I just jumped in to the deep end of the pool.

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  • kharp1kharp1 Posts: 3,310
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    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
  • displaynamedisplayname Posts: 368
    Congrats! Levison gear is pretty solid, especially when you can get it at a good point. I don't think most of their gear is worth it's original retail, but for a solid aftermarket price it's well worth the investment. Generally very quality builds and good parts. The piece should last year for years to come with normal maintenance.
    Analog: MoFi MasterTracker > MoFi UltraDeck > Sutherland 20/20
    Digital: Sony CDP-CE375 / Streaming > Cambridge CXN v2
    MastersounD Dueventi > JBL Studio 580 or Arcam rHead > Hifiman HE4XX
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  • BlueBirdMusicBlueBirdMusic Registered User Posts: 637
    Super looking Bad A$$ amp. Should have its own wheels.
  • JayMXJayMX Posts: 235
    Nice! I put a little heart on that one on KSL too, even though it’s a little (a lot - my wife would kill me....) outta my range! Glad you were able to land it at a good price!! Someday when you have time I still hope you can run through my B&K. Enjoy!
    Current Collection:
    Monitor 4a (Peerless), Monitor 4b (Peerless), Monitor 5a (Peerless), Monitor 5b (SL2000), Monitor 7b (Peerless), Modified Monitor 7c’s (194’s, Dynamat, Sonicaps, Mills, H-nuts), SDA CRS+ (SL2000), RTA12c (194's), SDA SRS 2 (SL2000)

    Repair pile: SRS 3.1TL (198’s), RTA 11T's, (1) lonely RTA 11TL to become a center channel... someday...

    Pairs that have passed through:
    Monitor 5b (SL1000), Monitor 10a (Peerless), Monitor 10c (3x pair), RTA8, RTA8TL, SDA2, SDA2a, SDA1b, SDA SRS2

    ...and more to come, it’s a sickness.
  • Joey_VJoey_V Posts: 7,061
    Congrats!

    So how goes it sound?
    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
  • TEAforONETEAforONE Posts: 104
    Wow! That is a beautiful amp. Congratulations,and good luck with it.
    First Watt,Monarchy Audio,Aric Audio,Promitheus Audio,Pro-Ject,Hornshoppe,Nola,HSU,Onkyo.
  • SCompRacerSCompRacer Posts: 7,153
    Way kewl! Congrats!

    S'mores. :)
    Make yourself necessary to someone. Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Salk SoundScape 8's * Audio Research Reference 3 * Bottlehead Eros Phono * Park's Audio Budgie SUT * Krell KSA-250 * Harmonic Technology Pro 9+ & Pro 11+ * Signature Series Sonore Music Server w/Deux PS* Twisted Pear Buffalo III Dual Mono ESS Sabre32 DAC * Heavy Plinth Lenco L75 Idler Drive * AA MG-1 Linear Air Bearing Arm * AT33PTG/II & Denon 103R * Richard Gray 600S * NHT B-12d subs * GIK Acoustic Treatments * Sennheiser HD650 *

  • voltzvoltz Posts: 5,252
    yes I so happy for you :) Rock on and let us know how you like it...

    I am sold on my Modwright...have always love looking and dreaming about your amp! and I paid about double for mine ;)
    2 ch- Polk CRS+ * Vincent SA-31MK Preamp * Vincent Sp-331 Amp * Marantz SA8005 SACD * Project Xperience Classic TT * Sumiko Blue Point #2 MC cartridge

    HT - Polk 703's * NAD T-758 * Adcom 5503 * Oppo 103 * Samsung 60" series 8 LCD
  • Mikey081057Mikey081057 Posts: 6,561
    Congrats... A Mark Lev is on my short list too....
    My New Year's resolution is 3840 × 2160

    HT:Polk LSiM 706 LSiM 705's VR3 LSiM 703's LSiM 702's| Marantz AV7704 | Sunfire TGA-7401 | Oppo UDP 203 | Sony PS4 Pro| Directv Genie HD DVR | Samsung 75" Q8 QLED | SVS PB13 Ultra | MIT EXP 2's (Fronts & Center)

