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My system is upgraded considerably from the system I had posted previously.  

So here's what's going on now.
  • 30 amp dedicated circuit
  • PS Audio Power Port Premier
  • PS Audio P12 power regenerator supplying power to all components
  • RHB Dezigns modified conrad johnson PV-12L with 12AU7 tubes
  • SMc Audio Gold Special modified McCormack DNA-1 Deluxe power amplifier
  • Modwright Truth modified Marantz 8005 SACD player with Modwright outboard tube rectified power supply 9.0
  • VPI Scout with Herbie Grungebuster mat, JMW Memorial Plus arm, Dynavector 20X2 
  • Luxman E-250 phono amplifier connected to line stage with Wireworld Platinum Eclipse  7 RCA interconnect.
  • Vandersteen Treo CT speakers
  • two Vandersteen 2wq subwoofers with a 45 lb. weight on top of each
  • two Vandersteen M5-HP crossovers
  • PS Audio Statement and Plus power cables
  • Analog front end interconnect Audioquest Fire with 72 volt DBS
  • Digital front end interconnect Wireworld Platinum Eclipse 7
  • Herbie's Audio Lab Tenderfeet under components
  • weights on top of components for chassis damping
  • interconnect from line stage to amp Wireworld Platinum Eclipse 7
  •  Speaker cables - Clear Day Audio Double Shotgun pure silver custom terminated with full size spades for amplifier and 3/16" spades to fit Treo CT terminal strip
  • PS Audio Duet filtering power to subwoofers
  • Quantum Symphony Pro
  • iQSE inside disc player, line stage, phono stage and power amp.
  • Hifi Tuning Noise Destroyer
  • Hifi Tuning CD Demagnetizer
  • Roomtunes room treatment at all wall corners from floor to ceiling
  • Wall behind listening seat covered with absorbent Sonex panels.
  • 2 Omega E-Mats from Perfect Path Technologies placed in 200 amp electric service.
  • 1 Omega E-Mat placed under the modified cj PV-12L
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Room Details

Dimensions: 18’ × 14’  Medium
Ceiling: 7’


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    Comments 18

    222222&text=ds
    Hi!
    How is your impression after modding your McCormack DNA-1 Revision A+ to fresh Gold Special of 2018 ?
    I have the same DNA-1 Revision A+ and like it very much.
    You are the one of brave man who do not think about resale value, but about the result and your impression will be very helpful not only for me, but for all SMC fans  )
    You can post it in "Amp away for 20 year upgrade...back-up amp to the rescue" topic.
    And the last........your setup Absolutely awesome! ))

    Regards, Di.

    dstokoz

    Center
    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.

    Ag insider logo xs@2xshadorne

    Center
    Owner
    tomic601  The weights are 45lb. round weight-lifting discs.  There are Herbie's Audio Labs Big Fat Dots under each weight disc so there is no rattling of the discs while subs are woofing.

    hifiman5

    Center
    ok
    i will bite
    what are the 45# subwoofer weights ?
    enjoy
    and yes the carbon drivers are freaking fantastic ,,,

    tomic601

    Center
    Owner
    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.

    hifiman5

    222222&text=bi
    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

    bigboltz

    222222&text=bi
    Awesome rig.  I was wondering about the effects of the dedicated AC circuit.   Big improvement in sound?  I'm seriously considering the same.

    bigboltz

    Center
    Great looking system,....very nice upgrade path and all things assembled to sound wonderful! Enjoy!

    zephyr24069

    222222&text=fr
    Hifi;

    Milwaukee
    Menomonee Falls, wi

    Have you listened to the Pv-11

    Jeff

    frozentundra

    Center
    Owner
    frozentundra  Where are you located?

    hifiman5

    Center
    Owner
    frozentundra  I suggested a PV-11 to you on the Conrad Johnson--Best used Model thread tonight.

    hifiman5

    222222&text=fr
    Hifi;

    Next on my list is a Tube Pre

    I was thinking CJ PV-12, PV-17 or ET3

    Suggestions

    frozentundra

    Center
    Owner
    Jeff,

    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".  

    Thanks for commenting!

    hifiman5

    222222&text=fr
    Hifi;

    Thanks for the feedback
    Have you listen to any of the Bob Backert preamps?
    How did you decide on the PV-12?
    Vs all the others?

    I just upgraded amps to a Pass XA30.5
    Man, Big difference.
    Amps do matter

    Next stop is probably a CJ preamp

    You've been a Vandersteen guy for 30 yrs?
    I assume you believe in the 1st order crossovers and time and phase coherence difference?

    I do 

    Jeff

    Ps: what part of world do you live in?

    frozentundra

    Center
    Owner
    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

    222222&text=fr
    Hifi;

    You have a CJ 12 preamp
    I've wanted to try a CJ  & am wondering what the tubes bring to the party with a SS amp?

    Excellent system, especially with the phase coherent speakers 

    Jeff

    frozentundra

    222222&text=fr
    Hifi;

    How do you like your Treo CT's

    I did not like the original Treo's , but the CT seams to really keep the harsh highs much smoother?

    Is the soundstage good with McCormack amps?

    Jeff

    frozentundra

    222222&text=ca
    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.........

    carmenc

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