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    I've returned from SS doldrums & fully back to my roots -- VAC 450iQ's monos & Master Pre & Renaissance SE Phono

    Just back from a road trip to Sarasota with a pickup load of Kevin Hayes marvelous creations. I can't pinpoint the moment exactly but in 2017 I was swayed to go SS with some nice gear. As time went on, I began to realize I made a huge mistake & yearned for tubes. I was determined to rectify that misjudgment and accept the fact I erred.

    The opportunity arose and confirmed an order for a pair of the massive 215-pound VAC 450iQ monos and a Master Preamp w/o the phono (I had a Renaissance SE Phono from a few years earlier).

    So, after a 12-hour return trip and a good rest, it took the better part of the day to rebuild my racks, add the HRS M3X2-1921's, G7 Footers/G-Links/Conecoasters, add a few new Nordost Odin 2 digital AES/EBU cables from dCS Rossini Transport to APEX DAC, straighten out & reroute/secure cabling, etc., without BREAKING ANYTHING.

    Anyways, this is the end result:

    Best to all,

    Bob

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    Amps: VAC 450iQ Monos/HRS M3X2-1921's, G7 Footers/G-Links/Conecoasters.
    Preamp: Ordered VAC Statement Pre.
    Digital: dCS Vivaldi (APEX DAC, UpSampler +, Clock & Rossini Transport.
    Analogue Preamp: VAC Renaissance SE Phono w/XLR Output option/Nordost Tyr 2 XLR's.
    Analogue Sources: SME 20/2 w/V arm/Nordost Odin 2 TA cable/Palo Santos Presentation Cartridge/Akai GX-400D Reel-to-Reel w/relapped heads by JRF Magnetic Sciences. Akai RC-17 cabled remote.
    Vibration Control: TT on HRS M3X2-1921.
    Speakers: Ordered Wilson Alexia V.
    Power Cables: 5 Nordost Odin Supreme Reference on amps/preamp/DAC/Transport. Ansuz C2 on Clock.
    Power Distribution: Ansuz Mainz D3 Distributor
    Power Outlets: 2 Furutech GTX-D NCF (R) 20A duplex outlets.
    Speaker Cables: Nordost Odin 2 Supreme Reference/Sort Lifts.
    Signal Cables: Nordost Odin XLR's on dCS Vivaldi DAC & amps. Nordost Odin 2's, 110-ohm AES/EBU on dCS gear.
    Clock Cables: 3 each 75 ohm 1.25M Nordost Valhalla BNC/BNC Digital
    RCM: Audio Desk PRO

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    Re: I've returned from SS doldrums & fully back to my roots -- VAC 450iQ's monos & Master Pre & Renaissance SE Phon

    Quote Originally Posted by Vintage_Tube View Post
    Just back from a road trip to Sarasota with a pickup load of Kevin Hayes marvelous creations. I can't pinpoint the moment exactly but in 2017 I was swayed to go SS with some nice gear. As time went on, I began to realize I made a huge mistake & yearned for tubes. I was determined to rectify that misjudgment and accept the fact I erred.

    The opportunity arose and confirmed an order for a pair of the massive 215-pound VAC 450iQ monos and a Master Preamp w/o the phono (I had a Renaissance SE Phono from a few years earlier).

    So, after a 12-hour return trip and a good rest, it took the better part of the day to rebuild my racks, add the HRS M3X2-1921's, G7 Footers/G-Links/Conecoasters, add a few new Nordost Odin 2 digital AES/EBU cables from dCS Rossini Transport to APEX DAC, straighten out & reroute/secure cabling, etc., without BREAKING ANYTHING.

    Anyways, this is the end result:

    Best to all,

    Bob

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    Congrats and that looks super nice!

    I agree with you. I went from tube to SS and now back to tube.
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    Re: I've returned from SS doldrums & fully back to my roots -- VAC 450iQ's monos & Master Pre & Renaissance SE Phon

    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelsMinute View Post
    Congrats and that looks super nice!

    I agree with you. I went from tube to SS and now back to tube.
    Thank you Sir.

    Forgot to add the 12v triggered hour counter I made to track tube hours -- I've since relocated it to the rear of the rack (out of sight so to speak).

