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Old 01-16-2015, 10:45 PM
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While my main rig would seem to be a cobbled together combination of modern and vintage modified gear, it really has held me mesmerized on a daily basis. Could it be improved? I'm sure my audio journey is not over, but we all must revel in our stage in our journey. I feel blessed to be able to enjoy my music collection on a daily basis, and will revel in the continuing evolution of my Main rig in bringing me more and more involved in my music collection.
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Vintage > Yamaha C70 preamp, Yamaha T70 Tuner, Acurus A200, Thorens TD125MkII/Magnapan Unitrac1/Ortofon MC20 Super, Marantz SA8003 SACD, Yamaha NS690 MkI
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Old 01-16-2015, 10:55 PM
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Old 01-17-2015, 12:08 AM
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Amen!

It is a twisty, confusing, road at times but well worth the journey!

It's always interesting to take the next step, wondering where it will lead you.

Enjoy the journey, Jim.
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Old 01-17-2015, 01:19 AM
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I love how my system reproduces the music I love!
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Two-Channel System: Oppo BDP-105D or Cambridge Audio CXUHD -> WireWorld Silver Starlight 7 HDMI and Coaxial -> Bryston BDA-3 DAC -> WW Silver Eclipse 7 XLR -> Bent Audio Autoformer Volume Control Passive Line Stage -> WW Silver Eclipse 7 XLR -> Pass Labs XA100.5 monoblocks -> WW Silver Eclipse 7 -> Magnepan 20.7s

Power Distribution: Shunyata Research Hydra Cyclops (for XA100.5s) and Shunyata Research Hydra 4 α (for sources)

Power Cables: Shunyata Research Ξtron Cobra (for Cyclops), Shunyata Research Venom-HC (for XA100.5s and Hydra 4 α), WireWorld Silver Electra 7 (for BDA-3)

Tweaks: GIK Acoustics room treatment, HIFI-Tuning Fuses and Cardas Audio Tweeter + Mid-Range Jumpers on 20.7s, Mye Sound Magnepan speaker stands

Other: PS Audio Power Port outlets, Square D Whole House Surge Protective Device, dedicated 20-ampere lines
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Old 01-17-2015, 12:34 PM
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It's always fun to upgrade and try to squeeze more out, but I also am in a great position right now: I love my systems and get endless pleasure out of them just as they are, and realize how lucky I am to be able to afford them and appreciate good sound and music. Thanks Jim for starting this thread, it's good to remind ourselves of where we've come from and what we have now, instead of obsessing over the next improvement.
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Personal audio: Woo Audio WA6, WA7 & WA8; Auralic Aries Mini, Sonore MicroRendu, A&K AK100 II, AKG Q701, Shure SE535, Shure SH1540, Westone ES50 Custom, Sennheiser HD800, MrSpeakers Aeon Flow C, Various Moon Audio dragons
2nd system: Luxman SQ-N100, PSB Imagine Mini, REL T-5, refurbished AR XA w/Nagaoka MP-200 & VPI cabling, Linn Klimax DSM Renew, Shunyata Venom PS8 w/Defender & Viper, Nordost Blue Heaven power & IC, Acoustic Zen sc, Symposium Svelte Shelves
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Video: 65” Sony XBR65X850C; Vienna Acoustics Schönberg L/R, Webern center & surrounds; REL T1/T2/T3 subs; Arcam AVR850; Cambridge Audio 752BD; MIT-EXP SC

