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  1. #211
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    Re: My Current System Pics...

    Currently listening to Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation album. I was 14 when this album came out.


    I remember my brother blasting this album on his system consisting of a Pioneer's VSX-4400 receiver back from 1988 (which I still have and use) along with a Realistic 10-band LED EQ with "IMX" Expander and a pair of Realistic Mach II's. It sounded really good considering. Very loud (for a tiny 10x12 bedroom) with loads of thumping bass with those Mach II's crammed into the corners on top of a couple of dressers.


    Then one time when no one was home... That's a lie. It was actually several times. LOL! I snuck this CD into the living room where my father's system was, consisting of the TOTL Technics SU-8099 integrated amp (which I still have and need to recap), Azden GX-50 10-band EQ, and Klipsch Cornwall's. I blasted the heck out of that system and it sounded extremely good! Loud, crisp, clear and powerful. The bass was a little leaner but was more impactful. It had more of that tight "thwack" kind of bass and of course, mountains of dynamics.


    Both systems clearly blew away my little 25 watt Technics SA-5170 receiver (which I still have), Kenwood GE-770 EQ (also have) and Realistic Nova 16 speakers. My system was better than anything my friends had, mainly because they didn't have systems. LOL


    Now, 30 years later and listening to this album on my system... It brings back great memories of my childhood, those systems and the differences between them and how they stack up against current gear like what I have now. Those were the good ole days. No worries, no real responsibilities other than the typical chores around the house, no bills, no job (for another 3 years anyway), and dabbling in my new found love of audio gear, building horrible speakers and music.


    Obviously attempting to do any kind of sound comparisons on 30 year old memories from a 14 year old, easily impressed boy isn't going to hold any merit, so I won't bother. All I can say is that my system surely trumps those systems by a long shot. Never fatiguing, never tiring, never boring, never turned off.











    Charles
    Preamp | Amplifiers: Schiit Freya + | Schiit Mani | Schiit Aegir x 2
    Analog Sources: Music Hall MMF-7.3 w/ Ortofon 2M Bronze
    DAC | Digital Sources:
    Schiit Bifrost 2 Multibit | Raspberry Pi 4 | Wyred 4 Sound Recovery
    Speakers: GR Research X-Statik | Polk Audio PSW505 x 2
    Power Conditioning: Blue Circle Audio | APC
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    Audioquest | Wireworld | Pangea Audio | Mojo Audio

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    Re: My Current System Pics...

    I hope you don't get me wrong.
    But I think some other speaker stands would certainly be an up grade.

    Cheers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spock View Post
    I hope you don't get me wrong.
    But I think some other speaker stands would certainly be an up grade.

    Cheers!
    Not at all. I plan on having some custom built by one of my friends who's a master wood craftsman.
    Charles
    Preamp | Amplifiers: Schiit Freya + | Schiit Mani | Schiit Aegir x 2
    Analog Sources: Music Hall MMF-7.3 w/ Ortofon 2M Bronze
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    Schiit Bifrost 2 Multibit | Raspberry Pi 4 | Wyred 4 Sound Recovery
    Speakers: GR Research X-Statik | Polk Audio PSW505 x 2
    Power Conditioning: Blue Circle Audio | APC
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    Re: My Current System Pics...

    Well, as much as I hated to, I had to put my NOS RCA 6C8G's into early retirement...

    About a week ago when I fired them up, the one in the right channel was emitting random static that lasted 5 to 6 minutes, then went away. It operated fine the rest of the day without issue. The next day however, when I fired up the tubes, that same tube immediately started that static again, with the occasional crackle or pop. This time though, it just kept going and going. After about 30 minutes of this, I just said the heck with it, powered down the tubes, let them cool for about 15 minutes, yanked them out and reinstated the Sylvania JAN tubes. This time though, I put the Sylvania's on the output stage and moved the sweet Baldwin/Raytheon tubes over to the input stage.

    Those 6C8G's are money down the drain. Oh well. One of the quirks of buying 80+ year old tubes. That doesn't mean I won't try some more though.



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    Preamp | Amplifiers: Schiit Freya + | Schiit Mani | Schiit Aegir x 2
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    Speakers: GR Research X-Statik | Polk Audio PSW505 x 2
    Power Conditioning: Blue Circle Audio | APC
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    Re: My Current System Pics...

