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Old 01-30-2019, 12:58 PM
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Here's a couple of pics of Marc, Ed and me on Monday night....it was a great time, we caught up a bit from last year's RMAF and did some listening. Marc's system was perfect since we were able to compare CD, SACD, vinyl, Tidal streaming and even vinyl rips on an Auralic Aries that I brought out to Seattle. It was one of the first times I've ever really been able to compare formats as close as possible in a controlled high end system and not at a hotel audio show or dealer. I guest it's no surprise that the analog rig won by quite a large margin to my ears. With Tidal it was hit and miss, we played some stuff that sounded pretty good, and some things that were not. One interesting comparison we did was a vinyl rip of a song by the Tedeschi Trucks Band compared to the Tidal stream. That was the biggest difference to me of the night, the Tidal version sounded like a low quality MP3 while the vinyl rip was spot on. Some of the classical stuff I brought sounded pretty good on both SACD, CD and Tidal, but there was no getting around it, physical media was the CLEAR winner (and Marc has a first class streaming setup too). One of the other lessons I learned is that I just need to turn my damn volume up when I'm at home.....the guys were almost at the point of making fun of me for how low I usually listen. It's amazing how the dynamics can some to life when you turn it up. No wonder my D'agostino meters don't move. I'll post some more pics of Ed's setup later on! Thanks to Marc for having me over, I'm trying to save him a @#$%load of money on property by convincing him to move to Atlanta.......imagine the audio room that would be!!!!!!



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Old 01-30-2019, 02:20 PM
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nice write up Buck, it's nice to hear that your young ears appreciated good old analog !
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Buck, Marc says I listen about 3 times louder than you do. I like to crank it!!!
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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).
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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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Buck, Marc says I listen about 3 times louder than you do. I like to crank it!!!
Holy crap Steve, he told me what number the ARC pre was at when you’d turn it up. I’m worried about your hearing! Don’t need you taking a trip to the audiologist at your young age! Earmuffs! Earmuffs!

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Old 01-30-2019, 08:20 PM
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Before I went to Ed's house, I went down to Pike's Place market and wandered around for awhile.....of course had to snap a pic of the original Starbucks location:





He met me downtown and we grabbed some lunch at a seafood place called Etta's...it was good. So next up was Ed's house on the coast for a listen to his Alexias and D'agostino setup. Had a beautiful view over the sound from his street, I took a couple of pics of the view and the sunset. Outstanding:





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Here's a view from the captain's seat in Ed's listening room. Love the guitars.





My wife showed up a bit later and we all had dinner, I'm a bit annoyed since she wouldn't pose for any pictures next to the Alexias....not much interest.


I really wanted her to pose for us since she's hot. Oh well, I'll try again somehow.
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Had a great time up here, we couldn't try any of the vinyl rips I brought since I spent too much time trying to sync up my Auralic Aries with Ed's wifi and it just wasn't happening for some reason. I hope the dang thing works when I get home. Anyway, everything sounded great, it was pretty interesting to compare the speakers in different rooms.....the biggest differences I heard was that Marc seemed to get a bit more air/ambiance/depth with his setup which makes since given his higher ceilings and more room behind his Alexias. Ed seemed to get deeper bass which again probably makes sense due to interactions closer to his walls and ceilings. We ganged up on Ed trying to convince him to go down the dark side of analog....don't know if we made any headway but we're trying.
Finished up with some pictures of us all with Ed's awesome Target lookalike dog Stella:




Notice wife missing from said picture.
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No doubt a good time, glad opportunity presented itself to meet, including the wives and the Miniature Bull Terrier.

So far we have had Steve, Tony and Buck up here for visits in the Northwest and have met many others, this has become more than a forum.
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Source Digital: Aurender N10 | Brinkmann Nyquist MK II
Amplification: Dan D’Agostino Momentum Pre Amp and Monos | Boulder Phono 508
Speakers: Wilson Alexias
Cabling: Nordost Odin/Valhalla 2; Power, Interconnects & Speaker | Ansuz; C2 Power & Interconnect | Audioquest Diamond RJ 45’s
Power: Nordost QRT series | Keces P3 & P8 | Furutech GTX D NSF package | Dedicated 20 Amp with Surge Guard | ADD-POWR series
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Awesome stuff. Enjoy.
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Amplification > Accuphase A200 (2) / C3800 / C37
Sources > PS Audio DirectStream DAC > DirectStream Memory Player > Silenzio by -E- (via Roon/NAS) > Magnum-Dynalab > MD-108T SE / MD-205 > ClearAudio / Innovation / Universal > Lyra / Kleos
Speakers/Cables > TAD R-1 MKII > Verastarr Grand Illusion Statement Copper (1), Gold (1) // REL 212 SEs (2x)
Power > Accuphase PS 1230 (2) / 3 dedicated lines with PowerPorts
Foundation > Rix Rax > Hoodoo / Amp Stands > Stillpoints under as much as my bank account can then accommodate
IC/PC > Power // Verastarr Grand Illusion Statement HC, Grand Illusion Statement > ICs // Verastarr Grand Illusion Signature XLR > Digital // Verastarr Nemesis USB
Other > Audio Desk Systeme Vinyl Cleaner Pro

Rental (while the room is being built): Accuphase E650 replaces the C3800 and A200s. All of the other stuff above that's usable, except the turntable stuff. Using TAD CR-1s, rather than the R-1s.

Portables and Cans:

Cans > Sennheiser 800
IEMs > Westone W50, Bose QC20
Amplification > Auralic Taurus
Sources > Auralic Altair, Onkyo DP-X1
IC/SC/PC > Sennheiser Balanced / AQ Yukon XLRs / Shunyata Venom 3 (2) / Black Dragon Balanced


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KEF LS50 Wireless
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Old 01-31-2019, 04:43 PM
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Awesome Buck, looks like you had as much fun as I did visiting Marc and Ed.
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Personal audio: Woo Audio WA6, WA7 & WA8; Auralic Aries Mini, Sonore MicroRendu & UltraRendu; AKG Q701, Shure SE535, Shure SH1540, Westone ES50 Custom, Sennheiser HD800 & HD820, MrSpeakers Aeon Flow C; Various Moon Audio dragons
2nd system: Luxman SQ-N100, Sonus Faber Minima Amator II, 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; Apple TV-4; 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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