Welcome to the AudioShark Forums.
Page 9 of 9 FirstFirst ... 456789
Results 401 to 432 of 432
  1. #401
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2016
    Location
    Winter Haven, FL
    Posts
    1,118

    Re: Chops' Current System Pics ....

    Expanded on the system today...

    Another five shelf Pangea rack
    Technics SL-1700 MKII Turntable
    Azden GX-50 Equalizer
    Nakamichi DR-1 Cassette Deck
    dbx 400x Active Program Route Selector
    dbx 224x Noise Reduction





    QUAD Artera Pre | Schiit Bifrost 2 | Emotive XPA-2 Gen 2 | Raspberry Pi 4 | JVC XL-Z411 | Nakamichi DR-1 | Pioneer RT-1020L | Technics SL-1700MK2 | Magnepan 1.7i | SVS PB-1000 Pro x 2

  2. #402
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2013
    Location
    SE Pa
    Posts
    1,705

    Re: Chops' Current System Pics ....

    nice to see analog taking 'top billing' Charles !
    Cheers ! …. Dave

  3. #403
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2016
    Location
    Winter Haven, FL
    Posts
    1,118

    Re: Chops' Current System Pics ....

    Thanks, Dave.

    Just got an Ortofon 2M Bronze mounted up and aligned on the Technics, and I have to say, the built-in phono stage in the Quad preamp sounds excellent.







    QUAD Artera Pre | Schiit Bifrost 2 | Emotive XPA-2 Gen 2 | Raspberry Pi 4 | JVC XL-Z411 | Nakamichi DR-1 | Pioneer RT-1020L | Technics SL-1700MK2 | Magnepan 1.7i | SVS PB-1000 Pro x 2

  4. #404
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2015
    Location
    Nipomo, CA
    Posts
    5,798

    Re: Chops' Current System Pics ....

    Awesome Charles... looking good!
    McIntosh C49, MR85, MC7100W, R778 | KEF LS50 Meta w/S2, KC62 (x2) | Rega RP8, Ania Pro, NEO PSU | Technics SL-1500C | Audio Technica VM740ML | Hexmat Eclipse, Yellow Bird, Molekula, Molekula Mini | Pro-Ject VC-E | Falcon NW PC Server (Roon Core & HQ Player) | Microsoft Surface Pro 6 (Roon Controller) | Abyss Diana Phi | Astell&Kern SE200 | Oppo BDP105 | AudioQuest Niagara 1000

    “One of the great challenges in life is knowing enough to think you're right but not enough to know you're wrong”
    "You can't use reason to convince anyone out of an argument that they didn't use reason to get into"
    ― Neil deGrasse Tyson

  5. #405
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2016
    Location
    Winter Haven, FL
    Posts
    1,118

    Re: Chops' Current System Pics ....

    Thank you, Randy. It's sounding pretty darn good as well. The sound of pure analog coming through these Maggies is something else. Whether it be coming from vinyl or tape, there's just something about analog that just sounds "right". Yes, digital sounds better, but analog sounds more real. It's hard to explain, but I'm sure you probably know what I mean, being that you run dual turntables.
    QUAD Artera Pre | Schiit Bifrost 2 | Emotive XPA-2 Gen 2 | Raspberry Pi 4 | JVC XL-Z411 | Nakamichi DR-1 | Pioneer RT-1020L | Technics SL-1700MK2 | Magnepan 1.7i | SVS PB-1000 Pro x 2

  6. #406
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2015
    Location
    Nipomo, CA
    Posts
    5,798

    Re: Chops' Current System Pics ....

