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  1. #1
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    2019 - How did it shape up?

    It was a supposed to be a do nothing year, but looking back it could have not been farther from the truth.

    Overall I benefitted getting more out of my system by addressing power, and adding new sound with analog.

    It’s amazing what ones system can do if you pay attention, and it does not need to cost a small ransom.

    The new decade, 2020 is consideration towards R2R tape 2019 - How did it shape up?2019 - How did it shape up?2019 - How did it shape up?2019 - How did it shape up?2019 - How did it shape up?2019 - How did it shape up?

    Highlights:

    Grounding and cabling:

    -6 AWG copper wire from the switch to cold water pipes

    -Grounding Subpanel (thanks KingRex)

    -Audioquest Dragon Ethernet cables from the modem, to the switch to the Gigafoil V4 to the streamer

    -Nordost Reference tonearm and XLR cables supporting analog, and power cables

    -Furutech 12 and 10 gauge from dedicated circuits to receptacles

    - Shunyata Venom feeding ADD-POWR

    Power:

    - Keces P3 and P8 power supplies

    ADD-POWR: Electra Clear, Symphony Pro’s and a Wizard

    Maybe the Gigafoil, but that could have been 2018, I forget.

    Analog:

    - U Turn Orbit Special

    - Kuzma Stabi R, 4point and 40 cartridge

    - Boulder 508 Phono

    Isolation:

    Adona platform

    Visits:

    - Shunyata
    - Dan D’Agostino
    - RMAF

    There’s sadly more according to my bank account and will have to edit.

    What did you do?







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    Source Analog: Kuzma Stabi R with 4point 11 arm & Kuzma 50 Cartridge
    Source Digital: Aurender N10 | Brinkmann Nyquist MK II
    Amplification: Dan D’Agostino Momentum Pre Amp and Monos | Boulder Phono 508
    Speakers: Wilson Alexias
    Cabling: Nordost Valhalla 2/Odin: power, interconnects & speaker | Ansuz: C2 power & interconnect | Audioquest Diamond RJ45’s
    Power: Nordost QRT series | CAD GC1 | Furutech FP55SN cable from 20 amp breakers to Furutech GTX D NSF packages | Keces P3 & P8 | ADD POWR full series | Environmental Potential EP2050
    Other: HRS M3X | Stillpoints Ultra 6, SS & Mini | Nordost Sort Cones TC & BC | AQ Vox SE switch | etherREGEN | Gigafoil v4 | Vicoustics | Audio Desk Systeme - Gläss








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    Re: 2019 - How did it shape up?

    I lost 10 pounds and then someone found it and returned it to me.

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    Re: 2019 - How did it shape up?

    A few things:

    - Lumin X1 (replaced S1)
    - AQ Diamond Ethernet
    - VPI Fatboy Gimbal 12" (replaced the JMW 3D 10")
    - Ortofon PW TI (replaced Ortofon Cadenza Black)
    - D'Agostino Momentum Pre upgrade to HD
    - Music - Lots of vinyl and some digital files

    Shows:

    - Florida Expo
    - Axpona
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    Mike

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    Re: 2019 - How did it shape up?

    The year went pretty much as I expected.

    -Traded in my original silver Momentum pre-amp for a new black Momentum HD version.
    -Updated my AES/EBU cables for AQ Diamonds.
    -Moved my Shunyata power cords to my digital gear and replaced them with Transparent Opus for my amps.
    -Added a switch and optical module from Small Green Computer and replaced a long ethernet run with fiber optics.
    Jim

    D'Agostino Momentum M-400's & HD Pre-amp
    Wilson Alexandria X2 Series 2 speakers
    Digital: dCS Vivaldi DAC, Clock & Upsampler
    Analog: SME 20/3 with Esoteric E-03 Phono
    Transparent Opus Speaker Cable & Interconnects & Opus Power Cords
    Power Cords on Digital: Shunyata
    Power Conditioner - Shunyata Everest

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    Re: 2019 - How did it shape up?