    Best to all,

    Bob

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    Amps: VAC 450iQ Monos/HRS M3X2-1921's, G7 Footers/G-Links/Conecoasters.
    Preamp: Ordered VAC Statement Pre.
    Digital: dCS Vivaldi (APEX DAC, UpSampler +, Clock & Rossini Transport.
    Analogue Preamp: VAC Renaissance SE Phono w/XLR Output option/Nordost Tyr 2 XLR's.
    Analogue Sources: SME 20/2 w/V arm/Nordost Odin 2 TA cable/Palo Santos Presentation Cartridge/Akai GX-400D Reel-to-Reel w/relapped heads by JRF Magnetic Sciences. Akai RC-17 cabled remote.
    Vibration Control: TT on HRS M3X2-1921.
    Speakers: Ordered Wilson Alexia V.
    Power Cables: 5 Nordost Odin Supreme Reference on amps/preamp/DAC/Transport. Ansuz C2 on Clock.
    Power Distribution: Ansuz Mainz D3 Distributor
    Power Outlets: 2 Furutech GTX-D NCF (R) 20A duplex outlets.
    Speaker Cables: Nordost Odin 2 Supreme Reference/Sort Lifts.
    Signal Cables: Nordost Odin XLR's on dCS Vivaldi DAC & amps. Nordost Odin 2's, 110-ohm AES/EBU on dCS gear.
    Clock Cables: 3 each 75 ohm 1.25M Nordost Valhalla BNC/BNC Digital
    RCM: Audio Desk PRO

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    Re: I've returned from SS doldrums & fully back to my roots -- VAC 450iQ's monos & Master Pre & Renaissance SE Phon

    Nice looking 'space heaters' you've got there Bob, Congrats !
    Cheers ! …. Dave

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    Re: I've returned from SS doldrums & fully back to my roots -- VAC 450iQ's monos & Master Pre & Renaissance SE Phon

    Fantastic rig, Bob, that’s a labor of love.

    Enjoy

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    Re: I've returned from SS doldrums & fully back to my roots -- VAC 450iQ's monos & Master Pre & Renaissance SE Phon

    Nice set up
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    Re: I've returned from SS doldrums & fully back to my roots -- VAC 450iQ's monos & Master Pre & Renaissance SE Phon

    Looking great Bob. Glad you turned away from the dark side.
    Tom

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    Re: I've returned from SS doldrums & fully back to my roots -- VAC 450iQ's monos & Master Pre & Renaissance SE Phon

    Beautiful system! Well thought out with synergy in mind.
    Gene
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    Re: I've returned from SS doldrums & fully back to my roots -- VAC 450iQ's monos & Master Pre & Renaissance SE Phon

    Very nice system.

    As a 64 year old male, growing up with my dad's McIntosh system (MC60s + DIY Klipschorns) I find that I need a bit of tubes in my gear too.

    Enjoy.
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    Re: I've returned from SS doldrums & fully back to my roots -- VAC 450iQ's monos & Master Pre & Renaissance SE Phon

    Quote Originally Posted by Mikado463 View Post
    Nice looking 'space heaters' you've got there Bob, Congrats !
    Thanks Dave – having lived with MC2301’s for 11 years or so – they didn’t distribute or get very hot; more like luke warm IIRC. These VAC’s do get warmer (same number of KT88’s) – not frying egg hot, but if you are craving a bit of warmth from chills – just stand over these puppies – the chill will fade in a minute or two.

    Quote Originally Posted by mxk116 View Post
    Fantastic rig, Bob, that’s a labor of love. Enjoy
    It sure is and reiterated over my latest transformation.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Peabody View Post
    Nice set up
    Thank you Sir,
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    Quote Originally Posted by W9TR View Post
    Looking great Bob. Glad you turned away from the dark side.
    Hi Tom – long time my friend; it only took a few years for me to wake up & see the light. Sometimes it takes me awhile to get up to speed.

    Quote Originally Posted by Gene15352 View Post
    Beautiful system! Well thought out with synergy in mind.
    Gene
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    Best Sir,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bones13 View Post
    Very nice system.

