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    Re: A few quick photos of a system in flux - Duo XD ...

    I am sure the O/93 with a 10 ohm 93 dB sensitivity will be absolutely stellar with the Valvet E2. It's a superb amp and I could be extremely happy with it as my solid state reference.

    This review below nails it!

    http://10audio.com/valvet-e2.htm



    Quote Originally Posted by jadedavid View Post
    No problem Joe, thanks for the response.
    I was curious as I have an itch to get some O/93's and was curious as to how they would work with them.
    Wharfedale Linton w/ stands, Avantgarde Duo XD, Klipsch RB-75, Klipsch RP-160M.

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    Re: A few quick photos of a system in flux - Duo XD ...

    Quote Originally Posted by joeinid View Post
    Thank you. If you are in anyway thinking about Avantgarde speakers, please demo a pair.
    Yes you are abosultely right. I will. Having a demo in my listening room would be the best
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    Re: A few quick photos of a system in flux - Duo XD ...

    I am surprised and excited every time that I listen to my system. Having the musicians right in front of me is such a cool feeling.
    Wharfedale Linton w/ stands, Avantgarde Duo XD, Klipsch RB-75, Klipsch RP-160M.

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    Misho Myronov Wooden amp, First Watt SIT-3 (x 2 - one as backup), First Watt F7 (incoming), Job 250 Monos, Valvet E2se, NuForce STA200, AkitikA GT-102 amp, ASL Wave monos, Dennis Had 45 monos.

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    Re: A few quick photos of a system in flux - Duo XD ...

    Quote Originally Posted by jadedavid View Post
    Joe,
    Have you looked into the compatibility of the VALVET E-2 with the 16ohm load that your speakers present? Adding a resistor?
    I just received a response from Valvet regarding 16 ohm loads on the E2 amp. It’s absolutely fine but power does drop to about 5wpc at 16 ohms. I’m sure your 10 ohm Devore will split the difference and be somewhere around 10wpc but still plenty of power in my opinion.
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    Misho Myronov Wooden amp, First Watt SIT-3 (x 2 - one as backup), First Watt F7 (incoming), Job 250 Monos, Valvet E2se, NuForce STA200, AkitikA GT-102 amp, ASL Wave monos, Dennis Had 45 monos.

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    Re: A few quick photos of a system in flux - Duo XD ...

    Quote Originally Posted by joeinid View Post
    I just received a response from Valvet regarding 16 ohm loads on the E2 amp. It’s absolutely fine but power does drop to about 5wpc at 16 ohms. I’m sure your 10 ohm Devore will split the difference and be somewhere around 10wpc but still plenty of power in my opinion.
    Thanks for the info, good to know.
    I'm sure your AG's are spectacular.
    I heard some at the Florida Expo and really liked them.
    A little pricey for me at this time. Although after all of the speakers that I have bought and sold (at a loss I might add) I probably could have had the AG's paid for by now. LOL
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    Re: A few quick photos of a system in flux - Duo XD ...

    After selling a bunch of gear, it was an easier stretch for me. Knowing what I know now, I could have saved a boatload on some mistakes but the journey was fun.
    Wharfedale Linton w/ stands, Avantgarde Duo XD, Klipsch RB-75, Klipsch RP-160M.

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    Conrad Johnson GAT2, Wyred 4 Sound STP-SE Stage 2, Misho Myronov Wooden pre.

    Misho Myronov Wooden amp, First Watt SIT-3 (x 2 - one as backup), First Watt F7 (incoming), Job 250 Monos, Valvet E2se, NuForce STA200, AkitikA GT-102 amp, ASL Wave monos, Dennis Had 45 monos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joeinid View Post
    After selling a bunch of gear, it was an easier stretch for me. Knowing what I know now, I could have saved a boatload on some mistakes but the journey was fun.
    Joe, I donít think there really are mistakes in this hobby A few quick photos of a system in flux - Duo XD .... The journey is the destination.

    There just is no substitute to hearing something in your own system.


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    Re: A few quick photos of a system in flux - Duo XD ...

    I do agree. Even hearing the same piece in someone else’s system it’s never the same in my own.

    I’ve never been happier with what I’m hearing now.
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    Re: A few quick photos of a system in flux - Duo XD ...

    hey joe, it's been some months since you got the avantgarde's set up. what is your rig looking like now in terms of upstream gear and amps? also, any thoughts to share after 6+ months of ownership - i'm realizing my curiosity about high efficiency horns and speakers has been growing for a while and i could possibly see a pair in my future

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    Re: A few quick photos of a system in flux - Duo XD ...

    Hi,

    I have to say that I’m extremely happy with them.

    The McIntosh gear that I had was good but gone now. Not because it was bad or anything, I just found gear I enjoyed more on my Duo.

