What did you do to your stereo rig today?

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  • verbverb Posts: 10,281
    Upgrading from the ahem, Belkin, subwoofer cable in the office rig! :smile:
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    Basement: Polk SDA SRS, Cary SLP-05 Pre with ultimate upgrade,Enlightened Audio Designs CD Transport, Northstar Designs Excelsio DAC, Cambridge 851N streamer, Marantz SA-14 SACD, McIntosh MC300 Amp, Silnote Morpheus Ref2 Digital Cables, 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, EAR Acute CD Player, EAR 834L Pre, Northstar Designs Intenso DAC, PASS ACA Monoblocks, Denon UDR-F10 Cassette, Acoustic Technologies Classic FR 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, Shunyata Hydra 8 Power Conditioner
    Living Room: Peachtree Nova Integrated, Cambridge CXN v2 Streamer, Rotel RCD-1072 CD player, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers, Polk DSW Pro 660wi sub
    Garage: Cambridge Audio 640A Integrated Amp, Project Box-E BT Streamer, Polk Tsi200 Bookies, Douglas Speaker Cables, Shunyata Power Conditioner
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 8,751
    Hooked up PS Audio Stellar S300 amplifier over the weekend.
  • joecoulsonjoecoulson Posts: 4,892
    That’s sweet^
    Review coming I hope.
    Auralic Vega G1/Rega TT - Parasound P6 - Parasound A21+ - Elac Adante AS-61 - AQ Niagara 5000 - SVS SB16u

    HT - Panasonic BDP/Tivo Bolt - Marantz SR5013 - Def tech C and In ceiling - Sony XBR 75"
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 8,751
    joecoulson wrote: »
    That’s sweet^
    Review coming I hope.

    I have a lot of thoughts in my head, just a matter of getting them typed out.
  • dolbyddolbyd Posts: 425
    Clipdat wrote: »
    Hooked up PS Audio Stellar S300 amplifier over the weekend.

    Nice!
    I'm excited to hear your thoughts on it. I plan to order one soon.
    Main room- RTiA9 x4, CSiA6, in ceiling Atmos RT-70 x4, SVS PC 4000 x2, Marantz 7705, OPPO 203, Emotiva DR3 G3, Emotiva XPA-2 G3, Emotiva XPA-5 G3, Emotiva X300, Sony 75" 940E, Panasonic Plasma VT50, PS Audio Power Port X2, PS Audio AC-5 x8, AQ Rocket 33 Biwire speaker cables, AQ King Cobra IC, Furman PFi20 W/Cullen cable, SoildSteel S4-4 rack, GIK room treatments

    Office-Infinity Kappa 600, Kappa Center, in ceiling Polk RC80i, Marantz 5012, OPPO 203, Pioneer Elite PDF-59 CD, PSA Stellar 300, Sony 510C 48"

    Master BR- LSi7, Signature S15 Dolby Height, LSI700 in ceiling, SVS-SB3000, Marantz 5012, Emotiva XPA-5 G2, OPPO 203, Pioneer DVL-919 Laser Disc, Sony 55" 800B

    Patio- SDI Atrium8 x3, Emotiva A-100 amps x3
  • Mikey081057Mikey081057 Posts: 7,424
    edited February 2019
    Today in preparation for the arrival of my new Lumin U1 mini streamer I decided that I would take the for sale sign off of my P5 pre and re introduce it to the rack. I connected the Brooklyn DAC+ via the balanced inputs on the P5 and think it is a nice improvement. I'm using the HT bypass on the P5 for 2 channel mode. I'll connect the Lumin to the Brooklyn when it gets here this week.

    I likey the synergy of the the DAC with the P5 and the A21. The Ushers create an incredible sound stage experience even in my smallish listening room.
    My New Year's resolution is 3840 × 2160

    Family Room| Marantz AV7704| Usher Dancer Mini - 2 DMD Mains |Usher Dancer Mini-x DMD's Surrounds | Usher BE-616 DMD Center | SVS Ultra Rear Surrounds | Parasound Halo A21 | Parsound Halo A52+ | MIT Shotgun S3's | Dual SVS SB 4000 Ultras | Oppo UDP 203 | Directv Genie HD DVR | Samsung 75" Q8 QLED | PSAudio Stellar GCD | Mytek Brooklyn DAC+ | Lumin U1 Mini | HP Elite Slice PC | ROON'd for life |

    ManCave: HT:Polk LSiM 706VR3 LSiM 703's LSiM 702's|| Marantz AV7002 AV PrePro Sunfire TGA-7401| Sony PS4 Pro| Sony PS4 Pro|SVS PB13 Ultra| Oppo UDP 203 | Music Hall MMF 5.3se TT w/ Soundsmith Carmen | Samsung 55" SUHD TV | Sony PS4

