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  1. #21
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    Re: Morgan’s system

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeCh View Post
    Hi Morgan,

    You've got a beautiful room and system. Looks super!

    I really like the paint colors too...
    Thanks! When I purchased the home just over a year ago, the room was painted all the light grey color. I added the darker grey accent wall to match the bass traps. It turned out really well. The jukebox art on the front wall is a photo my daughter took in an architecture class a couple of years ago and I thought it made perfect sense in the listening room (it is a 6" thick bass trap). Visually, it really pops off of the dark grey wall.
    Morgan

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    Dedicated 21’4” x 12’10” x 8’8” w/GIK Acoustics treatments
    Speakers: KEF Blade 2
    Amplification: Pass Labs X250.8, Cary SLP-05 w/Ultimate Upgrade
    Digital: Marantz SA-10, Bluesound Node 2, Intel NUC Roon Core
    Vinyl: EAT C-Sharp, Hana SL, EAT E-Glo S w/LPS
    Power: AudioQuest Niagara 5000 on dedicated 20 amp/10 gauge circuit
    Wires: AudioQuest William Tell, Earth, Leopard, Tornado
    Resonance & Isolation: Nordost Sort Kones - BC & AC, Herbie's Giant Decoupling Gliders

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    Re: Morgan’s system

    Beautiful room and system Morgan!
    Buddy

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    Nicely done Morgan !

    two things ....... tell me more about your small side table next to your listening chair, make it or buy it ?

    and as Joe asked, how's the Parasound performing ?
    Cheers ! …. Dave

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    Re: Morgan’s system

    Awesome system + room! How do you like the EAT gear? I’m considering the E-Glo Petit phonostage.


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    Very nice system and room. A great place to get away and enjoy the music.
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    Mike

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    Re: Morgan’s system

    Quote Originally Posted by Mikado463 View Post
    Nicely done Morgan !

    two things ....... tell me more about your small side table next to your listening chair, make it or buy it ?

    and as Joe asked, how's the Parasound performing ?
    The side table is purchased. I have two of them and have owned them for years. I don’t recall where I purchased them. I will provide more detailed impressions of the JC5 later this week, but I can tell you already that it is a very capable amplifier.
    Morgan

    Room:
    Dedicated 21’4” x 12’10” x 8’8” w/GIK Acoustics treatments
    Speakers: KEF Blade 2
    Amplification: Pass Labs X250.8, Cary SLP-05 w/Ultimate Upgrade
    Digital: Marantz SA-10, Bluesound Node 2, Intel NUC Roon Core
    Vinyl: EAT C-Sharp, Hana SL, EAT E-Glo S w/LPS
    Power: AudioQuest Niagara 5000 on dedicated 20 amp/10 gauge circuit
    Wires: AudioQuest William Tell, Earth, Leopard, Tornado
    Resonance & Isolation: Nordost Sort Kones - BC & AC, Herbie's Giant Decoupling Gliders

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    Re: Morgan’s system

    Quote Originally Posted by nile49 View Post
    Awesome system + room! How do you like the EAT gear? I’m considering the E-Glo Petit phonostage.


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    I have really enjoyed the EAT gear. I moved from a Clearaudio turntable (which was excellent) to the EAT and have never looked back. Very solid table. I would recommend replacing the clamp that comes with the table with the EAT Massive Clamp or similar as that was a nice upgrade. Also, replacing the included interconnect is important. I use the AudioQuest Leopard. After these tweaks, the table really is competitive with anything near (and well above) its price.

    The phono stage came a bit after my initial positive experience with the turntable. Started with just the E-Glo S and then later added the linear power supply which powers both the phono stage and turntable. After adding these pieces I have turned my attention to other aspects of my system. I’m very satisfied with the entire EAT package. My only critique of the phono stage is that there is a hint of white noise at higher volumes using my Hana SL cartridge. With higher output cartridges requiring lower gain settings, it is basically silent. Still very good for a tubed phono stage. I wouldn’t hesitate on the Petit.
    Morgan

    Room:
    Dedicated 21’4” x 12’10” x 8’8” w/GIK Acoustics treatments
    Speakers: KEF Blade 2
    Amplification: Pass Labs X250.8, Cary SLP-05 w/Ultimate Upgrade
    Digital: Marantz SA-10, Bluesound Node 2, Intel NUC Roon Core
    Vinyl: EAT C-Sharp, Hana SL, EAT E-Glo S w/LPS
    Power: AudioQuest Niagara 5000 on dedicated 20 amp/10 gauge circuit
    Wires: AudioQuest William Tell, Earth, Leopard, Tornado
    Resonance & Isolation: Nordost Sort Kones - BC & AC, Herbie's Giant Decoupling Gliders

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    Quote Originally Posted by MPW View Post
    Great question! I initially had the room set up 180 degrees opposite to what you see in the photos. What you can't see in the photos is that there is a door to a bedroom and a door to a bathroom in the back corner of the room. Visually, it looks much better this way so I don't have to look at those doors. The visuals, however, weren't my major concern in the room setup - sound quality was. To that end I discussed my room with Jim Smith during a RoomPlay Reference session at his listening room in early 2019. I showed him photos and dimensions of the room including a dimensionalized drawing of where the listening seat and speakers were placed. He immediately suggested flipping the room. Effectively the staircase becomes a big bass trap as the low frequency energy has a mechanism to escape. From the speakers forward there is good symmetry in the room. Ultimately, the room measures better, sounds better, and looks better.

