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    Here are some pictures.
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    Hugh Nguyen
    ACA

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    Which version of the Seraphims were you showing? Love the ways those have sounded every time I've heard them.
    Steve Lefkowicz
    Senior Associate Editor at Positive Feedback
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    Analog 1: Linn LP12 (MOSE/Hercules II), Ittok, Dynavector 10X5 MK.II Low, iPhono2/iPowerX; Analog 2: Pro-Ject RPM-1 Carbon, Talisman S, iFi iPhono.
    Digital: Samsung 300E5C notebook, JRiver Media Center 28, Tidal HiFi, Qobuz Studio), iFi NEO iDSD, iFi iUSB3, iPurifier2, Audioquest Jitterbug.
    Electronics: DIY passive line-stage, Antique Sound Labs MG-SI15DT-S, Burson Timekeeper Virtuoso
    Speakers: Tekton Perfect SET 15, Tekton Lore, Magneplaner .7
    Interconnects: Morrow Audio MA1, Vermouth Audio Black Pearl, Audioquest Evergreen
    Speaker cables: WyWyres Diamond, Morrow Audio SP4, Vermouth Audio Red Velvet, Audioquest Type 5
    Digital cables: Aural Symphonics USB, iFi Gemini twin-head USB.
    Accessories: Sound Organization turntable shelf, Mondo racks, Pangea Audio Vulcan rack, Pi Audio Group Über BUSS, Monster HTS2000 power conditioner, Kinetronics anti-static brush, Pro-Ject VC-S record cleaner, Spin Clean record cleaner.
    Headphones: Schiit Valhalla amp, Burson Conductor Virtuoso Amp, Meze Audio 99 Classic and 99 Neo, Beyerdynamic DT770Pro 600 ohm, DT770 Studio 80 ohm, 1More Triple Driver Over Ear, 1More Triple Driver IEM

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    • #3
      Steve,

      It's our new Seraphim Prime.

      Thanks,
      Hugh Nguyen
      ACA

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      • #4
        This is my personal unbiased view/opinion after spending just a quick few minutes out of my rather busy schedule to visit other rooms.

        I am not sure I had visited every single rooms during TAVES but I did try to at least poke my head to see if anything sounded interesting to me.

        Good Surprise:
        Totem Sky loudspeaker at $CAD1850/pair is a tremendous value.
        Great sound at a small price.

        As Expected:
        Magico S5MKII, US$42,750.
        As I'd have expected from Myles' comments since he has these, they are clean, detailed, & natural sounding.
        It was somewhat a surprise to me since the only other offer from Magico that I like was/is their Q7.
        Good choice Myles.

        Not Impressed:
        I accidentally stumbled onto Kef/VPI room where they had their big Muon MKII speakers, $US225,000/pair.
        I was not sure if it's the room or something else but the sound was abysmal, to say the least.
        It might also due to the song they played when I was in the room.
        Bottom line is a lot of money for not so good sound.

        Good Surprise at a Hefty Price:
        I walked into the Wynn Audio room without any expectations and was rather pulled into the music with their Tidal Sunrays, $CAD180,000/pair.

        Good Surprise at a less than hefty price:
        Muraudio was showing their Domain Omni PX2, $US79,500/pair.
        Excellent soundstage.

        After my visit to those and the other rooms, I came back to our own ACA room and I just can't stop smiling while listening to our Seraphim Prime at US$22,000.
        I can state without any uncertainty the only competitor that might come close to our Seraphim Prime is indeed the S5MKII from Magico.
        Having said that, at almost half the price of the S5, our Prime is a much better valued choice.

        Hugh Nguyen
        ACA

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Hugh View Post

          Good Surprise:
          Totem Sky loudspeaker at $CAD1850/pair is a tremendous value.
          Great sound at a small price.

          Is this the replacement for the Model One? I know Totem fans were up in arms about the discontinuation of that long-standing speaker.

          I'm a Totem fan. I had some Sttafs, Mites and Mite-T in my MCH HT setup.
          Dynavector DV20x2L MC cartridge - Genesis G7.1f speakers - Marantz Reference PM-KI-Pearl Int. Amp. - Oracle Audio Paris MkV turntable - Various Morrow & Valab/King cables

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Johnny Vinyl View Post

            Is this the replacement for the Model One? I know Totem fans were up in arms about the discontinuation of that long-standing speaker.

            I'm a Totem fan. I had some Sttafs, Mites and Mite-T in my MCH HT setup.
            Yes, it is.

