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Just added some recent pictures 11-29-2020
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Room Details

Dimensions: 26’ × 17’  Large
Ceiling: 8’


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    • Bob Carver Raven 350
    The Raven 350 can output 350 watts per channel.
    • LUMIN X1
    Just received the X1 and breaking it in.
    • Focal Sopra N2
    Sitting on Iso- Acoustics GAI-1 Footers.
    • JL Audio F-113 (4) of them.
    4 F-113's
    • AudioQuest Niagara 7000, 1200, 1000
    One each on my 3 dedicated lines.
    Audioquest Niagara Power conditioners
    • ADD-POWR Sorcer X4
    Great conditioner!
    • Shunyata Research Sigma V2
    Wow! What great cables these are! The soundstage is deep, wide and their is so much more information on familiar recordings.
    • Wireworld Platinum Eclipse 8 interconnects Platinum Eclipse 8
    Just received these and are being used between Lumin X1 and Ayre KX5-20 Preamp
    • Entreq Silver Tellus
    Silver Tellus used om my digital. Plus a DIY large box used on analog and two smaller DIY boxes used on each speaker.
    • Stillpoints Aperture ll
    I have 6 of them. 4 of these at first reflection points and 2 in the middle between the speakers.
    • ASC (Acoustic Sciences Corporation) 20" Tube Traps
    I have 4 of these in the corners.
    • Grand Prix Audio Amp Stands
    • Critical Mass Systems Center Stage 2 1.0 footers
    Just received 8 Center Stage 1.0 footers. Placed them under the Lumin X1 and the Ayre KX5-20 Preamp

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When the funds become available I will try them out, they offer a trial period, I feel this is something you will hear right away. Thanks for the recommendation.

Andy

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Andy,
Yes, I think they make that much of a difference. Really tightens up the soundstage.
I use the #1's. The 2's may be ok, but the manufacturer recommended the 2's for the Sopra 2's.

ozzy

ozzy

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Ozzy,
 You responded back to me to say if you have the Sopra 2’s, you should get the gaia’s. Do they really make that much of a difference? Also did you get the #1 or #2 Gaia? The #1’s are a crazy amount of money. I can see trying the #2’s. Only 2 lbs over the recommended weight.

 Thanks
  Andy

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Yes, at one time I had everything  sitting on top of Stillpoints Ultra SS. The Critical Mass are very amazing, and I don't understand what they are made of that makes them so much better than the Stillpoints. They are expensive for what they look like, but boy do they widen, deepen the soundstage, along with improving the textures of the music. 

ozzy

ozzy

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Ozzy, I see you’re using critical mass footers. Have you had any experience with Stillpoints footers for comparison? Btw, have always enjoyed your postings.

owenlee

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Just added recent pictures 5-11-2020

ozzy

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loganfan,

Sorry for the late response. I was not aware. On top of the speakers are the Synergistic Research HFT's. I have since removed them.
If you have the Sopra's you must get the Iso Acoustics footers.
The amp stands are made by Grand Prix Audio.

ozzy

ozzy

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Hey Ozzy,
 I was looking at your wonderful system, Amazing. I did notice 2 things I want to ask you. I have just bought a pair of Sopra 2's, a month ago. They were a demo pair and got them at a nice price. Also Black. But, in your photo's I see something silver above the tweeters, what is that? Also, the stands you have the amp's on are beautiful. Who makes those?

 Thanks,
 Loganfan (Or at least was)

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@ozzy,
Thanks for sharing your amp upgrade path. I have read a lot of good things about the Bob Carvers, including the fact that the tubes last for a long long time.
I was wondering about dedicated lines and power conditioning. Good to know that despite dedicated lines power conditioning makes a difference. I found the thread where you mention that you liked the AQ 1000 so much that you went ahead and got the 7000. I am considering either the IsoTek Sigmas or the Inakustik power conditioner.

milpai

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milpai,

The Bob Carver amps replaced a set of Atmasphere M-60.3.3.
Those amps replaced a Pass Labs X350.

