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  • Johnny Vinyl’s basement getaway!

    Although our basement isn’t finished I managed to create a space (11.5x16.5) using what I had available and where I could enjoy listening to my music collection. I’ve just rearranged it again, as the pic below will show, and I’m happy with the quality of sound I’m getting. I’ve moved the rack a little further into the room by about 6” as I wanted better access behind it. I also moved the speakers further into the room and slightly closer together. Over the next few weeks I will play with speaker positioning to see where it leads.

    Along with a few other members my system can best be described as entry-level audiophile if one only considers the price of entry. However, I have been very diligent in researching and auditioning the components before considering their purchase. This, IMO, has led to a system that is for me extremely satisfying. As someone interested in getting the best sound I can there are a few upgrades that I hope will one day come to be, but it’s not something that I must have happen. Since I’ve never been a person to truly long for things I know I can maintain my current level of enjoyment with ease. Everything else is just a bonus in my view.

    I do get a bit more passionate about music and perhaps sometimes do long somewhat (yes, I admit I’m not totally without longing), especially with regard to certain vinyl pressings. My primary reason for being in this hobby is the music. It is what drives me and why I wanted to assemble a nice little audio system to enhance my enjoyment by getting the most out of those narrow grooves. As you’ve probably noticed by now, I am much more active on the forum in the music section. I love talking about, learning from, and sometimes providing, information that is shared among us about albums, artists and different pressings that have captured my/our attention.

    My collection consists of approximately 3,000 LPs and 300-350 CDs. The vast majority of it is Rock and all of the subgenres. I’m also a big fan of R&B/Soul and Blues. And regardless of genre I love acoustic and live recordings. I also really enjoy “world” music and want to expand my collection of those albums a little bit this year.

    So that’s it. A one-picture snapshot into my world and a few words as to why I created my little basement sanctuary. I hope you’ve enjoyed the read!

    JV
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    Last edited by Johnny Vinyl; 01-09-2017, 06:13 PM. Reason: spelling error
    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

  • #2
    Cool Johnny. It's looks cozy.
    Micro Seiki SX-8000 table with flywheel, SME 3012R arm, SME 312S arm, Lyra Etna SL and Dynavector XV-1S cartridges, ARC Ref 3 phono stage, Otari MX-55 tape deck, Ampex 350 repros, Roon Nucleus Plus server, PS Audio DSJ DAC, ARC Ref 6 pre, ARC Ref 75 amp, JBL 4345 speakers, and Def Tech Ref subs.

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    • #3
      Thanks Mark! I enjoy it immensely and that's what it's all about.
      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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      • #4
        Nice and out of the way, unlike mine. You need a wall hanging on that back wall!
        Turntable: - 1. Fairchild 750/OMA slate plinth
        2. Analog Engineering AE-2008 MinusK support.
        Tonearm: 1. Schroder Custom
        2. Schick 12"
        3. Abis SA-1
        Cartridge: Miyajima Kansui and Premium BE Mono
        PhonoPre: AprilSound LR, EMIA Strain Gauge, EMIA silver SUT
        CD: Wadia 860x
        Server: Innuos Zen Mini Mk3
        DAC: Computer Audio Design 1543 Mk2
        Preamp: Bent Audio TAP-X w silver autoformers
        Amplifier: AprilSound SET50 monoblocks
        Speaker: Pioneer PAX-30C

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Beaur View Post
          Nice and out of the way, unlike mine. You need a wall hanging on that back wall!
          Pretty tough to hang something on Pink Fibreglass, but I am looking at a curtain to span the back wall.
          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
            Agree, you need a picture of something over the rack. How far back do you sit? Looks like a nearfield setup from the pic.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Bobm View Post
              Agree, you need a picture of something over the rack. How far back do you sit? Looks like a nearfield setup from the pic.
              I sit back about 7.5-8 ft, so yes...very close to nearfield, if not already. I actually quite like that type of setup and have experimented with it before. I could certainly enhance the visual appeal of the room, but it's frankly not a priority and it doesn't deter me from enjoying it.
              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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              • #8
                JV, Nice System! Built for your passion of good music.
                [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
                  Awesome Johhny.

                  I bet those Genesis speakers can rock out.

                  A sanctuary away from the family and just hang out with the music and us dudes on the internet


                  But as you said, its the music that matters. So much great music around and not enough time to listen to it all.


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                  • #10
                    Proof that a system need not be complex or outrageously expensive to provide many hours of satisfaction. At some point in the not too distant future I will be redoing my living room/listening room. It's about time to freshen things up.

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                    • #11
                      Well done Johnny
                      Chris
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                      • #12
                        Well done John. I love the symmetry. And I also suspect the plastic over insulation is actually very good sounding compared to sheet rock. The plastic is reflective for the rear firing tweeter (assuming it is on) yet acoustically transparent for the bass. I would just paint the plastic...
                        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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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Joe Pittman View Post
                          Well done John. I love the symmetry. And I also suspect the plastic over insulation is actually very good sounding compared to sheet rock. The plastic is reflective for the rear firing tweeter (assuming it is on) yet acoustically transparent for the bass. I would just paint the plastic...
                          Yes, the rear firing tweeter is on, so it's used as a dipole. I have to tell you Joe. In all of the rooms I've had through the years, this basement getaway has the best sound I've experienced so far with my system. Painting the plastic, eh? Interesting...never even thought of that.
                          Last edited by Johnny Vinyl; 01-11-2017, 06:47 AM. Reason: correct spelling
                          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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                          • Metamatic
                            Metamatic commented
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                            cool. the speakers have a rear firing tweeter. I really wish my speakers had that, as it does add a spaciousness that is really nice.

                          • Joe Pittman
                            Joe Pittman commented
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                            The dipole creates nulls at the sides reducing side wall reflections and makes them more room friendly. If I were to paint the walls, I'd use Krylon acrylic spray paint. That would be a fun DIY project.

                        • #14
                          Very nice, John. What you need is an appropriate picture to hang on the wall like this
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                          Gary L Koh, CEO and Chief Designer
                          Genesis Advanced Technologies, Inc.
                          www.genesisloudspeakers.com

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                          • JCOConnell
                            JCOConnell commented
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                            she has a dark side of her moon

                          • Johnny Vinyl
                            Johnny Vinyl commented
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                            Thanks Gary. I wonder how your Maestros would sound in here!

                          • garylkoh
                            garylkoh commented
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                            Your room looks too small for the Maestros, John. And you're happy with the G7f's so spend your money on records

                        • #15
                          Where's your Pioneer R2R, John?

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                          • Johnny Vinyl
                            Johnny Vinyl commented
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                            I sold it a while back. Not ready for a commitment to the format. Maybe one day.
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