Description

detailed, none fatiguing sound that washes over you to create a very relaxed environment but will startle you when the volume is turned up.
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Room Details

Dimensions: 37’ × 15’  X large
Ceiling: 14’


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    • Roon Labs Music Player
    RoonServer running on a Windows 10 PC (6700k CPU - 20TB external ESATA etc..) Controlled with an Apple Ipad Air 2. Also use Signalyst HQPlayer to upsample/filter all FLAC or DSD.
    • Sonore MicroRendu
    used to feed DAC via ethernet(BlueJeans Cat7). Outputs USB (Curious Cable 8") to DAC - superb!
    • SOTM sPS-1000
    3 rail linear power supply - used for Sonore MicroRendu - 7V
    • PS Audio Direct Stream DAC
    Torreys final firmware - Audio Magic Beeswax SHD fuse - CPT power cable
    • Bewitch Audio SB3008 Linestage
    all tube linestage with transformer output. All NOS tubes: Western Electric 300b - 274 - Telefunken 12AU7 etc..
    • KR Audio VA-910 Mono
    using KT150's and Synergistic Research Red fuses
    • PBN/BSI Model 4 MK II
    custom made by PBN for BSI - all Scanspeak drivers - Jantzen Silver Z Cap crossover - 375lb monsters. These have an Hypex DS8 800WPC plate amp for bass management/power.
    • HiDiamond D9 RCA
    from pre to DAC and amps
    • HiDiamond D8 speaker cables
    2M
    • Core Power Technologies Equi=Core 50 balanced power cable
    Used on DAC
    • Dynamic Design Lotus New Gen Power Cords
    used on KR Audio amps
    • Core Audio Design CLD Stand
    used for Bewitch linestage
    • ASI Heartsong Amp stands
    used for amps
    • Agora Acoustics Magic Hexa Anti Vibration Feet
    used under all components
    • Acoustic treatments GIK/Prime Acoustics/ATS etc.
    absorption and diffusion used
    • Herbies Audio Lab SuperSonic Stabilizer
    used on various components
    • Eden Sound Bear Paws
    used under speakers
    • Mapleshade hard hat
    used on various components
    • Acopian 5V 1.5A PS powersupply
    powers switch used to feed MicroRendu
    • Pangea AC9-SE
    used for Hypex amps on speakers - both plugged into individual SurgeX protectors
    • Maestro 20A outlets
    3 dedicated lines
    • 3X 20A dedicated power outlets dedicated circuits
    one circuit for each amp and one for digital
    • Surge X 15&20A
    used for sure protection/filtering on the Hypex Sub-woofer amps
    • SOLD - JM Sound/Canary Audio JM500
    custom made by Canary Audio - only 4 pair made - 300b output mono amps - 50wpc
    • SOLD - Psvane Black Treasure CV-181Z
    used on Canary amps.
    • SOLD - Luxman M600-A
    class A mono blocks run in bridged tie load mode
    • SOLD - Canary Audio CA-906
    2 chassis tube rectified tube pre upgraded with Mundorf silver/gold caps and Furutech IEC
    • SOLD - Luxman DA-06
    after a long line of other DAC's I have settled on this one for the foreseeable future. Outstanding DAC.
    • SOLD - Paul Pang USB V2 card
    USB card
    • SOLD - TotalDac D1 USB cable
    filtering USB cable 3M
    • SOLD - CAPS 3 Carbon computer
    used as my audio PC fed from a control PC in my office - it's a silent/fan-less computer that uses ethernet from control PC and output is via a SOTM USB card to the Luxman. This audio PC uses Windows Server 2012 R2, Audiophile Optimizer and JPlay. 8gb ram & 128GB SS drive.
    • SOLD - Acoustic Revive LAN-Isolator RLI-1
    used to filter noise on the ethernet cable

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Owner
Updated - current system as of August 2016. Items that are gone are labeled SOLD.

mantis007

Center
Owner
System edited: just a few changes - I updated items no longer used with SOLD. Added: Luxman M600-A amps(keeping JM Sound), PS Audio Direct Stream DAC, HiDiamond D8 speaker cables.

mantis007

Center
Owner
System edited: just a few changes and new pics. Replaced the High Fidelity CT1 IC with HiDiamond D9 - added HiDiamond power cables to pre and amps.

mantis007

Center
Owner
Hi, man I don't check this often. Yes, Peter builds a nice speaker. Funny I don't even think about upgrading anymore :) My wife likes that very much LOL

mantis007

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Very nice setup. Peter does know how to work his magic.

