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    • Tekton Design MOAB
    These speakers use a double tweeter array to produce the midrange. The tweeter between the arrays is the actual tweeter. The two big ass woofers are added. Extremely well reviewed and high value speakers!
    • Erhard Audio Basie
    The Erhard Basie is a very high quality hand made integrated by Holger Schaarschmidt. I ordered mine with Lundahl OPT’s and Mundorf EVO Oil caps. I've  also added a quad of Sophia Electric blue EL-34s and a Synergistic Research Orange fuse. Excellent sound!!
    • Raysonic CD128
    Very high value top-loading tube based CD player. Great sonics.
    • BlueSound Node 2i
    This is a very high value streamer and DAC with NAD's excellent Blue IOs interface. It decodes all formats including MQA. Highly recommended.
    • Pro-Ject Extension 10 Evolution w/ Sumiko Blackbird
    This is a very high value turntable. It has high mass, non-resonant magnetic feet which decouple the main the main plinth form its base, and is combined with a 22kg platter. This is results in the turntable practically floating yet is mass loaded.  I use a high output Sumiko Blackbird cartridge which is excellent with the carbon fiber tonearm on this table. I use a high mass ebony record weight.
    • Sophia Electric Magik Box
    This is a set of very high quality transformers that I've place between my preamp and amp connections. It adds a bloom to the and makes the soundstage even more natural. Nice addition to a quality system.
    • Synergistic Research Powercell 10 SE Mk III
    This is a classic power conditioner. It's UEF based and compliments every component plugged in to it!
    • Western Electric Cables
    My speaker cables and power cables use double runs of Western Electric wire.
    • Synergistic Research Atmosphere, UEF Dots, UEF Panels, Black Box, HFTs (DIY) and FEQ X4
    The UEF Panels, UEF Dots, Black Box and HFTs (DIY) are types of sound resonators and the Atmosphere (green ATM) and FEQ X4 (red ATM) generate various types of RF/Schumann Resonances.  Bottom line they work: create a huge/realistic soundstage!
    • Synergistic Research, Blue fuses, ECTs, GCTs, HT Carbon; Audio Magic silencers & clarifiers and Perfect Path Technologies: Total Contact, RCA caps, Stop-It duplex plugs, E-Mats & E-Cards
    These products work to achieve a uniform and consistent RF/EMI and electron treatment around my components which greatly helps the sonics. Read my system page blog for more discussion of this.
    • Synergistic Research Tranquility Bases and MIGs
    I use MIGs under all the Tranquility Bases.
    • Synergistic Research Black Box

    The Black Box is a Low Frequency Resonator Array that works in conjunction with the Atmosphere/FEQ X4 to solve bass node issues.  

    • ElectraClear EAU-1 and ZeroZone Shuman Resonance Generator -

    Ordinarily, there is unwanted interference in electricity created by the chaotic electron motion in the electromagnetic field around the electronics. When the ElectraClear EAU-1 and ZeroZone are plugged into the electricity powering your system, sustained coherent resonance is introduced enabling your electronic components to deliver their peak performance.

    • Akiko Audio Corelli, Tuning Stick and Kemp QA Plug, Denon AH-D7200 Headphones and "Tube Light"
    The Akiko Audio and Kemp products treat the signal and power in my system. These products are excellent at making your system sound more "natural". The Denon headphones are very nice. The "Tube Light" is DIY and is just a little stereo art!
    • Agora Acoustics MagicHexa
    I'm always messing with isolation products. I have the MagicHexa under the subs, Impact Monitors and the Yamaha. Very effective and reasonably priced!
    • Audio Magic Pulsed Electron Alignment
    I have one on each speaker column. They are battery powered. Spintronics is the ability to control or manipulate how electrons spin. Electrons spinning around electronic signals carry audio information The goal of the PEA devices its to get the electrons spinning as uniformly as possible. It opens up the sound and makes subtle cues in the music even more real.
    • Mult-Resonator (DIY)
    This has multiple lengths of copper piping in a heavy base.  It centers the sound and expands the soundstage.
    • Grounding Box (DIY)
    I made my own grounding box out of solid cherry. Kind of amazing what individually  grounding each component in your system can do to the sound quality.
    • Timbernation Solid Maple Rack
    Solid maple rack stained cherry

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I've now added pictures of all the new equipment. Everything is sounding great! Going to let it cook for awhile.

