Room Details

Dimensions: 16’ × 20’  Medium
Ceiling: 9’


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    • Daedalus Athena v2
    Transcendant.
    • ModWright KWA-150SE
    Detailed, a touch warm, spacious, digs deep, insightful, and nuanced with PRaT to spare. A perfect match for Daedalus.
    • Supratek Syrah
    Pre w/phono. Breath.
    • Thorens VN-150/ SME / Hana
    Vinyl Nirvana restored Thorens TD-150 with an SME M2-9 arm, then updated/modded by Accent on Music. Sits on a Rega TT shelf mounted to wall for isolation.
    Hana SL cartridge is a great match - quiet, smooth, balanced and dynamic. 
    • Abbingdon Music Research DP-777 SE
    Very musical, especially with the tube digital inputs using an NOS Amperex or Mullard 7308. Output tubes WE 396a.
    • Music Vault Diamond
    3TB with mirrored backup.  JRiver and dBPowerAmp.  Snake River Audio Boomslang custom cable, HD26 Lynx card pin out to AES/BSU. Amazing server source.
    • Dynamic Design Titania GS
    Ohmystarsandgarters. Can this really be real? Eloquent, full throttled no nonsense nuanced love of music. Big, natural, quiet, layered, detailed, extended and nuanced on my Supratek. One of the very best I've heard. Hard to understand why these aren't more known and more widely used
    • Dynamic Design Titania Ariel GS
    The best I've heard on my AMR DP777SE. Tonal density, nuance delivered. Redux...
    Hard to understand why these aren't more known and more widely used.
    • Dynamic Design Challenger AE15 power cord
    3D. Huge stage, quiet, natural and persistently present.
    • Dynamic Designs Nebula VLT
    Quiet, natural, open An older version of Dynamic Design's flagship. A super refined digital cord that is as at home on my server as on my pre/phono stage.
    • BMI Oceanic Statement Classic Gold
    I've listened to a very large number and wide variety of power cords and this was the best I've heard: the most balanced, true to the music, powerfully present cord with extension, detail, musicality, and on and on....dead quiet, huge well defined stage. And a soulmate for Plinius. Most of all, lets you right into the musical experience. It's a system transforming cable, no doubt. Having one is my system is a mind blowing and indispensable to have around.
    • BMI Whale Elite
    On hold server for some synergy with the DAC using a same-ish cord ....as per the MusicVault designer/builder. Sounds good to me! Space, tone, stage, detail, delicacy and power.
    • Dynamic Design TBK Nebula Interconnect
    Ohmystarsandgarters. Limited edition SOTA design from some time ago and still phenomenal. Rich, natural and nuanced.
    • Dynamic Design Heritage AE 15 Interconnect
    The mpre DD in the chain, the more nuanced detailed music I hear on an increasingly solid very large and layered 3D stage with more tonally dense images. These IC's are stiff and hard to work with, but so good it's well worth the wrestle. DAC to pre.
    • Gabriel Gold Halo
    Organic, 3D, easy detail, extended, right sized, and quiet with a wide and layered soundstage offering open space, exceptional pace and musicality. This cable is a real treat. The best GG I've heard. The first one that made me feel ok selling my tried and true Rapture r.
    • Twisted Pair Design Ascent
    Shielded I/C from a very talented designer between phono stage and integrated.  Quiet, dynamic and now I understand "gets out of the way" - neutral and joyous.
    • Snake River Audio Boomslang custom digiital
    A 5 ft. HD26 pin out to AES/BSU cable from the server's Lynx AES16 card to the 110 ohm AES tubed DAC input made specifically for the Music Vault by Jonny at Snake River.  Just awesome.  Much better than any USB I've heard...at least on Redbook  No conversion boxes to change connectivity and a direct digital line to DAC.  Sweet.
    • Dynamic Design TBK Nebula speaker wire
    2 gauge (!!) classic providing a ton of air along with a bit of warm, PRaT, big layered stage w/ 3D images, detail, and quietude.
    • Avatar Acoustics Afterburner 8 Outlets
    A total of five duplexes on 3 dedicated lines: 2 for analog, 2 for digital and 1 duplex on a dedicated amplifier/power circuit. No hiding. Full, round and without limit.
    • Elgar HIT 5.0-13 5kVA 0.0005pf High Isolation Transformer
    In line on a 30A circuit between main box and dedicated sub panel.
    • Environmental Potentials EP-2075
    Ground filters on each of 3 dedicated lines from audio subpanel to analog, digital and power.
    • Custom Home Made Tiger Maple Audio Cabinet
    Made by your's truly:  1.5 in. tiger maple throughout with Eden Brass footers.  All from an old maple downed, milled, planked in my front yard and barn dried for 2 1/2 years.  Cut into boards, planed, joined, biscuited, glued up, aniline dyed and waxed in two friends' shops.  I owe them a debt of gratitude because I really love the piece.
    • Battle Rock Studios Myrtlewood Plinths w/EdenSound Brass Footers
    2.25" under each piece with EdenSound brass footers.

