I'm Done!

dhart86dhart86 Posts: 1,428
edited September 27 in 2 Channel Audio
I am done buying audio gear. Don't get it twisted, I am not frustrated or disappointed with my musical experience, but I'm sure I have found the perfect combination of gear that ends the search for "better" Now I know I've said that at least one time b4, but I think I'm there. I couldn't be more happy with the way my rig sounds now. All of my recordings sound good, even recordings that previously sounded dull and boring, now have me tapping and enjoying the music. My listening enjoyment is provided by the following equip:

Source JRiver > PS Audio Directstream Jr > deHavilland Ultraverve (tube-pre) > Belles Reference 150 v2 driving Harbeth C7es3 .....(MIT shotgun S1 ic & Acoustic Zen Satori sc)

Gotta thank Marvda for steering me toward the dehavilland pre. It is the best pre that I've owned by far. It is very transparent, quiet with fantastic detail retrieval, imaging and staging. But the Belles is one hellava amp. Strong tight bass, shimmering highs without the slightest bit of brightness or harshness. It is crystal clear and transparent. Makes my speakers sing then disappear at the same time. I don't know how to do a technical review, but in layman's terms...."I have arrived and now I'm done" looking.

Thanks Marv for all your help with the deHavilland
Main Rig:
HTPC (J River) > PS Audio Directstream Jr.>deHavilland Ultraverve 3 >Belles Reference 150a
Harbeth C7 ES3


Second Rig:
HTPC (J.River)> MF V-Link> Adcom GDA 600 > Cayin TA 30 (buzzy-bee mods)
Monitor 5 (Westmassguy-modded)


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  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 15,136
    If you're happy, stay away from me. I've become a bit of an enabler with Marvin recently and he might rub off on you.

    The DeHavilland is a nice piece for sure. Glad you're digging it - I could see where your system could deliver the goods.
    audiothesis.com/

    Speakers: Harbeth: 30.2, SHL5+; Usher: Be-10, T-515; Rosso Fiorentino: Elba, Pienza, Certaldo, Fiesole, Volterra; Polk: T50, Signature S15, RTA 15tl, RTi12; Sonner Audio Allegro Unum, Legato Unum, Legato Semis, Legato Duo; Emerald Physics CS-2.8; Klipsch KLF-20
    Preamps: Shuguang S200MK, Dayens Ampino, Parasound P5
    Amps: Shuguang S845MK, Dayens Ampino Monoblocks, Parasound A23
    Integrateds: Triode Corporation TRV-88SER, MastersounD: BoX, Dueventi, Compact 845, Evolution 845; North Star Design Blue Diamond
    Sources: AURALiC Aries, Denon HEOS Link, North Star Design: Magnifico, Supremo, Incanto, Intenso, Venti
    Cabling: Wireworld
    TV: Sony XBR-75X940C
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 19,601
    edited September 27
    Hope there are no major format changes are hardware design/configuration upgrades (e.g., DACs) for the rest or your life, then... how old are you?

    ;)


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    In seriousness, I could see the Harbeths being forever components... dunno about any of the rest.

  • verbverb Posts: 4,056
    Congrats! Sure enough, you'll be rollin tubes, lookin at new stuff, etc., etc., down the rabbit hole again! :smile:
    Basement: Polk SDA SRS, Micro Seiki MB14 TT, VTL 2.5 Preamplifier, Marantz CD6006 CDP, Conrad Johnson MF2300A Amp, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, AQ Diamondback (version 1) RCA IC's, MIT Terminator2 Bi-Wire speaker cables
    Office: PC, Marantz CD-1, Marantz AMP-1, Acoustic Technologies Classic Speakers, SVS SB12 Plus Subwoofer, MIT AVt2 speaker cables, IFI Purifier2, AQ Cinnamon USB cable
    Spare Room: Dayens Ampino Integrated, Tjoeb 99 tube CD player (modified Marantz CD-38), Project BoxE, Polk TSi200's
    Living Room: Pioneer SX-N30 Network Receiver, Pioneer PD10AE CD Player, Furman M8-LX Power Conditioner, Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers, Polk DSW Pro 660wi Subwoofer
  • Congrats. I had the same conclusion with my rig a couple weeks back and it feels great to just enjoy the music.
    Living Room
    Yamaha Aventage RX-A 1060, Parasound P5, Parasound A23, Yamaha BD-S681, Auralic Aries Mini, Polk S60, Polk S30, Samsung 60" LED

    Office
    B&K Ref 50, B&K 200.2, Chromecast, LSiM 703s

    Douglas Connection ICs and Cables
  • dhart86dhart86 Posts: 1,428
    halo wrote: »
    That's great news!!!! Enjoy!!

