I grew up around high end audio, but only really got into this hobby heavily in 2001 while in college. I've been through more gear than I like to think about and have learned a ton over the last decade.
This current system a culmination of my trial and errors.
I wanted to post this in "done for now" but I'd only be kidding myself...
I saw you name on a thread early last year on phono stages. I was interested in purchasing the Jasmine phono stage. It sounds like you this unit with Bob's transformer. Do you still like it? Any other suggestions? Saw a Musical Surroundings Nova for $700 on Audiogon that seemed to have good reviews.
Wow!!!! I like all you different systems. I have a couple systems as well but they are not as nice as yours.
Thanks for any thoughts you have on a phono stage.
I'll have to post some new photos and update the components in this rig as there have been some MAJOR upgrades. I've turned some serious corners with SQ and am finding myself absolutely intoxicated with the sound I'm getting.
Amplification is Shuguang S845 MK 845 SET monoblocks Preamp is now a Shindo Aurieges-L which is absolutely beautiful Phono preamp is now a Jasmine LP 2.0SE which is a real giant killer Eastern Electric DAC has been to Bolder Cables for heavy modification
My 103D is in its box and my Zu 103 Prime Grade 2 has been handling my analog. It was doing a fine job when I set it up, but since a visit from a friend with a Fozgometer a few days ago, I've still been trying to pick up my bottom jaw.
Thanks. Its modest compared to a lot of the rigs here, but its serving me well.
The Eastern Electric DAC is amazing. I haven't listened to many other DAC at its price range but I preferred it to the MDHT (Havana?) and to a few less expensive ones as well.
Even with a Squeezebox as a transport I prefer the sound I have now to every stand alone player I've owned. I prefer it to the Berendsen CDP-1 I replaced, which replaced a Meridian G08, which replaced a Mufi A308cr, which replaced a Meridian 508.20 which replaced a Jolida JD-100A and so on.
I don't have any desire to upgrade from it, although Wayne from Bolder cable has some pretty hardcore mods/upgrades in the works for it which may be tempting if the price is right.