What did you do to your stereo rig today?

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  • displayname
    displayname Posts: 973
    Clipdat wrote: »
    I bought this simple and unassuming looking Lumin U1 Mini from AudioThesis, and I'm amazed at how much difference a high quality streaming transport can make.

    I've never heard Tidal sound this good on my system. Worth every penny.

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    At some point down the road I plan to replace my CXN with a separate streamer and DAC. If I was doing it today, this would be the unit I would be getting.
    Analog: MoFi MasterTracker > MoFi UltraDeck > Sutherland 20/20
    Digital: Cambridge CXC / Streaming > Cambridge CXN v2
    MastersounD Dueventi > Rosso Fiorentino Certaldo or Arcam rHead > Hifiman HE4XX
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  • Clipdat
    Clipdat Posts: 9,820
    I have it connected to my Ruby DAC via an Audioquest Forest USB cable. Would like to try a higher end USB cable with it to hear any differences.
  • jdjohn
    jdjohn Posts: 2,126
    Nice! Lumin is on my list as well.
    For a USB cable, I went with DH Labs Silver Sonic from here: https://www.ebay.com/itm/DH-Labs-Silver-Sonic-USB-1-meter-Standard-USB-Cable-USB-A-to-USB-B/360386488486?hash=item53e8b568a6:g:xc0AAOSwpDdVL8sv He sells various different lengths.
    Pretty good value IMO. Of course you could step up to the Silver Sonic Mirage for more bucks.
    "This may not matter to you, but it does to me for various reasons, many of them illogical or irrational, but the vinyl hobby is not really logical or rational..." - member on Vinyl Engine
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  • Clipdat
    Clipdat Posts: 9,820
    Thanks for the tip! I wish I could try the Mirage before I buy!
  • BlueFox
    BlueFox Posts: 14,684
    Love my Lumin X1. Never tried streaming.
    Lumin X1 file player; 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.
  • Clipdat
    Clipdat Posts: 9,820
    $14k for the X1?! Hot damn!
  • joecoulson
    joecoulson Posts: 4,944
    Bud’s system is like the dream setups we saw at Axpona. Kudos Bud.
  • BlueFox
    BlueFox Posts: 14,684
    edited March 2020
    Clipdat wrote: »
    $14k for the X1?! Hot damn!

    That’s list price. I paid less buying online.
    Lumin X1 file player; 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.
  • verb
    verb Posts: 9,917
    Nice! Where's the review? :wink:
    Basement: Polk SDA SRS 1.2tl's, Cary SLP-05 Pre with ultimate upgrade,McIntosh MCD301 CD/SACD player, Northstar Designs Excelsio DAC, Cambridge 851N streamer, McIntosh MC300 Amp, Silnote Morpheus Ref2, Series2 Digital Cables, Silnote Morpheus Ref2 Series2 XLR's, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, Pangea Power Cables, 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, Antique Sound Labs AV8 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: Dayens Ampino Integrated Amp, 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 #1: Cambridge Audio 640A Integrated Amp, Project Box-E BT Streamer, Polk Tsi200 Bookies, Douglas Speaker Cables, Shunyata Power Conditioner
    Garage #2: Cambridge Audio EVO150 Integrated Amplifier, Polk L200's, Analysis Plus Silver Oval 2 Speaker Cables, IC's TBD.
  • Clipdat
    Clipdat Posts: 9,820
    I've only had it in the system for like 4 days!
  • ZLTFUL
    ZLTFUL Posts: 5,483
    The U1 Mini is also on my short list when the time comes. For now, the Aries Mini has made me solidly content.

    My next upgrade is on the way...should be here tomorrow afternoon but it may be the weekend before I get to set them up...
    "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
  • GlennDog
    GlennDog Posts: 2,426
    edited March 2020
    Clipdat wrote: »
    I've only had it in the system for like 4 days!