    I also sold my Bricasti dac. I’m looking forward to getting something a little smoother and sweeter dac-wise.

    My Duo are phenomenal performers. For me, best solid state amp is my SIT-3. I’m trying to get my hands on a pair of SIT-1 monos as was recommended to me. The Accuphase and Valvet are wonderful too but a little more neutral.

    My GAT2 works perfectly with my SIT3. Other amps with the gat2 have too much gain.

    The Misho wooden combo is superb, best tube combo for my Duo. The Luxman MQ300 is superb also, a little sweeter and meatier than other tube gear. I love rotating through the different combinations of gear because it keeps it fresh.

    Low gain, low noise gear is a must but damn, there’s a concert in my room every night.

    Avantgarde speakers are a destination. If you are the least bit curious, definitely check them out. A proper demo will blow you away.



    Quote Originally Posted by Skanda View Post
    hey joe, it's been some months since you got the avantgarde's set up. what is your rig looking like now in terms of upstream gear and amps? also, any thoughts to share after 6+ months of ownership - i'm realizing my curiosity about high efficiency horns and speakers has been growing for a while and i could possibly see a pair in my future
    Wharfedale Linton w/ stands, Avantgarde Duo XD, Klipsch RB-75, Klipsch RP-160M.

    Luxman 590AXII (incoming), Job INTegrated

    Conrad Johnson GAT2, Wyred 4 Sound STP-SE Stage 2, Misho Myronov Wooden pre.

    Misho Myronov Wooden amp, First Watt SIT-3 (x 2 - one as backup), First Watt F7 (incoming), Job 250 Monos, Valvet E2se, NuForce STA200, AkitikA GT-102 amp, ASL Wave monos, Dennis Had 45 monos.

    RME Audio ADI-2 DAC FS, Lumin U1 mini, ModWright Ultimate Sony XA-5400ES, Audio Mirror Tubadour III NOS R2R Tube Dac w/ SE upgrades.

    Burmester 948, McIntosh MCLK12, Kimber Kable, Siltech, Cardas, Avanti Audio cables.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joeinid View Post
    Hi,

    I have to say that Iím extremely happy with them.

    The McIntosh gear that I had was good but gone now. Not because it was bad or anything, I just found gear I enjoyed more on my Duo.

    I also sold my Bricasti dac. Iím looking forward to getting something a little smoother and sweeter dac-wise.

    My Duo are phenomenal performers. For me, best solid state amp is my SIT-3. Iím trying to get my hands on a pair of SIT-1 monos as was recommended to me. The Accuphase and Valvet are wonderful too but a little more neutral.

    My GAT2 works perfectly with my SIT3. Other amps with the gat2 have too much gain.

    The Misho wooden combo is superb, best tube combo for my Duo. The Luxman MQ300 is superb also, a little sweeter and meatier than other tube gear. I love rotating through the different combinations of gear because it keeps it fresh.

    Low gain, low noise gear is a must but damn, thereís a concert in my room every night.

    Avantgarde speakers are a destination. If you are the least bit curious, definitely check them out. A proper demo will blow you away.

    thanks for the detailed response! i would love to demo - did you fly down to mike's?

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    Re: A few quick photos of a system in flux - Duo XD ...

    No, I had decided a long time ago that’s what I wanted after hearing Uno XD at a local audiophile’s home. I could not stop thinking about them. The stars aligned and was able to finally get a pair. I took a bit of a chance but I was extremely confident. Absolutely no regret.
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    Misho Myronov Wooden amp, First Watt SIT-3 (x 2 - one as backup), First Watt F7 (incoming), Job 250 Monos, Valvet E2se, NuForce STA200, AkitikA GT-102 amp, ASL Wave monos, Dennis Had 45 monos.

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    Re: A few quick photos of a system in flux - Duo XD ...

    Joe
    Any current photos of your current setup? From this last post there have been many changes since the inception of this thread.
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    Re: A few quick photos of a system in flux - Duo XD ...

    I’ll have to straighten up a little and take a few photos.

    Since I rotate gear in and out, I’m not as organized as I should be.
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    Misho Myronov Wooden amp, First Watt SIT-3 (x 2 - one as backup), First Watt F7 (incoming), Job 250 Monos, Valvet E2se, NuForce STA200, AkitikA GT-102 amp, ASL Wave monos, Dennis Had 45 monos.

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    Re: A few quick photos of a system in flux - Duo XD ...

    So Joe, the SIT-1s, SIT-3, or Wood? GAT2, Stage 2, or Wood? Any decisions on direction for DAC? Inquiring minds want to know ....

