Shunyata Everest 8000 power conditioner supplies the current for Chord DAVE DAC/Preamp, and Chord Etude amp, and Jay's Audio CDT3-MK3 through 3 Audiowise A/C RF-Stop filters. 

Lifepo4 batteries run the Chord Mscaler and the dual Audiowise OPTO-DX optical isolators for left and right channels from Mscaler to Chord DAVE. All Ghent Audio Gotham quad shielded cabling. Stabilant 22 at every connection.

Open baffle tweeters from GR-Research NX-Studio speakers. Open baffle subwoofers using only the 15" woofers on the Spatial Audio Sapphire M5 speakers. This open baffle transparency, depth of holographic imaging, and instrument separation with this setup is jaw dropping.

I use the Black Ice Audio FOZ SS-X, and the Sublime Acoustic K231 connected to the Marantz 7025 amp for the bass control over all low ends under 80Hz.

Using the English Electric 8 port Network Switch with the incredible D/C Audiowise RF-STOP power filter on it. The Audiowise RF-STOP filtering the DC current into the audio network switch feeding the Aurender W20SE is essential, the increase of transparency of this inexpensive DC power filter increased transparency 30%, single biggest noticeable improvement from 1 item in my entire rig, increased the transparency more than even upgrading my DAC from the Chord Hugo TT2 to the Chord DAVE! Streaming from the Aurender W20SE is nothing less than heavenly.

Thanks for checking out my system, enjoy the HiFi!

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    • Chord Etude
    • Chord Mscaler
    • Chord DAVE
    Using in Preamp mode.

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Nice system and great view Brandon.


The window view looks like painting.


Wonderful room, view, system and God Bless.


I know I should be commenting on how lovely your gear is, which it is, but I have to admit that the view from your window looking down at the lake and walking path immediately relaxed me - I live in the desert. Beautiful place you have.

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If I understand your system correctly, you mated the monitor's dipole tweeter with the Sapphire's woofers. Nice creativity! You may wish to play with positioning if you have not already. Those dipole tweeters are quite a bit in front of the woofers and I would want the woofers to be at least parallel to have a chance to keep up with the wave launch. I might even put the woofers a foot or so ahead of the dipole tweeter to see what would happen. Perhaps place the dipole tweeters to the inside and the woofers of the Sapphire to the outside. You will likely hear tighter imaging and a more compact and solid center image. Have fun and experiment with it! 

I presume you have already experimented with toe in of the GR speakers to suit your taste. You may also wish to experiment with adjusting the front baffle slope, i.e. lifting the back of the monitors so as to make the dipole driver a bit more head on if it's not already aimed at the ears. This would have the effect of making the center image tighter and more solid sounding. It can be a very appealing effect, and I even tilt forward big dipole speakers like the King Sound King III electrostatic speaker to achieve that tightening and solidifying of the center image. 

You have experimentally mated two dipoles, so yes, it will be fundamentally different than the other two speaker systems in their native form. It's another animal altogether in terms of the presentation. You successfully brought much more presence and perhaps definition to the bass, meanwhile opening up the high end. I'm sure it's a shocking difference than either of the other stock speakers. 

There is no limit to what can be done with imagination and systems. 

Seems like you're having fun, which is what it's all about!  :)


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