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Old 08-21-2017, 12:26 AM
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Hi everyone,

Just joined today at the urging of Questortapes74. I've always loved all kinds of music, but always listened lo-fi. I never knew any different. It's what my family did. In my family, music was relatively low-priority background noise. So, cheap mass produced systems were the usual, and considered a luxury. As long as you could hear the notes and lyrics, that was good enough. Anything else was unnecessary extravagance.

Growing up in the late 80s, early 90s, if peers put money into their system it was to make the music loud, not clear. The more rattling of your environment, the better it seemed. I cringed then. I cringe even more now.

Well, when Questortapes74 introduced my ears to his system, I was hooked. It was like being in the room with the musicians. What was this magic? I had to get into this, and work my way to better sound. It's been less than a year and I've pieced together a system that is adequate, and my listening room/office is now under renovation (unfortunately I am on a bit of a temporary listening hiatus) to better accomodate my new hobby. Hopefully I'll be fortunate enough to upgrade over time, maybe make it gradually into higher end audio, and continue to enjoy great tunes with newfound balance and clarity.

Questortapes74 kept showing me this site, and it has piqued my interest. I registered and subscribed today as part of my journey!

Best,
Shrinky Smurf
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Old 08-21-2017, 12:56 AM
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Hi Shrinky Smurf!

Welcome to AudioAficionado
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Old 08-21-2017, 03:19 AM
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Welcome, from an atlantan. Read up, save your $$, and enjoy the music.
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Sources > Auralic Altair, Onkyo DP-X1
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Old 08-21-2017, 07:08 AM
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Welcome aboard sir. Looking forward to seeing your completed room. Enjoy
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Old 08-21-2017, 08:26 AM
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Welcome to AA
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AMP's: Momentum M-400's
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Old 08-21-2017, 08:39 AM
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Welcome!..it's a great place. You'll find lot's of info to help you on your journey.
Good luck!
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Old 08-21-2017, 08:54 AM
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Welcome. Your system seems to be coming along nicely.
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Analog: VPI Avenger Reference with Ortofon A95 and Esoteric E03 phonostage
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Old 08-21-2017, 09:52 AM
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Shrinky Smurf.......Welcome to Audio Aficionado.

Thanks for becoming a Subscriber right out of the chute.
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STUDIO - McIntosh C1000C/P, MC2301 (2), MR88, Aurender N10, Esoteric K-01X, Sonos Connect, PurePower 2000, Stillpoints, Furutech Flux 50, Michell Gyro SE, Michell HR Power Supply, SME 309, Ortofon Cadenza Black, Wireworld, Sonus faber Amati Anniversario
LIVING ROOM - McIntosh C2300, MC452, MR85, Magnum Dynalab 205, Simaudio MOON Neo 260D-T, Schiit Audio Yggdrasil, Aurender N100H, Micro Seiki DD40, Ortofon Cadenza Blue, Nakamichi BX-300, Sony 60ES DAT, PS Audio P10, Furutech Flux 50, Sonos Connect, Stillpoints, Wireworld, Kimber, PMC EB1i, JL Audio f113
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Old 08-21-2017, 10:20 AM
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Glad to see you in formation this morning sprouting a subscriber banner. Welcome Sir,

Best

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Digital Source: dCS Paganini 4 stack (Transport/DAC/Clock/Upsampler).
Analogue Preamp: VAC Renaissance SE Phono stage with XLR Output Option & with Nordost Tyr 2 P/C and Tyr 2 XLR's.
Analogue Sources: SME 20/2 w/SME V arm & Nordost Valhalla TA cable, Palo Santos Presentation Cartridge & Akai GX-400D Reel-to-Reel w/relapped heads by JRF Magnetic Sciences. Akai RC-17 cabled remote.
Vibration Control: TT on HRS M3X 1921 shelf, Stillpoint Ultra SS under dCS Transport, Stillpoint Ultra-Mini's under dCS 3 Stack. HRS NA100's under Ansuz D8 Power Distribution Bar.
Speakers: Wilson Audio Alexia in Argento Silver/Black grills.
Power Cables: 3 each 2.5M Nordost Odin Supreme Reference on amps & preamp. Nordost Valhalla V1 on dCS Transport.
Power Distribution Bar: Ansuz Mainz Diamond 8(D8) fed by Ansuz Diamond Power Cable.
Power Outlets:Furutech GTX-D NCF (R) duplex outlet, GTX Wall Plate & Duplex Cover (x2).
Speaker Cables: 3M Nordost Odin Supreme Reference with 4 Nordost Sort Lifts.
Signal Cables: Nordost Tyr 2 XLR's 2M on dCS Paganini and Mono amps. Nordost Valhalla 2's 110 ohm Digital AES/EBU on dCS internal connections and Crystal Cable Firewire 1394 cables on dCS.
Clock Cables: 3 each 75 ohm 1.25M Nordost Valhalla BNC/BNC Digital
Headphones: Selling - 6M Cardas Clear HP cables. Vintage Koss Pro IV AA.
RCM: Audio Desk PRO
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Old 08-21-2017, 10:44 AM
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