Description

This is my music system which has been evolving for over 30 years.

Have had many different components of many styles. Have learned that synergy is everything and you have to trust your ears, not reviews.

Also I've had had these systems in over half a dozen listening rooms. I've spent many hours working on room treatments and setup and believe the room is the most important component.

Vinyl is spinning about 70% of the time (Used to be 90% vinyl, but digital changes have been a big improvement). After relocating to Austin, TX and getting the room optimized, now working on rebuilding the analog side of the system, having sold tt, arm, carts & phono stage prior to the move. 

Previous pieces & systems included:

BAT VK150SEs & Silverline LaFolias, Nola Viper Reference III (with Lamm & BAT monoblocks), Acarian Alon V mkiii , Merlin VSM-MX, Atma-Sphere MA1mkII.2, Atma-Sphere MP3, Herron VTSP1a-166,

JouleLA150, Pentagon PH3, CAT SL1MkIII,

CaryRocket88/SLP2002/QuadsESL63USA

AvalonRadians/SpectralDMA180 & DMC20II/Meridian508

BATvk5i & vk60/Von Schweikert vr4.5II

Chario Academy1/Air Tight ATM1

VTL ST80/ Acarian AlonII

Thiel 3.6 / Krell KSA 50

Vandersteen 2ci / Sunfire amp

VPI TNT6HR w/12.7 arm, van den Hul Colibri XGP,   Nottingham Spacedeck/Spacearm, Shelter 501
MacMini running Audirvana+ , too many CDs players & DACs to remember or care about

Technics SP10mkII, EPA250 arm, SH-B3 obsidian base, custom 4kg ss mat, running with Signet 111E and Goldbug Clement II cartridges, Aqvox 2CI balanced phono stage
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Room Details

Dimensions: 23’ × 15’  Large
Ceiling: 10’


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    • Sound Lab A3
    Electrostatic Loudspeakers 
    Vintage A3s in oak
    • Krell FPB-300
    Solid State Amp
    • Balanced Audio VK51SE
    balanced linestage
    • Sota Nova Vacuum Series VI with Eclipse(Phoenix Engr. designed) Motor Controller
    Awaiting delivery of the new Series VI Nova table spring suspension turntable with vacuum hold down system, mag lev platter/bearing, Eclipse motor controller(designed by Phoenix Engineering) and Reflex clamp!
    • Dynavector DV-XX2 mkII
    moving coil cartridge
    • Nagra BPS
    battery powered phono stage
    • Schiit Audio Gungnir Multibit
    DAC 
    Damping/Isolation mods by Mike Patrick
    • Sonore microRendu
    Audio Streamer/Renderer (Ethernet > USB)
    • Ecco Audio Custom Linear Power Supply
    7V, 2A linear power supply for microRendu. Hand built to spec by Vince DiNenna.
    • Synology DS415+
    NAS with two 4TB drives for now...
    • Spin Planet Custom Amp Stands
    Maple amp stands with Eden Sound brass Bear Paw radiused footers
    • DIY Slipknot & Sbank Maple Madness Rack
    PerfectPlank Maple 1 7/8, McMaster-Carr Brass hardware
    • Custom Room Treatments
    Designed and framed by Sensible Sound Solutions. Assembled and upholstered by me using Guilford of Maine acoustical cloth.
    • SpinPlanet Custom Wood Diffusors
    BBC style QRD diffusors handmade of solid pine on 24" birch plywood base. Hand made in Delaware, USA.
    • Purist Audio Design Aqueous Speaker Cables
    State of the art from back in the mid 1800s or so.
    • Audience Power Cable
    PC w/adjustable floating polarity option
    • Cerious Technologies Graphene Matrix Balanced cables
    Balanced cables dac-to-preamp
    • Mogami 2534 Interconnects
    Mogami Neglex 2534 quad cable w/ Neutrik XLRs 20' pair amps-to-preamp
    • Walker Audio Valid Points
    resonance control devices
    • PS Audio Juice Bar II and Juice Bar
    8 outlet & 6 outlet power strips
    • Symposium Rollerblock Series 2
    Acoustic Coupling Devices
    • DH Labs Ceramic Cones
    vibration damping devices
    • ERS Paper RFI/EMI Control
    ERS paper to fight airborne RFI/EMI
    • Vinyl Stack Ultrasonic Record Cleaner
    Paired with a 10L 40hz Ultrasonic tank and following the formulas and process suggested in @rushton's thread and www.positive-feedback.com  article.
    • Eden Sound Terrastone Footers
    Terrastone Bearing Isolation Footers under preamp and DAC.
    • van den Hul The First Ultimate Mk II
    Carbon interconnects (phono stage to preamp)
    • Harmonic Technology Crystal Silver Phono
    DIN to RCA phono cable

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Adding Sound Lab A3 Electrostatic Loudspeakers en route to me shortly. Expecting plenty of setup tweaking will be needed to get the most out of them. Excited to to give them a try, as I've always been a fan but until recently didn't have the right amplification to pull it off. Advice welcome!

sbank

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Adding Sonore microRendu streamer/renderer and a custom linear power supply to replace MacMini running Audirvana+. Will use DLNA output mode and run Lumin as control point app on my iPads and BubbleUPNP on my Android phones. 