    Still loving the Stage 2 here... I personally believe you should try out a T+A amp with your Duo's... it would surprise you. Been having fun playing around on the dark side (vinyl). Certainly not the same level as my digital but very nostalgic for me.

    By the way, at first I thought the orange was a bit over the top but the more I look at them the more I consider them to look rather awesome!
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    Re: A few quick photos of a system in flux - Duo XD ...

    Thank you Randy!

    No ultimate decision on a dac. But, MSB is very high on the list for next year. Chord and a few others might command a demo but I’m not in a rush, financially speaking.

    The Avantgarde are funny. Tube amps pretty much rule, but very high powered SS can be a little hard or glassy. Low to medium power SS and tubes like First Watt, VAC, Luxman, Valvet, Misho Wooden, etc. are glorious.

    The GAT2, STP-SE stage 2 and Misho Wooden preamp are all spectacular depending on gain of amp.

    GAT2 with Luxman and First Watt is insanely good.
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    Wharfedale Linton w/ stands, Avantgarde Duo XD, Klipsch RB-75, Klipsch RP-160M.

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    Misho Myronov Wooden amp, First Watt SIT-3 (x 2 - one as backup), First Watt F7 (incoming), Job 250 Monos, Valvet E2se, NuForce STA200, AkitikA GT-102 amp, ASL Wave monos, Dennis Had 45 monos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joeinid View Post
    Thank you Randy!

    No ultimate decision on a dac. But, MSB is very high on the list for next year. Chord and a few others might command a demo but I’m not in a rush, financially speaking.

    The Avantgarde are funny. Tube amps pretty much rule, but very high powered SS can be a little hard or glassy. Low to medium power SS and tubes like First Watt, VAC, Luxman, Valvet, Misho Wooden, etc. are glorious.

    The GAT2, STP-SE stage 2 and Misho Wooden preamp are all spectacular depending on gain of amp.

    GAT2 with Luxman and First Watt is insanely good.
    Nice... I'm sure the First Watt amps are spectacular! I would love to compare this little T+A ; I know a different league but it did beat out the Audio Mirrors in my view, which I never imagined would happen. I just had to give it time to break in .

    The MSB would definitely be on my list. I would love to know how much better they are then my T+A. I bet the rest of my system is not good enough to appreciate the difference.
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    Quote Originally Posted by joeinid View Post
    Thank you Randy!

    No ultimate decision on a dac. But, MSB is very high on the list for next year. Chord and a few others might command a demo but Iím not in a rush, financially speaking.
    Hey Joe, you should check out the rockna wavedream signature. I was looking at chord (upgraded from a qbd76 hdsd - the flagship before the dave) and ultimately settled for the rockna. it's incredible.
    I ended up getting the matching wavedream net server and i have just been blown away by the performance. I am genuinely shocked at what difference the server made esp since I am not even using it in i2s output just yet. It's really been one of the biggest audio revelations I've had - a computer is a computer is a computer so I thought...Even if you go with another dac, I feel like servers should be experimented with.

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    Re: A few quick photos of a system in flux - Duo XD ...

    I’ve seen demos on YouTube of the rockna, it seems very impressive. By the time I make a decision, I’m sure there will be a few more to get my attention.

    Thank you for the recommendation.


    Quote Originally Posted by Skanda View Post
    Hey Joe, you should check out the rockna wavedream signature. I was looking at chord (upgraded from a qbd76 hdsd - the flagship before the dave) and ultimately settled for the rockna. it's incredible.
    I ended up getting the matching wavedream net server and i have just been blown away by the performance. I am genuinely shocked at what difference the server made esp since I am not even using it in i2s output just yet. It's really been one of the biggest audio revelations I've had - a computer is a computer is a computer so I thought...Even if you go with another dac, I feel like servers should be experimented with.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Skanda View Post
    I ended up getting the matching wavedream net server and i have just been blown away by the performance. I am genuinely shocked at what difference the server made esp since I am not even using it in i2s output just yet. It's really been one of the biggest audio revelations I've had - a computer is a computer is a computer so I thought...Even if you go with another dac, I feel like servers should be experimented with.
    No-ho way-hey A few quick photos of a system in flux - Duo XD ....

    As you write, the server is part of your source. Same way as if you use a suboptimal turn table with a top cart.

    The server has huge influence.


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    Re: A few quick photos of a system in flux - Duo XD ...

    Joe, for a man of your experience and vast repertoire, Iím quite surprised you havenít tried the new MSB family of DACs yet. Even Discrete in its bare form is quite remarkable to say the least.

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    Re: A few quick photos of a system in flux - Duo XD ...

    I know, I know. Mike and I talk all the time. He thinks, based on what I like, that MSB would be perfect. We’ll see what happens after the new year.

