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The addition of the Sovereign dual tonearm table in early March has been an enjoyable distraction.  Currently enjoying the contrast between the Kiseki Purple Heart and the Koetsu RSP.  The Enterprise C tonearm required some extended time in setting up and optimizing for the RSP but the results have been stunning.  This, combined with my personal trip to VAC in Sarasota at the end of February where Kevin and Brett upgraded my Renaissance V, has allowed my system to again reach new levels of musical communication.  Why is it when our systems sound there best there is no one to also appreciate them.  Looking forward to having vinyl nights with the local group again...
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Room Details

Dimensions: 16’ × 14’  Medium
Ceiling: 8’


Components Toggle details

    • Valve Amplification Company Renaissance Mk V
    w/phono
    • Ayre VX-5 Twenty
    • Ayre QX-5 Twenty
    • Origin Live Sovereign MK3-2 Turntable
    Dual arm plinth
    • Origin Love Enterprise C
    tonearm
    • Origin Live Illustrious Mk3c
    tonearm
    • Kiseki Purpleheart
    • Ortofon Windfeld Ti
    • Koetsu Rosewood Sig Platinum
    • Ortofon Cadenza Black
    • Ortofon 2M Mono
    • Spendor D9
    • Degritter Ultrasonic Record Cleaning
    • Luminous Audio Synchestra Signature
    Speaker cables
    • Audience AU24SX and SEi
    SX Interconnects and SEi power cables
    • Audience Adept Resonse aR6-TSSD
    • Adona Corporation Eris 6 DW
    • Townshend Audio Seismic Isolation Podiums
    • ATS Acoustics Room Treatments
    • Record brush
    Family heirloom
    • Bob's Devices Sky 10
    SUT

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The Koetsu has moved to a new friends system.  Surprised myself with deciding to let it go, but this is a crazy hobby.  Awaiting a new Miyajima Madake to arrive and in the mean time... Ortofon Windfeld Ti on one arm and my Kiseki Purple Heart making beautiful music on the other.

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Mounted the Koetsu RSP on the Enterprise C arm this week.  Spent a little extra time (currently have quite a bit...) with its setup especially the SRA and have been well rewarded.  The Purple Heart is such a fun listen, but the RSP is finally displaying its unique abilities.  Two tonearms is more fun than I ever anticipated.

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Upgraded to the Origin Live Sovereign mk3-2 turntable with dual tonearm plinth.  Moved my Illustrious mk3c tonearm and added the excellent Enterprise C.  Currently the Kiseki PH and the Ortofon Windfeld Ti are in service.  In addition a recent visit of the Renaissance V to the VAC factory for upgrades has proven to be well worth its travels to Sarasota.

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The Koetsu Rosewood Signature Platinum is now in the system and it is enchanting.  I love the detailed presentation of the Windfeld Ti but the this is a different experience.  The cohesive room filling presentation initially seduces you and then you notice all the detail that is present.  A member of our audio society described it as “tape like”.  It has taken some time to dial in the setup of the RSP. I used a SMARTractor and Fozgometer for initial installation and once that was set found the SRA and bias final adjustments by ear.  I have used Ortofon cartridges for many years so this is a nice addition to my analogue experience. My Windfeld is staying but the Cadenza Bronze and Black will soon be seeking new homes.

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I have upgraded the motor pod of my Origin Live Resolution with their new Light Speed Contol.  This required a factory visit for the motor pod but was handled very professionally and quickly by Origin Live.  Their statement is the following:

“Direct drive decks are renowned for their consistent speed. However the Origin Live LSC achieves the same result with unerring accuracy. Measurable drift is below 0.0001% (over 100 times more accurate than most decks). Wow and Flutter has been recorded at a mere 0.04% which betters many direct drive decks.”

I am greatly enjoying this simple upgrade and it’s audible effects.  

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Thank you Jeff 

Sorry for the long delay in a reply.  The Spendors are a significant upgrade in my system relative to the Thiels. I enjoyed the CS2.4 for 5 years but once we moved into our new home I could not balance (tame) their upper frequency output in my new room.  The Spendor D9 are extremely balanced, have beautiful highs, emotional mids with great clarity, and bass extension that is surprising.  I visited the Capital Audio Fest and enjoyed auditioning lot of systems and speakers.  Many had individual traits that I greatly admired, but few had the balance I currently enjoy.

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DRr;

You have many changes in the works.
Spendor D9...
I've tried to listen to the D7 at Axpona , but room was always so crowded
Usually a good sound indicator

Ayre stuff is always good

So, How is the sound profile of this system compared to your Thiels?

You room and choices look wonderful

Your turntable is stunning

Jeff

Ps : Your vintage record cleaner is sweet

frozentundra

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Owner
Added a picture of a record cleaner I rediscovered. Sorting through many boxes from my past that have come in to my possession I found something special.  My father’s father was a partner in an electrical appliance store in the 50’s that sold RCA record players.  I have a record cleaner/duster from his store.  The brush surface on the cleaning side is pretty decrepit but I decided it needs its own special place in my audio room. (Hockey puck display case was perfect size )

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Thanks milpai. Still working on final placement but they have moved out a little and tow in has been increased slightly. I will update system pictures soon.

