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    Re: Put together a dream $12,000 system for me...

    Quote Originally Posted by aKnyght View Post
    ...i have also listed a higher priced speaker that i would consider as an alternative:

    speaker upgrade:
    $12,500 ... viking acoustics briton III halvdan ...price is also msrp.
    for sale directly from Viking... $8,250
    https://www.audiogon.com/listings/li...riton-monitors

    also, from time-to-time dealers / manufacturers have demos and trade-ins which can be veritable bargains...
    https://www.viking-acoustics.com/instrument-grande-voix
    https://www.audiogon.com/listings/li...ton-full-range

    in doing exhaustive research your audio dollar will go farther than you might otherwise expect.
    kanjiroba 6883-yak + roon rock > t+a dac 8 dsd > almarro a318b > viking acoustics berlin r mk-ii | alp-tone audio alp.wE cables


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    Re: Put together a dream $12,000 system for me...

    While discussed in other forum threads, I question the wisdom of buying an "integrated" that has a DAC in it.
    How often has anyone here changed their DAC in the last several years?
    I can see that it is a simple one box solution that will appeal to some but as technology, especially in the digital realm, continues to evolve at a rapid pace I feel that a person would be "tying their hands" with such a piece.
    YMMV
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    A trusty old Pioneer PD-65 as a Transport, A MicroRendui, a Merrill Heirloom T.T. as sources. A Lampizator DAC to PAD Cables to a SP-14 Tubed PreAmp, Coincident Frankenstein 300B monoblocks, & or Valvet E-2, Fusion speaker cables, AudioKinesis Zephryn 46 Speakers. pair Rythmik F-12 subs, EP2050, DCCA Furutech and Kaplan Power cables, APC power conditioner, Two dedicated 20Amp power lines. DIY corner traps and Acoustic Geometry Curves for room treatment.

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    Re: Put together a dream $12,000 system for me...

    Quote Originally Posted by aKnyght View Post
    for sale directly from Viking... $8,250
    https://www.audiogon.com/listings/li...riton-monitors

    also, from time-to-time dealers / manufacturers have demos and trade-ins which can be veritable bargains...
    https://www.viking-acoustics.com/instrument-grande-voix
    https://www.audiogon.com/listings/li...ton-full-range

    in doing exhaustive research your audio dollar will go farther than you might otherwise expect.

    Viking recommends as a min,

    1. 1.5 Watt Tooby power or
    2. 50 watt min SS to drive this model ..


    run ...

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    Re: Put together a dream $12,000 system for me...

    Quote Originally Posted by jadedavid View Post
    While discussed in other forum threads, I question the wisdom of buying an "integrated" that has a DAC in it.
    How often has anyone here changed their DAC in the last several years?
    I can see that it is a simple one box solution that will appeal to some but as technology, especially in the digital realm, continues to evolve at a rapid pace I feel that a person would be "tying their hands" with such a piece.
    YMMV
    Yea,but we're getting started here and many of them have inputs and outputs to add a stand alone dac at a later date.
    Meridian dsp8000,(Usher Be-20dmd, Vienna Acoustics Strauss, for sale)VA Beethivens, , Hegel h360, rega jupiter, roon nucleus, revox tuner.

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    Re: Put together a dream $12,000 system for me...

    I should clarify, I consider an "online dealer" those who sell almost exclusive online via a website and magazine. I've not ever used them for the reasons mentioned. I have bought from retailers, B&M, who happen to sell online, or would if no dealer in the area with the line. As an example, long before I knew of Mike, I purchased my Conrad Johnson gear from a dealer now out of business called Spearit Sound. The guy who helped me knew his stuff and would allow a return if I didn't like the gear. I don't consider someone like that a "online dealer/retailer". However, if looking for a certain line or in an area not being serviced, these types of dealers can be a real asset.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Peabody View Post
    Merrill of Merrill Audio allows in home audition. He builds very good Class D amps. Easily in your budget.
    Cara preamp - $3500.00
    Taranis power amp - $2500.00 or Thor Monblocks $5k. He also has some 5 digit price points if you change your mind and go crazy
    Speakers like I already mentioned would work, Revel Monitor Audio, Dynaudio who has a variety of lines and price points.

    Cary Audio sells direct if interested in tubes and allows a 60 day time to audition. Their gear has a "house" sound, as many brands do. So take that time. In addition, they need plenty of break in.

    If not working with a local though, I'd find someone who has several brands to offer and the expertise to steer you in the right direction. If only we knew anyone like that around here, LOL

    There are other online retailers, my experience has been they will not recommend one brand over another, don't have the experience with the gear to tell you about the sound or want to sell the flavor of the day. I'm not just saying that, in the past I've bought gear from East coast to West coast dealers but never from an online retailer for the reasons mentioned. if I'm buying I have to be comfortable with the person selling. Now I have a local guy I work with.
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    Re: Put together a dream $12,000 system for me...

    I would pick the Devialet Expert 140 Pro ($6500) for myself. It hits all the feature checkboxes except ripping CDs but I assume you plan to use your computer for that. It sounds incredibly good and pulls out amazing amounts of detail with a very balanced and neutral sound. If you want a nicer streaming music user interface, you can front it with Roon.

    For speakers, I might go with the Acoustic Zen Adagios ($4500) or Salk Sound Veracity HT3 ($6500). Although the Veracity HT3 sensitivity is pretty low and it would put you slightly over your $12k budget. A friend of mine likes Spendor and their D7 ($6400) may also be a good choice; the D7 is also in the Devialet SAM database.
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    Re: Put together a dream $12,000 system for me...

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    "I heard more good sound in the Trends Electronics / Elac room, where Elac's wireless-capable (but wired at the show) Navis ARF-51 3-way powered speakers ($CA6400) were delivering big sound and deep, pounding bass. Each driver in the Navis is powered by an amp (bass, midrange, and tweeter: 160Wpc, 100Wpc, and 40Wpc, respectively) which might help explain the clarity and force I heard across the frequency range. Electronic bass whomps never overwhelmed softer sounds such as delicate cymbal trails, which were allowed to express themselves without interruption. Downstream components included Alchemy by Elac's DDP-2 preamplifier/DAC/streamer ($CA3000) and Discover server ($CA1500), which streamed music from what appeared to be the most commonly used streaming platform among exhibitors: Tidal. Cabling was provided by Audioquest."

    Read more at https://www.stereophile.com/content/...RG5gWaRqexD.99
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    Re: Put together a dream $12,000 system for me...

    If you use a laptop or other digital source already maybe the Kii speakers would be an option. They are about $11k. Connect your laptop and stream Qobus.

    Not really sure if this works.
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    Re: Put together a dream $12,000 system for me...

    I agree with a. Wayne. If you invest some time and effort , you can build a very nice $25K system for $12Kish used....Most gear will last forever. Why not buy with the depreciation at someone else's expense....
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    Re: Put together a dream $12,000 system for me...

    Audiovector QR5 - 3350 USD
    Primare I35 Prisma | Integrated amplifier and streaming module - 3350 USD
    Ansuz cables and accesories : 2x powercord, speakerwires, ethernet cable, Mainz 8 X power distributioner and 3x darkz A. - 5700 USD

    Pricing is not 100% right though

    Total price : 12.400 usd
    Scansonic MB-1, Aavik U-300, Sony CD Player as transport, mixture of ansuz cables in different qualities, Ansuz Mainz X Power Distribution, Ansuz Power Distribution for DTC cables

 

 
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