    Quote Originally Posted by kzhtoo View Post
    Joe, for a man of your experience and vast repertoire, I’m quite surprised you haven’t tried the new MSB family of DACs yet. Even Discrete in its bare form is quite remarkable to say the least.
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    Everything looks beautiful. Congratulations!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andik777 View Post
    Everything looks beautiful. Congratulations!!
    Thank you so much, but all the McIntosh gear is gone. Some to my brother and the rest to others.

    I know I need updated photos and I’ll do it. I apologize in advance. It’s going to take me a while. The Wooden combo and GAT2/First Watt combo usually get the most play time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andik777 View Post
    Everything looks beautiful. Congratulations!!
    Thank you so much, but all the McIntosh gear in that photo is gone. Some to my brother and the rest to others.

    I know I need updated photos and I’ll do it. I apologize in advance. It’s going to take me a while. The Wooden combo and GAT2/First Watt combo usually get the most play time.
    Last edited by joeinid; November 20, 2019 at 08:50 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by joeinid View Post
    Thank you so much, but all the McIntosh gear is gone. Some to my brother and the rest to others.

    I know I need updated photos and I’ll do it. I apologize in advance. It’s going to take me a while. The Wooden combo and GAT2/First Watt combo usually get the most play time.
    Thanks Joeinid, I'll be attentive

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    [QUOTE=Kuoppis;287221]No-ho way-hey A few quick photos of a system in flux - Duo XD ....

    As you write, the server is part of your source. Same way as if you use a suboptimal turn table with a top cart.

    The server has huge influence.


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    I am using it as a roon endpoint at the moment and will most likely take the roon core off my laptop and have the wavedream net be the roon core - perhaps more performance to be squeezed out this way? When I get my hands on a nice i2s cable I will see what diff that makes as well, currently using a wireworld gold aes/ebu cable. Not to derail this thread but I was using a metrum ambre as a roon endpoint before and the change was immediately noticeable with the bass tightening up and having greater midbass punch. the soundstage got significantly deeper. I am stunned by the difference...to me it was similar to the time when I changed around preamps and noticed what a huge difference they were having on the tonality of the system. I got the dac just a little under a year ago so can't comment on if the dac was a bigger diff or the server but they are making some MUSIC together.

    I hate using this cliche audiophile anecdote but, yes, even non audio friends noticed the difference immediately. "woah, something sounds different and bigger". even my gf who loves the rig but can't sit still and listen to music said "i know you get stuff and theres always something slightly different, but whatever your new piece is has everything sounding very real".

    And Joe, you're totally right. There is always a latest and greatest esp in digital. For my ears, in my current room, and with my current system. I think I've found my digital endgame...for now!

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    Re: A few quick photos of a system in flux - Duo XD ...

    Oh nice, were you selling your duo before? I got mine from Mike Suncoast and mentioned that you might be selling yours.

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    Everything is for sale.
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    Quote Originally Posted by joeinid View Post
    Everything is for sale.
    And if it’s not currently for sale, it will be shortly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by joeinid View Post
    Everything is for sale.
    Joe's audio outlet... I envision Crazy Eddie.... everything is on sale... we are just CCCCRRRRRAAAAAAZZZZZZZZZZZZZYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!
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    Hahahaha!

    That was funny.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mep View Post
    And if itís not currently for sale, it will be shortly.
    Exactly
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    Quote Originally Posted by mep View Post
    And if itís not currently for sale, it will be shortly.
    Chris

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    Nice set up!!


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    Very nice set up! Double post, lol



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    Quote Originally Posted by joeinid View Post
    No, I had decided a long time ago thatís what I wanted after hearing Uno XD at a local audiophileís home. I could not stop thinking about them. The stars aligned and was able to finally get a pair. I took a bit of a chance but I was extremely confident. Absolutely no regret.
    I have the Uno XDīs also in my system nr. 2. I think they are really really good! And a very good value also (though they are not cheap).
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    Say it ain't so, Joe
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    Quote Originally Posted by AJ Soundfield View Post
    I enjoyed that, I laughed out loud a few times. The last paragraph sums its up:

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    Re: A few quick photos of a system in flux - Duo XD ...

    Quote Originally Posted by KeithR View Post
    Say it ain't so, Joe
    Ha! It ain’t so.

    No official sale or anything but if someone makes a decent offer, who knows what will happen.
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    Re: A few quick photos of a system in flux - Duo XD ...

    Quote Originally Posted by KeithR View Post
    Say it ain't so, Joe
    Ha! It ainít so.

    No official sale or anything but if someone makes a decent offer, who knows what will happen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by joeinid View Post
    Ha! It ainít so.

    No official sale or anything but if someone makes a decent offer, who knows what will happen.
    What's your zip code again? I want to calculate shipping
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    11758

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