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Big system in a small listening space, but the sound is great !!

System has evolved a lot over the last years, but at this point I'm afraid I'm happy with the sound and the looks...

The problem is: what do I have to do now? Listen to music? Help me !
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    • Kharma Ceramique 2.2 Ti
    With titanium tweeters and Kharma binding posts, hence the 'Ti'
    • Symphonic Line RG 3 mk4
    With remote and dual mono MC phono board
    • Symphonic Line Turbonetzteil Reference
    Latest 'Reference' power supply for RG3 in Aranya case (under RG3)
    • Symphonic Line RG 4 mk 4
    Replaced RG7.
    • Accustic Arts Drive 1 mk2
    This Drive replaces Metronome T1A, AA is the better sounding by far !
    • Accustic Arts Tube Dac 2 Reference
    Replacing Metronome C1A
    • Bergmann Sindre
    With vacuum hold down
    • Van den Hul Colibri XGP Ref
    Newest version, replacing my ZYX 4D
    • Kenwood KT-990 D
    Remarkable sound !
    • Stealth Dream V10
    Top class !
    • DCCA Audio Reference Master
    Latest upgraded version. On both the RG4 monoblocs.
    • LessLoss DFPC
    On CD transport and DAC. These powercords equal a component upgrade!
    • Stealth M7000
    Power cable on the pre amp
    • Stealth Nanofiber
    1m RCA
    • Hovland Generation 3
    RCA from DAC to RG3
    • Stealth Varidig Sextet Digital
    1 m RCA digital
    • Symphonic Line Stromkonverter
    Parallel filtering. Excellent effect.
    • Harmonix TU202ZX
    Two pair under the Kharma
    • Harmonix TU202ZX MK2
    Under my rack.
    • Harmonix TU-505EX MKII
    Nice looking and good working feet.
    • Yamamoto PB21
    African ebony cones under the Kharma
    • My Own designed Rack
    Isn't it a beauty ? :-)
    • Graham Slee Solo SR + PSU1
    Headphone amp
    • Sennheiser HD800
    Killer headphone!
    • Stefan AudioArt Endorhpin
    Is ordered with Rhodium connector... review will follow ASAP.

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Owner
Sindre is having the Vacuum Hold Down upgrade by Johnnie Bergmann.

mattheus

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Owner
System edited: Replaced Bergmann Magne with Sindre

mattheus

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Owner
I'm afraid it is...in full force...am already looking for a Bergmann Sindre... please don't cure me... :-)

mattheus

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I guess the audio bug is back!!!

jeff1225

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Owner
Hallo Gary, thanks for the nice words. The Benz is still available I think, it's comfortable but it needs a little time to get used to (as with most things in life...).

mattheus

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I have always thought your system to be a beautiful one, both from a gear point of view and aesthetics (within the limits of my ability for this sort of thing). The Rolf Benz is particularly nice. We are remodelling (I am told) and will be looking for a new chair. I am not sure if that is still manufactured but if so I will give it some thought. Is it comfortable? Congratulations on the new turntable, I have heard them and they certainly are very nice.

Thanks

Gary

gajgmusic

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Owner
System edited: Replaced Transrotor with Bergmann Magne TT. Heavenly !

mattheus

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Owner
RG3 will be updated and I ordered the new Turbo Netzteil Reference in Aranya case.

mattheus

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Owner
Bongiorno Nicola,

No, I replaced it with SL RG3 preamp and RG4 mono poweramps a few years ago, as you can see on the picture. All SL gear sounds powerfull yet refined and detailed. Ofcourse this depends on the other equipment in your system. I can fully recommend the Kraftwerk II !

Rgds

Renaat

mattheus

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Hi Mattheus,
did you still own the Symphonic line Kraftwerk MKII? I'm very interested to buy this integrated for my new Raidho C1.1 speakers, can you tell me something about the sound of this integrated?
Best regard!
Nicola (Italy)

kin

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Owner
Jeff,

The audiobug has left the building overhere, so no more obsessive visits to Gon. The VDH is 'vinyl in High Definition'; ZYX was very good but the Colibri takes it all to a higher level. You know the drill: more detail, more dynamics, better stageing...

Rgds,

Renaat

mattheus

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Mattheus,
Can you give us an update on the move from the XYZ to the Van Den Hul?

Thanks,
Jeff

jeff1225

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Owner
System edited: Ordered Stealth DreamV10 to replace Stealth's Dream. Looking forward to it !

mattheus

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Owner
System edited: Replacing ZYX 4D with Van den Hul's Colibri XGP reference. Waiting for burning in...

mattheus

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Owner
System edited: Varidig Sextet digital: smooth and detailed. A nice upgrade.

mattheus

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Dear Mattheus,
I use a HD800 and a Graham Slee Solo as well. Great stuff! I'm waiting for my Moon Audio Blue Dragon cable upgrade and yesterday found a review of the Endorphin on Positive Feedback so I'm really looking forward to reading your impression of the cable. This cable seems to be the best for the HD800, so maybe another upgrade path for me. Regards from Vienna, Joachim

soulbrotherjoachim

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Owner
System edited: Added twe LessLoss DFPC on transport and DAC. Always amazing to hear what power handling can do to the sound! Amazing!

mattheus

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Owner
System edited: Stefan AudioArt Endorphin is ordered, also ordered Callas Audio phonopuck and Hovland Generation 3 interconnect.

mattheus

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I clicked on your virtual system because of the Stealth Dream speaker cables. You have put together a beautiful music system. Every piece is eye candy and I'm sure sounds just as good. The Dream SC'c are my next planned purchase.

gerrym5

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Owner
Ordered Stealth DREAM speakercable. Review will follow...

mattheus

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Owner
Jeff,

The ZYX delivers a very balanced and detailed 3D sonical picture. But smooth and 'real'. I know these are the typical 'high end' terms, but can't describe it otherwise. Very special is the fact that the Atmos seems to suppress 'pops'. I had the Airy3 (and Fuji) before: the Atmos is way better, it's like the Airy on speed :-)

mattheus

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Very nice system, I too enjoy the Transrotor SME IV combo. I'm using the Shelter 5000 cartridge on my system, can you tell us a little about the sound of the ZYX in your system?

jeff1225

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Owner
System edited: Stealth PGS XL from DAC to preamp. Do I have to tell I am a Stealth addict ?

mattheus

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Mattheus,

I wasn't implying the feet didn't work, only wondering if there was an explanation for the burn-in of the feet. I know after a change for the better my system seems to settle in and become even smoother after two weeks of play = "the sum is greater than the parts" = synergy.

Thanks for the kudos!!!

samhar

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Owner
Samhar,

Thanks for the nice words... The RB is a piece of art indeed and matches very well with my system :-)

I understand what you're saying. Becoming acquainted with the sound may be interpreted as 'burning in'.

But in my case: my ears are very sensitive to treble and I experience less or no pain in my ears now (this is since I put the Harmonix under the rack). This is a 'proof' to me that these feet 'work'.

BTW Your system seems to rock too !!

mattheus

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