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@pdreher Thanks. I'd say the say about yours: the Capitole Reference is a bucket list piece for me - or a return to the AMR CD77.2 I picked up in its stead many moons ago. That is the singularly finest sounding piece of gear I've ever had...followed by the Klyne 7LX4.0/P.  The 777 is very good, but the 77 was in a league of its own.
Maybe speakers should be on the best sounding dais?! 
Speaking of which - I'm still breaking in the Tannoy. I took my wires and Leben to a friends to hear his Stirlings with them and it had all the trappings of the sonic living room I want to hang out in. 100 hours is a lot and 250 to 300 is my the target. Sheesh. Another VERY good reason to buy used!
BTW, the Leben is very, very good...rarified preamp tubes notwithstanding....

budburma

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Great collection of gear... very well thought out!  The Leben is on my bucket list :).

pdreher

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I would like to learn more about the Dynamic Design company.
Happy Listening!

jafant

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@jafant Ha! Thanks. I guess I should comment on changes and add some pics. This system sounds rich and relaxing - a real treat. My focus and method of matching equipment first and then bringing their potential forward with clean, power isolation and cabling seems to bear fruit. The return of Dynamic Design power cords has been a huge step up. The Titanias are proving to be transformational cords, just like the BMI Oceanic Statement. Gabriel Gold Rapture R remains my favorite IC in the digital chain - we shall see: Steve just built a pair of his Infusion 2's that should arrive lomorrow! 

Jonny at Snake River was kind enough to be open to building me a custom Boomslang digital cable utilizing the Lynx AES16 studio output card in my server and the spdif AES tubed input on my DAC. It's as musical, honest and full bodied a digital cable I could hope for! Thank you, Jonny!! There's a littlle extra length so it can be retereminated to AES/BSU end to end when/if I upgrade my server. 

The known synergy. between Leben and Devore is a joy to hear and all true! I stocked up on the disappearing tubes so I should be all set for a good amout of time to come. It's interesting though - my old 'big rig' using harder to drive Dynaudio Confidence 3's and a highly powered Plinius (another known synergy) SA201 amp seemd to load up in a way that allowed lower volumes to still sound fully fleshed out - more so than this system that likes a little volume.

The AMR DAC is beautiful sounding, too, with it's tube implementation at both spdif input and in the output stage and seems to fit right in with the other gear. It's also extremely musical and very easy on this old dog's ears which seem overly sensitive to digital hash or glare. Still considering a Jupiter Copper foil w/Duelund silver bypass cap upgrade....

Still, I find myself turning back towards vinyl more and morel The EAR is highly modded by a friend who worked for Great Norhern Sound Company when they were around. 

Love to tweak it out. I can't seem to held myself. Happy listening to you!

budburma

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Beautiful Woodwork and electrical panel wiring.
Happy Listening!

jafant

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The Schroeder Method for all the IC's in my system is just plain fabulous. An upgrade for all the describable and indescribable aspects of my system - which adds up to the one aspect which is all aspects, enjoyment! If you don't know about it or haven't tried it, you might check it out and consider giving it a shot...

