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    I REALLY think I am done

    With the MC2301s firmly in control, I Think I am done. At the very least content.
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    Main Equipment: Kharma Elegance dB11-S, JL Audio F113v2, Block Audio Line & Mono SE Amplification, Bricasti M21 DAC, Antipodes Kala K-50 Server, ClearAudio Performance SE, Satisfy Arm & Maestro Wood MM Cartridge
    Power: 3 x 20 Amp Lines, Shunyata Everest 8000, Sigma XC v2, Shunyata Sigma v2 NR, Block Audio Power Cords, Defender, ADDPowr Wizard
    Grounding: Shunyata Altaira CGS - Alpha CGS cables
    Network : Supra Cat 8+, Twin (Nenon Modified) Buffalo GS2016 Switches powered with Keces P3 LPSU,
    Cables: Wireworld Platinum Starlight 8 USB, Wireworld Platinum Eclipse 8 SCs, 1M & 6M Tubulus Concentus ICs,
    Other: Twin PSI Audio AVAA C20, Isoacoustics GAIA I footers on Kharmas, GIK/Vicoustics/Stillpoint Apertures, Stillpoint Ultra SS, Furutech GTX - Gold outlets, Adona Rack

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    Re: I REALLY think I am done

    Holy crap! What a system!! 2301's are incredible amps. Paired with Strads = heaven.
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    Re: I REALLY think I am done

    Great system!!!
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    Re: I REALLY think I am done

    Thank you Mike!
    Main Equipment: Kharma Elegance dB11-S, JL Audio F113v2, Block Audio Line & Mono SE Amplification, Bricasti M21 DAC, Antipodes Kala K-50 Server, ClearAudio Performance SE, Satisfy Arm & Maestro Wood MM Cartridge
    Power: 3 x 20 Amp Lines, Shunyata Everest 8000, Sigma XC v2, Shunyata Sigma v2 NR, Block Audio Power Cords, Defender, ADDPowr Wizard
    Grounding: Shunyata Altaira CGS - Alpha CGS cables
    Network : Supra Cat 8+, Twin (Nenon Modified) Buffalo GS2016 Switches powered with Keces P3 LPSU,
    Cables: Wireworld Platinum Starlight 8 USB, Wireworld Platinum Eclipse 8 SCs, 1M & 6M Tubulus Concentus ICs,
    Other: Twin PSI Audio AVAA C20, Isoacoustics GAIA I footers on Kharmas, GIK/Vicoustics/Stillpoint Apertures, Stillpoint Ultra SS, Furutech GTX - Gold outlets, Adona Rack

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    Re: I REALLY think I am done

    Very Nice Big congrats !
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    Re: I REALLY think I am done

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike View Post
    Holy crap! What a system!! 2301's are incredible amps. Paired with Strads = heaven.
    +1 - congratulations! I'd be done also if I had your system!
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    Re: I REALLY think I am done

    Craig,

    Did you really have to post a photo too? OMG! Looks beautiful. I think I know EXACTLY what you are hearing and I know how wonderful it sounds. Congratulations!
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    Re: I REALLY think I am done

    Congratulations. That is a excellent system you have pulled together and with the effort you put into the room should make for a very satisfying musical experience.
    Jim

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    Re: I REALLY think I am done

    Craig.......Tremendous effort, amazing results. Looks like a wonderful place to soak up some tunes.
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    Re: I REALLY think I am done

    Congrats on the superb space -- I can see that listening would be an absolute pleasure given the top notch equipment. May I ask what are the dimensions of this room?
    Anshul

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    Re: I REALLY think I am done

    I am not worthy!!!!!!

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    Beautiful - is the other seat still available? Could join you to listen in with that amazing setup. No wonder you are happy .


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    Re: I REALLY think I am done

    Very nice setup
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    Re: I REALLY think I am done

    Quote Originally Posted by apdoc2004 View Post
    Congrats on the superb space -- I can see that listening would be an absolute pleasure given the top notch equipment. May I ask what are the dimensions of this room?
    Anshul
    The room is 13'8"W X 19'6"L X 7'6"H. JUST big enough for this equipment. It has its challenges on the low end and that is why the Fathom and MEN220 are here. I would prefer to have a simpler system without them but they earn their keep!
    Main Equipment: Kharma Elegance dB11-S, JL Audio F113v2, Block Audio Line & Mono SE Amplification, Bricasti M21 DAC, Antipodes Kala K-50 Server, ClearAudio Performance SE, Satisfy Arm & Maestro Wood MM Cartridge
    Power: 3 x 20 Amp Lines, Shunyata Everest 8000, Sigma XC v2, Shunyata Sigma v2 NR, Block Audio Power Cords, Defender, ADDPowr Wizard
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    Other: Twin PSI Audio AVAA C20, Isoacoustics GAIA I footers on Kharmas, GIK/Vicoustics/Stillpoint Apertures, Stillpoint Ultra SS, Furutech GTX - Gold outlets, Adona Rack