    Patio | Polk Atrium 8's | Yamaha R-N303BL |

    Office BlueSound Node| KEF LS50 | Peactree Nova 125SE |

    Bedroom | Focal 905's | Chromecast Audio |

    Garage | Polk Monitor 5B's

    Closet Yamaha M80 | 2 Polk MP3K subs| Yaqin MC100B with Shuguang Treasures KT 88's & CV181Z's | Tesla E83CC's | Marantz 2252B | Marantz 2385 |Polk SDA SRS 2.3 | LSiM 705's |
  • steveinazsteveinaz Posts: 19,480
    edited February 2019
    Mikey, I agree. I really like the preamp section on my Stellar Gain cell, it gives the music some punch I've been missing. This preamp/DAC is the best purchase I've made in years, and synergizes great with my A21.
    Source: Bluesound Node 2i - Preamp/DAC: Benchmark DAC2 DX - Amplifier: Parasound Halo A21 - Speakers: PSB Imagine T2 - Cables: Kimber Hero XLR; Kimber 8VS Bi-Wire; DH Labs D-75 dig coaxial
  • Mikey081057Mikey081057 Posts: 7,424
    I was salivating over that pre today as I was browsing around on the PS Audio site...
    My New Year's resolution is 3840 × 2160

    Family Room| Marantz AV7704| Usher Dancer Mini - 2 DMD Mains |Usher Dancer Mini-x DMD's Surrounds | Usher BE-616 DMD Center | SVS Ultra Rear Surrounds | Parasound Halo A21 | Parsound Halo A52+ | MIT Shotgun S3's | Dual SVS SB 4000 Ultras | Oppo UDP 203 | Directv Genie HD DVR | Samsung 75" Q8 QLED | PSAudio Stellar GCD | Mytek Brooklyn DAC+ | Lumin U1 Mini | HP Elite Slice PC | ROON'd for life |

    ManCave: HT:Polk LSiM 706VR3 LSiM 703's LSiM 702's|| Marantz AV7002 AV PrePro Sunfire TGA-7401| Sony PS4 Pro| Sony PS4 Pro|SVS PB13 Ultra| Oppo UDP 203 | Music Hall MMF 5.3se TT w/ Soundsmith Carmen | Samsung 55" SUHD TV | Sony PS4

    Patio | Polk Atrium 8's | Yamaha R-N303BL |

    Office BlueSound Node| KEF LS50 | Peactree Nova 125SE |

    Bedroom | Focal 905's | Chromecast Audio |

    Garage | Polk Monitor 5B's

    Closet Yamaha M80 | 2 Polk MP3K subs| Yaqin MC100B with Shuguang Treasures KT 88's & CV181Z's | Tesla E83CC's | Marantz 2252B | Marantz 2385 |Polk SDA SRS 2.3 | LSiM 705's |
  • joecoulsonjoecoulson Posts: 4,892
    Do it Mikey!!
    Auralic Vega G1/Rega TT - Parasound P6 - Parasound A21+ - Elac Adante AS-61 - AQ Niagara 5000 - SVS SB16u

    HT - Panasonic BDP/Tivo Bolt - Marantz SR5013 - Def tech C and In ceiling - Sony XBR 75"
  • steveinazsteveinaz Posts: 19,480
    edited February 2019
    Just bought a Bluesound Node 2i. I'll run it into the Stellar DAC. My Oppo app is running me crazy with lock-ups (Media Control app).
    Source: Bluesound Node 2i - Preamp/DAC: Benchmark DAC2 DX - Amplifier: Parasound Halo A21 - Speakers: PSB Imagine T2 - Cables: Kimber Hero XLR; Kimber 8VS Bi-Wire; DH Labs D-75 dig coaxial
  • steveinazsteveinaz Posts: 19,480
    edited February 2019
    I was salivating over that pre today as I was browsing around on the PS Audio site...

    What really made me interested was the fully analog volume gain cell topology. I have been really happy with everything about this unit; both functionally and sound quality wise. If you've been missing that "meat on the bone" sound, this pup will not disappoint.
    Source: Bluesound Node 2i - Preamp/DAC: Benchmark DAC2 DX - Amplifier: Parasound Halo A21 - Speakers: PSB Imagine T2 - Cables: Kimber Hero XLR; Kimber 8VS Bi-Wire; DH Labs D-75 dig coaxial
  • joecoulsonjoecoulson Posts: 4,892
    It’s ability to gingerly produce full range at low levels along with being fully clean all the way up (I go there with the MC cart since the output is so low) is uncanny. Definitely happy with this and it produces great synergy with the Linn’s
    Auralic Vega G1/Rega TT - Parasound P6 - Parasound A21+ - Elac Adante AS-61 - AQ Niagara 5000 - SVS SB16u

    HT - Panasonic BDP/Tivo Bolt - Marantz SR5013 - Def tech C and In ceiling - Sony XBR 75"
  • audioluvraudioluvr Posts: 2,709
    Fabbed up an amp cooling system for my stereo rack. My ceiling fan is starting to make grinding sounds so I needed an alternative. This Airplate S3 runs off USB and I have it plugged into the back of the Cambridge Audio 851N so when it gets turned on it's on. I have it set on low which is really quiet and draws cool air from the front.