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@drrsutliff,
Spendors looking great. I suggest that you try to experiment by pulling the Spendors further into the room. That will do 2 things - reduce the bass boom and give you deeper images. Enjoy the new speakers!!

milpai

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Ortofon Windfeld Ti arrived and installed (thank you Jay @ Audio Revelation).  Very nice upgrade from the excellent Cadenza Black.  Hopefully this is the final analogue upgrade for this year ;)
Now to work on the digital side...

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Thank you shadorne.  They have been playing 24 hours a day and with the dealer over yesterday we did some final placement adjustments and spiked them.  The Spendors are exceeding my hopes.  Great soundstage width and depth with nothing eccentuated.  The clear detail is drawing me into every song.  If I could just get some sleep...

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Congrats. Those Spendors with Ayre amplification must sound sublime. Definitely a positive step.

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Spendor D9s arrived today.  Initial thoughts are very positive, but they need some time to settle in and then fine tuning of their setup position.  Should be exciting the next few days.

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Thank you milpai 
They should arrive the middle of next week and I will update after they have some time to settle acclimate to their new home.  I have the house to myself the following weekend so I’m sure many hours of music will be played.

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Congratulations on the D9s. I heard the D7s and they sounded very good. I am assuming that the D9 will make the music sound much bigger and real-life.

milpai

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Received my motor pod back from its visit to the Origin Live factory for the Light Speed Controler upgrade.  The upgraded speed stability of the TT is more of an audible upgrade than I had ever imagined.  New Spendor D9s are traveling my direction and my Thiels have become available for a new home to enjoy.  Using my KEF LS50s in the main system presently and as always they surprise me with their performance.

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A beautiful VAC Renaissance Mk5 preamp has replaced my VAC Renaissance Mk3 today. The reduction in gain from 22db to 10db is a nice change allowing for increased use of the volume control range.   Giving everything time to settle in but already extremely happy with this upgrade choice.  New tubes on order from Andy at Vintage Tube Service for the line stage and that should be another interesting change to enjoy.  First preamp I have had with 6dj8 tubes so I let my upgraded 12au7s and 12ax7s leave with the previous pre amp to make the eventual new owner very happy.

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I picked up a used Salamander rack on Sunday and it has allowed me to add my 40 year old Optonica DD turntable to the system.  Mounted my backup Cadenza Bronze Cartridge aligned with the SmartTractor Löfgren B IEC.  Very different than the recommended cartridge mounting position from the original manual.  Connected to a VAC SUT into the MM phono inputs of my Renassaince 3 preamp.  The table’s speed continues to be stable. It is a 6 pole AC direct drive.  I have owned this table since new in 1978 and have stored it for many years.  Glad to have it out again.  Now I will have fun comparing it to my Original Live kit.  Cadenza Bronze to Cadenza Black.  Belt Drive to Direct Drive.

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Thank you for the comments beetlemania.  Are you running balanced between your Ayre components?  I ran the Codex with RCAs for a while awaiting the cables I ordered to be delivered.  I had very high quality RCA interconnects and the improvement with the XLR cables was not subtle.

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I just acquired a pair of CS2.4SE. They are incredible, especially at this price point - all the more so used! IMO, close to SOTA resolution, transparency, and neutrality, give up just the last half-octave of bass. I think I would need to spend north of $30-40K to get a significant improvement in SQ.

And of course I admire your system. I'm driving my Thiels with an Ayre AX-5 Twenty and the pairing is nothing if not magical! I think the Ayre is a big reason the Thiels are singing at such a lofty level. The only upgrade I fantasize about now is replacing my QB-9 with a QX-5, but I already broke my budget with the AX-5. Maybe if the QX-8 is released . . .

If you ever get the upgrade bug for speakers, I recommend you first replace the capacitors in the CS2.4s. That is supposed to be the only sonic improvement of the SE version.

beetlemania

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Thank you Jafant.  It has taken 6 months Since moving to get things to this point, but the system has never sounded better.  Still need to get the last couple of panels mounted.  The largest change was starting over on speaker placement and  following the “Master Set” speaker placement instructions.  I have had a friend over recently that has listened to my system many times with both the VAC amp and now the Ayer and he agreed the presentations improvement was almost startling.  I had been even considering trying different speakers.  Now the 2.4s sound better that i ever imagined they could.  Many hours of sleep lost to listening recently...

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Beautiful room and system!
How are you liking the VAC/Ayre combo?

Happy Listening!

jafant

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The holidays brought a few very positive changes.  Added Audience balanced cables for the Codex to replace the Audience AU24SE RCA cables.  More improvement than I was expecting.  2 corner bass traps and 4 additional 2’ x 4’ wall treatments from ATS were also added.  Finally reset the speaker placement using the online Master Set instructions.  I’m sure it can be improved upon since it was my first attempt, but the improvement was not subtle.  Overall a great start to the new year.

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