I started planning the upgrade of my system in 2010, inconjunction with a renovation of our NYC apartment. My main listening room is the living room which is 29'x 20'. Due to space considerations all the equipment is in the living room which drives speakers in 3 other rooms. The dining room/ kitchen is 20'x 16.5',the bedroom is 14'x 14' and my wife's office is 12'x 11'. The renovations were completed in 2012 when the system was set up by my dealer. The only changes in the system for 2013 have been the Wilson Alexia's from the Sasha in the living room, upgrading to Shunyata Zitron power cords from CX and purchasing the Klaudio record cleaner. I also changed my tonearm to the Spiral Groove Centroid from the Tri-planar. Changes in 2014 include Shunyata Triton power conditioner and Alpha Digital power cords. Both work as claimed.
I recently added a Shunyata Cyclops/Anaconda for my LAMM M1.2s, it did lower the noise floor and improved the imaging and dimensionality of the soundstage.
I just exchanged my Pass Labs X250.5 for the X250.8 amp. Initial impressions are positive ,improved base control meaning tighter and better defined, faster transients, better imaging and dynamics.
Just added a Shunyata Typhon to my Triton for my source components. The improvement is dramatic, a level of haze has been removed and the depth, dimensionality and transparency steps up a level or two.
I just received my Lyra Etna, it only has a few hours on it. Immediately you notice the dramatic increase in resolution, detail and speed compared to the Skala.
I upgraded fromTA Reference to Gen5 Reference XL signal cables, the improvement, brings the music to another level of realism, in added depth, space, speed, power and detail.
I traded in my Spendor ST speakers for the Wilson Sabrina's for my bedroom. The Sabrina's are excellent speakers full range, very good dynamics and life like imaging.
Use the Ultra Dac for all digital sources. Store my ditigal music collection on Meridian Media Drive 600 via Sooloos. I am using Transparent XL XLR interconnects to the VTL 7.5 and Shunyata Alpha HC PC.
Spiral Groove SG2
After owning a Linn LP12 for 30 years I got hooked on the SG2 after a demo by Allen Perkins at my dealer.
Spiral Groove Centroid
An outstanding tonearm for this TT.
Replaced my Lyra Skala
This set is better than Pioneer Kuro PDP 6020FD which I also own.
VTL TL 7.5 III
The VTL TL 7.5 III was the perfect preamp in my situiation. It has four main outputs, it works well with most other amps. Although it has a wide and deep soundstage and excellent tonality, it is very neutral and allows the characteristics of the amps to come through.
Lamm Industries LP2
Using Transparent XL Gen5 RCA interconnects to the VTL and Shunyata Alpha HC PC
Lamm Industries M1.2
The M1.2s drive Wilson Alexia's in the living room. I use Transparent XL Gen5 RCA interconnects and speaker cable and Shunyata Sigma HC PCs
Pass Labs X250.8
The X250.8 drives the Duette's in the dining room. I use Transparent Ultra Gen5 interconnects and in wall speaker cable and premium brick. PC Shunyata Alpha HC
The Krell drives Wilson Sabrinas' in the bedroom using Transparent Ultra Gen5 XLR interconnects and in wall speaker cable. PC is Shunyata Alpha HC.
Linn Akurate 2200
The Akurate drives the B&W ccm818 in ceiling speakers in my wife's office. I use Transparent Super Gen5 RCA interconnects, Transparent in- wall speaker cables and Shunyata Alpha Digital PC.
Wilson Audio Alexia's
Alexia's are in my main listening room.
Wilson Audio Duette's
Duette's are in the dining room and are driven by the Pass X250.8
Wilson Audio Sabrina
The Sabrina's are driven by the Krell Evo 2250e amp in the bedroom.
B&W ccm818 in ceiling speakers in my wife's office.
Transparent Gen 5 XL Reference
Also have Ultra Gen5 plus TA, Digital, Optical and HDMI
Transparent Gen 5 XL Reference
Also have in-wall speaker cables.
T+A T 1210R
Using Transparent Ultra Gen5 RCA interconnects to the VTL and Shunyata Alpha Analog PC
Polk Audio SR-H1000
Sirius Radio Tuner
VPI Typhoon HW-27
Waiting for my KLaudio ultra sonic record cleaner, I plan to keep both if space permits.
This is an ultrasonic record cleaner well built and simple to use.
Adona Corporation Signature
The audio rack was custom ordered from Adona Corp. Highly recommended very competitive for the price.
Shunyata Cyclops V2
I use the Cyclops on my LAMM M1.2 amps.
Shunyata Triton V2
Using Sigma HC to connect to dedicated power outlet. I use the conditioner for analogue and certain digital source components. Amps have their own dedicated AC lines.
Plugged into my Triton for my source components
Shunyata Venom PS8
I use the PS8 for my less important digital source components.
Shunyata Sigma and Alpha
SigmaHC, Alpha Digital, Analog and HC
Universal MSC-400 Universal Remote
Controls all components other than the Krell and Linn amps.