    As a 64 year old male, growing up with my dad's McIntosh system (MC60s + DIY Klipschorns) I find that I need a bit of tubes in my gear too. Enjoy.
    Never owned 60’s but did own 30’s w/a MX-110 & Forte II’s. A glorious system so I can only imagine 60’s and those Klipschorns (I almost bought a pair at Mainz-Kastel Army Audio Outlet in Germany – 3 floors of audio gear run by AAFES – the PX. The good 'ole days).

    Best to all & thank you for your comments,

    Bob
    Amps: VAC 450iQ Monos/HRS M3X2-1921's, G7 Footers/G-Links/Conecoasters.
    Preamp: Ordered VAC Statement Pre.
    Digital: dCS Vivaldi (APEX DAC, UpSampler +, Clock & Rossini Transport.
    Analogue Preamp: VAC Renaissance SE Phono w/XLR Output option/Nordost Tyr 2 XLR's.
    Analogue Sources: SME 20/2 w/V arm/Nordost Odin 2 TA cable/Palo Santos Presentation Cartridge/Akai GX-400D Reel-to-Reel w/relapped heads by JRF Magnetic Sciences. Akai RC-17 cabled remote.
    Vibration Control: TT on HRS M3X2-1921.
    Speakers: Ordered Wilson Alexia V.
    Power Cables: 5 Nordost Odin Supreme Reference on amps/preamp/DAC/Transport. Ansuz C2 on Clock.
    Power Distribution: Ansuz Mainz D3 Distributor
    Power Outlets: 2 Furutech GTX-D NCF (R) 20A duplex outlets.
    Speaker Cables: Nordost Odin 2 Supreme Reference/Sort Lifts.
    Signal Cables: Nordost Odin XLR's on dCS Vivaldi DAC & amps. Nordost Odin 2's, 110-ohm AES/EBU on dCS gear.
    Clock Cables: 3 each 75 ohm 1.25M Nordost Valhalla BNC/BNC Digital
    RCM: Audio Desk PRO

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    Re: I've returned from SS doldrums & fully back to my roots -- VAC 450iQ's monos & Master Pre & Renaissance SE Phon

    Congrats on an incredible system!

    George
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    Re: I've returned from SS doldrums & fully back to my roots -- VAC 450iQ's monos & Master Pre & Renaissance SE Phon

    Quote Originally Posted by gadawg View Post
    Congrats on an incredible system! George
    Thank you, Sir -- music & this hobby is, can I say, fun again. It's like I have a whole new media collection waiting to be played.

    Best to you,

    Bob
    Amps: VAC 450iQ Monos/HRS M3X2-1921's, G7 Footers/G-Links/Conecoasters.
    Preamp: Ordered VAC Statement Pre.
    Digital: dCS Vivaldi (APEX DAC, UpSampler +, Clock & Rossini Transport.
    Analogue Preamp: VAC Renaissance SE Phono w/XLR Output option/Nordost Tyr 2 XLR's.
    Analogue Sources: SME 20/2 w/V arm/Nordost Odin 2 TA cable/Palo Santos Presentation Cartridge/Akai GX-400D Reel-to-Reel w/relapped heads by JRF Magnetic Sciences. Akai RC-17 cabled remote.
    Vibration Control: TT on HRS M3X2-1921.
    Speakers: Ordered Wilson Alexia V.
    Power Cables: 5 Nordost Odin Supreme Reference on amps/preamp/DAC/Transport. Ansuz C2 on Clock.
    Power Distribution: Ansuz Mainz D3 Distributor
    Power Outlets: 2 Furutech GTX-D NCF (R) 20A duplex outlets.
    Speaker Cables: Nordost Odin 2 Supreme Reference/Sort Lifts.
    Signal Cables: Nordost Odin XLR's on dCS Vivaldi DAC & amps. Nordost Odin 2's, 110-ohm AES/EBU on dCS gear.
    Clock Cables: 3 each 75 ohm 1.25M Nordost Valhalla BNC/BNC Digital
    RCM: Audio Desk PRO

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    Re: I've returned from SS doldrums & fully back to my roots -- VAC 450iQ's monos & Master Pre & Renaissance SE Phon

    Beautiful VAC system there Bob - liked the reference to "Kevin Haye's marvelous creations" - totally agree.
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    Re: I've returned from SS doldrums & fully back to my roots -- VAC 450iQ's monos & Master Pre & Renaissance SE Phon

    Quote Originally Posted by Vintage_Tube View Post
    Thank you Sir.

