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    Hello from Albany, NY

    I have been reading this forum for a while and I think it offers a high level if expertise in a friendly environment. That is sadly unusual in today's internet and to be treasured.

    Anyone from the New Jersey area will probably recognize the expert hand of John Rutan of Audio Connection in my component selection
    Now its time to get more serious about digital or upgrade to Vandersteen 7s. Decisions, decisions, hard to afford both.

    There are two things you might not notice:
    The American Clay (its clay) on the walls and ceiling was an amazing improvement in acoustics.
    The CAD GC1 was a recent add and an amazing one. I heard the CAD room at Axpona and it was superb. The GC1 transformed the bass in my system which was already pretty darn good given the analog EQ in the powered sub built into the 5A carbons and added some color I never new was missing (sounds more grey when i disconnect it)..
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    "If not now, when?"

    Speakers: Vandersteen 5A Carbon
    Amp: Aesthetix Atlas Eclipse Stereo
    Preamp: Aesthetix Calypso Eclipse
    Source: Ayre Codex DAC, Logitech Transporter streamer
    Power: Audioquest Niagara 1000, CAD Ground Control GC1
    Cables: Audioquest Hurricane on DAC, Audioquest Earth, Audioquest Castlerock
    Room: shared use, American Clay on walls and ceiling

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    Re: Hello from Albany, NY

    Welcome to the forum, thank you for joining.
    Joe

    Wyred 4 Sound STP-SE Stage 2 preamp, NuForce STA200, Accuphase E-650, Misho Myronov Wooden Amp and Wooden preamp, AkitikA GT-102 power amplifier, Valvet E2se, Avantgarde Duo XD, First Watt SIT-3, Luxman MQ-300, Job INTegrated, Job 250 Monos, Cary 300B SE, Klipsch RP-160M, Klipsch RB-75, ModWright Ultimate Sony XA-5400ES, ASL Wave monos, Kimber Kables, Siltech, Cardas, Avanti Audio cables, Burmester 948, Linear Tube Audio MZ2, Naim Supernait 2 w/ HiCap-DR, Lumin U1 mini, McIntosh MCLK12, Conrad Johnson GAT2.

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    Re: Hello from Albany, NY

    Welcome to AudioShark, Backpacker. Nice system you have!

    Ken
    "No summit worth climbing is easily attained."
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    Source: MSB Select II DAC with
    Two Mono Powerbases, Femto 33 Clock,
    Renderer V2 and Roon Nucleus Plus
    Amps: Vandersteen M7-HPA Mono Amps
    Speakers: Vandersteen Model 7 Mk2
    Power: AudioQuest Niagara 7000

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    Re: Hello from Albany, NY

    Welcome Backpacker.

    Vandy 7’s are awesome!


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    My Systems: http://www.audioshark.org/showthread...481#post158481

    "We can hear everything we measure, but we can't measure everything we hear. Let your ears be your guide."

    Dealer for: Aqua Hi-Fi, Audio Research, Aurender, AudioQuest Cables & Power Products, Avantgarde Acoustics, Avid HiFi, Ayre Acoustics, Berkeley Audio Design, Bowers & Wilkins (B&W), Bryston, Chord, Constellation Audio, FirstWatt, Focal Headphones, Furutech, Fyne Audio Loudspeakers, GigaFoil, Gryphon Audio, Harbeth Loudspeakers, Hegel, HiFi Man, iFi Audio, ISO Acoustics, JL Audio, Keces Power Supplies, KL Audio Record Cleaning Machines, Lumin, Luxman, Magico Loudspeakers, MBL Speakers & Electronics, MIT Cables, MSB Technologies, Naim Audio, Ortofon, Pass Labs, Quadraspire, Rega Turntables, Roon Labs, Shunyata Research, SimAudio, SRA, Stein Music Products, Stillpoints, T+A Electronics, VAC, Vicoustics, Viva Audio, VPI Industries.

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    Re: Hello from Albany, NY

    Welcome!
    Main System - Lumin U1, Modwright LS36.5 DM Preamp, Mivera PurePower SE Amp, EMM Labs DAC 2X (ver. 2), Torus RM-20, Thiel CS 3.7s, 2 Rel Storm III subs
    Back-up 1 - Hegel H190 Integrated Amp/DAC, Integra DPS 6.9 Transport, 2 Richard Gray cond, Ohm Microwalsh Talls, Rel Strata III sub
    Back-up 2 - Sherbourn Pre-1, Emotiva XPA 200 Amp, Oppo UDP-203, Vansevers cond, B&W P6s, Rel Q150 sub

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    Re: Hello from Albany, NY

    Welcome, and on the behalf of the site, thanks for the kind words.