    How 'bout a pic?

    Will do....gotta charge up the camera
    Main Rig:
    HTPC (J River) > PS Audio Directstream Jr.>deHavilland Ultraverve 3 >Belles Reference 150a
    Harbeth C7 ES3


    Second Rig:
    HTPC (J.River)> MF V-Link> Adcom GDA 600 > Cayin TA 30 (buzzy-bee mods)
    Monitor 5 (Westmassguy-modded)


  • dhart86dhart86 Posts: 1,428
    edited September 27
    DSkip wrote: »
    If you're happy, stay away from me. I've become a bit of an enabler with Marvin recently and he might rub off on you.

    Hahahahaha, for sure DSkip, you are very knowledgeable and have some nice equipment in stock so yeah, I should probably take your advice
    Main Rig:
    HTPC (J River) > PS Audio Directstream Jr.>deHavilland Ultraverve 3 >Belles Reference 150a
    Harbeth C7 ES3


    Second Rig:
    HTPC (J.River)> MF V-Link> Adcom GDA 600 > Cayin TA 30 (buzzy-bee mods)
    Monitor 5 (Westmassguy-modded)


  • dhart86dhart86 Posts: 1,428
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    Hope there are no major format changes are hardware design/configuration upgrades (e.g., DACs) for the rest or your life, then...

    Well you make a decent point, but my dac is able to do firmware updates. Everything else should be good for at least 10-20 yrs maybe. Mhardy I'm at a parade, stop tryna rain on it (lol)
    Main Rig:
    HTPC (J River) > PS Audio Directstream Jr.>deHavilland Ultraverve 3 >Belles Reference 150a
    Harbeth C7 ES3


    Second Rig:
    HTPC (J.River)> MF V-Link> Adcom GDA 600 > Cayin TA 30 (buzzy-bee mods)
    Monitor 5 (Westmassguy-modded)


  • dhart86dhart86 Posts: 1,428
    verb wrote: »
    Congrats! Sure enough, you'll be rollin tubes, lookin at new stuff, etc., etc., down the rabbit hole again! :smile:

    Thanks Verb, I got a bunch of tubes on hand from previous experiences
    Main Rig:
    HTPC (J River) > PS Audio Directstream Jr.>deHavilland Ultraverve 3 >Belles Reference 150a
    Harbeth C7 ES3


    Second Rig:
    HTPC (J.River)> MF V-Link> Adcom GDA 600 > Cayin TA 30 (buzzy-bee mods)
    Monitor 5 (Westmassguy-modded)


  • dhart86dhart86 Posts: 1,428
    Congrats. I had the same conclusion with my rig a couple weeks back and it feels great to just enjoy the music.

    4 sure
    Main Rig:
    HTPC (J River) > PS Audio Directstream Jr.>deHavilland Ultraverve 3 >Belles Reference 150a
    Harbeth C7 ES3


    Second Rig:
    HTPC (J.River)> MF V-Link> Adcom GDA 600 > Cayin TA 30 (buzzy-bee mods)
    Monitor 5 (Westmassguy-modded)


  • Mike ReeterMike Reeter Posts: 3,317
    Glad you have made it to "The Promised Land". I'm knocking on the door, but not quite there yet, but very close!
    SDA SRS 2.3TL's/SDA SRS 3.1TL's/SDA CRS+4.1TL's and some other stuff
  • dhart86dhart86 Posts: 1,428
    Glad you have made it to "The Promised Land". I'm knocking on the door, but not quite there yet, but very close!

    What are you playing with these days Mike? Rogue Audio M-180s ?
    Main Rig:
    HTPC (J River) > PS Audio Directstream Jr.>deHavilland Ultraverve 3 >Belles Reference 150a
    Harbeth C7 ES3


    Second Rig:
    HTPC (J.River)> MF V-Link> Adcom GDA 600 > Cayin TA 30 (buzzy-bee mods)
    Monitor 5 (Westmassguy-modded)


  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 15,136
    To be quite honest, I'm there too for the most part. I could quit my business and keep a few pieces and not change my system for a VERY long time. Unfortunately I can't stop though and have a few more BIG pieces coming in soon. I'm looking to make a big splash at AXPONA 2019.