    Forgot to add the 12v triggered hour counter I made to track tube hours -- I've since relocated it to the rear of the rack (out of sight so to speak).

    Best to all,

    Bob

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    Bob,
    I see you made a timer to track tube hours. I am getting new gear and think a tracker would be a good idea. Are there commercially made ones available?

    Thanks for the pictures of your beautiful system. The picture of your truck en-route was worth 10,000 words.
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    Re: I've returned from SS doldrums & fully back to my roots -- VAC 450iQ's monos & Master Pre & Renaissance SE Phon

    What a beautiful system! Congratulations!
    Regards,
    Steve

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    Re: I've returned from SS doldrums & fully back to my roots -- VAC 450iQ's monos & Master Pre & Renaissance SE Phon

    Quote Originally Posted by Dizzie View Post
    Bob,
    I see you made a timer to track tube hours. I am getting new gear and think a tracker would be a good idea. Are there commercially made ones available?

    Thanks for the pictures of your beautiful system. The picture of your truck en-route was worth 10,000 words.
    Thanks Sir,

    Not that I'm aware.

    Bob
    Amps: VAC 450iQ Monos/HRS M3X2-1921's, G7 Footers/G-Links/Conecoasters.
    Preamp: Ordered VAC Statement Pre.
    Digital: dCS Vivaldi (APEX DAC, UpSampler +, Clock & Rossini Transport.
    Analogue Preamp: VAC Renaissance SE Phono w/XLR Output option/Nordost Tyr 2 XLR's.
    Analogue Sources: SME 20/2 w/V arm/Nordost Odin 2 TA cable/Palo Santos Presentation Cartridge/Akai GX-400D Reel-to-Reel w/relapped heads by JRF Magnetic Sciences. Akai RC-17 cabled remote.
    Vibration Control: TT on HRS M3X2-1921.
    Speakers: Ordered Wilson Alexia V.
    Power Cables: 5 Nordost Odin Supreme Reference on amps/preamp/DAC/Transport. Ansuz C2 on Clock.
    Power Distribution: Ansuz Mainz D3 Distributor
    Power Outlets: 2 Furutech GTX-D NCF (R) 20A duplex outlets.
    Speaker Cables: Nordost Odin 2 Supreme Reference/Sort Lifts.
    Signal Cables: Nordost Odin XLR's on dCS Vivaldi DAC & amps. Nordost Odin 2's, 110-ohm AES/EBU on dCS gear.
    Clock Cables: 3 each 75 ohm 1.25M Nordost Valhalla BNC/BNC Digital
    RCM: Audio Desk PRO

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    Re: I've returned from SS doldrums & fully back to my roots -- VAC 450iQ's monos & Master Pre & Renaissance SE Phon

    Quote Originally Posted by Dizzie View Post
    Bob,
    I see you made a timer to track tube hours. I am getting new gear and think a tracker would be a good idea. Are there commercially made ones available?

    Thanks for the pictures of your beautiful system. The picture of your truck en-route was worth 10,000 words.
    I found this and am going to order one to see how it works ... says stylus tracker but the same thing applies ...

    StylusTimer

    George
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    Re: I've returned from SS doldrums & fully back to my roots -- VAC 450iQ's monos & Master Pre & Renaissance SE Phon

    Sweet! Enjoy the music in good health Bob!
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    Mike

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    Re: I've returned from SS doldrums & fully back to my roots -- VAC 450iQ's monos & Master Pre & Renaissance SE Phon

    Quote Originally Posted by Scotty View Post
    Beautiful VAC system there Bob - liked the reference to "Kevin Haye's marvelous creations" - totally agree.
    Thank you, Sir, – he, like his Dad are true masters of tube designed audio components. I consider it a privilege to know such a person.

    Quote Originally Posted by slowgeezr View Post
    What a beautiful system! Congratulations!
    Thank you, Steve, – a long journey considering I started an interest at age 11 or so. Never in my wildest dreams did I think it would mature to this degree.

