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    Quote Originally Posted by duynguyen7307 View Post
    Hi guys, I'm considering to put the Ansuz XTC after my current toroidal isolation transformer. May I have an advice on this configuration.
    Sound and performance wise it's of course difficult to make a recommendation without testing, but as a personal opinion and how I would like my own system to be I feel there's one component too much in your suggested configuration. Maybe sell the Toroidal and get a Mainz 8 higher up the ladder instead (for example the Mainz 8 A2 or C2)?
    Streamer: Lumin T2, Integrated amplifier: Ypsilon Phaethon, Speakers: PMC Fact.8, Foundation: Ansuz cables, power distributor and mechanical grounding.

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    In the last few days I've made a great deal, I managed to score a second hand Mainz 8 D2 and at the same time pass my C2 on to a friend. Some serious money in between of course, as always when it comes to our favorite brand from Denmark, but I figured it could be worth it.

    I remember when I decided to go for the C2 that it felt like a good place to be, it was about what I could afford at the time and I also wanted to stay on a "sane" level as I was replacing all of my gear. People that had tried both claimed the D2 to be much better of course. A few months later Frits came to Stockholm to demo all the new goodies, switching between C2 and D2 I immediately felt poor because I realised I had to go there one day. It was that obvious.

    With Ansuz as we all know, there's always a level above to keep dreaming about. Today my dream of that next level became real. It's not that the C2 is not any good, it most definitely is, but the D2 is just something else. As usual. I know some of you here are blessed with the DTC, which is yet another step, and then comes the mighty DTC Supreme of course, but every level is a personal achievement and I'm very very happy about having done this one.

    And the best thing is that my friend is now slowly discovering the world of Ansuz. I'm almost as happy for him as I am for myself...

    I'm actually in evaluation mode of new speakers, this just happened to drop in my knee and when I realised I could make it happen I couldn't resist. The immediate and spontaneous feeling when plugging the D2 in and having a first listen was something like "woaahh, do I really need new speakers?!". It made such a dramatic difference and improvement it's almost difficult to believe it's the same system. Well, new speakers is still on the list, and I actually listened to something very promising earlier today. We'll see what happens there....

    Anyway, if someone is thinking about upgrading to D2, don't hesitate!
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    Streamer: Lumin T2, Integrated amplifier: Ypsilon Phaethon, Speakers: PMC Fact.8, Foundation: Ansuz cables, power distributor and mechanical grounding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VoicesInMyHead View Post
    In the last few days I've made a great deal, I managed to score a second hand Mainz 8 D2 and at the same time pass my C2 on to a friend. Some serious money in between of course, as always when it comes to our favorite brand from Denmark, but I figured it could be worth it.

    I remember when I decided to go for the C2 that it felt like a good place to be, it was about what I could afford at the time and I also wanted to stay on a "sane" level as I was replacing all of my gear. People that had tried both claimed the D2 to be much better of course. A few months later Frits came to Stockholm to demo all the new goodies, switching between C2 and D2 I immediately felt poor because I realised I had to go there one day. It was that obvious.

    With Ansuz as we all know, there's always a level above to keep dreaming about. Today my dream of that next level became real. It's not that the C2 is not any good, it most definitely is, but the D2 is just something else. As usual. I know some of you here are blessed with the DTC, which is yet another step, and then comes the mighty DTC Supreme of course, but every level is a personal achievement and I'm very very happy about having done this one.

    And the best thing is that my friend is now slowly discovering the world of Ansuz. I'm almost as happy for him as I am for myself...

    I'm actually in evaluation mode of new speakers, this just happened to drop in my knee and when I realised I could make it happen I couldn't resist. The immediate and spontaneous feeling when plugging the D2 in and having a first listen was something like "woaahh, do I really need new speakers?!". It made such a dramatic difference and improvement it's almost difficult to believe it's the same system. Well, new speakers is still on the list, and I actually listened to something very promising earlier today. We'll see what happens there....