    Hey Charles, most definitely do. I love my digital, but my vinyl just sounds really good, really inviting. The Rega with the MC cartridge is amazing for high end records, but for older, standard albums, or rock albums the Technics with the AT cartridge really sounds good. I love how the McIntosh has both MM and MC phono stages built in and that they sound very good to me!
    McIntosh C49, MR85, MC7100W, R778 | KEF LS50 Meta w/S2, KC62 (x2) | Rega RP8, Ania Pro, NEO PSU | Technics SL-1500C | Audio Technica VM740ML | Hexmat Eclipse, Yellow Bird, Molekula, Molekula Mini | Pro-Ject VC-E | Falcon NW PC Server (Roon Core & HQ Player) | Microsoft Surface Pro 6 (Roon Controller) | Abyss Diana Phi | Astell&Kern SE200 | Oppo BDP105 | AudioQuest Niagara 1000

    “One of the great challenges in life is knowing enough to think you're right but not enough to know you're wrong”
    "You can't use reason to convince anyone out of an argument that they didn't use reason to get into"
    ― Neil deGrasse Tyson

  7. #407
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2016
    Location
    Winter Haven, FL
    Posts
    1,118

    Re: Chops' Current System Pics ....

    Quote Originally Posted by Randy Myers View Post
    I love how the McIntosh has both MM and MC phono stages built in and that they sound very good to me!
    Likewise with my Quad preamp. If and when I decide to move to an MC cart again, I'm covered.
    QUAD Artera Pre | Schiit Bifrost 2 | Emotive XPA-2 Gen 2 | Raspberry Pi 4 | JVC XL-Z411 | Nakamichi DR-1 | Pioneer RT-1020L | Technics SL-1700MK2 | Magnepan 1.7i | SVS PB-1000 Pro x 2

  8. #408
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2016
    Location
    Winter Haven, FL
    Posts
    1,118

    Re: Chops' Current System Pics ....

    Purchased a somewhat mint JVC XL-V411 CD player. I say "somewhat" mint because once it arrived via FedEx, the display got knocked crooked, five plastic tabs got broken off, and the motorized volume was making noise, but not moving. I opened it up yesterday, disassembled more than half of it, and got everything straightened out (pun intended) and un-jammed the volume knob. Other than that, the unit is excellent, everything operates, it sounds amazingly good, has a coax output if I want to add a DAC at some point, the remote control looks almost new, and the manual is still sealed in its factory plastic sleeve from 1989.

    I also swapped out the APC H15 power conditioner for the much older but totally mint Monster HTS 5000. Reason being that I think the APC might be on its way out. A couple of times in the past week or two, the system connected to it shuts down for a second then comes back on, yet the other half of the system at the front of the room is unaffected, nor is the computer (running Roon Core) and the modem remain on as well in the rear of the room.







    QUAD Artera Pre | Schiit Bifrost 2 | Emotive XPA-2 Gen 2 | Raspberry Pi 4 | JVC XL-Z411 | Nakamichi DR-1 | Pioneer RT-1020L | Technics SL-1700MK2 | Magnepan 1.7i | SVS PB-1000 Pro x 2

  9. #409
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2016
    Location
    Winter Haven, FL
    Posts
    1,118

    Re: Chops' Current System Pics ....

    Did a little upgrade tonight. Out with the Ortofon 2M Bronze, in with the...







    QUAD Artera Pre | Schiit Bifrost 2 | Emotive XPA-2 Gen 2 | Raspberry Pi 4 | JVC XL-Z411 | Nakamichi DR-1 | Pioneer RT-1020L | Technics SL-1700MK2 | Magnepan 1.7i | SVS PB-1000 Pro x 2

  10. #410
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2013
    Location
    SE Pa
    Posts
    1,705

    Re: Chops' Current System Pics ....

    So what are your impressions so far of the Sumiko vs the Ortofon ?
    Cheers ! …. Dave

  11. #411
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2016
    Location
    Winter Haven, FL
    Posts
    1,118

    Re: Chops' Current System Pics ....

    Quote Originally Posted by Mikado463 View Post
    So what are your impressions so far of the Sumiko vs the Ortofon ?
    Thank you for the kind words, sir!

    Only had time yesterday to mess around with Sumiko some. Currently fighting an uphill battle with some inner groove distortion. Roughly the last two tracks of every album, voices start taking on a fuzzy, static like quality… a.k.a. - IGD. I've encountered this before with other carts and tables, but was always able to eliminate it after a few more alignment tweaks. However, with this cart, I'm having a heck of a time with it.