budburma

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Total rewire of my dedicated power supply.  Vince Galbo's white paper was used as a guide with cryogenically treated 10-2 Diamond Handiwire (from Alan Kafton) throughout and each connection treated with high silver content conductive paste. A dedicated 30A circuit passes through an Elgar 5kVA, 0.0005 pf noise suppression isolation transformer to a subpanel with 3 dedicated lines (each with an in-line Environmental Potentials ground filter).  Those circuits feed separate Afterburner 8 outlets for analog, digital and power components.
The transformer is wired to a switch near my system so I can shut it down without going into the spooky basement.

budburma

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Snake River offers a great cable. Especially the speaker cable. I sold the Stealth Hybrid MLTs I had repurchased 3x! A better fit right. At this level, I think we are all looking for the best fit. Everything has its tradeoffs and the SRA has great pace, soundstage and musicality. Excellent detail, good extension, an inviting midrange and solid bass. The Stealth were a tad sterile by comparison.

I still love Gabriel too and have a pair of Rapture r I would be hard pressed to ever sell....Just got to be time for a change really.

I just order 2 sets of Jade Audio Platinum Reference....oh yeah, baby,

BUT my newest excitement are the Dynamic Design power cords. The best on digital I have ever heard.

budburma

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Nice system!!! On cabling, I noticed you were very high on the Gabriel Gold offerings but see your current system has Snake River. Was the Snake River line just a better fit?

kclone

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Good morning.....nice grouping of components and cables, you must be very happy with the overall sound! Do you still have the AMR? I heard their reference player and separate DAC previously and am very impressed by the musical rendering both units are capable both separately and together with the player used only as a transport as input to the standalone DAC....

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Hey Lak, The maple should be dry; a year per inch of thickness. I am going to check it with my friend and his hygrometer next week Jury's out on finishing it in a kiln or not. A fair amount of it checked even though I waxed the ends, but so it goes. Some of it is mildly spalted and looks pretty sweet.
Avatar Acoustics remains the US distributor for AMR and has one unit being broken in for audio shows. More should arrive this month, or so I'm told.

Ghosthouse-Myrtlewood is incredibly dense and tends to superficially burn on the table saw and seriously stink up the shop! It nice if you can get it already worked into what you want...Mostly out in Oregon. Good luck with that! Wish I could be more help.

budburma

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Thanks, Bud. I'll have to start checking eBay to see if Battlerock is still selling there. Good look with your new AMR.

ghosthouse

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Budburma,
Thanks for the update regarding the Myrtlewood.
That maple cabinet should be interesting to see when it's completed, how many more years of drying time do you think is needed?
Where does one purchase a new DP777SE from?

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Thanks, Lak and Ghosthouse.
I appreciate the kind words. It's in my living room so it needs to look nice, 'nuff said!

Myrtlewood has a good rep for vibration dampening and sound. And, I love the way it works. Battlerock has some plinths for sale on Ebay and that's how I got started with it. No real knock on maple or Mapleshade.

I actually had to down a large maple in our front yard and had it planked into 2.25+ boards. It's been drying for 2 years now and I am have a cabinet made from it early next year....should be pretty sweet.

There are some changes afoot: My AMR bit the dust in a shipping fiasco and I have been waiting for the new DP777SE. Lots of decisions coming up....

budburma

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Agree with Lak - nice looking system, Bud. Would love to hear it. My platforms are a miss mash of mostly cutting boards from TJ Maxx and elsewhere. Need to tidy up that end of things, perhaps. Those Battle Rock pieces you have are beautiful. Is there a reason you went with Battle Rock vs Mapleshade? Good listening to you.

ghosthouse

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Nice looking system!

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@Devilboy-Sorry for the late reply. I have tried a number of different isolation systems: isoballs (hard and soft rubber), neoprene/cork/rubber layered feet, rubber feet (can't remember the name), Aurios bearings, myrtlewood blocks, large and small Synergistic MiG's and brass spikes and Terracones from Edensound.

In the end, I like wood at the base. I tried maple and myrtle and liked myrtle. Seems to lend some quietude and organic warmth. The wooden plinths are isolated by EdenSound brass spikes into brass point receptacles. The terracones were a little etched, but looked nice, so I used them on the bottom of the speaker stands.

In between the myrtlewood and the equipment are different devices....I had multiple sets of each type of feet and started with the digital source. You have to start somewhere, right?! Brass spikes were best there, so I had the triceratops Bearpaw Sr. threaded to fit the AMR chassis.

