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Focal Grande Utopia EM in black finish

Analog music sources, Technics SP10 MK3 fitted with two new Kuzma 4 Point 14".   Studer A810 Archival half and quarter track IEC EQ tape machine.

Digital music source is Aurender W20  into PS Audio and Allnic DAC. 

Allnic H-5000 DHT Phono, and NEW Allnic L-7000 preamp feed Allnic M-5000 or M3000 Mono Blocks.

Aurender W20 to Allnic D-5000 or PSE DAC is the new Purist Audio 25th Anniversary AES/EBU.  

All other cable is Purist Audio 25th Anniversary Luminist XLR.  All ten AC cords are new Purist 30th Anniversary AC.

My space is 18 X 31 and acoustically treated with RPG panels, tube traps and fiberglass acoustic treatment over triple reinforced walls and ceiling. The floor is lamination beams over steel plates to pier and beams.  Two sheets of 5/8 epoxy lamination sheets make up the floor with two inches of concrete topped with India multi color slate.

Whisper Wall rail system and fine textured acoustic cloth covers the work, making  everything appear as a normal room with painted sheet rock or decorative cloth covering.

The room acoustics were conceived by RBDG and the entire space was torn out to bare dirt under the foundation and bare studs in the walls about eleven years ago.
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Room Details

Dimensions: 31’ × 18’  X large
Ceiling: 12’


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    • My Photography http://www.albertporterphoto.com
    Commercial + Advertising Photography, Dallas, TX.
    • Focal Grande Utopia EM
    The best offering from Focal, shown with Stillpoints Ultra 5. Amazing upgrade !
    • RPG Acoustics QRD 734 (variation)
    On front wall, now obscured by acoustically transparent cloth, is floor to ceiling RPG (similar to QRD® 734) in foam, so it's partially absorptive.
    • Studer A810
    4 speed version. Rebuilt by Steve Smith of Studer USA, Nashville, TN.
    • Technics SP10 MK3 Rosewood with Stillpoints Ultra 5
    Technics SP10 MK3 Panzerholz + Rosewood shown with Stillpoints Ultra 5
    • Technics SP10 MK3 Panzerholz + Ebony
    Technics SP10 MK3 Panzerholz with African Ebony lumber (no Veneer). This is the original design by John Semrad and myself, copied to death now.
    • TTM Stainless Mat and Oil Damp Weight
    Japan, TTM Stainless mat (6.61 pounds) plus TTM oil filled record weight.
    • Air Tight Opus
    Air Tight new top of the line phono cartridge
    • Koetsu Coralstone Platinum
    Top tier stone body Koetsu, perfect alternate to Air Tight Supreme
    • Kiseki Purple Heart
    Bought this at California Audio Show from Kevin Deal.  This is an amazing cartridge for the dollar.
    • Allnic Puritas
    Allnic MC cartridge with unique design that mimics cutter head.
    • ORB-DF03 USA version DF03
    Excellent LP flattener, simple to use and so far perfect result
    • Aurender W20
    Aurender music server, model W20 with 12TB storage on board.
    • Allnic D5000 DHT DAC
    Direct Heated Triode, transformer coupled DAC.
    • PS Audio DirectStream DAC
    • Allnic L-7000 NEW preamp
    L-7000 is brand new preamp with many improvements cosmetically and performance wise.
    • Allnic Audio H5000 DHT phono stage
    Allnic limit of the art two chassis DHT phono stage.
    • Allnic M3000 MK2 Monoblock
    KT-150 tube based monoblocks. 200 WPC
    • Allnic Audio M5000 Monoblock amps
    Brand new, I have the only pair in existence at the moment.   2.5 feet deep, 400~500 WPC using eight KT150 tubes.  Superb sound, I dearly love them.
    • Allnic H5000 DHT Phono
    Allnic new ultra high performance phono, image shows one of two chassis.
    • Vibraplane 2212-01
    I have two of these powered by Silentaire DR-150
    • Takatsuki TA-300B
    Replaced factory EH 300B with Takatsuki 300B and got a substantial, remarkable upgrade.
    • KLaudio Ultrasonic LP cleaning machine
    Ultrasonic LP cleaning machine made in S. Korea.
    • Audio Desk Automatic LP Cleaner
    KLAudio from Korea and Audio Desk from Germany shown together.
    • Milbank Transocket three phase 750 amp
    750 amp meter base. Pass through design, three phase power is a huge benefit in conjunction with our dedicated transformer.
    • Porter Port Cryo outlets 20 Amp
    14 of these in my system, each to a dedicated breaker in copper based electrical box
    • Purist Audio Design Focal EM Supply cable
    New four conductor cord, replaces stock Focal supply cord from EM drive box to back of speaker. Amazing upgrade
    • Purist Audio Luminist 25th Anniversary XLR X 4
    (1) Allnic H5000 phono to Allic L3000 preamp (1) Audio Research REF 250 to Allnic L3000 (1) Allnic D5000 DAC to Allnic L3000 (1) Studer A810 to Allnic L3000
    • Purist Audio Luminist 25th Anniversary Bi-Wire
    1.5 meter Bi-Wire, Audio Research REF 250 to Focal Grande EM
    • Purist Audio Design 30th Anniversary AC Cables
    New STUNNING cable from Purist Audio, silver and seven stage network box.  This cable brought so much dynamics, resolution and transparency to my system it qualifies as a main component.
    • Leica Disto D2
    Super laser measuring tool. Indispensable for setting distance and alignment of your speakers