    Yup, the NOS tube rabbit hole ; been there done that. I picked up new tubes for my pre-amp section... Gold Lions... made a very nice difference.
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    And I'm perfectly fine with that. I used some Gold Lion KT66's in a Cary SLI 80 a while back. Didn't care for them at all. Just a glorified, higher priced Russian tube. I had much better results with NOS German RFT 6CA7's.

    I'll stick with my NOS tubes. These are the very first NOS tubes that I've ever had an issue with, so a pretty good track record I'd say. I just need to find a more trusted source since the guy I ordered these from is a schmuck. Won't even return them or trade them even when he said he would previously.
    Charles
    Preamp | Amplifiers: Schiit Freya + | Schiit Mani | Schiit Aegir x 2
    Analog Sources: Music Hall MMF-7.3 w/ Ortofon 2M Bronze
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    Schiit Bifrost 2 Multibit | Raspberry Pi 4 | Wyred 4 Sound Recovery
    Speakers: GR Research X-Statik | Polk Audio PSW505 x 2
    Power Conditioning: Blue Circle Audio | APC
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    Re: My Current System Pics...

    Added a nice rug to the mix. Two benefits... You can still see the natural oak floors and helps with reflections with the speakers.





    Charles
    Preamp | Amplifiers: Schiit Freya + | Schiit Mani | Schiit Aegir x 2
    Analog Sources: Music Hall MMF-7.3 w/ Ortofon 2M Bronze
    DAC | Digital Sources:
    Schiit Bifrost 2 Multibit | Raspberry Pi 4 | Wyred 4 Sound Recovery
    Speakers: GR Research X-Statik | Polk Audio PSW505 x 2
    Power Conditioning: Blue Circle Audio | APC
    Cables:
    Audioquest | Wireworld | Pangea Audio | Mojo Audio

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    Re: My Current System Pics...

    Got more new Schiit today... Bifrost 2 Multibit














    Charles
    Preamp | Amplifiers: Schiit Freya + | Schiit Mani | Schiit Aegir x 2
    Analog Sources: Music Hall MMF-7.3 w/ Ortofon 2M Bronze
    DAC | Digital Sources:
    Schiit Bifrost 2 Multibit | Raspberry Pi 4 | Wyred 4 Sound Recovery
    Speakers: GR Research X-Statik | Polk Audio PSW505 x 2
    Power Conditioning: Blue Circle Audio | APC
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    Re: My Current System Pics...

    Have been spending a lot of time lately tweaking subwoofer and loudspeaker placement, as well as tweaking the settings one the subs at the same time. I think this current arrangement might just be the ticket. A lot more even and defined bass, cohesively blended with the Heresy's. And the Heresy's being pulled slightly further apart, pulled out about an inch more into the room as well as toed out quite a bit more than I originally had them. All in all, a much wider and deeper sound stage with better imaging, more open and spacious, and a locked in center image.

    If I can those darn cork/rubber isolation pads of mine (who knows where they are after the move), I'll try putting them under the Klipsch and see how that sounds, or possibly just try them in the front to tilt the speakers back a touch, again to see how it sounds. I still have to get some proper stands built for the Heresy's as well.

    I'm still quite surprised how "audiophile" these little Klipsch Heresy III's sound. Very refined and articulate, not harsh and honky like Klipsch of old.

    And this Schiit Bifrost 2 DAC... Such a wise investment. It truly does have a more organic, analog sound to it. Larger stage width and depth, not to mention the ability to pull more information out of the signal.


    Charles
    Preamp | Amplifiers: Schiit Freya + | Schiit Mani | Schiit Aegir x 2
    Analog Sources: Music Hall MMF-7.3 w/ Ortofon 2M Bronze
    DAC | Digital Sources:
    Schiit Bifrost 2 Multibit | Raspberry Pi 4 | Wyred 4 Sound Recovery
    Speakers: GR Research X-Statik | Polk Audio PSW505 x 2
    Power Conditioning: Blue Circle Audio | APC
    Cables:
    Audioquest | Wireworld | Pangea Audio | Mojo Audio

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    Re: My Current System Pics...

    Glad you are enjoying the Schitt ....
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