Holy Cow!!

gmorrisgmorris Posts: 1,179
edited November 2003 in 2 Channel Audio
Holy Crap everyone!!

I finally got to experience some high end gear. Last night on my way home from work, I decided to stop in at an audio/video store. It is called Audio Craft in Fairlawn, Oh for anyone in the Akron area.

I got to listen to the Anthem TLP 1 preamp, the Anthem PVA 2 2 channel amp, Paradigm Studio 80's, some random Sony CD player, Monster Cable M2.2s™ Speaker Cable, and some random interconnects. This was my first time listening to gear of this high caliber. It was awesome. I finally understand all the catch phrases about soundstage width & depth, imaging, detail, all that stuff.

It was very cool.
Bob Mayo, on the keyboards. Bob Mayo.
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  • tryrrthgtryrrthg Posts: 1,900
    edited November 2003
    That first experience is always the best!

    If you REALLY want to hear some HIGH end gear, drive on down to Columbus for a day. Go to Progressive Audio. No words can describe the stuff you'll hear there!

    www.progressiveaudio.com
    Sony KDL-40V2500 HDTV, Rotel RSX-1067 Receiver, Sony BDP-S550 Blu-ray, Slim Devices Squeezebox, Polk RTi6, CSi3 & R15, DIY sub with Atlas 15
  • gmorrisgmorris Posts: 1,179
    edited November 2003
    i just checked out that website, man alive. that store is the cat's pajamas, the bees knees! (just saw School of Rock)

    I will have to stop in there next time i'm in Columbus. i will be shooting on down there to check out the Sofa Express outlet store for a new leather couch for my new home theater room.
    Bob Mayo, on the keyboards. Bob Mayo.
  • Tour2maTour2ma Old School Posts: 10,176
    edited November 2003
    i used to frequent audiocraft's flagship store on carnegie ave in cleveland in the 70's, when it was really high end, e.g., mcintosh, ar, klipsch... 2nd room was advent, epi, etc...

    stopped by a couple years ago and definitely has moved to more mid-line stuff.

    progressive's line up is more than a bit higher on the food chain...
    More later,
    Tour...
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  • gmorrisgmorris Posts: 1,179
    edited November 2003
    yes, I agree the Anthem equipment is more mid-line, but that is why I listened to it, I could potentially afford it. It certainly sounded better than my 7 year old Pioneer receiver, which I now MUST replace.
    Bob Mayo, on the keyboards. Bob Mayo.
  • bdaley6509bdaley6509 Posts: 1,156
    edited November 2003
    I grew up shopping at Progressive Audio (still do)...what a wonderful audio shop. Highly recommended.
  • dragon1952dragon1952 Posts: 4,693
    edited November 2003
    Not to diss Anthem or Paradigm, but your awesome listening experience was no doubt the result of the other aforementioned components.....specifically the Random CD player and Random interconnects. They absolutely rock!!! They are not too well known yet but just watch out! ;)
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    2 channel - PS Audio Stellar S300 amp, PS Audio DirectStream DAC, audio optimized NUC7i5 running Windows 10 Pro/JRiver MC24, Matrix X-SPDIF 2 USB interface, Blackbird SSD dock with 500 GB Samsung 860 EVO, Tom Tutay modded EE Minimax preamp, Furman Elite 15 Pfi power conditioner, Martin Logan Electromotion ESL speakers, Rythmik F12SE subwoofer, Kimber 4TC speaker wire, Gabriel Gold Reflection V2 IC's, VH Audio power cords, Wireworld USB and HDMI/I2S cables
    Computer - Windows 7/JRiver, Topping D10 DAC, Fostex PMO.4n monitors
  • Tour2maTour2ma Old School Posts: 10,176
    edited November 2003
    dragon,
    do you have a link to Random you can post?
    More later,
    Tour...
    Vox Copuli
    Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt. - Old English Proverb

    "It's easy to get lost in price vs performance vs ego vs illusion." - doro
    "There is a certain entertainment value in ripping the occaisonal (sic) buttmunch..." - TroyD
    "Death doesn't come with a Uhaul." - Dennis Gardner
  • gmorrisgmorris Posts: 1,179
    edited November 2003
    dragon1952,

    I also forgot to mention the Paradigms were pointed at each other, with me sitting on top of one of them, all the while wearing a Santa hat, pulled down over my entire face. I was also demo-ing the pink noise section of a home theater setup disc. HILARIOUS
    Bob Mayo, on the keyboards. Bob Mayo.
  • dragon1952dragon1952 Posts: 4,693
    edited November 2003
    dragon, do you have a link to Random you can post?

