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    Default What I use for music appreciation

    Please feel free to list your kit, and pics too, a short piece of how it sounds would be great also.

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    Looks a bit scruffy at the moment

    CEC transport
    Trivista DAC
    Aura CA200 pre
    Aura PA200 power
    Triangle Antal 202 speaks
    Fisher tuner
    Philips CD recorder

    Jupiter & Statos silver power cords
    Audio Note QSS interconnect
    KK Sterling interconnect
    KK Polaris digital co-ax
    Audio Note AN-V speaker cable

    SAP Relaxa support
    Set of Chezi's balls
    Asda granite slabs

    None of my kit is "flavour of the month" by any means but I'm very happy with the noises it produces. Aura is very much underrated IMHO,the pre/power combo I owned around 5 years ago and deeply regretted selling ever since so it took that long to find another pair (especially the pre-amp). In the meantime I had MF A308 and Trivista, Magnum, Audio Research, Rotel Michi, VDH Array, PS Audio, Aaron Millenium, Beard, Myryadand a couple more I've forgotten, so apart from the Aaron power ampwhich I rate highlynone could come close to the sound I have now.



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    currently

    Michell Gyrodec with Orbe upgrades
    Roksan Artemiz arm but currently using a fine audioorigami prototype
    Cart is a knacked Roksan shiraz, soon to be replaced


    Shanling Omega Drive CDT-300
    Tascam CDRW4-U CD recorder

    World Audio Design Pre II / Phono II
    World Audio Design HD83 Headphone amp and Galactic D231 headphones

    World Audio Design KEL84


    Technics ST8080 tuner
    Nakamichi 482z / Sony WM6-D (Walkman Pro)


    Art Expression V6 in Piano Black

    Ghost, Vdh, Chord, Red Dawn, homebrew cables
    Schroers and Schroers Deltastatic rack
    Stands Unique Wall shelf and Target wall shelf

    [line]

    The WAD/WD stuff give my system a laid-back smooth sound which I can only describe as easy to listen to - not fatiguing. despite being pretty much all valve it has lots of detail and tight bass. As the WAD stuff is from kits, it's considerably cheaper than similar quality gear would be commercially. I don't feel that I need to change any part of my system, but fancy trying some different things just for curiosity.

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    Currently:

    CD Player - Micromega Aria
    Amplifier - DK Designs VS.1 Reference mk3
    Speakers - Art Expression V6
    Power - Isotek Nova
    Cables - Jas Audio interconnects / Atlas Apex speaker cables.

    The CD player is smooth and detailed and is a great match for the amp which is clear and powerful sounding. The speakers are detailed and dynamic.

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    eddie spaghetti wrote:
    Currently:

    CD Player - Micromega Aria
    Amplifier - DK Designs VS.1 Reference mk3
    Speakers - Art Expression V6
    Power - Isotek Nova
    Cables - Jas Audio interconnects / Atlas Apex speaker cables.

    The CD player is smooth and detailed and is a great match for the amp which is clear and powerful sounding. The speakers are detailed and dynamic.
    Now that is a nice system

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    its all in my profile, but:

    Source(s):


    Kenwood LD-1 cd player

    Sony TTS-8000/TB-1000 turntable with 10" Audioorigami PU-7 and Audio Technica AT33-PTG cart

    Amp:


    Esoteric AZ-1

    Speakers:

    ART Expression Monitors (3-way with bass units)

    Wires:


    Acrolink 6N A/C cables with Oyaide connectors

    MIT Terminator 6 'speaker cable

    Technics Class 1 LCOFC interconnects with Eichmann Bullets

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    it all sounds fantastic, very very different to the Pioneer A-09 and massive Tannoys, and I still get the occasional wish to return to the shear visceral impact of the Tannoys, but the ART/Esoteric combo does so much stuff far better than that system I give myself a slap



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    ive got big black speakers

    and ermm some wee amps (soon to be replaced ..heheh)

    and some tone arms

    ohh and 1 of these...any1 know what it is??




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    j7 wrote:
    ive got big black speakers

    and ermm some wee amps (soon to be replaced ..heheh)

    and some tone arms

    ohh and 1 of these...any1 know what it is??





    yep I do, looking good, wouldn't mind hearing it either


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    what I called the LP12Inch... hehe
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    Sources:
    Systendek 3D ReferenceTurntable
    Audio Origami 12" PU7 Tonearm
    Transfiguration Orpheus Cartridge

    Macbook pro/Airtunes/Airport Express/Lacie 4BIG RAID
    Arcam CD92


    Amplification:
    Aesthetix Rhea Phono Stage
    Mastersound PHL5 Special Preamp
    Mastersound 845 Monoblocks


    Speakers:
    ART Deco 20 Signature V2




    Wires:
    Kondo SPc Speaker cable
    Audio Note I/C's

    Rack:
    Solid Steel HSJ 4







    I now have a system that I am happy with, the Vinyl is out of this world, huge relaistic soundstage, propulsive bass, and extremly natural and realistic, the transfig carts are among the best i have heard, not hot at the top like a lot of MC's no just real, on trying the Axia I was astounded, the Orpheus well mmmmm just yummy, having listened to many many things, I feel i have the about the best system I could ever have (for me) will i be happy, probably not, getting bits and pieces thrust under your nose everyday kinda makes it hard. Ok changed again, back to the Rhea this time, there is something about the Rhea that i miss, can't put my finger on it, or even describe the differences, but for me, my room and my taste the Rhea has the tingle factor, i'm having a black faced one this time though.