Comments 4631

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Returned home late Monday afternoon from Rocky Mountain Audio Fest.  It was a great show as is every year.   I had the Allnic DHT DAC in Purist Audio / Classic Audio room and had great sound.

albertporter

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Thank you Lalit,

Aurender told me the N10 was excellent and I almost bought it.   I suspect it's performance is very near the W20.   I was hoping the W20 would pull digital out of the slumps and make it good enough to listen along side analog.

It's getting better day by the day.  Aurender advised W20 requires a couple of hundred hours break in and of course the Purist 25th AES/EBU will need break in as well.

albertporter

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Hello Albert, 

Glad to hear you are enjoying W20 just as much I treasure my N10. Keep us posted on your feedback with 25th Anniversary AES/EBU cable. 

Lalit

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Update,

So far I love the Aurender, nice improvement over any previous digital source including other computer servers.   Wish I sold this product, would be easy to get behind since it's so well made and easy to deal with.

albertporter

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Hello Dave,

Tech at Aurender told me best connection was AES/EBU because that allows Aurender internal clock to work, as opposed to USB which is asynchronous.

Better still would be dual AES/EBU but unfortunately neither the Allnic nor PS Audio DACs can take advantage of that technology.

So, I have a Purist 25th Anniversary AES/EBU on order but with floods in Lake Jackson and Houston I don't know when I will receive.

I'm hoping these changes will bring my digital up a notch or two, I'm back to being disappointed with it since my analog has improved so much :-).

albertporter

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Hi Albert,

Good to read that your equipment sold. Congrats on the new gear. Top drawer as always.

What are you using for digital connection between the W20 and the Direct Stream DAC?

Dave

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Owner
Removed equipment recently sold. 

Added Aurender W20
Added PS Audio Direct Stram DAC
Added four additional Purist 30th Anniversary AC cables. 
Added Kiseki Purple Heart Cartridge
Added Images of Allnic H5000 DHT phono
Added Images of Allnic M5000 mono block amps

albertporter

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Sold off Mac Mini, Atomic base, computer screen, two Keces linear power supplies and Data Tale with four ea 4TB drives drives Purist 30th USB and Audioquest Coffee Thunderbolt.  Also erased JRiver apps off iPad and iPhone.

Replaced with new Aurender W20,  black finish and I'm currently moving music files into it.  Hope to have rit unning in three days.  

Best bonus, Aurender takes up so little space compared to all the gear it replaces, I have another shelf for LPs.

albertporter

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For those interested, here is image of new SP10 R  (R for Reference).

https://postimg.org/image/i9u6td4z7/

albertporter

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Received full confirmation that Technics is finally releasing the SP10 R, the super high end replacement for SP10 MK3.

I had hint of this more than a year ago and held off buying any more SP10 MK3 because I believe Technics is fully capable of producing a limit of the art turntable with newest and best technology.

I'm excited about this, could finally be a replacement for my MK3.

albertporter

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I had to post this.  Tonight everyone was complimenting sound as we played The Doors LA Woman and Doors Morrison Hotel.   LP of Morrison Hotel is the new 45 RPM release from Chad at Acoustic, very impressive.

While looking for LA Woman I found a DCC  low serial number release by Steve Hoffman on LP.  I knew I had several DCC LPs releases of The Doors but I have not played LA Woman in a good while.

Both were excellent, it's hard to say which was better since the recordings are so different to begin with.

I will say the Hoffman LA Woman was way better than I remember.   Of course I've pushed my system a lot this last year but this LP has to be really right to get this kind of sound. Regardless of the gear.

albertporter

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Mike,

Thank you for the report and kind words about the preamp. 

Although  I did not hear the exact things you describe I had similar experience with improved resolution, things I have never heard before.   Songs where the mix of instruments cover vocal are suddenly more separate and I can understand lyrics as well as emotion that was buried.

Believe it or not, it will slowly improve even more with time.    Mine has improved remarkably since I got it and upgrading the 300B tubes were another bump.   Not a requirement but very pleasant surprise.

albertporter

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Albert,

I thought I'd drop you a quick note about the Allnic L-7000 preamp I just picked up from you to let you know that I could not be happier with this unit.
I went from Cary SLP-05 to The Messenger to VAC to Allnic L-3000MK2 to this unit. I was very happy with the L-3000, but the L-7000 is just better in every way...Quieter, better dynamics and especially the resolution. I've been playing my reference tracks for a couple days now with a huge smile on my face. Last night I was playing a track that I've heard a thousand times before. There is a soft keyboard note in the background of the song. For the first time ever, I just discovered it's not a keyboard note, but three voices softly harmonizing! Crazy to hear something new like that on a track you thought you knew inside and out. 

mikeba316

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Norm,

I have not experimented with Verus II controller so I cannot comment.  If you have issues with MK2 controller you should get in touch with the guy that builds my power supplies.   Music Technology, Bill Thalmann.  He used to be head tech with Conrad Johnson, a very sharp guy and reasonable price.

