Stangman’s new hybrid 2CH/HT setup

stangman67stangman67 Posts: 1,328
edited July 21 in 2 Channel Audio
Polkies,

Finally got back fro deployment and had a day to get the media room/bar/man cave mostly situated. I started with a LSIM front end (707s and a 706) and a marantz AV7705 and a B&K ref 200.7 as the HT base. There is also a 15” DIY Dayton 15” sub not pictured.

For the 2CH section I picked up a Modwright SWL9.0 anniversary edition tube pre with HT bypass. Also picked up a Cambridge 851N to work with my Rega Planar 6/Ania combo.

Cables are as follows: Acoustic Zen Satori speaker cables, Audience Ohno interconnects throughout and Audience power chords on the pre and streamer.

The 2CH equipment rack is a semi diy allthread rack, had timber nation build the shelves and I sourced the allthread and nuts to make it work.

All in all it sounds fantastic in 2CH which was my main concern. I have some work to do on the HT side as I still need to pick up surrounds and wire all that up. Really enjoy spinning vinyl on this setup. The polks are surprisingly not outclassed by the other gear. They will hold me over until I pick up some ushers.


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2 Channel - Dual Purpose system in the works

Polk LSIM707 I Polk LSIM 706C I Modwright SWL9.0 Anniversary Pre I Marantz AV7707 I B&K Ref 200.7 I Rega P6 w/ Ania MC I Rega Fono MC I Audience Ohno ICs/Audience Forte F3 Power Chord/Acoustic Zen Satori I Cambridge 851N


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  • rooftop59rooftop59 Posts: 6,563
    Looks awesome man! Not too shabby for your first married system 😂. Grad school did not allow me the, um, provisions to have anything near that nice! Rock on!
    Living Room 2.1: Dynaudio Contour 1.3mkii; Martin Logan Grotto sub; Musical Fidelity A308; Cambridge Azur 851N
    Game Room HT: Denon AVR-X4200w; Definitive Technology SM350; Definitive Technology LCR2000; Definitive Technology Procinema 800; Mirage Nanasats; Sub - HSU VTF-2 MK5
    Master Bedroom
    Cambridge Azur 551r; Definitive Technology SM45; ACI Titan Subwoofer; Squeezebox Touch
  • msgmsg Posts: 5,749
    edited July 21
    Welcome home Zach, looks great!
    Where'd you pick up the all-thread and hardware, and what did you use? I've been meaning to build one of these.
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  • erniejadeerniejade Posts: 5,367
    Very nice looking setup!
    Den: Lumin D1,Wireworld Silver Eclipse RCA, KEF LS50 Wireless, Velodyne SPL1200, Technics 1200, Denon DL160, Jolida D9,

    Living Room:,T+A PA 1530R, Tyler Highland H2, High Fidelity Reveal RCA, Aries Mini, LKS MH-da004, Wireworld Silver Eclipse SC

    Have but haven't used in a while: LH Labs VI Dac, Cayin SCD50T, , W4S recovery,Grant Fidelity Tube Dac 11
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 8,302
    Can you tell us more about the rack? How did you measure the number of turns for each nut so that each shelf/section was level? Digital calipers?
  • DaveHoDaveHo Posts: 2,701
    Not sure how Zach did it, but I'd have used a spacer to get all 4 corners even.
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 8,302
  • DaveHoDaveHo Posts: 2,701
    edited July 21
    Block of wood. Place it at each of the 4 corners and adjust the nuts until each corner of the shelf above rests on the block. Caliper, even I'm not OCD enough to go that far.
  • maxwardmaxward Posts: 615
    A stick, or better yet, a four-sided box of the exact spacing desired between shelves. Level the bottom shelf and build up from there using the spacer (or jig, if you’re technical about such things).
    Thorens TD-160C; Sumiko Talisman S, retipped by Soundsmith; Jolida JD9; Marantz CD-53; North Star Intenso;
    Joule-Electra LA-100; Balanced Power Technology AC conditioner;
    Odyssey Khartago monos (with most factory upgrades); Magnepan MG 3.6R
  • DaveHoDaveHo Posts: 2,701
    edited July 21
    BTW, great looking system & rack, Zach. The black adonized hardware really makes it. Butcher blocks for the shelves?