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Old 01-17-2015, 12:59 PM
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It's always fun to upgrade and try to squeeze more out, but I also am in a great position right now: I love my systems and get endless pleasure out of them just as they are, and realize how lucky I am to be able to afford them and appreciate good sound and music. Thanks Jim for starting this thread, it's good to remind ourselves of where we've come from and what we have now, instead of obsessing over the next improvement.
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Reference System: ACCUPHASE A250 AMPS, C3850 PRE-AMP, DP950 CD/SACD TRANSPORT, DC950 DIGITAL PROCESSOR, DG-58 DIGITAL EQUALIZER, T1200 FM STEREO TUNER, PS530 POWER SUPPLY, HRS-SXR CUSTOM RACK w/ M3X SHELVES, TAD REFERENCE ONE MK2 LOUDSPEAKERS, WIREWORLD PLATINUM CABLES
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MX150, MC501(2) MC1.2KW(10) MC2301(2) MR88, MVP881, MCD1100, MDA1000, C1000C/P/T, MPC1500, ESOTERIC K-01X 30th ANNIVERSARY (BLACK) SACD/CD PLAYER, G02-X CLOCK, HT3F(2) XRT2K, XCS2K, XR27(2) JL GOTHAM SUBS(2) JL FATHOM F113 SUBS(4) SOUND ANCHOR STANDS(2) LUMAGEN RADIANCE SCALER, SONY VPH-G90U PROJECTOR, STEWART 120" SCREEN, SONUS FABER STRADIVARI, SILENZIO, FORTRESS SEATING, WIREWORLD PLATINUM CABLES
Analog Rig: CLEARAUDIO INNOVATION WOOD, UNIVERSAL ARM w/ Da VINCI' CART, 2nd UNIVERSAL ARM w/ GOLDFINGER STATEMENT CART, HRS-MXR REFERENCE RACK-GLOSS BLACK w/ M3X SHELVES, AESTHETIX RHEA SIG PHONO-PRE, WIREWORLD PLATINUM CABLES
Reference System: BURMESTER 911MK3 AMP(3), 088 PRE-AMP, 089 CD PLAYER, 100 PHONO PRE-AMP, 948 POWER CONDITIONER, AVID ACUTUS REFERENCE SP TT, GRAHAM PHANTOM II SUPREME ARM, BENZ MICRO LP-S CART, GRANDIOSO P1/D1 STACK, G01X RUBIDIUM MASTER CLOCK, N05 NETWORK PLAYER, SILENZIO, HRS-SXR CUSTOM RACK w/ M3X SHELVES, SONUS FABER AIDA SPEAKERS, JL FATHOM F113(2) SOUND ANCHOR STANDS(2) PS AUDIO P20, WIREWORLD PLATINUM CABLES

Library System: GRANDIOSO M1 MONOBLOCK AMPS, C1 LINESTAGE PRE-AMP, K1 CD/SACD PLAYER, G1 MASTER RUBIDIUM CLOCK, E02 PHONO-PRE, SILENZIO, AERIAL ACOUSTICS 20T V2, AERIAL SW12 SUBS(2), CANTON REF K1, VPI HRX TT w/ SDS POWER SUPPLY, ORTOFON CADENZA BLACK CART, KLAUDIO RCM, SHUNYATA PS8, WIREWORLD PLATINUM CABLES
Bryston/Esoteric System: ESOTERIC C02-X PRE-AMP, P-02X TRANSPORT, D02-X DAC, G02-X CLOCK, BRYSTON 28B3 CUBED MONOBLOCK AMPS, BIT-15(2) AMR-DP777-SE DAC, SILENZIO, TAD REFERENCE ONE MK2 LOUDSPEAKERS, QUADRASPIRE RACK, WIREWORLD PLATINUM CABLES
Accuphase/Canton System: ACCUPHASE E-650 INTEGRATED, DP750 CD/SACD PLAYER, T1200 FM STEREO TUNER, PS530 POWER SUPPLY, CANTON REF K3, CANTON REF K5, SILENZIO, HRS MXR REFERENCE MAHOGHANY RACK w/ M3X SHELVES, WIREWORLD GOLD CABLES
Bryston Active System: BP26 PRE-AMP, MPS2 POWER SUPPLY, BAX-1 CROSSOVER, BDA-3 DAC, BDP-3 PLAYER, BCD-3 CD PLAYER, BIT15(2), MODEL T ACTIVE SPEAKERS, 21B3 CUBED AMPS, SILENZIO, TARGET RACK, WIREWORLD SILVER CABLES
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Old 01-17-2015, 01:16 PM
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Tony,

Good points. Man when I started it was rough. The equipment I had was NOT very useful...we kinda had to make it up as we went along...

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Old 01-17-2015, 02:05 PM
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Cables: Wireworld - XLR Silver Eclipse 6.0 Interconnects: Silver Starlight 7 Digital Interconnects, Speaker Cable 5.2 Silver Eclipse. Nordost - Vishnu Power Cables.
Speakers: Triangle Antal Anniversary Edition

Alternate: Peachtree Decco, SonoS Connect, W4S Remedy, ProAc Response1.5,
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Old 01-17-2015, 05:54 PM
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Wonderful post Jim.
I follow your music choices, they are eclectic and show great taste.
I'm sure all that great music sounds wonderful on your rig.
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Listening to music on your own personally assembled system is I bel
lieve an individual experience that can bring you closer in some ways to an artist than any other exposure of their art. There are no distractions, no wondering if this system is right for you or worth the money; those decisions have already been made. It is a time when music and a deep connection with it is all. Paul
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