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    Re: I REALLY think I am done

    Thanks for the kind words everyone.
    Craig
    Main Equipment: Kharma Elegance dB11-S, JL Audio F113v2, Block Audio Line & Mono SE Amplification, Bricasti M21 DAC, Antipodes Kala K-50 Server, ClearAudio Performance SE, Satisfy Arm & Maestro Wood MM Cartridge
    Power: 3 x 20 Amp Lines, Shunyata Everest 8000, Sigma XC v2, Shunyata Sigma v2 NR, Block Audio Power Cords, Defender, ADDPowr Wizard
    Grounding: Shunyata Altaira CGS - Alpha CGS cables
    Network : Supra Cat 8+, Twin (Nenon Modified) Buffalo GS2016 Switches powered with Keces P3 LPSU,
    Cables: Wireworld Platinum Starlight 8 USB, Wireworld Platinum Eclipse 8 SCs, 1M & 6M Tubulus Concentus ICs,
    Other: Twin PSI Audio AVAA C20, Isoacoustics GAIA I footers on Kharmas, GIK/Vicoustics/Stillpoint Apertures, Stillpoint Ultra SS, Furutech GTX - Gold outlets, Adona Rack

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    Well....Sonus Faber Stradivari adorned with Vicoustic Wavewood panel ears powered by McIntosh Mc2301s must be one of the most beautiful setups I have ever seen.

    Fabulous synergistic choices.

    If you think you are REALLY done with that setup, then I believe you to be correct.


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    Re: I REALLY think I am done

    Wow! Beautiful room and setup...congratulations!
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    great set-up & lovely room. good to see the effort and joy from the pics.

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    Simply Beautiful
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    Re: I REALLY think I am done

    Woah, Forgot about this post.

    A great deal has changed since my naive comment on being done. Retirement, moving 800 miles south, and countless changes to my system. Only a couple of Wireworld Platinum Starlight Power Cords survive from that ‘I am done’ proclamation. I have learned a lot over this time about room setup, sub integration and digital signal processing. Wonder how much more I will learn over the next 5 years?

    Not sure I enjoy the music anymore today than I did six years ago. But I do enjoy my system and this hobby more. That’s not a contradiction. My system is so much more revealing and shows any incremental reductions in noise, better listener or speaker positions and changes to any equipment or cables that I have grown even more interested in the hobby of sound reproduction.

    I can sit and just listen and enjoy music or I can test different changes, tweaks or equipment. It is a more fulfilling hobby to me.

    Today, I broke out 2 pairs of older speakers while having two friends visit. We listened to music on my 40 yr old Infinity RS-IIa and nearly 20 yr old Revel Performa F-52 speakers. No doubt my system into the Kharmas yields the most realistic sound but there is also no doubt the Revels, which surprised us all, and the vintage Infinities were not embarrassed.

    Spinning vinyl on my cheap ass analog front end into the Infinities had us all thinking dorm rooms. It was simply fun. The Revels had us all thinking why we had spent so much $ on our respective speaker systems. They are amazing.

    Anyway, it was a fun day with friends, great music, better than average sound and something to hope to reproduce again.
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    Power: 3 x 20 Amp Lines, Shunyata Everest 8000, Sigma XC v2, Shunyata Sigma v2 NR, Block Audio Power Cords, Defender, ADDPowr Wizard
    Grounding: Shunyata Altaira CGS - Alpha CGS cables
    Network : Supra Cat 8+, Twin (Nenon Modified) Buffalo GS2016 Switches powered with Keces P3 LPSU,
    Cables: Wireworld Platinum Starlight 8 USB, Wireworld Platinum Eclipse 8 SCs, 1M & 6M Tubulus Concentus ICs,
    Other: Twin PSI Audio AVAA C20, Isoacoustics GAIA I footers on Kharmas, GIK/Vicoustics/Stillpoint Apertures, Stillpoint Ultra SS, Furutech GTX - Gold outlets, Adona Rack

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    Re: I REALLY think I am done

    Quote Originally Posted by crwilli View Post
    Woah, Forgot about this post.

    A great deal has changed since my naive comment on being done. Retirement, moving 800 miles south, and countless changes to my system. Only a couple of Wireworld Platinum Starlight Power Cords survive from that ‘I am done’ proclamation. I have learned a lot over this time about room setup, sub integration and digital signal processing. Wonder how much more I will learn over the next 5 years?