I use to own the little brother setup to your system (BSI Model 3, Canary CA-339 MK-II and CA-906).

bryans

Center
Hello Piere,

If you are looking for a CA906 I have two of them on the shelf looking for a new home, Yours ?

Good Listening

Peter

pbnaudio

Center
Owner
Thanks Pierre. The 906 has NOS RCA 5Y3 & 6SL7, the 6V6 are JJ - the 6SN7 are NOS RCA from the mid 50's. I bought it second hand and it came with these - I don't know what factory tubes it comes with. I will add pictures later on.

mantis007

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Congrats on the CA-906 preamp. Beast!

IMO the 2 chassis preamp with external power supply and two chokes is a great move. Tough to beat that external power supply weighing in at 35 lbs. Really lowers the noise performance.

Do you know what brand vacuum tubes (1 x 5Y3, 1 x 6SL7 and 2 x 6V6) incorporated with a newly design circuit ?

What about the line stage utilizing four military grade 6SN7 vacuum tube?

Surprised only RCA inputs.

lapierre

Center
Owner
System edited: added a Canary Audio CA-906 2 chassis preamp. It was upgraded with Mundorf silver/gold caps and a Furutech gold IEC. Great match for the amps.

mantis007

Center
Owner
Pierre - yes I certainly do but it also costs 2x more than the others. The last few I owned were the Mytek 192, BMC PureDac, ExaSound e20 MK II with Kingrex PS, Teac 501, PS Audio PWD MK II w/bridge. With each of those I found something lacking or excessive - either they were boring or bright or 2 dimensional etc.. I have had the Lux for a few months now and find nothing about it I don't like - it's never causes irritation where I want to turn the system off, its always engaging, smooth, luxurious sounding and has great resolution without being too technical sounding. I haven't looked or even thought about another DAC since I got the Lux. One thing I've been thinking about is trying some Furutech fuses on it but it uses 6 IIRC so $$$. It does have a mechanical relay sound when changing between resolutions but so did a couple of the other DACs but no big deal.

mantis007

Center
Kevin,

For an example, a single 8.2 Ohm 25 W Xicon resistor measures about 106uH inductance. Four in parallel, 2 one direction 2 in the opposite direction, measures 3uH and one ends up with a 2.05 Ohm 100W resistor with almost no inductance.

Good Listening

Peter

pbnaudio

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Why do you think Luxman is better than the other DACs you had in previous systems?

lapierre

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I’d also like to thank PBN for their answer. It makes a lot of sense. The only point I might take issue with is the paralleling of two resistors in opposite directions to make them non-inductive. For this to actually occur, the coils would have to be in direct and complete contact with one another—coil to coil with zero separation between them. If not, there’s a reduction of inductivity, not an elimination of it. But when used as shunts for the mid-woofers as they are here, as the designer points out, it doesn’t really matter.

kevinkwann

Center
Owner
Peter, thanks for the detailed explanation.

mantis007

Center
Kevinkwann, and Tony,

The resistors in the crossover are used as shunts for the two mid woofers and have high power handling which I view as far more important than using some fancy butique resistor with zero power handling.

Further more the only culprit in a sand cast resistor is that it is slightly inductive. This however can be eliminated by paralleling two resistors making sure that they reoriented so that the coils in them are oriented in opposite direction. A non inductive resistor, like a Mills for an example, is made that way. Its still a wire wound resistor but with a low power handling, Now take 2 ea. 25 W resistors and orient them that way and you'll have a 50W resistor that's induction free, use 4 ea. and your will have a 100W resistor that's induction free.

As Always Good Listening

Peter

PS Tony what an impressive system you have put together

pbnaudio

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It does make some sense for that singular purpose. Thanks Tony!

kevinkwann

Center
Owner
I asked that too and they are only used for bass shunt - if Peter from PBN sees this maybe he can explain.

mantis007

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PBN combines Jantzen silver caps with inexpensive sand-cast resistors...what kind of sense does that make?

kevinkwann

Center
Owner
Hi, yes they are but they I can move them around pretty easy without the Eden spikes. The CAPS works great - I also use JRiver on the Control PC and convert everything to DSD128 - the CAPS 3 doesn't have any problem with it.

Yes, the 8th Nerve are from years ago and were OOB back in 07 or 8 I think - they still work great ;)

mantis007

Center
Those are some massive speakers! Good to see another user of Audiophile Optimizer and Windows Server. I am planning to build a CAPS soon.

I also see you have some 8th Nerve products? You must have bought those a looong time ago as I believe the company is out of business? I still have of their stuff in the box in the garage that I never got around to using.

tboooe

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