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My system has continued to evolve over the past 5 years with the one constant being the Rockport Arrakis 2 bi-amplified speakers. They have continued to amaze me that as my electronics have changed and continued to improve, the Arrakis have continued to grow with the electronics as well. Every time I thought I had reached their sonic limit, I have been proven wrong and I am very happy about that.

I have now completely eliminated all tube based components in my system. I have always felt that if I could get the sound that I wanted without tubes, that would be wonderful but I never thought that would be possible. The combination of the TotalDAC digital front end and the Steve Dobbins Beat SE turntable and LT tonearm paired with the CH Precision P1 phono stage, the CH Precision L1 linestage and now the CH Precision M1.1 amplifiers (run in active bi-amplification mode) have achieved this for me. 
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Room Details

Dimensions: 33’ × 20’  X large
Ceiling: 12’


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    • TotalDAC D1-Streamer
    I just had my TD D1-Server upgraded to the new TD D1-Streamer (March 2019).

    In my setup, I use the TotalDAC D1-Player with its silent NAS using solid state drives to store all of my digital music files. Both the D1-Player and the D1-streamer are connected to a Belkin router and I control music selection using an IPAD mini running Roon remote (The D1-Player runs Roon Core and the TotalDAC D1-Streamer is a certified Roon end point).
    • TotalDAC Ethernet Cable
    I use 2 of the TotalDAC Ethernet cable to connect the TotalDAC D1-Server to the Belkin Router.
    • TotalDAC D1-Twelve MK2
    I just had my TD D1-Twelve upgraded to the new MK2 version (March 2019).

    The TotalDAC D1-Twelve DAC mk2 is composed of two mono bloc DAC's and a specialized re-clocker, so it is a 3 box system. The D1-Twelve DAC mk2 in combination with the D1-Streamer can play 16 or 24 bit format and 44.1KHz, 48KHz, 88.2KHz, 96KHz, 176.4KHz, 192KHz, and DSD sampling rates.
    • TotalDAC USB Gigafilter
    I have upgraded the TotalDAC USB Cable that connects the TotalDAC server to its internal re clocker to the new TotalDAC USB Gigafilter cable.
    • TotalDac D1-Player
    I have replaced my QNAP HS 251 NAS and Paul Hynes Linear power supply with the new TotalDac D1-player. This is a silent NAS with 4 TB of solid state storage and an outboard Linear power supply all developed by TotalDAC. The linear power supply also does filtering and cleansing of the Ethernet signal. The connection path for this is an ethernet cable between the NAS and power supply and then another ethernet cable from the outboard power supply to the router. In addition, the NAS is running Roon Core and since the TotalDAC D1-Server is a certified Roon endpoint, I am now using Roon Remote on an IPAD mini and using Roon as my music player (replacing MPAD). The D1-player can also be used as a upnp/dlna server. i am using a Nordost Valhalla 2 power cord on the D1-Player.
    • Totaldac Live Power supply
    I just added the TotalDAC Live Power supply. This version can be used to provide power to my complete TotalDAC D1-Twelve digital front end - the D1-Streamer, the outboard reclocker and the 2 DAC's. I use a single Nordost Valhalla 2 power cord for the Live Power supply which is plugged into my Shuyata Triton V3.
    • Audio Quest Diamond Ethernet Cable
    The AQ Diamond ethernet cable is used to connect the TotalDAC D1-Player to the Belkin router.
    • Paul Hynes SR7 Linear Power Supply
    I have am using 2 of the Hynes Sr7 Linear power supplies. One is used to power the Belkin Router and the second one is used to power my network switch. Both of these replaced the stock switching power supplies that came with the Belkin router and the network switch.

