The best system you can have?

madmaxmadmax Posts: 12,438
edited June 2002 in 2 Channel Audio
Lets say you could spend any amount you need to put together the best audiophile system you can. What would it consist of? I'm talking minimal sources, no gimmics, not necessarily the most expensive, just the best of the best. Some source, speakers, amp, pre-amp?, sub?, interconnects and cable, whatever. This is your shopping list! ???
Vinyl, the final frontier...

Avantgarde horns, 300b tubes, thats the kinda crap I want... :D
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  • mantismantis Posts: 16,034
    edited May 2002
    Martin Logan Prodigy's
    Audio research tube mono blocks
    Audio Research tube preamp
    Audio research transport with external dac
    Transparent reference balanced interconnects
    Transparent reference speaker wire
    This system we have set up in room 2, its the most breath taking system I have ever heard.I fell in love after the first time I heard audio research with Martin Logans...this is a match made in heaven.
    My personal quest is to save to world of bad audio, one thread at a time.
  • TroyDTroyD Posts: 12,354
    edited May 2002
    Gee, I been thinking about this for a couple of days....hard to say really because I really don't give a LOT of thought to gear I'll never afford. The danger in that is that once you aquire a taste for that kind of gear by proxy, it can be tough to enjoy the gear you have......

    Plus there is so much I haven't heard.

    I plan for the future. - F1Nut
  • gidrahgidrah Posts: 3,036
    edited May 2002
    I'd go with EdgarHorns driven by a Cyrus Brenneman pre/amp combo. Probably not the most auccurate combo possible, but they sound so fricking good.
    Make it Funky! :)
  • AaronAaron Posts: 1,853
    edited May 2002
    Well, I haven't spent too much time listening to stratospherically priced systems, so I couldn't say for sure what I'd get. However, I can roughly say what I'm looking for in my next system.

    speakers: Revel M20 w/stands
    subwoofer: Rel Strata III or Paradigm Servo-15
    amp: probably MF, Classe, or Bel Canto
    pre: probably MF or Classe
    CD: probably MF
    power: PS Audio Ultimate Outlet and Juice Bar

  • jmierzurjmierzur Registered User Posts: 489
    edited May 2002
    Pre : Sim Audio Moon P-5
    Amps : (two) Sim Audio Moon W-10
    Speakers : Dynaudio Evidence
    CD : Audio Research CD3
    SACD : Sony (model ??)
    TT : ?? (I am sure I could find one)

    Power for amps : (two) Equitech ET3Q (20 amps of balanced power each)
    Power for source : Exact Power EP15A and Equitech ET1Q (15 amps of regulated and balanced power)

    ICs : XLR and speaker cables selected by listening evaluations
    Room : ASC tube traps as required
  • rskarvanrskarvan Banned Posts: 2,456
    edited May 2002
    Simple. Big Krell Monoblock 650's with SDA 1.2TL's. <wink>
  • madmaxmadmax Posts: 12,438
    edited May 2002
    Good input,
    It sounds like most of you are like me. I can't look much further ahead than my next upgrade. I would be interested to hear some of the combinations you guys came up with.
    Vinyl, the final frontier...

    Avantgarde horns, 300b tubes, thats the kinda crap I want... :D
  • gidrahgidrah Posts: 3,036
    edited May 2002
    What are yours?

    The EdgarHorn Slimlines can be had for about $1500. Having heard these (on quality tube equipment in a dedicated room) I'd say they annihilate anything I've heard in this price range. Food for thought.

    My original reply was not for the Slimlines, but WTF, I went for the best.
    Make it Funky! :)
  • RuSsMaNRuSsMaN Posts: 17,995
    edited May 2002
    Just to throw a couple out....

    Old AR9's on McIntosh monoblocks maybe?
    Perhaps a clean ProAC tower on Mistral amps?
    Any big Hales or Thiel, possibly on Anthem or Proceed?

    Money no object, I probably go Jm Lab Utopia on some big bad Krells.....

    Check your lips at the door woman. Shake your hips like battleships. Yeah, all the white girls trip when I sing at Sunday service.
  • mantismantis Posts: 16,034
    edited May 2002 your talking......still making some of the best sounding setup's at any price.Awesome simply awesome.I saw the new NHT100 receiver, what a beast it weighed like 70 lbs.
    O before i forget ,(they support THX)
    My personal quest is to save to world of bad audio, one thread at a time.
  • madmaxmadmax Posts: 12,438
    edited May 2002
    What are mine? I just recently got into tubes and am very impressed. I guess some really high quality tube stuff but I'm not sure what. Also, I have not lisened to many high quality speakers so I really don't know. One of the reasons for this post was to get a handle on what I need to find to listen to. My next upgrade is a pair of home made speakers and after that possibly a good DAC. I did listen to some of the higher class B&W speakers and find them to my liking.
    Vinyl, the final frontier...

    Avantgarde horns, 300b tubes, thats the kinda crap I want... :D
  • jeberhartjeberhart Posts: 69
    edited May 2002
    Robert Johnson reincarnated, standing in my living room with a bottleneck slide and a fatboy Gibson acoustic.
    edited June 2002
    I'm still trying to live up to my dad's old system 15 years ago. McIntosh amp 300 watts per(miss those big blue meters), pre-amp, tuner, 2 pairs of Dahlquist DQ-10's, B&O turntable, Nakimichi Dragon Deck. Between the amps and those speakers, sound would move right through the house. Anybody remember the old Power and The Majesty Album. The Train would move right through you.......
    Your system is only as good as your weakest component...!

    OnkyoTX-DS 797
    NAD C270/ Mains
    Mains: LSI9's
    Center: Cs400i /Biwired
    Rear: Fx300i
    Rear Center:CS 245i
    Dvd: Onkyo DVS 555
    Vision RCA 36" Premiere Series
    Bang & Olfsen RX Turntable
    Psw 350 Front/Psw 202 rear
    Kimber Cable 4TC Mains HF
    Monster Originals/Center
    Kimber Interconnects
    Monster XP Everywhere else
  • joe logstonjoe logston Posts: 882
    edited June 2002
    i would like the have the old big geneiss electrostatics with conrad johsons mono blocks conrad johson pre amp, the geneiss was the best, easly beating out appgees and martin logan.
    . rt-7 mains
    rt-20p surounds
    cs-400i front center
    cs-350 ls rear center
    2 energy take 5, efects
    2- psw-650 , subs
    1- 15" audiosource sub

    lets all go to the next ces.
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