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In general I find the performance to price ratio of these components to be very high. Time constraints prevent me from having time to fiddle much. The gear works without any fuss or muss on my part. Money, in my opinion, seems to have been spent well as my hassle is minimal and enjoyment is high.
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    • Magnepan MG-20r
    Planar speakers
    • Audio Research REF-2 mkII
    Replaced Levinson solid state. Has a remote control to boot.
    • Bryston 4B-ST
    Pair
    • VPI Industries TNT jr
    TT
    • Graham Engineering 1.5 basic
    Arm
    • Benz Micro MC Ruby
    Cartridge
    • Tom Tutay Phono stage
    All tube phono stage custom designed and built by Tom Tutay. Marvelous upgrade with improved bass and spatial localization of instruments. Things just sound more in tune is the best way I can describe it. Hard to believe it can do this.
    • Audio Research CD-1
    CD Player
    • Photo Albert Porter - non cryo treated
    Photo of the room by Albert Porter. In real life, the red chair and bench are at opposite ends of the room, of course.
    • Setup Arm/Cartridge
    Cartridge/arm kindly adjusted by Albert Porter. Correct setup by a pro makes a huge difference.
    • Audio Designs SilverStar
    TT interconnnects
    • Music Wave ..
    Speaker cables
    • ? It's black
    2" granite top
    • VPI 16.5
    Record cleaner. Easy to use

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Doc H,

I need an invite to come hear your computer audio set up. Probably difficult for you this time of year with so much flu and winter colds.

I've made changes since you last visited, maybe we can plan to listen at each others place soon.

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Computer audio (vs CD) seems to be the way to go in the future. I have created a sort of a poor man's Soolos with Windows XP computers, MediaMonkey, Airport Expressi (to several rooms for non critical listening)and a DAC on a PC for more critical listening.

Using free/very cheap software I am able to control all of my computers and different music being streamed to different zones simultaneosuly (via 10 a year old laptop). I can see album art, create/modify/edit playlists and view lyrics. All while in a chair with a small laptop (ie a big remote control) in front of me.

Usually I just have 1 computer sending music to 1 system at a time but it is trivial to send music to multiple rooms at the same time.

The expense basically becomes the cost of the harddisks as most folks already have a computer or two.

imdoc

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Hello Imdoc,

Very serene...it would appear you have achieved your objective - congrats!

Best regards,
Sam

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YOur wife has good taste.

The system ain't bad either!

mapman

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Nils: Thank you for the complement. My designer (er, wife) will appreciate it. Wood trim on speaker is black but grill cloths are actually a darkish gray.

Picture was done by Albert Porter and has been shown in some design magazines.

Mdtabor: The red chair and the stool are reversed in position day to day. The red chair is just on the surface of the carpet (just in front of the camera position). I have a eight-foot by eight-foot doorway behind me that is open and give me substantial space behind me. No wall is probably even better than a highly treated wall in my opinion.

imdoc

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I like the "Wife Acceptance Factor" and I am sure it is extemely high. Beautiful! and I am sure with all the rear space the Maggies are wonderful! Where do you sit when listening?

mdtabor

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Is it the lighting, or did you go with black trim and gray fabric? It's a very classy look.

nils

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Thank you very much.

imdoc

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Very smart looking room you have there.

ethanh

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Very nice upgrade with new tube phono stage.

imdoc

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Imdoc, I don't believe you.... So, I guess I'll just have to come to your home and see for myself. Beringer white zinfandel or a glass of good cognac will do. I'll bring my own smoking jacket and slippers. I would appreciate it very much if you'd have some very good cheese on hand also. Please block out a couple of undisturbed hours while I check out your claim. I'll bring my own music.

I've heard the small 1.6 Maggies before and they were incredible with an average preamp, yours with the Ref2 mk2 must be killer.

mitch4t

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mjp:
Mitch4t

Thanks. With a glass of wine (or two) one can occasionally suspend disbelief and imagine a small ensemble or soloist is performing in front of the fireplace in my living room.

imdoc

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Outstanding!!

mitch4t

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Cool room. One of the best looking I have seen.

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Replaced Levinson solid state preamp with the Audio Research for a change of pace.

imdoc

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That was really clever of you. I like it.

nrostov

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Nrostov: Thanks. Goal was to make room at least approximate a real living room vs a hi-fi store.

Amps and crossovers are behind speakers on cheesy stands I built. Preamp->amp interconnects are under the floor in PVC pipe.

Gear on a stand in left rear corner. Will see if I can conjure up a picture.

imdoc

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I really love your room. Where is the gear? Do you have a picture of it?

Justin

nrostov

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Raytheprinter: thanks for your kind comments.

Warrenh: Plain old synthetic.

imdoc

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nice carpet. Is that a wool/silk blend?

warrenh

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Beautiful room!

raytheprinter

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Spectacular looking room. This room ahs got to have high "WAF".

I have never understood why high end stereos must have cables, cords, and gear running everywhere in a jumble. Having a nice, orderly room only enhances the "ambiance". I just wish the manufacturers would create methods to deal with the chaos.

Congratulations on a great looking, and I bet sounding, room. You have obviously spent a lot of time and energy on making it look and sound good.

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System edited: VPI record cleaner is relatively inexpensiveand works quite well

imdoc

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Warrenh - I do have a pair of amps. An amp channel is devoted to the high end/midrange on each side and an amp channel is devoted to the base panel on each side.

Amazing how much power the speakers can soak up or require (depending on your point of view).

imdoc

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nice system. when you can, get yourself another Bryston. One per Maggie=bridge those babies. You will hear what those babies can do, for the first time. They will eat it up...

warrenh

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