    FWIW, there's a dealer in this area who carries Ayre, he tells me the Exogal at $3500 sounds better than the Codex. He was jazzed on that Exogal, sadly I didn't get the chance to hear it yet.
    Aurender ACS10 w/AQ Diamond,
    Mark Levinson #526 & 532h, JBL 4367's
    Clearaudio Performance DC w/Maestro cart
    All Clarus Crimson cabling, AC to binding post. Surgex
    HT: Marantz AV8003, Linn 5125, JBL SAM3ha, Revel s30,
    SVS PC13 Ultra
    Transparent, Analysis Plus & Tributaries. PS Audio filtering
    Sony XBR-75X940D & BDP

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    Re: Hello from Albany, NY

    Quote Originally Posted by Alpinist View Post
    Welcome to AudioShark, Backpacker. Nice system you have!

    Ken
    Thank you!

    Your system intrigues me. I have heard all of the components but not in a single system. And the Select is a bit too dear for my budget anyway. But i bet it sounds phenomenal. I wish Richard would demo with it sometime.
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    "If not now, when?"

    Speakers: Vandersteen 5A Carbon
    Amp: Aesthetix Atlas Eclipse Stereo
    Preamp: Aesthetix Calypso Eclipse
    Source: Ayre Codex DAC, Logitech Transporter streamer
    Power: Audioquest Niagara 1000, CAD Ground Control GC1
    Cables: Audioquest Hurricane on DAC, Audioquest Earth, Audioquest Castlerock
    Room: shared use, American Clay on walls and ceiling

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    Re: Hello from Albany, NY

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Peabody View Post
    Welcome, and on the behalf of the site, thanks for the kind words.

    FWIW, there's a dealer in this area who carries Ayre, he tells me the Exogal at $3500 sounds better than the Codex. He was jazzed on that Exogal, sadly I didn't get the chance to hear it yet.
    Thanks, I was not aware of this one.
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    "If not now, when?"

    Speakers: Vandersteen 5A Carbon
    Amp: Aesthetix Atlas Eclipse Stereo
    Preamp: Aesthetix Calypso Eclipse
    Source: Ayre Codex DAC, Logitech Transporter streamer
    Power: Audioquest Niagara 1000, CAD Ground Control GC1
    Cables: Audioquest Hurricane on DAC, Audioquest Earth, Audioquest Castlerock
    Room: shared use, American Clay on walls and ceiling

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    Re: Hello from Albany, NY

    Hi Backpacker, from another Albanian. I work in Albany and live in Niskayuna. Not sure if we have met before but would enjoy meeting with another local audio enthusiast.
    Paul

    Main Stereo System:

    Sonus Faber Stradivari, McIntosh C1100, MC2301 (2), Esoteric K-01x, Aurender N10, Berkeley Alpha DAC Reference Series 2 MQA, Berkeley Alpha USB, Synergistic Research and Audience Power Conditioners, AZ Absolute Copper interconnects, AZ Absolute speaker cables, AZ Gargantua 2 and Krakatoa PC's, Stillpoints & Symposium shelves under everything.

    Theater System:
    JVC RS400 projector, 100" Stewart Firehawk screen, Oppo 205 & 105D, Audio Physic Classic speakers, JL F113, MC8207 MX136, Synergistic Research Powercell, AZ interconnects, speaker cables and PC's.

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    Re: Hello from Albany, NY

    Quote Originally Posted by Backpacker View Post
    Thank you!

    Your system intrigues me. I have heard all of the components but not in a single system. And the Select is a bit too dear for my budget anyway. But i bet it sounds phenomenal. I wish Richard would demo with it sometime.
    I previously had an ARC Ref CD-9 Player and an Esoteric Grandioso K1/G1 Player/Clock for my sources in conjunction with an ARC Ref 10 Preamp. It sounded wonderful with Vandersteen. But when I traded in these components for the Select II DAC it was game over. The Select II DAC is on another level from any other source I’ve listened to since I got back into the hobby.

    Best,
    Ken
    "No summit worth climbing is easily attained."
    --------------------------------------------
    Source: MSB Select II DAC with
    Two Mono Powerbases, Femto 33 Clock,
    Renderer V2 and Roon Nucleus Plus
    Amps: Vandersteen M7-HPA Mono Amps
    Speakers: Vandersteen Model 7 Mk2
    Power: AudioQuest Niagara 7000

 

 
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