What did you do to your stereo rig today?

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  • BlueBirdMusic
    BlueBirdMusic Registered User Posts: 1,500
    @daddyjt, I like the looks of your work. Looking forward to your new pictures.

    I have always liked the "old" Standesign audio stands with the cascading shelves.
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  • The ref 30 had an upgrade option that made it a ref 31. It's upgraded if you see an oval "Upgraded" sticker next to the volume knob and a blue screen instead of the factory green screen. It added several internal upgrades basically making it a ref 50 (see photo).

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  • Tony M
    Tony M Posts: 9,768
    Love the stand and paint you chose!

    I agree, nice work.
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • daddyjt
    daddyjt Posts: 1,433
    gp4jesus wrote: »
    @daddyjt: please grab one or more wide angle shots of the frame before placing shelves.

    I think you built something very similar to what I have but you got to decide* the distance between the shelves*. That said I’d like to copy and mod (slightly) 😊
    *instead of the manufacturer

    Tony

    I certainly will today before I begin setup, and I’ll include dimensions:-)

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  • xsmi
    xsmi Posts: 1,612
    just put together my Monolith Audio stand. Tomorrow, I'll tear all of this down and transfer my equipment to the new stand. I'll do some cable management then.
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  • Tony M
    Tony M Posts: 9,768
    Yesterday I hooked up a micro Mcintosh-Polk set up for the kitchen. I've had the speakers for several years now and I finally found a way to use them.
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    NICE receiver! B)
    I love my M3's and M5's. B)
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • motorstereo
    motorstereo Posts: 1,625
    Tony M wrote: »
    NICE receiver! B)
    I love my M3's and M5's. B) [/quote]


    Thanks; Yes I like the sound of the M2's the only problem is their odd shape and those confounded mounting brackets. Being that I had the time I fashioned up some kickstands in the back to keep them upright. So far so good and they're not wobbly at all.
  • steveinaz
    steveinaz Posts: 19,397
    Did some work on the shop rig. Got rid of the $20 Monoprice DAC and bought a 20ft toslink cable to go from the TV to Yamaha receiver's DAC. Much cleaner install, and I'm sure the Yammie DAC will be better. It certainly has more GAIN. I didn't realize the Yamaha had an on-board DAC until the other day. (HTR 5540). Time for some Amazon HD music!
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  • xsmi
    xsmi Posts: 1,612
    Put my AudioQuest Speaker cables in the system, immediately more clarity. I'll let them burn in a little longer.
    2-channel
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  • audioluvr
    audioluvr Posts: 3,408
    Tony M wrote: »
    Still re-arranging and liking what I'm doing. Still have a long way to go though.
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    Give me a dumpster and 8-12 hours and I can make that place look and sound STELLAR!
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    B&K M200 Sonata monoblocks refreshed and upgraded
    Belles 350A Reference modded with Mundorf Supreme caps
    Polk SDA 1C's modded / 1000Va Dreadnaught
    Wireworld Silver Eclipse IC's and speaker cables


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  • BlueFox
    BlueFox Posts: 14,505
    LOL. +1
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  • audioluvr
    audioluvr Posts: 3,408
    Tony knows I'm just F**king with him. He's making great progress.
    Cambridge Audio 851N Streamer/DAC
    Belles 21A Pre modded with Mundorf Supreme caps
    B&K M200 Sonata monoblocks refreshed and upgraded
    Belles 350A Reference modded with Mundorf Supreme caps
    Polk SDA 1C's modded / 1000Va Dreadnaught
    Wireworld Silver Eclipse IC's and speaker cables


    There is about a 5% genetic difference between apes and men …but that difference is the difference between throwing your own poo when you are annoyed …and Einstein, Shakespeare and Miss January.

    by Dr. Sardonicus
  • nooshinjohn
    nooshinjohn Posts: 22,948
    Are the Maggies for sale? :p
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  • Tony M
    Tony M Posts: 9,768
    Are the Maggies for sale? :p

    One of my life's regret was selling them. Needed money so to speak at that time.

    I think they were 2.8R's.

    The fellow actually called me back a few years later and asked if I wanted to buy them back. He said for less than he paid of course. I wanted to soooo bad but I think I had just bought the Triton Ones and didn't have any spare hundreds lying around anymore.

    I LOVED those things! True ribbon tweeters. B)
    They almost didn't need a sub for most music.
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • tratliff
    tratliff Posts: 1,201
    edited April 2020
    butterbean wrote: »
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    I got my Marantz CD 6006 today! My initial impressions are wow! What a difference! Been listening to various CDs today started out with dire straits. I had a really good soundstage with my SDA 1-b’s, but it made it even wider it really brings out the individual instruments really well. Really adds a lot of depth to the music. And then switch to a remastered copy of Jeff Beck‘s blow by blow. Jeez that was even better! It really brings out a lot of hidden percussion, sounds you name it! The drums on that CD are incredible they really came to life with the Marantz. I listen to Apple Music on my phone and it leaves a lot to be desired if you know what I mean. The Marantz has a USB plug on the front of the unit I hooked my phone up to that and played some fav tracks. It added so much warmth and depth I was really surprised! Still some of the recordings leave a lot to be desired but they still had improved clarity and soundstage. Right now I’m listening to an old CD Elton John’s yellow brick road it’s not remastered or anything but it really brings it to life! This is a great player For Anyone that just listens to CDs I’m very happy! It’s gonna be a great weekend!

