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    What are you guys using for a desktop set-up or personal (not necessarily headphone rig)?
    I have the ELAC B4 here's being driven by the little Parasound Zamp. The preamp/DAC is the Schiit Jothnheim with the Schiit Wyrd handling USB issues. I chose their PSYT USB cable (made by Straightwire it appears), speaker cables are Canare 4S11, interconnects from Zu Audio, and AC cables from DH Labs and Dynamic Designs. Network cables are from Audioquest. Daedelus DiD under the items works well enough. JRiver Media Center 21 organizes the files on the Certon C4 Integrita NAS. oh, and the iFi USB Purifier too. Dell PC running W7 professional. Headphones range from Sennheiser to Focal to AKG to Audeze.
    Dave Clark
    Editor and Publisher, Positive Feedback
    www.positive-feedback.com

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    Vanatoo speakers, AudioQuest NightHawk headphones, PS Audio Sprout, new Oppo UDP-203 4K Ultra HD universal player, Sony 55" 4K monitor and computer with high performance graphics card. Absolute Fidelity power cables and IsoTek power filter.
    Speakers/Amps: Genesis G2.2 Jr with Powered Servo-Sub Bass, Genesis GR1440 Mono Amps, 5,000 watts total power
    Preamp: SMc Audio VRE-1C Preamp (fully balanced inputs and output)
    Analog 1: VPI Signature 21 Belt-Drive Turntable w/ 10” 3D Printed Fatboy Gimbal Arm and Ortofon MC Windfeld Ti Phono Cartridge driving Lehmann Silver Cube Phono Preamp
    Analog 2: VPI HW-40 Direct-Drive Turntable w/ 12” 3D Printed Fatboy Gimbal Arm and Ortofon MC Anna Diamond Phono Cartridge driving Genesis Gold Phono Preamp
    Analog 3: Studer A810 R2R tape w/ Bridge Console. Using built-in tape preamp
    Digital: Lumin Network Player with Lumin NAS
    Cables: Genesis Advanced Technologies/Absolute Fidelity Interface Interconnects, Speaker, Phono and Power
    A/C Power: Extensive System Upgrades, Sub-panel w/hard-wired power cables, and IsoTek Super Titan Passive Power Conditioning for Amplifiers
    Accessories: Custom Acrylic Equipment Stands, Klaudio Ultrasonic RCM

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    • #3
      I also have a desktop/PC system in the bedroom which I use for the computer and also listen to music quite a bit. Its much simpler digitally. For amplification and speakers, I use a Denon PRA 1500 preamp, a Niles SI-245 power amp, and Focal Electra 905 nearfield monitor speakers. The preamp is fed by a Sony ST-SA5ES tuner, a DIY 24/96 DAC connected to an Onkyo DX-6800 CD player used as a transport, and the line out of my PC which runs win10. Audio software is simply windows media player and goldwave. My PC has reaktek hd audio chipset on the motherboard so I don't use a soundcard. I enjoy PC Audio, YouTube, CDs, and FM stereo on this system. I also have the record out from my main system in the living room connected to this PC system so I can listen or record vinyl digitally but I don't do it that often.
      Last edited by JCOConnell; 12-22-2016, 10:08 AM.
      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, Audio Technica AT-OC9XML Cart (Stereo) , Graham Engineering 2.2 Tonearm (Stereo) , VPI Aries-1 Turntable (Stereo) , VPI Clamp, Denon DL-102 Cart, (Mono) , Luxman Tonearm (Mono) , Kenwood KD-500 Turntable (Mono) , Michell Clamp, Marantz 20B Analog FM Tuner, Pioneer SACD, Onkyo DX-6800 CD Transport, DIY 24B/192K DAC, Sennheiser HD-650 Headphones, Headroom Max Balanced Headphone Amp, DIY Silver Interconnects

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      • #4
        Never quite got desktop systems with little speakers. I just plug an Audioengine D3 into my notebook and use my headphones, or use them with my Questyle QP1.
        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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        • JCOConnell
          JCOConnell commented
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          yeah, but headphones are no substitute for real speakers and amplifier

