Room Details

Dimensions: 12’ × 12’  Small
Ceiling: 16’


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    • Sota Deluxe Sapphire
    a workhorse
    • Rega RB-300
    modded with silver tonearm cable, counterwright upgrade
    • Dynavector 10x5
    High output MC, much nicer than the Grado Platinum
    • Musical Surroundings Phonomena II+
    Good phono pre with adjustable loading. Run, don't walk to replace the stock DC SMPS with a 24V LPS power supply
    • NUC8i7BNH Euphony server
    Preferred player Stylus with occasional use of Roon
    • Lush Lush 2 USB cable
    USB 2.0 with Faraday cage shield grounding options. It works
    • Chord Electronics Ltd. Mojo
    portable USB DAC supporting DSD. Performs far better than the multibit Gungnir did
    In my system.
    • Kimber Kable Hero ic
    Prefer this to the Wireworld Equinox 6 & 7's I was using, better instrument separation
    • Linear Tube Audio MicroZOTL2
    pre/headphone amp but with the 6.9A from the JS-2 power supply it makes a killer
    1W class A amp to my Magnepans. Now I'm dithering about which 100W amp
    will be able to match its speed and clarity when used as pre amp.
    • Analysis Plus Oval, banana pins
    better than Monster, can't really say more
    • Magnepan MG 1.7,
    love these for their lack of coloration, full range and resolution, Draw backs  size, power inefficient and poor dispersion in the treble. However anything I've liked better
    cost 2~4 times as much.
    • UpTone Audio JS-2 Linear Power Supply
    Really clean dual DC power supply...  I use this to power the Microzotl 2 and
    the i7 NUC
    • UpTone Audio UltraCap LPS-1.2
    DC power supply used to externally power Mojo and USB 5v into the Mojo using a Ghent Y cable.

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Having problems with Audiogon site, its not allowing me to edit the system. Now using a Microzotl2 as pre and have the Musical Surroundings II+ for phono preamp. Huge difference in LP playback, digital has taken a back seat and Discogs become my new web site passion

davide256

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System edited: replaced JK MKIII with Gustard U12, better dynamics and low bass, cleaner detail on choral voices

davide256

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System edited: Have been looking for a better renderer to replace the Oppo without breaking the bank and DAC's now appear headed to USB input to support DSD. So the SoTM SMS-100 added a nice improvement over the Oppo and ready to move on to DAC like the Mytek or better... love the Octave but it doesn't do DSD.

davide256

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System edited: Added the dynavector to replace the Grado platinum. Much easier to live with since I don't have loading options to fine tune the Grado.

davide256

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I use Jriver as DLNA media controller with locally attached SATA media drive. This is connected via GigE Switch to the Oppo 103 as DLNA Digital Media Renderer. This does disable WiFi on the Oppo when you choose hardwire for Ethernet connection but the wire connection is absolutely necessary for audiophile level performance. While I would like to use a NAS I have not found it to perform as well as direct SATA attached drive. The Oppo does require you to enable network media services in its network screen.

davide256

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Can you explain your DLNA setup?

I'm currently using a MacMini into a UltraFi Dac to preamp.

thanks

cdc2

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System edited: the PV10A is back in... it may roll off in the highs but the midrange with the Analysis Plus cables makes it a no contest against the too lean pre section of the Prima Luna integrated

davide256

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System edited: I've dropped asynch USB to SPDIF in favor of DLNA using the PC as a DLNA controller and the Oppo as a DLNA renderer feeding the Metrum Octave. No more listening fatigue and sandpaper in the vocals.

davide256

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I'm back to 12AT7's in the front sockets...the 12AU7's in repeated listening just fall short in dynamic range and hard transients. I am loving the latest configuration with triple mica Siemens 12AT7s replacing Mullard 6201's in front and Telefunken 12AU7's behind...its worth it investing in better NOS tubes with this amp.

davide256

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System edited: Have finally retired the CJ PV10A after upgrading the Prima Luna tube complement. Now using Telefunken 12AU7's in front sockets Siemens E81CC/12AU7 in back sockets With this combo I have no detectible tube distortion and the CJ while richest in sound has a fuzziness compared to the PL pre section.

davide256

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PV10A is back in the chain, and I have moved away from the NOS Mullards, The detail and low bass clarity from the PV10A outshines the PL pre section as tubed below.

Current tube configuration.

Ei12AX7's replacing the Mullard NOS 12AU7's in the PV10A

Siemens 12AU7s in the back sockets of the Prima Luna
Amperex 12AT7's in the front sockets instead of 12AU7's

This is a much livelier, full sound with crisp transients on percussion, strings. Did much tube rolling to reach this, all 12AU7's used in the front sockets of the PL caused dynamic compression. 12AX7s were too much gain with unpredictable distortion. Tried some Mullard CV4024s but they rolled off the high transients.

davide256

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System edited: more changes... finally retiring the PV10A... the Prima Luna pre section and the updated CJ run neck and neck but a remote and less complexity in the signal path wins out for the Prima Luna. Can't say enough about the JK Mk III... its makes a HUGE difference comapred to the Vlink 96khz usb converter.

davide256

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System edited: Replaced the Audioquest Forest USB cable with the Pangea PCOCC USB cable. substantial difference in bass improvement and elimination of low volume sound smearing

davide256

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System edited: The Adcom Dac was limited to 20 bit/48Khz... detailed as heck but massed voices were muddy. The PS Audio DAC is a good all around step forward and has given new life to my Genki

davide256

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For the DAC I'd go with one of the Wyred 4 Sound models. I owned the DAC-2 and it is excellent.

That said, you can buy a Musical Fidelity V-Link USB to S/PDIF adapter for $119 on sale on Audio Advisor and Amazon last time I looked. I was using one to play hi-res (24/96) files off my laptop (to the big rig) the other day and it sounded incredible. From memory, I believe the W4S DAC-2 sounded at least as good and it is rated up to 24/192.

plato

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As an amp suggestion, I bought a C-J LP66S and it's awesome. So much depth and realism to music. As a DAC suggestion, the CIAudio VDA2 & VAC1 have also been great. I bought the amp as a dealer demo & the DAC used here on A-gon. Of course they sound great here at my place, but they could work for you. The rest of your system looks great. G'day!

eagle6014

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