After getting everything to a point with my last system that was the best I'd had it, and satisfying in every way, I moved again.  And in the process, vowed to never again to have to move with speakers almost as tall as me weighing 80 pounds, that didn't match anything in my place, and a dozen pieces of (generally not esthetically pleasing and highly varied in look, shape and size) electronics.

With a willingness to compromise on SQ, I looked hard for a way to simplify and find something more attractive.  

After trying a couple of iterations, here's where I've landed, and I'm pretty happy with it.

Room Details

Dimensions: 40’ × 22’  X large
Ceiling: 25’

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    • Amphion Argon 3S
    From Amphion's website:

    "Amphion Argon3S bookshelf loudspeakers provide home audio enthusiasts with an unprecedented level of naturalness, musicality, life-like imaging, precision and detail, which professionals in recording and mastering studios utilize daily to produce the magic for music lovers all over the world.

    Due to Amphion’s signature "low 1600 Hz crossover", Argon3S's high resolution tweeter blends effortlessly with the light, rigid, fast aluminum woofer. Low crossover point and carefully-considered driver placement form a point source, and keep sound reproduction cohesive and seamless throughout the full frequency spectrum.

    The controlled dispersion ensures that Argon3S speakers work well in all rooms and provide a broad, even, room-wide "sweet-spot" for equal music enjoyment. The passive radiator eliminates the problems associated with vented enclosures, allows for placing the speaker close to room boundaries, creates a tight, tuneful bass, and produces an amazingly pure, natural mid-range.

    To ensure that the fruits of this innovative acoustic engineering will be fully enjoyed, Argon3S utilizes silver-plated pure copper internal wiring and Argento Audio’s binding posts, resulting in a smooth, flawless signal transfer."
    • PS Audio Stellar M700
    From PS Audio's website:

    Rated at 350 Watts into 8Ω and 700 Watts into 4Ω, the M700 combines the best of two worlds: ultra linear, high-current, Class D technology for the output stage; a discrete, Class A MOSFET based Analog Cell for the all-important input stage. The M700’s rich, warm, and engaging sonic character comes from the Analog Cell. Its powerful, authoritative control over the loudspeaker stems from its high current, ultra-low impedance Class D output stage.
    • PS Audio DirectStream DAC
    From PS Audio's website:

    Class A+ Stereophile rated DirectStream DAC converts any digital input format, such as PCM or DSD to a pure DSD stream and outputs near-perfect analog directly to your power amplifier or preamplifier. Whatever the format, whatever the sample rate, DirectStream is a pure DSD based solution that fulfills the promise of a high-resolution analog performance standard the originators of CDs promised over 30 years ago.
    • Ayre Acoustics L-5xe
    From Ayre's website:

    Our exclusive Ayre Conditioner dissipates high frequency interference as harmless thermal energy, delivering pure AC power to your system. Backgrounds become deeper and richer, and the music’s ease and fluidity is revealed. Four independent outlets provide bidirectional filtering to fully isolate your components, including digital sources. Unrestricted current capability means unrestricted dynamics with even the most demanding amplifiers
    • Roon Roon Optimized Core Kit
    Running on a NUC5i5, connected via Cat7 Ethernet to a Netgear Nighthawk Gigabit Ethernet switch.
    • HiDiamond Digital Reference XLR Digital Interconnect
    From HiDiamond's website:

    Cable with proprietary technology 4VRC ©, one that sees the cooking of copper for four times so as to obtain a reduction of the values of the inductance, capacitance and resistance, uses a new technology due to the mass of drainage graphite.

    XLPE insulator (XLPE is 100 times better than normal teflon!). This lowers the threshold of the release of "spike" and consequently the width of the barrier of the musical signal ensuring a higher linearity and smaller amplitude of the sinusoid basic to all advantage of the natural emission of the musical signal.

    Finished with original connectors Neutrik plug in silver, which allow a better signal transmission without loss. Technology "twisted" in the cable to have a tonal balance.

    All these innovations have lead to a result that in this cable has a strong impact and a dynamic range yield severe hot and present, the focus is very good, the sound stage well defined in all its dimensions, deep, articulate and open, excellent in height. Disarming the speed of resolution of transients, excellent both during the attack and release, with a penchant for the descent down considerable. Shown in all plants both valve and solid state of any value. An absolute reference.

    Technical characteristics: External jacket mm.8; Number of Cond. 3; Cond. Graphite / Copper (4VRC); Capacity max. 45 Pf / m.; Conductor Resistance: 42 Ohm / km .; Shield Resistance: 19.5 Ohm / km.

    • HiDiamond Diamond 3 XLR
    From HiDiamond's website:

    Cable with proprietary technology, 4VRC copper cooking for four times in order to obtain a reduction in values of inductance, capacitance and resistance mixed with graphite. Graphite in this solution allows to block the noise generated inside of the cable from the passage of an electrical signal (which is nothing the musical signal) to bring out a perfect signal without any introduction of noise that would spoil the final result. insulator in XLPE where XLPE and 100 times better than normal teflon.

    This lowers the threshold of spike's escape and therefore the width of the musical signal barrier guaranteeing greater linearity and low amplitude of the sine wave of the basis for the benefit of the naturalness of musical signal emission.

    Finished with original connectors Neutrik with true brilliant Swarovski, which allow a better signal transmission without loss.

    Technology twisted within the cable to get a great tonal balance. All these innovations bring to have a result that this cable has a huge dynamic impact, a yield in the low-pitched range hot and present detailed and never swell, the exceptional focus, wide soundstage outlined in all its extended size, deeply divided and open, both in height, width and depth.

    Disarming conflict resolution speed during the attack transients, and fast release, with a propensity for descent below notable, crystal clear but never aggressive, more black around the orchestral plan guaranteeing a record-breaking three-dimensionality. Simply the point of arrival. A cable that is present but does not feel. Shown in all facilities at both solid-state valves of any value. An absolute reference.

    Technical characteristics: External jacket mm.16; Number of Cond. 10; Cond. Graphite/Copper (4VRC); Capacity max. 20 Pf/m.; Conductor Resistance: 25 Ohm/ km.; Shield Resistance: 7 Ohm/km.

    • Transparent Audio Premium PowerLink
    Power cables used for DAC, Amps
    • Zu Audio Event
    power cable used for Ayre Power Conditioner

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