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This is my main system (basement), changing slowly but will eventually get there.  Next upgrade will probably be room treatments followed by replacing the 851N with a PS Audio DSD Jr.  After those upgrades it will probably be time to experiment with different amps - class A and tube. Streaming Tidal and have barely listened to a CD in the last couple years.  Will eventually need a NAS for streaming my CDs that are not in the Tidal library.

Also plan to knock the wall down to the right of the chair and make one room.  Will then be able to move speakers 5 feet out from front wall but will lose 1 foot in width.  I think that's a good tradeoff.  Right now the speakers are 6.5 feet apart, center-to-center, and I sit about 7 to 8 feet back.
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Room Details

Dimensions: 15’ × 14’  Medium
Ceiling: 7’


Components Toggle details

    • Cambridge Audio Azur 851N
    Streamer/DAC
    • Parasound Halo A21
    Pushing 400 watts into DIs
    • Arcam Diva CD72
    • Linear Tube Audio MicroZOTL2
    • Tekton Design Double Impact
    Upgraded version
    • AudioQuest CV-8
    • Cerious Technologies Graphene Extreme
    • Brick Wall 8R Series
    Line conditioner/surge protection

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The use of AWG 10 gauge copper presents the lowest and most economical solution to reducing the line loss (copper loss) during bass transients. I say economical because at AWG 8, the wire becomes very visible.

Now, grouping:

The use of type SOOW cord is elegant because it firstly is waterproof and very flexible. Using AWG 10, 4-Conductor means one piece of rubber from amplifier chain to the speaker terminals. This, is because you are bi-amplifying on the same speaker housing. Professional sound reinforcement contractors tend towards the SOOW solution as it is the neatest to bind and solves the voltage drop issue. Usually, SOOW is found in power cords, where the "3-Conductor" variety serves. Bi-amped speakers go real well with the
"4-Conductor," (RED, BLK, WHT, GRN), and the choice of inner and outer insulation(s) (different, but unique) makes for a good assembly dressage.

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