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Old 03-25-2018, 09:08 PM
Karl Maga Karl Maga is offline
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B&W 800D2
Revel Salon2
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Old 04-01-2018, 12:17 PM
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As a teen some sort of Marantz bookshelf, then I progressed to:

Quad ESL63
AR 9
ADS L400+sub
Acoustat 1100
Martin Logan Requests
B&W 804
Martin Logan Theos
DALI Epicon 2

Overall, my Martin Logan ReQuests were my favorite. When I got married, my wife wasn't as fond of them since they were in the living room! I downsized to some B&W 804, but they were lacking something. Now, I'm quite happy with my DALI Epicon 2.

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Old 05-28-2018, 08:55 PM
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Owned is a longer list. But owned and loved is shorter:

Apogee caliper Signature
Revel Ultima Studio
Janszen Valentina
Mike -- Portland, Oregon
Desktop system: JRiver Media Center, Classé CP-800, Marsh A400S, Harbeth P3ESR, B&W ASW610 (sub)
Main system: Synology NAS, Auralic Aries G1, Anthem STR DAC-preamp, Bryston 4B3, Janszen Valentina, 2xJL F112; acoustics by ASC, GIK, RPG, & Vicoustic
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Old 05-29-2018, 10:12 AM
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Owned: BW 802D

Loved: TAD CR-1
Main Rig: (waiting on room to be built)

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


KEF LS50 Wireless
Wyred4Sound Modded Sonos Connect
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Old 05-29-2018, 11:15 AM
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The Best Buy in Audio. Vandersteen Wood quatro.
2 MC 601s, C1100, D1100, MCT450 Vandersteen 5A

Game Room

MC275, C2200, PrimaLuna EVO 100 Tube DAC, Dynaudio focus 160


MA5200 PBS T2 Tower.

Colorado House

2 MC2102s running in Mono Bridged

C200 preamp.

D1100 Dac

Lumin U1 Music server

Vandersteen Wood Quatro speakers

Old stuff

Fisher 800C Receiver

Vintage Mcintosh MC275 and C22

Audio Research d-150
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Old 06-03-2018, 06:48 PM
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JBL L100
Pioneer CS-99A
Infinity Reference 1
Several Polk Audio Models
Klipsch WF 35
Dahlquist DQ-20
Magnepan 1.7's
Canton Ref 1 DC - (And I lived happily ever after)
McIntosh MA8000; Canton Vento Reference 1 DC; E.A.T. E-Flat; Soundsmith Paua Mk II; Tascam BR-20; Teac X1000R; Dokoder 1120; Pioneer RT-707; Oppo UDP 205; Denon DCD A-100; HP All-In-One Touchscreen Server; JRiver MC 20; Woo Audio WA6; Shure SRH 1840; SVS SB 1000 (3); Jolida 502BRC; Jolida JD9; VPI 16.5 RCM; Panamax PM-5400
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Old 11-04-2018, 12:00 PM
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My speaker history is:

Large Advent
Double Large Advent
Large Advent with RTR tweeters
Dahlquist DQ10
Modified, rebuilt, and redesigned Dahlquist DQ10
Oswalds Mill Audio New Yorker Prototype horn speakers (104.5 dB efficiency)- present mains

For multichannel/home theater additional speakers added to the system

Nola LCR Reference speaker as Center Channel
Nola Viper IIA used for side surrounds
Dahlquist DQ-6C as the rear channel speakers
4 XTZ Cinema Series S2 Atmosphere Module for my Dolby Atmos .4 speakers
2 Epik Conquest 18" Subwoofers

My favorite speakers in my system has been the Oswalds Mill Audio New Yorker Prototype speakers.

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Old 01-14-2019, 03:15 PM
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I haven't had too many years in the audiophile space yet but here were my speakers:

Epos Epic 5 Floorstanders - These British speakers were my first foray into the audio world. They sounded amazing to me. The range of sound coming out of these small floorstanders made me realize what was possible with a proper setup for listening to music. I used them in my apartment setup and they really served their purpose well. However, when I moved to my home, I sold these and got the following...

Focal Aria 936 - These were a big, BIG step up from my Epos speakers. Much more extension in the highs and lows. I wouldn't call the Aria's bass heavy and they didn't pack much of a punch but they were dynamic to my ears. They were also aesthetically something else. The use of leather and walnut veneer really hooked me on first sight. I got them on a huge discount on Musicdirect. The problem was that I was continuing to do research on speakers at the time. With Musicdirect offering a 60 day trial policy and the other speaker brand that I was considering offering a 30 day policy, I decided to bring home another speaker to test.

Ascend Acoustics Sierra Towers with RAAL Ribbon Tweeters - Anyone who hasn't heard these speakers really should (if you're in the market for speakers in and around the $2-$5k range). These cost $2,800 new but I have heard speakers up to $10,000 and I still preferred these. Needless to say, these stayed with me and the Focal's were sent back. I kept these for over 3 years until the itch came and I got myself the...

Spendor D9 - These are still in the process of break-in but initial thoughts are that these have everything that the Ascend's did best and much more of that midrange bloom and extension in the highs and lows. There was no degradation of details even compared to the excellent ribbon tweeter on the Ascend's. While I was in the search for new speakers, I listened to a bunch including the Sonus Faber Olympica III's, Focal Sopra 2's, Magico A3's, Daedalus Argos, Harbeth 40.1s and the Spendors won out for me.
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Old 04-24-2019, 02:34 PM
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So far my GoldenEar speakers have been my fav
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Old 04-25-2019, 07:36 PM
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Fried Q
M&K Model II*
B&W DM602*
B&W N805*
MartinLogan Depth sub*
B&W N802*
McIntosh XRT1K
JL f113 sub
MartinLogan CLX Art
Raidho D1*
2 JL f112 v2*
PureAudioProject Quintet Heil AMT*

*Still owned

Raidho D1 + JL f112 is my true love.
Media Room: PureAudioProject Quintet15 Heil AMT; First Watt SIT-3; JL fathom f112v2 subs (2); JL CR-1 crossover; Raidho D1; PS Audio BHK Pre; PS BHK 300 amps (2); PS DirectStream DAC; PS P15 PowerPlant; Oppo BDP-105; Pro-ject RPM 9.2; Sumiko EVO III; Pass Labs XP-15; JR Systems cabinet; Aptitlig-IsolateIt platforms; ThinkPad running Roon server
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