    Edit:. I see you bought the shelves. They look awesome!
  • maxwardmaxward Posts: 615
    Beat me to it, @DaveHo !
    Thorens TD-160C; Sumiko Talisman S, retipped by Soundsmith; Jolida JD9; Marantz CD-53; North Star Intenso;
    Joule-Electra LA-100; Balanced Power Technology AC conditioner;
    Odyssey Khartago monos (with most factory upgrades); Magnepan MG 3.6R
  • msgmsg Posts: 5,749
    edited July 21
    just couldn't do it
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  • DaveHoDaveHo Posts: 2,701
    Knew someone would take it there. Glad to see I wasn't disappointed! ;)
  • haimochaimoc Posts: 1,025
    Your system is awesome.
  • stangman67stangman67 Posts: 1,328
    Thanks for all the compliments, I’ll answer in more detail later on. The shelves are super easy to level. I started with a ruler to get the nuts even on each post and then just set a spirit level on the shelf and adjust the nuts on each corner to get it perfectly level. In this house, this style of setup was necessary because it’s a 1920’s home where nothing is level. A standard audio stand without major leveling adjustment would have been very canted. Started on the bottom shelf and methodically moved up from there.

    Timber nation sells a full kit like this but in walnut was 1600 or so. The shelves were 800 ish (2” thick solid walnut) and the allthread and nuts were about 150 from grainger
    2 Channel - Dual Purpose system in the works

    Polk LSIM707 I Polk LSIM 706C I Modwright SWL9.0 Anniversary Pre I Marantz AV7707 I B&K Ref 200.7 I Rega P6 w/ Ania MC I Rega Fono MC I Audience Ohno ICs/Audience Forte F3 Power Chord/Acoustic Zen Satori I Cambridge 851N


  • stangman67stangman67 Posts: 1,328
    For specific sizes, the allthread is 7/8-9 stainless steel b7 black oxide all thread in 36” length and a bought a pack of 80 of the 7/8-9 “heavy” nuts. I will be building a matching stand for under the tv eventually
    2 Channel - Dual Purpose system in the works

    Polk LSIM707 I Polk LSIM 706C I Modwright SWL9.0 Anniversary Pre I Marantz AV7707 I B&K Ref 200.7 I Rega P6 w/ Ania MC I Rega Fono MC I Audience Ohno ICs/Audience Forte F3 Power Chord/Acoustic Zen Satori I Cambridge 851N


  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 8,302
    stangman67 wrote: »
    Thanks for all the compliments, I’ll answer in more detail later on. The shelves are super easy to level. I started with a ruler to get the nuts even on each post and then just set a spirit level on the shelf and adjust the nuts on each corner to get it perfectly level. In this house, this style of setup was necessary because it’s a 1920’s home where nothing is level. A standard audio stand without major leveling adjustment would have been very canted. Started on the bottom shelf and methodically moved up from there.

    Timber nation sells a full kit like this but in walnut was 1600 or so. The shelves were 800 ish (2” thick solid walnut) and the allthread and nuts were about 150 from grainger

    Nice job on the rack and thanks for the detailed response.
  • DaveHoDaveHo Posts: 2,701
    You're lucky I don't live close by. Just got done mowing. So damn hot I'd polish off that keg. :p
  • txcoastal1txcoastal1 Posts: 11,303
    Sweet diggin' it, glad you're home
    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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  • joecoulsonjoecoulson Posts: 4,578
    Looks great Zach. Come a long way from the Klipsch actives.
    Auralic Vega G1/Rega TT - Parasound P6 - PS Audio M700x2 - Elac Adante AS-61 - AQ Niagara 5000 - SVS SB16u

    HT - Panasonic BDP/Tivo Bolt - Marantz SR5013 - Def tech C and In ceiling - Sony XBR 75"
  • stangman67stangman67 Posts: 1,328
    I have indeed. But still not back to the setup previous to that but inching my way closer and closer. Some different speakers and I’d be back to the focal/b&k/backert combo
    2 Channel - Dual Purpose system in the works

    Polk LSIM707 I Polk LSIM 706C I Modwright SWL9.0 Anniversary Pre I Marantz AV7707 I B&K Ref 200.7 I Rega P6 w/ Ania MC I Rega Fono MC I Audience Ohno ICs/Audience Forte F3 Power Chord/Acoustic Zen Satori I Cambridge 851N


  • Gerres26Gerres26 Posts: 621
    Looks awesome Zach, Congrats on the new setup
  • joecoulsonjoecoulson Posts: 4,578
    I have no doubts you’ll be back there in no time... :p
    Auralic Vega G1/Rega TT - Parasound P6 - PS Audio M700x2 - Elac Adante AS-61 - AQ Niagara 5000 - SVS SB16u

