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  1. #1
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    VAC + Magico (New System Pics)

    A special thanks goes out to Mike who was amazing with his help during my year long upgrade odyssey! Pics attached below.

    Last week I received the final pieces (VAC Master Preamp and VAC 200iQ). I am now 50 hours into break in and will report back after 250 hours. After that it will be time to try out some different tubes.

    This system has gone through a ground up reworking, and is now "complete"... At least for 10 more minutes... SPOD's? Gigafoil vs. Aqvox? ha!
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    Jeremy

    Speakers: Magico S3 MkII
    Power Amp: VAC 200iQ (stereo)
    Source/DAC/Preamplifier: MSB Reference DAC (Femto 77 / Dual Powerbase)
    Power: Shunyata Triton V3 / Shunyata Typhon QR / AQ NRG 20 Outlet / Dedicated 20 amp circuit
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    Power Cables: AQ Dragons to components / AQ Hurricane to Typhon QR
    Speaker Cables: MIT Heritage MI 2C3D - Level 1
    Interconnects: MIT Heritage MI 2C3D - Level 1 (XLR)
    Ethernet: AQ Vodka > Aqvox SE > AQ Diamond > MSB Reference DAC
    Racks: Critical Mass Sotto Voce with Black Platinum shelves

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    Re: VAC + Magico (New System Pics)

    Looks great!
    Jock

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    House: Naim ND555/2PS, Naim 552, Naim 500, Studer A80/Doshi V3, Magico M2s, 2 Magico Q-Sub 15s, Lumina IC/SC, Shunyata Everest and Omega PCs.

    Workshop: Naim ND555/2 PS, VAC Master Pre, VAC Sig 200iQ, Avant Garde Duo Mezzo XD, 2 Magico Q-Sub 15s, Shunyata IC/SC, Shunyata Typhon QR/Triton V3/Sigma PCs.

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    Re: VAC + Magico (New System Pics)

    Nice looking set-up. I am sure it sounds great.
    Jim

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    Power Cords on Digital: Shunyata

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    Re: VAC + Magico (New System Pics)

    LOVE this system. So happy for you.
    My Systems: http://www.audioshark.org/showthread...481#post158481

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    Re: VAC + Magico (New System Pics)

    Wow, that looks great Jeremy! That VAC Master is one heck of a preamp.
    Rance


    Synology DS411+II | GigaFOILv4+Keces P3 Power Supply | Audioquest Diamond Ethernet | Lumin S1 | VAC Master Line Stage | VAC Signature 200 iQ amps | ARC REFERENCE 160M amps | JBL 4367+Isoacoustics Gaia I | SVS PC-4000 subs x 2 | Shunyata 6000T | Luminous Audio Technology cabling and power | Solid Tech racks | Vicoustics room treatments | ASC Iso-wall/Iso-ceiling construction

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    Re: VAC + Magico (New System Pics)

    Well done! Looks awesome.
    Wharfedale Linton w/ stands, Avantgarde Duo XD, Klipsch RB-75, Klipsch RP-160M.

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    Re: VAC + Magico (New System Pics)

    Looks great! I can't wait to hear your opinion of the Master preamp.
    Max

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    VAC + Magico (New System Pics)

    Wow, the system looks really awesome. Congrats!


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    Sean

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    Pass X260.8
    Magico A3
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    Re: VAC + Magico (New System Pics)

    Congratulations! VERY nice system!!!!
    Analog source: AMG Viella 12; Ortofon Anna cartridge, van den Hul Crimson Stradivarius XGW
    Digital source: Totaldac d1-twelve Mk2 DAC, Totaldac d1-player, Totaldac d1-streamer, Totaldac Live Power supply
    Pre amp: VAC Master with phono
    Phonostage: ​Constellation Andromeda
    Amps: VAC 200iQ monoblocks
    Speakers: Magico M3 with MPods
    Cables: Synergistic Research Galileo SX speaker, phono, analog and digital interconnects
    Power products: Synergistic Research Power Cell 12 UEF and Transporter Ultra. Galileo power cords.

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    Re: VAC + Magico (New System Pics)

    Holy vac cave Vacman!
    ohhhhhhh I do want a Vac Master Pre!..... wow the Silver look really is nice! I haven’t seen a complete set before!
    Larry


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    Room and gear is beyond gorgeous! Great choice of racks too!

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    Re: VAC + Magico (New System Pics)

    Thanks for the nice words everyone! I'm thrilled with the system so far.

    Mulveling - agreed... the Critical Mass racks get the honorable mention. I could not believe the difference they instantly made. Highly suggested for anyone out there who is looking for a new rack. I checked out quite a few other options, and find it hard to believe that the higher priced options could make anything more than a small improvement.
    Jeremy

    Speakers: Magico S3 MkII
    Power Amp: VAC 200iQ (stereo)
    Source/DAC/Preamplifier: MSB Reference DAC (Femto 77 / Dual Powerbase)
    Power: Shunyata Triton V3 / Shunyata Typhon QR / AQ NRG 20 Outlet / Dedicated 20 amp circuit
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    Power Cables: AQ Dragons to components / AQ Hurricane to Typhon QR
    Speaker Cables: MIT Heritage MI 2C3D - Level 1
    Interconnects: MIT Heritage MI 2C3D - Level 1 (XLR)
    Ethernet: AQ Vodka > Aqvox SE > AQ Diamond > MSB Reference DAC
    Racks: Critical Mass Sotto Voce with Black Platinum shelves

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    Re: VAC + Magico (New System Pics)

    Thats a really cool system
    How does it sound ?
    Flemming

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    Re: VAC + Magico (New System Pics)

    Beautifully crafted system and I am sure it sounds awesome!!
    Buddy

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    Re: VAC + Magico (New System Pics)

    Hey Flemming, I'm breaking in everything now and adding some room treatments, so I'm not judging the sound quite yet... more on that soon!
    Jeremy

    Speakers: Magico S3 MkII
    Power Amp: VAC 200iQ (stereo)
    Source/DAC/Preamplifier: MSB Reference DAC (Femto 77 / Dual Powerbase)
    Power: Shunyata Triton V3 / Shunyata Typhon QR / AQ NRG 20 Outlet / Dedicated 20 amp circuit
    -------------
    Power Cables: AQ Dragons to components / AQ Hurricane to Typhon QR
    Speaker Cables: MIT Heritage MI 2C3D - Level 1
    Interconnects: MIT Heritage MI 2C3D - Level 1 (XLR)
    Ethernet: AQ Vodka > Aqvox SE > AQ Diamond > MSB Reference DAC
    Racks: Critical Mass Sotto Voce with Black Platinum shelves

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