    Quote Originally Posted by gadawg View Post
    I found this and am going to order one to see how it works ... says stylus tracker but the same thing applies ...
    StylusTimer George
    That’s cool beans George. I recently stayed in a Holiday Inn Express and was not aware of a battery powered timer. That’s why as a backup, I’m a AudioShark member.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ritmo View Post
    Sweet! Enjoy the music in good health Bob!
    Thank you Mike – that’s the key – enjoy it without interference from health matters.

    Best to all,

    Bob
    Amps: VAC 450iQ Monos/HRS M3X2-1921's, G7 Footers/G-Links/Conecoasters.
    Preamp: Ordered VAC Statement Pre.
    Digital: dCS Vivaldi (APEX DAC, UpSampler +, Clock & Rossini Transport.
    Analogue Preamp: VAC Renaissance SE Phono w/XLR Output option/Nordost Tyr 2 XLR's.
    Analogue Sources: SME 20/2 w/V arm/Nordost Odin 2 TA cable/Palo Santos Presentation Cartridge/Akai GX-400D Reel-to-Reel w/relapped heads by JRF Magnetic Sciences. Akai RC-17 cabled remote.
    Vibration Control: TT on HRS M3X2-1921.
    Speakers: Ordered Wilson Alexia V.
    Power Cables: 5 Nordost Odin Supreme Reference on amps/preamp/DAC/Transport. Ansuz C2 on Clock.
    Power Distribution: Ansuz Mainz D3 Distributor
    Power Outlets: 2 Furutech GTX-D NCF (R) 20A duplex outlets.
    Speaker Cables: Nordost Odin 2 Supreme Reference/Sort Lifts.
    Signal Cables: Nordost Odin XLR's on dCS Vivaldi DAC & amps. Nordost Odin 2's, 110-ohm AES/EBU on dCS gear.
    Clock Cables: 3 each 75 ohm 1.25M Nordost Valhalla BNC/BNC Digital
    RCM: Audio Desk PRO

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    Re: I've returned from SS doldrums & fully back to my roots -- VAC 450iQ's monos & Master Pre & Renaissance SE Phon

    Congrats Bob! Fantastic gear you added.
    Main Equipment: Kharma Elegance dB11-S, JL Audio F113v2, Block Audio Line & Mono SE Amplification, Bricasti M21 DAC, Antipodes Kala K-50 Server, ClearAudio Performance SE, Satisfy Arm & Maestro Wood MM Cartridge
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    Re: I've returned from SS doldrums & fully back to my roots -- VAC 450iQ's monos & Master Pre & Renaissance SE Phon

    Quote Originally Posted by crwilli View Post
    Congrats Bob! Fantastic gear you added.
    Thanks Craig -- a long road traveled as you probably remember.

    Best Sir,

    Bob
    Amps: VAC 450iQ Monos/HRS M3X2-1921's, G7 Footers/G-Links/Conecoasters.
    Preamp: Ordered VAC Statement Pre.
    Digital: dCS Vivaldi (APEX DAC, UpSampler +, Clock & Rossini Transport.
    Analogue Preamp: VAC Renaissance SE Phono w/XLR Output option/Nordost Tyr 2 XLR's.
    Analogue Sources: SME 20/2 w/V arm/Nordost Odin 2 TA cable/Palo Santos Presentation Cartridge/Akai GX-400D Reel-to-Reel w/relapped heads by JRF Magnetic Sciences. Akai RC-17 cabled remote.
    Vibration Control: TT on HRS M3X2-1921.
    Speakers: Ordered Wilson Alexia V.
    Power Cables: 5 Nordost Odin Supreme Reference on amps/preamp/DAC/Transport. Ansuz C2 on Clock.
    Power Distribution: Ansuz Mainz D3 Distributor
    Power Outlets: 2 Furutech GTX-D NCF (R) 20A duplex outlets.
    Speaker Cables: Nordost Odin 2 Supreme Reference/Sort Lifts.
    Signal Cables: Nordost Odin XLR's on dCS Vivaldi DAC & amps. Nordost Odin 2's, 110-ohm AES/EBU on dCS gear.
    Clock Cables: 3 each 75 ohm 1.25M Nordost Valhalla BNC/BNC Digital
    RCM: Audio Desk PRO

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    Re: I've returned from SS doldrums & fully back to my roots -- VAC 450iQ's monos & Master Pre & Renaissance SE Phon

    Terrific set up..!!! Congratulations and welcome back to tubes........
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fer1000 View Post
    Terrific set up..!!! Congratulations and welcome back to tubes........
    Yes Sir & thank you. It's a wonderful feeling.

