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My dream stereo in progress. I've spent the last six months screwing up the wood floors in attempt to refinish them. The stain pulled up and mixed in with the varnish creating a muddy mess. After re-sanding and refinishing, I'm done working on the floors and I need my stereo fix. 

After completing the system yesterday I remember how therepudic listening to hi-fi really is. I sat in my chair from about 5:00pm until 1:00am in the morning until I fell asleep. It sounds good already, but the speakers need some break-in and the room is pretty lively at the moment. Curtains and more furniture should help out. After that's done, I'll decide if it needs additional sound treatment. 

*Update 12-13-19: I've got 3 sound panels up printed with my photos like large canvases. The vertical blinds are up, and the walls have recessed panels and trim is done. Rugs are down, as well, so the overly lively sound is controlled much better. I've upgraded the power conditioner to a Furman SPR-20I Voltage regulator and mounted the TV a few months back as well. 

*Update 2-4-20: Spent an entire day and a half rebuilding the Salamander A/V rack taller so it would accommodate the bigger amps and the heavier weight. Installed the new McIntosh MC1.25KW monoblock amps and C53 solid state preamp. (Replacing the previous MC601 monoblocks and C2600 preamp) Also installed a Marantz reference turntable and KI-Ruby SACD player. I installed a Goldring Eroica LX low output moving coil cartridge on the turntable as well. I put new heavy duty caster wheels on the rack so they would roll better under the additional weight. These amps are 158lbs each! My whole body is sore somehow too, haha. 
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Room Details

Dimensions: 20’ × 16’  Medium
Ceiling: 8’


Components Toggle details

    • McIntosh C53
    Solid State preamplifier
    • McIntosh MC1.25KW
    1200 watt monoblock amplifier
    • Sony HAP-Z1ES
    Music Server
    • Revel Ultima Studio2
    Speaker
    • Marantz TT-15s1
    Marantz Turntable
    • Goldring Eroica LX Cartridge
    Low output MC cartridge
    • AudioQuest Rocket 44 spk
    Speaker cable pair 7'
    • AudioQuest Mckenzie XLR
    (2) 1m XLR Cable Pairs
    • Furman SPR-20i
    Voltage regulating power conditioner.
    • Marantz KI-Ruby SACD Player
    SACD Player

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Owner
Update 2-4-20: Spent an entire day and a half rebuilding the Salamander A/V rack taller so it would accommodate the bigger amps and the heavier weight. Installed the new McIntosh MC1.25KW monoblock amps and C53 solid state preamp. (Replacing the previous MC601 monoblocks and C2600 preamp) Also installed a Marantz reference turntable and KI-Ruby SACD player. I installed a Goldring Eroica LX low output moving coil cartridge on the turntable as well. I put new heavy duty caster wheels on the rack so they would roll better under the additional weight. These amps are 158lbs each! My whole body is sore somehow too, haha. 

audiobroke

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Owner
Updates: I had sound panels printed with my photography and hung them up in the room, and reinstalled my vertical blinds so reflections are controlled better. I don't have any problem with the way the room sounds at the moment, though, I plan on doing two more panels anyway. Also swapped out the Panamax for a Furman SPR-20i conditioner.

audiobroke

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Owner
I'm not tube rolling, just stock McIntosh tubes for now. The room is a little live, but we'll see how it sounds once I get sound reducing drapes up. Then I'll decide if I need acoustical panels or not. The bass in the room is nice.

audiobroke

Center
Any update on tube rolling? I found Tekefunken NOS work great in the phono stage and I replaced one McIntosh 12AX7 in the line stage for a 50’s RCA long black plate which works brilliantly.

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FR (Jeff): What makes you think he has "lively highs" ?

spinaker01

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Very nice:

How is bass in room?
Nice & tight?

Have you tamed the lively highs?

Jeff

frozentundra

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Owner
Thanks! Right now just stock tubes in the C2600. The system barely has maybe 35 hours on it now, so still breaking everything in.

audiobroke

Center
Wow. What an awesome setup. Not just stunning to look at but you have classic legendary gear. Are you using stock tubes in your C2600 or have you tried some NOS tubes?

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Finishing floors can be tricky. Be patient and take the time to finish it properly  before you set up your system. I know when your excited to set up your new system it can be hard. You'll be happier in the long run with no regrets.
We'll wait for your upcoming posts.

mjcmt

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