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  • Greetings from San Diego

    Hello there.
    A friend of mine rockitman told me about this forum. I think this is a little above my pay grade here but I do enjoy the hobby. I have a large music server (JRiver) running and a 1,000+ hour Grateful Dead soundboard collection. All of my digital collection is Apple Lossless. I also have jumped back into vinyl this year and have already bought 100+ new LP's! I am listening to Vinyl probably 90% of the time now. My system is mainly what would be considered mid-90's bang for the buck. Adcom GFA545 and Adcom GDA-700 DAC. McCormack Micro Line Drive Passive Pre-Amp. Mirage M7si monitors. Stax SR5 Headphones. Transparent Cable throughout. My new vinyl rig is an Audio Technica Lp1240 with an Emotiva XPS-1 pre-amp. A bunch of budget MM Cartridges (AT's mainly) and a new Denon 103 which blows the others away badly.
    ​​​​​​​So thanks for the great new forum and I can watch my buddy rockitman 's discussions! PS- YES, I have heard his system in person, althought not the Airforce one TT.
    TT- ATLP120 mod> AT120eb (Lofgren), Denon 103
    Pre- Emotiva XPS-1 Phono, McCormack Line Drive
    Power- Parasound New Classic 2125v2
    Dig- JRiver 20 server> Adcom GDA-700.
    Speakers- Mirage M7si, Stax SR5, Stax SR34
    Wires- Transparent, Kimber, AQ, Tributaries

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    Welcome Boltman!

    The beauty of this board is that we don't let "pay grade" interfere with our passion for audio and music. Everyone has an equal voice and is respected for what they contribute. We all learn from each other in some ways and the members here have all been very helpful and appreciative too.

    With 1,000+ hour of Grateful Dead material, do you have opportunity to listen to something else? Haha!

    JV
    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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    • #3
      Welcome! I went to High school in San Diego. This is a great forum
      SOURCE: VINYL - EAT C-Sharp with, EAT LPS power supply, My Sonic Lab Signature Gold
      DIGITAL - Mola Mola Tambaqui DAC. Roon Nucleus w/EAT Lps power supply. Auralic Aires G1
      PHONOSTAGE: AudioNet PAM G2 with AudioNet EPX power supply.
      PREAMP: Audionet PRE G2.
      AMPLIFIER: Audionet MAX monoblocks.
      SPEAKERS: YG Acoustics Anat III Signatures (upgraded to Sonja 1.2) JL Audio F112 V2 (x2)
      CABLES: Kubala-Sosna, Kubala Sosna Xpander.....Audio Desk Systeme RCM, Adona Rack, GIK & Acoustimac room treatment, Isoacoustics

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Johnny Vinyl View Post
        Welcome Boltman!

        The beauty of this board is that we don't let "pay grade" interfere with our passion for audio and music. Everyone has an equal voice and is respected for what they contribute. We all learn from each other in some ways and the members here have all been very helpful and appreciative too.

        With 1,000+ hour of Grateful Dead material, do you have opportunity to listen to something else? Haha!

        JV
        Thanks. Rockitman and I go way back. We are both GD collectors. I get into moods where I need to listen to the GD for a good stretch, but otherwise I listen to just about anything. Listening to LP's has been a nice kick in the butt for me to get back into my system and the music of course.
        TT- ATLP120 mod> AT120eb (Lofgren), Denon 103
        Pre- Emotiva XPS-1 Phono, McCormack Line Drive
        Power- Parasound New Classic 2125v2
        Dig- JRiver 20 server> Adcom GDA-700.
        Speakers- Mirage M7si, Stax SR5, Stax SR34
        Wires- Transparent, Kimber, AQ, Tributaries

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        • #5
          I live in San Diego Boltman. Enjoy the site.
          TW Acustic TT with Ref motor & controller; Tri-Planar Arm; Ortofon Windfeld-Ti Cartridge, Harmonix-Combak platter mat & weight; PS Audio Stellar Phono Preamp; KLAudio Ultrasonic Record Cleaner.

          Bluesound Vault-2 Music Server & Streamer

          VTL 6.5 preamp Series II
          Pass Labs 150.8 Amp

          Piega C711 Loudspeakers

          Symposium Osiris Rack; Symposium Platforms and Roller Blocks plus grade 2.5 Balls

          Acoustic Revive RR-888 Low Frequency Pulse Generator, Synergistic Research 12 UEF SE Line Conditioner, Level 3 HC AC Cord and Level 3 power cords, Synergistic Carbon fiber wall plates, Synergistic Research Orange Outlet, Furutech NCF Booster Braces, Audio Art Ref IC, MIT Oracle IC, synergistic Research Atmosphere X Euphoria Level 3 Balanced ICs, Synergistic Research Euphoria Level 3 Speaker Cables, Synergistic Research Cable Risers.