    Other than that, the Sumiko BP3 has a more rounded, fuller sound to it over the 2M Bronze. More bass grunt and speed, excellent midrange body, a silkier top end, and the uncanny ability to pull out finer details in the recordings.
    QUAD Artera Pre | Schiit Bifrost 2 | Emotive XPA-2 Gen 2 | Raspberry Pi 4 | JVC XL-Z411 | Nakamichi DR-1 | Pioneer RT-1020L | Technics SL-1700MK2 | Magnepan 1.7i | SVS PB-1000 Pro x 2

  12. #412

    Re: Chops' Current System Pics ....

    I had a Blue Point Special on a Systemdek many years ago. I’m interested in your comparison as well. I’ve heard very good things about the Ortofon Bronze (and black, et al), but I’ve not heard one.

  13. #413
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2016
    Location
    Winter Haven, FL
    Posts
    1,118

    Re: Chops' Current System Pics ....

    Quote Originally Posted by ACHiPo View Post
    I had a Blue Point Special on a Systemdek many years ago. I’m interested in your comparison as well. I’ve heard very good things about the Ortofon Bronze (and black, et al), but I’ve not heard one.
    I already mentioned the sound differences in my last post above.


    Good ole' Amazon delivery today... Hudson Hifi acrylic mat and gel stylus cleaner.

    To my amazement, the acrylic mat is no joke. Bass and lower midrange has tightened up and become cleaner and more defined. Bass also seems to reach a little deeper. Everything else from what I can tell has remained the same with the exception of a bit more open sound stage. All in all, a nice simple upgrade for only 24 bucks, ordered last night and arrived about 2 hours ago.

    Also, pretty sure I've pretty much eliminated that stinkin' IGD. Part of it was the cartridge alignment (resorted back to the Technics alignment tool that came with this TT back in '78), and the other part was from some of these old LPs. It's just the way some of them are, or how they've been played in years past with mis-aligned carts from the previous owners. My personal collection of LP's from my father, brothers and myself are all perfectly fine... IGD free.





    QUAD Artera Pre | Schiit Bifrost 2 | Emotive XPA-2 Gen 2 | Raspberry Pi 4 | JVC XL-Z411 | Nakamichi DR-1 | Pioneer RT-1020L | Technics SL-1700MK2 | Magnepan 1.7i | SVS PB-1000 Pro x 2

  14. #414
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2013
    Posts
    1,068

    Re: Chops' Current System Pics ....

    I’m diggin that Nak deck. Part of my first audiophile rig back in the late 70s was the esteemed Nakamichi 500, with an ARC pre and Son of Ampzilla power amp. Even then I was guilty of spending too much on my stereo. “The more things change…”

  15. #415
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2016
    Location
    Winter Haven, FL
    Posts
    1,118

    Re: Chops' Current System Pics ....

    Quote Originally Posted by Bobvin View Post
    I’m diggin that Nak deck. Part of my first audiophile rig back in the late 70s was the esteemed Nakamichi 500, with an ARC pre and Son of Ampzilla power amp. Even then I was guilty of spending too much on my stereo. “The more things change…”
    I much prefer my Nak 582. The only reason I'm not using it currently is because the thing is too darn big and doesn't fit in my rack. I don't know... Maybe I'll put it under the turntable. Or maybe I'll get one of those wall mount shelves for the TT and position it right above the rack with the 582 on the top shelf of the rack.

    QUAD Artera Pre | Schiit Bifrost 2 | Emotive XPA-2 Gen 2 | Raspberry Pi 4 | JVC XL-Z411 | Nakamichi DR-1 | Pioneer RT-1020L | Technics SL-1700MK2 | Magnepan 1.7i | SVS PB-1000 Pro x 2

  16. #416
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2013
    Location
    SE Pa
    Posts
    1,705

    Re: Chops' Current System Pics ....

    glad you got the cartridge sorted out. I assume it was a tweak to azimuth and anti-skate ?

