I just had my TD D1-Streamer upgraded to the new TD D1-Streamer MK2 (November 2021).
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 D1-Digital Reclocker MK 2
I have just had my TotalDAC D1-Digital Reclocker upgraded to the new MK 2 version (November 2021). The Digital Reclocker MK 2 sits between my D1-Streamer MK 2 and the D1-Twelve mono DAC's in my digital front end.
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.
I have upgraded the TotalDAC USB Cable that connects the TotalDAC server to its internal re clocker to the new TotalDAC USB Gigafilter cable.
I have just had my D1-Player upgraded (November 2021) with a custom Live Power supply 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.
I just added the new TotalDAC D1-Switch to my digital front end. The switch connects to my Belkin router and now the TD D1-Streamer mk2 and the TD D1-Player connect to the the D1-switch instead of the router. This provides a very significant sonic improvement. I use a Nordost Valhalla 2 power cord for the D1-Switch.
- 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.
- Nordost Valhalla 2 Ethernet Cables (2)
I am using 2 of the new Nordost Valhalla 2 ethernet cables. The first one connects between the TotalDAC D1-Player and my Belkin router and the second one connects between my TotalDAC D1-Streamer and my Belkin router.
- Audio Quest Diamond Ethernet Cable
The AQ Diamond ethernet cable is used to connect the TotalDAC D1-Player to my TotalDAC NAS. This is used for the "dirty" ethernet connection.
- 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 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 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 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.
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.
June 29 2021 Update: I just replaced the umbilical power cord connection between the Beat SE power supply and the Beat SE turntable with a new umbilical power cord that Steve worked on with Nordost. The results are simply amazing.
October 1 2021 Update: Steve has now done further modifications to the Beat SE external power supply with internal wire upgrades with wiring from Nordost as well as adding an external grounding connection that enables me to ground the Beat SE power supply to my CAD GCR reference ground box.
- 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.
June 29 2021 Update: I have upgraded the LT arm cartridge mounting plate for my Lyra Atlas SL Lambda to a new one that consists of a carbon fiber top and bottom plate with a copper plate in the middle between the 2 carbon fiber layers.
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.
June 29, 2021 Update: I just replaced the umbilical power cords from the X1 power supplies to the CH P1 phono stage with a new umbilical that Steve worked on with Nordost. A very significant sonic improvement.
- 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.
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 L10 True Dual Monaural LInestage
The new CH Precision L10 True Dual Monaural linestage has replaced my long time reference, the CH Precision L1 true dual monaural linestage. As good as the 4 box version of the CH L1 linestage is, The CH Precision L10 True Dual Monaural (4 box) linestage surpasses it in every audio parameter.
- Nordost Odin Gold Power Cords
I am using two of the Nordost Odin Gold Power Cords to power the two CH Precision L10 external power supplies for my CH Precision L10 true dual monaural preamp.
- CH Precision M10 amplifiers
I now am using the CH Precision M10 mono block amplifiers. I have 2 of these and I run them in their active bi-amplification mode. These have just replaced (11/30/2021) my wonderful CH Precision M1.1 mono block amplifiers.
- Nordost Odin Gold Power Cords (4)
I am using 4 of the Nordost Odin Gold power cords on my CH Precision M10 amps. Each CH M10 amp outboard power supply requires 2 power cords each with 20 amp IEC connectors.
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.
I am now using 2 pairs of Nordost Odin 2 XLR IC's to connect the Rockport external crossover to the CH Precision M10 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.
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 M10 amplifiers run in active bi amplification mode.
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 M10 mono block amps and the Rockport Arrakis 2 outboard crossover.
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 M10 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 M10 mono block amplifiers. I also am using the HRS Nimbus footers (1.5" height version) under the M10 amplifiers.
- HRS SRX with M3X2 isolation base
I have added 2 of the HRS SRX amp stands with the M3X2 isolation bases with G7 footers, These are for the power supplies of my CH Precision M10 amps.
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.
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.