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8/22/17

This system has gone through many changes through the years.  Gone from the above are the following:

Two Channel-
Oracle Paris TT 
McIntosh MC202 
Sonic Frontiers Phono Preamp 
Benchmark DAC 
Cary 306 SACD
Canton Reference 9 Speakers 

Home Theater-
Rotel RSP 1066 prepro
Anthem AVM30
Denon DVD2900
Oppo BDP 83
Sherbourn 1500/A 5 ch amp
BMW CDM 9NT/1NT/CNT
Anthony Gallo Strada
BMW CDM NT sub

For awhile I was using the Focus Audio speakers as double duty for both stereo and HT, but now I only use them for all things surround.  The Thiels are strictly for 2 channel.  The REL works with both systems (LFE and Speakon cables are swapped depending on which medium).


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Room Details

Dimensions: 18’ × 15’  Medium
Ceiling: 8’


Components Toggle details

    • Accuphase A-50
    50w Class/8 ohms, 100/4, 200/2
    • Anthem D2v
    PrePro
    • Ayre Acoustics P-5xe
    Phono preamp
    • Ayre Acoustics QB-9 DSD
    DAC
    • Cary Audio Design SLP-05
    Preamp
    • Focus Audio Prestige FP80se, FPCSE, FP 50
    For 5.1 and Home Theater
    • Parasound A-51
    200W amp for 5.1/Home theater
    • Oppo Digital BP-103
    Blu Ray/SACD/DVD Audio
    • Thiel Audio CS-3.7
    Les Paul Signature limited edition in tobacco sunburst finish.
    • REL Acoustics Stentor mkIII
    300W Class AB downward firing sub
    • Shelter 501 mkII
    Cartridge
    • VPI Industries Aries II
    Upgraded with HRX feet, outer ring and aluminum platter
    • Acoustic Zen Technologies Satori
    12 ft speaker cables
    • Acoustic Zen Technologies Matrix reference ii; silver reference ii
    xlr cables
    • Mapleshade Golden Helix; Golden Parallel
    Speaker cable for 5.1

Comments 10

222222&text=dh
Owner
Thanks for the comment cymbop!

Corvette - you're a lucky man.  Now create a system thread and post some pics so we can see them!

dhoff01

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A beautiful room and system.  Chapeau!

cymbop

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Love those tobacco Les Paul's!I have a pair of the sunburst Les pauls!Great looking setup!Congrats!

corvette01

222222&text=dh
Owner
Thanks Oran!

David

dhoff01

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I'm sure your stereo is as refined as it is dynamic. I love that it looks understated but bristling with energy at the same time. Nicely composed photographs too! Congratulations...

~Oran

oranfoster

222222&text=dh
Owner
Thanks for the comments..

Jeff - I actually swapped out the Cantons for my Focus Audio's about 6 years ago (my FA's are now regulated to surround duties).  The Canton's were a brief upgrade from my B&Ws.  I had a pair of Fonum 150s when I was in high school and I loved them, so I bought the R9s sight unseen.  Big mistake.  I'm sure there are many people who love them, but regrettably I was very disappointed.  I just felt they didn't throw a very big soundstage and the imaging never seemed to be impress me.  My pair of Focus Audio FP80se speakers were a dramatic improvement.  And the Thiels are simply in a different league, at least to my ears.   

dhoff01

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Nice system.  I really like the look of that monster Accuphase amp.  Very impressive!

pdreher

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Well Done; Dh

A beautiful combo of a SS Class A amp & Tube Preamp

I've done the same and find a wonderful synergy, to my ears.

I've never heard an Accuphase amp, but the Cary Pre is a sweet one

Accuphase is supposed to be one of the Highest pinnacles.   Plus it is darn beautiful

How did the switch from Cd9 & Canton sound to you with the Thiel switch
Better details, smoother, fuller, etc

Well done Jeff

frozentundra

222222&text=dh
Owner
Thanks!  I admit i was a little hesitant about buying the Thiel's given my A50 is rated at 'only' 50wpc and the 3.7s are notorious for being power hungry.  But the Accuphase is more than enough, pumping out 100w at 4 ohms and further doubling down to 200w at 2 ohms.  Happy to say that the whole system just sings.  I can't see myself upgrading from the Thiels anytime soon..

dhoff01

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As a former Thiel owner myself, let me just say your system is spectacular!  Love the 3.7s especially with the class A amp and tube preamp.  Well done.  Enjoy!

carmenc

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