Simple system that you really enjoy

rburgess714 Posts: 616
edited October 2020 in 2 Channel Audio
I spend at least 50hrs a week in my home office and I always have music on in the background and between meetings turn it up for more listening enjoyment.

It’s a simple set up with a Yamaha A-S501, Auralic Aries Mini and 703s. Not as nice as my main rig nor those of many on this forum but it sure sounds good in my office.

What’s your favorite simple 2-channel rig?

Living Room
Parasound HINT 6, Yamaha Aventage RX-A 1060, Oppo 103D, Cambridge Audio Azur 851N, KLH Model 5s, Polk CSi A6, Samsung 65" LED

Yamaha A-S501, Auralic Aries Mini, LSiM 703s

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  • msg
    msg Posts: 9,653
    edited October 2020
    • piCorePlayer with HiFiBerry DAC+
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    • Schiit Magni 3 as a preamp
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    • Audioengine HD3 speakers sitting on 2 sets of Sound Addicted foam pads
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    • Sunfire SDS-8 sub

    It's gotta be one of my favorite systems for immersive sound while working at the computer. Sounds good for background too.
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  • gyosa
    gyosa Posts: 721
    edited October 2020
    My simple system .....

    B&K ex-442 amp I’ve had since new , Yamaha wxc-50 streamer and Boston Acoustics Voyager 7’s for the pool !
    Best pool system I’ve ever heard !


    PS Audio S300 , Yamaha wxc-50 , Salk SuperCharged Songtowers , Kimber Kable 4TC, Sony 42” - BEDROOM

    B&K EX-442 ( it will go in my casket when I die ... ) , PS Audio 4.6 preamp ( old school , but it still jams on ... ) , Eversolo DMP-A6 , Boston Acoustic voyager 7’s - POOL

    Parasound A21, Eversolo DMP-A8 , Kimber Kable 4vs , Ascend Acoustics ELX Ribbon Towers , Sony XBR-A8F 65” OLED - DEN , MAIN system

    Onkyo TX-nr609 , Polk atrium 7 , Boston acoustic sound ware (4) , Boston acoustic sub , B&W center , Sharp 65” TV - PATIO
  • msg
    msg Posts: 9,653
    Oh, speaking of Boston Acoustics...

    In the garage, I have a set of Boston Acoustics 2.1 computer speakers from my first computer in 1998 plugged into the headphone jack of a Squeezebox Touch.

    I had to replace the subwoofer driver back in 2010 - dry rotted foam surround - but should be good to go for another 12yrs!
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  • afterburnt
    afterburnt Posts: 7,892
    My shed system. I smoke cigars in here, my last cigars. Giving them up for Eddie.
  • kabory
    kabory Posts: 17
    Pioneer SX-737 running a Polk CS 350 for the garage
    Pioneer SX-S30 running a pair of Yamaha Natural Sound all weather speakers for the pool
  • mhardy6647
    mhardy6647 Posts: 33,224
    edited October 2020
    Mine is simple in terms of the signal path. Just lots of options upstream.
    Loudspeakers can't get more simple in that the XOs are all first order (although, there is an active subwoofer, too... but it does have an on/off switch!).

    Speaking of "simple" (and of @tonyp063's system pictured above), I've been off of the "fullrange" driver bandwagon for a long time -- even though I periodically do like to pull out a pair and play around a bit :)

  • tonyp063
    tonyp063 Posts: 1,053
    Altecs in my office would cause Krieger & Ames to crumble worse than they already are @mhardy6647 :-)

    It's simple. And I learned things. But most of all, I enjoy it.
  • mhardy6647
    mhardy6647 Posts: 33,224
    edited October 2020
    heh, heh, heh...
    I shoulda recognized the cinderblock :)


    (not the last time I was down there... but one of the last times I was down there: Dec. 2011)
  • teekay0007
    teekay0007 Posts: 2,289
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    ...I've been off of the "fullrange" driver bandwagon for a long time -- even though I periodically do like to pull out a pair and play around a bit :)

    That's what she said! :p

  • teekay0007
    teekay0007 Posts: 2,289
    A simple 2-channel system that I've been enjoying lately in a 12' x 14' office includes an old Onkyo TX-822 receiver with a minty pair of Polk Monitor 5Jr+ placed in the room's corners. I mostly play Spotify through it for music or iHeart radio for my talk radio/podcast faves (much clearer than OTA radio stations). Really nice sounding little system!

    To mix it up, I sometimes switch out the 5Jr+ pair for a pair of Polk VM10s (don't get much love around here) seated on my desk. With the VM10s, my Martin Logan Dynamo 700W sub is a necessity. Another great sounding little system! The VM10s - with sub, of course - do a better job for near-field listening, IMHO.
  • Wardsweb
    Wardsweb Posts: 908
    My guilty little pleasure system: MiniWatt amp and a pair of vintage Optimus LX-4 speakers.

  • afterburnt
    afterburnt Posts: 7,892
    afterburnt wrote: »

    Maybe I should have said ,Yamaha R-N303, Polk Monitor 40 II, and a Sony Blew Ray that can play SACD's. Getting my monies worth out of those speakers, first pair of Polks after the T15's I cooked.
  • CottageChz
    Dayens Menuetto and Lsim703s. Sounds great with a lot of stuff I’ve tried, but especially a LUMIN D1. Unfortunately boxed up for the moment until I get my basement done, but then I will use them a lot.
  • skrol
    skrol Posts: 3,345
    My workshop system... Denon DRA-835R, Fiio X5 iii, EPI M50, Energy 8" sub. This system mesmerizes me even in these adverse conditions.

    Main 2ch:
    Polk LSi15 (DB840 upgrade), Parasound: P/LD-1100, HCA-1000A; Denon: DVD-2910, DRM-800A; Benchmark DAC1, Monster HTS3600-MKII, Grado SR-225i; Technics SL-J2, Parasound PPH-100.