I was amazed at the difference in the  Audioquest Niagara 7000 compared to the CPT 1800. Best I could describe it is the Niagara brought way more dynamics or the boogey factor as I would describe it to the sound.
I even added 2 JL Audio F-113 subs along with the Carver amps to the Niagara. Only complaint is the Niagara buzzes a little due to the internal isolation transformers.
And by the way I also have 10 gauge wiring to my dedicated Furutech NCF outlets.

ozzy

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ozzy,
Not a problem. Thank You for sharing. @Lak mentioned that you do like the Gaia footers. How hard/easy was it to install the Gaias?
Your system is looking great now. How do you like that Bob Carver amplifier? Which amps were replaced by the Bob?
Can you throw some light on the how a power conditioner improved your system? Also, if you can please let me know your experience of moving from CPT-1800 to the AQ Niagara 7000. Thanks to your information on the CPT thread - I was not aware of serial Vs parallel wiring and assumed that all Power Conditioners are the same. But after reading that thread, it took me to a new path. I am seriously considering either the IsoTek Sigma EVO 3 or the Inakustik AC-3500P in my system. The only thing I am not able to figure out is - will be able to make out any difference that the power conditioner brings to my system? Because I already have dedicated 20amp lines in my audio room.
I apologize for all the questions. Please feel free to respond whenever you can spend some time.

milpai

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milpai,,
Sorry for the late response. I was not aware of your comment.
I installed the footers the day after I dialed in the Sopra's. So it is very hard to say what improvements in sound quality the footers added. With the Sopra's you need to remove the installed footers and loosen the glass base. I did that with them lying on the sides on the floor. To install the new footers I just leaned the speakers while they were upright to one side, the wife helped, while I attached the footers on that side. Then performed the same procedure on the other side. I used a bubble level on the Sopra's glass base to level them.

ozzy

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@ozzy ,
You posted 3 questions on 11/08/2018 on the Gaia footer thread, that were unanswered. I see in your system pics that you now have the Gaias installed on the Sopras.
How was the overall experience with the footer upgrade? Did you install the footers with the speakers lying on the sides? How easy/difficult is it to install and level the footers? Please also provide (if possible) your thoughts on how the Gaias improved the sound in your system.
Thank You!

milpai

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Hi Jim,
The MC-05's seemed to offer both in terms of sonics.

ozzy

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Hi Ozzy,
Do the MC-0.5's lower the noise floor like a power conditioner or is their function to enhance sonics?
I love my HF digital cable. 

Many thanks, Jim 

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frozentundra, Jeff,

Sorry it took a while for me to respond. 
The Sopra's are the best I have heard within my system and budget. And yes, that is a Lions throw rug...it likes to be walked over...
Merry Christmas!

ozzy

ozzy

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Great Ozz;

It appears you have gone thru a string of speakers, equipment

I see you just added some Sopra #2’s 
My audio buddy just bought his

How do they compare to your past speakers 

Is that a Lions logo?

Jeff

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Hey Ozzy, do you have a pic of the inside of your CPT 1800? I'm curious to see how you connected the receptacles to the transformer. I'm wondering if using a push in wire connector would work for all the hot and neutral connections to the transformer.

t_ramey

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hey Ozzy,

I heard u say you coneccted PS Audio's DSD to the Passlabs  x350.8 I what to know how you regulate the volume on Pass X350.8 through the wheel on the front or preamp that you have? can you regulate  the volume on this amp directly?

devi

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Sgordon1

To email me put a zero, (after the above beginning)
and send to my hotmail account.

I have sleeve pictures for you,
Spencer

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jond,

Sorry about the late response. I really enjoy the Atma-Spheres. But, I want to try some other speakers such as Planers or Electrastats  that I know have very difficult impedance and sensitivity requirements.

ozzy

ozzy

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@ozzy I just saw your Atma's for sale and was shocked! Actually I wasn't shocked at all as I dubbed you the tinkerer :p. So what's the next move?

jond

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chazzy007,

I know the room pictures are dark, sorry I use that room also for home theater so the walls are painted dark grey and the carpet is also.

ozzy

ozzy

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Very nice system Ozzy! Pic of your complete system is a little dark though. Impossible to see everything clearly.

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lak,

They are in the pictures on the stands.

ozzy

ozzy

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