What did you do to your stereo rig today?

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  • nooshinjohn
    nooshinjohn Posts: 23,856
    Looks like Audio Note Kits...
    The Gear... Carver "Statement" Mono-blocks, Arcam AVR21, Oppo UDP-203 4K Blu-ray player, Sony XBR70x850B 4k, Polk Audio Legend L800 with height modules, L400 Center Channel Polk audio AB800 "in-wall" surrounds. Marantz MM7025 stereo amp. Yamaha CD-S2100 SACD Player.

    In retirement...TriangleArt Reference SE with Walker Precision Motor Drive,

    “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.”
  • VR3
    VR3 Posts: 26,273
    Ank EL34 Monoblocks

    Sounded relatively good but I think there's a bad tube somewhere in one amp, plan to track down later
    - Not Tom

    "No, that's silly talk. Dude, you can't possibly be this audio dumb so quit the act." - Doro
  • jdjohn
    jdjohn Posts: 2,535
    edited August 24
    VR3 wrote: »
    Been playing with these on the office rigucnc9dqrqf3m.jpg
    VR3 wrote: »
    Ank EL34 Monoblocks

    Sounded relatively good but I think there's a bad tube somewhere in one amp, plan to track down later
    Uuhhhhh...I don't see any tubes installed ;)

    Anyway, to quote our ol' friend Joe Coulson: "Tubes are fun. Tubes are noisy. Tubes are tubes."
    "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
    "Sometimes I do what I want to do. The rest of the time, I do what I have to." - Cicero, in Gladiator
    Regarding collectibles: "It's not who gets it. It's who gets stuck with it." - Jimmy Fallon
  • VR3
    VR3 Posts: 26,273
    I believe the issue was using a trs 1/8" to stereo rca cable

    Running them on the grandes now and sounding good

    - Not Tom

    "No, that's silly talk. Dude, you can't possibly be this audio dumb so quit the act." - Doro
  • VR3
    VR3 Posts: 26,273
    Different presentation but the kw750 honestly has alot of the positive attributes of this amplifier along with unrelenting dynamic range bass slam and extension.

    These will work perfect in the office though, just need to find a preamp. Or something to go between the computer and the amps.

    Tube amps do sound excellent at lower volumes,, great staging and details with excellent decay
    - Not Tom

    "No, that's silly talk. Dude, you can't possibly be this audio dumb so quit the act." - Doro
  • Clipdat
    Clipdat Posts: 11,483
    I really like the look of those. Glad to hear they sound great as well!
  • VR3
    VR3 Posts: 26,273
    Thanks man, I have been very impressed with all of the ANK stuff
    - Not Tom

    "No, that's silly talk. Dude, you can't possibly be this audio dumb so quit the act." - Doro
  • jdjohn
    jdjohn Posts: 2,535
    Trey, did you buy the kits and build them yourself?
    "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
    "Sometimes I do what I want to do. The rest of the time, I do what I have to." - Cicero, in Gladiator
    Regarding collectibles: "It's not who gets it. It's who gets stuck with it." - Jimmy Fallon
  • VR3
    VR3 Posts: 26,273
    I picked it up pre-owned with a full suite of mullards. I did go through and redo the binding post connections since the 4 ohm tap was not hooked up and organized the wiring without being to invasive.
    - Not Tom

    "No, that's silly talk. Dude, you can't possibly be this audio dumb so quit the act." - Doro
  • audioluvr
    audioluvr Posts: 4,491
    VR3 wrote: »
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    The optional playpen upgrade makes it go from really good to seeing Jesus!
    Gustard X26 Pro 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
    Harman Kardon T65C w/Grado Gold. (Don't laugh. It sounds great!)


    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.

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  • jbreezy5
    jbreezy5 Posts: 711
    I have streamed from my iphone to BlueSound Node 2i, but lacked the will and time to set-up its network feature-set. Yet, I wanted to access my music files stored on my PC.

    Today, after much online research to make sure I had the appropriate IP address, Admin auth, guest usage, network settings, etc., I still had no success getting it configured to recognize my PC library on the BS app.

    Finally, I connected my 1TB external SSD to the USB input and the Node 2i recognized it immediately with no effort.

    For those BlueSound Node 2i users, who (like me) don’t enjoy spending their weekend fighting with their computer, hope this helps.
  • audioluvr
    audioluvr Posts: 4,491
    edited September 21
    Spinning some vinyl! Picked up a pile of freebies. Some are garbage but some are in great shape!

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    Gustard X26 Pro 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
    Harman Kardon T65C w/Grado Gold. (Don't laugh. It sounds great!)


    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
  • I’m on my 5th mid woofer on the upgrades for my SDA SRS’s.
    First speaker done, the left, and wrapping up the right.

    Next project is to attack the crossovers.
    Haven’t decided yet whether to just replace or upgrade the caps & resistors.
  • Hey VR3….

    I’m wondering how you find the bottom end, bass, of the KW’s?

