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This system is great for my 800 sq foot apartment, If you've never heard Deja Vu equipment and you're ever in the DC area their store in Vienna VA is amazing, a haven for tubes and analog. I ended up with my amp after years of taking broken gear to Vu's to be fixed and having him loan me gear that sounded so much better. Finally I made a trade and ended up with my current amp and the best and probably last amp I will ever own. Especially since the NOS Aerovox cap upgrade Vu recommended a huge upgrade in every way.. My preamp I picked up on Agon, a cool early Deja Vu prototype full function with an active tubed crossover. Both amp and preamp were built by Pavel their former designer and the synergy makes both greater than the sum of their parts.

Later additions are my Audionote  Dac-3 Signature and Auralic Aries Mini and I'm now addicted to streaming. Audio Note Lexus speaker cables, Furutech power cables, a Jorma Design digital cable,  and my analog interconnects are Kondo and Auditorium 23.

Got  some new footers Gregitek Aries Graf, Combak Ebony Pucks, plus added a Synergistic Black Quantum fuse to my preamp.  Improvements all around the system keeps sounding better and better!

Just got my new Audio Note AN/Jlx's and the system is truly singing!
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    • Auralic Aries Mini with Sbooster Power Supply
    A great sounding little streamer and love the Lightning DS app!
    • Audio Note UK DAC-3 Signature
    Audio Note Dac-3 Signature built in1995! I recently had the coupling caps upgraded to AN copper caps. Output tubes are a pair of Mullard CV2492 and the Dac sounds really sweet, transparent, natural, with great tone.
    • Deja Vu Audio Full-Function Tubed Stereo Preamp
    Tubed preamp from Deja Vu Audio in Vienna VA. This is an older prototype with a built-in tubed crossover and phonostage, but I run it just as a linestage. A mix of vintage and current parts, including XLO internal wire and an ALPs volume pot from 1977 that was chosen for it's superior sound quality. Amazing warm, organic, lifelike sound, very synergistic with my amp both designed and built by Deja Vu's former designer whiz Pavel.
    • Deja Vu Audio Custom EL-34 Stereo Amplifier
    A stereo pushpull amp with a pair of EL34's per channel, three 6SN7's up front and a 5AR4 rectifier. Triode wired running in Class A putting out 17 warm sweet powerful watts per channel. Vintage Acrosound transformer from the 60's. With Gold Lion KT-77's and a recapping last year with NOS Aerovox Caps from the 1960s. A 60's era  RCA rectifier and Sylvania 6SN7's complete the package.
    • Audio Note AN/Jlx in Olive Wood Finish on Sound Anchors
    I finally pulled the trigger on new speakers after 10 years with my previous JMlabs Micros. Vu at Deja Vu Audio really pointed me in the right direction with the AN/J's they arrived yesterday and look and already sound great. They are the Lexus copper wired version which Vu recommended for it's warmth compared to the silver wired versions.  He also recommended the original paper woofer over the newer blue hemp cones, finding the hemp drivers to be a bit dry sounding. These sound great already and should really start to sing around the 100 hour mark!
    • Cerious Technologies Nano Signature Power Cable
    I have this powering my power conditioner, great budget PC!
    • Furutech FP-S032N With F1-11 Gold Connectors
    I have two of these excellent  12awg  power cords feeding my DAC and preamp, custom made for me by Chris Venhaus at VH Audio.
    • ExactPower 2000 AC Power Conditoner
    Balanced voltage device and line conditioner.
    • Variac 2000VA
    For my power amp, ramps up voltage gradually to a steady 120V.
    • Jorma Design Digital Cable
    The best digital cable I've heard in my system bar none.  Beautiful organic vivid sound with real musical flow. Connecting the Aries Mini to my AN Dac.
    • Kondo AudioNote Japan KSL-Vc
    Kondo's copper interconnect running from my DAC to preamp. I thought it would be perfect to add AN Japan to AN UK and I was right. This cable sounds fantastic an improvement in tonality, timbre, tonal color, and detail. Music flows better and sounds more real.
    • Auditorium 23 Interconnect
    This gave me that final ahhh moment when i connected it between my amp and preamp. Just a gorgeous sounding cable that makes music sound more real and natural.
    • Audio Note Lexus Copper Speaker Cables
    Hooked up my new AN/Jlx's with the same copper wire they are internally wired with, nice to get away from garden hose sized cables to something more human sized.
    • Gregitek Aries Graf Footers
    Carbon fiber and aluminum under my Aries Mini and my amp.
    • Combak Corp Brass and Ebony Footers
    Under my preamp.
    • Synergistic Research Black Quantom Fuse
    Installed in my preamp.
    • Synology DC 214 Play
    NAS server feeding my Aries Mini two 4 TB hard drives in a hybrid RAID configuration.
    • High Fidelity Cables MC-0.5
    I was loaned one of these from my friend Jim @lowrider57, and liked the more relaxed feeling it gave to the music. When High Fidelity was closing them out half price recently I picked one up, it's been in the system for a month now. Nice tweak and I am not much of a tweaker!