    HT - Panasonic BDP/Tivo Bolt - Marantz SR5013 - Def tech C and In ceiling - Sony XBR 75"
  • BlueFoxBlueFox Posts: 13,528
    stangman67 wrote: »
    Also because this matters, tapped my inaugural keg in the Feenstra Tap House tonight. Precarious beer project “purple clouds” hazy pale ale. It’s light and pretty tasty

    Excellent. Now you have a great stereo, HT, and home. Enjoy. :)

    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.
  • MilitoMilito Posts: 976
    Looks great, congrats!
    Yamaha RX-A2070, Music Hall A70.2 integrated amp, B&K 4420 Reference, Bluesound NODE 2i, HSU VTF-2 MK5, LSiM705, LSiM704, Technics PD867, Douglas Connection Alpha 12AWG OCC Speaker Cables, Douglas Connection Alpha Analog Interconnect Cables, Douglas Connection Alpha 11 OCC Custom Power Cable, Cullen Gold Power Cable, Signal Power Cables, Furman PL-8C 15 Power Conditioner, Fluance RT85, Parasound Zphono USB Phono Preamp, Sony 65" 900F, Sony UBP-X700, Fios.
  • TEAforONETEAforONE Posts: 468
    Great system,great room! Enjoy! (Like you need to be told to enjoy)
    First Watt,Monarchy Audio,Aric Audio,Prometheus Audio,April Music,Bluesound,Pro-Ject,Onkyo,Graham Chartwell,Nola,Hornshoppe,HSU Research.
  • stangman67stangman67 Posts: 1,328
    edited July 22
    Thanks verybody! And before everyone judges me too much, I know I need to fix the rats nest behind the equipment stand. I have some options coming for that soon
    2 Channel - Dual Purpose system in the works

    Polk LSIM707 I Polk LSIM 706C I Modwright SWL9.0 Anniversary Pre I Marantz AV7707 I B&K Ref 200.7 I Rega P6 w/ Ania MC I Rega Fono MC I Audience Ohno ICs/Audience Forte F3 Power Chord/Acoustic Zen Satori I Cambridge 851N


  • stangman67stangman67 Posts: 1,328
    Had my first snafu. Looks like the refurbished 851n I bought from Cambridge has issues. Has bad static, drowns out the music bad, I thought it was going to hurt my speakers. I contacted Cambridge and all they said they could do was repair it or offer me a return. I chose a return as I don’t want an issue plagued unit, so I just bought a new one. Still think the Cambridge is the beat at the price point, a little annoyed they couldn’t offer a replacement unit though
    2 Channel - Dual Purpose system in the works

    Polk LSIM707 I Polk LSIM 706C I Modwright SWL9.0 Anniversary Pre I Marantz AV7707 I B&K Ref 200.7 I Rega P6 w/ Ania MC I Rega Fono MC I Audience Ohno ICs/Audience Forte F3 Power Chord/Acoustic Zen Satori I Cambridge 851N


  • rooftop59rooftop59 Posts: 6,563
    stangman67 wrote: »
    Had my first snafu. Looks like the refurbished 851n I bought from Cambridge has issues. Has bad static, drowns out the music bad, I thought it was going to hurt my speakers. I contacted Cambridge and all they said they could do was repair it or offer me a return. I chose a return as I don’t want an issue plagued unit, so I just bought a new one. Still think the Cambridge is the beat at the price point, a little annoyed they couldn’t offer a replacement unit though

    That sucks man, but their customer service is top notch. I have bought five refurb items in the last year and two were bad, one right when I got it and the other within a couple days. The other three have been perfect. But they offer easy returns with free shipping both ways and they even extend it a little past the 30 days if there is a problem. I do wish there were no problems, but since I know returns are easy it doesn’t really concern me fwiw...
    Living Room 2.1: Dynaudio Contour 1.3mkii; Martin Logan Grotto sub; Musical Fidelity A308; Cambridge Azur 851N
    Game Room HT: Denon AVR-X4200w; Definitive Technology SM350; Definitive Technology LCR2000; Definitive Technology Procinema 800; Mirage Nanasats; Sub - HSU VTF-2 MK5
    Master Bedroom
    Cambridge Azur 551r; Definitive Technology SM45; ACI Titan Subwoofer; Squeezebox Touch
  • audioluvraudioluvr Posts: 2,363
    Love my 851N! Great value DAC/streamer
    One foot on audio nirvana and the other in the poor house.
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