sbayne

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Audiogon just gave me an Application Error and duplicated the post below. As you can see two posts were placed in the log on the exact same date and time.  Weird. (I've now edited it)

sbayne

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The Erhard Basie arrives tomorrow! I've gotten updates and pictures from Holger throughout the process. I'll need to break-in the Lundahl OPT’s and Mundorf EVO Oil caps. I also have a quad of Sophia Electric blue EL-34s that will need some time to settle. The Thorens TD-124 is ready and I've picked-up a Bluesound Node 2i for streaming with a Sophia Electric Magik which is now fully broken-in (the transformation of that thing over the last few days has been staggering) Can't wait.........

sbayne

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I recently purchased a used piece of gear that has some very high quality transformers in it. Its gotten rave reviews but each reviewer said it needs at least 100 hours of break-in time to sound its best. I am now the third owner of this item and its very evident it has not been broken-in! It's a little rough around the edges and spitty. I've been playing it for 24 hours straight and it already sounds much better. I've mentioned this before but many people seem to ignore the advice of breaking-in a piece of high end stereo equipment. Even if you think the whole idea of break-in is hogwash wouldn't you let it play for awhile before deciding to sell it? It's like they listen to it for a few hours (or minutes), don't like it and then sell it. Amazing.

sbayne

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While I've been waiting for my Erhard Basie to be built I've been messing with my analog rig. I have a number of different SUTs left over from my Shindo days. Even though the Ortofon Blue is a MM I really like the sound with a SUT before the phono stage. You would think there would be way too much gain but there really isn't.  I'm truly surprised by this. It even sounds good going directly into the Yamaha's phono stage with a SUT. The Ed Padden tube phono stage I've been using is just a little smoother but also likes a SUT. I'll have to check this all out again once the Basie gets here since it also has its own phono stage. Plus, I've placed some PPT mats under the Thorens, which I thought would be a big no,no, but that also seems to be ok. Hmmm.....

sbayne

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The Thorens TD-124 is obviously idler based and when it's coupled with Wayne's Outer Ring/Mat it makes for a very solid sound. The instruments and voices come from a completely black background and the sound is formed throughout the room. It's something digital still can't do as well. Listening to records is sort of a hassle but it does make you slow down - to enjoy the process and the music.

sbayne

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I got the Ortofon Blue mounted and calibrated on the Thorens TD-124. It's sounding extremely good. I've been trying an outer ring by Wayne's Audio and have been communicating with Wayne. He is sending me a mat to try as well. The Audio Sensibility cable shipped yesterday after being broken-in on their Cable Cooker. It's really hard to break-in phono cables since you can't put records on a continuous loop! The Basie integrated should be here in a few weeks. And I've reorganized my stereo stands. This is exciting for me!!

sbayne

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millercarbon, thanks! Yeah, I need to do some more work with the E-Mats. I'll probably do what you suggest by wrapping the wires. I already have E-Cards inside the cabinets on the center tweeter (the one thats actually being used as a tweeter). I am getting very deep, liquid sound as you say. I've been listening to a lot more analog recently and its spooky good.

sbayne

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sbayne, congrats on the Moabs. Mine rock plenty loud with 50 tube watts, you do not need more! Mats on the back are effective. Even better, cut them up and wrap them around internal wire like I did. The crossover is directly behind the lower woofer, remove it and you can easily tweak with Mats, TC, etc. Or if you don't want to do that, look in the upper port you will see internal wires running within reach. Cut some Mats and tape around the wires. Way more effective than on the back of the cabinet.

Man I bet your system is deep and liquid with all those tweaks going on!

millercarbon

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I've been doing a lot of reading about cartridges and phono cables looking for the best values out there. I'll be placing orders for an Ortofon Blue cartridge and Audio Sensibility copper phono cable. Sometimes you just have to take a chance especially when it comes to cartridges since getting one, setting it up properly and going through listening sessions before purchase really isn't possible or practical.  That is one area where reviews really help. As to phono cables, I've never had grounding problems in my system so I've been able to use any interconnect I want with my turntables, even unshielded ones. But I think its time to get a proper phono cable especially since I'm switching cartridges and going to a different turntable.

sbayne

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Last night, I switched out the Pro-Ject Xtension 10 for the Thorens TD-124 I also have. Based on reputation alone the Thorens should walk all over the Pro-Ject. I've been using the Pro-Ject because of the excellent Sumiko Blackbird cartridge it has. Swapping turntables and cartridges is a major hassle and not something I enjoy. It's probably because of my OCD - if everything isn't just right it drives me crazy. Anyway, I'm going to leave the Thorens in the system for awhile. The bass is more defined (especially with the Moabs) than with the Pro-ject. I'm going to be looking for a better cartridge for the Thorens to help with the upper midrange and lower treble.

sbayne

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After much discussion and going back/forth about tube amps I placed an order for a Basie integrated in natural cherry by Erhard Audio. I upgraded it with Lundahl OPTs wound specifically for 4 ohm speakers, Rhodium speaker binding posts and Mundorf EVO oil caps. We discussed other caps but they wouldn't fit in the case that Holger uses for this integrated. Build time is about 4 weeks. 