    As for the wall mounting of your TT, best advice yet when used in conjunction with traditional suspended floor joisting IMO.
    Cheers ! …. Dave

  17. #417
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2016
    Location
    Winter Haven, FL
    Posts
    1,118

    Re: Chops' Current System Pics ....

    Quote Originally Posted by Mikado463 View Post
    glad you got the cartridge sorted out. I assume it was a tweak to azimuth and anti-skate ?

    As for the wall mounting of your TT, best advice yet when used in conjunction with traditional suspended floor joisting IMO.
    It was mostly due to the overhang. Trying various alignment protractors, it was just pulling the cartridge further and further out. The Mofi Geo-Disc almost had the cart extended to max. In the end, going back to the Technics recommended 52mm overhang with the use of their provided overhang/alignment tool as well as lowering the VTA a touch, I would have to say that about 95% of the IGD is gone.

    I'm not 100% sold on the TT wall mount as it would really only be for allowing me to reinsert the Nakamichi 582 into the system. Our house is built on a concrete slab, so floor isolation isn't an issue. Not to mention, the suspension system on this 45 year old Technics TT still works flawlessly. I can heavily tap anywhere on the rack AND on the plinth of the TT itself with zero "thump-thump" coming through the system at all. One of the many reasons I love this TT still.
    QUAD Artera Pre | Schiit Bifrost 2 | Emotive XPA-2 Gen 2 | Raspberry Pi 4 | JVC XL-Z411 | Nakamichi DR-1 | Pioneer RT-1020L | Technics SL-1700MK2 | Magnepan 1.7i | SVS PB-1000 Pro x 2

  18. #418
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2016
    Location
    Winter Haven, FL
    Posts
    1,118

    Re: Chops' Current System Pics ....

    Been doing a lot of experimenting lately which has gotten my vinyl system closer to where I want it. The past couple of weeks have included a new record clamp/weight, a new Nasotec swivel headshell, four different cartridges (more importantly the stylus type), and various alignments. The fifth cartridge is arriving tomorrow which will hopefully put an end to my experimenting and/or search as it is technically the best of both worlds (cartridge type and stylus type).

    Naturally, the higher quality the stylus, the more detail and stereo separation there is, and with less surface noise and vanishing IGD. The Nasotec headshell cleans everything up that much more. A very clean and solidified sound overall, even more defined stereo separation, and bass that seems more effortless and open. Quite an interesting headshell that I'm glad I discovered.

    Nagaoka M-110


    Sumiko Blue Point No.3


    Ortofon 2M Bronze


    Ortofon 2M Black
    QUAD Artera Pre | Schiit Bifrost 2 | Emotive XPA-2 Gen 2 | Raspberry Pi 4 | JVC XL-Z411 | Nakamichi DR-1 | Pioneer RT-1020L | Technics SL-1700MK2 | Magnepan 1.7i | SVS PB-1000 Pro x 2

  19. #419
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2013
    Location
    SE Pa
    Posts
    1,705

    Re: Chops' Current System Pics ....

    a nice culmination of small steps is yielding you rewarding results, that's what it's all about !
    Cheers ! …. Dave

  20. #420
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2017
    Location
    Australia
    Posts
    1,281

    Re: Chops' Current System Pics ....

    Being a digital guy, I don't understand why people bother with analog at all. I'm yet to hear any recording on vinyl that excites me enough to take much notice. Although the new Grandioso T1 does excite me on pure eye candy value alone. And I do like the photographic images of the turntable hardware posted in this topic.
    Speakers: Magico M3,ACC, S-SUB | Electronics: Esoteric Grandioso | Amplification: Halcro |
    Analog cables: Crystal Cable | Digital cables: Shunyata Sigma | Rack: YG Acoustics Rack 1.4
    and Rack 1.1 amp stands (pair) | Source: Kaleidescape Premiere

    On order: Esoteric Grandioso D1X.
    On wish list: Shunyata Research Everest.
    On sale: Everything!

  21. #421
    Audioshark
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Location
    Sarasota, FL
    Posts
    28,984

    Re: Chops' Current System Pics ....