    ManCave: Parasound Halo A21 | Parsound Halo A52+ | Marantz AV7002 AV PrePro | Usher Dancer Mini-x DMD's | Usher BE-616 Center | SVS Ultra Surrounds | SVS SB4000 Sub | SVS SB2000 Sub | Oppo UDP 203 | MIT Shotgun S3's | PSAudio Stellar GCD | Music Hall MMF 5.3se TT w/ Soundsmith Carmen | Mytek Brooklyn DAC+ | Lumin U1 Mini | HP Elite Slice PC | ROON'd for life | Samsung 50" SUHD TV | Sony PS4

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

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  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 21,158
    sucks2beme wrote: »
    my back hurts just looking at it.
    Lol... they are famously and massively overbuilt. No expense spared in any aspect of that chassis.
    The Gear... Carver "Statement" Mono-blocks, TriangleArt Reference SE with Pass Labs Xono Phono Preamp, Walker Precision Motor Drive, ClearAudio Goldfinger Diamond v2 cartridge and Origin Conquerer Mk3c tonearm, Polk Audio "Signature" Reference Series 1.2TL with complete mods, Pass Labs X0.2 three chassis preamp, PS Audio PerfectWave DAC MkII, Pioneer Elite SC-65, Oppo UDP-205 4K Blu-ray player, Sony XBR70x850B 4k, Polk audio AB700/800 "in-wall" surrounds.

    Saying that it's "too hard" to pursue your dreams is no different than admitting to yourself that you are too lazy to achieve them.

    “If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.”
  • ZLTFULZLTFUL Posts: 5,050
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    "Some people find it easier to be conceited rather than correct."

    "Unwad those panties and have a good time man. We're all here to help each other, no matter how it might appear." DSkip
  • DarqueKnightDarqueKnight Posts: 6,559
    edited June 17
    pitdogg2 wrote: »
    I've been watching this one for giggles. WAY WAY out of my price range and league. Heck I'd prolly need a whole new breaker panel and incoming service to support such a beast.


    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Mark-Levinson-No336-flagship-amplifier-Just-Completely-serviced/223365248468?ssPageName=STRK:MEBIDX:IT&_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649

    Interesting combo...Mark Levinson power amp and (what appears to be) Monster Cable Z2 Reference speaker cables. This isn't a dig at MC, as I own multiple pairs of MC Z2 and Z3 Reference speaker cables. I just would have expected a higher quality of wire to be used with this amp:

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    "So hot it burns Mice!"~DK
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    "Those who irrationally rail against something or someone that is no threat to them, actually desire (or desire to be like) the thing or person they are railing against."~DK
  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 21,158
    Come on Raiffe… everyone knows wires have no bearing on sound reproduction. It's all just snake oil. ;) :* o:)
    The Gear... Carver "Statement" Mono-blocks, TriangleArt Reference SE with Pass Labs Xono Phono Preamp, Walker Precision Motor Drive, ClearAudio Goldfinger Diamond v2 cartridge and Origin Conquerer Mk3c tonearm, Polk Audio "Signature" Reference Series 1.2TL with complete mods, Pass Labs X0.2 three chassis preamp, PS Audio PerfectWave DAC MkII, Pioneer Elite SC-65, Oppo UDP-205 4K Blu-ray player, Sony XBR70x850B 4k, Polk audio AB700/800 "in-wall" surrounds.

    Saying that it's "too hard" to pursue your dreams is no different than admitting to yourself that you are too lazy to achieve them.

    “If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.”
  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 14,046
    See Raife I knew you'd come around ….. :D :D :D
  • audioluvraudioluvr Posts: 1,298
    Come on Raiffe… everyone knows wires have no bearing on sound reproduction. It's all just snake oil. ;) :* o:)

    So true! Moved my MC Z2 references to the closet of shame simply because my Wireworlds are WAY prettier!
    Home System:
    SDA 1C's - Full mod with the help by Dave...
    1000 Va Dreadnought- w/ WireWorld Mini-Eclipse cables
    WireWorld Mini-Eclipse 7 speaker cables
    WireWorld Silver Eclipse IC's
    Cambridge Audio Azur 851N - DAC/Streamer
    B&K Reference 50 Pre/Pro
    B&K M200 Sonata Monoblocks
    BLE-Design 16mm Power Cables
    Denon DVD 2900