    Digital is all about convenience, for times when i have other stuff to do and want to listen to music without changing sides every 5 minutes, I can use the laptop, or the iPhone to choose music stored on the RAID array, and wirelessly stream to the Airport Express I can also use Airfoil to send internet radio, you tube, or Spotify Premium at 320k for evaluation of new music, still gonna take me an age to load up the RAID array, but running RAID 5 with 4 HD's should mean if i have a failure I'll not lose anything, I'm running 4x 1.5TB drives to give 4.5TB in RAID 5, should be plenty space

    Music is alive, real, the system does all music well, I play what i like, the system favours no particular genre, anything from 50's swing, to classical, to Rush and ACDC, can listen all day with no fatigue, in short I love it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Professor View Post
    until ART bring out a new bigger speaker
    Oh great. Well i tell you what matey. If or when this happens, im bringing some velcro with me when i come up for a listen. I nearly ended being blown into yer bedroom last time. So my arse will be hook n looped to the carpet this time , i tell ya. .
    Elitist scum vinyl owner

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    I reckon it needs a keel though

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    Sources:
    Systendek 3D ReferenceTurntable
    Audio Origami 12" PU7 Tonearm
    Transfiguration Orpheus Cartridge

    Macbook pro/Airtunes/Airport Express/Lacie 4BIG RAID
    Bel Canto DAC 1.5


    Amplification:
    Aesthetix Rhea Phono Stage
    Mastersound PHL5 Special Preamp
    Mastersound 845 Monoblocks


    Speakers:
    ART Deco 20 Signature V2




    Wires:
    Kondo SPc Speaker cable
    Audio Note I/C's

    Rack:
    Solid Steel HSJ 4







    I now have a system that I am happy with, the Vinyl is out of this world, huge relaistic soundstage, propulsive bass, and extremly natural and realistic, the transfig carts are among the best i have heard, not hot at the top like a lot of MC's no just real, on trying the Axia I was astounded, the Orpheus well mmmmm just yummy, having listened to many many things, I feel i have the about the best system I could ever have (for me) will i be happy, probably not, getting bits and pieces thrust under your nose everyday kinda makes it hard. Ok changed again, back to the Rhea this time, there is something about the Rhea that i miss, can't put my finger on it, or even describe the differences, but for me, my room and my taste the Rhea has the tingle factor, i'm having a black faced one this time though.

    Digital is all about convenience, for times when i have other stuff to do and want to listen to music without changing sides every 5 minutes, I can use the laptop, or the iPhone to choose music stored on the RAID array, and send an optical digital signal to the superb Bel Canto DAC 1.5, i can also use Airfoil to send internet radio, you tube, or Spotify Premium at 320k for evaluation of new music, still gonna take me an age to load up the RAID array, but running RAID 5 with 4 HD's should mean if i have a failure I'll not lose anything, I'm running 4x 1.5TB drives to give 4.5TB in RAID 5, should be plenty space

    Music is alive, real, the system does all music well, I play what i like, the system favours no particular genre, anything from 50's swing, to classical, to Rush and ACDC, can listen all day with no fatigue, in short I love it.
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    Well it is probably familiar to you

    Bow ZZ8

    Densen B200 Preamp

    Quad 909 Power amp

    Dynaudio Contour 1.8 MkII

    Audiophile BASE rack

    Atlas and Chord cables.


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    Oh, most of you know what I've got, & some of you have heard bits of it, but for anyone else:

    Sources - Rega Planar 3 & Goldring 1042; McIntosh MCD 201;

    Amps - Graham Slee Gram Amp 2 Communicator; Krell KAV400xi;

    Speakers- ProAc Response 1Sc on Futureglass slate stands;

    Cabling - Acoustic Zen seriously wanky speaker cable & balanced I/C, some KK wanky wire & Chord I/Cs, & a bit of Campaign Audio.

    And a lurking Pioneer CDR 609.

    All soon to be aided & abetted by a Theta Pro Basic IIa for TV & radio purposes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Boxer View Post
    Oh, most of you know what I've got, & some of you have heard bits of it, but for anyone else:

    Sources - Rega Planar 3 & Goldring 1042; McIntosh MCD 201;

    Amps - Graham Slee Gram Amp 2 Communicator; Krell KAV400xi;

    Speakers- ProAc Response 1Sc on Futureglass slate stands;

    Cabling - Acoustic Zen seriously !!!!y speaker cable & balanced I/C, some KK !!!!y wire & Chord I/Cs, & a bit of Campaign Audio.

    And a lurking Pioneer CDR 609.

    All soon to be aided & abetted by a Theta Pro Basic IIa for TV & radio purposes.

    Boxer
    Weeeeeel, the speakers changed a while back and are now Kudos Cardea C 20, which I hadn't set out to buy, but I got a very good deal on a pre-production pair & as they sounded so good it seemed churlish to turn them down...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boxer View Post
    Weeeeeel, the speakers changed a while back and are now Kudos Cardea C 20, which I hadn't set out to buy, but I got a very good deal on a pre-production pair & as they sounded so good it seemed churlish to turn them down...
    I can relate to that....

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    Probably already seen by most.

    VPI SSM with Lyra Helikon, ARC PH5 phono stage.

    ARC CD3 mk2.

    Pathos Logos.

    Amphion Zenons.

    Isotek Sigmus.

    Some cablesstarting with the letter" N"

    Home made rack with Cerabase feet.Various other supporting bases feet etc.

    Plus Denon DVDAV amp,keff eggs/sub.


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    nice
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    As listed on the left. I found the Debut III a major dissapointment, it is murdered by my CD player. Hoping to upgrade later in the year, got to be nice to Mrs B, she is coming into a little bit of money and promised to fund the upgrade.

    Cheers BB

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