I'm Done!

dhart86dhart86 Posts: 1,515
edited September 2018 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:
Antipodes DX > Roon > PS Audio Directstream Jr.>deHavilland Ultraverve 3 >Belles Reference 150a >Harbeth C7 ES3


Second Rig:
PS Audio Directstream Jr Bridge II > Cayin TA 30 (buzzy-bee mods) >Monitor 5 (Westmassguy-modded)


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  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 15,901
    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.
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 21,825
    edited September 2018
    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: 6,608
    Congrats! Sure enough, you'll be rollin tubes, lookin at new stuff, etc., etc., down the rabbit hole again! :smile:
    Basement: Polk SDA SRS, Cary SLP-05 Pre, Enlightened Audio Designs CD Transport, Northstar Designs Excelsio DAC, Silnote Morpheus Ref2 Digital Cable, Marantz SA-14 SACD, McIntosh MC300 Amp, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, Pangea Power Cables, Wireworld Oasis 8 RCA IC's, MIT Shotgun S3 IC's, MIT Shotgun S1 Bi-Wire speaker cables
    Office: PC, Marantz CD-1, Marantz AMP-1, Denon UDR-F10 Cassette, Acoustic Technologies Classic Speakers, SVS SB12 Plus sub, MIT AVt2 speaker cables, IFI Purifier2, AQ Cinnamon USB cable, Groneberg Quatro Reference IC's
    Spare Room: , Antique Sound Labs Wave AV-8 Monoblocks, Tisbury Mini Passive Pre, Tjoeb 99 tube CD player (modified Marantz CD-38), Analysis Plus Oval 9's, Zu Jumpers, AudioEngine B1 Streamer, Klipsch RB-61 v2, SVS PB1000 sub, Blue Jeans RCA IC'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 sub
  • 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, Cambridge Audio Azur 851N, Polk S60, Polk S30, Samsung 60" LED

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

    Douglas Connection ICs and Cables
  • dhart86dhart86 Posts: 1,515
    halo wrote: »
    That's great news!!!! Enjoy!!

    How 'bout a pic?

    Will do....gotta charge up the camera
    Main Rig:
    Antipodes DX > Roon > PS Audio Directstream Jr.>deHavilland Ultraverve 3 >Belles Reference 150a >Harbeth C7 ES3


    Second Rig:
    PS Audio Directstream Jr Bridge II > Cayin TA 30 (buzzy-bee mods) >Monitor 5 (Westmassguy-modded)


  • dhart86dhart86 Posts: 1,515
    edited September 2018
    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:
    Antipodes DX > Roon > PS Audio Directstream Jr.>deHavilland Ultraverve 3 >Belles Reference 150a >Harbeth C7 ES3


    Second Rig:
    PS Audio Directstream Jr Bridge II > Cayin TA 30 (buzzy-bee mods) >Monitor 5 (Westmassguy-modded)


  • dhart86dhart86 Posts: 1,515
    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:
    Antipodes DX > Roon > PS Audio Directstream Jr.>deHavilland Ultraverve 3 >Belles Reference 150a >Harbeth C7 ES3


    Second Rig:
    PS Audio Directstream Jr Bridge II > Cayin TA 30 (buzzy-bee mods) >Monitor 5 (Westmassguy-modded)


  • dhart86dhart86 Posts: 1,515
    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:
    Antipodes DX > Roon > PS Audio Directstream Jr.>deHavilland Ultraverve 3 >Belles Reference 150a >Harbeth C7 ES3


    Second Rig:
    PS Audio Directstream Jr Bridge II > Cayin TA 30 (buzzy-bee mods) >Monitor 5 (Westmassguy-modded)


  • dhart86dhart86 Posts: 1,515
    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:
    Antipodes DX > Roon > PS Audio Directstream Jr.>deHavilland Ultraverve 3 >Belles Reference 150a >Harbeth C7 ES3


    Second Rig:
    PS Audio Directstream Jr Bridge II > Cayin TA 30 (buzzy-bee mods) >Monitor 5 (Westmassguy-modded)