    Quote Originally Posted by brodricj View Post
    Being a digital guy, I don't understand why people bother with analog at all. I'm yet to hear any recording on vinyl that excites me enough to take much notice. Although the new Grandioso T1 does excite me on pure eye candy value alone. And I do like the photographic images of the turntable hardware posted in this topic.
    Until you’ve truly heard an AAA pressing, it might not be clear. Take for example, the album Mike played for me on his new Kuzma Stabi R - Lee Morgan, Cornbread. This pressing was from the master tapes. It was beautifully pressed. A 1958 recording that sounded like Lee was right in the room.

    I love my digital, don’t get me wrong, but when vinyl is done right, there is no going back.

    Digital done right is like going to a really good, all-you-can-eat buffet. Analog done right is like going to a 3 star Michelin restaurant.

    Even for the measurement crowd, the vinyl measures better in terms of DR.

    Magic Vinyl vs Digital – What is the best edition of an album, vinyl, cassette, digital (CD, SACD, Streaming), in stereo, 5.1, Dolby Atmos or 360 RA? Who has never asked this question?


    Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Pro
    My Systems: http://www.audioshark.org/showthread...481#post158481

    "We can hear everything we measure, but we can't measure everything we hear. Let your ears be your guide."

    Dealer for: Aqua Hi-Fi, Aurender, AudioQuest Cables & Power Products, Avantgarde Acoustics, Avid HiFi, Berkeley Audio Design, Block Audio, Boulder Amplifiers, Bowers & Wilkins (B&W), Bryston, Chord, Classe’ Audio, Degritter Record Cleaning Machines, Enleum (Bakoon), Esoteric, Finite Elemente, FirstWatt, Focal Loudspeakers and Headphones, Franco Serblin Loudspeakers, Furutech, Fyne Audio Loudspeakers, GigaFoil, Harbeth Loudspeakers, Hegel, HiFi Man, HiFi Rose, Innuos, ISO Acoustics, Keces Power Supplies, Kharma Loudspeakers and Electronics, Koetsu Cartridges, Kuzma Turntables, Lumin, Luxman, Magico Loudspeakers, MBL Speakers & Electronics, MSB Technologies, MySonicLabs Phono Cartridges, Naim Audio, Nordost Cables, Ortofon, Pass Labs, Quadraspire, Rega Turntables and Electronics, Shunyata Research, SimAudio, Stein Music Products, Stillpoints, VAC, Vicoustics, Viva Audio, Vivid Audio Loudspeakers, VPI Industries, WireWorld Cables.

    https://suncoastaudio.com/
    Phone: 941-932-0282
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Suncoast-Au...1105178279194/

  22. #422
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2016
    Location
    Winter Haven, FL
    Posts
    1,118

    Re: Chops' Current System Pics ....

    Thank you, Dave. It's getting there quickly! Also forgot to add that I put in a couple of fresh drops of oil in the spindle bearing.

    Mike, I couldn't have said it any better.

    I want to start acquiring are some 1/2 speed mastered LPs as well as 45 rpm LPs. As it is, I prefer original pressings over new "remastered" releases. The new remastered LPs just don't sound as good as the originals that I've found.
    QUAD Artera Pre | Schiit Bifrost 2 | Emotive XPA-2 Gen 2 | Raspberry Pi 4 | JVC XL-Z411 | Nakamichi DR-1 | Pioneer RT-1020L | Technics SL-1700MK2 | Magnepan 1.7i | SVS PB-1000 Pro x 2

  23. #423
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2016
    Location
    Winter Haven, FL
    Posts
    1,118

    Re: Chops' Current System Pics ....

    The new cart came in and I have it up and running. I only have about 2 hours on it, but it already sounds better than all of the other carts combined. I hear the break-in period is around 50 hours, so it can only get better. Right now, it's fuller, more detailed, snappier, punchier, and just cleaner sounding with very little to no surface noise.







