I've been into audio gear on and off for the better part of 30 years. Always tinkering with something and for the past several years more so with room treatment. Almost all treatments are DIY and mostly diffusion.

January 2022 update: Moved to the matching Audionet max amplifiers' Pre G2 preamp. If synergy was in doubt, this combination refutes it. Upgraded Music PC - newer Intel processor, motherboard and memory. upgraded to M.2 NVRAM SSD for the OS and 5GB Samsing SSDs for music. Also added EMI/RFI shielding to music SSDs, copper shielding to the OS SSD, added copper plates to the internal base under the motherboard, added neoprene absorption to the chassis, further shielded the top cover with EMI/ RFI 3M shielding. Due to the added weight of the music server upgraded to the larger Isoacoustics Orea feet. I expected minimal if any sonic gains but I was wrong, just incredible. Blacker blacks, and more details with a bit more body. All digital cables are now Shunyata Venom ethernet. Upgraded sub cables and F113 power cables to Audioquest. Upgraded monoblock amps, preamp, streamer and DAC footers to Critical Mass CS2 footers.

May 2021 update: Moved to Echole speaker cables. Upgraded the preamp to a Shunyata Anaconda Alpha PC. Added an Etherregen network switch + an external clock both powered by an HDPlex HD100 LPSU. Upgraded to a Shunyata ethernet cable from switch to the LinQ streamer. 
March 2021 update: Moved to Audionet Max amps with Shunyata Python CX PCs and Echole ICs. Changed power conditioning to the Audioquest Niagara. Paired the Aqua DAC (now with Shunyata Ztron Digital PC) with the Aqua LinQ streamer (now with a Shunyata Black Mamba PC). The Max amps + Echole cables + Giya G2S2s are a magical combination IMO.
July 2019 update: Switched from Usher BE20D speakers to Vivid Audio Giya G2 S2s.
November 2019 update: Added 2 JLA F110 subwoofers now a total of 4
January 2020 update: Switched amplifier for the bass from a MF A308CR to my Wells Audio Innamorata and added a Wells Audio Innamorata Signature for the mids and highs.

Room Details

Dimensions: 19’ × 18’  Large
Ceiling: 9’

Components Toggle details

    • Vivid Audio GIYA G2 Series 2
    4 way with custom color paint
    • DIY Custom music server
    Custom music server.

    Power: LPS - HDPlex HD500, JCAT Femto ethernet card powered by Paul Hynes SR4T LPSU
    512MB SSD for OS, 5TB HDD for music storage powered by an Acopian LPSU
    Software: OS: Win Server 2019 highly optimized, ROON, HQPlayer, Tidal, Qobuz
    • Echole Obsession Speaker Cables
    Obsession speaker cables.
    • Echole Obsession interconnects
    interconnect cables
    • Shunyata Research Python CX Series
    amps power cables
    • Shunyata Research Venom 3
    subwoofer power cables
    • Cullen Circuits 12AWG power cable
    Power cable for Music server
    • Nordost Blue Heaven
    Power cable for Music PC HD500 LPSU
    • Stillpoints LLC Mini and Ultra SS
    Throughout the system
    • Aqua Audio Formula xHD
    NOS Ladder DAC with xHD upgrade
    • HDPlex HD500
    Linear PSU for Music PC
    • AudioQuest Niagara 3000
    AC cleaner / distributor
    • JL Audio F113, F110
    2 Fathom F113 subs and 2 F1110 subs ran in dual mono
    • Audionet Max
    mono block amplifiers
    • IsoAcoustics OREA
    Isolation footers under subwoofers, Music server and Music server external power supplies
    • Aqua LinQ
    • Shunyata Research Zitron Alpha digital
    DAC power cable
    • Shunyata Research Black Mamba CX
    LinQ streamer power cable
    • Shunyata Research Anaconda Helix
    PC for Preamp
    • Audionet Pre g2
    Matching preamp for the Audionet max monoblocks

Comments 11

Thanks Jeff. The Giyas are amongst the most effortless, seamless and most natural speakers I've heard (and in my search I listened to Vandersteen, Evolution Acoustics, Magico S series, Rockport, Wilson, YG acoustics and more). The Ushers are quite good speakers and once modified with GR Research Xovers and wiring they were substantially better (more clear sounding, more detail, tighter more articulate bass). However, the Giyas are several leagues better, there really is no comparison. The Ushers like most speakers are drivers in a box, the Vivids incorporate significant technological advances and it's plain to hear IMO.


Beautiful system & room;

How was the change in sound when going from Ushers to Giya?

Wells amps have a great reputation for a natural sound 



Thanks Sebrof. Your system took a nice leap recently also.

@Arnie - Thanks, there is simply no comparison WRT Giyas versus Ushers. I am biamping them and eventually need to get better amps or a better stereo amp.


Very nice system, very nice indeed. Thanks for sharing!


Hi Steve,

Congratulations on the new speakers. I would imagine that the Giya’s are a nice upgrade sonically. Are you bi amping them?


Update: Moved from the usher BE20Ds to Vivid Audio Giya G2 S2 in June 2019.


Thanks for the tip cerrot, I'll remove the feet.


Nice rig.  You should remove the feet from the ko3 as you have the still points (they vibrate w/o weight on them).  You will hear it.


@babybear - Hope you liked it Arnie, slowly getting better. The pre really helped IMO. 

@tboooe - I liked the Usher sound very much but decided to upgrade the xovers, internal wiring and binding posts via a GR Research kit - made a world of difference. Not only better components/wiring but completely redesigned xovers. Stock the Ushers are warm sounding with the woofers gently sloping off at ~400Hz. With the GR kit it's more like ~200Hz, so the sound in many ways is quite different. You gain bass speed and detail and mid range and tweeter clarity.   IMO for the $ Ushers are exceptional speakers.


Nice to see another Usher user. I used to own the BE-10 and the Esoteric gear.  I had to go to smaller speakers when I moved my system into a much smaller room in the house.  Details of the Usher system can be found in my Virtual System.  Anyway, would love to hear your thoughts on the strengths and weaknesses of the big Ushers.


Looking good Steve. I'll need to come by and hear it with your new preamp.


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