          Sennheiser HDV 650 Headphone Amp; Sennheiser HD800s Headphones.

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          • #6
            I think there are a few other members here who live in Diego. I was there in the mid-70's, and was a co-founder of the first incarnation of the San Diego Audio Society (and if there had been a San Diego Dead Head chapter, would obviously have founded that even earlier).
            Tascam BR-20
            Modwright Oppo 205 full tube mod w/LPS
            Euphony Summus server, EtherRegen, HDPLEX LPS
            MSB Discrete DAC (dual PS, ISLPro, balanced out)
            Pass Labs INT60
            Daedalus Audio Apollo 11’s
            REL S3 (Kimber Kable connection)
            Daedalus/Wywires, Audioquest, Acoustic Zen, DH cables
            Torus IS5
            Stillpoints and IsoPods, Tube Traps, GIK

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            • 1morerecord2clean
              1morerecord2clean commented
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              The current incarnation is The San Diego & Audio Guild. SDMAG.

          • #7
            Welcome Boltman !!!! Lots to learn and have fun with around here. As Johhny Vinyl alludes, this site isn't about SOTA systems. Great sound can be had at virtually any price level.
            Forgot to mention...the site owner, Myles Astor is a literal encyclopedia of equipment and music knowledge. A what sounds good on vinyl master so to speak....
            Christian
            System Gear

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            • MylesBAstor
              MylesBAstor commented
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              Thanks Christian, I studied at the feet of the great Jedi record collector Sid Marks. 😁

          • #8
            Welcome Boltman
            If you have passionate interest in audio and music this is the place.
            [TURNTABLE] TW Acustic Raven One [TONEARM] Dynavector DV 507Mkii & Graham Phantom [PHONO] BAT VK-P10 & Dynavector PHA200; [CARTRIDGE] Dynavector XV1S, Lyra Kleos, Ortofon Cadenza Mono [TAPE] Otari MTR15 & Technics RS1500 with JRF Headblock [DIGITAL] Grace Design M920, Lynx Auroa 8 ADC/DAC, Mac Mini with roon labs [PRAMP] McIntosh C2300 [AMP] McIntosh C601s [SPEAKERS] Legacy Audio Whisper & Wavelet [ACC] Klaudio Ultrasonic RCM

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            • #9
              Originally posted by rbbert View Post
              I think there are a few other members here who live in Diego. I was there in the mid-70's, and was a co-founder of the first incarnation of the San Diego Audio Society (and if there had been a San Diego Dead Head chapter, would obviously have founded that even earlier).
              Did this club meet at Stereo Unlimited sometimes? I remember hearing about it or similar. Stereo Design closed it's store a few months ago. Another brick and mortar casualty. Bought all my gear there back in the day. There is a new high end place called Alma Audio in La Jolla that just opened up. Some guy named Fabio runs it. At first, I thought it might be THE Fabio...but it's not. The "Model" Fabio used to go to the high end shows back in the day out here.
              TT- ATLP120 mod> AT120eb (Lofgren), Denon 103
              Pre- Emotiva XPS-1 Phono, McCormack Line Drive
              Power- Parasound New Classic 2125v2
              Dig- JRiver 20 server> Adcom GDA-700.
              Speakers- Mirage M7si, Stax SR5, Stax SR34
              Wires- Transparent, Kimber, AQ, Tributaries

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              • Rob
                Rob commented
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                Boltman...Chargers fan? I lived in SD for 20 yrs was a Chargers fan during the Gene Klein/Dan Fouts era.

              • 1morerecord2clean
                1morerecord2clean commented
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                The group occasionally meets there. They don't like to abuse the privilege because meetings are after store hours and a worker has to be there to lock up after the meeting. Meetings there are usually about a specific new piece of gear not necessarily sold by the store.

                There is a newer store than Alma Music in La Jolla, name escapes me, selling restored vintage gear, horns, concentric driven speakers, very niche stuff. Personally not sure how anyone in this racket survives with bricks and mortar.

            • #10
              There are now 2 high end audio shops in La Jolla, I can't remember the name of the newest one. Alex Suify is also one of the priciples at Alma Audio (which has been around for over a year, perhaps approaching its second anniversary soon?) and well known to people here and at other high end audio Internet boards.

