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    Re: A few quick photos of a system in flux - Duo XD ...

    Quote Originally Posted by joeinid View Post
    Hi,

    I have to say that I’m extremely happy with them.

    The McIntosh gear that I had was good but gone now. Not because it was bad or anything, I just found gear I enjoyed more on my Duo.

    I also sold my Bricasti dac. I’m looking forward to getting something a little smoother and sweeter dac-wise.

    My Duo are phenomenal performers. For me, best solid state amp is my SIT-3. I’m trying to get my hands on a pair of SIT-1 monos as was recommended to me. The Accuphase and Valvet are wonderful too but a little more neutral.

    My GAT2 works perfectly with my SIT3. Other amps with the gat2 have too much gain.

    The Misho wooden combo is superb, best tube combo for my Duo. The Luxman MQ300 is superb also, a little sweeter and meatier than other tube gear. I love rotating through the different combinations of gear because it keeps it fresh.

    Low gain, low noise gear is a must but damn, there’s a concert in my room every night.

    Avantgarde speakers are a destination. If you are the least bit curious, definitely check them out. A proper demo will blow you away.

    thanks for the detailed response! i would love to demo - did you fly down to mike's?

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    Re: A few quick photos of a system in flux - Duo XD ...

    No, I had decided a long time ago that’s what I wanted after hearing Uno XD at a local audiophile’s home. I could not stop thinking about them. The stars aligned and was able to finally get a pair. I took a bit of a chance but I was extremely confident. Absolutely no regret.
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    Conrad Johnson GAT2, Wyred 4 Sound STP-SE Stage 2, Misho Myronov Wooden pre, Linear Tube Audio MZ2.

    First Watt SIT-1 monos, Misho Myronov Wooden amp, First Watt SIT-3, Luxman MQ-300, Job 250 Monos, Valvet E2se, NuForce STA200, AkitikA GT-102 amp, Cary 300B SE monos, ASL Wave monos, Dennis Had 45 monos.

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    Re: A few quick photos of a system in flux - Duo XD ...

    Joe
    Any current photos of your current setup? From this last post there have been many changes since the inception of this thread.
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    Re: A few quick photos of a system in flux - Duo XD ...

    I’ll have to straighten up a little and take a few photos.

    Since I rotate gear in and out, I’m not as organized as I should be.
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    Re: A few quick photos of a system in flux - Duo XD ...

    So Joe, the SIT-1s, SIT-3, or Wood? GAT2, Stage 2, or Wood? Any decisions on direction for DAC? Inquiring minds want to know ....

    Still loving the Stage 2 here... I personally believe you should try out a T+A amp with your Duo's... it would surprise you. Been having fun playing around on the dark side (vinyl). Certainly not the same level as my digital but very nostalgic for me.

    By the way, at first I thought the orange was a bit over the top but the more I look at them the more I consider them to look rather awesome!
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    Re: A few quick photos of a system in flux - Duo XD ...

    Thank you Randy!

    No ultimate decision on a dac. But, MSB is very high on the list for next year. Chord and a few others might command a demo but I’m not in a rush, financially speaking.

    The Avantgarde are funny. Tube amps pretty much rule, but very high powered SS can be a little hard or glassy. Low to medium power SS and tubes like First Watt, VAC, Luxman, Valvet, Misho Wooden, etc. are glorious.

    The GAT2, STP-SE stage 2 and Misho Wooden preamp are all spectacular depending on gain of amp.

    GAT2 with Luxman and First Watt is insanely good.
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    Avantgarde Duo XD, Klipsch RB-75, Klipsch RP-160M, JBL 590.

    Accuphase E-650 w/ Dac, Job INTegrated, Naim Supernait 2 w/ HiCap-DR.

    Conrad Johnson GAT2, Wyred 4 Sound STP-SE Stage 2, Misho Myronov Wooden pre, Linear Tube Audio MZ2.