    Barn system:
    SDA SRS 2.3's Full mod done by myself
    Carver C-1 pre
    Carver M1.5t
    BluDenso - Bluetooth receiver/DAC
  • BlueFoxBlueFox Posts: 11,811
    Yes. Good gear works everywhere. Let us know how it sounds when finished.
    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.
  • kharp1kharp1 Posts: 3,310
    HUGE!
    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
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 7,082
    edited July 3
    daddyjt wrote: »
    Next, I’ve noticed that it’s almost impossible to perceive the music as too loud, regardless of how high the volume is. I know that must sound ridiculous, but as I turn the volume up, I never seem the reach the point where I think “I better turn this down”.

    The last thing I’ve notice thus far, is what I can only describe as a “rounding off” of the sharp edges. HOWEVER, I have to qualify that there is NO LOSS of detail whatsoever. I know that sounds like a contradiction, but that’s the best way I can describe it. Everything seems a bit “smoother”, yet ever so slightly more detailed. The combination is downright intoxicating.

    I thought you did a great job of describing these two attributes/characteristics. I'm familiar with and have heard both of these things you mentioned.
    "Electronic music is human sound adapting to indulge technology, and for some, it feels like the signature sound of energy. New and abstract sounds over hypnotic rhythms can conjure vast soundscapes for escape, pleasure, and transcendence."
  • GlennDogGlennDog Posts: 2,001
    Congrats JT!
    Imagine how sweet it'll sound when you get everything set up (mo betta! ) optimally
    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
  • verbverb Posts: 7,375
    Dang dude @daddyjt that's a lot of ammo boxes! Love it! :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, EAR Acute CD Player, EAR 834L Pre, 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
    Living Room: Peachtree Nova Integrated, Cambridge CXN v2 Streamer, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers, Polk DSW Pro 660wi sub
  • EndersShadowEndersShadow Posts: 16,782
    verb wrote: »
    Dang dude @daddyjt that's not nearly enoughammo boxes! Love it! :smile:

    Fixed it for ya :wink:
    "....not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted." William Bruce Cameron, Informal Sociology: A Casual Introduction to Sociological Thinking (1963)
  • dromundsdromunds Posts: 8,182
    Whoa!!!!! Now that's an amp
  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 16,062
    Great comments! If you move up the right lines, you will get a 'rounding' of the edges because properly designed and voiced gear gets rid of the upper midrange hump used by many products to 'spotlight' details in the music. The proper way to bring out those details is to improve texture from top to bottom, possible by good design and much lower noise floors.

    Better transformers, better isolation, and better parts all reduce the noise floor of a unit. This is also where cables come in as well and why I don't subscribe to using them as tuning devices - if you use them to 'flavor' your sound, you aren't necessarily going to get the cleanest sound and those textures will disappear.

    This is ALSO where a good rack comes into play as well. The more you filter out the noise in your components, the easier it is to hear textures up and down the frequency response and the less you come to like the spotlighting feature so many hifi products offer nowadays. To me, spotlighting is just an illusion of good sound. YMMV
  • pglbookpglbook Posts: 1,676
    Congrats, daddyjt, and great description of what you are hearing with your new amp. Quality in (design, build, detail, etc.) = quality out. It definitely sounds like an endgame piece. Enjoy!
  • daddyjtdaddyjt Posts: 996
    verb wrote: »
    Dang dude @daddyjt that's a lot of ammo boxes! Love it! :smile:

    Lol - yea, I went through an ammo buying phase for a few years. When we moved to Utah 3 years ago, I had to bring the ammo down in two trips, due to weight. Here’s what it looked like on one of the trips...

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    Too much stuff to keep track of.

    Currently enjoying: Legacy Focus 20/20, McCormack DNA 225, Bill D C1, Oppo 105
  • daddyjtdaddyjt Posts: 996
    Thanks for the positive comments guys - this is definitely uncharted territory for me!

    I am even considering a *gasp* tube preamp!
    Too much stuff to keep track of.

    Currently enjoying: Legacy Focus 20/20, McCormack DNA 225, Bill D C1, Oppo 105
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