    Best to you,

    Bob
    Amps: VAC 450iQ Monos/HRS M3X2-1921's, G7 Footers/G-Links/Conecoasters.
    Preamp: Ordered VAC Statement Pre.
    Digital: dCS Vivaldi (APEX DAC, UpSampler +, Clock & Rossini Transport.
    Analogue Preamp: VAC Renaissance SE Phono w/XLR Output option/Nordost Tyr 2 XLR's.
    Analogue Sources: SME 20/2 w/V arm/Nordost Odin 2 TA cable/Palo Santos Presentation Cartridge/Akai GX-400D Reel-to-Reel w/relapped heads by JRF Magnetic Sciences. Akai RC-17 cabled remote.
    Vibration Control: TT on HRS M3X2-1921.
    Speakers: Ordered Wilson Alexia V.
    Power Cables: 5 Nordost Odin Supreme Reference on amps/preamp/DAC/Transport. Ansuz C2 on Clock.
    Power Distribution: Ansuz Mainz D3 Distributor
    Power Outlets: 2 Furutech GTX-D NCF (R) 20A duplex outlets.
    Speaker Cables: Nordost Odin 2 Supreme Reference/Sort Lifts.
    Signal Cables: Nordost Odin XLR's on dCS Vivaldi DAC & amps. Nordost Odin 2's, 110-ohm AES/EBU on dCS gear.
    Clock Cables: 3 each 75 ohm 1.25M Nordost Valhalla BNC/BNC Digital
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    Re: I've returned from SS doldrums & fully back to my roots -- VAC 450iQ's monos & Master Pre & Renaissance SE Phon

    Superb setup Bob! Very well done.



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    I was listening last night. And I have to reiterate with your post that is great to be back to tubes after being with solid state.
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    Re: I've returned from SS doldrums & fully back to my roots -- VAC 450iQ's monos & Master Pre & Renaissance SE Phon

    Quote Originally Posted by Nikhil View Post
    Superb setup Bob! Very well done.
    Thank you Sir. After 55+ years in this “hobby,” my learning is starting to show.

    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelsMinute View Post
    I was listening last night. And I have to reiterate with your post that is great to be back to tubes after being with solid state.
    Strange to say, but I feel completely different inside –it’s like a rebirth. (Did I just say that? -- OH MY).

    Best to all,

    Bob
    Amps: VAC 450iQ Monos/HRS M3X2-1921's, G7 Footers/G-Links/Conecoasters.
    Preamp: Ordered VAC Statement Pre.
    Digital: dCS Vivaldi (APEX DAC, UpSampler +, Clock & Rossini Transport.
    Analogue Preamp: VAC Renaissance SE Phono w/XLR Output option/Nordost Tyr 2 XLR's.
    Analogue Sources: SME 20/2 w/V arm/Nordost Odin 2 TA cable/Palo Santos Presentation Cartridge/Akai GX-400D Reel-to-Reel w/relapped heads by JRF Magnetic Sciences. Akai RC-17 cabled remote.
    Vibration Control: TT on HRS M3X2-1921.
    Speakers: Ordered Wilson Alexia V.
    Power Cables: 5 Nordost Odin Supreme Reference on amps/preamp/DAC/Transport. Ansuz C2 on Clock.
    Power Distribution: Ansuz Mainz D3 Distributor
    Power Outlets: 2 Furutech GTX-D NCF (R) 20A duplex outlets.
    Speaker Cables: Nordost Odin 2 Supreme Reference/Sort Lifts.
    Signal Cables: Nordost Odin XLR's on dCS Vivaldi DAC & amps. Nordost Odin 2's, 110-ohm AES/EBU on dCS gear.
    Clock Cables: 3 each 75 ohm 1.25M Nordost Valhalla BNC/BNC Digital
    RCM: Audio Desk PRO

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vintage_Tube View Post
    Strange to say, but I feel completely different inside –it’s like a rebirth. (Did I just say that? -- OH MY).
    Plus, the best part of tube amps is trying different tubes!
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