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  1. #101
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    Re: Delivery day has arrived!

    Quote Originally Posted by brodricj View Post
    The electrician found some wiring that wasn't done by an electrician. Rather than poke the bear I left it at that. I'll find a different electrician for the next job.
    Makes sense. Doesn't sound like it's worth the hassle.

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    Re: Delivery day has arrived!

    I bought Grandioso C1X which should arrive in first week of February. I'm looking forward to hearing how it compares to the Halcro dm8 pre-amp.
    I did speak to another owner who changed from Halcro dm88/dm8 to Esoteric C1X/M1X. He says the Esoteric combo is better. His C1X/M1X combo will leverage synergy that I will be losing by splitting up the Halcro combo.
    Speakers: Magico M3, ACC, S-SUB | Electronics: Esoteric Grandioso stack | 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 | Power: Shunyata Everest and Denali

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  3. #103
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    Re: Delivery day has arrived!

    Here we go again. This is getting a bit ridiculous. People leaving stuff at my front door for me to trip over.

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    Speakers: Magico M3, ACC, S-SUB | Electronics: Esoteric Grandioso stack | 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 | Power: Shunyata Everest and Denali

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  4. #104
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    Re: Delivery day has arrived!

    Speakers: Magico M3, ACC, S-SUB | Electronics: Esoteric Grandioso stack | 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 | Power: Shunyata Everest and Denali

    On sale: Everything!
    On order: Shunyata Altaira-SG

  5. #105
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    Re: Delivery day has arrived!

    Speakers: Magico M3, ACC, S-SUB | Electronics: Esoteric Grandioso stack | 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 | Power: Shunyata Everest and Denali

    On sale: Everything!
    On order: Shunyata Altaira-SG

  6. #106
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    Re: Delivery day has arrived!

    C1X packaging arrived in perfect shape, unlike the shipping misadventure for my D1X. Unboxed to find it in perfect condition, as you would expect from Esoteric. It is glorious to behold. I can't wrap my head around how heavy the C1X power supply unit is, it's a beast! The C1X power supply alone weighs more than the C1X solo (which is the single box version of C1X). I had to add a few more isolators to the YG rack shelf before installing the C1X (requires 14 isolators for the weight, the Halcro dm8 only required eight). I had to change the Critical Mass Systems CS2 footers from 1.5 to 0.8 height otherwise I'd have to do some YG rack shelf adjustments and I'm not going through that drama again (the dm8 required 1.5 footers). So now the 1.5 footers are underneath the Grandioso SACD transport and the 0.8 footers are under the C1X. Hooked it up, the DC umbilicals ooze Shunyata Alpha v2 power cable quality. Connected the sources (D1X) and powered it on, and whoila! It works! There is a learning curve with the configuration. The remote control is used to configure C1X as there is no MENU button on the unit. I've been able to configure ESLA mode between the D1X and C1X. The gain structure needs to be adjusted but for now I'll leave things the way they are. First observation. I don't really like the feel of the C1X INPUT select rotary dial or the volume control, I far prefer the tactile feel and associated relay clicking sound of the dm8. As for the sound, 5 minutes into it and the Halcro wins. Easily. But let me put a few more hours on the C1X and get the gain structure sorted out and I will reassess.
    Somewhat odd that the remote control of a $45K MSRP pre-amp doesn't have back-lighting. Otherwise the design of the remote is very nice with pre-amp functions on one side and transport functions on the other. The remote control of my Grandioso transport is back-lit. A task I'll embark on is to configure the volume hard buttons on my Philips Pronto Pro remote to control the C1X via RS-232.
    Speakers: Magico M3, ACC, S-SUB | Electronics: Esoteric Grandioso stack | 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 | Power: Shunyata Everest and Denali

    On sale: Everything!
    On order: Shunyata Altaira-SG

  7. #107
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    Re: Delivery day has arrived!

    Congratulations on the new preamp,...it looks beautiful!

