What did you do to your stereo rig today?

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  • verbverb Posts: 10,313
    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:
    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
  • daddyjtdaddyjt Posts: 1,494
    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:

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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?

    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...

  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 17,545
    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.
  • verbverb Posts: 10,313
    Wow! Congrats @voltz ! 😀
    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
  • ptrooperptrooper Posts: 451
    noice <3 When listening to each set ,do you have to breech positive and negative on surrounding, non used speakers?
  • voltzvoltz Posts: 5,423
    pitdogg2 wrote: »
    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.

    my 1 shinning moment :) glad he actually ship them to me...
    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
  • voltzvoltz Posts: 5,423
    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!

    been using a Marantz SA8005 SACD for a few years and love the sound! Rock on!!
    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
  • Navy_GoatNavy_Goat Posts: 206
    Ordered some Zu Audio DW as the starting point for a 2 channel rig a few weeks ago. Now I'm on the look out for an tube amp that wont break the bank. The DWs should be delivered by mid May.
    Living Room: Marantz NR1509>Parasound HCA-1500a>Polk SDA SRS 2.3tl/SVS SB-13Ultra, CS400i
    2 Channel: Technics SL-QD33, Marantz ND8006>NAD 7175PE>Zu Audio DW/Polk SDA 2Btl
    Office: Fiio E-17>Fiio K-5>APPJ Mini2013>Polk Monitor 5jr, Audio Technica 700MKII, HiFiMan HE-560
    Portable: Fiio X3ii, Shure SE-215, Fender FXA2/FXA6
  • voltzvoltz Posts: 5,423
    I took a look, but can't find my old seller. who I got a Dared 300B Amplifier from... love these monoblocks but can't find any available!
    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
  • joecoulsonjoecoulson Posts: 4,978
    I’d take Tony’s listening space over high end & lady gaga any day.
    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"
  • ZLTFULZLTFUL Posts: 5,505
    marvda1 wrote: »
    got my lumin u1 mini today, skip is welcoming me into the 21st century :D

    Send it on to me once you hate it (you won't). ;)
    "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
  • butterbeanbutterbean Posts: 284
    Great work! Looks awesome!
  • gp4jesusgp4jesus Posts: 1,550
    edited April 24
    @daddyjt: wow! 5 stars! LOVE ❤️ the minimalist rack frame😊 etc!

    Janet would not like the “gym bleacher” look: protrudes too far into a major flow of foot traffic but that appears EASY to change.

    I must download your build pics before they get too tough to locate. Perhaps copy/paste to a separate thread adding more details. BTW: your shelf sizes & vertical spacing DOES work😊

    Side note: sub - make & model?

    Tony
    Samsung 60" UN60ES6100 LED
    Outlaw Audio 976 Pre/Pro
    Samsung BDP, Dish Rcvr, Xbox, Phillips CD chgr

    Canare 14 ga - LCR tweeters inside*; CC outside
    BJC 10 ga - LCR mids, inside* & out
    8 ga Powerline - LR woofers, inside* & out
    *soldered

    LR: tri-amped RTi A7 w/Rotels. Woofers - 980BX; M&T - 981
    CC: Rotel RB985 -> tri-amped CSi A6
    5 Audio Pro Subs: 1 B1.39: an Evidence at each corner
    Surrounds: Rotel 981 -> AR 12 ga -> RTi A3
    Power Conditioning & Distribution:
    3 dedicated 20A feeds; APC H15; 4 Furman Miniport 20s
  • treitz3treitz3 Posts: 14,617
    The fact that you kept those sides open helps with your sound stage and imaging. nice job Mark! That fits the room and gear nicely.

    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.

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

    ~ Not all things that can be measured can be heard and not all things heard can be measured ~

    ~ When the law ends, tyranny begins ~
  • daddyjtdaddyjt Posts: 1,494
    treitz3 wrote: »
    The fact that you kept those sides open helps with your sound stage and imaging. nice job Mark! That fits the room and gear nicely.

    Tom

    Thanks Tom - I appreciate the kind words. Even though it is for the HT setup, I do use the room for what little multi-channel music listening I do. Getting the center up as high as it is made a big difference too, vs elevating the front of it.
  • daddyjtdaddyjt Posts: 1,494
    gp4jesus wrote: »
    @daddyjt: wow! 5 stars! LOVE ❤️ the minimalist rack frame😊 etc!

    Janet would not like the “gym bleacher” look: protrudes too far into a major flow of foot traffic but that appears EASY to change.

