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Update as of August 20th 2018

Now using more powerful Olympia AX Monoblock

Upgraded to PBN Olympia-P Phono preamp.


Amazing combo with new amps and Phono preamp...very happy :)

New turntable added to system today...insane!  A true reference turntable, best of the best.  Super happy!

Got moved into new dedicated listening room.  Loving the setup!  PBN Master Reference Speakers have incredible bottom end bass (with 4 18'' woofers).  Mids and highs sound terrific as well.  

Extremely happy with the way my systems sounds these days.

Had a chance to listen to some master tapes on the Otari recently and was really impressed with the capabilities of my tape player.  The source material definitely makes a huge difference.

Very pleased with the Koetsu cartridge on the VPI table.  Amazing music reproduced from analogue front end.  Since switching to fully balanced from the junction box on the VPI to separate channels through dual Liberty Phono Preamps, big improvement (vs single ended and stereo through one preamp).  The Vibraplane took performance up a notch too (plus it looks cool).

The PS Audio DSD is amazing.  Different sound vs. analogue, but convenient and so good too!  I followed Paul McGowan's advise on how to set-up the MacMini for the music server.  DSD source content is amazing through the DAC.

PBN Sammy with PBN EB-SA1 are perfect match.  The Sammy speakers are unbelievably great and a true value in high-end audio.  I have heard many much more expensive speakers that can not touch the performance of my Sammy Loudspeakers.  The reference sub fills in just a little bit at the very lower end of the spectrum.  

PBN LX Preamp is phenomenal also.  Again, great match with all of my other PBN gear.

Just got Ultrasonic Cleaner...amazing!  Went with a Vinyl Spin and 40KHZ unit from ebay.  It cleans 3 records at a time.  Following Harry Weisfield's advise with US clean first and then vacuum clean on the VPI 16.5 after.  Lots of great information in Harry's corner in the VPI forums.  More to come on my observations after this cleaning methodology.  But for now, huge difference.

Please feel free to ask a question or leave a comment.
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Room Details

Dimensions: 19’ × 17’  Medium
Ceiling: 12’


Components Toggle details

    • PBN Audio Groovemaster Vintage Direct DN-308 Professional
    Peter's latest masterpiece.  Based on the legendary Denon 308.  Truly the best of the best Bar None.

    Comments to follow.
    • VPI Industries HRX
    Turntable
    • Koetsu Urushi Wajima
    Cartridge
    • Montana Loudspeakers, a Division of PBN Audio, LLC Sammy
    Full Range Loudspeaker
    • PBN Audio EB-SA1
    Amplifier
    • PBN Audio LX
    Preamplifier
    • Montana Loudspeakers, a Division of PBN Audio, LLC Reference Sub
    Subwoofer
    • PS Audio DSD
    Direct stream DAC
    • PBN Audio Liberty B2B-1 Phono Preamp
    1 for each channel,
    Fully Balanced
    • Kinetic Systems Vibraplane
    2210 Active
    • Otari MX-5000 mkII
    Picked up like new reel to reel.
    • Montana Loudspeakers, a Division of PBN Audio, LLC Master Reference
    Wow!!!
    • Billy Bags Design Component Stand
    3 Billy Bags component stands plus 2 amp stands
    • SME 312S
    New arm for the Groovemaster
    • PS Audio P-10
    P-10 Power regeneration
    • Cardas Audio Golden Reference speaker cables
    1.5m Bi-Wire
    • PBN Audio OLYMPIA-AX

    THE ULTIMATE IN SOUND REPRODUCTION 

    The PBN OLYMPIA AX is designed to exceed the very highest standards within high-end audio engineering and technology. The AX offers the most natural and unstrained musical reproduction attainable at present and for years to come. The PBN OLYMPIA AX is the ultimate in sound reproduction.