    Anyway, if someone is thinking about upgrading to D2, don't hesitate!
    I'm in the middle of a downsizing exercise. I've replaced 3 Mainz DTC PC's with C2's and went back from a Mainz8 DTC to a D8. I've got 3 Digitalz DTC's and a USB DTC to dispose of. Going from a Chord stack to a Naim Nova eliminated the need for the cables.
    I realized that I'd gone too far when I sold my Aurender N10 so I obtained a Lumin X1.
    I'm replacing Nordost Haimdall 2 Ethernets with Ansuz D2, A2 and X Ethernets and upgrading my home network with an AQVOX switch and a GigaFoil Ethernet filter. Upgrading my network has made a significant difference and it's satisfying to make a difference equal to upgrading an expensive device for such a small investment.
    Using a D2 and the GigaFoil between the switch and the Nova gives the Nova an advantage over the magnificent X1 fed with an A2.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Leatherneck View Post
    I'm in the middle of a downsizing exercise. I've replaced 3 Mainz DTC PC's with C2's and went back from a Mainz8 DTC to a D8. I've got 3 Digitalz DTC's and a USB DTC to dispose of. Going from a Chord stack to a Naim Nova eliminated the need for the cables.
    I realized that I'd gone too far when I sold my Aurender N10 so I obtained a Lumin X1.
    I'm replacing Nordost Haimdall 2 Ethernets with Ansuz D2, A2 and X Ethernets and upgrading my home network with an AQVOX switch and a GigaFoil Ethernet filter. Upgrading my network has made a significant difference and it's satisfying to make a difference equal to upgrading an expensive device for such a small investment.
    Using a D2 and the GigaFoil between the switch and the Nova gives the Nova an advantage over the magnificent X1 fed with an A2.
    That's a serious downsizing project Bud, almost more of a U-turn I'd say, I did something similar a year ago but nowhere near downgrading like that. I went a more minimalistic direction but I'm still keeping the foundation of power and power distribution as high as possible, no plans at all to change that. Speaker and signal cables are currently at A2 level though. It's always fun to change a few things out and go in another direction, it's after all a hobby and we're not supposed to sit still for too long...
    Streamer: Lumin T2, Integrated amplifier: Ypsilon Phaethon, Speakers: PMC Fact.8, Foundation: Ansuz cables, power distributor and mechanical grounding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VoicesInMyHead View Post
    That's a serious downsizing project Bud, almost more of a U-turn I'd say, I did something similar a year ago but nowhere near downgrading like that. I went a more minimalistic direction but I'm still keeping the foundation of power and power distribution as high as possible, no plans at all to change that. Speaker and signal cables are currently at A2 level though. It's always fun to change a few things out and go in another direction, it's after all a hobby and we're not supposed to sit still for too long...
    Because of age and health issues, I'm downsizing my system to a more manageable investment. I'm also sleeping better at night w/o thinking about the insane amount of money I'd spent on just cables.
    I've gone back to focusing on the music not the hardware.
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    Hi. I'm not too familiar with the Torroidal isolation transformer, but what I could find on the web it's a sort of power conditioner. The philosophy in Ansuz is different than most power conditioners. In most cases the power distributioner and an external conditioner doesn't go very well together. "Mains current noise is delicate matter, if you use too strong tools you also remove the music transients that keeps the music alive." My own experiences is that by adding power conditioners it will take out some of the drive and dynamics in order to "purify" the sound.

    But in the end there is only one way to find out if it works or not. Try it in the system with the conditioner, try it without the conditioner and try the conditioner without the XTC.
    Anyway I would recommend you to use your best cable from the wall socket to the XTC since that cable is what sets the standard for the rest of your system.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VoicesInMyHead View Post
    In the last few days I've made a great deal, I managed to score a second hand Mainz 8 D2 and at the same time pass my C2 on to a friend. Some serious money in between of course, as always when it comes to our favorite brand from Denmark, but I figured it could be worth it.

    I remember when I decided to go for the C2 that it felt like a good place to be, it was about what I could afford at the time and I also wanted to stay on a "sane" level as I was replacing all of my gear. People that had tried both claimed the D2 to be much better of course. A few months later Frits came to Stockholm to demo all the new goodies, switching between C2 and D2 I immediately felt poor because I realised I had to go there one day. It was that obvious.