    First Watt SIT-1 monos, Misho Myronov Wooden amp, First Watt SIT-3, Luxman MQ-300, Job 250 Monos, Valvet E2se, NuForce STA200, AkitikA GT-102 amp, Cary 300B SE monos, ASL Wave monos, Dennis Had 45 monos.

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    Re: A few quick photos of a system in flux - Duo XD ...

    Quote Originally Posted by joeinid View Post
    Thank you Randy!

    No ultimate decision on a dac. But, MSB is very high on the list for next year. Chord and a few others might command a demo but I’m not in a rush, financially speaking.

    The Avantgarde are funny. Tube amps pretty much rule, but very high powered SS can be a little hard or glassy. Low to medium power SS and tubes like First Watt, VAC, Luxman, Valvet, Misho Wooden, etc. are glorious.

    The GAT2, STP-SE stage 2 and Misho Wooden preamp are all spectacular depending on gain of amp.

    GAT2 with Luxman and First Watt is insanely good.
    Nice... I'm sure the First Watt amps are spectacular! I would love to compare this little T+A ; I know a different league but it did beat out the Audio Mirrors in my view, which I never imagined would happen. I just had to give it time to break in .

    The MSB would definitely be on my list. I would love to know how much better they are then my T+A. I bet the rest of my system is not good enough to appreciate the difference.
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    Re: A few quick photos of a system in flux - Duo XD ...

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    Thank you Randy!

    No ultimate decision on a dac. But, MSB is very high on the list for next year. Chord and a few others might command a demo but I’m not in a rush, financially speaking.
    Hey Joe, you should check out the rockna wavedream signature. I was looking at chord (upgraded from a qbd76 hdsd - the flagship before the dave) and ultimately settled for the rockna. it's incredible.
    I ended up getting the matching wavedream net server and i have just been blown away by the performance. I am genuinely shocked at what difference the server made esp since I am not even using it in i2s output just yet. It's really been one of the biggest audio revelations I've had - a computer is a computer is a computer so I thought...Even if you go with another dac, I feel like servers should be experimented with.

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    Re: A few quick photos of a system in flux - Duo XD ...

    I’ve seen demos on YouTube of the rockna, it seems very impressive. By the time I make a decision, I’m sure there will be a few more to get my attention.

    Thank you for the recommendation.


    Quote Originally Posted by Skanda View Post
    Hey Joe, you should check out the rockna wavedream signature. I was looking at chord (upgraded from a qbd76 hdsd - the flagship before the dave) and ultimately settled for the rockna. it's incredible.
    I ended up getting the matching wavedream net server and i have just been blown away by the performance. I am genuinely shocked at what difference the server made esp since I am not even using it in i2s output just yet. It's really been one of the biggest audio revelations I've had - a computer is a computer is a computer so I thought...Even if you go with another dac, I feel like servers should be experimented with.
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    Accuphase E-650 w/ Dac, Job INTegrated, Naim Supernait 2 w/ HiCap-DR.

    Conrad Johnson GAT2, Wyred 4 Sound STP-SE Stage 2, Misho Myronov Wooden pre, Linear Tube Audio MZ2.

    First Watt SIT-1 monos, Misho Myronov Wooden amp, First Watt SIT-3, Luxman MQ-300, Job 250 Monos, Valvet E2se, NuForce STA200, AkitikA GT-102 amp, Cary 300B SE monos, ASL Wave monos, Dennis Had 45 monos.

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    Re: A few quick photos of a system in flux - Duo XD ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Skanda View Post
    I ended up getting the matching wavedream net server and i have just been blown away by the performance. I am genuinely shocked at what difference the server made esp since I am not even using it in i2s output just yet. It's really been one of the biggest audio revelations I've had - a computer is a computer is a computer so I thought...Even if you go with another dac, I feel like servers should be experimented with.
    No-ho way-hey .

    As you write, the server is part of your source. Same way as if you use a suboptimal turn table with a top cart.

    The server has huge influence.


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