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I can only surmise this system shocks the uninitiated.  The prevalence of point-to-point wiring and chassis work; the lack of shiny objects attracting the pedestrian audiophile.  The AN under the radar pieces.

Unsolicited, but may I recommend Steve Deckart of Decware and his ZLC power conditioner.   Apartment living has its dirty power challenges.  Thanks for sharing.  Ciao

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Thanks @tvad and 22 is an amazingly long life Kima must have been quite a kitty. I do plan to get another cat sometime post-pandemic.

jond

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Sorry to learn about Trixie. It’s tough. 

Our feline friend, Kima, passed six years ago at age 22. Yep. 22. 

One of the most personable kitties I’ve ever known. 

tvad

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@tvad Thank you yes I do love my cognac. :) And that is indeed cat food though a sad story there my cat Trixie passed away this past October at age 14. A full long love filled life but she is missed.

jond

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Got cognac?

Clearly a man who enjoys the finer things in life. 

Is that cat food next to the cookbooks?

tvad

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@cymbop I've always found sketchy details to be indicative of a very good time. :-)

jond

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btw @jond I pulled out all my surviving stubs and went to phish.net to try to piece together my concert history.  Only 36 shows that I can be certain I attended....  Some details are sketchy.  :-)

cymbop

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@cymbop Thank you it's been some good fortune and many years but I ended up in a good place. My pandemic haven also!

jond

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@jond I'll bet you are in nearfield heaven with this setup.  Your component matching has clearly been done with a great deal of care! Happy listening to you, sir!

cymbop

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@jamiek Thank you very much! And I hope you nailed the positioning of your Kharma's!

jond

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This is a great system! Congratulations!

jamiek

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You have a fabulous system! You left a note for me (psf4972) a few days ago requesting a few more photos of my system, now added. All best wishes. P

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Dan I would say keep checking the listings AN stuff does pop up used from time to time. The Dac was a total fluke btw it popped up in an auction on here I bid the minimum $1500 on a flyer never thinking I would win and no one else even bid! So keep your eyes peeled you never know what deals may pop up.
Cheers,
Jon

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Jond, I just now noticed your response. I wish I had been able to try some AN gear, but it always seemed out of reach for me.  Maybe some time in the future? I've spent quite a bit of time drooling on their website, still do from time to time.

Enjoy, best regards,
Dan

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@islandmandan Thanks that's much appreciated coming from someone with an awesome system like yours. And no the Dac is Audio Note UK not kits so built in Old Blighty back in 1995. It's been mine for 3 years now and singing with a recent output cap upgrade.

jond

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Jond, I've commented on your fine system before, and  my feelings haven't changed. I'd love to have your AN DAC, and your Audio Note speakers have to sound superb with your Deja Vu amp and preamp.

Did you build the DAC yourself? That would've been a cool project.

Best regards,
Dan

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Thanks @mitch2 I love my DAC the PCM63's are super musical and my local dealer reps Lector so I've heard their CD player and also their DAC both were super musical indeed! And my dealer said I had to get the SA stands nothing else would do when I ordered my speakers and he was right!

jond

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Very cool system, and particularly for the area you are working with.
I suspect those PCM63s in your DAC are quite musical - they were in a Lector CDP I owned.  Also good use of SA stands - a favorite of mine - well done!

mitch2

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Thank you @nwres I appreciate it! It's been over a very long time but I am happy. All I need now is a great turntable like yours!

jond

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Jond, excellent system. You have taken great lengths matching up your gear and the important details of assuring good clean power. I am sure it sounds amazing. And thanks for your kind words on my page.

nwres

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@devilboy Thanks for the kind words and Deja Vu Audio is my local dealer they are in N. VA and build their own gear. They are also my local Audio Note dealer and they know tubes as well as anyone and don't mind testing tubes for me! And sorry to hear about your Exactpower I didn't know they had issues with failure. I bought mine used for $500 back in 2014 so I've certainly gotten my moneys worth its on doing the job 24/7. Cheers!

jond

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Oh, one more thing. I used to have an Exactpower but I, like many others, had failures and had to get it shipped to a guy in California for repair... Freaking nightmare.

devilboy

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Very nice components, jond. I love Audio Note. Not familiar with Deja Vu, however.
Also, thanks for commenting on my system.

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@rixthetrick Thanks! I am not a DIY guy but love looking under the hood at others gear so thought I would return the favor.

jond

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Great that you show what's going on inside components, as someone who builds and mods my components, it's really nice to look under the hood to to speak.

Thanks for sharing!

rixthetrick

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