    With Ansuz as we all know, there's always a level above to keep dreaming about. Today my dream of that next level became real. It's not that the C2 is not any good, it most definitely is, but the D2 is just something else. As usual. I know some of you here are blessed with the DTC, which is yet another step, and then comes the mighty DTC Supreme of course, but every level is a personal achievement and I'm very very happy about having done this one.

    And the best thing is that my friend is now slowly discovering the world of Ansuz. I'm almost as happy for him as I am for myself...

    I'm actually in evaluation mode of new speakers, this just happened to drop in my knee and when I realised I could make it happen I couldn't resist. The immediate and spontaneous feeling when plugging the D2 in and having a first listen was something like "woaahh, do I really need new speakers?!". It made such a dramatic difference and improvement it's almost difficult to believe it's the same system. Well, new speakers is still on the list, and I actually listened to something very promising earlier today. We'll see what happens there....

    Anyway, if someone is thinking about upgrading to D2, don't hesitate!

    Thanks for the update. Looks like you are pleased with the deal.


    I’m also an Ansuz Mainz8 D2 owner and I am delighted with my unit. The progression for me was Nordost QBase 8 to Ansuz Mainz8-D to Ansuz Mainz8 D2.

    Yes I would have loved a Mainz8 D-TC or better still the new Mainz8 Supreme – but the price points were beyond my reach. Maybe one day.


    Do treat your D2 to some nice footers. I have Darkz D-TC under my unit and have some Darkz T2 Supreme on back order.

    Inspired by some recent AS digital posts I’m popping into an Ansuz dealer next week to collect an Ethernet cable. It just never ends – but if the sound quality keeps on improving, why would I want it to?
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    Quote Originally Posted by kiwi_1282001 View Post
    Thanks for the update. Looks like you are pleased with the deal.


    I’m also an Ansuz Mainz8 D2 owner and I am delighted with my unit. The progression for me was Nordost QBase 8 to Ansuz Mainz8-D to Ansuz Mainz8 D2.

    Yes I would have loved a Mainz8 D-TC or better still the new Mainz8 Supreme – but the price points were beyond my reach. Maybe one day.


    Do treat your D2 to some nice footers. I have Darkz D-TC under my unit and have some Darkz T2 Supreme on back order.

    Inspired by some recent AS digital posts I’m popping into an Ansuz dealer next week to collect an Ethernet cable. It just never ends – but if the sound quality keeps on improving, why would I want it to?



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    For some time now I've owned Chord Super Serum Interconnects. They've survived numerous purges to my system because I like Chord and especially these. Now I'm thinking since I've moved on to Ansuz I should think about upgrading the Super Serums.

    First I thought about moving up to Chord Musics or something like them from Nordost. However, what I'd be getting is the same sound with a bit more polish. Not anything different.

    Apparently, I'd get differences with Ansuz. To recap, what i seem to read is that Ansuz isn't as detailed or quiet but provides a more pleasant listening experience that's unique.

    Can anyone give me their opinion of Ansuz Signalz IC's and perhaps a comparison between C2's vs D2's?
    Bud
    Naim SN2 Integrated Amp - Naim NDX2 Streamer/DAC - Naim HiCap DR Power Supply - Naim Uniti Nova all-in-one - Lumin L1 Library module - Harbeth 30.2 40th Anniversary Speakers - Skylan speaker stands - Quadraspire SVT Equipment Stand - Naim Super Lumina Speaker Cables - Ansuz D2 DIN IC - Ansuz Mainz A2 power distributor - Ansuz C2 Power Cables. - Ansuz Ethernet Cables - AQVOX Network Switch - Nordost Heimdall 2 Headphone Cables - Sennheiser HD-800S and Audeze LCD 4 headphones

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    Bud, you've been on quite an Ansuz journey, then scaling down drastically, are you now thinking about "coming back" again?

    I came from Chord Sarum to Ansuz POM & Ceramic a few years ago, the newer Sarum models were not available at the time so I don't know anything about their performance, but at the time the change to Ansuz was not a subtle change for me, it was in fact my first steps into what I consider myself to be high-end audio, almost a kind of revelation actually and after that nothing was ever the same anymore.
    Streamer: Lumin T2, Integrated amplifier: Ypsilon Phaethon, Speakers: PMC Fact.8, Foundation: Ansuz cables, power distributor and mechanical grounding.

 

 
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