    Both of these power supplies have had the grounding update done to them and are connected to one of my Telos GNR ground noise reducers.
    • Nordost Valhalla 2 Power Cord
    I use 4 of the Nordost Valhalla 2 power cords. I use one of them to power the TotalDAC Live power supply. I use a second one to power the TotalDAC D1 player. I use the other 2 to power the CH Precision L1 preamps (not the X1's).
    • Nordost Odin 2 XLR IC
    Nordost Odin 2 Balanced IC's from the TotalDAC D1-Twelve mono DAC's to the CH Precision L1 true monaural preamp.
    • Shunyata Research Hydra Triton V3 power conditioner
    I am now using the Shunyata Triton V3 power conditioner in my system for my front end electronics. This replaced the truly excellent Absolare Purifier which I have used for the past 5 years.
    • Echole Limited Edition Power Cord
    This is used from a wall outlet to power the Shunyata Triton V3 power conditioner.
    • Shunyata Research Hydra DPC 6 V3 power conditioner
    I have now added the Shunyata DPC 6 V3 power conditioner for my computer based audio gear. I have my TD D1-Player, my network router, my network switch plugged into the DPC 6. I was very surprised by the improvement the DPC6 V3 made in my system sonics.

    The DPC 6 V3 is powered by an Echole Omnia power cord from a wall outlet.
    • Steve Dobbins The Beat SE
    I have recently replaced my wonderful Steve Dobbins The Beat turntable with Steve's latest turntable, The Beat SE. The Beat SE is a complete and thorough re-design of the original Beat turntable with about 99% of the table different from the original Beat. I have had the original Beat in my system for 8 years and it has undergone several upgrades during this timeframe that always further improved the sonics, but nothing prepared me for the improvement that the Beat SE has made in my analog playback.
    • Minus K BM-8 Vibration Isolation Platform
    A BM-8 Minus K vibration isolation platform placed underneath
    • Tel Wire Power Cord
    The Tel Wire Power cord is used on the outboard power supply for The Beat SE turntable. This is plugged into the Shunyata Triton V3.
    • Schroeder LT Tonearm with Magnesium arm tube
    I had my previous Schroeder LT tonearm with wood arm tube modified to the even better LT tonearm with Magnesium arm tube. It has the Lyra Olympus SL cartridge mounted on it and it is truly amazing to hear this combination. This arm has replaced the Reed 2A tonearm on my "Beat" turntable. The Olympus SL has never sounded anything like this.
    • Lyra Olympos SL
    The Lyra Olympos SL MC cartridge is now mounted on my second Schroeder LT tone arm with Magnesium arm tube. A truly great sounding combination.
    • Schroeder LT tone arm with Magenisum arm tube
    This is a new LT tonearm but now with an arm tube made from Magnesium instead of wood. It is a very significant upgrade in sonics. I plan to have my existing LT arm modified to have the Magnesium arm tube as well.
    • Lyra Etna SL cartridge
    I had a chance to compare the Lyra Etna SL cartridge to my Lyra Atlas cartridge. The Etna SL is so good that it is now my reference cartridge. The Etna SL is mounted on the LT arm with the Magnesium arm tube.
    • CH Precision True Dual Monaural P1 phono stage
    I have now upgraded my CH P1/X1 phono stage to the CH Precision True Dual Monaural phono stage. This consists of a P1 for the left channel, a separate P1 for the right channel and 2 of the optional CH X1 power supplies - one for each channel. As good as the stereo P1/X1 was, the true dual monaural P1 phono stage is something very special to hear.
    • Nordost Odin 2 Power Cords
    I am now using two of the Nordost Odin 2 Power Cords to power the two CH Precision X1 external power supplies for my CH Precision P1 true dual monaural phono stage.
    • Nordost Odin 2 XLR IC
    I am now using Nordost Odin 2 balanced IC's between the CH Precision P1 true dual monaural phono stage and the CH Precision L1 true dual monaural preamp.
    • Adona Zero GXT Turntable Rack
    Finished in black with a top shelf of 27" in width.
    • Telos Ground Noise Reducer
    I have added two of the Telos GNR (Ground Noise Reducer) units to my system. One of the GNR's is connected to all of my analog front end electronics and the second GNR is used for my digital front end components.
    • CH Precision L1 True Dual Monaural Preamp
    The CH Precision L1 True Dual Monaural preamp has replaced my long time reference, the Absolare Altius + preamp. The CH Precision L1 True Dual Monaural preamp is magnificent sounding as it would have to be for it to replace my wonderful sounding Absolare Altius preamp. I am also using two of the optional CH Precision X1 external power supplies (one for the left channel L1 and one for the right channel L1).
    • Nordost Odin 2 Power Cords
    I am using two of the Nordost Odin 2 Power Cords to power the two CH Precision X1 external power supplies for my CH Precision L1 true dual monaural preamp.
    • CH Precision M1.1 amplifiers
    I now am using the CH Precision M1.1 amplifiers. I have 2 of these and I run them in their active bi-amplification mode. This allows me to replace 4 of my VTL Siegfried Series 2 amps with only 2 CH Precision M1.1 amplifiers and still correctly power the Rockport Arrakis 2 speakers.

