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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 Odin 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 Odin 2 power cord for the Live Power supply which is plugged into my Shuyata Everest power conditioner.
    • 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 6 Nordost Valhalla 2 power cords in my system.
    I use one of them to power the Beat SE outboard power supply.
    I use 2 of them to power the 2 CH Precision L1 preamp boxes (not the CH X1's).
    I use 2 of them to power the CH Precision P1 boxes (not the CH X1's).
    I use one of them to power the Nordost QB4 power strip from the Shunyata Everest 8000 power conditioner.
    • 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 Everest 8000 Power Distributor
    I am now using the Shunyata Everest 8000 power distributor which has replaced the Shunyata Triton V3 in my system for my front end electronics. I use a Nordost Odin 2 power cord for the Everest.
    • Nordost Odin 2 Power Cord
    I use an Nordost Odin 2 power cord from a wall outlet to power the Shunyata Everest 8000 power conditioner.
    • Nordost QBase QB4
    I am now using a Nordost Qbase QB4 power distribution box powered by a Nordost Valhalla 2 power cord from the Shunyata Everest 8000 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
    • Nordost Valhalla 2 Power Cord
    This Valhalla 2 power cord is used on the outboard power supply for The Beat SE turntable. This is plugged into the Nordost QB4 power strip. The QB4 is powered by a Nordost Valhalla 2 power cord which is plugged into the Shunyata Everest 8000 power conditioner.
    • 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 Atlas SL Lambda cartridge
    I have now replaced my wonderful Lyra Etna SL cartridge with the new Lyra Atlas SL Lambda cartridge. My previous experience was that the original Etna SL cartridge was the best sounding of all of the Lyra cartridges. But not any longer. I was fortunate enough to be able to compare the new Lambda versions of the Etna SL and the Atlas SL in my system and the Atlas SL Lambda is simply stunning to hear in my system. The new Lambda Etna SL is also wonderful and better than the original Etna SL, but the Lambda Atlas SL is superior in every way.
    • 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.
    • Computer Audio Design (CAD) GC3 Ground Controls
    I am now using 2 of the CAD GC3 Ground Controls. One GC3 is used for signal ground with each of my CH Precision M1.1 amplifiers and the second GC3 is used for Earth Ground with my Rockport Arrakis external active crossover.
    • Computer Audio Design (CAD) Ground Control GCR
    I have added the CAD Ground Control Reference (GCR) to my system. This is used for signal grounds for my front end components (CH Precision P1 phono stage, CH Precision L1 line stage and my TotalDAC D1-Twelve digital front end) and also the earth ground for my Shunyata Everest 8000 power distributor.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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 6 Nordost Tyr 2 power cords and 2 custom versions of the Furutech e-TP60 power distributor that uses Furutech GTX-D NCF (R) outlets replacing the stock outlets. I am using 2 Nordost Odin 2 power cords from the wall outlets to each of the Furutech e-TP60 power distributors.

    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.
    • Nordost Sort Kones
    I am now using Nordost Sort Kones under many of my components. I am using a combination of both the BC and TC sort kones. I am using them under all of my TotalDAC digital components - both DACs, the Outboard Reclocker, the Streamer, the Live Power supply, the D1 player and the NAS. I also use them under my Beat SE turntable outboard power supply (not the turntable itself) and my Rockport Arrakis external crossover.
    • Isonic Ultrasonic RCM
    I have added the Isonic ultrasonic RCM. This is a wonderful RCM. I can do up to 10 LP's at once. It doesn't dry the records - but that is simple to do on my Loricraft.
    • 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 Cabinets
    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.

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HI Vicente,
Thanks very much.
To be honest, I was surprised by the improvements that I heard when I compared the Shunyata Everest to my Triton V3. The Triton V3 is a great product in its own right, but the Everest 8000 is better across the board. To be a little more specific, it presents an even lower noise floor than the Triton V3, it has better dynamics than the Triton V3, it has better attack on the leading edge of notes, the top end is significantly more open with better body and sparkle on the high notes, the bottom end is more solid, it has better resolution and textures across the board and the soundstage with the right recordings is even wider. I have tried enough different music now - both digital and analog and the results are very consistent. Hope that helps.

babybear

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Hello Arnie,

Congratulations on your upgrades!

Could you please compare the audible effect the Shunyata Everest 8000 Power Distributor vs. the Shunyata Triton V3?

vn101606

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I have made some changes in my system in the past 18 months so I wanted to bring my system page up to date. The key changes are:
1. I am now using The Beat SE Turntable from Steve Dobbins.
2. I am now using almost all Nordost Odin 2 cabling with a few Nordost Valhalla 2 power cords sprinkled in.
3. I am now using the new Lyra Atlas SL Lambda cartridge replacing my Lyra Etna SL cartridge.
4. I am now using the new Shunyata Everest 8000 Power Distributor replacing the Shunyata Triton V3.
5. I've added a few higher quality pictures.

babybear

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Thanks.

heebrog

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Hi Geoff,
The LP was Dream with Dean and it was probably the first track on the LP but I can't be sure about that.

babybear

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Hi Arnie,

When Chris visited last year, he recalled you playing a Dean Martin track on LP and was astounded by the recording; especially the bass.
Would you happen to recall what that track was?
I want to see if it's listed on Tidal.
Thanks
Geoff

heebrog

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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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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

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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!

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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

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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

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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

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Thanks Mark,

I sent you an email via Agon.

babybear

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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!

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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!

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Thanks very much Zephyr.

Arnie

babybear

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

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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

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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

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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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