    QUAD Artera Pre | Schiit Bifrost 2 | Emotive XPA-2 Gen 2 | Raspberry Pi 4 | JVC XL-Z411 | Nakamichi DR-1 | Pioneer RT-1020L | Technics SL-1700MK2 | Magnepan 1.7i | SVS PB-1000 Pro x 2

  24. #424
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2014
    Location
    Atlanta, GA
    Posts
    823

    Re: Chops' Current System Pics ....

    Wow!!!

    It all looks good, bet it sounds even better.

    In case you don't, I might suggest removing that dust cover whenever you are using the tt.
    DPT4ME - Dynamics, Presence & Tone for Musical Engagement; MBP (3) - stripped down for music only; Shunyata Omega & Sigma USBs; ISO REGEN w/short Curious USB links; Berkeley Alpha USB; Aqua La Scala II Optologic DAC; Schiit Yggdrasil - fully updated; Ayre Codex dac - updated; Pass Labs INT-60 integrated amp; Wyred 4 Sound STP-SE-2 preamp, Quicksilver Mono 120 amps w/Tung-Sol KT150s; Quicksilver Mid Mono amps w/Gold Lion KT77s; Fyne Audio 703s; Symposium Svelte Plus & Ultra Platforms; REL S-812 subwoofers; Duelund DCA12GA speaker cables; AV Room Service EVPs, Stein Music Harmonizers, Duelund DCA16GA & 20GA ICs; Shunyata Denali 6000S/V2; Tripp Lite PCs; Wyred 4 Sound power cords; AudioDharma cable cooker; dedicated custom room; various GIK & ASC room treatments; etc.

    www.getbettersound.com

  25. #425
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2016
    Location
    Winter Haven, FL
    Posts
    1,118

    Re: Chops' Current System Pics ....

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Smith View Post
    Wow!!!

    It all looks good, bet it sounds even better.

    In case you don't, I might suggest removing that dust cover whenever you are using the tt.
    Thank you, Jim.

    Funny you should say that, because I did just that today, removed the cover. And for the first time with any of the systems I've had over the years, with this system, I actually heard a noticeable difference.
    QUAD Artera Pre | Schiit Bifrost 2 | Emotive XPA-2 Gen 2 | Raspberry Pi 4 | JVC XL-Z411 | Nakamichi DR-1 | Pioneer RT-1020L | Technics SL-1700MK2 | Magnepan 1.7i | SVS PB-1000 Pro x 2

  26. #426
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2016
    Location
    Winter Haven, FL
    Posts
    1,118

    Re: Chops' Current System Pics ....

    Well, curiosity got the best of me, and I decided to do another experiment. I played the "A" side of each album listed below. These are very familiar albums to me, and I have already played them all at least twice this past week alone, not including today. These were played with the AT-OC9XSL and Nasotec headshell. After I played these four albums (A-side only) back to back, I went to work on swapping the AT cart over to the stock Technics headshell and making the alignment with the stock Technics overhang tool.

    Swing Out Sister - It's Better To Travel
    Eurythmics - Savage
    U2 - Joshua Tree
    Eastern Airlines - Images In Flight (mono)

    Playing these four albums again now with the AT cart mounted on the Technics headshell revealed a few things. Bass has considerably more definition, detail and impact. Midrange and vocals are more precise and spacious. The treble is very clean and polished. Stage depth has increased with a natural amount of space around instruments and singers. And to top it all off, there's still zero IGD anywhere on any of the albums.

    Tonality-wise, everything holds true for the mono Eastern Airlines album. The center image is spot on with even a sense of depth within the recording.

    In short, even though the Nasotec swivel headshell showed great improvements with the Ortofon and Sumiko carts over the stock Technics headshell, the exact opposite is true when it comes to the AT cart. This cart is a much better match to the Technics cart. With the AT-OC9XSL / Nasotec headshell combo, I always got a slight low rumble during very quiet passages and in between tracks. And in direct comparison to the Technics headshell, the treble took on an almost grainy texture with the Nasotec headshell.

    Apparently, some carts such as the Ortofon 2M series greatly benefit from the Nasotec swivel headshell, and other carts such as the AT-OC9XSL do not. So with that being said, the Nasotec will be getting packed back up and shipped back.



