What was the best system you've every had ?

I'm not talking moneywise, as I'm not a rich man, I mean what system did you own that you thought was the finest sounding ?
Every once in awhile the stars seem to align and I'd come up with a system that shouldn't sound as good as it did.
My favorite and where I should've stopped at, was a Harman Kardon 730 Twin reciver, hooked to a pair of Polk Monitor 5's for the mains.
The rear channel went to and old Dahlquist D10 sub, that was powered by an external Velodyne amp plate, that I built into a box.
I then ran the rear speakers (Monitor 5 Jrs) off of the sub's amp.
This system, though it sounds like it came from the Goodwill store, was probably the best sound I've owned.
My buddy, who has a 6 figure income and at least 4 seperate awesome rigs dropped his jaw the first time he came over and listened to it.
He never lets me forget that I should have kept that one. (heh heh)
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  • mlistens03mlistens03 Posts: 2,631
    edited October 9
    Best sounding system... My current one. KEF Q150s, NAD 1155 preamp (and matching 4155 tuner), NAD C352 integrated (preamp bypassed), Marantz CD6004, Technics SL3200 with an Audio Technica VM-95S/H, I think. :)

    I would love to hear the Boston Acoustics VR2s I used to have on this gear, because they were great. I wonder how they'd compare. :)
    Not Tom or Trey or Jim just Micah
    KEF Q150s, NAD 1155 preamp and 4155 tuner courtesy of DaddyJT, NAD C352 playing power amp, BJC Belden cables, Technics SL3200, Marantz CD6004 courtesy of Clipdat, Salamander Archetype rack, Millenium Falcon :)
    I've always thought the goal of high-end audio was not to have your neighbors bang on the wall and say, 'Turn that darn music down' but to have your neighbors bang on the wall and say, 'Tell your friends to go home and you can practice later this week'.

    Resident Child of Club Polk
  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 21,298
    See my signature below...
    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, Pioneer Elite SC-LX701, Oppo UDP-205 4K Blu-ray player, Sony XBR70x850B 4k, Polk audio AB700/800 "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.”
  • Polkaguy58Polkaguy58 Posts: 310
    I heard that the pink ones had better bass.............
  • Polkaguy58Polkaguy58 Posts: 310
    Yow ! That's a pretty scary thought !
  • Tony MTony M Posts: 8,299
    mlistens03 wrote: »
    Best sounding system... My current one. KEF Q150s, NAD 1155 preamp (and matching 4155 tuner), NAD C352 integrated (preamp bypassed), Marantz CD6004, Technics SL3200 with an Audio Technica VM-95S/H, I think. :)

    I would love to hear the Boston Acoustics VR2s I used to have on this gear, because they were great. I wonder how they'd compare. :)

    :)
    My 80 year-young friend JUST bought a set of those Boston VR2's for 60.00 from a restore 3 days ago.
    ( It was a "habitat for humanity" store previously. They just changed the name on 2 stores around here a couple of years ago or more for some reason)

    HE LOVES THEIR SOUND! He uses an old Pioneer Elite receiver and Elite CD players or a Sony ES CD player. :) B)
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • WardswebWardsweb Posts: 815
    Like many here, my present system is the best. It is the result of years of improvements.
    Living room:Maplenoll turntable, Clearaudio Champion II turntable, Sonic Euphoria pre, EAR 834P phono pre, Shanling CD-T1500 sacd, Auralic Altair DAC/server, PS Audio Quintessence power, ASL AQ1006 845 DT MKII mono block amplifers, DIY Altec/JBL speakers
    Sun room: Roksan Radius 5 turntable, Lounge phono pre, DIY Class A 6H30 linestage, DIY 2A3 amp, Krell CDP, JBL C50 Olympus speakers with custom Smith horns, Klipsch Cornwall III
    Den: Onkyo TX-NR929 receiver, Oppo BDP-103 player, Panamax M5400-PM power, SST Ampzilla 2000 mono blocks, Behringer EP 4000 sub amp, Electrovoice DX-38 active, Klipsch Jubilee speakers, Martin Logan Cinema center, JBL SAT2 surrounds, Danley DTS-10 sub
  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 14,291
    Present system

    Aragon 4004mkii
    Adcom 565 pre
    Yaqin CD3 6sn7 tube buffer
    Pioneer PD09 SACD player
    Oppo 205 uni-player
    Polk 2.3tl with all upgrades with 1000va torrid

    stand by amp Adcom 5802

    Yes it is sublime
  • joecoulsonjoecoulson Posts: 3,428
    See my signature below...