    I recently (October 24, 2018) upgraded my CH M1 amps to the M1.1 amps. This involved an in home replacement of the 2 large capacitors in the power supplies of each M1.1 amp to a newer and larger capacitor.
    • Entreq Silver Tellus Ground Box
    I am now using my Entreq Silver Tellus Grounding Box on my CH Precision M1.1 amps. I am using 2 ground cables per amp.
    • Nordost Odin 2 Power Cords (4)
    I am now using Nordost Odin 2 power cords on my CH Precision M1.1 amps. Each CH M1.1 amp requires 2 power cords. One uses a 15 amp IEC connection and the other uses a 20 amp IEC connection.
    • Critical Mass Center Stage Feet version 2
    I am now using the new Critical Mass Center Stage version 2 feet under my Rockport Arrakis external crossover.
    • Nordost Odin 2 XLR IC
    I use a 9 meter run of Nordost Odin 2 XLR IC's from the CH Precision L1 true dual monaural preamp to the Rockport Arrakis 2 external crossover.
    • Rockport Technologies Arrakis 2 External crossover
    This is the active external crossover for the Rockport Arrakis 2 speaker. It takes the feed from the preamplifier and then splits the signal for the bass drivers and all of the upper frequency drivers.
    • Nordost Odin 2 Power Cord
    I am now using a Nordost Odin 2 power cord on my Rockport Arrakis external crossover.
    • Nordost Odin 2 XLR IC
    I am now using 2 pairs of Nordost Odin 2 XLR IC's to connect the Rockport external crossover to the CH Precision M1.1 amplifiers.
    • Nordost Odin 2 Speaker Cables
    I am now using 2 pairs of Nordost Odin 2 speaker cables  to bi-amplify the Rockport Arrakis 2 speakers.
    • Rockport Arrakis 2
    My speakers are the bi ampified version of the Rockport Arrakis 2 with the active external crossover.  I am driving the speakers with a pair of CH Precision M1.1 amplifiers run in active bi amplification mode.
    • Furutech GTX/NCF outlets
    I have added 4 of the Furutech GTX/NCF outlets with the GTX outlet Frames and the 105D NCF Carbon Fiber outlet covers. These are used for each of my CH M1.1 mono block amps and the Rockport Arrakis 2 outboard crossover.
    • Furutech NCF Booster
    I have added three of the Furutech NCF Cable Boosters after some extensive auditioning. I have placed two of them on the power cords at the 20 amp IEC connectors of the CH Precision M1.1 amplifiers and I have placed the third one on the power cord at the IEC connector of my Rockport Arrakis external crossover.
    • REL Acoustics G1 sub bass system Six Pack
    I am now using the REL G1 sub bass system in the REL Six Pack Configuration. The Six Pack Configuration is 6 of the REL G1 subs configured as 2 sub towers of 3 G1's each. One stack of three G1's for the left channel and one stack of three G1's for the right channel. The bottom G1 of each stack is connected to an M1.1 amplifier that powers the bass drivers of the Rockport Arrakis and the two G1's that sit on top of that stack are daisy chained together. I am using the REL designed Bassline Blue sub cables to connect all of the subs as required. Each of the stacks is located to the outside of the Rockport Arrakis 2 speakers and just about flush with the front baffle of the Arrakis using the same approximate toe in angle as the main speakers.

