Dan The rack is custom made by a local carpenter with the addition of some stillpoints underneath. I didn't compare the 2 dacs as I bought first the Vivaldi dac and added the Scarlatti pieces to complete the dCS stack (if I had the cash I would have gone Vivaldi all the way....).
I still own the Audionet and I don't see any reason to look elsewhere. I know that the US price is quite hefty when comparing to its european price and I believe that is one of the reasons that Audionet is not a well known brand in the US (I'm from Israel and hence i'm dealing with european price). These are truly magnificent pair of amps. I can't describe a signature sound since there isn't such - they are very neutral and crystal clear. They throw an excellent focused soundstage with tons of power and excellent build quality. They killed every amp I auditioned - Ayre mxr, Pass xa-60.5, MSB etc. I love them so much I need to jump on the Audionet top pre but that's also a pricey investment. Hope I helped. What other brands dis you consider and what is the rest of your setup ?
System edited: Updated my system for the late changes - bought a Scarlatti transport and an aurender music server for the digital rig and added mm cart option to my analog rig with the lounge audio lcr phonostage.
System edited: updated the system after the recent changes : got the scarlatti transport and added an Aurender muisc server as well. added mm cart option to my analog rig with the lounge audio lcr phonostage.
Thanks for the nice words - indeed those vivids are remarkable. My room doesn't suffer that much from bass problems and consulting one of vicoustic dealers here, he said that I can use the wavewood just to smooth the corners as the superbass can overkill. So far I'm happy...
Great system. Those Vivids must sound spectacular. I noticed you use Vicoustic Wavewood panels in the corners. I also use some of their products which I think look great unlike other acoustic panels. I am curious why you didn't get the Super Bass Extreme in the corners?
System edited: After a few months I spent looking for a different amp i've pulled the triger on Audione Max to replace the Pass xa 60.5 The Pass is a good amp but my speakers demanded a more powerful amp. With the Audionet I have a full dynamic range and with excellent transparency and excellent focused soundstage.
Hi First of all if I had the cash I would have gone with the vivaldi stack although those scarlatti pieces are mathched to work with my vivaldi dac. They added a tad more resolution but more than that opened additional air and space within the music - very much closer to analog sound. I don't mean you can't live with the vivaldi dac alone which is pure magic but those pieces added a few more notches in performance.
System edited: I have re arranged the listening room and moved all electronics beside the monoblocks to the side with a huge change in width and focus of the soundstage.Also added the scralatti clock and upsampler to the vivaldi dac.
I was thinking xa 60.5 or x 100.5. Leaning more towards xa 100.5 to avoid future upgrade. Maybe the luxman m600a or m800a but never heard either. There are no dealers in my area for luxman but I know the pass sonic signature. It should mate very well with the Vivids.
I had the pass xa 60.5 prior to buying the Vivids. I just love the Pass sound signature when i'm aware it isn't tops in bass control but overall i'm happy. I'm open to try other amps. What do you have in mind ?
Icorem, great system. I recently heard the Giya G1's and they were MIGHTY impressive. One of the best speaker's that I have heard in regards to their ability to resolve and delineate the bass notes in music. One has to hear this aspect to truly appreciate where most speakers either go wrong or simply glaze over this fundamental. IF I had a much bigger room, the G1's would definitely be on my short list.