I did not see your question till now. The Sabrinas' sound great. They play much bigger than the room. Excellent range and dynamics with good imaging. I drive them easily with my Krell Evo 2250e which has 250 watts per channel in a moderate sized but very damped room. The Sabrinas' are not as efficient as the Alexias' or Duettes', but I believe that 60 watts of class A power should be fine unless your room is huge or very damped. Wilson and Pass Labs are a good match I have always liked that combo. Let me know what you do.
Mark, Amazing components. How do you like your Sabrinas? I'm considering this speaker and would pair it with a Pass INT-60 integrated amplifier. I heard the Sabrina at a dealer but, not with Pass electronics. Mike
John I have not yet heard the Atlas so I cannot compare the two. I am extremely happy with the Etna. I would describe it as being very transparent and resolving of micro details with a tonal balance the sounds live. It presents a very coherent soundstage and balances being musical and analytical very well. The Centroid is a great tonearm and pairs well with Lyra's as you know. I agree once you compare the TA Gen 5 to the MM 2 there is no going back it takes you system to a next level of realism. I can only imagine how good you system sounds. Mark
Lot's of great upgrades. I am listening tonight to the Transparent Audio Opus MM2 (that I own) to my dealers Opus Gen5. it's a pretty good step similar to what you say above. The MM2 version is outstanding...but in comparison, you just can't really go back after listening to Gen 5.
How are you liking your Etna? I have a Atlas and Centroid arm...but am considering the Etna...I've owned 4 Lyra's in my life..but some say the Etna has some positive attributes beyond the Atlas...
System edited: I upgraded from Shunyata AnacondaZ to Sigma HC on my LAMM M1.2s. I am still using AnacondaZ to the wall from my Cyclops to the LAMMs. PCs were cooked by my dealer. I did not do an A/B comparison just replaced the old PCs with the new. My initial impressions are there is a modest improvement in dynamics, sound stage depth and fullness of sound especially in bass area. I plan on upgrading to the Sigma HC on my Triton and Cyclops next.
Kzhtoo I use the LAMM M1.2's to drive the Alexia and the X250.8 to drive Duettes in another room, so I have not listened to that combination. I can tell you that the X250.8 have excellent base control better than the X250.5 which easily drove my Sasha's.
Congrats...I bet after a few weeks playing time you'll be even MORE happy. I find with Transparent cables they sound good after about a hour playing time...better after a day or two...then about a month later even better...they don't seem to change character along the way...just smooth out but with a tightness/focus...higher resolution and more relaxation (a paradox of sorts) ...Please post again after more time on em.
System edited: Just received my TA Gen 5 Reference XL signal cables. Initial impressions are the upgrade is revolutionary. There is a fullness and richness to the sound I have not experienced before, the level of realism is profound. I am hearing elements of the musical compostition the TA reference was not able to resolve. You can hear the subtle interplay of musicians coming in and out of the music. They are not yet even broken in.
System edited: I just ordered the Transparent Gen 5 Reference XL speaker and audio cables from my dealer and I am trading in my Reference MM2 signal cables. TA is fairly busy with orders and it will take 3 to 4 weeks. My dealer had gone up to TA to audition all their new cables. He indicated the new Gen 5 Reference and Reference XL outperform the MM2 Reference XL and Reference MM2, respectively.
John Thank you very much. I have been following the evolution of your system for a number years, you have done a thoughtful job upgrading it over the years and it is a fanastic system. I am very envious of your dedicated audio room. I auditioned a number of preamplifiers,I prefer tubes or hybrid designs but the LAMM preamps do not provide the flexibility and functionality of the VTL, with its programmability, number of inputs and outputs. The 7.5iii has a wide and deep soundstage (because of its separate power supply) The tonality of instruments is vivid, there is great tonal depth and 3 dimensional space in the way instruments are reproduced. Moreover the top end is extended and smooth, the midbass has good presence and bass is tight and controlled. The LAAMs are high gain amps and they do create the slightest bit of tube rush in the tweeter when you are standing near the speakers but from a normal listening position you cannot hear it and they work very well together. The Etna is very natural and full bodied in its sound. It is very fast and presents a wider and deeper soundstage with much better imaging then the Skala. Upgrading from the Skala to the Etna was similiar to going from an average recorded redbook CD to a well recorded hi-rez download. I compared the LAMM LP2 to the VTL TP-6.5 with the VTL TL 6.5 and VTL MB-450iii. The LP2 had much better base extension and control and its soundstage depth and width were suprising superior. It has excellent dynamics and decay and is dead quiet. I have not listened to the LP2.1 yet, I am not ready to upgrade, my audio dealer is a block away and will get me a demo when I am ready. Mark
System edited: I just received my Lyra Etna, it only has a few hours on it. Immediately you notice the dramatic increase in resolution, detail and speed compared to the Skala. The micro-dynamics are amazing. The cartridge is still breaking in and has not relaxed yet and does not yet have the musical liquidity of the Skala.