From there, I went to the preamp and liked the small MiGs, then to the amp where Waipuna myrtlewood feet with the little brass ball resting in the feet thread holes were great sounding. I put threaded mini BearPaws into the Speakers. So, I don't really have any spikes directly into wood as they all rest in point receivers...I'm a little precious about my handmand plinths and speakers stands for better or worse.

I also have some large brass dampeners on my external drive and Mac Mini...they are also on their own footer resting on small brass spiked myrtlewood plinths.

You like what you like! That makes me think of two quotes, though - "Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative." and "a foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of simple minds>' I usually conflate them to my own needs of the moment...

BTW, Dan at EdenSound is incredibly friendly, patient and exacting in his business. I highly recommend him: his workmanship, products and service are all really excellent

budburma

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Hello, I read on another thread that you were considering either Mapleshade and brass spikes or Stillpoints. I see you went with Battlerock/Eden. More importantly, I see you went with spikes into wood rather than Stillpoints or something similar. I've owned the Mapleshade "isolation technique" three other times throughout my audiophile life but I've never tried anything else so I can't compare them. I was going to go with the Stillpoints under my amp, dac and line conditioner but ordered the Mapleshade "assembly". May I ask what did you try other than what you're currently using? I guess you prefer the "points into wood" method.

devilboy

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Hello budburma..!..have you heard the Pcord oceanic with rhodium plugs if so what's your pview..?..did you like it..?..have been told it is quiet good ..what is the benefit of the rhodium plugs..?....good result ..?..CAN be help full .thx from Paris

chahed

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System edited: Moving over to done for now....

budburma

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I am impressed by your system. I am rebuilding my system and was interested in your comments regarding the Karan KAI 180 powering your Dynaudio Confidence 3's. I too have the Confidence 3's which shall remain. I am considering the Karan KA S180 with a tube front end...seriously considering a Shindo Monabrison. I have also been researchng the AMR CD77. I will be contacting Avatar. As far as IC's and speaker cables Shindo recommends their silver wire IC's and the Auditorium 23 speaker cables. I will have to look into the Gabriel cables.

I would be interested in your thoughts on the Confidence 3's. I am also considering a Conrad Johnson Premier 350 because the Dynaudio's do need sufficient power to be at their best.....that's my game plan anyway!

yak27

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System edited: Purifying source and power....Amarra and a faster Mac Mini, then isolation and the furniture cabinet. Pics of the finale upcoming!

budburma

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System edited: Getting close to done?! Moved up the Gabriel cable line. The improvement in separation, extension and emotion is stunning. Prior to that sold the Ayon CD2 and picked up an AMR CD77.1 with mods by Darren at Avatar Acoustics. This player is a smooth, beautifully and baldly exposed gentle giant. So......there it is,,,,

budburma

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My Mac is actually hooked to a couple of G-Drive Minis (one for back up) and forward directly to the AMR. AMR did their homework and reclock the digital information internally at several steps along the way.

While an external reclocker may be helpful (can't really say without trying it), I just can't get back to another box or cable along the path in my system. As a matter of fact, I actually can't wait to replace my Sound Applications conditioner and BMI Hammerhead Gold with an in-line transformer in the basement on an isolated line going directly to a set of outlets in my wall!

Less is more! Highest quality you can get to and shortest signal path....that's my new theory anyway,

budburma

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I was interested to hear that you were formerly using an Empirical Audio Off Ramp with your mac mini. I am currently using an Empirical Audio Pace Car (with Superclock 4) with my iMac/Sonos, and I am delighted with the combination. Now all my cd's live in the garage!

To answer your question, I replaced my Dynaudio's with Focal 1007be's. They are not as forgiving of problems in upstream electronics as my Dynaudio's were, but now that I've improved other components, they sound excellent. My system is posted if you're interested.

As far as the Rapture speaker cables, I was of course lusting after them, but they were out of my price range at the time. Hopefully, they are in my future. Thanks for the heads up about the new GG website - I had no idea.

I was unfamiliar with the AMR CD77. I just read about it - it looks very impressive. One question for you: Do you think it could benefit from a reclocker like the Off Ramp/Pace car, or is its jitter rejection that good?

bryoncunningham

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