Description

The actual speaker position is not what appears in the photo (this was the only way I could get both speakers into the shot).  
They are set up in a 3m equilateral triangle with the listening position, and the toe-in is such that I can just see the inside flank of each speaker.
The close-up picture of the rack of components reflects it's current state.
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Room Details

Dimensions: 14’ × 23’  Medium
Ceiling: 8’


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    • Speakers: Odeon Audio No. 33
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    • Amplifier: First Watt SIT-3
    Black faceplate.
    • Phonostage: Thomas Mayer D3a Phono Preamplifier
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    • Linestage: Thomas Mayer 10Y Line Preamplifier
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    • DAC: Brinkmann Nyquist MKII
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    • Turntable: Reed Muse 3C
    White finish. 

    I've experimented with both drive systems and I'm using the friction drive rather than the belt drive. 

    I've replaced the stock power supply with a linear power supply.

    • Tone Arm/Phono Cable: Cardas 34 AWG Clear
    • Tonearm: Airtangent 1b
    -- I've tried and owned a number of top pivoting tonearms, including those from Reed and Schröder, but I prefer the AT by a wide margin.
    • Cartridge: Etsuro Urushi Cobalt Blue
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    • CD Transport: CEC TL5
    Belt-drive transport.
    • Distributed subwoofer system: AudioKinesis Swarm Subwoofer System
    4 walnut subs; 2 amplifiers.
    • Cables: Mogami
    Volex 17504 power cords.

    • Power Treatment: Akiko Audio Corelli
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    • Room Treatment: Stein Music Harmonizer System
    6 Harmonizers (all of them have been upgraded to the "Signature" versions). 

    Though I have 5 Blue Diamonds and 9 Black Stones, I'm not currently using any of them. I find that the Harmonizers, on their own, sound most natural with my speakers and room.
    • Room Treatment: Stein Music E-Pads
    on the windows
    • Record and stylus treatment: Stein Music DE3 LP Conditioner
    just when you thought vinyl couldn't sound any better...
    • Record and stylus treatment: Keith Monks, The Archivist. etc.
    Liquid for RCM: AUDIO INTELLIGENT - PREMIUM ONE-STEP FORMULA #6. 

    Stylus cleaning: Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. 

    LP cleaning: Compressed air machine or the Nagaoka CL-1000 Rolling Record Cleaner.  

Comments 193

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Owner
-some amplifier and cabling changes. 
-photo of the rack has been updated.

exlibris

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Owner
New pics with the new amp added.  The subwoofer amps are now behind the subs on the left.

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Owner
New amplifier added: First Watt SIT-3.  I'll use this as an alternative amp to the Allnic A-6000.

exlibris

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Owner
Thanks for the compliment on the room. 
And best of luck with your speaker positioning.

exlibris

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I forget to mention how nice the room looks.  I never tried that much toe-in before, but what the heck, I’ll give it a try.

testpilot

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Owner
I'm 7.5' from each speaker.   The speakers cross about 5' in front of me.  Yup, serious toe-in.

exlibris

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That’s some serious speaker toe-in.  How far away are you from the speakers?

testpilot

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Owner
Thank you!

exlibris

128x128
Looking great!

milpai

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Owner
System photo updated.

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Owner
Add a new DAC: Brinkmann Nyquist MKII

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Owner
new system photo added

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Owner
New speakers added but I have to update the system photo.

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Owner
Added a new cartridge:
Etsuro Urushi Cobalt Blue

exlibris

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Owner
*interact with the room

exlibris

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Owner
That's definitely a drawback. I hate seeing wires everywhere. I recently had new floors put in and the swarm isn't currently hooked up. I'm waiting for new speakers before I put it back in. I want to get a taste of how the speakers intact with the room first.  
I found these clips on Amazon that pin the wires to the baseboards - looks pretty tidy. 

exlibris

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Are all of your Swarm subs behind your gear?  I think I see one in each of the corners behind the speakers.  I like the idea of the Swarm system... I just don't know If I'd feel comfortable having them spread throughout my listening space, with cables strewn around the room.

pdreher

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Owner
New system picture showing temporary Odeon Midas loudspeakers.

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Owner
New speakers on order.

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Owner
New amplifier added.

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Owner
Speaker, amp, and cartridge change is coming.

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Owner
System photo updated.

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Owner
I just realized that I didn't answer your question about the low-wattage 45 amp:
To power my speakers in my room to the listening levels that I like, my amp/speaker combination is, unfortunately, not ideal.

exlibris

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Owner
Guf:
I've always been a fan of active preamps.
I think you might find that your system sounds more powerful and expansive when you add one.
When I added the 10Y to my system it was, subjectively, as if I had gone from 2 watt amp to a 20 watt amp.  The preamp that it replaced was an Audio Note M6, which itself sounded very robust (especially with upgraded tubes) but not like the 10Y.
I've never used the Mayer 45 with a passive pre so I can't say whether an active pre is a must and I would certainly never say that the 10Y is a must.  There are lots of great preamps out there.  

exlibris

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love your set up and interested in your experience using low wattage Thomas Mayer. I only own a power amp and no preamp.  I'm using a Slagle passive.  Is the 10y pre amp a absolute must? in your experience?  I know most people run an active pre but curious if you have an opinion.

guf

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