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    Cool Showing up with a knife to a gunfight...

    Is how I feel posting here... y'all got some killer systems.

    I'm a little more music aficionado rather than gear head, but it's all good. Good gear=better sounding music!

    speakers: Harbeth C7ES-3 30th Anniversary, on Resonant Woods stands
    amp: Pass Labs XA-30.5
    pre-amp: McIntosh C220 (with vintage Telefunken long-plates)
    turntable: VPI Scout w/JWM-9 tonearm and Nagaoka MP-500 cartridge
    CD player: Sony/ModWright SCD-XA5400ES w/PS 9.0 power supply
    DAC: Topping D70 (modified)
    tuner(s): McIntosh MR74 and MR78 (both restored/upgraded)
    speaker cables: Acoustic Zen Satori
    interconnects: mostly AudioQuest King Cobras
    power cables: mostly Pangea and PS Audio

    Let me tidy the joint up a bit and I'll snap a couple photos...
    Harbeth C7ES-3/30 • Pass Labs XA30.5 • McIntosh C220 • Modwright/Sony SCD-XA5400ES • VPI Scout+ADS/JMW-9/Nagaoka MP-500
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    Re: Showing up with a knife to a gunfight...

    Don’t be silly. You have a turntable, so you’re ok by me!


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    Re: Showing up with a knife to a gunfight...

    Harbeth C7ES-3/30 • Pass Labs XA30.5 • McIntosh C220 • Modwright/Sony SCD-XA5400ES • VPI Scout+ADS/JMW-9/Nagaoka MP-500
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    "Measurements do not lie, but neither do they tell the whole truth." -John Atkinson

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    Re: Showing up with a knife to a gunfight...

    A very respectable system.
    Looks like it has been well thought out.
    I'll bet it sounds good,
    My System:
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    Cables: Teo Audio, Cerious Tech, Fusion Audio.
    Two dedicated 20 Amp circuits. Shunyata Hydra. EP2050
    DIY bass traps and custom curved diffusors.

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    Re: Showing up with a knife to a gunfight...

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike View Post
    Don’t be silly. You have a turntable, so you’re ok by me!


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    Ha! Thanks... nice place you have here! I should re-visit more often.
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    Re: Showing up with a knife to a gunfight...

    Quote Originally Posted by Don C View Post
    Ha! Thanks... nice place you have here! I should re-visit more often.
    You should. Love your pics! Great musical system you have there.


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    Re: Showing up with a knife to a gunfight...

    Quote Originally Posted by jadedavid View Post
    A very respectable system.
    Looks like it has been well thought out.
    I'll bet it sounds good,
    Thanks! I'm actually very happy with the system performance and sound. Tweaks here and there still to be done, but I've definitely reached a relative plateau and am blissfully spinning albums.
    Harbeth C7ES-3/30 • Pass Labs XA30.5 • McIntosh C220 • Modwright/Sony SCD-XA5400ES • VPI Scout+ADS/JMW-9/Nagaoka MP-500
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    Re: Showing up with a knife to a gunfight...

    It's nice to get to the enjoyment stage.
    You have decent gear.
    Often a Lot can be gained from proper room set up and acoustic treatment.
    My System:
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    Joule Electra LA150 Signature Plus
    Pass XA30.5
    Von Schweikert VR4Jr MkIII Anniversary
    18" Open Baffle Subs
    Cables: Teo Audio, Cerious Tech, Fusion Audio.
    Two dedicated 20 Amp circuits. Shunyata Hydra. EP2050
    DIY bass traps and custom curved diffusors.

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    Re: Showing up with a knife to a gunfight...

    Knives can kill too!


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    Cabling: Nordost Valhalla 2/Odin: power, interconnects & speaker | Ansuz: C2 power & interconnect | Audioquest Diamond RJ45’s
    Power: Stromtank S1000 | Nordost QRT series | CAD GC1 | Furutech FP55SN cable from 20 amp breakers to Furutech GTX D NSF packages | Keces P3 & P8 | ADD POWR Sorcer 4 | Environmental Potential EP2050
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    Re: Showing up with a knife to a gunfight...

    Quote Originally Posted by Don C View Post
    Your photos are real nice...pro looks.
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    Re: Showing up with a knife to a gunfight...

    You have a very nice system. Just because some of these guys are driving Farrari's does not mean that my Mercedes is not good .
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    Re: Showing up with a knife to a gunfight...

    Quote Originally Posted by Randy Myers View Post
    You have a very nice system. Just because some of these guys are driving Farrari's does not mean that my Mercedes is not good .
    Thanks! What about my “Plymouth Volaré” system?
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    Re: Showing up with a knife to a gunfight...

    Quote Originally Posted by Don C View Post
    Thanks! What about my “Plymouth Volaré” system?
    ... yours is a solid BMW or Benz .
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    Re: Showing up with a knife to a gunfight...

    Quote Originally Posted by Randy Myers View Post
    ... yours is a solid BMW or Benz .
    Sounds good, I’ll go with that.
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    Re: Showing up with a knife to a gunfight...

    You stuff is cool with me.
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    Re: Showing up with a knife to a gunfight...

    I think your system is awesome. One that I would love to live with. You've done well in picking components.
    Wharfedale Linton w/ stands, Avantgarde Duo XD, Klipsch RB-75, Klipsch RP-160M.

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    Re: Showing up with a knife to a gunfight...

    I'd say way better than "decent" gear. Enjoy DC! Setup + room are really key.
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    Re: Showing up with a knife to a gunfight...

    I agree with everyone, you are WAY ahead of most, especially the yahoos on Audiogon and other websites spewing their opinions on gear they have never owned. Enjoy, listen, learn from others experiences and grow your system over time.

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    Re: Showing up with a knife to a gunfight...

    Seems to be a really good system... Please more pics..!!!!
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    Re: Showing up with a knife to a gunfight...

    Welcome aboard Don. Nice setup.

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    Re: Showing up with a knife to a gunfight...

    Well, if it's a knife, it's one hell of a 'sharp' one !

    Welcome aboard !
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    Re: Showing up with a knife to a gunfight...

    You forgot to mention you are a photography too! Great pics!

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    Re: Showing up with a knife to a gunfight...

    Quick "knife" pics:

    (Wish it were bigger, but it is what it is. )


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    Re: Showing up with a knife to a gunfight...

    I would not call that a knife, maybe a machine gun... or even a bazooka ....
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    Re: Showing up with a knife to a gunfight...

    Great looking system, Don! I think you've made some great gear choices.

    I to am more a music lover than gear lover. I have what I have because they were the components that sounded best to me.

    I have the same speaker cables, in a bi-wire configuration, attached to my Aerial Acoustic Model 8 speakers and I think you'll agree they are fantastic cables.
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    Re: Showing up with a knife to a gunfight...

    Hey Don! Good to see you over here.
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    Re: Showing up with a knife to a gunfight...

    Hi Don,

    Pass Labs amp and Harbeth speakers. Terrific gear!

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    Re: Showing up with a knife to a gunfight...

    Quote Originally Posted by Yamaki View Post
    Great looking system, Don! I think you've made some great gear choices.

    I to am more a music lover than gear lover. I have what I have because they were the components that sounded best to me.

    I have the same speaker cables, in a bi-wire configuration, attached to my Aerial Acoustic Model 8 speakers and I think you'll agree they are fantastic cables.
    Thanks! And I do agree! I mentioned to a friend that they were the closest thing to a "component upgrade" I'd ever heard in... cables. And speaker cables at that. They really are something.
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