    Definitelty needs break-in and sorting out gain, volume curve pref, before any meaningful assessment.

    The Halcro I am sure is in its own rarefied airspace as well!

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  8. #108
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    Re: Delivery day has arrived!

    Thanks! I'm terrified when it comes to bringing a new pre-amp into the system, until I'm certain the connections are as they should be and I learn to drive it properly. Any finger trouble or brain fade can easily lead to tweeter carnage. I only had one power amp on when I first powered up the C1X to limit any possible installation misadventure carnage to one tweeter. Changing a tweeter in a Magico M3 in this part of the world is likely to be logistically challenging and expensive. Slowly slowly, so far so good. The remote cable to trigger the power amps needs modifying, the dm8 uses a 5 pin XLR connector for trigger control and the C1X uses a simple mono jack.
    Speakers: Magico M3, ACC, S-SUB | Electronics: Esoteric Grandioso stack | 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 | Power: Shunyata Everest and Denali

    On sale: Everything!
    On order: Shunyata Altaira-SG

  9. #109
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    Re: Delivery day has arrived!

    Congrats! Looks impressive!


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    Re: Delivery day has arrived!

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike View Post
    Congrats! Looks impressive!
    and down right 'purdy' to boot !
    Cheers ! …. Dave

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    Re: Delivery day has arrived!

    Thanks. It's certainly weighty. The weight of the YG 1.4 rack and everything sitting on it is over 200 kg. Not even close to the load limit, but definitely pushing the available space limit.
    Speakers: Magico M3, ACC, S-SUB | Electronics: Esoteric Grandioso stack | 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 | Power: Shunyata Everest and Denali

    On sale: Everything!
    On order: Shunyata Altaira-SG

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    Re: Delivery day has arrived!

    Congrats! It's always a huge deal to bring a new preamp into the system. From the connections to the sonic adventure and getting comfortable interacting with it. Keep us posted.
    Rance


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    Re: Delivery day has arrived!

    A pair of M1X would be nice. Alas, not affordable.
    Speakers: Magico M3, ACC, S-SUB | Electronics: Esoteric Grandioso stack | 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 | Power: Shunyata Everest and Denali

    On sale: Everything!
    On order: Shunyata Altaira-SG

  14. #114
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    Re: Delivery day has arrived!

    A new morning has arrived. I think I've wrapped my head around the operation of the RC-1334 remote control to configure the C1X. I need to make settings for the gain structure, RS232 control, trigger output enable, dimmer and sleep settings etc etc. Inputs can be named but I'm not going to bother with that, the D1X does all the source switching except for HT bypass. I mentioned above I didn't like the feel of the rotary knobs. A check of the firmware status showed v1.00 was loaded on the C1X which was the initial production software. The latest firmware is v1.11d and the release notes mention this update improves the feel of the knobs. Whoila!
    Now, here's the thing with firmware updates. You can brick the unit if the power goes off during the update, or for any number of other reasons. So running a software update is nerve wracking! It was easier to bring the computer to the C1X. The firmware update package is downloaded from the Esoteric website and includes the update instructions, the USB driver for the computer, and the firmware file. Once the driver is installed and the C1X software port connected via micro-USB the volume LED starts flashing indicating it's ready to receive the update. Press any key to continue on the computer and the update runs automatically and takes about 2 minutes. Once complete the C1X shuts down. Disconnect the computer, start the C1X and a check of the firmware status shows v1.11d. Cool. It worked perfectly, as advertised. Unlike another brand I have a lot of experience with where software update success was entirely random.
    The Pronto serial extender is connected to the RS232 port so now I have to test my distant memory how to configure the Pronto Pro remote to control the C1X via serial.

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    Speakers: Magico M3, ACC, S-SUB | Electronics: Esoteric Grandioso stack | 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 | Power: Shunyata Everest and Denali

    On sale: Everything!
    On order: Shunyata Altaira-SG

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