Description

The Loft is a 15.5 x 10 ft space on the 4th floor of our small California home. It's a dedicated 2-channel music environment that consistently delivers great great listening experiences. A mix of room treatments from ATS Acoustics and GIK Acoustics bring the RT60 down to about 320ms and make the room sound bigger than it is. The Fritz monitors have perfect integration with the brilliant SVS 3000 Micro subs. Eyes closed, I could swear that I'm listening to Dunlavy SC-V towers…the soundstage is floor to ceiling, wider and deeper than the room, and beautifully coherent. The space never fails to receive accolades from visiting listeners. Although modest by high-end audio standards, I feel fortunate to have put together such an enjoyable system.
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Room Details

Dimensions: 16’ × 10’  Small
Ceiling: 8’


Components Toggle details

    • Fritz Speakers Carrera 7 BE
    2-way monitors with a series crossover, beryllium tweeter, and ScanSpeak Revelator woofers
    • Orchard Audio Monoblock
    Tiny 150 watt monoblock amps, optimized for an 8Ω nominal load with an external power supply
    • Topping PRE90
    Analog preamp with four XLR inputs and two RCA inputs. Outputs are XLR, RCA, or both
    • GUSTARD X16 DAC
    An instrument-grade DAC based on the ESS ES9068AS chip
    • Pi 2 Design PI2AES Pro Audio Shield
    A network audio transport with a range of digital outputs, including I²S, AES/EBU, BNC and COAX S/PDIF and TOSLINK.
    • iFi Audio PowerStation
    iFi PowerStation and AC iPurifiers
    • SVS Micro 3000 Subwoofer
    This is a true music/audiophile subwoofer from popular brand, SVS

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Owner
I would definitely buy the Fritz Carrera 7 BE's again. He's using a different BE tweeter now than the one I have, but I'm sure it's also excellent. The unique series crossover that Fritz uses (no capacitor in the tweeter circuit) makes the speakers easy to drive. Very high driver quality for the price. The -3 dB point is specified at 36 Hz, but in my small room, I've measured closer to 32 Hz without subs. Subs are helpful for room pressurization, but they are not required for you to be able to hear all of the notes.

Driver integration is among the best I've heard, but I do wonder if off-axis response would be a bit smoother if he were to add a waveguide to the tweeter. Overall, I could not be more pleased. I've had a dozen different speakers in this room, and the Fritz are the only ones so far that have stayed.

dsnyder0cnn

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How are the Fritz? Someone on here recommended them to me, but seeing that you have them, what are your thoughts on them?

l1975r

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Owner
Thanks for the kind words, @fredapplegate . The room is literally the biggest component but also seems to be about 70 to 85% of what we hear. I spent most of my 30+ years in this hobby optimizing that last 20%. It took me a while, but I'm glad that I eventually learned to pay attention to the rest!

dsnyder0cnn

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The attention to room acoustics is great to see. The room is your biggest component and so many people just throw money at equipment "upgrades" to try to "fix" it. Your system looks well balanced and beautifully installed, at that. Thanks so much for sharing your work with us. Enjoy!

fredapplegate

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Owner
Thanks. I should run another sweep, but I'm pretty sure that I'm above 300 ms at lower frequencies. In a small room like mine, staying at ~300 ms below the room transition frequency is not easy…would take a lot more bass trapping than I currently have deployed. :)

dsnyder0cnn

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Nice work you've done with your room and with your system - congrats!   Do you recall your RT frequency curve by chance?  IOW, was the 300+ms near "unity" from, say, 70Hz up to 1,000Hz?

nolojunko

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David- I think the size of one's room is only an issue for dealers who might want to sell you larger gear! As I remember, from years ago, the sound in your room was quite good, and you've clearly upgraded many of the components since then. I look forward to seeing pictures of your listening room in Arizona!
Cheers,
David too

rolloff

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Very nice attention to acoustics. Bet your system sounds great.

ghdprentice

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Owner
I do power down the preamp when I'm not listening, but it has not been an issue. I'm using a Topping Pre90, which is fairly well-behaved with power on/off, so I don't have to power down the monoblocks before switching the preamp on/off. Sometimes, I hear a faint "click", but concerning…and certainly no big "thump". I suppose it depends on the preamp. If your tube preamp has balanced outputs, it may not be an issue.

dsnyder0cnn

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Hey @dsnyder0cnn , Thanks for the feedback. I am also intrigued by the GaN technology and keep hearing excellent. At some point I would like to hear these amps myself.
But I find it odd that there is no power switch. So before you turn ON the preamp, how to you set these to off? In my case, these would not work because I have a tube preamp and I cannot leave them on continuously.

milpai

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Owner
Thanks, all.

@milpai - I love the Orchard Audio monoblocks. They are kind-of funky, as a product. For example, there's no power switch, mute button, or 12V trigger, yet it's crucial to power them down before changing any connections because the output is differential (the negative terminal is not referenced to ground). These are optimized for speakers with an 8Ω load, so they are not the most flexible either. However, they are incredibly clean and engaging. My previous monoblocks were the Wyred 4 Sound mAMP, which I still have but should probably sell at some point. They were fine but not nearly as transparent or revealing as Leo's amps.

dsnyder0cnn

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A well treated dedicated room is priceless, even a modest setup will sound great.  Congrats!

wr_aspire

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Very nice! I like the way you placed the acoustic treatments on the small foot stools. Clean and simple setup......love it. BTW, how do you like the Orchard Audio monoblocks? What were your previous amplifiers?

milpai

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Nice combination of unique gear. I like it, especially your speakers.
Nice and clear photographs too.

mjcmt

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