He has a new replacement chip to sub on Technics MK2 and MK3.   Users report better dynamics and even more speed stable than before.   I keep looking for a time to send my controller in, when I don't mind being out of business in it's absence.

If you contact me via communication boxes here at Audiogon I will send my email address if you wish to discuss.  

By the way, the Furutech IEC is a great connector, I think an even bigger upgrade than the fuses but both together is better.

albertporter

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Hi Albert,

Thanks you the input. 

The  Mk2a PS has a Furutech  IEC input connector and stock fuses. Unfortunately,  the Mk2a has developed some issues since I last tried powering the power supply with Nordost V1 power cord. After reading your post, I will experiment using a premium power cord on my Verus II controller.

Best,
Norm  

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Norm,

It was audible on  my MK2 when I owned it, is your power supply completely rebuilt including new IEC connector and premium fuses?

I've found in general that power supply is a bid deal in audio, regardless of where it is in the system.   My MK2 and MK3 both had complete rebuild and Krebs mods, was a big deal and AC cables are very audible here too.

A cheap way to experience AC cable upgrade on MK2 or MK3 is Purist Aquila.  I have a three meter you could try and see if it works in your system.

Just pay a deposit and then return for credit.   I'm sure it's too long even if you like the sound and price but we can address that if you have interest.

albertporter

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Hi Albert,

Congratulations, on your PAD 30th Ann AC cables.

I've compared the stock PC on my SP-10 Mk2a power supply to an expensive PC and didn't hear an notable difference between the two cords in my system. I was wondering if you've upgraded the stock umbilical cord from the TT to your Technics SP-10 Mk3 power supply/controller?  If so, which of the two cords had a greater impact on the sound?  

Best,
Norm

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I just replaced my two remaining Purist 25th Anniversary AC cables with new 30th Anniversary AC cables.   So far every place I've swapped over to 30th Anniversary has resulted in a big improvement.   New cables are quieter, more dynamic and more detail without being bright or forward. 

These last two 30th were fitted to Studer A810 open reel and Technics MK3 turntable power supply.  

Probably over the top to put such an expensive AC cable on the turntable but I began with entry level Purist AC and every upgrade in Purist line has resulted in improved analog (turntable) performance. 

In any case the new AC cable is not welded into place, I can always remove and sell if it turns out to not be worth the investment.

albertporter

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All the Allnic pieces for sound and display are on their way to the LA Audio Show at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel, Los Angeles, California.

I'll be making music with the new Allnic L7000 (preamp), the new Allnic H7000 (phono), Allnic M3000 amps, Allnic D5000 DAC, new Allnic HPA 3000 GT Triode headphone amp, and for static display the Allnic H1201 phono.

Come see us in rooms 376 / 379 beginning Friday June 2 through Sunday June 4.

We are showing with Purist Audio Design and PBN and for source there will be  two music servers and a turntable .

albertporter

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Added image of my Technics MK3, now fitted with twin Kuzma 4 Point 14" tonearms with custom wire.  

One Kuzma has Koetsu Coralstone, the other is Air Tight Opus.  Both cartridges benefited from new arm.  Sold the two SME V12 here at Audiogon.

albertporter

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Henri,

Log into Audiogon and send me a message with your email address or phone number and I'll respond back to you.   We meet every Tuesday night at my place and other days of the week at other homes.

Our group is very diverse.   Horns, electrostatics, cones, DIY and every imaginable kind of set up in between.

albertporter

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John,

Glad you're happy with the Allnic DHT H5000 phono.   You may not know but yours is the first delivery in N America of this improved version.  As you stated, even with 105 DB efficient speakers it's literally dead quiet.

I don't know how KS Park pulled this off but I'm certainly pleased he's achieved this.

albertporter

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Albert,

I'm new (ish) to the DFW area, and I'd also love to be a part of the Tuesday listening group if possible. I've been here a couple years and would love to listen to some great audio systems.

Henri

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Albert,
 I thought I would give you some feedback on the Allnic DHT H5000 phono-pre I recently bought from you.  It absolutely transformed my system as a good friend said. The H5000 is natural sounding with tons of air and detail.  My system sounded thin and washed out by comparison before I put in the H5000. It has an ease about it that draws me in.  For the last week, I have been listening to all my favorite LPs.  What a treat!  Opera has never sounded better.  The step-up transformers on the H5000 made it a breeze to step up my cartridge with the right loading.  From my listening position, I can't hear any hum or noise.  This is an amazing accomplishment for a DHT based phono-pre into a 105db efficient speakers.  As a result, music is very nuanced.  Thanks,

John

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Jo,

Yes, this next Tuesday is on for the group.  Contact me via Audiogon and I'll send you contact info.

albertporter

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