My only qualm is the Basie only puts out 40 watts/channel. I think that will be sufficient for the Moab's bottom-end. If it doesn't work-out I can always sell it. It's one of the highest value custom-made tube amps on the market. Fingers crossed.

sbayne

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I've sold a lot of equipment lately. I hooked my Fisher 800c up to the Moabs and really liked the sound! Over a month ago, I agreed to sell the Fisher to someone I've known for awhile but I think I may get back into tubes. Not flea-watt but something with balls. The Fisher puts out 35w/ch. I'm thinking the Moabs would really like 60-80 tube watts/ch. A big ass amp for big ass speakers! Possibly KT-120s......not sure yet.

sbayne

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I added another set of clarifiers, this time to the amp end, so now there is a set at the amp and the speakers. The Moabs took a jump sonically when I did that. I had tried it with the Impact Monitors as well and I felt it degraded the sound slightly. I'm guessing it has something to do with the impedance changes of using 2 pairs of 4 ohm speakers (when I had the Impact Monitors) v. this one large pair of Moab 4 ohm speakers. This Yamaha amp is really quite amazing. It takes whatever I throw at it without a hiccup and is sonically able to tell me every little change I make.

sbayne

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Even though the Moabs I purchased were used at an audio show and by a previous owner I decided to run them in for awhile. I'm glad I did. At the 72 hour point they really opened up! I'm going to let them go a few days more. Amazing these weren't broken-in. I'm kind of shocked!

sbayne

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Hi - I've been reading about your cabling method for years but I don't think we have ever talked! I was using your method on both my CD player and Phono but I ended up selling the extra sets of cables that are required - so it's on my to do list - to wire-up your method again. I may get some of grannyring's offerings. Bill has helped me with some other stuff in the past. 

The black boxes on the Moabs cause a whole lot of angst among audiophiles. Believe me, I've learned the hard way! It's a Pulse Electron Alignment generator by Audio Magic.  (Yes, I know, any time "magic" is in a company or product name it gets the "snake oil" comments started) I also have a medium size copper bowl on top of each speaker that I use as resonators. So, yes, I'm a little "different" haha 

sbayne

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Interesting setup! You obviously have zeal for exploring!

What are you doing with the driver and black component atop the Moab speakers? Attempting an omni effect? 

douglas_schroeder

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Sounding very nice. The Moabs throw a big soundstage behind, in-front and to the sides of the speakers. Center-fill is excellent. They seem to sound better decoupled v. coupled. Bass is excellent, of course. Need to do an extended listening session though.

sbayne

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Picked-up and got the MOABs hooked-up today. Similar to the pair of Impact Monitors with stereo subs I had. A little more coherent. Overall, very nice and excellent value!

sbayne

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Sold my Rythmik subs. Phew, been a crazy few days!

sbayne

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In a matter of 24 hours, I bought a pair Tekton MOABs and sold both pairs of my Impact Monitors.  It was a deal I knew I had to make a quick decision on - so I went for it.

sbayne

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So, a couple hours after I posted my last comment, I get an ad from Audio Advisor about the AudioLab integrated and matching DAC/streamer. They want $1,650 for the pair which they claim is huge value. Looking at the specs the streamer uses the same DAC as my Yamaha but the integrated is only rated at 50/watts per channel! I don't know if the control app is any good but even if its stable thats still $900 more than the Yamaha plus you need to add decent power cords and a pair of interconnects!

sbayne

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Read another review this weekend of a "high end" AIO (all-in-one) having problems. This one retails for $8K and had hiss coming from the speakers but, of course, the reviewer said you couldn't hear it while playing music! My Yamaha has no hiss even with the volume fully open and no music playing. A review I read a couple of weeks ago talked about how much he liked a company's AIO he was reviewing but the control app/software was not stable! Yamaha's MusicCast app has never crashed or locked-up on me. I would strongly suggest before you pay big bucks for an AIO make sure there are NO operating problems! Don't assume expensive is better!

sbayne

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I updated my system pictures. The Raysonic is really coming into its own. It responds well to the PPT products!

sbayne

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I've made some fairly significant changes to my system. I've added even more PPT products and a Synergistic Research Powercell 10SE MKIII.  I've also repositioned the ElectraClear EAU-1s and Kemp QA plug so they are introduced earlier in the circuit. The sound is f-ing amazing.

sbayne

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