    Hmmmm?!?.........just had it here a minute ago!?!? :rolleyes:
    ____________________________
    2 channel - PS Audio Stellar S300 amp, PS Audio DirectStream DAC, audio optimized NUC7i5 running Windows 10 Pro/JRiver MC24, Matrix X-SPDIF 2 USB interface, Blackbird SSD dock with 500 GB Samsung 860 EVO, Tom Tutay modded EE Minimax preamp, Furman Elite 15 Pfi power conditioner, Martin Logan Electromotion ESL speakers, Rythmik F12SE subwoofer, Kimber 4TC speaker wire, Gabriel Gold Reflection V2 IC's, VH Audio power cords, Wireworld USB and HDMI/I2S cables
    Computer - Windows 7/JRiver, Topping D10 DAC, Fostex PMO.4n monitors
  • dragon1952dragon1952 Posts: 4,693
    edited November 2003
    I also forgot to mention the Paradigms were pointed at each other, with me sitting on top of one of them, all the while wearing a Santa hat, pulled down over my entire face. I was also demo-ing the pink noise section of a home theater setup disc. HILARIOUS

    :p
    ____________________________
    2 channel - PS Audio Stellar S300 amp, PS Audio DirectStream DAC, audio optimized NUC7i5 running Windows 10 Pro/JRiver MC24, Matrix X-SPDIF 2 USB interface, Blackbird SSD dock with 500 GB Samsung 860 EVO, Tom Tutay modded EE Minimax preamp, Furman Elite 15 Pfi power conditioner, Martin Logan Electromotion ESL speakers, Rythmik F12SE subwoofer, Kimber 4TC speaker wire, Gabriel Gold Reflection V2 IC's, VH Audio power cords, Wireworld USB and HDMI/I2S cables
    Computer - Windows 7/JRiver, Topping D10 DAC, Fostex PMO.4n monitors
  • gmorrisgmorris Posts: 1,179
    edited November 2003
    Today, I had a hum dinger of an idea.

    I'm going to do a 5.1 surround sound system, but here is the catch. For the 5 speakers, I'm going to use 5 Bose Wave Radios, which will get their input signal from an FM modulator, set to 88.9. Then I'll tune the Wave radios to 88.9, and crank them up. While I'm at it, I'm going to use a ProLogic source instead of Dolby Digital, just because everyone knows mixed mono surround is WAY better than discreet.

    At about $2000 just for the 5 Wave Radios, this should be about the most expensive, worst sounding system ever. Haaaaa. I know, it is a great idea. You can copy it if you want.
    Bob Mayo, on the keyboards. Bob Mayo.
  • CeruleanceCeruleance Posts: 991
    edited November 2003
    i'm pretty sure you are going to need the auxillary input bases for all those wave radios. Bose sells em for $99 a pop, so you're at $2500 now
  • WardswebWardsweb Posts: 817
    edited November 2003
    While high end has some advantages, I find most of it comes from bragging rights. Now not to upset anyone who has, loves, and continues to own these high end pieces, I use to be one of you audiophiles. I now consider myself an audio enthusiast. I love the music and find I can get 95% of the way to nirvana on 1/4 the bugdet of a high end system. Do your homework, a lot of research and mainly listen with your own ears. While reviews are a good yardstick you have to hear it for yourself. If you can't hear a difference, don't spend the extra money. Now, having said that here is a picture of a system I no longer have. Sold to fund A LOT of other purchases.
    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
  • gmorrisgmorris Posts: 1,179
    edited November 2003
    Yes, I agree. To most people, the differences are very small, but to each his own. That is why I auditioned the Anthem equipment. I'm thinking of buying a great sounding 2 channel system for my first speaker building project. The Anthem equipment is priced very reasonably, plus it had a quality of sound that I'd personally never heard before.

    Also, why did you have such a killer system shoved in the corner like that? That rig should have been in a room all its own.
    Bob Mayo, on the keyboards. Bob Mayo.
  • WardswebWardsweb Posts: 817
    edited November 2003
    I actually bought new stuff before selling the old, so the Levinson/B&W were moved to this corner before boxing.
    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
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