, that's why there's two. Polk needs to really fix this forum. It wasn't there when I posted the thread above this one.
    Yamaha RX-A2070, Music Hall A70.2 integrated amp, Benchmark Dac1, Bluesound NODE 2i, L600, L400, Douglas Connection Alpha 12AWG OCC Speaker Cables, Douglas Connection Alpha Analog Interconnect Cables, Audioquest Interconnects and Digital Cables, Douglas Connection Alpha 11 OCC Custom Power Cable, Cullen Gold and Crossover Series Power Cables, Signal Power Cable, Furman PL-8C 15 Power Conditioner, Fluance RT85, Parasound Zphono USB Phono Preamp, Sony 65" 900F, Sony UBP-X700, Fios.
  • Viking64
    Viking64 Posts: 5,552
    Milito wrote: »
    Well I thought I lost the first post above, that's why there's two. Polk needs to really fix this forum. It wasn't there when I posted the thread above this one.

    Yeah, that's weird. Yesterday when you posted, there was one of those little yellow "1 new" indicators next to this thread title on the "Recent Discussions" page, plus your name and avatar in the "Most Recent" column.

    When I opened the thread, your post wasn't there. I clicked on the Notifications widget thingy in the upper-right corner under my username and then clicked on the notification for your comment and I got the "This Comment Is Not Available" message (or something similar).
  • butterbean
    butterbean Posts: 332
    This week I tried 2 Bluetooth options on my system. A budget $27 option, and an audio engine B-1 $189. Right now I run my music on my phone through the usb on my marantz cd 6006. And the dac in the marantz substantially improve the sound of Apple Music where it is very pleasing now. I wanted the convenience of Bluetooth. The Besign is apt.X 5.0 ya da ya da , it sounded ok through my older parasound c-2 pre’s Dac. I was disappointed with the audio engine. I had to really turn the volume up to get what I wanted. And it sounded a little weak. I sent them both back and will just use the USB cable as the sound is far superior. Lesson learned lol
  • LoStrings
    LoStrings Posts: 38
    I have been using a 1155 for many years..I especially like the phono stage, dead quiet, and does MM, and MC.
  • Dr_Wu
    Dr_Wu Posts: 240
    Great job cleaning that NAD! Love my C165.

    Based on the always helpful Raife Smith's advice, I just installed (one at a time) a TeraDak linear power supply and split leg USB, to power my DAC and connect it to the computer. Both improved SQ: lower noise, so tighter and more articulate bass, and clarity in vocals.
    Speakers: Wharfedale EVO4.3; Amp: Parasound A21 Halo; Pre: NAD C165BEE; Regenerator: PS Audio PerfectWave Power Plant3; Streamer: Auralic Aries Mini/TeraDak LPS>Chord Qutest DAC/TeraDak LPS; CD: Onkyo C390 changer>Chord Qutest DAC; Phono: AT LP-3/VM540Ml; Cables: Wireworld Silver Eclipse7 speaker, High Fidelity Cables Reveal IC (pre/amp), Wireworld Silver Eclipse8 IC (DAC/pre), Wireworld Silver Starlight digital coax (CD/DAC), AQ Carbon USB (streamer/DAC); Power cables: NRG Custom Cables "The Five" (regenerator; amp; streamer; DAC); Subwoofer: REL T/5i; EQ: Soundcraftsmen RP2212
  • joecoulson
    joecoulson Posts: 4,944
    jdjohn wrote: »
    After a proper cleaning, here is a NAD 1155 pre-amp I am testing.
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    In good company here, it is a very nice-sounding SS pre-amp. Next step is to evaluate the phonostage.

    This NAD 1155 came from my dad's 'collection', and this particular unit was (amongst others) in a semi-outside state of storage. He had a carport that was covered, but still exposed to the elements on the southern-side. It is my first NAD unit to evaluate, and so far I really like its simplicity and sound.

    Love that era of NAD. The Power envelope was something to behold back then IMO.
  • jdjohn
    jdjohn Posts: 2,093
    Today there was suddenly a hum in the phonostage of the NAD1155. After doing some trial-and-error with different phono cables AND coercing the plugs a bit, I narrowed down the problem to the Phono inputs. Continuity in the inputs has been compromised, so this bit has to go.
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    After some testing with a DMM, it seems that the (+) signal inputs are a bit flakey when put under sideways pressure. Those are the wider bands coming directly from the 'Phono' and 'J101' solder points in the pic. I think the actual weakness is inside the black plastic piece, but I'll be replacing that entire part with new RCA jacks and direct wire. Wish me luck!
    "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
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  • joecoulson
    joecoulson Posts: 4,944
    Good luck Jody!!
  • jdjohn
    jdjohn Posts: 2,093
    edited May 2020
    Thanks Joe :) I know I baited that response, but in the end, I actually don't think luck will be the determining factor 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
  • Tony M
    Tony M Posts: 9,837
    I moved my subs that I'll hopefully use in a home theater set-up. I'm installing ceiling boards in the back room and have to move a scaffold all around to do it.
    Here are those subs. I've shown them on here before but that was 2 years ago I think. I also have 15" JBL's and 12" JBL's that go with them. I bought a Church's system right before a Hurricane hit. I had 2 hrs. to go a couple of miles, load them, and get back and unload them and then cover them well. It was a bargain I couldn't let slip through my blessed hands! :D
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    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • Nice! What speakers are you driving with that beast?
  • txcoastal1
    txcoastal1 Posts: 11,743
    Nice! What speakers are you driving with that beast?

    A pair of
    PSB Imagine B...bookshelf speakers
    2-channel: Modwright KWI-200 Integrated, Dynaudio C1-II Signatures
    Desktop rig: LSi7, Polk 110sub, Dayens Ampino amp, W4S DAC/pre, Sonos, JRiver
    Gear on standby: Melody 101 tube pre, Unison Research Simply Italy Integrated
    Gone to new homes: (Matt Polk's)Threshold Stasis SA12e monoblocks, Pass XA30.5 amp, Usher MD2 speakers, Dynaudio C4 platinum speakers, Modwright LS100 (voltz), Simaudio 780D DAC

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  • pitdogg2
    pitdogg2 Posts: 19,047
    txcoastal1 wrote: »
    Nice! What speakers are you driving with that beast?

    A pair of
    PSB Imagine B...bookshelf speakers

    Dude it's like you know me....

    Spooky
  • BlueFox
    BlueFox Posts: 14,632
    NotaSuv wrote: »
    ... but if I was to start again knowing the little that I do I would buy TOTL IC's and cables and then work a system around them

    Exactly. I have said this multiple times. Power, and cables, are the foundation of a good stereo. Get the best cables available, and all your gear will work at its 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.
  • afterburnt
    afterburnt Posts: 7,897
    Took it out of boxes most of it 2 channel could be up and running tonight can't wait to see what it does in the new room.