Description

Basement room measures 14' wide x 26' long' x 7.5' tall.  Dedicated 20 amp lines.   

Musical interests vary from classical, jazz, vocals, acoustic, indie & pop.

Simplified to run Audio Aero CDP/DAC/Preamp direct into Music Reference amp with no sacrifice to sound quality.  
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Room Details

Dimensions: 26’ × 18’  Large
Ceiling: 7’


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    • Harbeth M-40.1
    Eucalyptus finish on Sound Anchor stands. This is my second pair of M-40.1's. I regretted selling my first pair, so this second pair will be with me a long time. Lesson learned.
    • Music Reference RM9 MK II
    One of my all time favorites.   Refurbished by Roger Modjeski and tubed with Gold Lion KT88’s and extra low noise RAM 6922's.  Also sounds great with RAM EL34’s.  Tried GL KT77’s as well, but would rank them behind GL KT88’s and RAM EL34’s.
    • Audio Aero Capitole Reference CD Player and DAC
    Cult classic CDP/DAC.  Serves as DAC for Bluesound Vault and SqueezeboxTouch.  At next retube I plan to upgrade caps to Jupiter copper oil or VCaps.
    • Logitech Squeezebox Touch
    An incredible bargain @ $300. Connected to external DAC with Black Cat Silverstar SPDIF cable.
    • Bluesound Vault
    Paired with Audio Aero DAC via optical cable.  Used primarily to stream Spotify or ripped CD's... although CD's sound better when playing through the Audio Aero Capitol CDP.
    • Sound Anchor for Harbeth M-40.1
    Heavy duty steel stands.  Pricier than the more common Skylan stands that I had with my last pair of 40.1's, but you get so much more for your money with the indestructible Sound Anchors.
    • KCI Silkworm
    Gold based cable. Outperforms the Purist Venustas it replaced by a large margin.
    • Silent Running Audio VR-2 & 3 isolation platforms
    I tired of messing with the various footers on the market. These are the real deal... excellent construction, visually appealing and effective.
    • Salamander Synergy Triple 20
    Cherry Finish
    • GIK Tri Trap
    black tri traps on front wall
    • ATS Acoustic Panels coffee bag design
    wife approved coffee bag design
    • Acoustic BBQ 12 gage Dueland speaker cables
    I've had significantly more expensive speaker cables from Stealth and Auditorium, but prefer these.  I also use ja pair of these in my secondary system.  Great bang for the buck and available from longtime Audiogoner "Grannyring".

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Owner
Thank you kind sir.  I haven't had the urge to make changes in quite a while, so it must be doing something right!

pdreher

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This is a room I'd dearly love to hear.  Those big Harbeths are beyond reproach and the RM10 has a sterling reputation.

Well-done, my friend.  


cymbop

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That's exactly what I've done for years w/my RM10 MkII...direct into an aging Cary 303/300....still need to hear a rig like yours the robust RM9 and big Harbeths must be fantastic.  The MR amps are amps for a lifetime.

pehare

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Owner
Thanks Pehare.  I need to update my system as my source has changed to an Audio Aero Capitol Reference CDP/DAC going straight into my Music Reference RM9 MK2 amp.  Gone are the VAC 30/30, Aesthetix Calypso Signature preamp and Luxman DAC.  So much simpler having only a source straight into an amp.

pdreher

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now that's a setup I'd love to hear.....VAC 30/30 & then Music Ref RM 9 w/one of the best speakers on the planet to date.....my taste all the way enjoY!

pehare

Center
Owner
System update reflects 
  • move to a different home (different audio room pics)
  • added VAC 30/30 MK III Signature 300B push-pull amp
  • added Music Reference RM9 MK II EL 34 tube amp
  • added Cardas Golden Reference IC 

pdreher

Center
Your Vac amp is beautiful!  Heaven match with your Harbeth 40 speakers.  Just something you want to consider.  I recommend swapping out the drives and input tubes to a different 6sn7.   Even the 6f8g with adaptor works best in this spot.  From my experiences i usually do not recommend using all 4 tubes with the same brand & structure for the drivers and input.  Drivers use a different 6sn7 and input use a different 6sn7.   You will not have a coherent sounds; You should try it, makes the music more transient, feet tapping and better dynamics.

zipost

Center
Owner
Updated with different amp (VAC PHI 200), Music Vault server, Luxman DA-06 DAC.