Very excited about this potentially game-changing component. I've been reading about its development for some time now, and finally scheduled to receive it as one of the initial purchasers in a long closed waiting list. I am not the type to jump on as guinea pig with new designs often, but everything about this product and design team made a huge impression on me. Listening experience with others' Sonore products helped too. Cheers,
Spencer

sbank

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Added a Synology DS415+ NAS drive with a pair of 4TB Western Digital Red drive units. Wiring with Blue Jean Cable CAT6A to both router and Mac. Will make the new NAS primary digital library location using Lacie HDD as another local backup which I'll keep in another location. 

RAID not reliable as backup, cloud services too slow for any large collections...so let's make backups & let's be careful out there! 

sbank

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Ddriveman,
Thank you. Why don't you listen to the LA300ME first, share your thoughts and then I'll tell you what I thought were the stengths/weaknesses of the LA150. Would hate to bias your experience. 
I knew Jud and can tell you that the ME, a tribute to his wife, was a piece of special importance to him. He put a lot of love into it! enjoy,
Spencer 

sbank

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Nice system and great experiences. I see that you once had the Joule LA150 preamp. How does that compare with the oreamps you've had or experienced. I've recently acquired a LA300ME but have yetto fully test it in my system. Your thoughts and comments will be much appreciated

ddriveman

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Schiit's in the house! Breaking it in now...psyched.

sbank

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Adding a Schiit Audio Gungnir Multibit DAC to replace the Oppo 105D. Although the Oppo is a great all-around player, I was not taking advantage of the great video performance, etc. As a stand-alone DAC, the Gumby crushed the 105D in my rig thanks to a friend who brought his over for a comparision. 
My next move will be to upgrade from the 2009 Mac Mini to another renderer. 
Improvements in digital audio continue to amaze in terms of sound quality and value. 
Still favoring analog, but the differences are far less than years ago. Couple that with a large collection of digital recordings of live concerts and I am enjoying digital more than ever.  

sbank

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System edited: Adding Schiit Audio Wyrd and 2 Audioquest Carbon USB cables between the Mac Mini server and the Oppo DAC.

sbank

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Hi Steve,

Great to hear from you! You are welcome to come by for a listen anytime.

Each time I roll tubes I am again inspired by your fastidousness. Think you'll enjoy hearing the Bugle Boys in the Lamms, et al.

I've been playing with some headphones the last few years, too. PSBs M4U1s serving me well now.

Philly Area Audio Group is doing great, although I must admit my bias, as I was recently elected President.

Send me a PM or email ([email protected]) so we can plan to get together and catch up.

sbank

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Nice to see you have done so much with your gear. I don't come around your way as much as I used to but would love to hear your rig and catch up. I have to get in touch with PAAG if it still in existence. I am reduced to headphones right now.

mechans

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It's all relative. From my perspective, the Darkside is reel-to-reel!

sbank

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I had a problem finding a reputable tech for my Supratek when she quit a while back,but all is well.Slipknot does have quite a system,I envy you guys that are so far into the Darkside (vinyl)!

raytheprinter

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Both sound good as long as accompanied by a nice chianti.

Let's skip the Fine Young Cannibals jokes...

sbank

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Scott, thanks. I love the album cover on your system page! Is that really your mom?

Albert, that is pretty funny. :-) That makes the player an alleged killer. Perhaps we can make a tweak out of fava beans on the side. Hope all is well.

sbank

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Which sounds better, bowels in or bowels out?

scott_w

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Silence of the Lamms?

You must add a Lector CD player. I hear they are adding a new model called the Hannibal, supposedly a killer.

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Center
Love the title.

scott_w

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Thanks, Ray. Glad to see your Supratek is still doing the job. I've had many fun hours over the years listening to one in Slipknot's rig.

sbank

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Sweet system,bet it sounds great!Quite a journey you have been on.

raytheprinter

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Ebm,
Thanks for the kind words. Is your system posted, & under what name? Looks like system threads don't appear nowadays when you click on a userid and look at their threads. Cheers,
Spencer

sbank

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Wonderful set up very well done.Enjoy!!

ebm

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System edited: Added pic with new setup on short wall. Deeper soundstage and better LF. Worth the effort!

sbank

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System edited: Updated a bunch of cable changes and tweaks

sbank

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Spencer

It's been too long since I've heard your system...as evidenced by the fact that I hardly recognize your components. Love the choices and can't wait to catch up soon. Cheers my friend.

chadlesko

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System edited: Updated with pics of Aqvox & custom amp stands.

sbank

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