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  • Cheers from Calgary

    I've been searching for 'best sound at home' for decades, have gone through several systems already, and I still keep looking ... (now if we could also change the listening room as often as needed, that would be something, wouldn't it). I like analog and digital, tubes and solid state, dynamic and planar, as long as they can make music together. I post a few photos of my current system - details can hopefully be seen in my 'signature'.

    Thank you for accepting me and I am looking forward to spending some time here.

    Michael
    `Analog: Clearaudio Ovation turntable on HRS R1X isolation base, Twister clamp, Outer Limit and Locator; Clearaudio Magnify tonearm, VTA Lifter; Benz Micro Ruby Z cartridge; Rotel RT-990BX tuner.
    Digital: exaSound PlayPoint and e32 II dac, Uptone JS-2 LPSU; Synology NAS, Roon, Audirvana; Oppo 103 with Audiopraise VanityHD 103 card.
    Amplification: Simaudio Moon W7 amp and P7 preamp; Pass Labs XP-15 phono preamp.
    Speakers: Audio Physic Avanti 30th Anniversary on IsoAcoustics Gaia footers; Sonus Faber Gravis II sub.
    Cables: mostly Wireworld Eclipse
    Power conditioner: ExactPower EP-15A and SP-15A.
    Room treatments: GIK Acoustics.

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    Welcome Michael!
    SOURCE: VINYL - EAT C-Sharp, Soundsmith Paua mkII
    DIGITAL - Auralic Vega G2 DAC. Bluesound Node 2i streamer
    PHONOSTAGE: AudioNet PAM G2 with AudioNet EPX power supply. EAT E Glo Petit & EAT LPS power supply (EAT phono for sale)
    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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    • #3
      Welcome
      Magnepan 1.7i, VMPS Large Sub, Belden 5000 Speaker Cable, Synthesis 510 AC Integrated Amplifier, Adcom GFA 555 II Power Amplifier, QED passive pre-amp, Celtic Dragon & Grover EX+ Interconnects, Crown SX 722 R/R, Nakamichi RX 202 Cassette Deck, Fosgate Signature Phono Preamplifier, Clearaudio Solution Turntable, Clearaudio Satisfy Tone Arm, Clearaudio Concerto V2 Cartridge, Clearaudio Smart Syncro, Belkin AP41300 Power Conditioner/Surge Protector, Transparent Power Cables

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      • #4
        Micheal,
        Welcome from and Edmontonian and enjoy your stay here.
        Very nice system and room. I think that if we changed rooms more than once it would likely bankrupt the majority of us and get us a divorce in the process.

        Pete.
        Studer A810, VPI ScoutMaster, center clamp, periphery ring, SDS, JMW 10.5 w/adj.VTA, ClearAudio Balance +, Cardas Golden Ref. IC, Ortofon MC Anna, Sumiko Pearwood, ML 434, ML 380
        Maggie 3.6 R w/ Customized Mye Sound Supports, REL Strata III
        Magnum Dynalab FT-101A
        Shunyata Hydra 6 & 2, IC's pwr & spkr cbls
        Pwr, pre & TT are on custom feet w/ Rollerblock Jr races and grd 10 balls, custom room treatments designed, built and installed by Pete.

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        • #5
          Thanks Pete. Indeed, you are right about changing rooms, but it is the most important factor influencing how a system sounds, provided of course there are no major mis-matches between components or glaring errors in the system's setup. It is a never ending quest for improvement but, unfortunately, always constrained by the room.
          `Analog: Clearaudio Ovation turntable on HRS R1X isolation base, Twister clamp, Outer Limit and Locator; Clearaudio Magnify tonearm, VTA Lifter; Benz Micro Ruby Z cartridge; Rotel RT-990BX tuner.
          Digital: exaSound PlayPoint and e32 II dac, Uptone JS-2 LPSU; Synology NAS, Roon, Audirvana; Oppo 103 with Audiopraise VanityHD 103 card.
          Amplification: Simaudio Moon W7 amp and P7 preamp; Pass Labs XP-15 phono preamp.
          Speakers: Audio Physic Avanti 30th Anniversary on IsoAcoustics Gaia footers; Sonus Faber Gravis II sub.
          Cables: mostly Wireworld Eclipse
          Power conditioner: ExactPower EP-15A and SP-15A.
          Room treatments: GIK Acoustics.

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          • #6
            Welcome
            Analog: VPI Traveler / Ortofon 2M Bronze-Lounge Audio LCRMKIII MM Phono Preamp w/ silver wire-Digital: Oppo UDP 205-Apple TV Amplification: Arte Forma/Gill Audio dual mono-block design solid state amplifier w/ an Atma-sphere UV 1 tube preamp Speakers: Vandersteen 2CI Cabling: Cardas Iridium interconnects, Pangea SE phono cable and Cardas Parsec bi-wire speaker cable Power: Signal Cable MagicPower cords, Monster Power HTS 3500

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            • #7
              welcome and nice system btw.
              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, Sennheiser HD-300 Headphones, Headroom Max Balanced Headphone Amp, DIY Silver Interconnects

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              • #8
                Micheal,
                Yes always constrained by the room for sure.
                It took me two year's to attenuate my room, I am lucky that my room is 40' long which helped a great deal, doing it by myself no doubt. I am also lucky that I was able to build and install my own room treatments. They are not as pretty as store bought items however function very nicely which is the important part.
                Vbr,

                Pete.
                Studer A810, VPI ScoutMaster, center clamp, periphery ring, SDS, JMW 10.5 w/adj.VTA, ClearAudio Balance +, Cardas Golden Ref. IC, Ortofon MC Anna, Sumiko Pearwood, ML 434, ML 380
                Maggie 3.6 R w/ Customized Mye Sound Supports, REL Strata III
                Magnum Dynalab FT-101A
                Shunyata Hydra 6 & 2, IC's pwr & spkr cbls
                Pwr, pre & TT are on custom feet w/ Rollerblock Jr races and grd 10 balls, custom room treatments designed, built and installed by Pete.

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                  • #10
                    Nice system...welcome.
                    Life is analog...digital is just samples thereof
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                    Analog: VPI Prime TT w/Walnut Plinth, HRX Pulley + 3 Belt Drive + ADS Speed Ctrl, 3D Dual Pivot Assy, Tru Lift
                    Analog 2: Ortofon Windfeld Ti + Bob's Devices Sky 30 Stepup Transformer + Liberty Audio B2B-1 Phono Preamp, Stereo Squares Dust Cover
                    Digital: TASCAM UH-7000 High-res USB Interface, Pioneer DV-47Ai Universal Disc Player, NAD C446 Internet Radio/Streamer
                    Digital 2: Digital Audio Workstation (Toshiba P75-A7200 Laptop w/MS Windows 10, 24GB RAM, 1.5 TB Crucial MX300 SSD Internal Storage, Intel i7-4700MQ Processor)

                    Amp: Rogue RP-9 Line Preamp, Schiit Loki Tone Ctrls, Parasound A21 Power Amp
                    Speakers: Magnepan MMC2, Magnepan DW-M Planar Woofer, REL T9/i Subwoofer
                    Headphones: Stax Lambda Pro + SRM 1 MK II, Focal Clear + Schiit Lyr 2
                    Wires: Kimber Hero ICs, Kimber 8TC Speaker Cables, AQ Leopard Phono ICs, Pangea Silver USB Cables, StraightWire Expressivo ICs

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