Gone from my 2 channel system is my Cary SLP-05, which has been replaced by an Ayre KX-5 twenty. Maybe it's the synergy with my Ayre phono pre, but after an extensive A/B I felt the Ayre made a significant difference.
Also, upgraded my VPI's tonearm and cartridge. Added the fatboy (unipivot) and an Airtight PC7.
New pics to be posted soon..
This system has gone through many changes through the years. Gone from the above are the following:
Oracle Paris TT
Sonic Frontiers Phono Preamp
Cary 306 SACD
Canton Reference 9 Speakers
Rotel RSP 1066 prepro
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).
Thanks again for the comments. Been listening to the Thiels now for about 4 months, and I have to say, they sound better each day I'm in front of them. That doesn't mean, however, that there isn't still room for improvement. Next on my list is a new cartridge and possible upgraded tonearm. At some point I'd also consider upgrading my DAC, although for now I listen to far too much vinyl to really justify it..
Good to see you here on Audiogon- dhoff01. Beautiful system and room. Join us on the Thiel Owners thread in forums. I would like to read about your Audio journey and gear history. We all have a story to tell. You are one of the very few using an Accuphase amp w/ Thiel loudspeakers. Those CS 3.7s are stunning.
I had to move my LesPauls in my weight room in the basement,away from kids and pets.While I’m getting the best sound possible,it’s far from most audiophile Setups! Too close to back wall and tons of steel and iron around everywhere!Homemade sound panels helped a lot.Im able to enjoy them most days,much more than before in my living room.I didn’t post any pictures because of this set up.I do think I have the best tunes in any weight room,except maybe Arnold’s or Lou’s!Enjoy Your Les Pauls-we are a select few!
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.
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..