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JoeN 01-15-2022 01:21 PM

Joe’s Reference System
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General Comments:

The new system is still breaking in. It it is already musical and engaging. The sound stage - height, length, width and depth - is huge and detailed, yet smooth and emotionally warm and musical. Life-like! We’re just enjoying and relaxing in the music. We’re content as we continue to get lost in every distinct but musical note. The sound simply cloaks you in what seems to be a venue-like experience. A song seems to no longer be just a song, but rather an exhilarating experience.

The System:


Magico M3s w/ MPODs


Pass Labs X260.8s




J. Sikora Standard Max Turntable
Tonearms: 2 x J. Sikora KV12 Kevlar Tonearms
Carts: Airtight Opus1 and MSL Platinum Signature
Phono Stage: VAC Renaissance


EMM Labs DA2 V2 (DAC)
EMM TX2 Transport (SACD / CD)
Aurender N30SA (Streamer)
Aurender ACS10 (CD Ripper)

Power Conditioner:

Shunyata Everest w/SSF Feet


Shunyata Sigma, Alpha and Aural Symphonics Optimism Fiber Optic

Cable Elevators:

Shunyata DF-SS


3 x Dedicated Circuits (10g) with Shunayta SR-Z1 Outlets

Equipment Rack:

Adona Reference, 2 x Custom Eric’s C3s and 2 x Zero GR1 Amp Stands

In Conclusion:

The music, the music, the music. Ultimately, that’s what it’s all about. We’re content in our own little venue-like utopia of sound and musicality.

JoeN 01-15-2022 01:23 PM

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eljr 01-15-2022 01:34 PM

Very nice!


Formerly YB-2 01-15-2022 02:30 PM

Absolutely. :thumbsup:

Charles 01-15-2022 02:31 PM


Originally Posted by JoeN (Post 1053275)
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Wow! Another absolute reference system on AA. Every piece is beautiful. Those M3's with the MPods are knockouts! That turntable is incredible. I'm reading about it now. Ed Meitner is a digital pioneer and on par with Nelson Pass. It's an extremely well chosen system: Alon Wolf, Ed Meitner, and Nelson Pass the giants of high end audio. Thanks for sharing. :yes:



p.s. I know very little about modern vinyl but your choices seem impeccable. The turntable, arms, phono pre, etc. are very expensive but in line with your other gear and really stand out. I ordered the Diana Krall album off Amazon (CD for me).

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Charles Updated System: Wilson McIntosh Audioquest
New gear on order: McIntosh MC3500 MK II mono power amp, one per channel; custom granite slabs to set my MC3500 MKII’s
Most recent updates: Latest is the last one posted: AQ Diamond USB replaces AQ Coffee; Wilson Audio Specialties Alexx replaced by Wilson Audio Specialties XVX Chronosonic; new subwoofer crossover; new Galaxy Grey Thors Hammer; Wilson Pedestals; heating and cooling completely reworked and reinsulated resulting in a much quieter, cooler, and more efficient room (cost about 10,000.00). McIntosh MCT 500 SACD/CD transport. Wilson Audio Acoustic Diode for XVX Chronosonic. WEL Signature digital Coaxial cable for MVP 881/D1100 digital connection replacing the optical connection. New plinth for Thor subwoofer made of X material with the Wilson Acoustic Diodes. Thor is now off my floor.
Amps: McIntosh 1.25KW’s (3) set on floor on custom made cultured marble slabs
Preamp and DAC: McIntosh D1100
Sources: McIntosh MCT500 SACD/CD Transport, MVP881 BR player, MVP851 DVD player, MR87 tuner, Marantz 510LV Laser Disc player, ASUS laptop USB (JRiver Media Center 23)
Speakers: Wilson Audio Specialties XVX Chronosonic
Sub-woofer: Wilson Audio Specialties Thor’s Hammer (1) horizontal lie and Wilson Watch Controller (abbr: WC); custom plinth of X material with Wilson Acoustic Diode feet
Cables main system: Audioquest WEL Signature speaker cables and balanced IC (preamp to amps); WEL Signature AES/EBU balanced digital IC for CD playback; WEL Signature digital coaxial cable for MVP 881/D1100 digital connection; Audioquest Diamond optical (1) for tuner, (1) for MVP 851 DVD player, and (1) for LD player for total of (3); Audioquest Diamond USB cable; McIntosh MCT cable for SACD playback; Dragon power cords (5 HC cords and 3 source cords for total of 8); Thunder HC power cord for MR87 tuner
Cables subwoofer system: Audioquest Redwood speaker cable (1); Wolf balanced subwoofer IC from WC to amp; Wind balanced IC from preamp to WC; Hurricane HC (2) and Dragon HC (1) power cords
Power conditioners: Audioquest Niagara 7000 (1) and Niagara 5000 (3); (4) dedicated 20-amp lines with no. 10 wire straight out of fuse box
Isolation: Wilson Pedestals for D1100; MVP881 BR player; MCT500 transport; MR87 tuner; plinth for Thor subwoofer made of X material with the Wilson Acoustic Diodes
Cabinet: Double Custom Woodwork & Design (CWD) solid walnut cabinet on large casters; holds all sources and preamp; also, Niagara 7000; 11 feet minimum distance from speakers
Acoustic Treatments: Room and Echo Tunes
AC: Dedicated to this room only, an ultra-high efficiency and quiet recently installed Ruud split system 3-ton heat pump.

2fastdriving 01-15-2022 02:55 PM

Wow! Looks amazing! Congrats

Jdsmoke 01-15-2022 03:13 PM

Great system. Bet it sounds as good as it looks.

crwilli 01-15-2022 04:28 PM

Fantastic system Joe!

JoeN 01-15-2022 04:40 PM

Many thanks everyone. A few more add-ones to go, but we are there now. Thanks again.

audioguy3107 01-15-2022 05:12 PM

Wow Joe, that’s an awesome system there, looks incredible, well done!

- Buck

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