New LSIM Based 2 Channel Setup

stangman67stangman67 Posts: 1,280
edited September 2016 in 2 Channel Audio
Hey all!

A few months ago I was on deployment and debating what to do with my stereo when I returned. I had a HT based setup at that point with LSI15's , PRSC5509, processor, oppo, Emotiva XPA5 amp, etc etc. I liked that setup for HT but found the music performance seriously lacking and rather than fighting and switching out components to find stereo performance, with the help of the forum and the friends and family sale, I chose to go with a separate two channel setup for music.

Fast forward to now, I moved to maryland and got my hosue and finally had a chance to get all the components together and setup properly (save for proper wire management lol!).

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Its a simple and budget minded two channel setup but blows my other stereo straight out of the water for 2 channel listening. In the two months I've lived in Maryland, I haven't felt the need to unbox and setup the HT setup in the other room, thinking about just selling it now.

Components
LSIM 703's on 24" Transdeco stands (great value for a solid budget stand)
TEAC AI-2000 Distinction Integrated Amp
Marantz CD-6006
Bluesound Node 2 for Tidal streaming
WIreworld Oasis 7 interconnects and Solstice 7 Speaker Cables

2 Channel - Major reduction complete

KEF LS50W I Rega P6 w/ Ania MC I Rega Fono MC I Audience Ohno ICs


Comments

  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 16,115
    Looks great! I see a compilation of components that should really gel well.
  • skrolskrol Posts: 2,795
    Welcome to Maryland. I like the simple setup with quality equipment.
    Stan

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

    HT:
    Marantz SR7010, Polk: RTA11TL (RDO198-1, XO and Damping Upgrades), S4, CS250, PSW10 (DXi104 upgrade), 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; Pioneer: CT-6R; Onkyo CP-1046F; Ortofon OM5E, Marantz: PM5004, CD5004, CDR-615; Parasound C/PT-600, HCA-800ii, Sony CDP-, Technics SA 5070, B&W DM601
  • Right with you on the sound delivery of the 703s. Have mine setup in a small room 14x13 with a Linn Pre, Oppo 103 and (don't bash me) and Emotiva XAP-3 at the moment. Really hard to believe the clarity and realism that comes out of them. Continue to be impressed with the bass capability also. They are very enjoyable.
    Music: Oppo103 - Parasound JC2 - Parasound A21- SDA 3.1
    Theater: Denon 3808 - B&K 7500/Emotiva XPA-3- RTi12, CSi5, RTiA7x4, PSW505
    Sleeping: Marantz 70005 - Harman Kardon 2400 - SDA 2
    2 Channel: Cary 306 SACD - Canary Audio 906 - Pass Labs x250 - PS Audio Perfectwave DAC, Polk LSiM705, SVS SB13 Ultra
    Office: Dell Optiplex, Emotiva XDA-2, Adcom 5500, LSiM 703
    Spares: Yamaha CA-810; LSi 15; Kenwood Basic M2a, Yamaha M60/M80, Polk Monitor 7, SVS SB13 Ultra
  • Sweet set-up, N'joy!
    SDA SRS 2.3TL's/SDA SRS 3.1TL's/SDA CRS+4.1TL's and some other stuff
  • Rick88Rick88 Posts: 13,088
    Nice setup you have there, looks great! I agree with you on the Transdeco speaker stands, I owned a pair myself until I recently sold them here... B)
    "Life is one grand, sweet song, so start the music." ~ Ronald Reagan

    “I love songs about horses, railroads, land, Judgment Day, family, hard times, whiskey, courtship, marriage, adultery, separation, murder, war, prison, rambling, damnation, home, salvation, death, pride, humor, piety, rebellion, patriotism, larceny, determination, tragedy, rowdiness, heartbreak and love. And Mother. And God.” ~ Johnny Cash




  • PSOVLSKPSOVLSK Posts: 4,110
    Very nice setup. I bet it sounds better than it looks.

    On a side note, I have the same dog kennel :p
    Things work out best for those who make the best of the way things work out.-John Wooden
  • kharp1kharp1 Posts: 3,342
    Nice set up. I dismantled my HT gear and went back to two channel and it has brought me much more enjoyment. Like Steppenwolf says "...I like to dream, right between the sound machine..."
    Main System:
    Joule-Electra LA 100 MKIII Upgraded by Rich Brkich Pre
    Butler Audio TBD 2250 Amp
    PS Audio DirectStream DAC and MemoryPlayer Transport
    LSA-1 Statement
    SVS SB4000 & SB2000
    Wireworld Equinox 7 bi-wire, Wireworld Silver Eclipse 7 IC

    Secondary Rig:
    Parasound P5, Audio Electronics by Cary Constellation
    Marsh a200s, Audio Elecrtonics by Cary Hercules
    Pioneer Elite DV-45a, Denon DVD-2910
    Klipsch Epic CF-1, Vandersteen 3CE sig
    Analysus Plus Oval

    Backup Gear:
    Pass Labs Aleph 30, McCormack DNA-125, Parasound A21
    Marantz SA-14S1
    Usher CP-6311/Tyler Acoustics Taylo Reference Monitor, LSA-1
  • adabroadabro Posts: 208
    very nice, bet it sounds great
  • Joey_VJoey_V Posts: 7,072
    PSOVLSK wrote: »
    Very nice setup. I bet it sounds better than it looks.

