In my wildest dreams
This evening I have been sitting in the dark enjoying music in the studio, meter lights off, the C1000C/P and the MC2301's only displaying the nomenclature and the KT88 tube glow. There is sweet music floating on the air like I have always hoped would one day grace my listening space, as clear and clean as an early spring morning. I am soaking in the mesmerizing goodness of my hi-res playlist that I assembled on the Olive 04HD played through the incredible DAC's of the MCD1100, controlling it all from the ingenious app on my new iPad.
As my mind wondered I suddenly flashed back about 44 years to a time when I was sitting in a big high ceiling living room of an old Victorian house in San Francisco, totally engrossed in my sound system of that time, Altec Voice of the Theater speakers, McIntosh MC30 mono tube amps, a Dynaco PAS3x tube preamp, and a Dual 1019 turntable with a Shure V15 type II cartridge. You had to get up to turn the record over every 15 minutes or so, or put a new one on. You had to get up to adjust the volume. Album covers were left in view leaning against the boxed window seat where the turntable sat. The lights were dimmed. My friends and I thought we were in heaven, thinking it couldn't get any better than that.
Now, almost four and a half decades later here I sit, still enjoying fantastic sound in a darkened room. The gear has gotten a whole lot better, featuring such nice pleasures as hard drive playback of downloaded hi-resolution recordings, controlling everything from infrared remotes and wireless connectivity, viewing cover art wirelessly on the newest iPad tablet computer, and doing this while connected to my friends on Audio Aficionado. We have come a long way, baby. In fact, we have progressed farther in these past 44 years than my young fuzzy brain could have comprehended at that time. What I am sitting here enjoying this evening is truly way beyond anything I could have imagined at that time in my wildest dreams.
Living Room System: McIntosh C2300, MC601 (2), MS750, MR85, Esoteric K-03, Olive 04HD, Magnum Dynalab MD-205, Sony K890ES, Micro Seiki DD-40 w/MA-505 tonearm, Ortofon Cadenza Blue, Furutech AG-12 phono cable, Aluminati Sound record clamp, Sonos ZP90, PMC EB1i, Fathom f113 w/ Sound Anchor stand, PS Audio Power Plant Premier (2), PS Audio Soloist Premier SE (3), Furutech Flux 50, Symposium Rollerblock Jr.'s, Fanfare FM-2G, Wireworld Silver Eclipse IC's & Silver Electra PC's, Wireworld Supernova & Silver Starlight digital cables, Kimber 8TC speaker cable w/ WBT NexGen Silver Angled Locking Banana Connectors, Solid Pure Silver Speaker Terminal Jumpers.
Studio System: McIntosh C1000C/P, MC2301 (2), MR88, Esoteric K-03, Olive 04HD, Michell Gyro SE w/SME 309/Ortofon Cadenza Black, Michell HR Never Connected Power Supply, Sonos ZP90, Sonos ZP120, Wyred 4 Sound Remedy, Magnum Dynalab ST-2, PurePower 2000, Furutech Flux 50, PS Audio Soloist Premier SE, PS Audio Dectet, Sonus Faber Amati Anniversario, Symbosium Rollerblock Jr.'s and Fat Padz, Wireword Silver Eclipse IC's, Silver Electra PC's, Supernova & Silver Starlight digital cables, Wireworld Silver Eclipse speaker cable, Klaudio Ultrasonic Record Cleaner.
Home Theater System: McIntosh MX120, MC452, Oppo BDP-95, PS Audio Soloist Premier SE, JBL LSR-6332 (2), JBL LSR-6328P (3), McIntosh XLS112 (2), Sony 52XBR9, Tributaries Silver IC's, Wireworld Starlight 6 HDMI cables, Wireworld Silver Electra PC's.
Headphone System: Sennheiser HD800 headphone, HDVA 600 headphone amplifier, CH 800 S balance headphone cable, Wyred 4 Sound DAC2, Oppo BDP-83, Wireworld Silver Starlight 7 digital cable, Silver Eclipse 7 balanced interconnects, Aurora 7 power cables.
Vintage System: McIntosh MA230, MR74 tuner, Denon DVD-2800 CD/DVD, JBL 4312A speakers, Wireworld Solstice 7 speaker cable., Tributaries Silver Series IC's.
Other Vintage Gear: MA5100, JVC XL-Z1050 K2 CD, Tandberg 3008A preamp, Tandberg 3026A power amp, Tandberg 3011 tuner, Yamaha P2100 power amp, McIntosh 4300V.
Last edited by jdandy; 04-04-2012 at 12:24 PM.