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High power, low efficiency system put together in the larger of my two living areas. Very fun system to listen to, all pieces work together well nicely and are on the affordable end of this hobby.
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    • Magnepan MG-1.6qr
    Great speakers, unbeatable for the price
    • Martin Logan Depth i
    900W Peak servo controled Sub, mates perfectly with Maggies and is also aesthetically pleasing.
    • Quicksilver Audio Line Stage
    Two 12ax7 NOS Telefunken tubes, one per channel with remote control.
    • Wyred 4 Sound SX-500 Monoblocks
    625 watts each at 4ohm.
    • Apple Macbook
    2.5ghz processor, 2gig ram, 320gig hard drive
    • Apple Airport Express
    Used in conjucntion with Itunes, optical out.
    • Musical Fidelity V-DAC
    Excellent budget DAC
    • MIT EXP1
    Can't go wrong with MIT
    • Van Den Hul Optocoupler Mk II
    Glass Toslink Cable from Airport Express to MF-VDAC
    • Tara Labs Spectrum 3A
    Solid copper core RCA cables

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System edited: All my cables have now been upgraded. I think I am done for a while, time to let everything settle in and just enjoy the music.

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Thanks Jerico! I am definitely happy with the sound, a few cable upgrades and I think I will be done for a while.

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System edited: Replaced Cambridge that was doing pre duties with a Quicksilver linestage. Improvements are remarkable right off the bat, I knew the Cambridge was holding my system back but I had no idea how much until now.

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System edited: Removed Grant Fidelity Tube Buffer from system. Will evetually introduce tubes again with a new pre. Hooked up W4S monos and first impressions are very positive. They seem to have a great "grip" on the panels, bass is much improved. Damping factor is more than quadruple my previous amp.

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System edited: Awaiting delivery of Wyred 4 Sound SX500 monos, will do some serious listening this weekend and report findings.

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I am on the hunt for a new pre, probably will go tube based. First I have to replace my amp, I will go class D due to the fact that I need high power in a small enclosure that will fit in my cabinet and not overheat. I am not sure about the Cambridge as a Preamp either, I don't feel I get quite the volume I should. My Crown's input impedance is 10k ohms which is pretty low. I have yet to find the specs for the pre-out impedance of the Cambridge but I imagine there is a mismatch between the two. I knew there would be issues with my electronics going in though. I bought my speakers knowing I would build a system around them while using my existing gear in the meantime.

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Thanks for the kind words Mjcmt. The Magnepans do fit in quite well with my(wife's) decor, although I did buy them for their sound as well having auditioned them first. They are quite the conversation piece, most people have never seen a flat panel speaker and are always eager to listen. It is a good way to introduce people to higher fi.

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System edited: Hooked some powered computer speakers directly up to my cable reciever, no longer need to use the Cambridge to power my seperate TV speakers. This means I can upgrade in the near future to a dedicated pre, probably something tube based.

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Thanks for the reply, I do pull them out when listening and toe them in a bit. I have the same boundry gain issue with the speaker closest to the wall. I have been researching some DIY treatments that I can put up and take down when not using the system but have yet to come up with anything.

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