    It is also important to understand more about why everything is placed in the room where it is. My first step was to determine the position of the listening seat. This is the most critical element in how the system will sound. The position was determined by finding the smoothest bass response possible. Bass is really the foundation, and in small rooms it is the most difficult to get right. I accomplished this through measurements (REW) and by listening. Once I had the listening seat determined, I worked on the speakers. I have always tried to pull my speakers out from the front wall if room allows. Jim Smith talks about this in his book Get Better Sound. Since I have a dedicated room, pulling the speakers out was not a problem. It also allows me to enter the room from the staircase without having to avoid a speaker (I do have to watch out for the speaker cable). I am still dialing in the position of the speakers by listening, but pulling them out (approx. 8' out from front wall) really provides incredible depth of soundstage. The sound is very open, natural, realistic, emotional.

    Still a work in progress, but I thought it would be interesting to share my thought process as I set up this system.
    Great looking space and I can relate very much. I had flipped my space 180 after speaking with Jim and made a sig difference overall in my dedicated space.

    I’ve followed the 1/3 rule as a ballpark/starting point and have my mains out 8-9ft from front wall. This was also from discussions/emails with Barry D, another invaluable resource for setting up room.

    As an aside, how did you obtain the GIK QRD’s? They haven’t made them avail for YEARS.

    The QRD’s are really something and have a profound influence (I only have the Gridfusor’s at the moment) especially on the front wall IME. ATS has them available which look to be very similar/equivalent to GIK’s.
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    Computers (in utility room): High end Win10 wkst (headless) running lifetime ROON server. High end wkst #2 Win Server 2019 running HQP
    Network rack (in utility room): Managed Fiber Switch, QNAP NAS
    Endpoint: Fiber to SONORE OR w/ LPS, Sbooster USB vbus2
    DAC: Lampi Lite7
    Pre: Atma-Sphere MP-3 Mk3.3 Pre
    Amps: Pass XA100.5 Mono's
    Speakers: Revel Ultima Studio2 (GAIA footers) with Dual PSA X15 sealed subs
    Isolation: Components on custom roller bearings + compression springs
    Cables: Wireworld Platinum USB / Analysis Plus PC / Gotham 4/4 XLR / AQ spkr

    Office: Win10 wkst with Spotify or ROON controller > VDAC-II > VLINK 192 > Yamaha RX integrated > Polk audio signature Monitors >12" sub

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    Re: Morgan’s system

    Outstanding
    room and system Morgan!
    Looks like a great place to kick back and enjoy.
    Paul



    Speakers: Von Schweikert VR-5 Anniversary MK II Front L/R, LCR-35 Center, VR-1 Rear L/R Sub: JL Audio F113
    Amps: PS Audio BHK Signature 300 Mono, McIntosh MC207 Preamp: PS Audio BHK Signature and Gold Note PH-10 Phono Stage/PSU-10 Power Supply Turntable: VPI HR-X 12.7 TONEARM (2) and SDS
    Cartridges: Ortofon Cadenza Black, Lyra Helikon Mono Digital Source: Oppo UDP-205 DAC: Bryston BDA-3 Music Server: ​Aurender N100H
    SSP: Marantz AV8801 Cables: Wireworld Electra 7 (P) Wireworld Eclipse 7 (I) Wireworld Eclipse 6 and 7 Biwired (S) Wireworld Platinum Starlight 7 (USB) AC Power Regeneration: PS Audio DirectStream P15 Power Plant and Shunyata Denali 6000s V2.

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    Re: Morgan’s system

    Quote Originally Posted by Swisstrips View Post
    Great looking space and I can relate very much. I had flipped my space 180 after speaking with Jim and made a sig difference overall in my dedicated space.

    I’ve followed the 1/3 rule as a ballpark/starting point and have my mains out 8-9ft from front wall. This was also from discussions/emails with Barry D, another invaluable resource for setting up room.

    As an aside, how did you obtain the GIK QRD’s? They haven’t made them avail for YEARS.

    The QRD’s are really something and have a profound influence (I only have the Gridfusor’s at the moment) especially on the front wall IME. ATS has them available which look to be very similar/equivalent to GIK’s.
    The GIK QRD's are probably four or so years old. A number of these treatments were repurposed from my previous home and a number of them are new. It is a bit of a hodge podge, but everything turned out great sonically. If I were to start from scratch it would be a bit more cohesive visually, but sometimes compromises must be made!
    Morgan

    Room:
    Dedicated 21’4” x 12’10” x 8’8” w/GIK Acoustics treatments
    Speakers: KEF Blade 2
    Amplification: Pass Labs X250.8, Cary SLP-05 w/Ultimate Upgrade
    Digital: Marantz SA-10, Bluesound Node 2, Intel NUC Roon Core
    Vinyl: EAT C-Sharp, Hana SL, EAT E-Glo S w/LPS
    Power: AudioQuest Niagara 5000 on dedicated 20 amp/10 gauge circuit
    Wires: AudioQuest William Tell, Earth, Leopard, Tornado
    Resonance & Isolation: Nordost Sort Kones - BC & AC, Herbie's Giant Decoupling Gliders

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