    On a side note, I have the same dog kennel :p

    And it already looks good so I bet it sounds great
    Joey's Gear:
    Current Gear:
    Torus RM15 -> Emm Labs DAC2x and TSDX Transport -> Cary SLP-05 preamp -> Boulder 2060 stereo amp (w/ Audioquest WEL Signature) -> new speakers
    Rotel RA1592 Super Integrated -> Sonus Faber Olympica 3
    Rotel RC1570 preamp -> Rotel RB1582 amp -> Focal Kanta 2

    Old Gear:
    Speakers: BW PM1 (3.5/5), CM10s2 (3.75/5), BW800D3 (5/5), Rockport Aviors (5/5), Sonus Faber Stradivari (5/5), BW 802D2 (4.5/5), Martin Logan Summits (4.25/5), Martin Logan Vantage (4/5), Sonus Faber Cremona Auditor (3.75/5), AV123 Strata Mini (3.5/5), ML Mosaic (3.25/5), Onix Ref1 (3/5), Sonus Faber Concerto (2.75/5), SF Concertino (2.5/5), Axiom M22ti (2/5), Polk LSi9 (3/5), LSi7 (2.9/5)
    Source: Squeezebox 3 -> PS Audio Digital Link III -> Cary 306/200 CDP -> Cary 306 SACD -> EMM LABS DAC2X/TSDX
    Preamplification: Rotel RC1070 -> Rogue Perseus -> Cary SLP98 -> Cary SLP98F1 -> Cary SLP05 (sold and then repurchased)
    Amplification: HK AVR330 -> Rotel RB1070 -> Rotel RB1090 -> Plinius SA102 -> Cary 211FE -> Classe M600 -> Boulder 2060
    Subwoofer: Infinity Entra2 sub -> SVS 25-31PC+ sub
  • stangman67stangman67 Posts: 1,280
    Thanks everyone! It really does sound great, especially for a sub 3K setup. I have 7K or so in my HT and like I said, this little 2 channel setup blows it put of the water for music. Loving it, and the finish on the LSIM's is just so beautiful. My dad came over a few weeks ago and said the finish on these Polks is much better looking than on his 12K/pair Krell Resolution 1's, that says something to me.
    2 Channel - Major reduction complete

    KEF LS50W I Rega P6 w/ Ania MC I Rega Fono MC I Audience Ohno ICs


  • PSOVLSKPSOVLSK Posts: 4,110
    Joey_V wrote: »
    PSOVLSK wrote: »
    Very nice setup. I bet it sounds better than it looks.

    On a side note, I have the same dog kennel :p

    And it already looks good so I bet it sounds great

    Glad you said this because my statement could have unintentionally indicated that I didn't think it looked so great. Definitely a nice looking setup.
    Things work out best for those who make the best of the way things work out.-John Wooden
  • msgmsg Posts: 4,986
    beautiful setup, man, glad to hear you're enjoying it.
    when it comes together, it's like you just can't get enough.
    I do love the LSiM stuff, and those 703's sure do look handsome, nekkid on those stands. nice colors

    Curious - I can't quite figure out what I'm seeing here - what are the tile things? Is that the top of a table, or some kind of carpet? or are those real stone tiles?

    I sometimes feel that I could be brave enough to dismantle HT and just go 2ch altogether, and enjoy the benefits of minimalist presentation, but ima skeered. almost as if there's security in the collection as it sits. guess I could always switch it back...
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  • stangman67stangman67 Posts: 1,280
    edited October 2016
    msg wrote: »
    beautiful setup, man, glad to hear you're enjoying it.
    when it comes together, it's like you just can't get enough.
    I do love the LSiM stuff, and those 703's sure do look handsome, nekkid on those stands. nice colors

    Curious - I can't quite figure out what I'm seeing here - what are the tile things? Is that the top of a table, or some kind of carpet? or are those real stone tiles?

    I sometimes feel that I could be brave enough to dismantle HT and just go 2ch altogether, and enjoy the benefits of minimalist presentation, but ima skeered. almost as if there's security in the collection as it sits. guess I could always switch it back...

    Yep, it's the top of the table (with real stone tiles). Thanks for the comments, to me 2 channel is just so much more enjoyable, music is much more important to me than movies and such
    2 Channel - Major reduction complete

    KEF LS50W I Rega P6 w/ Ania MC I Rega Fono MC I Audience Ohno ICs


  • UpstatemaxUpstatemax Posts: 2,393
    Looks awesome!

    I also have those stands under a pair of my Focal's. They are really nice for the money.
    Living room:
    Samsung PN50B860 50" Plasma : XBOX One : Roku Ultra : Oppo UDP-203 : Pioneer Elite SC-87 : APC H15 : Focal 806V mains : Focal 806V Surrounds : SVS SB2000 : SVS SB12-NSD

    2Ch:
    Sonus Faber Venere S : Parasound HCA 1500A : Oppo UDP-205 : Furman Elite 15 DM i : Sony XBR 55X810C Monitor :
  • WTSWTS Posts: 170
    Thanks for the idea for the stands. I bought a pair for a friend's LSiM703 speakers, for a birthday gift.
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