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  • Greetings from New Zealand

    I've just joined Audio Nirvana and hope I'll be doing a lot of posting.

    I have two audio systems. My main one comprises a Pioneer PLL-1000 parallel-tracking turntable, a Marantz CD-7 CD player, a Marantz SA11-S3 SACD player, a PureAudio pre-amplifier, home-built monoblock Class-A amplifiers modelled on the original John Linsley Hood design from the 1960s and modified by Geoff Moss for easier quiescent current and output offset adjustments as well as increased power output (four output transistors) effortlessly feeding a pair of giant Acoustat SPECTRA 6600 electrostatic speakers. The system also includes an AMR iDSD Micro Black label DAC with an Acer laptop running Windows 10 and Foobar2000 software as well as a 512GB SSD for file storage and playback in a variety of hi-rez formats including various DSD.
    The second system comprises a Sony SCD-XA5400ES SACD player extensively modified feeding what is in effect a QUAD 405 amplifier and a pair of home made loudspeakers in concrete enclosures. I'm using an equalizer to iron out irregularities at the frequency extremes but the sound is surprisingly satisfying and certainly free from boom, even if it lacks the 'scale' of my main system.

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    SOURCE: VINYL - EAT C-Sharp, Soundsmith Paua mkII, Benz LPS-mr, Benz Ebony H
    DIGITAL - Marantz SA-11S3 sacd/cd/transport, Auralic Vega G2 DAC. Bluesound Node 2i
    PHONOSTAGE: AudioNet PAM G2 with AudioNet EPS G2 power supply. Lehmann Audio Decade. MoFi Studiophono
    PREAMP: Audionet PRE G2.
    AMPLIFIER: Audionet MAX monoblocks.
    SPEAKERS: YG Acoustics Anat III Signatures (upgraded to Sonja 1.2) SVS SB-4000 subwoofers (x2)
    CABLES: Kubala-Sosna.....Audio Desk Systeme RCM, Adona Rack, GIK room treatment


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      Last edited by chrisfromri; 06-24-2019, 01:59 PM.


      • #4
        welcome, nice systems..
        Magnepan 1.6 QR Loudspeakers, Amherst A-2000 MOSFET 150 WPC Amp, Conrad Johnson PV-10A Modded Tube Line & Phono Stage, Electrocompaniet MC II Class A Head Amp, Shelter 501 Mark II Cart (St) , Graham Engineering 2.2 Tonearm (St) , VPI Aries-1 Turntable (St) , VPI Clamp, Denon DL-102 Cart, (M) , Luxman Tonearm (M) , Kenwood KD-500 Turntable (M) , Michell Clamp, Marantz 20B Analog FM Tuner, Pioneer SACD, Onkyo DX-6800 CD Transport, DIY 24B/192K DAC, DIY Silver Interconnects


        • #5
          Speakers: Horning Eufrodite Ellipse III on Stillpoints Ultra 5S feet
          Amplifier: Silver Circle Audio 300B Monoblocks with Takatsuki 300B tubes
          Preamp: TW Acustic RPA-100 Line Stage
          Phono Stage: TW Acustic RPS-100
          Turntable - TW Acustic Raven AC w/ Black Knight Anniversary Upgrades
          Tonearm: Kuzma 4-Point 14" with Air Tight Opus-1 Cartridge
          Tonearm: TW 10.5" with Miyajima Zero Mono
          Vinyl Care: Audio Desk Pro Ultrasonic & VPI 16.5 RCM
          CD/SACD: Playback Designs MP-5 to Bricasti M1 DAC
          Tape: Tascam 42B-NB (Refurb by Soren Wittrup)
          Tape Stage: Doshi V.3
          Power Conditioner: (2) Silver Circle Audio TCHAIK 6
          Wire: Custom Furutech PC's & IC's + Inakustik LS-4004 Air Speaker Cables
          Tweaks: Stillpoints Aperture II Panels & Stillpoints Ultra SS's sprinkled about - SRA Ohio Class and Symposium Super Plus Platforms


          • #6
            Welcome aboard and I hope to see many posts from you. This is a very helpful group of people who represent a wide range of equipment and tastes in music. One sniping and no misbehaving, really. We treat each other with respect and we try to remain supportive.

            I hope you enjoy your time here. Its a very good place to be.

            Life is is just samples thereof.

            Analog: VPI Prime, 3 Belt Drive, Dual Pivot, ADS, Ortofon Windfeld Ti, Liberty B2B-1, Sky 30 Trans, Stereo Squares Dust Cover
            Amp: Rogue RP-9 + Schiit Loki + Parasound A21
            Speakers: Magnepan MMC2 + DW-M + REL T5/i
            Digital: TASCAM UH-7000, Pioneer DV-47Ai, NAD C446, Schiit Modi Multibit
            Headphones: Stax Lambda Pro, Focal Clear, Schiit Lyr 2
            Wires: Kimber Hero + 8TC + AQ Leopard


            • #7
              welcome aboard!
              Steve Lefkowicz
              Senior Associate Editor at Positive Feedback