    To power all of the G1's, I am using Nordost Tyr 2 power cords and a custom version of the Furutech e-TP60 power distributor that uses Furutech GTX-D NCF (R) outlets replacing the stock outlets.

    The REL G1 six pack replaced my previous 2 REL Studio III sub bass systems. 
    • Blinn Double wide component rack
    Blinn double wide component rack with 3" thick walnut stained maple shelving.
    • Silent Running Audio (SRA) Virginia Class amp stands
    I am now using the superb SRA Virginia Class amplifier stands under my CH Precision M1.1 mono block amplifiers.
    • Absolare Stabilian Isolation Footers
    I am using Absolare Stabilian isolation footers under all 4 boxes of the TotalDAC digital front end.
    • Loricraft PRC 4 Deluxe RCM
    Loricraft record cleaning machine that replaced my Audio Desk RCM. I liked how easy the Audio Desk RCM was to use, but after having to replace it 3 times due to defects I decided it was time to replace it. The Loricraft PRC 4 Deluxe seems to do at least as good a job at cleaning and perhaps a little better using the AIVS fluids.
    • Custom LP Record Cabniets
    There are now 3 of these beautiful LP record cabinets that I commissioned a friend to build for me. Its so much easier to find the LP that I am looking for and to put it back than it was with more traditional shelves that I was using before.

Comments 683

Center
Owner
Hi Luther,

Thanks very much.

Let me know when you want to come by for some listening!

Arnie

babybear

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Hi Arnie - You are the EverReady bunny of audio. You just keep going and going and going... Your system has really evolved in the last few years. I really need to get back over there for a listen. If you're ever down my way, stop by. I have 4 systems up and running now. - Luther

wardsweb

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Owner
Hi Mark,

Thanks very much.

The CH Precision P1 phono stage, L1 line stage and the M1.1 mono block amplifiers are certainly for me in my system as good as it gets. I initially replaced my Absolare tubed preamp and my Allnic H5000 phono stage and 6 months after that replaced my VTL Siegfried series 2 amps. All of these electronics are wonderful but there is something special for me about the CH electronics (and not having to deal deal with the occasional tube failures, noise, etc is an added plus).

I have met Elliot at the Munich Hi-End show when I attended that in May 2018 but I already had a CH dealer that I am very happy with.

I am so very happy with my Totaldac D1-twelve digital front end so I don't have any plans on replacing that.

Happy Holidays to you!!

Thanks,
Arnie

babybear

Center
Arnie....do you ever rest? Looks like you have been very busy pushing the boundaries on your system playback again,.....CH Precision? Wow! That's another big jump for you.  I heard multiple racks of their gear and also 2 rooms loaded with Wadax Reference and Atlantis last May and would be interested in your take on your new CH acquisitions and what else you may be considering from them (Transport, Dual Mono DAC?) and how you feel it all compares to things you've heard and also those you've owned in the past.

Did you work with Elliott at Bending Wave by any chance on the CH purchases?

This room continues to be one of the best and most appealing in the world to me on this forum or any other!

Merry Christmas (belated) and Happy New Year!

zephyr24069

Center
Owner
Hi Geoff,
Yes indeed, Chris was here this past week.
I think the Telos GNR units are very effective especially if you have everything else in your system fine tuned. To my ears, they impart a sense of finesse and coherence to the sound of my system which contributes to a greater sense of realism to what I hear. This becomes obvious when you listen with the GNR unit on and then shut it off. There is no break in required so you hear its effects immediately. I did not go through the process of identifying the lowest impedance connection points with a multimeter.
Hope that helps,
Arnie

babybear

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Hi Arnie,

I believe Chris Malcolm visited your place recently so greetings from Perth, WA!

Can you describe the improvements brought on by the Telos GNR please as I am considering one. 

Did you go through the process of identifying the lowest impedance connection points with a multimeter?

