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of all my systems in the past few years I have to say to my ears this is the most musical and engaging system by a large margin. I'm not listening to equipment any longer - just music. The all Kaplan wiring was a major step towards the enjoyment factor.
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    • ExaSound E20 MK II
    32/384 & DSD *4
    • SOLD * PS Audio MK II Perfect Wave DAC w/bridge
    SOLD and replaced with Mytek With the MK2 upgrade an already great DAC took a major step forward in sound quality.
    • AMR(Abbingdon Music Research) AM-77.1
    running the amp in vertical biamp configuration - Dual-Mono Amplifier - using integrated class A tube preamp.
    • Rosso Fiorentino Siena
    leather wrapped full range acoustic suspension speakers. Love them ;)
    • Kaplan Cables GS MKII
    used for the Siena mids & tweets
    • Kaplan Cables GS MKII
    XLR from PWD to amps
    • Kaplan Cables GS MKII Power Cables
    15A
    • dedicated circuits 3x 20A
    one outlet for each amp and the PWD
    • Boston Tuning standard w/tungsten ball
    used under Mytek
    • Kaplan Cables HE MKII 3a conditioning cable
    used for Mytek 192 DAC
    • SOLD * Adona Nemesis w/cherry trim
    used for AMR amps
    • Acoustic treatments various
    GIK 6x corner traps - ATS various - GIK QRD7 diffusor used at 1st reflection - 8th Nerve etc..
    • SOLD * Project Audio RM10
    with 10cc carbon arm & Ground It isolation base - Cover It cover.
    • SOLD * Tom Evans Microgroove Plus
    very nice sounding SS phono pre that replaced a Project Tubebox II SE
    • SOLD * Mytek Stereo 192 DSD
    unbelievable performance & expecially at this price! Using it via Firewire(Granite Digital cable) with external ESATA storage(12TB) - server software is JRiver(EXCELLENT SW)
    • Cabledyne Reference RCA Cables
    very nice sounding RCA cables from a new to market company. Used between TT & phone pre and phono pre to amps.
    • SOLD * Sumiko Celebration Pearwood
    cart.
    • HIFI Tuning Supreme fuse
    used in the Mytek DAC
    • Maestro 20A outlets
    used on the 3 20A lines
    • SOLD * Sumiko Speedbox II SE
    external power supply/speed control for the RM10 TT
    • Core Audio Design V.2 Model A amp stand
    used under Mytek & Tom Evans without the framing

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Agear - I bought a pair of Pass XA100.5 because I needed to feed my obsession and after a year+ with the AMR I wanted to experiment LOL... I can't afford to keep both but I like both equally - whichever pair sells first will go ;(

mantis007

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I bought both amps at the same time so I haven't tried using just one. I've pretty much always had mono amps in the past so I guess I am prone to mono amps ;) With the AMR in mono bi-amp mode most of the power supply power is available to the low frequency channel and gives better channel separation. I have 2 JL Audio 112 subs that I might try to integrate into the system. I miss that sub 25hz pumping - the Rosso do an excellent job with bass but only go down so far.. The only problem is the AMR don't have a sub or pre output. Not sure how I can hook them up... Any ideas?

I'm now thinking of selling my analog rig. I don't find myself using it much and have grown tired of using my VPI 16.5 RCM. I have about 200 albums to clean and just can't seem to find the time to do it, hahah..

mantis007

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Agear, both are excellent. The amps have plenty of power and the speakers use it to full advantage. They never sound over driven and bass is super tight and tuneful. I really like a sealed box for bass.

mantis007

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I would say the AMR has better tonality and dimentionality. I also think it has a bit better resolution. The ASR is a fantastic amp but the AMR is more enjoyable to me.

mantis007

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Hi Agear, the AMR amps only have 2 small tubes per amp for the voltage gain stage and they are supposed to last a very long time and do not need bias adjustment. It seems to be the best of both world's IMO. The Rosso are not Kirk's - I think his were wrapped in brown crocodile leather. Kirk was actually at my house to hear my system last year - it helped him decide to buy the ASR gear.

mantis007

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break in takes forever! I tried to keep a record of how many hours I had burned it in with the ISOTEK burnin track 2. It definitely opened up and became smoother around about 400 hrs - after about 600 it was even better but I don't notice any more changes. I probably have about 800-900 on mine now - I stopped keeping track. The ISOTEK track is supposed to speed up the process by 2-3X.

mantis007

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Thanks Pradeep ;) Yes, the FW sounds much better than USB in my system. I used the Gold X USB cable. FW is much more transparent and open sounding - the USB was a bit muffled in comparison. You might try both and see what you like better.

mantis007

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Hi Doug, I really am enjoying the sound ;) The Rosso sounded much better when I bypassed the jumper from the sub box to the mid/tweeter box by using individual cables for each. I don't think Darren ran them that way at the shows - when in mono biamp mode the AMR uses one channel for bass and the other for the highs - most of the power is available to the bass section - it makes a big difference sonically running things this way.
thx
Tony

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Hi Pdreher, I use a Win 7 quad core PC that feeds the Mytek via firewire. The PC is in another room so no noise. I use JRiver as the server and JRemote on an IPad to control it all - it works great. The Mytek doesn't have wireless but I doubt it would work with DSD anyway.

mantis007

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Hi Aaron, yes North would be better but with the measures I've already taken it's really not an issue an longer. The solar screens really do the job. I take most of them off from Nov. to about late March..

mantis007

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thanks Aaronknock, I really enjoy the room and only wish the front wall didn't face west. The windows have good tinting so that helps with heat in the summer. I also have solar screens to put on the windows which really cools/darkens in the summer. Yeah, that's a custom sized 2" acoustic panel in the fireplace cutout - works good ;)

thx
Tony

mantis007

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Hi Pierre, yes, check both out for sure. It's great that better gear is being produced at lower prices!

How's NJ treating you?

mantis007

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System edited: just a few updates: I sold my PS Audio PWD MKII soon after I got my analog rig thinking I would use the $$ to buy vinyl. Well after a while I missed the convenience of digital so I thought I'd get the well regarded Mytek and have been really surprised at it's sound - especially with DSD! At 1/3 the price of the PWD I have to say the Mytek is a much better sounding DAC in all regards. Soon after I got my analog rig I was mostly listening to vinyl and neglecting digital(PWD) - since I got the Mytek and after 500-600 hrs of burn-in I find myself listening to digital more ;) I think that says something about the Mytek. The analog side still sounds outstanding but digital is now much closer and soooo much easier. The Cabledyne cables have been a surprise - I tried several other brands before the Cabledyne and am sticking with these. They remind me of the Purenote brand that I liked very much years ago. At the price they are asking they are an absolute steal.

mantis007

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thanks for the comments guys. I haven't been here to check since my last update... I wish Agon would notify when someone posts...

Zephyr - I heard them in Atlanta too and also Jacksonville. They have been my favorite speakers to date - they do everything well and have a glorious midrange.

I've done some updates that I'll list below.

mantis007