    Marantz SR7010, Polk: RTA11TL (RDO198-1, XO and Damping Upgrades), S4, CS250, PSW110 , Marantz UD5005, Pioneer PL-530, Panasonic TC-P42S60

    Other stuff:
    Denon: DRA-835R, AVR-888, DCD-660, DRM-700A, DRR-780; Polk: S8, Monitor 5A, 5B, TSi100, RM7, PSW10 (DXi104 upgrade); Pioneer: CT-6R; Onkyo CP-1046F; Ortofon OM5E, Marantz: PM5004, CD5004, CDR-615; Parasound C/PT-600, HCA-800ii, Sony CDP-650ESD, Technics SA 5070, B&W DM601
  • stevep
    stevep Posts: 328
    edited October 2020
    A very simple system. Emotiva Airmotiv 5 powered monitors connected to the audio out of the deskside tower under the desk.

  • SCompRacer
    SCompRacer Posts: 8,372
    For quite some time I'm at work 10 hours a day. I have a pair of Infinity 5000a's powered by a Yamaha R-S201 receiver with and an ipod when FM gets stale.

    Salk SoundScape 8's * Audio Research Reference 3 * Bottlehead Eros Phono * Park's Audio Budgie SUT * Krell KSA-250 * Harmonic Technology Pro 9+ * Signature Series Sonore Music Server w/Deux PS * Roon * Gustard R26 DAC / Singxer SU-6 DDC * Heavy Plinth Lenco L75 Idler Drive * AA MG-1 Linear Air Bearing Arm * AT33PTG/II & Denon 103R * Richard Gray 600S * NHT B-12d subs * GIK Acoustic Treatments * Sennheiser HD650 *
  • dkfreebird
    dkfreebird Posts: 1,186
    Marantz 2238B and Polk Monitor 5 Peerless with Chromecast Audio streaming whatever.3pirf9n3jd4d.jpg
    2 Channel
    Polk 1.2tl's Modded with dreadnought
    Musical Fidelity M6Si
    North Star Intenso Dac
    Auralic Aries Mini Streamer
    Oppo 103
    Pangea PC
    Wireworld Equinox 7 interconnects
    Wireworld Equinox 7 Speaker Cables and Jumpers

    Backups 2.3tl, Crs+ pin/blade with stands.Monitor 5 peerless,Monitor 4 peerless,Polk R200,McCormack Dna 0.5 Deluxe McCormack Dna 1,Dared Sl 2000A,Dayens Ampino Rogue Magnum 66 pre
  • JR67
    JR67 Posts: 5
    My bedroom 2-channel setup:

    Polk 5jr+ with upgraded tweeter, harmon/kardon HK395i 30w receiver, a Kyocera DA-310cx CD player, with streaming of the iPad.

    Yamaha R-V901 Receiver * Kyocera DA-310cx CD Player * Polk Audio 5JR+ Series I Speakers with RD-0198 Tweeters & Dynamat Xtreme * Schiit MODI+ DAC, Apple iPad Mini 5
  • jbreezy5
    jbreezy5 Posts: 1,141
    Roku streamer > Insignia 19” tv > Lepai LP 2020-A+ > Boston Acoustics CR55
    CD Players: Sony CDP-211; Sony DVP-S9000ES; Sony UDP-X800M2 (x2); Cambridge Audio CXC

    DACs: Jolida Glass FX Tube DAC III (x2); Denafrips Ares II (x2)

    Streamers: ROKU (x3); Bluesound Node 2i and Node N130 w/LHY LPS // Receivers: Yamaha RX-V775BT; Yamaha RX-V777

    Preamps: B&K Ref 50; B&K Ref 5 S2; Classe CP-800 MkII; Audio Research SP16L (soon)

    Amps: Niles SI-275; B&K ST125.7; B&K ST125.2; Classe CA-2300; Butler Audio TDB-5150

    Speakers: Boston Acoustics CR55; Focal Chorus 705v; Wharfedale Diamond 10.2; Monitor Audio Silver-1; Def Tech Mythos One (x4)/Mythos Three Center (x2)/Mythos Two pr.; Martin Logan Electromotion ESL; Legacy Audio Victoria/Silverscreen Center; Gallo Acoustics Reference 3.1; SVS SB-1000 Pro; REL HT-1003; B&W ASW610; HifiMan HE400i

    Turntable: Dual 721 Direct-Drive w/Audio Technica AT-VM95e cart

    Cables: Tripp-lite 14ga. PCs, Blue Jeans Cable ICs, Philips PXT1000 ICs; Kimber Kable DV30 coaxial ICs; Canare L-4E6S XLR ICs; Kimber Kable 8PR & 8TC speaker cables.
  • heiney9
    heiney9 Posts: 25,102
    edited January 2023

    Keces E-40 integrated amp/USB Dac (asynchronous); Pangea USB and power cable; Qobuz player on desk top computer; Canare 4S11 speaker cables w/banana's and Polk Audio Reserve 200's on 28" Pangea stands.

    Sounds fantastic!!!


    P.s. The dimensions are skewed by the camera angle. The speakers sit higher than they look.
    "Appreciation of audio is a completely subjective human experience. Measurements can provide a measure of insight, but are no substitute for human judgment. Why are we looking to reduce a subjective experience to objective criteria anyway? The subtleties of music and audio reproduction are for those who appreciate it. Differentiation by numbers is for those who do not".--Nelson Pass Pass Labs XA25 | EE Avant Pre | EE Mini Max Supreme DAC | MIT Shotgun S1 | Pangea AC14SE MKII | Legend L600 | BlueSound Node 3 - Tubes add soul!