    Being content is an awesome place to be.
    audiothesis.com/

    Speakers: Harbeth: 30.2, SHL5+; Usher: Be-10, T-515; Rosso Fiorentino: Elba, Pienza, Certaldo, Fiesole, Volterra; Polk: T50, Signature S15, RTA 15tl, RTi12; Sonner Audio Allegro Unum, Legato Unum, Legato Semis, Legato Duo; Emerald Physics CS-2.8; Klipsch KLF-20
    Preamps: Shuguang S200MK, Dayens Ampino, Parasound P5
    Amps: Shuguang S845MK, Dayens Ampino Monoblocks, Parasound A23
    Integrateds: Triode Corporation TRV-88SER, MastersounD: BoX, Dueventi, Compact 845, Evolution 845; North Star Design Blue Diamond
    Sources: AURALiC Aries, Denon HEOS Link, North Star Design: Magnifico, Supremo, Incanto, Intenso, Venti
    Cabling: Wireworld
    TV: Sony XBR-75X940C
  • mlistens03mlistens03 Posts: 2,332
    I can’t wait to get to this point. Except for me, I’ll sit back and enjoy it for a full week before the upgrade bug bites again. ;)
    Glad you’ve made it, I’ll be here whether I like it or not in the upcoming months, as I gotta get a car, hopefully before I get my actual license.
    Micah

    Main system: Technics SL3200, Shure M97xE, Lafayette LR1100 for tuner, Hagerman Audio Labs Bugle 2 phono stage, NAD C352 integrated, Boston Acoustics VR 2, Boston PV500, generic ICs, and BJC Belden speaker cables.

    Desktop: Dell Precision 690 running iTunes, Yamaha RX-v665, Monitor Audio R90s, Velodyne VA-907, generic ICs and speaker cables.
    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'.
  • Mike ReeterMike Reeter Posts: 3,317
    dhart86 wrote: »
    Glad you have made it to "The Promised Land". I'm knocking on the door, but not quite there yet, but very close!

    What are you playing with these days Mike? Rogue Audio M-180s ?

    The 180's have moved on, I now have a pair of VAS Audio Citation II, EL-34 based mono blocks. They have won me over.
    SDA SRS 2.3TL's/SDA SRS 3.1TL's/SDA CRS+4.1TL's and some other stuff
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 19,601
    dhart86 wrote: »
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    Hope there are no major format changes are hardware design/configuration upgrades (e.g., DACs) for the rest or your life, then...

    Well you make a decent point, but my dac is able to do firmware updates. Everything else should be good for at least 10-20 yrs maybe. Mhardy I'm at a parade, stop tryna rain on it (lol)

    Hey, I'm just tryin' to keep the hifi industry goin'. Since folks don't breed like flies any more, we're their main source of income!


    ;)
  • marvda1marvda1 Posts: 3,216
    @dehart86, thanks for the heads up on the cv181-t, took the deHavilland to a new level.
    Amplifiers: MasterSound Compact 845, Ayre v6xe, Consonance Cyber 800, Usher R1.5
    Preamp: deHavilland Ultraverve 3
    Transport/Dac: Cayin Venus cd-100i, Musical Paradise mp-d2 mkI
    Speakers: Rosso Fiorentino Volterra
    Speaker Cables: Analysis Plus Black Mesh Oval 9, Cerious Technologies Graphene Extreme
    Interconnects: Analysis Plus Copper Oval-In Micro, MG Audio Design Planus Cu2,
    Cerious Technologies Graphene Extreme
    Power Cables by: Cullen Cables, 6sons Audio, Swiss Cables
  • tonybtonyb Posts: 30,171
    Sweet rig you put together man. Every piece is a no brainer. Rock out with your you know what out bro.
    HT SYSTEM-2 channel
    Sony 850c 4k
    Pioneer elite vhx 21
    Sony 4k BRP
    SVS SB-2000
    Dynaudio Audience 72
    Polk FX500 surrounds
    Cary xciter dac
    Cullen modded Sonos
    Joule la-100 pre
    B&k Ref 4420 amp

    Cables-
    Acoustic zen Satori speaker cables
    Acoustic zen Matrix 2 IC's
    Analysis plus crystal oval ic's
    Wireworld eclipse 7 ic's
    Audio metallurgy ga-o digital cable