    Ditto.
    Auralic Vega G1/Rega TT/Denon SACD - PS Audio SGC - PS Audio M700x2 - Elac Adante AF-61
  • CH46ECH46E Posts: 1,197
    I love my RTA12B pushed with a refurbed Carver TFM45. Could not be happier with this combo. There are other components in the set that could use an upgrade. Loke a DAC and better pre amp than my Yamaha Aventage HTR.
  • BlueFoxBlueFox Posts: 12,027
    My current system. Expensive, but worth it. See the sig.
    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.
  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 21,298
    BlueFox wrote: »
    My current system. Expensive, but worth it. See the sig.

    Seeing as though you can't use it without electricity, you may as well send it to me. ;) :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, Pioneer Elite SC-LX701, Oppo UDP-205 4K Blu-ray player, Sony XBR70x850B 4k, Polk audio AB700/800 "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.”
  • rpf65rpf65 Posts: 2,053
    Back in the 80’s had this Aiwa boom box. Might have had 50 or so cassettes, but we were also in the middle of deployment, and after 87 days floating around, those tapes were well used.

    Anyway, we pulled into FM reception range of Perth Australia, and the first song I stopped on was Van Halen’s “Panama”. That had to be the best sound I have ever heard.

    So I’ll go with that 80’s Aiwa boom box, model number long forgotten.
  • codycatalistcodycatalist Posts: 2,522
    While my SDA2B, Adcom GFA545 and Denon PRA1200 is technically my best sounding system, I miss the days I wasn’t so analytical.

    The 5Bs with my 80s Marantz junker were a great sounding simple system.
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  • mlistens03mlistens03 Posts: 2,631
    Tony M wrote: »
    mlistens03 wrote: »
    Best sounding system... My current one. KEF Q150s, NAD 1155 preamp (and matching 4155 tuner), NAD C352 integrated (preamp bypassed), Marantz CD6004, Technics SL3200 with an Audio Technica VM-95S/H, I think. :)

    I would love to hear the Boston Acoustics VR2s I used to have on this gear, because they were great. I wonder how they'd compare. :)

    :)
    My 80 year-young friend JUST bought a set of those Boston VR2's for 60.00 from a restore 3 days ago.
    ( It was a "habitat for humanity" store previously. They just changed the name on 2 stores around here a couple of years ago or more for some reason)

    HE LOVES THEIR SOUND! He uses an old Pioneer Elite receiver and Elite CD players or a Sony ES CD player. :) B)

    You got to get an ear on those! they are quite good. :)
    Not Tom or Trey or Jim just Micah
    KEF Q150s, NAD 1155 preamp and 4155 tuner courtesy of DaddyJT, NAD C352 playing power amp, BJC Belden cables, Technics SL3200, Marantz CD6004 courtesy of Clipdat, Salamander Archetype rack, Millenium Falcon :)
    I've always thought the goal of high-end audio was not to have your neighbors bang on the wall and say, 'Turn that darn music down' but to have your neighbors bang on the wall and say, 'Tell your friends to go home and you can practice later this week'.

    Resident Child of Club Polk
  • msgmsg Posts: 4,985
    Either of the two I had before I found this forum :s :p B)
    I disabled signatures.
  • WillowWillow Posts: 9,631
    This seems a rather redundant question. Who in their right mind would go backwards unless someone has had to start over. I believe most will say their current system.
    2Ch- 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 55JS7000, Harmony 1100, Sony BDP-S6200, Marantz DV-4200 (as Transport), Cambridge Audio DAC Magic100, Monster 3600MKII, Android Mi Box3 and Apple TV. - Pool /Gazebo Yamaha RX-A1010, Polk Patio 25x4, Rotel RDV 1045 (as CDP) MIT AVT3 ICs - Work - Spotify Premium or Neutron App to my FiiO Kunlun into my Grado SR125e

  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 14,291
    Willow wrote: »
    This seems a rather redundant question. Who in their right mind would go backwards unless someone has had to start over. I believe most will say their current system.

    No not really sometimes life dictates a need to sell and sometimes you do not have the ability to replace what you had. It took me many many years to where I'm at now it would be hard to replicate it again if I had to sell it off.
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 22,939
    Wardsweb wrote: »
    Like many here, my present system is the best. It is the result of years of improvements.

    Ditto.
  • WillowWillow Posts: 9,631
    edited October 10
    pitdogg2 wrote: »
    Willow wrote: »
    This seems a rather redundant question. Who in their right mind would go backwards unless someone has had to start over. I believe most will say their current system.

    No not really sometimes life dictates a need to sell and sometimes you do not have the ability to replace what you had. It took me many many years to where I'm at now it would be hard to replicate it again if I had to sell it off.