              Stereo Unlimited didn't exist when the San Diego Audio Society started, we usually met at Audio Dimensions which was out pretty far east (not as far as Poway, though).

              edit: the newer store is called Deja Vu Audio. There is also Blackbird Audio in Santee.
              Tascam BR-20
              Modwright Oppo 205 full tube mod w/LPS
              Euphony Summus server, EtherRegen, HDPLEX LPS
              MSB Discrete DAC (dual PS, ISLPro, balanced out)
              Pass Labs INT60
              Daedalus Audio Apollo 11’s
              REL S3 (Kimber Kable connection)
              Daedalus/Wywires, Audioquest, Acoustic Zen, DH cables
              Torus IS5
              Stillpoints and IsoPods, Tube Traps, GIK

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              • 1morerecord2clean
                1morerecord2clean commented
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                Blackbird works out of his house S does Revelation Audio in Carlsbad.

            • #11
              Originally posted by rbbert View Post
              There are now 2 high end audio shops in La Jolla, I can't remember the name of the newest one. Alex Suify is also one of the priciples at Alma Audio (which has been around for over a year, perhaps approaching its second anniversary soon?) and well known to people here and at other high end audio Internet boards.

              Stereo Unlimited didn't exist when the San Diego Audio Society started, we usually met at Audio Dimensions which was out pretty far east (not as far as Poway, though).

              edit: the newer store is called Deja Vu Audio. There is also Blackbird Audio in Santee.
              I stopped by Deja Vu after their soft opening. The cat that runs it is pretty cool (expat New Yorker) his uncle was a sideman in Duke Ellington's orchestra. If you like vintage this is hog heaven (Quad 57s, Western Electric repros, EMT, Horns, Vinyl) and lottsa jazz music.


              TechDAS | Graham Eng | ZYX | Boulder | Magico

              "Listening to Analogue music is an act of rebellion in a digital gulag" - Simon Yorke

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              • #12


                It is all about getting the most out of what you own!
                Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
                Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
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                -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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                • #13
                  Hi Boltman!

                  Welcome to AudioNirvana!
                  Yeah I'm one of the guys at Alma Audio! Our Fabio is indeed not "that" Fabio, actually, he's the furthest thing from him
                  Anyway, you're welcome to stop by and chat!
                  All the other locals are invited to return as well We just got the first pair of D'Agostino Progression monoblocs in California, as well as the hot new Aqua Formula DAC.

                  cheers,
                  alex
                  Disclosure:
                  Alma Music and Audio - La Jolla, CA
                  Aqua Hi-Fi - Audio Research - Audioquest - Audionet - Audiopax - Auralic - Aurender - Bergmann - Brodmann - D'Agostino - darTZeel - Devialet - DEQX - ELAC - Evolution Acoustics - Hegel - iFi - Innuos - IsoTek - Kii Audio - Koetsu - Kronos - Kubala Sosna - Kuzma - Larsen - Linn - MSB Technology - Music Hall - Ortofon - Solid Steel - Technics - Wharfedale - Wilson Audio - YG Acoustics
                  [ http://almaaudio.com ]

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                  • #14
                    Welcome Boltman. This is a great site with very knowledgeable members. You will be turned on to a lot great music. I am also from SD.

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                    • #15
                      Originally posted by Gusf View Post
                      Welcome Boltman. This is a great site with very knowledgeable members. You will be turned on to a lot great music. I am also from SD.
                      What Gusf mentioned about the music is special on this site compared to most. I've been turned on to a lot of music since being here. Following the "what are you listening to now" thread has allowed me to increase my collection with new music I wouldn't have found without it.
                      SOURCE: VINYL - EAT C-Sharp with, EAT LPS power supply, My Sonic Lab Signature Gold
                      DIGITAL - Mola Mola Tambaqui DAC. Roon Nucleus w/EAT Lps power supply. Auralic Aires G1
                      PHONOSTAGE: AudioNet PAM G2 with AudioNet EPX power supply.
                      PREAMP: Audionet PRE G2.
                      AMPLIFIER: Audionet MAX monoblocks.
                      SPEAKERS: YG Acoustics Anat III Signatures (upgraded to Sonja 1.2) JL Audio F112 V2 (x2)
                      CABLES: Kubala-Sosna, Kubala Sosna Xpander.....Audio Desk Systeme RCM, Adona Rack, GIK & Acoustimac room treatment, Isoacoustics

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                      • Johnny Vinyl
                        Johnny Vinyl commented
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                        Yep. This is actually one of the best of those threads I've followed on various other fora. Very diverse selections and genres being posted.

                      • MylesBAstor
                        MylesBAstor commented
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                        +1000

                      • 1morerecord2clean
                        1morerecord2clean commented
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                        So right Tom. I just received a mint demo copy of Flat & Scruggs at Carnegie Hall which Myles mentioned a couple of weeks ago when he took it to Harry Ws place. Really well recorded.
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