    QUAD Artera Pre | Schiit Bifrost 2 | Emotive XPA-2 Gen 2 | Raspberry Pi 4 | JVC XL-Z411 | Nakamichi DR-1 | Pioneer RT-1020L | Technics SL-1700MK2 | Magnepan 1.7i | SVS PB-1000 Pro x 2

  27. #427
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2016
    Location
    Winter Haven, FL
    Posts
    1,118

    Re: Chops' Current System Pics ....

    A few new pics of the system at a totally different angle. The 32" monitor on the back wall is connected to the tiny PC running Roon Core. Everything is hidden in that buffet table, and that huge monitor needs to go and a small monitor put inside the table as well. That wall is prime real estate for some acoustic panels!

    Also, those LPs on the wall are damaged and are on pre-existing nails in the wall. Though I do want to do some kind of "wall art" with old non-playable LPs eventually.





    QUAD Artera Pre | Schiit Bifrost 2 | Emotive XPA-2 Gen 2 | Raspberry Pi 4 | JVC XL-Z411 | Nakamichi DR-1 | Pioneer RT-1020L | Technics SL-1700MK2 | Magnepan 1.7i | SVS PB-1000 Pro x 2

  28. #428

    Re: Chops' Current System Pics ....

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike View Post
    Until you’ve truly heard an AAA pressing, it might not be clear. Take for example, the album Mike played for me on his new Kuzma Stabi R - Lee Morgan, Cornbread. This pressing was from the master tapes. It was beautifully pressed. A 1958 recording that sounded like Lee was right in the room.

    I love my digital, don’t get me wrong, but when vinyl is done right, there is no going back.

    Digital done right is like going to a really good, all-you-can-eat buffet. Analog done right is like going to a 3 star Michelin restaurant.

    Even for the measurement crowd, the vinyl measures better in terms of DR.

    Magic Vinyl vs Digital – What is the best edition of an album, vinyl, cassette, digital (CD, SACD, Streaming), in stereo, 5.1, Dolby Atmos or 360 RA? Who has never asked this question?


    Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Pro
    Analog can sound incredible, agreed but the problem commonly omitted is - how many people have the $$$ for such an ultra - analog setup to hear the best from it? At more reasonable $ digital holds up incredibly well versus a TT and I'd argue tops it until you get to high $$ comparisons. That, plus the convenience of streaming is why I've continually turned away from analog, too much $$, too much work.
    4x20A circuits | Audioquest Niagara 3000 | Paul Hynes SR4T + HDPlex HD500 PSUs -> Music PC w/JCAT XE nic, HQPlayer, Roon, Tidal / Qobuz | HDPlex HD100 PSU -> OCX clock + EtherRegen | Aqua Acoustic Quality LinQ streamer | Aqua Acoustic Quality Formula xHD Rev. 2 DAC | Audionet Pre G2 preamp | Audionet Max mono blocks | Vivid Audio Giya G2 Series 2 | 4 JL Audio Fathoms | Echole ICs /SCs / Siltech Classic 550L jumpers, Shunyata PCs / Eth Cs | Critical Mass Center Stage 2s -> components, Isoacoustics -> speakers + subs | Adona Eris 6 rack | Fully treated and dedicated 2 channel room

  29. #429
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2013
    Location
    SE Pa
    Posts
    1,705

    Re: Chops' Current System Pics ....

    Quote Originally Posted by sb6 View Post
    Analog can sound incredible, agreed but the problem commonly omitted is - how many people have the $$$ for such an ultra - analog setup to hear the best from it? At more reasonable $ digital holds up incredibly well versus a TT and I'd argue tops it until you get to high $$ comparisons. That, plus the convenience of streaming is why I've continually turned away from analog, too much $$, too much work.
    while I won't argue your point and not to try to turn Charles 'system thread' into a digital vs analog debate I think one of the things he's showing us here is that modest amounts of $$ spent wisely can in fact produce solid sonic results.

