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So far I am happy with this system. To my ear, it produce a well-balance sound across the audio spectrum with no harshness. It has a great detail midrange that has width and depth. This system is in a small room about 10x13.
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    • NAD 3020
    nice amp
    • Velodyne CT-120
    subwoofer
    • DIY Dayton Audio diy
    These are DIY Dayton Audio monitors design by me. It has a custom build 2-order crossover with dayton precision cap and inductors. It also incorporate a zobel network.
    • Monster Cable Studiolink 500
    I have two pairs

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System edited: Change out the Yamaha CX-600U and the SCS 2150A with a NAD 3020.

highend64

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System edited: Just added a Rotel RCD-855 cd player.

highend64

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System edited: Just added a Yamaha CX-600U pre.

highend64

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System edited: Just added a Velodyne CT-100 and a Hafler DH-500 amp

highend64

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System edited: Added a desktop tower with a audiophile soundcard. All music is store on the hard drive as wav and aiff lossless files. Also I will be removing the 502 and getting a preamp.

highend64

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System edited: I just added a sub to fill in the subbass.

highend64

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Mjcmt, sorry for the late response. I have been out of the hobby for awhile. Unfortunely I had to sell my Adcom amp and pre. To answer your question, I think the 5300 sounded very detail with a good soundstage. I had a 545II also and both model sounded similar. Compare to the 545II, I think the 5300 had a better bass control and definition. The midrange and high sound pretty much the same, smooth with no harshness. Dean Man, thanks! I really like my Dayton Audio DIY speakers. It sounds much more then what is worth.

highend64

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System edited: Hi Audiogoner. I have been out of the hobby for awhile due to financial problems which I had to sell my Adcom pre and amp. Meanwhile, I have been starting over somewhat since I have not sold my speakers. Right now, I have bought a SCS Model 2150A amp and a Behringer Xenyz 502 mixer( using as a preamp). Although the Behringer 502 is a pro audio unit, it does the job nicely as a preamp. I dont intend to keep this unit in my system in the future as I will be using it for gigs. Hopefully I will be saving up for a preamp.

highend64

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I'm also a fan of diy stand mount speakers and am certain these perform well beyond their price point. I think it will be interesting to continue to watch your system evolve, too.

dean_man

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Question HE64.

When you settled on your GFA5300 did you compare it to other amps? Years ago I had a GFA545 II and it was just so-so. Are the newer Adcom's with 4 digit model numbers better? I'm curious about trying one of these newer ones.

On another note I likewise have have built 3 prs of diy speakers. I sold the first 2 and I'm not using my current floorstander in my spare room rig. And I also have a 10x13 room.

mjcmt

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System edited: I have downgrade my amp section due to financial reasons. I went and downgrade to a GFA-5300.

highend64

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Roxy, got a really good deal on the 5802 that why I got it. What ampn would you recommend?

highend64

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I would suggest that you try a different brand of amplification. I believe that if you are satisfied with Adcom, you would be more satisfied with many other brands in that price range.

roxy54

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I do use a computer as a source. The only problem is that I do not have a DAC and that I am using the headphone out. I know it does not sound the same as the DAC that is why Im looking into getting a DAC.

The Adcom amp sound great with great bass response, very articulate and clean. The highs is very detail and smooth without being grainy.

highend64

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Have you thought about using a computer as the source? HRT Music Streamer is only $160 and sound pretty good! It received good reviews from the pros on hifi magazines.

With less jitter issues, many are going this rout these days... Also you can stream music from many good sights like Rhapsody and you will have a library of music that is huge...

It's very convenient to have all of your songs in one place as well.

How do you like Adcom amps? I always wanted one - I am hunting for a 555II model...

gonglee3

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Thanks for the suggestion Mjcmt. I never got the chance to have them painted. As for the stands, I'm definitely looking to get better stand.

highend64

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I've enjoyed building my own speakers over the years too. My first pair I made in the '90s were out of mdf with routered edges like yours. I spray painted mine gloss black lacquer at a cabinet shop and they looked stunning. I recommend you do the same, or for about $20 you could have an auto body shop paint your cabinets and stands w/ left over auto paint.

mjcmt

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Hi Alan, the speakers are 6 1/2' feet from center to center.

highend64

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Sorry it took so long to get back to you. I would be happy to help you at that time. By the way. How far apart are your speakers center to center?

alan2

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System edited: updated pics

highend64

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System edited: Just got a Adcom GFA 5802 amp and GFP-565 pre. Remove the cd player. Will update pics soon.

highend64

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Hi Gonglee3. I bought the Pioneer player because I was in need of a replacement for my broken NAD. The DV-525 sound good not great. The Pioneer to me sounded like the bass was thin. It did produce a nice soundstage but lack the depth. Your more then welcome for suggestions.

The speakers sound incredible. They were custom built to my specs. The tweeters and midbass drivers are Dayton Audio from Parts Express. The crossover was built by me from scratch also Dayton Audio.

highend64

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I would upgrade the DVD player next. If you want suggestions, let me know...

How does your speakers sound by the way? Can you give me the link to them?

Happy listening...

gonglee3

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System edited: Bought a NAD 1000 preamp.

highend64

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I never thought of having a turntable. I would consider you recommedation in the future. Thanks

highend64

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