    I had a fun year

    Started out experimenting with PCs
    Pangea, PS Audio, Cullen and recently Shunyata
    Wife gave me a Rega P3 for my birthday
    Luxman 505uxii I bought as my Xmas present
    moved my Dynaudio 82s back into the main system
    bought, played with and rolled a few pairs of vintage speakers
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    Brian

    Main System -
    Rotel 1072 CDP / Rega P3 > Luxman 505UX Mark II > Dynaudio Audience 82s > Synergistic Cables

    Secondary - OPPO 93 > VAC CLA 1 MKII Pre > Odyssey Stratos > JM Labs Tantal 509s > Tara Labs Cables


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    Re: 2019 - How did it shape up?

    I only bought one shotgun this year and after a 45 plus years in railroading I'll be retiring next year ......................
    Cheers ! …. Dave

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    2019 - How did it shape up?

    After 25 years, sold my IT consulting business since the audio biz is occupying all my time. I remember when I left the closing, I don’t even know how I got home. It was a bit of a shock to the system. But it’s all good! Just hard to believe my baby is gone.

    Between the store, the show and more, I’m maxed out now and as busy as ever.

    Made a wholesale change in my system. Got myself a new turntable and Phonostage.

    Family wise, all is good, as good as it can be with a teenage daughter. LOL. Still playing hockey three times a week and got out a few times to golf this year.

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    Re: 2019 - How did it shape up?

    At age 70, I retired this year. April 30th was my last working day. Since then I was just kicking back, and wondering how to spend the rest of my life. Around the end of October I developed an intense, unbearable pain in my side. It was so bad I called an ambulance and went to the hospital. Other than a motorcycle wreck, that was the first time I went to the hospital since I was eight. Turned out to be a kidney stone. WTF! Where did that come from.

    Anyway, I hope that is all behind me now, and I need to again start thinking about what to do in the future. Yesterday I received a $310k inheritance, so that was a pleasant surprise.
    Bud

    Lumin X1 file player
    Sony XA-5400ES SACD
    Pass XP-22 pre, X600.5 amps
    Magico S5 MKII Mcast Rose speakers, SPOD spikes

    Shunyata Triton v3/Typhon QR for preamp, Denali 2000 (2) for amps
    Shunyata Sigma XLR analog ICs, Sigma speaker cables
    Shunyata Sigma HC (2), Sigma Analog, Sigma Digital, Z Anaconda (3) power cables

    Mapleshade Samson V.3 four shelf solid maple rack, Micropoint brass footers
    Three 20 amp circuits.

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    2019 - How did it shape up?

    MSB Discrete
    Roon Nucleus
    Gigafoil
    Keces P3
    A couple of AQ Hurricanes and completed the loom.

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    Re: 2019 - How did it shape up?

    Home theatre is fully operational now. Can't spend enough time in there. I just love it.
    I'm down to one hockey game week.

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    Re: 2019 - How did it shape up?

    What hasn't changed during 2019 is my general preference for tube amplification and analog sources. Having owned Kii Threes over the past year gave me a newfound appreciation for DSP and active speakers when done at this level. I'm on a horn kick now (quasi-horn, to be exact). Another eye-opener coming from direct radiators and 'stats. Jump factor in spades opening another dimension closer towards 'realness' or 'live' sound like I've not experienced in my own system. In 2019 I also discovered the joys of transimpedance phono amplification via B.M.C. and Channel D.
    Simon Yorke S10 | Koetsu Urushi Tsugaru | AcousticPlan PhonoMaster | Muse Model Two | Innuous ZEN Mini Mk II | Valvet Soulshine2 | Valvet E2 | Avantgarde Uno Fino XD

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    Re: 2019 - How did it shape up?

    only one major project in 2019... i completely migrated the digital front end from a computer to a purpose built audio transport whose only function is to run roon ROCK. part of that project was to revamp the ethernet network supporting the digital source chain which included installing optical fiber. when complete, this made a huge impact on the SQ of my system which can be attributed to the drastic reduction in electrical noise achieved.

    now for 2020... so many project from which to choose:

    > add an analog source
    > repurpose the basement rec-room to an audio listening room with a HT as well
    > add a second integrated amp to the stable -- maybe a SS, class-A
    > improve power supply to the system

    hard to decide!!
    kanjiroba yak + roon rock > t+a dac8 dsd > almarro a318b > viking acoustics berlin r mk2 | alp-tone audio analog cables
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