            It is a real surprise to me as to how good it sounded.
            I was rather not impressed with their Model One, OTOH.
            Hugh Nguyen
            ACA

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            • #7
              ACA Seraphim Prime as One of The Best, per Stereophile.

              http://www.stereophile.com/content/t...xg8pjPfwkPf.97
              Hugh Nguyen
              ACA

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Hugh View Post
                ACA Seraphim Prime as One of The Best, per Stereophile.

                http://www.stereophile.com/content/t...xg8pjPfwkPf.97
                Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
                Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
                ________________________________________

                -Zellaton Plural Evo speakers
                -Goldmund Telos 300 stereo amp
                -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
                -Doshi EVO and Goldmund PH3.8 phonostage
                -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
                -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
                -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga Mk. 2, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
                -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
                -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 6, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
                -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz 3 racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA OHIO Class 2.1+ platforms.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Hugh View Post
                  ACA Seraphim Prime as One of The Best, per Stereophile.

                  http://www.stereophile.com/content/t...xg8pjPfwkPf.97
                  How big was the TAVES show?
                  Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
                  Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
                  ________________________________________

                  -Zellaton Plural Evo speakers
                  -Goldmund Telos 300 stereo amp
                  -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
                  -Doshi EVO and Goldmund PH3.8 phonostage
                  -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
                  -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
                  -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga Mk. 2, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
                  -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
                  -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 6, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
                  -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz 3 racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA OHIO Class 2.1+ platforms.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Hugh View Post
                    This is my personal unbiased view/opinion after spending just a quick few minutes out of my rather busy schedule to visit other rooms.

                    I am not sure I had visited every single rooms during TAVES but I did try to at least poke my head to see if anything sounded interesting to me.

                    Good Surprise:
                    Totem Sky loudspeaker at $CAD1850/pair is a tremendous value.
                    Great sound at a small price.

                    As Expected:
                    Magico S5MKII, US$42,750.
                    As I'd have expected from Myles' comments since he has these, they are clean, detailed, & natural sounding.
                    It was somewhat a surprise to me since the only other offer from Magico that I like was/is their Q7.
                    Good choice Myles.

                    Not Impressed:
                    I accidentally stumbled onto Kef/VPI room where they had their big Muon MKII speakers, $US225,000/pair.
                    I was not sure if it's the room or something else but the sound was abysmal, to say the least.
                    It might also due to the song they played when I was in the room.
                    Bottom line is a lot of money for not so good sound.

                    Good Surprise at a Hefty Price:
                    I walked into the Wynn Audio room without any expectations and was rather pulled into the music with their Tidal Sunrays, $CAD180,000/pair.


                    Good Surprise at a less than hefty price:
                    Muraudio was showing their Domain Omni PX2, $US79,500/pair.
                    Excellent soundstage.

                    After my visit to those and the other rooms, I came back to our own ACA room and I just can't stop smiling while listening to our Seraphim Prime at US$22,000.
                    I can state without any uncertainty the only competitor that might come close to our Seraphim Prime is indeed the S5MKII from Magico.
                    Having said that, at almost half the price of the S5, our Prime is a much better valued choice.
                    Tidal almost always seems to get good sound at shows. Even their lesser priced speakers that aren't on the other hand, cheap either. Not sure if that's the setup guys (was Doug White showing the speakers or is there a different Canadian distributor) or because the speakers have a high degree of integrability into different rooms (and interesting point rarely brought out).

                    Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
                    Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
                    ________________________________________

                    -Zellaton Plural Evo speakers
                    -Goldmund Telos 300 stereo amp
                    -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
                    -Doshi EVO and Goldmund PH3.8 phonostage
                    -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
                    -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
                    -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga Mk. 2, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
                    -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
                    -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 6, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
                    -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz 3 racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA OHIO Class 2.1+ platforms.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by MylesBAstor View Post

                      How big was the TAVES show?
                      It was rather extremely busy for us and we are at the very end of the floor.
                      I personally didn't have a chance to have lunch during the show.

                      My guess is it's decently large show.
                      They outgrew their last location so this year they had to have 2 hotels, Sheraton & Best Western, together.

                      Traffic was terrific and interests was really good.

                      We'll be back next year.
                      Hugh Nguyen
                      ACA

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                    • #12
                      Originally posted by MylesBAstor View Post

                      Tidal almost always seems to get good sound at shows. Even their lesser priced speakers that aren't on the other hand, cheap either. Not sure if that's the setup guys (was Doug White showing the speakers or is there a different Canadian distributor) or because the speakers have a high degree of integrability into different rooms (and interesting point rarely brought out).
                      The Tidal was shown in Wynn Audio Room and I've heard they are going to show those in their showroom this coming weekend.
                      Hugh Nguyen
                      ACA

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                      • #13
                        Ha, a friend of mine in Toronto texted me and said this was one of his favorite rooms. Did not know it was yours, Hugh! Congrats!
                        Kronos Sparta -> Trinity Phono -> Trinity Pre -> CH Precision A1 -> Magico S7s

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                        • #14
                          Originally posted by allenh View Post
                          Ha, a friend of mine in Toronto texted me and said this was one of his favorite rooms. Did not know it was yours, Hugh! Congrats!
                          Thank YOU Sir! :-)
                          Hugh Nguyen
                          ACA

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                          • #15
                            Strong work Hugh!

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