    The PBN OLYMPIA AX, introduced in 2004 and enhanced in 2005, is the flagship model in the PBN OLYMPIA series. The PBN OLYMPIA AX weighs 93 kilos, due to its exceptional build quality. The AX features a powerful 4000 VA powersupply, 40 output devices and numerous Caddock resistors. The PBN OLYMPIA AX utilizes Teflon printcards only. The choice of components reflects the fact that the AX is a true non-compromise power amplifier. 

    A unique 75 ohms interconnect system is standard. The technical advantages and performance of this system is in a compeletely different league than any traditional XLR or RCA interconnect system, which by the way is also delivered as standard for the convenience of high compatibility.

    • PBN Audio Olympia P
    • Fully differential All-FET circuit design. The Olympia-Pi is complete with MPS power supply featuring a 375VA transformer and 80,000 uF power supply capacitance  
    • Six resistive settings for moving-coil cartridge loading 
    • Four capacitive settings for moving-magnet load optimization 
    • Olympia-Pi features targeted use of Caddock™ Resistors
    • Super low-noise onboard voltage regulators
    • RIAA accuracy better than +/- .5 percent
    • MM gain 60dB, MC gain 70dB
    • Pre-amp: 19"W x 4.5"H x 15"D
    • Power Supply:  9.5"W x 4.5"H x 15"D

Comments 17

222222&text=ro
Owner
gallant_diva You can email me at [email protected]  We can set a time for a listening session :)

robforst1

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Hi Rob, you posted comments on my system and expressed the desire to listen. You are welcome to. Yours look like  great system too. How do we make aa contact?

gallant_diva

222222&text=ro
Owner
This PBN turntable is absolutely amazing! The dynamics (and micro dynamics) are off the chart.  Speed is dead set on and displayed by the built in tachometer :)

A true work of art in both form and function.  I dare say 'the best'...true Reference class.

robforst1

222222&text=ro
Owner
Thanks Art.  We still need to schedule a day/time to get together!

robforst1

222222&text=ar
Those look fantastic Rob, can't wait to hear them!

arthursmuck

222222&text=je
Congrats on the big boys!

jeff1225

222222&text=ro
Owner
Well, took delivery of the PBN Master Reference Loudspeakers today...wow!  Comments to come after I get these massive speakers into position and hooked up...can't wait :)

robforst1

222222&text=ro
Owner
Just got an Otari reel to reel player yesterday.  Can't wait for the tapes I ordered to arrive to have a listen.

robforst1

222222&text=tr
Another DFW guy wanting to visit

trytone

Center
Beautiful speakers, rest of system and very comfortable looking listening room, congratulations!

Ag insider logo xs@2xzephyr24069

222222&text=ar
Hey DFW!  Where are you located?  Drop me a PM.

arthursmuck

222222&text=ro
Owner
Art,

Thank you! 

Could not agree more about Peter and his products.  

I am in DFW too and would love to get a chance to hear your system.  You are welcome to hear mine any time.

Rob

robforst1

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Owner
Jeff,

The Vibraplane seems to have provided even quieter background, increased impact and dynamics.  Keep in mind, these are subtle improvements.  I am in the land of very minor improvements and performance gains, I believe.  That being said, I am very pleased with the upgrade and would highly recommend one under a turntable.  Relatively modest cost for measurable improvement.  

One of the more interesting and humorous aspects was where to hide the air compressor and my wife's reaction when she discovered it.

robforst1

222222&text=ar
Great system!  Peter and his products are top notch!  Congrats on what must be a terrific sounding setup!

arthursmuck

222222&text=je
Excellent system. Peter makes amazing products and has outstanding customer service.

Can you tell me how much the Vibraplane changed the sound of the analog rig?

jeff1225

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Owner
Thanks CH!  

Absolutely agree with your comment about PBN!

robforst1

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Nice!  U don't see many of us on this site.  Meaning Montana and pbn audio owners.  I too own Montana speakers and pbn equipment.  Peter makes the best audio equipment out there

chubaka

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