  • 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: 1,515
    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:
    Antipodes DX > Roon > PS Audio Directstream Jr.>deHavilland Ultraverve 3 >Belles Reference 150a >Harbeth C7 ES3


    Second Rig:
    PS Audio Directstream Jr Bridge II > Cayin TA 30 (buzzy-bee mods) >Monitor 5 (Westmassguy-modded)


  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 15,901
    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.
  • mlistens03mlistens03 Posts: 2,573
    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.
    Not Tom or Trey or Jim just Micah
    KEF Q150s, NAD C352, BJC Belden cables, Technics SL3200, Marantz CD6004 courtesy of Clipdat, Salamander Archetype rack, Millenium Falcon :)
    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'.
  • 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: 21,825
    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: 3,550
    @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,
    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, Cerious Technologies Graphene Extreme
    Power Cables by: Cullen Cables, 6sons Audio, Swiss Cables
  • tonybtonyb Posts: 31,032
    Sweet rig you put together man. Every piece is a no brainer. Rock out with your you know what out bro.
    HT SYSTEM-
    Sony 850c 4k
    Pioneer elite vhx 21
    Sony 4k BRP
    SVS SB-2000
    Polk Sig. 20's
    Polk FX500 surrounds

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

    Kitchen

    Sonos zp90
    Grant Fidelity tube dac
    B&k 1430
    Tad 803 speakers
  • kharp1kharp1 Posts: 3,202
    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 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
  • BlueFoxBlueFox Posts: 11,264
    Actually, you are getting started. Have fun. :)
    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.
  • 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-9900 Tuner|TEAC A-6100 RtR
  • gcegce Posts: 2,176
    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: 2,023
    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: 1,955
    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 Salk SuperCharged Surrounds
    Source PSA PWT into NSD Supremo
    Pre/Pro Integra DHC 40.1
    LCD Samsung LN46B750
    Mains Salk HT2-TL
    Center Salk HT2C
    Pre Cary SLP-05
    Wires WW & MIT
  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 13,521
    That is sweet
  • steveinazsteveinaz Posts: 18,957
    You have some great components.
    Source: Bluesound Node 2i | Preamp/DAC: PS Audio Stellar Gain Cell | Power Amp: Parasound Halo A21 | Speakers: PSB Imagine T2 | Cables: Signal Cable Analog 2 XLR; Kimber 8VS Bi-Wire; DH Labs D-75 Dig Coax | AC Power: Panamax M5300-PM
  • joecoulsonjoecoulson Posts: 3,021
    Is this thread a test? “I’m done” is an absolute joke in this hobby.
    SPEAKERS - ELAC ADANTE AF-61, TOTEM RAINMAKER, SONUS FABER SOLO, DEFINITIVE TECH SM350, MIRAGE OASIS, SONOS PLAY 5 & 1'S, SVS SB16 ULTRA

    POWER - PS AUDIO M700, LINN LK240, MARANTZ SR5013

    PRE/DACS - PS AUDIO STELLAR GAIN, AURALIC VEGA G1

    SOURCE - DENON 2910, SONY CDX355, JVC XM448, REGA P2 (MODDED) ANIA CART, REGA FONO MC, XBOX 1 S, TIVO BOLT

    POWER/WIRES - AQ NIAGARA 5000, AQ HURRICANE HC (2M), AQ MONSOON HC (2M) , AQ COLORADO XLR (2M & 1M) AND RCAs(1M), AQ VICTORIA(1M), ACOUSTIC ZEN SATORI W JUMPERS(3M), ATLAS EOS PC, AQ CARBON COAX, WW STRATUS X3/AURORA X1 PC, AQ CARBON HDMIs

    MISC- OKKI NOKKI RCM, HARMONY ELITE, SONY 75XBR900E
  • mlistens03mlistens03 Posts: 2,573
    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
    Not Tom or Trey or Jim just Micah
    KEF Q150s, NAD C352, BJC Belden cables, Technics SL3200, Marantz CD6004 courtesy of Clipdat, Salamander Archetype rack, Millenium Falcon :)
    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: 2,023
    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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