Cheers,

Geoff

heebrog

Center
Owner
Hi wpruett,

I have had the TotalDAC D1-Twelve digital front end (2 mono Dac's, outboard re clocker and the D1-server) for the past 4 years. I haven't found any issues in those 4 years with it being able to play any file types that I use.

The D1-Player is relatively new - I have had it in my system for about 3 months. When combined with the D1-Server it certainly was a sonic improvement compared to the QNAP NAS and Hynes Linear power supply that I had been using. I have not compared it to any other server/streamer so I cannot comment on that.

babybear

Preview
How do you like the D1-streamer and player? Did you compare to others? Any issues with the totaldac recognizes your files etc as I heard with early versions? Thanks!

wpruett

Center
Owner
Thanks Mark,

I sent you an email via Agon.

babybear

Center
Thanks Arnie!  I see you are running a TRITON v3. Drop me a note sometime and we can share experience with that as I've had one for a while now and am extremely impressed; I dare say I found my destination conditioner. The availability of a star-grounding plane on the TRITON v3 is an innovation that is drastically overdue in this industry and Caelin aced it when he took this approach IMHO.

Remind me to tell you about the huge leap that adding the new TYPHON QR to my setup with the TRITON v3 a few months ago caused.  I did not think things could sound better from the power aspect; I was wrong...the TYPHON QR has put a musical advancement into my system that really surprised me.

Happy New Year!

zephyr24069

Center
Owner
Thanks Mark,

And a  Very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family as well!

babybear

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours!

zephyr24069

Center
Owner
Thanks very much Zephyr.

Arnie

babybear

Center
Arnie....you've been busy and as usual, your system and room are stunning!!!

zephyr24069

Center
Owner
Hi Luther,

Thanks very much. You should definitely come by for some listening - you are welcome anytime.

I do think that there are many very high quality digital sources available now at just about any price point - both DAC's and music servers/streamers. They are too numerous to list but certainly offerings from TotalDAC (that I use), MSB, Aqua Formula, CH Precision, Aurender, and many others can provide wonderful sound. Always happy to discuss further if you stop by for a visit.

Thanks, Arnie

babybear

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Hi Arnie - Wow is about all I can say. It will take a while to get back up to to speed on your system. It has totally changed from the last time I heard it. 

I know you're a vinyl guy, but what are your thoughts on the current Gen of digital sources?

Luther

wardsweb

Center
Owner
Hi Paul,

The TotalDAC D1-player is a very nice sonic improvement from the NAS/Hynes setup. The sound became more refined and elegant, more textured, with a better bottom end and more presence of the performers within the soundstage. I highly recommend that you give it a try.

babybear

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That turntable looks very nice. Any notes about the change from the NAS/Hynes to the Totaldac D1-Player?

paul79

Center
Owner
Just updating my system description to reflect the most recent changes.

1. I have added 2 sets of the Critical Mass Center Stage version 2 footers under each of the CH Precision M1 mono block amps.
2. After 8 years of wonderful analog playback, I have just replaced my Steve Dobbins The Beat turntable with Steve's brand new ground up designed turntable, The Beat SE. Stunning to hear.
3. I have replaced my QNAP NAS and Paul Hynes Linear power supply with a new product from TotalDAC called the D1-Player. This is a silent NAS and an outboard linear power supply. The NAS also is running Roon Core and since the TotalDAC D1-Server is a certified Roon endpoint, I am now using Roon as my music player. 

babybear

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Owner
Hi Lordcloud,

Feel free to send me a private message. 

Thanks

babybear

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You plan on having any audio meets at your place any time soon? I would love to be able to listen to this system that those who have heard it, say is really amazing. Josh says it taught him some things about system setup.

lordcloud

Center
Owner
Thanks Vicente.

babybear

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Hello Arnie,  Very good looking amps!  Congrats!

vn101606

Center
Owner
Hi Vicente,

I've updated some of the pictures to now include the M1 amps.

babybear

Center
Owner
Hi Vicente,

Whoops, I seem to have forgotten to do that. I'll have take some new pictures and update my system thread.

Arnie

babybear

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