pdreher

Center
Owner
Sadly, I've only put about 20 hours on them as my system is down awaiting a minor repair. Despite them not being fully broken in, I immediately noticed a fuller response in bass and midrange. The LFD's are no slouch in their price range, but the Auditorium's are classics that exude a look and feel of quality construction. They are a destination speaker cable for me.

pdreher

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I see that you have recently gone from LFD speaker cables to Auditorium? What differences have you noticed?

valinar

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Thanks, Paul!

thuhaile

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Owner
Sorry for the delayed response. It's been quite some time since I've owned the C4's... but going on memory, the Harbeth's are much more organic sounding, have better bass and midrange, and are not fatiguing. I've owned the 40.1's twice, but have no interest in owning Dyn C series again. To my ears, the Harbeth's are far superior to the Dyn's.

pdreher

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Really nice setup. How does the m40.1 sound in comparison to the dynaudio c4?

thuhaile

Center
Owner
System edited: Added Auditorium A23 speaker cables and documented upgrades to the VAC 70/70 sig amp by Kevin and Brent.

pdreher

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Congrats on going back to the 40.1, one of my favorite speakers. Music just simple flows through them. I'm also using GIK treatments, they have taken my system to the next level.

jeff1225

Center
Owner
System edited: Added GIK Tri Traps on the front wall. Added a Logitech Squeezebox Touch, the best bargain in audio.

pdreher

Center
Glad to got back to the sound you like .
I had the M40.1s in Rosewood but really prefer the lighter Eucalyptus you have.
Only sold mine to fund an non audio project.

Have recently bought a pair of Active Gradient Revolutions which fit my requirments just a little better and are also VERY good.

But in an ideal world ( ie: dedicated room, no pets etc etc) I'd probably go back to the M40.1s ( althogh I'd first compare them side by side to the Gradients as it would be a close call I think).

pcoombs

Center
Owner
System edited: Have gone back to the big Harbeth M-40.1's. I regrettably sold my previous pair of M-40.1's about four years ago to change things up, but after trying two other decent speakers over those years, I realized the big M-40.1's are the speaker that just do it for me. Last time I used Skylan stands, but this time opted for the rock solid Sound Anchor's. Also replaced the reputable Modwright Sony 5400ES cdp with EAR's Acute II... a great piece that will be with me a long time. The addition of the big Harbeth's and the Acute CDP have successfully reinvigorated my interest in in this hobby. Next up... more experimentation with 6922 tubes for the Acute and I have some GIK Tri Traps on order.

pdreher

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Hi Paul,

I agree it's surprising that the M40.1 doesn't receive more attention here. I hosted an audio club meeting last week for about 10 members. I received comments like "this system just draws you into the music" and "the best system I've ever heard". I'm so glad I picked the big Harbeths over the other speakers that I considered. Like you, I've had a lot of speakers in the past, but for me the buck stops here. I hope that you enjoy the M40.1s as much as I do.

Steve

smatsui

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Owner
Steve,
Sorry for the delayed response. I've only been able to spend a few hours with my new (used) 40.1's, but they are fantastic. They will be with me a long time!

I'm amazed they don't get more love on Audiogon. Once I upload my new pics, I believe you and I will have the only virtual systems on Audiogon with M-40.1's... hard for me to believe there's not a larger following.

pdreher

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Paul,
I made the change almost 2 years ago from the SLH5 w/REL sub to the M40.1 and couldn't be happier. Their full body sound is addictive. Just amazing how they disappear in my listening room. Since you owned them before, you know what to expect and I'm sure you'll be very happy. Good Luck!

Steve

smatsui

Center
Owner
System edited: Sold the Harbeth SHL5's, Modwright Transporter & soon my REL sub to fund an upgrade to Harbeth M-40.1's. This will be my second time owning the 40.1's... I regretted selling them... lesson learned. I'm hoping to have the big Harbeth's by early August... can't wait!

pdreher

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New system pictures look great, they show what a very neat, well layed-out system you have. I'm with Al, Keifer looks very pleased with the new room, as well he should!

Regards,
Dan

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Keifer the wonder dog looks like he's smiling. Obviously approves of recent changes to the system.

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Center
Owner
System edited: Pics updated with Harbeth SHL5's, new Modwright CDP & Keifer the wonder dog.

pdreher

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