    Not sure I enjoy the music anymore today than I did six years ago. But I do enjoy my system and this hobby more. That’s not a contradiction. My system is so much more revealing and shows any incremental reductions in noise, better listener or speaker positions and changes to any equipment or cables that I have grown even more interested in the hobby of sound reproduction.

    I can sit and just listen and enjoy music or I can test different changes, tweaks or equipment. It is a more fulfilling hobby to me.

    Today, I broke out 2 pairs of older speakers while having two friends visit. We listened to music on my 40 yr old Infinity RS-IIa and nearly 20 yr old Revel Performa F-52 speakers. No doubt my system into the Kharmas yields the most realistic sound but there is also no doubt the Revels, which surprised us all, and the vintage Infinities were not embarrassed.

    Spinning vinyl on my cheap ass analog front end into the Infinities had us all thinking dorm rooms. It was simply fun. The Revels had us all thinking why we had spent so much $ on our respective speaker systems. They are amazing.

    Anyway, it was a fun day with friends, great music, better than average sound and something to hope to reproduce again.
    Two awesome guys! Glad you’re having fun.


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    Re: I REALLY think I am done

    I had F52's, matching center and surrounds as well. The F52's were great, my enthusiasm wasn't so great on the Performa 3 stuff.
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    Re: I REALLY think I am done

    Craig, great follow up as I'm sure was a great walk down memory lane with your gear......
    Cheers ! …. Dave

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    Re: I REALLY think I am done

    Lol, “done” 7 years ago, famous last words…

    Glad you are still having fun, at least it looks like fun.

    Working on my “final” system myself. Hoping to retire next year, as well. Expect an across the country move / downsize, next year. So, everything will be in flux.
    Amplification : Modwright LS300 - Atma-Sphere "Class D" monoblocks
    Digital : MSB Premier DAC+Digital Director, Oppo 203, Sonos Port (W4S mod)
    Analog : Technics SL1200G, Boulder 508
    Speakers : Daedalus Audio Muse Studio
    Headphone : BHSE + Voce

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    Re: I REALLY think I am done

    Great up! And that's what it's all about - simply enjoying the music and having fun.
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    Re: I REALLY think I am done

    Living to eat your words…

    After a fantastic transaction and level of service from Mike, I have now added BLOCK Audio Line and Mono SE amplification to my system. Next to my move from the Strads to the Kharma dB11-S, this is the largest SQ upgrade I have ever had. The battery powered Block Line Pre is a game changer which I can’t understand why it hasn’t received more attention. It’s THAT good.

    I won’t jump into the hyperbole but everything is better. Noise level below what I had, soundstage is indescribable, bass is far better and transient and complex passage reproduction / congestion reduced to zero.

    Can’t say enough about Mike’s support for the transaction and after sale service. Huge respect.
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    Power: 3 x 20 Amp Lines, Shunyata Everest 8000, Sigma XC v2, Shunyata Sigma v2 NR, Block Audio Power Cords, Defender, ADDPowr Wizard
    Grounding: Shunyata Altaira CGS - Alpha CGS cables
    Network : Supra Cat 8+, Twin (Nenon Modified) Buffalo GS2016 Switches powered with Keces P3 LPSU,
    Cables: Wireworld Platinum Starlight 8 USB, Wireworld Platinum Eclipse 8 SCs, 1M & 6M Tubulus Concentus ICs,
    Other: Twin PSI Audio AVAA C20, Isoacoustics GAIA I footers on Kharmas, GIK/Vicoustics/Stillpoint Apertures, Stillpoint Ultra SS, Furutech GTX - Gold outlets, Adona Rack

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    Re: I REALLY think I am done

    Quote Originally Posted by crwilli View Post
    Living to eat your words…

    After a fantastic transaction and level of service from Mike, I have now added BLOCK Audio Line and Mono SE amplification to my system. Next to my move from the Strads to the Kharma dB11-S, this is the largest SQ upgrade I have ever had. The battery powered Block Line Pre is a game changer which I can’t understand why it hasn’t received more attention. It’s THAT good.

    I won’t jump into the hyperbole but everything is better. Noise level below what I had, soundstage is indescribable, bass is far better and transient and complex passage reproduction / congestion reduced to zero.

    Can’t say enough about Mike’s support for the transaction and after sale service. Huge respect.
    Spectacular, have fun!
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    Digital : MSB Premier DAC+Digital Director, Oppo 203, Sonos Port (W4S mod)
    Analog : Technics SL1200G, Boulder 508
    Speakers : Daedalus Audio Muse Studio
    Headphone : BHSE + Voce

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    Re: I REALLY think I am done

    Great journey Craig !!
    Cheers ! …. Dave

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    Congratulations, Craig, it all looks fantastic!

