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Old 12-22-2018, 12:19 AM
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Default 508 Phonostage on the way

Just made a deposit this afternoon.
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Main system: Linn Klimax Katalyst DSM; D’Agostino Momentum S250 amp & HD preamp; Rega RP10 w/Rega Aphelion; Boulder 508; Sonus Faber Amati Futura; Shunyata Denali 6000T, Alpha NR & Ztron powersnakes, Ztron Cobra IC & SC; Quadraspire Sunoko-Vent T, ISOAcoustics Orea footers, HRS Damping Plates; SonicTransporter i7 & Synology DS412+; Audio Desk Pro
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
Workshop: Vintage Yamaha CA-1010 amp & CT-1010 tuner, Martin Logan Motion 4, Squeezebox Touch, Schiit BiFrost, AZ & WW cables
Video: 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 12-22-2018, 08:31 AM
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Congrats Tony!
I just picked up an ARC Ref2se phono, in black. I'm looking forward to give it a listen over the holidays. I'll be very interested to hear your impressions. The 508 was not really on my radar, but now, after doing a bit of reading on it, maybe it should have been. Best of luck with it, and Happy Holidays to ya!
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Old 12-22-2018, 09:28 AM
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Awesome Tony, what made you go with the Boulder?

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Old 12-22-2018, 01:57 PM
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I went back and forth between the Boulder, the Zesto, and the new Rega Aura. I finally decided on the Boulder because of the simplicity of the design (no adjustable settings, only one set of inputs and outputs), the small form factor, the fully balanced design, and the solid aluminum casework. I figured with the new Momentum pre on the way, balanced was the way to go.

The fact that my local guy is a Boulder dealer helped as well. He’s been doing right by me for 15 years now so I listen to his advice and try to work with him when possible.

I loved the look of the Zesto and what I heard of it in Denver, but finally decided that it was the cool looks that had hooked me as much as anything, and the Boulder was a more practical option for my limited-space setup.
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Main system: Linn Klimax Katalyst DSM; D’Agostino Momentum S250 amp & HD preamp; Rega RP10 w/Rega Aphelion; Boulder 508; Sonus Faber Amati Futura; Shunyata Denali 6000T, Alpha NR & Ztron powersnakes, Ztron Cobra IC & SC; Quadraspire Sunoko-Vent T, ISOAcoustics Orea footers, HRS Damping Plates; SonicTransporter i7 & Synology DS412+; Audio Desk Pro
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
Workshop: Vintage Yamaha CA-1010 amp & CT-1010 tuner, Martin Logan Motion 4, Squeezebox Touch, Schiit BiFrost, AZ & WW cables
Video: 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 12-22-2018, 02:38 PM
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Congrats Tony!

Just read a bit about the company.
Great people there, good philosophy.
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Congrats Tony!!
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Digital Sources - SonicTransporter i5 music server running Roon software, Sonore Signature Rendu SE Network Bridge, PS Audio DirestStream Dac (Snowmass firmware).
Pre and Power - Audio Research Ref 6 Preamp, Audio Research GS150 Amplifier.
Speakers - Martin Logan Expression 13A, Martin Logan Balanced Force 212 sub.
Cables and Accessories - WireWorld Eclipse 7 Speaker Cables. WireWorld & Nordost Interconnects. GIK Acoustics Soffit traps, Q7D Diffusors, 244 as cloud traps. Furutech GTX-D NCF Rhodium Outlets (x2), PS Audio P10 Power Regenerator(x2) Shunyata and WireWorld Power cords. HRS S3 Isolation platforms (x3).
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Tony is on a tear! Congrats and merry Christmas!
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Tony is on a tear! Congrats and merry Christmas!


Merry Christmas to you too Marc.
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Main system: Linn Klimax Katalyst DSM; D’Agostino Momentum S250 amp & HD preamp; Rega RP10 w/Rega Aphelion; Boulder 508; Sonus Faber Amati Futura; Shunyata Denali 6000T, Alpha NR & Ztron powersnakes, Ztron Cobra IC & SC; Quadraspire Sunoko-Vent T, ISOAcoustics Orea footers, HRS Damping Plates; SonicTransporter i7 & Synology DS412+; Audio Desk Pro
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
Workshop: Vintage Yamaha CA-1010 amp & CT-1010 tuner, Martin Logan Motion 4, Squeezebox Touch, Schiit BiFrost, AZ & WW cables
Video: 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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Wow lots of gear for everyone this year, enjoy!
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Cables, Isolation, Room Treatment: Nordost Supreme Reference (Odin) Distribution, Reference Line (Valhalla 2) Components and Speakers, Ansuz C2, HRS M3X Platforms & Damping Plates. Stillpoint’s Ultra 6/SS and Vicoustic Room Treatments
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Congrats Tony!
I just picked up an ARC Ref2se phono, in black. I'm looking forward to give it a listen over the holidays. I'll be very interested to hear your impressions. The 508 was not really on my radar, but now, after doing a bit of reading on it, maybe it should have been. Best of luck with it, and Happy Holidays to ya!
I have a Ref 2 SE.

The 508 was good, but didn’t come close to the sound quality of the ARC.

I never tried the 1008 phono stage but my dealer felt it would come closer or surpass the Ref 2 SE.
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