    My Mini took about 200 hrs to reach its potential. You ain’t seen heard nut’n yet!
    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
  • treitz3
    treitz3 Posts: 14,564
    Drew, didn't you have the same NAP as Joe?

    Tom
    ~ In search of accurate reproduction of music. Real sound is my reference and while perfection may not be attainable? If I chase it, I might just catch excellence. ~

    ~ I have found excellence ~

    ~ The best way to enjoy digital music reproduction is to never listen to good analogue reproduction ~

  • treitz3
    treitz3 Posts: 14,564
    As for what I did to the rig today, I put in the tubes for the Canary that I got from Brent Jesse and listened to a couple of albums in a row.

    Then spent hours perfectly positioning both speakers to the listening chair, leveling them out both sideways and front to back, adding a little bit of equal height to the fronts. This was after measuring precisely where the speakers would be equal distance from side and back walls.

    Now my ears are exactly 10 feet, 11-3/16" away from both speakers at the listening position. You really don't know how hard that is until you go to do it.

    All measurements and angles done with a 3 way laser pointer and a laser measuring tool. The direction of the tweeter goes right by my ear, to the outside by 2". All measurements double and triple checked.

    Then sat down to listen to the rig again. Needless to say, it was all worth the effort. Now, to get back to the stand mods and wrap up the other projects I have going on in the room. Oh, also eliminated all rattles and unwanted noises within the room so all you hear is the music. Nice, uninterrupted, blissful music.

    Tom
    ~ In search of accurate reproduction of music. Real sound is my reference and while perfection may not be attainable? If I chase it, I might just catch excellence. ~

    ~ I have found excellence ~

    ~ The best way to enjoy digital music reproduction is to never listen to good analogue reproduction ~

  • nooshinjohn
    nooshinjohn Posts: 22,986
    Pulled my Krell out of the rig for it's trip back to the factory. The seller is stepping up and covering EVERYTHING! Color me shocked! The seller is truly stand-up all the way through. I don't know how long it will take to get back, but I figure at least a month, but for the price I paid for it, it should be well worth the wait.
    The Gear... Carver "Statement" Mono-blocks, TriangleArt Reference SE with Pass Labs Xono Phono Preamp, Walker Precision Motor Drive, ClearAudio Goldfinger Statement V2 cartridge and Origin Conqueror 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-LX701, Oppo UDP-205 4K Blu-ray player, Sony XBR70x850B 4k, Polk audio AB800 "in-wall" surrounds.

    “Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book has been rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered…History has stopped. Nothing exists except the endless present in which the party is always right” — George Orwell

    “If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.”
  • jumpindick
    jumpindick Posts: 412
    Clipdat wrote: »
    I bought this simple and unassuming looking Lumin U1 Mini from AudioThesis, and I'm amazed at how much difference a high quality streaming transport can make.

    I've never heard Tidal sound this good on my system. Worth every penny.

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    I was quite surprised to see that it plays a cd quality track at real great resolution than some of the hi-rez tracks.... I love mine as well.
  • Gardenstater
    Gardenstater Posts: 1,992
    @treitz3 What 3 way laser pointer and laser measuring tool did you use?
    George / NJ

    Polk 7B main speakers, std. mods+ (1979, orig owner)
    Martin Logan Dynamo sub w/6ft 14awg Power Cord
    Crown D150 amp
    Logitech Squeezebox Touch Streamer w/EDO applet
    iFi nano iDSD DAC
    iPurifier3
    iDefender w/ iPower PS
    Custom Steve Wilson 1m UPOCC Interconnect
    iFi Mercury 0.5m OFHC continuous cast copper USB cable
    Custom Ribbon Speaker Cables, 5ft long, 4N Copper, 14awg, ultra low inductance
    Custom Vibration Isolation Speaker Stands and Sub Platform
  • treitz3
    treitz3 Posts: 14,564
    Network Audio Player. I thought he had the same one as you at one point, no?