    Kitchen

    Sonos zp90
    B&k 1430
    Tad 803 speakers
  • kharp1kharp1 Posts: 2,587
    Congrats @dhart86 I'm in a holding pattern myself. I'm liking my PS Audio Memory Player and DAC, though it's only being utilized for disc playing at the moment. I'm waiting for the PSA streamer to come out, and, that will probably be the last purchase for a while.
    Main System:
    Joule-Electra LA 100 MKIII
    Pass Labs Aleph 30, McCormack DNA-125, Parasound A21
    Marantz SA-14S1
    Usher CP-6311/Tyler Acoustics Taylo Reference Monitor, LSA-1
    Dual SVS 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

  • BlueFoxBlueFox Posts: 10,256
    Actually, you are getting started. Have fun. :)
    Bud - Silicon Valley

    Lumin S1
    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 source, 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.
  • You haven't changed you pre and amp in your sig. That's your subconscious telling you that you ain't done. :)
    System
    Yamaha A-S3000 Integrated Amplifier
    Sonus Faber Cremona Loudspeakers
    PS Audio Directream Jr| Jolida JD-100A CDP | Sansui TU-717 Tuner
  • gcegce Posts: 2,169
    I don't think you're done you've just had enough. There's always something to replace or upgrade in this hobby. :p
    Anaheim Hills CA,
    HT 5.1: Anthem MRX 720 / BDP-Denon DBT1713UD / Polkaudio LSiM703 / W4S mAmp's / Polkaudio LSiM706c / Polkaudio LSiM702F/X's / SVS PC12-NSD / Panasonic TC P55VT30

    2 Channel: Rogue RP-5 / WireWorld Electra power cord / Marantz TT-15S1/ Ortofon - Quintet Black MC / Marantz NA8005 DAC / W4S mAmp's / Synology DS 216+ll-4TB / Polkaudio LSiM703
  • rpf65rpf65 Posts: 1,833
    If your happy with the sound, I’m happy for you.

    All that’s left is finding the perfect chair, because it’s been unscientifically proven there is a correlation between audio preformance and butt support.
  • GlennDogGlennDog Posts: 1,594
    rpf65 wrote: »
    All that’s left is finding the perfect chair, because it’s been unscientifically proven there is a correlation between audio preformance and butt support.

    La-Z-Boy Eldorado
    High Leg Recliner

    https://www.la-z-boy.com/p/recliners/eldorado-high-leg-recliner/_/R-029423

    Thank me later!

    Power Rogue M180 monos & Adcom GFA 5802
    PS Audio PerfectWave Power Plant 10
    Rears Definitive Technology BP-2
    DAC North Star Design Supremo
    Source PSA PWT & Oppo 105
    Pre/Pro Integra DHC 40.1
    LCD Samsung LN46B750
    Mains Salk HT2-TL
    Pre Cary SLP-98 F1
    Center Salk HT2C
    Wires MIT S3.3
    PSA PC AC-12
  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 11,521
    That is sweet
  • steveinazsteveinaz Posts: 18,425
    You have some great components.
    Transport: Oppo BDP-103/USB HDD | Preamp/DAC: Benchmark DAC2L | Power Amp: Parasound Halo A21 | Speakers: PSB Imagine T2 | Cables: Signal Cable XLR; Kimber 8VS Bi-Wire; Belden 1694A Dig Coax | AC Power: Panamax M5300-PM
  • Is this thread a test? “I’m done” is an absolute joke in this hobby.
  • mlistens03mlistens03 Posts: 2,332
    joecoulson wrote: »
    Is this thread a test? “I’m done” is an absolute joke in this hobby.

    Learned that from experience once or twice, or maybe 6 times. :# :D
    Micah

    Main system: Technics SL3200, Shure M97xE, Lafayette LR1100 for tuner, Hagerman Audio Labs Bugle 2 phono stage, NAD C352 integrated, Boston Acoustics VR 2, Boston PV500, generic ICs, and BJC Belden speaker cables.

    Desktop: Dell Precision 690 running iTunes, Yamaha RX-v665, Monitor Audio R90s, Velodyne VA-907, generic ICs and speaker cables.
    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'.
  • rpf65rpf65 Posts: 1,833
    joecoulson wrote: »
    Is this thread a test? “I’m done” is an absolute joke in this hobby.

    Have a heart. Just isn’t right to crush somebody’s dreams.
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