      • #5
        Now now bud don't say that till u heard a good one lol. I use a sub woofer to feel the bass too. You would be surprised I feel.
        analog stuff.
        otari mtr 10 2 track 1/4 made new by soren
        otari mtr 10 2 track 1/4 1/2 combo made new by soren
        sota sapphire used eminent tech ver 2 arm
        new sota nova table has magnetic levitation platter and full speed control and latest motor same arm as above
        thorens td124 sme ver 2 arm
        thorens td125 sme ver 2 arm
        kenwood direct drive sme ver 2 arm
        phono preamp Ml no 25 all re capped
        speakers cust infinity IRS V , new caps and LPS , magnets etc.
        mark levivson pre no 26 amps no 33
        digital three cust servers , win ser 2016 , AO
        Dacs lampi various

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        • JCOConnell
          JCOConnell commented
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          I prefer the music coming from a soundstage in front of me, not in the middle of my head. P.S. I have high end headphones too, but those are for loud late night listening as to not disturb the neighbors.

      • #6
        Thanks for starting this thread. It's a subject that I'm becoming interested in too! I want something better than computer speakers!
        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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        • JCOConnell
          JCOConnell commented
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          All you really need for a pc setup is a pair of quality bookshelf speakers and a reasonably powered integrated amplifier.

      • #7
        There's a lot to be said for a good desktop setup with a small sub blended in . It's an immersive nearfield experience that takes the room out of the equation. The trick is to optimize the system for what it is - a desktop and not try to jerry-rig leftover bits and pieces for the job. Steven Stone at TAS is a desktop fan and his articles make for good reading. Loads of choices out there , without question the best one I've had and listened to was the Mini Maggie setup, specifically designed for the desktop. Wendell Clark describes them as having 3.7's on your desk and he's not wrong. You'd have to be pretty far along in 2-channel land to beat that. Currently running a pair of Clairaudience 1+1 V2+ speakers with the new ELAC Element amplifier which has built in sub-blending and room optimization with a REL T-Zero sub. Given how close the listening position is to the system, I've found multi-driver speakers don't really work (for me) given their dispersion characteristics. Isolation off the desktop is also important , I've used Iso-Acoustics but the best stands by far (though they take up a lot of real estate) are the Ardan stands.

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        • #8
          Originally posted by Boblaclune View Post
          There's a lot to be said for a good desktop setup with a small sub blended in . It's an immersive nearfield experience that takes the room out of the equation. The trick is to optimize the system for what it is - a desktop and not try to jerry-rig leftover bits and pieces for the job. Steven Stone at TAS is a desktop fan and his articles make for good reading. Loads of choices out there , without question the best one I've had and listened to was the Mini Maggie setup, specifically designed for the desktop. Wendell Clark describes them as having 3.7's on your desk and he's not wrong. You'd have to be pretty far along in 2-channel land to beat that. Currently running a pair of Clairaudience 1+1 V2+ speakers with the new ELAC Element amplifier which has built in sub-blending and room optimization with a REL T-Zero sub. Given how close the listening position is to the system, I've found multi-driver speakers don't really work (for me) given their dispersion characteristics. Isolation off the desktop is also important , I've used Iso-Acoustics but the best stands by far (though they take up a lot of real estate) are the Ardan stands.
          Yes, driver configuration is important, I find a two way with a small center to center distance between drivers works well but I would not recommend a 3 way for nearfield usage.
          I also do not place the speakers on the desktop, I have a shelf behind and above the desktop that places the speakers at ear level. I have a subwoofer but seldom use it as I have
          difficulty tuning it to match my focal bookshelf speakers.
          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, Audio Technica AT-OC9XML Cart (Stereo) , Graham Engineering 2.2 Tonearm (Stereo) , VPI Aries-1 Turntable (Stereo) , VPI Clamp, Denon DL-102 Cart, (Mono) , Luxman Tonearm (Mono) , Kenwood KD-500 Turntable (Mono) , Michell Clamp, Marantz 20B Analog FM Tuner, Pioneer SACD, Onkyo DX-6800 CD Transport, DIY 24B/192K DAC, Sennheiser HD-650 Headphones, Headroom Max Balanced Headphone Amp, DIY Silver Interconnects

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          • #9
            Apogee One external USB with Adam Artist 3 active monitors. Even on my desktop, I need my ribbons

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            • #10
              The Nobsound Integrated with adapters, which allow you to replace the new Chinese tubes with 6SN7's driving a pair of ECC85's. I am using small $250 a pair B & W's, which sound great for the money. The integrated accepts a Bluetooth input, which allows me to use any device, which outputs Bluetooth as a source. Any of my Apple Macbooks work fine. It also has 2 sets of RCA inputs.

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