    I must download your build pics before they get too tough to locate. Perhaps copy/paste to a separate thread adding more details. BTW: your shelf sizes & vertical spacing DOES work😊

    Side note: sub - make & model?

    Tony

    Yea, my wife roller her eyes, but she knows better than to ask, lol.

    Sub is a Velodyne DD18. It is flat-out ridiculous - I actually have two, but one is WAY more than enough in that room!
  • gp4jesusgp4jesus Posts: 1,550
    edited April 24
    To chime w/treitz3 @daddyjt: the wide open design allows easy mega air circulation😊
    Samsung 60" UN60ES6100 LED
    Outlaw Audio 976 Pre/Pro
    Samsung BDP, Dish Rcvr, Xbox, Phillips CD chgr

    Canare 14 ga - LCR tweeters inside*; CC outside
    BJC 10 ga - LCR mids, inside* & out
    8 ga Powerline - LR woofers, inside* & out
    *soldered

    LR: tri-amped RTi A7 w/Rotels. Woofers - 980BX; M&T - 981
    CC: Rotel RB985 -> tri-amped CSi A6
    5 Audio Pro Subs: 1 B1.39: an Evidence at each corner
    Surrounds: Rotel 981 -> AR 12 ga -> RTi A3
    Power Conditioning & Distribution:
    3 dedicated 20A feeds; APC H15; 4 Furman Miniport 20s
  • audioluvraudioluvr Posts: 2,831
    And with a little of modification you could use a mechanics creeper to slide behind it for wiring!
    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
  • BlueBirdMusicBlueBirdMusic Registered User Posts: 1,314
    ^^^^^
    @audioluvr that is really clever and funny.

    @daddyjt you should tell your wife you are ordering one.
    If the telephone doesn't ring ......... it's me
    Harry / Marietta Georgia
  • gmcmangmcman Posts: 1,596
    Currently debating a preamp upgrade, either stay with the RLD-1 or try a few others and compare as this stock unit is 21 years old and still performs admirably. This is the only component in the current chain that hasn't been messed with and is also the oldest.

    So I removed the lid and looked around to get myself into trouble. I figured I would try a small DIY project and replace one of the main outputs solid wire leads as well as the CD input.

    Perhaps when it was new, the solid leads were what was best for the performance of this preamp. By solid leads, I'm referring to these.

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    Best part of this hobby is to experiment so I had some 15.5 ga Cardas Litz laying around and while not the ideal gauge for this application, I had to give it a try.

    The stock leads are about 22-24ga so the 15.5 won't stay but will for this week.

    I have some Jupiter solid silver 23 ga, Mundorf silver /gold 23ga, and also more Cardas 23.5 ga on order to try as well.

    The 15.5 won't go through the hole in the board but I have a good bond for now, sorry, no pics.

    I let everything warm back up and was PLEASANTLY surprised at the increased detail. Initial observations are the vocals seem to further seperate from the instruments with a darker background in between.

    This needs more time before I can make a ruling, as well as the current time of day which won't allow me to crank it up.

    Will keep you posted.
  • GardenstaterGardenstater Posts: 1,487
    edited April 26
    These diamond points for a dremel type tool work great for me for drilling holes in PCB. Just pick the right one for the wire you are using by measuring with a caliper or micrometer. I would think that the 15.5 litz should be best and there is no worry of skin effect.

    https://www.harborfreight.com/diamond-point-rotary-bit-set-20-pc-69653.html

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    George / NJ

    Polk 7B main speakers, most mods comp. (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
  • GlennDogGlennDog Posts: 2,321
    These diamond points for a dremel type tool work great for me for drilling holes in PCB. Just pick the right one for the wire you are using by measuring with a caliper or micrometer. I would think that the 15.5 litz should be best and there is no worry of skin effect.

    https://www.harborfreight.com/diamond-point-rotary-bit-set-20-pc-69653.html

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    I really hate to say it, but that’s my next Made in Wuhan purchase
    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
  • mantismantis Posts: 15,986
    Today my stereo rig play the L200 Polk's Legends. I have been running them for 2 days now and I'm digging them to a point.
    My 2 channel rig right now is a Rotel RX1052 in silver, a Sony DVPNS-9000ES SACD player, Pananmax 5100 Surge, Rocket 33 speaker wire single ended, Makenzie RCA Stereo cables for the SACD to the Rotel which are audioquest for those who don't know those model numbers.
    Dan
    My personal quest is to save to world of bad audio, one thread at a time.
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