Absolutely awesome setup. The Conrad Johnson PV12 is a classic. The owner of this setup is wise beyond years and has extremely good taste. I would guess this system is supremely musical. How is the Marantz 8005? I am not such a fan of Marantz as it usually too dark sounding for my taste but I haven’t heard this particular player.
BI As far as the impact of the dedicated line, I have never heard my system any other way.
The Treo CTs are an amazing value! Already having the two 2wq subs., the Treo CT made sense for my system. I would have wanted to go with the Quatro CT otherwise. The Treo's 8 inch woofer is tight and tuneful. I have the "Q" control on the subs at the minimum (tightest) setting. Seamless integration between Treo CT and 2wq.
So how much better are the Treos?! I went from 3A sigs with a pair of 2ws to a pair of cloth Quatros. It was a nice improvement and much smaller footprint. I recently heard the Treo CTs and WOW whole other league. That tweeter is ridiculous. I'll be saving for Quatro CT
I live in Lancaster County, PA so I drive a buggy to work. HA.
The last time I was at Bob's shop he was finalizing his preamp designs. If you have not had the pleasure, he is one of the nicest guys you will ever meet. He'll propose in an unforced manner, mods. that he can do to your equipment and the expected outcome. No pressure. His work is meticulously done!
I listened to cj gear in different situations and never heard them sound anything but musical. It always sounded like music without the electronic haze that lesser gear can superimpose on the sound.
I ABSOLUTELY believe in the first order crossover, time and phase coherence of Richard's designs. You NEVER listen to drivers, you just hear music. I have noticed that even in professional reviews that is often how the reviewer regards them. They are "of a piece".
I've loved cj since an audiophile friend had an original PV-5. Definitely on the warm, relaxed side of things but beautiful to listen to nevertheless. The PV-12, a much later design was more linear and natural sounding. I came across Bob Backert from RHB Dezigns, who has his own proprietary mods. for cj preamps. Bob is a real craftsman. His mods. opened up the soundstage. The soundscape was bigger in all dimensions. You can hear more of the studio or hall where the recording was made than with the stock unit. Don't get me wrong though the stock PV-12 is a winner.
I did try audio research first, but it sounded like electronics to me rather than just music. This is in no way me being a bummer on AR gear. Their reputation is stellar and Willian Zane Johnson is a legend in audio land! I t just wasn't at the time what my ears were looking for.
On to the Treo CT. I am in love with these speakers. I am a 30 year Vandy user so I was already an addict. I truly had no idea that RV's designs had come this far. Using the Treo CT with two 2wq subwoofers really allows the sound to open up. My DNA-1s are heavily modified. My way of staying current without having to invest at some point in a new amp. I have liked the DNA concept ever since Steve McCormack came up with it! The amp is "quick". Music has the "jump" that I hear listening to live performances.
hifiman5......truly wonderful system. I like how you've added some new and modified some older components. Congrats on your new Vandersteens! How do you like the Marantz? I've been eyeing that spinner for awhile now. Regards.........