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    Old Newbie

    I guess I would have to describe myself as an Old Newbie of sorts. Back in my college days my first audio investment was a DUAL 1229 turntable. When I had my first post-college job for a while I took a day off and arrived at the local audio store with a few records under my arm. That was when I bought my Cizek Model 1's. Forward a couple of years and I had a friend with a pair of Dahlquist DQ-10s. We would go down to the same store and listen to stuff and hang out. That was when I bought my NAD 3020 amp and a Yamaha turntable.

    But I moved away, and though I added a CD player (Sony) when that was the new thing, between different houses and responsibilities it all was put aside.

    Time kept passing - a few decades - and circumstances always change. I finally was in the position to set up a new system. Not that I had a clue about anything any longer, the whole digital world had happened in the meanwhile. I got online, and I read and I read - though not AudioShark, I must confess. And I read some more. Once I had some ideas what I wanted to listen to I made a trip to the local audio dealer that fortunately carried both items I wanted to check out. He moved the speakers out front, hooked them up to the electronics I was interested in, and we listened.

    While I was completely familiar with Dire Straits Brothers in Arms (or so I thought), I certainly never heard it like that before. 8-)

    A few weeks later I ordered my first component, the NAD Master Series M32 Direct Digital Amplifier with the DD BluOS module. A couple of months after that I ordered my speakers, through the store again of course. Magnepan 1.7i's. That was the combination I had been listening to.

    I ripped my CD's (again) to FLAC and shared them on my home network. Subscribed to Tidal. Since then I have been having fun! 8-)

    I must confess that I never managed the best job of setting up the Magnepan's in my very problematic living room. Yes, I have Jim Smith's book and DVD set. Offsetting that are my ears, which were never golden and have only gone down hill. But music still sounds good.

    (I have to add that I am not a true audiophile, as one feature of my M32 that helped me choose it is that, being an integrated amp with its own DAC, it is quite immune to upgrades. NAD says that it is D through and through, and only goes to A at the speaker outputs.)

    When I get farther along I will have questions about picking my next listening room between two candidates in the house I am buying. But that is for another day.

    RH in CT
    NAD Master Series M32 Direct Digital Amplifier with the DD BluOS module.
    Magnepan 1.7i speakers.
    Tidal, and CDs ripped to FLAC on the network.
    Wired Ethernet to amp, computer with rips, and internet with Tidal
    iPad to control all playback via BluOS.
    Tired old ears. 8-)

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    Re: Old Newbie

    Quote Originally Posted by RHinCT View Post
    I guess I would have to describe myself as an Old Newbie of sorts. Back in my college days my first audio investment was a DUAL 1229 turntable. When I had my first post-college job for a while I took a day off and arrived at the local audio store with a few records under my arm. That was when I bought my Cizek Model 1's. Forward a couple of years and I had a friend with a pair of Dahlquist DQ-10s. We would go down to the same store and listen to stuff and hang out. That was when I bought my NAD 3020 amp and a Yamaha turntable.

    But I moved away, and though I added a CD player (Sony) when that was the new thing, between different houses and responsibilities it all was put aside.

    Time kept passing - a few decades - and circumstances always change. I finally was in the position to set up a new system. Not that I had a clue about anything any longer, the whole digital world had happened in the meanwhile. I got online, and I read and I read - though not AudioShark, I must confess. And I read some more. Once I had some ideas what I wanted to listen to I made a trip to the local audio dealer that fortunately carried both items I wanted to check out. He moved the speakers out front, hooked them up to the electronics I was interested in, and we listened.

    While I was completely familiar with Dire Straits Brothers in Arms (or so I thought), I certainly never heard it like that before. 8-)

    A few weeks later I ordered my first component, the NAD Master Series M32 Direct Digital Amplifier with the DD BluOS module. A couple of months after that I ordered my speakers, through the store again of course. Magnepan 1.7i's. That was the combination I had been listening to.

    I ripped my CD's (again) to FLAC and shared them on my home network. Subscribed to Tidal. Since then I have been having fun! 8-)

    I must confess that I never managed the best job of setting up the Magnepan's in my very problematic living room. Yes, I have Jim Smith's book and DVD set. Offsetting that are my ears, which were never golden and have only gone down hill. But music still sounds good.

    (I have to add that I am not a true audiophile, as one feature of my M32 that helped me choose it is that, being an integrated amp with its own DAC, it is quite immune to upgrades. NAD says that it is D through and through, and only goes to A at the speaker outputs.)

    When I get farther along I will have questions about picking my next listening room between two candidates in the house I am buying. But that is for another day.

    RH in CT
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    Re: Old Newbie

    Hello & welcome
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    Re: Old Newbie

    Welcome aboard. Enjoy your stay at the best forum around.
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    Re: Old Newbie

    Welcome !
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    Re: Old Newbie

    Welcome as well!
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    Back-up 1 - Hegel H190 Integrated Amp/DAC, Oppo 103D, 2 Richard Gray cond, Ohm Microwalsh Talls, Rel Strata III sub
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    Re: Old Newbie

    Been there, done that. It sounds like you are quoting a little from my history a few years removed. Enjoy the journey!
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