Description

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.
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Room Details

Dimensions: 29’ × 19’  X large
Ceiling: 8’


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    • Meridian Ultra Dac
    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.
    • Lyra Etna
    Replaced my Lyra Skala
    • Panasonic TCP65VT50
    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
    • Krell Evo2250e
    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
    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.
    • Klaudio KD-CLN-LP200.
    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.
    • Shunyata Typhon
    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.

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I'm considering upgrading my Sasha I's to the Alexia 1's.  How do the Lamm M1.2s perform with the Alexias?

thesaint519

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mdp632

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

markramler

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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 

mdp632

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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

markramler

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Hi 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...

jfrech

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System edited: I traded in the Spendor ST speakers for the Wilson Sabrina's for the bedroom. They are excellent speakers, full range, very dynamic and live.

markramler

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System edited: I just upgraded to the Shunyata Hydra Triton and Cyclops V2. My initial reaction is there is improved base and dynamics.

markramler

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System edited: I replaced my Shunyata AncondaZ PCs on my Triton and Cyclops with the Sigma HC PCs. They improve on the dynamics, 3D soundstage and imaging.

markramler

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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.

markramler

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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.

markramler

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Very nice, Mark! I really like the room layout, piano and windows with lots of light.
How do you think Pass X250.8 driving the Alexia? I'm curious about the bass control at loud level.

Thanks,
Khin

kzhtoo

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Thanks. Will post my thoughts after they break-in. TA has exceeded my expectations.

markramler

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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.

jfrech

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I've always been impressed with TA cables. I started with a Reference IC, added a Premium USB, and the results have been startling. I'm working on getting demo TA speaker cables in for a test.

rhanson739

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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.

markramler

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Congrats!! I can't WAIT to hear your impressions.

thesaint519

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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.

markramler

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Saint
My email is [email protected]
Mark

markramler

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Markramler,

I'd love to hear your system some time. I'm in Westchester, NY.

thesaint519

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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

markramler

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Hi Mark, I've missed your system to. VERY nice ! How is the Etna breaking in now? I moved from a Skala to a Atlas awhile back...and yes a big difference !

Since you have a lamm phono and amps...curious why the choice on the VTL pre? I know it's a good pre, I had a friend who had one...

Any comments on your Lamm phono? It's always one I'd like to hear (or the newer lp2.1) Did you compare it to anything else before you bought it?

jfrech

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Saint
Funny I did not see your response till now. I use the Pass Labs X-250.8 to drive my Duettes. Similar to LAMM the Pass Labs amps work well with Wilsons.
Mark

markramler

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In a word, your system is AWESOME! It must provide sonic bliss by the boat loads. Did I read that you have Pass amps and Lamm amps?

thesaint519

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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.

markramler

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System edited: I just added a Shunyata Typhoon to my Triton for my source components.

markramler

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