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    Beautiful system Craig! Enjoy in good health!
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    Re: I REALLY think I am done

    Congratulations on your new **purchase**! Your elegant setup and room must be a delightful space. Enjoy it to the fullest!

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    Did Mike redo the room too ..?
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    Quote Originally Posted by crwilli View Post
    Living to eat your words…

    After a fantastic transaction and level of service from Mike, I have now added BLOCK Audio Line and Mono SE amplification to my system. Next to my move from the Strads to the Kharma dB11-S, this is the largest SQ upgrade I have ever had. The battery powered Block Line Pre is a game changer which I can’t understand why it hasn’t received more attention. It’s THAT good.

    I won’t jump into the hyperbole but everything is better. Noise level below what I had, soundstage is indescribable, bass is far better and transient and complex passage reproduction / congestion reduced to zero.

    Can’t say enough about Mike’s support for the transaction and after sale service. Huge respect.
    Congrats , You were really done before now you’re really finished ..
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    Congratulations Craig! Having heard this exact combo at Mike's last year I know what you've got there -- a Killer combo, and one that I keep contemplating for my Kharmas. I too am surprised that Block doesn't have more attention. Enjoy!
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    I've always heard never say never. Congrats

    Maybe Mike should show Block at Axpona some year.
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    Having been there quite a few times, I can tell you that Craig has a real skill for setup, measurement, and refinement. That's all on himI REALLY think I am done

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    I spent several hours at Craigs today in total sonic bliss. I have luckily listened to Craigs systems starting with the 2301s and Strads. Every upgrade or change Craig has made have all been big improvements. We both heard the Kharmas and Blocks at Mikes and were blown away then. I guess Craig was blown away more as he now owns them. Well done bud!

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    Such a joy to be able to share this crazy ass hobby with a local buddy! Thanks Jeff!
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    Sensational system, Craig.

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    I came very close to buying then driving to Fl from CHi to get of Kharma db11's on agon a month or so ago and decided instead to trust in experience that my room would be too small. Congrats on the new system.
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    Quote Originally Posted by steve59 View Post
    I came very close to buying then driving to Fl from CHi to get of Kharma db11's on agon a month or so ago and decided instead to trust in experience that my room would be too small. Congrats on the new system.
    That’s why you work with a dealer and done buy used. Avoid mistakes.


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    I definitely trusted your experience. It was just an opportunity to try a beautiful $$$ speaker, I’m really not bored or dissatisfied with the Blades.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike View Post
    That’s why you work with a dealer and done buy used. Avoid mistakes.


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    Agree with this. There is this gnawing, "hobbyist", drive in many of us to read forums, view the exercise of moving components in and out of our systems as fun or cool (it's not), and playing around as an audiophile. As I look back over the years, I lived with sound I didn't like for many years because of this approach, and never had the time or energy to swap pieces in and out until I achieved the desired result. An experienced dealer is the best way to achieve the end product of getting the sound you are looking for, and sitting back and enjoying the music.
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    Hey Craig - I remember when you received those Stradivari's and MC2301's from your initial posting. Doesn't seem like it was 8 years ago; dang how time flies. Anyways Sir, Gorgeous system and thanks for the memory lane trip. Sit back and enjoy

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    I remember a YT video Mike did a few years ago on analog. One of his comments stuck with me. Paraphrasing - You don’t need to go crazy in analog. Just get a good TT and spin your old albums and maybe buy new ones. It doesn’t have to be stressful.

    Roll the clock forward - I buy the Block amp system with the fabulous line amp. ‘For free’ it comes with a magnificent Phono pre which combined with a recent purchase of a used ClearAudio Performance SE TT, I find myself listening to vinyl quite a bit. Part of that is the ‘newness’ of it. Reliving the 70’s but also playing my parents oooolllldddd albums and having great memories.

    That’s what Mike was talking about.
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    Quote Originally Posted by crwilli View Post
    ..One of his comments stuck with me. Paraphrasing - You don’t need to go crazy in analog. Just get a good TT and spin your old albums and maybe buy new ones. It doesn’t have to be stressful...
    Having to get off the couch to change a record, or CD for that matter, is always stressful.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brodricj View Post
    Having to get off the couch to change a record, or CD for that matter, is always stressful.
    Not really. Its called exercise and audiophiles could benefit from more of it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by brodricj View Post
    Having to get off the couch to change a record, or CD for that matter, is always stressful.
    one assumes this is but a ounce or two of levity........
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