    Which is why I mentioned the part in bold unless someone has had to start over.
    2Ch- 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 55JS7000, Harmony 1100, Sony BDP-S6200, Marantz DV-4200 (as Transport), Cambridge Audio DAC Magic100, Monster 3600MKII, Android Mi Box3 and Apple TV. - Pool /Gazebo Yamaha RX-A1010, Polk Patio 25x4, Rotel RDV 1045 (as CDP) MIT AVT3 ICs - Work - Spotify Premium or Neutron App to my FiiO Kunlun into my Grado SR125e

  • erniejadeerniejade Posts: 4,998
    Sunfire sig II 625X2, AR sp16, Jolida CD, Technics 1200 with denon dl160, Jolida d9 phono pre, Legacy Focus.
    Den: Lumin D1,Wireworld Silver Eclipse, KEF LS50 Wireless, Velodyne SPL1200, Technics 1200, Denon DL160, Jolida D9,

    Living Room:,T+A PA 1530R, Tyler Highland H2, Aries Mini, High Fidelity Reveal RCA, Grant Fidelity Tube Dac 11, W4S recovery, Wireworld Platinum Starlight, PS Audio Direct Stream JR.

    Have but haven't used in a while: LH Labs VI Dac, Cayin SCD50T

  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 14,291
    Willow wrote: »
    pitdogg2 wrote: »
    Willow wrote: »
    This seems a rather redundant question. Who in their right mind would go backwards unless someone has had to start over. I believe most will say their current system.

    No not really sometimes life dictates a need to sell and sometimes you do not have the ability to replace what you had. It took me many many years to where I'm at now it would be hard to replicate it again if I had to sell it off.

    Which is why I mentioned the part in bold unless someone has had to start over.

    yea I missed that on the quick read of the phone :embarrassed face here: :blush:
  • WillowWillow Posts: 9,631
    pitdogg2 wrote: »
    Willow wrote: »
    pitdogg2 wrote: »
    Willow wrote: »
    This seems a rather redundant question. Who in their right mind would go backwards unless someone has had to start over. I believe most will say their current system.

    No not really sometimes life dictates a need to sell and sometimes you do not have the ability to replace what you had. It took me many many years to where I'm at now it would be hard to replicate it again if I had to sell it off.

    Which is why I mentioned the part in bold unless someone has had to start over.

    yea I missed that on the quick read of the phone :embarrassed face here: :blush:

    All good
    2Ch- 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 55JS7000, Harmony 1100, Sony BDP-S6200, Marantz DV-4200 (as Transport), Cambridge Audio DAC Magic100, Monster 3600MKII, Android Mi Box3 and Apple TV. - Pool /Gazebo Yamaha RX-A1010, Polk Patio 25x4, Rotel RDV 1045 (as CDP) MIT AVT3 ICs - Work - Spotify Premium or Neutron App to my FiiO Kunlun into my Grado SR125e

  • kevhed72kevhed72 Posts: 3,713
    I did not know you could still have a signature on this site....I assume I cant see them because I am in "mobile mode"...
  • NightfallNightfall Posts: 8,189
    edited October 10
    My best was 2B's on the same setup I have now but in my old apartment and on a Yamaha PX-3 with Dynavector 10x2H instead of my current digital source.

    Although these Infinity Kappa 5's in this smaller room are also very good, just not as quite.
    afterburnt wrote: »
    They didn't speak a word of English, they were from South Carolina.

    Village Idiot of Club Polk
  • Viking64Viking64 Posts: 4,226
    kevhed72 wrote: »
    I did not know you could still have a signature on this site....I assume I cant see them because I am in "mobile mode"...

    All of the cool kids set signatures to "OFF".
  • kevhed72kevhed72 Posts: 3,713
    edited October 10
    My current rig, which is:
    Belles 200a amp
    Cary SLP 03 pre
    Benchmark DAC1
    Auralic Aries mini
    Music Hall 7.2 turntable
    Totem Rainmaker monitors
    REL T 5 sub
    just picked up a Parasound z Phono to get the vinyl spinning again.
    Also found a deal on a Ortofon Bronze cartridge which is mighty tempting....mighty tempting!
  • KexKex Posts: 3,496
    kevhed72 wrote: »
    I did not know you could still have a signature on this site....I assume I cant see them because I am in "mobile mode"...
    Yup, that does seem to be the case (just checked). I never use my phone for CP and it works normally on an iPad (even without the newly released iPad OS).
    Alea jacta est!
  • KexKex Posts: 3,496
    @kevhed72

    P.S. You can Request Desktop Site in Safari to see the signatures on an iPhone. In iOS 13 (2019), you'll find the option where you see aA in the left side of the URL bar (access to Reader View and other adjustments).

    If using Android, you'll have to find out how to get the desktop site on your own ;)
    Alea jacta est!
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