Updated January 2019:
Some big new additions to the system (not yet pictured but will update photos soon). New loudspeakers are GoldenEar Triton Reference (replacing the Harbeth 30.1s, although I'm going to hang on to those for the foreseeable future), new DAC is the Benchmark DAC3 HGC (replacing the old PS Audio NuWave DSD), and new streamer is the Auralic Aries G1 (replacing the last generator Aries). Also have upgraded some of the key cables, including USB from streamer to DAC and interconnects from DAC to integrated.

These days 95% of my listening is streaming (primarily Tidal with Roon).

As of January 2018:
Have stalked this place for a long time without posting, but decided to go ahead and pull the trigger. Sorry for the poor quality photos.

This is the current hodgepodge. Moving to a new place later this year but for now my small living room demands this sort of aggressively compact setup. Have been slowly improving the components but can't wait to see what they can do with proper setup. Most critically, I want to get these speakers to a proper distance away from the wall and put them on stands, reposition the components on proper racks, and get the television out from right between the monitors. But until I'm in a new space this will have to do.

This configuration is multi-purpose. 

Two channel duties are handled by the Harbeths and Primaluna Dialogue HP Premium integrated. Digital front end is the PS Audio NuWave DSD DAC, PS Audio Perfect Wave Transport, and Auralic Aries (Tidal as well as FLAC files via external USB hard drive, controlled by Roon). Also a Mac Mini (2016) in the mix and a Sonus that comes in handy in certain situations when friends are around. Analog front end still has much further to go and is next on the upgrade list for sure. Currently running a Rega RP3 (bone stock) to a Dynavector P75 mk3. Interconnects are Audioquest and speaker cables are Kimber. A/C power is handled by a Shunyata Hydra 8 with copperhead power cables.

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    • GoldenEar Technology Triton Reference
    • PrimaLuna Dialogue HP Premium Integrated
    • Benchmark DAC3
    • Auralic Aries G1
    • PS Audio PerfectWave transport
    • Tellurium Q Ultra Black
    • AudioQuest Coffee USB
    • Shunyata Research Hydra 8
    • Nordost Blue Heaven Power Cable
    • Shunyata Copperhead Power Cable
    • Rega RP-3
    • Dynavector P75 mk3
    • AudioQuest Jaguar
    • Auralic Aries
    • Apple Mac Mini 2016
    • Sonos Connect
    • PS Audio NuWave DSD DAC
    • Harbeth Monitor 30.1

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Nice system! We share/shared some in common, I'm also driving the Harbeth 30.1 35th with a PrimaLuna Dialogue Two in my second setup, also streaming from the Auralic Aries but prefer the synergy with the Moon 100D DAC over my older Benchmark DAC1 HDR, havent heard the DAC2 and DAC3. How do you like the Aries G1?