Description

This is where I come to escape the world. That's all.
Read more...

Room Details

Dimensions: 18’ × 12’  Medium
Ceiling: N/A


Components Toggle details

    • Bryston BDP-3
    • Bel Canto Design DAC2.7
    • Channel Islands Audio D-200 mkII
    • Paradigm Prestige 85F
    • Torus Power RM-15
    • Pro-Ject Audio Systems USB Box S+
    • Channel Islands Audio VHP-2
    • MrSpeakers Aeon Flow Closed
    • Sennheiser HD660S

Comments 14

Center
Owner
System edited->after having lived with various ESS Sabre DACS over the last 4 years, I kind of felt the overall sound of this system veers a bit too lean and dare I say "bright"? Replacing the loudspeakers was not an option so there went the entire Benchmark suite up front. Now, a little more than a month in, I am thankfully relieved that the Bel Canto DAC has provided an acceptable level of oh so subtle easing of the system's sonic signature. Smoother, more analogue and a bit simpler with less listening fatigue. Every once in a while you make a change and get lucky. Whew!

gadmanrdh

222222&text=ha
@dougsat 
thanks for the reply.
the channel islands monoblocks seems to be an interesting find.
thank for your detailed reply.really appreciate it. 

harry26

Center
Owner
@dougsat - Thank you. The system in it's present state meets my needs and am very satisified. 
@harry26 - Thank you,. I will do my best to answer your questions as accurately as possible. The BDP3 goes into the DAC3 via a spdif connection and from there to HPA4 preamp to control the CIA MK2 amps. Regarding the Prestige speakers, the 85f can be placed into a smaller sized room. My dealer advised the 85 for the slightly better bass extension, which I was was looking for. I really like the exceptional fit and finish on these speakers as well. 
   As for how i settled upon these products, first and foremost, i only buy equipment from well established manufacturers. Secondly, i audition when i can but often times I lean heavily on reviews. I know the type of sonic signature i am looking for and of course I have always had a financial budget to work within. The class D monoblock amps were chosen for their sound, price, class D efficiency and Dusty Vawter's (Channel Islands Audio) outstanding craftsmanship and customer service.This system is incredibly transparent and super dynamic with excellent imaging. It isnt overly romantic sounding however. Thanks again. Mike. 

gadmanrdh

222222&text=do
Nicely done very tasteful setup and room.
From the time you have obviously spent on it I bet it sounds terrific too!
Doug 

dougsat

222222&text=ha
lovely setup. congrats that you have been able to match the components.
would be of great help if you can answer some questions -
are you running Bryston BDP-3 into DAC3 which runs into mkii?
wondering which one is the preamp here.
i have a question reg prestige 85f.iam thinking of buying them and thinking between 75f and 85f.
would like to know your thoughts on choosing between them.
like are the 85f suitable for smaller rooms as well?did u get to hear 75f and  in which areas are the 85 better than 75f.
also curious on how did you arrive at the combination of byston,benchmark and mkii.
listening or reviews or some spec matching or something else?would love to know your story.
thanks again for posting your setup.

harry26

Center
Owner
Benchmark HPA4 added. Cleanest and most accurate line stage I have owned.

gadmanrdh

Center
Owner
Added the 2.5b3 on an experimental basis.

gadmanrdh

Center
Owner
@mjcmt-thanks. It's very comfortable.

gadmanrdh

222222&text=mj
Elegant listening space

mjcmt

Center
Owner
@judomaniak- thanks for the compliment. As to your question-the amp is regarded to sound trsnsparent and dynamic. I like it as it allows each set of cans to really show their true colors so to speak. The Elears are really punchy with it. I do not think you can go wrong w/purchasing one. Good luck.

gadmanrdh

Center
awesome setup, but those elears should be upfront and center. how is the bryston with the elears? the bryston is probably my next purchase

judomaniak

222222&text=bu
Nice space.

bubba12

Center
Owner
Thank you.

gadmanrdh

222222&text=ph
Nice space to relax for sure!

Great system ... enjoy!

physiomat

Displaying all 14 posts