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    Cambridge Audio 851N Streamer/DAC
    Belles 21A Pre modded with Mundorf Supreme caps
    B&K M200 Sonata monoblocks refreshed and upgraded
    Polk SDA 1C's modded
    Wireworld Silver Eclipse IC's and speaker cables
  • zeppage2zeppage2 Posts: 192
    The Marantz AV8801 I got off Audiogon 7 months ago for $750 was not outputting sound from the front right channel. After doing all the routine trouble shooting of wire switching, replacement, etc., I decided to tap into the right channel of the zone 2 output. Well, that was clumsy at best and limited the sources available. I contacted Marantz, hoping they could help in some way...

    While waiting for that help, I read in the manual:

    MULTI CH STEREO- This mode is for enjoying stereo sound from all speakers.
    The same sound as that from the front speakers (L/R) is played back at the
    same level from the surround speakers (L/R) and surround back speakers (L/R).

    Well, for my needs that is perfect. I ran a balanced cable from the right surround output to the right channel of my ATI AT543NC.

    Problem solved and shopping for a replacement pre-pro can be postponed for another day.
  • steveinazsteveinaz Posts: 19,480
    I love Yamaha preamps. back in the day I had a C60 and later a C85.
    Source: Bluesound Node 2i - Preamp/DAC: Benchmark DAC2 DX - Amplifier: Parasound Halo A21 - Speakers: PSB Imagine T2 - Cables: Kimber Hero XLR; Kimber 8VS Bi-Wire; DH Labs D-75 dig coaxial
  • joecoulsonjoecoulson Posts: 4,892
    edited February 2019
    Wow. $8k in cables. My wife would kill me. Congrats
    Auralic Vega G1/Rega TT - Parasound P6 - Parasound A21+ - Elac Adante AS-61 - AQ Niagara 5000 - SVS SB16u

    HT - Panasonic BDP/Tivo Bolt - Marantz SR5013 - Def tech C and In ceiling - Sony XBR 75"
  • mlistens03mlistens03 Posts: 2,759
    edited February 2019
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    Hooked up some Boston Acoustics CR75s, that should have instantly made me want to go back to my KEFs. And by today, I mean last week... :#

    The KEFs aren't going anywhere, but these Bostons are still awesome. Not quite perfectly accurate, or flat, or anything of that nature, but just a fun speaker with a great sound stage. Almost as good as my KEFs in fact, which is saying something because the only better stage I've heard was SDA.

    But the key word between these and the KEFs is almost. :)
  • joecoulsonjoecoulson Posts: 4,892
    Wow! I would have bought that too!! Amazing deal on stellar cables! That’s awesome. Dibs on your old ones?
    Auralic Vega G1/Rega TT - Parasound P6 - Parasound A21+ - Elac Adante AS-61 - AQ Niagara 5000 - SVS SB16u

    HT - Panasonic BDP/Tivo Bolt - Marantz SR5013 - Def tech C and In ceiling - Sony XBR 75"
  • CH46ECH46E Posts: 2,541
    I took my Parasound 2250 v2 out and packaged it up for shipping to the new owner in Canada.

    Decided to pull my subwoofer amp and put it in the place of the Parasound just to see how it sounded. It's a Behringer NX3000. Plenty of power but the highs were shrill. Tons of bass and very tight. Tighter bass than the Parasound but the over all quality really sucked.

    After having that fun I returned the NX3000 to the subs and plugged my NAD906 back in. This amp never disappoints. Love it!

    Now I'm just waiting for the TFM45 .
  • maxwardmaxward Posts: 711
    Used the digital cable bought from @halo to include the Mydac into the kitchen system. A NAD CD player into an old Proton Radio plus matching Proton speaker. It made a noticeable improvement.
    Thorens TD-160C; Sumiko Talisman S, retipped by Soundsmith; Jolida JD9; Marantz CD-53; North Star Intenso;
    Joule-Electra LA-100; Balanced Power Technology AC conditioner;
    Odyssey Khartago monos (with most factory upgrades); Magnepan MG 3.6R
  • halohalo Posts: 5,589
    I put the Pioneer DV-47Ai back on the audio rack to fill the space left by the sale of the McCormack amp. Connected it, found my old Herbie's Grungebuster CD mat and gave the Delta Machine double CD a spin. Wow! Sounds fantastic!!
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  • steveinazsteveinaz Posts: 19,480
    Patiently awaiting my BS Node 2i delivery today....*tap*….*tap*….LOL

    BTW, HUGE shout out to CRUTCHFIELD for 2nd day Air on FREE shipping!
    Source: Bluesound Node 2i - Preamp/DAC: Benchmark DAC2 DX - Amplifier: Parasound Halo A21 - Speakers: PSB Imagine T2 - Cables: Kimber Hero XLR; Kimber 8VS Bi-Wire; DH Labs D-75 dig coaxial
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