    Also keep in mind some of us have sizeable LP collections to begin with
    Cheers ! …. Dave

  30. #430

    Re: Chops' Current System Pics ....

    "One of the things he's showing us here is that modest amounts of $$ spent wisely can in fact produce solid sonic results."

    ^^^

    +1


  31. #431
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2016
    Location
    Winter Haven, FL
    Posts
    1,118

    Re: Chops' Current System Pics ....

    Quote Originally Posted by Mikado463 View Post
    while I won't argue your point and not to try to turn Charles 'system thread' into a digital vs analog debate I think one of the things he's showing us here is that modest amounts of $$ spent wisely can in fact produce solid sonic results.

    Also keep in mind some of us have sizeable LP collections to begin with
    And solid sonic results they are!

    Also yes, a decent sized and constantly growing LP collection, as well as a healthy collection of mint quality recorded cassettes and CDs. Not much in the way of open reel tape yet though. Most are at ridiculous prices that I refuse to pay.
    QUAD Artera Pre | Schiit Bifrost 2 | Emotive XPA-2 Gen 2 | Raspberry Pi 4 | JVC XL-Z411 | Nakamichi DR-1 | Pioneer RT-1020L | Technics SL-1700MK2 | Magnepan 1.7i | SVS PB-1000 Pro x 2

  32. #432
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2016
    Location
    Winter Haven, FL
    Posts
    1,118

    Re: Chops' Current System Pics ....

    Made a couple of changes to the system recently. First was getting rid of that giant 32" monitor on the back wall behind my listening seat for my Roon Core PC. It has been replaced with a little 8" monitor that is now hidden in the cabinet along with the rest of the gear. Not that it matters in this particular situation, but this little monitor has excellent picture and color quality. All of only $82 shipped! It's perfect for just running Roon on.




    The second change was swapping out the AudioQuest CV-8 (72 volt DBS system) speaker cables with the Tara Labs The One CX cables. These Maggie 1.7i's take extremely well to cable changes because holy cow, what an improvement! A wider sound stage with greater space and air within the stage, more grunt and energy in the bass and a more natural, realistic body in the midrange. Treble also benefits some with a bit more snap and refinement.





    QUAD Artera Pre | Schiit Bifrost 2 | Emotive XPA-2 Gen 2 | Raspberry Pi 4 | JVC XL-Z411 | Nakamichi DR-1 | Pioneer RT-1020L | Technics SL-1700MK2 | Magnepan 1.7i | SVS PB-1000 Pro x 2

Page 9 of 9 FirstFirst ... 456789
AudioShark - The Best High End Audio Discussion forum.

AudioShark forum is a leading forum site for High End Audio Discussion, Stereo System Discussion, Home Theater System Discussion, Best Home Stereo System Discussion, Home Theater Installation Discussion etc.

The AudioShark forum was created for sharing the passion of high-end Audio. We have Audiophiles from all over the world participating and sharing their knowledge. From novice to experts, you will find a friendly environment for discussing about High End Audio, Stereo System, Home Theater System, Home Stereo System, Home Theater Installation, Amplifiers, Speakers, Subwoofers, Integrated System, Acoustic treatments & Digital Room Corrections and many more.

At AudioShark, we also have incorporated an exciting Marketplace where members can peruse terrific buys on used gear, as well as meet dealers and discuss the purchase of new gear.

We are as crazy about this hobby as you are! So come on in and join us! Audioshark.org the Friendliest Audio Forum!

Industry Participation Disclosure : The owner and administrator of Audioshark is the owner of Suncoast Audio LLC in Sarasota Florida. Suncoast Audio has a full brick and mortar presence in Sarasota with several great show rooms with many world class brands. More information can be found at http://www.suncoastaudio.com

Audioshark is a community of like minded individuals. Audioshark welcomes participation from all manufacturers and owners of all brands and products. It is our belief that online forums provide a community of like minded audiophiles and music lovers to encourage the growth of this wonderful hobby.

Sincerely,
The Audioshark.org Team

Chops' Current System Pics ....

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •