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Old 01-14-2020, 12:55 PM
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Charles Updated System
Most recent updates: AQ Diamond USB replaces AQ Coffee; Wilson Audio Specialties Alexx replaced by Wilson Audio Specialties XVX Chronosonic
Amps: McIntosh 1.25KW’s (3) set on floor on custom made cultured marble slabs
Preamp and DAC: McIntosh D1100
Sources: McIntosh MCD1100 SACD player, 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)
Cables main system: Audioquest Wel Signature speaker cables and balanced IC (preamp to amps); Wel Signature AES/EBU balanced digital IC for CD playback; Audioquest Diamond optical (1) for tuner, (1) for BR player, and (1) for LD player for total of (3); 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 tuner; cables for DVD player not listed
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
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 enough to turn the room into a virtual anechoic chamber if desired; however, at present my room is significantly reflective giving me a bright, vibrant, dynamic, highly resolving, smooth sound free of harshness and grain and perfect for my taste; zero slap echo; gorgeous midrange
AC: Dedicated to this room only, an ultra-high efficiency and quiet recently installed Ruud split system 3-ton heat pump.
Room (mancave): 40’L x 15.5’W A-frame; max ceiling height 8’ min 5’; wall within wall construction built of 2 x 6’s; built over garage with custom hardwood floor with gym seal with over 40 Lowes stiffened wooden I-beams supporting floor; complete isolation from rest of house
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Old 01-17-2020, 07:52 PM
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More pics of updated system:

The first pic shows the white power around the rivet removed with a very soft cloth. Also the smudge on the micrometer wheel.

Second and third pics the lightning feature for lower and upper blocks respectively. Lightning is set to lowest intensity level. There are three levels with the highest being quite bright.

Fourth and fifth shows the chronometer settings for upper and lower blocks.

Sixth the lower block components.








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Old 01-17-2020, 10:08 PM
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Charles,

It looks exceptional. I’m sure it sounds the same way. Again, congrats on such a fabulous system.
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Old 01-18-2020, 05:35 AM
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Charles,

It looks exceptional. I’m sure it sounds the same way. Again, congrats on such a fabulous system.
Thank you Joe. It has turned out better than I could have ever hopped. It really has. Very happy.
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Congratulations. It must sound amazing. End game speaker me thinks!
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Old 01-18-2020, 12:31 PM
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Congratulations. It must sound amazing. End game speaker me thinks!
Thank you so much! Yes, absolutely. There are few things that are certain in this life but I can say the XVX is my final speaker. In addition, I doubt I'll go with new larger Mac amps. The XVX never requires more than about 100 watts. I simply don't have the room for 3 upgraded 2KW's between my speakers. They could come out toward me on the floor, I guess. But I like the look of what I have. To my eye it looks very natural and well proportioned.
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