    The Marantz players are very nice. Congrats.
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  • dromunds
    dromunds Posts: 9,298
    Tony, I used to have that exact couch in your photo above only black but had to sell it when I moved from Madison. Loved that couch. Bought it new during a past recession at an unbelievable price.
  • Tony M
    Tony M Posts: 9,768
    It is very comfortable indeed. :p It sits a little low but I can lay on it and fall asleep easily. <3

    I traded a new in the box Sony DVD & VHS player for it. The player could record VHS to DVD. It was a "safe driver gift" from one of those little fliers you can pick from. It's value at the time was 180.00 at Best Buy.

    So...I really got my couch for free. :D One of the best trades I've ever made! ;)
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • machone
    machone Posts: 1,294
    daddyjt wrote: »
    Today I put the finishing touches on my rack for my HT. I could not find what I really wanted, and I figured even if I did, I’d never be able to afford it.

    I wanted a minimalist cantilevered type design, that gave the appearance of floating shelves. I designed the supports out of some 3/4” oak plywood scrap I had left over from a previous project:

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    Then came the shelves - three total, 17”x60”. They are 3/4 MDF, painted black, then cover with glitter-infused Stone Coat epoxy, for a “galaxy” look:

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    The whitish lines in the shelves are actually the reflection of the Sheetrock tape joints in my garage ceiling, lol:

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    I plan to move it into position tomorrow and load it up - more pictures to follow...



    Wow!
    Very nice frame work and the finish on the mdf is great!. How did you get it so smooth?
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  • verb
    verb Posts: 9,829
    butterbean wrote: »
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    I got my Marantz CD 6006 today! My initial impressions are wow! What a difference! Been listening to various CDs today started out with dire straits. I had a really good soundstage with my SDA 1-b’s, but it made it even wider it really brings out the individual instruments really well. Really adds a lot of depth to the music. And then switch to a remastered copy of Jeff Beck‘s blow by blow. Jeez that was even better! It really brings out a lot of hidden percussion, sounds you name it! The drums on that CD are incredible they really came to life with the Marantz. I listen to Apple Music on my phone and it leaves a lot to be desired if you know what I mean. The Marantz has a USB plug on the front of the unit I hooked my phone up to that and played some fav tracks. It added so much warmth and depth I was really surprised! Still some of the recordings leave a lot to be desired but they still had improved clarity and soundstage. Right now I’m listening to an old CD Elton John’s yellow brick road it’s not remastered or anything but it really brings it to life! This is a great player For Anyone that just listens to CDs I’m very happy! It’s gonna be a great weekend!

    Very nice! Congrats brother! :smile:
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  • daddyjt
    daddyjt Posts: 1,433
    machone wrote: »
    daddyjt wrote: »
    Today I put the finishing touches on my rack for my HT. I could not find what I really wanted, and I figured even if I did, I’d never be able to afford it.

    I wanted a minimalist cantilevered type design, that gave the appearance of floating shelves. I designed the supports out of some 3/4” oak plywood scrap I had left over from a previous project:

    mkgfsq1tzlqp.jpeg

    9em09qq2dx6e.jpeg

    xbdth1py6s55.jpeg

    4duqnpskviak.jpeg

    lg861tjoedaa.jpeg


    Then came the shelves - three total, 17”x60”. They are 3/4 MDF, painted black, then cover with glitter-infused Stone Coat epoxy, for a “galaxy” look:

    8hx4ve96noff.jpeg

    zz6dt636prhg.jpeg

    92b08iky3r1b.jpeg

    caa1i4pgs97g.jpeg

    qhsmi46302kf.jpeg

    The whitish lines in the shelves are actually the reflection of the Sheetrock tape joints in my garage ceiling, lol:

    it8ku01nx8r9.jpeg

    I plan to move it into position tomorrow and load it up - more pictures to follow...



    Wow!
    Very nice frame work and the finish on the mdf is great!. How did you get it so smooth?

    It’s a “Stone Coat” epoxy finish - I did 3 coats to get max shine, depth and durability. I will post the fully assembled frame photos today - got sidetracked the past few days with an extended family death and funeral (Funeral during the Wuhan Virus outbreak - that’s a story for another time).

    Any way, back on track, and more to come...


    “Human beings are born with different capacities. If they are free, they are not equal. And if they are equal, they are not free.”
    ― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  • pitdogg2
    pitdogg2 Posts: 18,746
    voltz wrote: »
    I opened up my Modwright LS100 preamp to remember what 6sN7's I was using in it!

    I got a quad pair of this Sivlertone's...(think it just relabeled Sylvania) like the Baldwin's? Brock? but anyways love the sound over the others I have tried!

    this is what I got
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/SILVERTONE-6SN7-GTB-CHROME-TOP-SYLVANIA-6SN7GTB-VERY-RARE-Matched-Quad-NOS-/202860758378

    I got them for $25 for the quad :) as no one else bidded on them ..thought the seller would get mad and pull them but he was honest and shipped them to me! Kudos to the Honest sellers out there!

    just took another look..at the ebay add and he says they are Sylvania's from the 1950's B)
    I just like the looks of them :p who cares how good the sound right? that isn't why I bought them..heck I'm tone deft ;)

    you stole those. I love small victories like that

    yep those are Sylvania from the 50's Date codes on the side should confirm down to the week they were made.
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