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My system sounds good for what it is. New Digital has me happy as does a better tuner than I have ever owned. It seems 2009 was the year for me to upgrade my front end. The new Talk has me amazed and the MD106T has shown me what FM is about. I finally feel I have a well balanced system which I would simply leave be at this point. I'm done. Famous last words I know but I can't think where this system is week accept the room which I have learnt to properly modify.My system sounds good. Then again my system 10 years ago, completely different smaller system, sounded good.Other than selling this system and starting all over again , what would you do next?
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    • PS Audio Perfectwave
    Nice transport. I never had a true dedicated transport and dac before. The PS audio combo is nice.
    • PS Audio Perfectwave
    Nice dac with PS Audio transport.
    • Magnum Dynalab MD-106T
    Upgraded to MD-106T
    • Pass Labs X250.5
    Smooth natural sounding Amp.
    • Pass Labs X1 Preamplifier
    Nice preamp. Matches well with Pass amp. Makes sense and does sound good.
    • Hales Design Group Transcendence 5
    Nice speakers. I have modified the crossovers and replaced the tweeters with Seas Millenium tweeters.
    • Hales Design Group Seas Millenium Tweeter Upgrade
    Upgraded stock tweeters with Seas Millenium with good results.
    • Hales Design Group Hales Transcendence 5 Crossover mod
    Upgraded crossovers
    • Bybee Golden Goddess Speaker Tails
    Nice tweak I would reccommend. I prefer the sound with these.
    • Cardas Golden Reference I/C
    I/C's from CDP and Tuner to Pre and from Pre to amp.
    • Cardas Golden Cross 1.5 meter RCA
    I/C's from Preamp to Headphone amp
    • Cardas Golden Reference biwire
    Nice Speaker cables
    • Siltech Classic Aniversary XLR
    Digital cable between transport and dac. Sounds good.
    • Tekline Reference Series
    Good cable on my tuner.
    • 6sonsaudio Vision Quest
    Nice cable which is on my Transport.
    • Audio Art Statement 1 power cable
    Power cable on headphone amp, amp, dac and preamp.
    • Shunyata Anaconda Helix Alpha
    Cable to Hydra6
    • Dream State Deep Dream
    Cable to Hydra 2 with Audio Art Statement 1 to amp.
    • Dream State Veridical Dream
    Power cable to experiment with for fun. This cable will replace another decent cable which will be my spare.
    • Shunyata Research Hydra 6
    Conditioner feeds preamp, cd transport, dac and tuner.
    • Shunyata Hydra 2
    This piece will run my amp with a Dream State Deep Dream before it and an Audio Art Statement 1 to my amp.
    • Wattgate 381 wall receptacle 381 ac receptacle
    Feeds dedicated ac line to my Hydra 6 which feeds my DAC,Transport,Tuner and Headphone Amp
    • PS Audio Power Port
    Outlet which feeds dedicated ac line to my amp.
    • Furutech Power outlet
    Power outlet which is currently installed to a dedicated line in my wall but it is not currently in use.
    • HiFi Tuning Noise Destroyer
    These help.
    • TI Titanium Cones
    Cones under headphone amp power supply.
    • Orchard Bay Khorus cones
    Cones under each speaker 1 brass and 2 stainless under each speaker
    • Dharuma 3.II
    Devices under Hydra
    • Orchard bay Isolation ball bearing devices
    Under preamp power supply and under headphone amp. I have 2 pairs.
    • Atlantas Reference 4
    Stereo Stand
    • Skylan Isolation Platform
    Under pre power supply
    • Auralic Taurus MK2
    New headphone amp
    • Audeze LCD-3
    Nicest headphones I've ever owned. I am using the ALO 8 chain cable replacing the stock cable with nice improvements.

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The sound I am now getting is truly glorious! I’ve been a power cable junky for years but the Audio Art Statement e2plus cables are the nicest cables I have ever used in my system and I have tried most everything over the years ranging up to $1500-$2000. The Audio Art cables are a good to excellent quality cables and Rob Fritz the owner of the company is a pleasure to do business with.

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My new power cables are a much improvement over my old cables which were nice.

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The Audio Art Statement Signature e2plus are the best cables I have ever used in my system. Highly recommended!!

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My system with the Directstream dac beginning to warm up has a very seductive sound which I never really experienced before. I am reminded of the sound I used to have when I had a vinyl record collection years before digital but the sound I am getting now is far superior. And to think my Directstream will only sound better as it burns in over the next few hundred hours play. Very exciting and I’m getting 4 Audio Art Statement Signature e2plus cables next week.Should be sweet.

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The sound is 3 dimensional giving me a sound stage all around me. I did not know my room would allow this type of sound! Pretty amazing!

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I’ve been listening to my system for 12 hours now!!! I may like the new Directstream dac. The addition of a couple of DH Lab Corona cables add a nice clarity as well. In a week I will be getting a couple of Audio Art Statement Signature e2plus cables which should be nice.

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I just received my DS 10 minutes ago and it already sounds good. A much improvement over the Perfectwave.

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I am now going to make a cable change in that I will be replacing my Audio Art Statement 1 cables with 2 of the new Audio Art top of their line power cables and 2 DH Labs Corona cables which should be an upgrade over the older Audio Art Statement 1 cables. Once again I don’t know what to expect but it will be a fun exercise to play with new cables.

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As time has passed and with more burn in time on my headphones and headphone amp the sound is very nice but even still my main speaker system is very exciting. It will be fun to add the Directstream dac but the Perfectwave dac is still nice.

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I should be getting a Directstream dac to replace my PerfectWave Mk2 Dac this week. I am hoping it will be a good improvement. The PerfectWave DAC is nice itself.

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My Lcd4 phones and Moon 430HA amp are sounding better with burn in. My head gear has less than 80 hours play so it should further improve with more play time.

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As nice as my headphones sound my speaker system,Hales-Pass,sound nicer! That says volumes for my main speaker system as the Lcd4 phones with Moon 430HA amp are a beautiful combo. I’ve been listening to my Lcd4 headphones all week but today I’m running the Hales.

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Got the Moon 430ha amp! Wow!

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With perhaps 5 or 6 hours play on my Lcd4 headphones the sound is spectacular with my Auralic Taurus Mk2 headphone amp. I will be getting a Moon 430ha headphone amp this Friday and I’m very excited for it.

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I received my Lcd4 phones yesterday!! Nice out of the box and getting better with play. I am getting a Moon 430 ha amp but my Auralic Taurus Mk2 amp is nice itself. It’s getting easier to stay at home in these crazy times.

mitchb

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My system has a 3D quality to the sound which is magical. The sound stage is expansive with the sound all around and behind me.
I am getting a pair of Audeze LCD4 headphones tomorrow so I am excited about my system all around.

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Sounds excellent. Going into 2020 with a completed system.

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Sounds better than ever!!! There is always bigger better faster but my system sounds quite good as is.

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My main system sounds better than my headphone gear and my head gear is nice!

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I've changed my 6 Sons Audio Vision Quest cable on my tuner to a DH Labs Red Wave with Wattgate Blue Dot connectors and I'm enjoying the cable. The Red Wave is essentially the same as my Audio Art Statement 1 cables but with Wattgates instead of Furutech connectors. My system still sounds good.

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Still sounds good!!!

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The amp and tuner which were sent in for repair in January are now starting to sound nice and open sounding. The sound is really nice now as I've been burning in these repaired units slowly.

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I got my amp back from repair today and it sounds better than ever!

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Still nice.

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Hi Mitch,

I would love to hear your system. You"re welcome over to hear my system. How do I PM you?

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