    Tom
    ~ In search of accurate reproduction of music. Real sound is my reference and while perfection may not be attainable? If I chase it, I might just catch excellence. ~

    ~ I have found excellence ~

    ~ The best way to enjoy digital music reproduction is to never listen to good analogue reproduction ~

  • joecoulson
    joecoulson Posts: 4,944
    Way back. We both had the CXN at one point.
    Quite different now
  • Mike Reeter
    Mike Reeter Posts: 4,100
    doctor r wrote: »
    New Origin Live turntable and second tonearm.
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    Beautiful Table B)

    SDA SRS 2.3TL's/SDA SRS 3.1TL's/SDA CRS+4.1TL's and some other stuff
  • nooshinjohn
    nooshinjohn Posts: 22,986
    I like it better than mine...
    The Gear... Carver "Statement" Mono-blocks, TriangleArt Reference SE with Pass Labs Xono Phono Preamp, Walker Precision Motor Drive, ClearAudio Goldfinger Statement V2 cartridge and Origin Conqueror 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-LX701, Oppo UDP-205 4K Blu-ray player, Sony XBR70x850B 4k, Polk audio AB800 "in-wall" surrounds.

    “Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book has been rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered…History has stopped. Nothing exists except the endless present in which the party is always right” — George Orwell

    “If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.”
  • Mike Reeter
    Mike Reeter Posts: 4,100
    edited March 2020
    Another Beauty, the Michell Orbe SE


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    SDA SRS 2.3TL's/SDA SRS 3.1TL's/SDA CRS+4.1TL's and some other stuff
  • treitz3
    treitz3 Posts: 14,564
    Here are a couple of examples of "fairly decent recordings" sounding like reference songs...

    Christopher Cross - Think of Laura

    Counting Crows - Perfect Blue Buddings

    Air Supply - I want to give it all

    The string instruments are out of this world real on the Air Supply song. There is a raspiness that is so realistic as if they are playing that instrument in the room. Almost as if you could hear the individual horse hair variations on the violin bow. Hard to explain....wouldn't even know where to begin but it sounds like they are there in the room playing the instrument before you.

    Same album, the song Goodbye. Many aspects could be considered reference. The bass riff should have a plethora of texture and cycling that should be easily heard with no one note bass.

    Back to listening...

    Tom

    ~ In search of accurate reproduction of music. Real sound is my reference and while perfection may not be attainable? If I chase it, I might just catch excellence. ~

    ~ I have found excellence ~

    ~ The best way to enjoy digital music reproduction is to never listen to good analogue reproduction ~

  • sgmsmg
    sgmsmg Posts: 492
    Very nice! Excellent work! My OCD appreciates the symmetry and I am sure there is also the added benefit of having two of them :D
    2 Channel
    Pre:Bryston BP173
    Amp:Bryston 14B3
    Speakers: Golden Ear Triton Reference
    Source: Oppo UDP-205, Bryston BDA-3, Bryston BDP-3, Bryston BCD-3, Apple TV, Amazon Fire
    Cables: Wireworld Gold Eclipse 7 Speaker, Wireworld Gold Eclipse 7 XLR, AQ Diamond USB/HDMI
    Power: PS Audio P10 Regenerator, AC12, AC10 and AC5 Cables
    Display: Sony XBR65Z9F

    Home Theater
    Pre: JBL SDP-55
    Amps: Parasound A21+, A51x2
    Speakers: Polk LSiM 707 (FL/FR), Polk LSiM706 (Center), LSiM 703 (SL/SR/SBL/SBR), Polk 900-LS (Atmos)
    Subwoofers: SVS SB16 x 4
    Source: Oppo UDP-205, Apple TV, Amazon Fire
    Cables: AQ Meteor/Rocket 88, AQ Niagara/Sky
    Power: Torus AVR20, Shunyata Denali, Shunyata Delta, Cullen, PangeaAC9SE Cables
    Display: Sony XBR85Z9G