    I had the the KW 500.
    Loved the sound but found with my speakers it didn’t have any slam on the lower freq’s.
  • VR3
    VR3 Posts: 26,273
    Bass is dependent on many things but the kw750 definitely is capable of amplifying the bass frequencies
    - Not Tom

    "No, that's silly talk. Dude, you can't possibly be this audio dumb so quit the act." - Doro
  • treitz3
    treitz3 Posts: 15,985
    Yeah, it has no problem at all with the lower and lowest of frequencies. If the gear produces it and the speakers can distribute it? It has all one will ever need. Unadulterated, clean, controlled, pure power.

    What speakers did you run the KW500 with?

    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 had found excellence until I heard an ANK DAC ~ ~ The best way to enjoy digital music reproduction is to never listen to good analogue reproduction ~
  • Legacy-Audio Focus, the originals.
    Then infinity prelude mts.

    Hade the legacy focus being pushed by simaudio w-10’s before the kw.
    I felt I lost some bottom end slam at louder levels with the kw.
    I must add…. We do have a tendency to play at really loud levels.

    Skip
  • jdjohn
    jdjohn Posts: 2,535
    Musical Fidelity X-150

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    Per the owner's manual:
    105WPC into 8 ohms
    141WPC into 4 ohms
    Peak-to-Peak output current: 50 amps
    SNR >98dB (A-weighted)

    Other online sources have slightly different output specs, but still close.

    It's a half-size footprint amp from the X series (only ~8.5" wide), but still very powerful. I haven't tried the phonostage yet. I'm trying to NOT bring too much attention to it in the household...if you know what I mean ;) It should be a good foundation for a second, third, or whatever, system B)
    "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
    "Sometimes I do what I want to do. The rest of the time, I do what I have to." - Cicero, in Gladiator
    Regarding collectibles: "It's not who gets it. It's who gets stuck with it." - Jimmy Fallon
  • tratliff
    tratliff Posts: 1,423
    jdjohn wrote: »
    I'm trying to NOT bring too much attention to it in the household...if you know what I mean

    I would never do that. B)
    2 Channel
    Legacy Focus SE's, 2 REL Carbon Limited, Norma Revo IPA-140, Lumin U2 Mini, VPI Prime w/SoundSmith Zephyr MIMC, Parasound Halo JC3, Denon DP-59l w/Denon DL-301MKII, AudioQuest Thunderbird Speaker and Interconnect Cables, AudioQuest Niagara 5000 w/Hurricane and Thunder Power Cables

    Vintage
    Pioneer SA-9800, Pioneer TX-9800, Pioneer PL-630 w/Ortofon 2m Bronze, PSB Imagine T2's
  • Clipdat
    Clipdat Posts: 11,483
    Cool volume knob.
  • SCompRacer
    SCompRacer Posts: 7,904
    edited September 23
    Clipdat wrote: »
    Cool volume knob.

    We're talking turning it up way past 11 now.

    Nice X!
    Make yourself necessary to someone. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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  • jdjohn
    jdjohn Posts: 2,535
    "X gon' give it to ya!"
    WARNING: Explicit language
    "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
    "Sometimes I do what I want to do. The rest of the time, I do what I have to." - Cicero, in Gladiator
    Regarding collectibles: "It's not who gets it. It's who gets stuck with it." - Jimmy Fallon
  • newbie308
    newbie308 Posts: 452
    Based on the results that I personally witnessed by swapping power cables, I decided to upgrade from basic 12ga speaker wire to actual speaker cables. To that end, I decided to order Kimber T12 bi-wire spade to banana cables.
    Source: Technics SL1200MKII, SME3009, Clearaudio virtuoso wood ebony cartridge.Ah! Njoe Marantz CD4000Preamp: Threshold SL-10Amplifier: Threshold Stasis 2 Speakers: Snell Acoustics C/VCables: Kimber 12-TC, Analysis plus oval 1, Wireworld Oasis 7
  • newbie308
    newbie308 Posts: 452
    newbie308 wrote: »
    Based on the results that I personally witnessed by swapping power cables, I decided to upgrade from basic 12ga speaker wire to actual speaker cables. To that end, I decided to order Kimber T12 bi-wire spade to banana cables.

    Correction (Kimber Kable 12TC)
    Source: Technics SL1200MKII, SME3009, Clearaudio virtuoso wood ebony cartridge.Ah! Njoe Marantz CD4000Preamp: Threshold SL-10Amplifier: Threshold Stasis 2 Speakers: Snell Acoustics C/VCables: Kimber 12-TC, Analysis plus oval 1, Wireworld Oasis 7
  • jbreezy5
    jbreezy5 Posts: 711
    newbie308 wrote: »
    newbie308 wrote: »
    Based on the results that I personally witnessed by swapping power cables, I decided to upgrade from basic 12ga speaker wire to actual speaker cables. To that end, I decided to order Kimber T12 bi-wire spade to banana cables.

    Correction (Kimber Kable 12TC)

    FYI, internal bi-wire with Kimber halves the awg to each speaker terminal. To avoid this, you would want to buy 2 pairs of non-bi-wired speaker cables.

    Kimber has outstanding customer service; call them for a 2nd opinion to ensure you get what you’re after.