Latest setup.  Just recently upgraded pre-amp from Nagra Classic to HD Preamp.  Also, swapped out my Aurender N10 for Auralic G2 with surprising improvement.  I am considering upgrading Magico Q5 speakers to Rockport Cygnus. If anyone has any opinions on whether that makes sense, would love to hear your thoughts.  Also, any thoughts in general are appreciated.  Thanks

Components Toggle details

    • Nagra HD Pre-Amp
    • Nagra HD Amps
    • Nagra Tube DAC
    • Auralic G2
    • Grand Prix Audio Silverstone 3 Rack and Mono Stands
    • Magico Q5

Comments 13

Showing all comments by rosemart.

View all comments

That’s a Boulder 2008 phono preamp. Fat thumbs being the problem.


I also have a Basis Transcendence turntable and an original Boulder 2007 phono preamp. I am a Roon user running a Roon nucleus plus with a QNAP storage and Tidal and Qobuz subscriptions. Best of all, I listen through the Rockport Cygnus speakers. I have no idea if you’re located anywhere near New York City but I would certainly love to compare the sound. I have listened to Magico speakers but not with the full Nagra front end. Again, bias is involved but in my experience the Rockport’s come close but don’t match the Magico in one regard. The Magico seem to have a little bit more absolute clarity or detail which seems to pinpoint for example specific instruments in an exact location allowing you to hear each clearly and distinctly. That said, I could never make up my mind if that was accurately reflecting the music or if the clarity was the result of something missing, something organic about the whole if that makes sense. The Rockports on the other hand in my room offer all the clarity I need while to my ears have a certain warmth and musicality that seems to be a little closer to what I think the instruments, for example, are supposed to sound like in the real world. I’d be happy to answer any specific questions.


Hi Damcats,
I absolutely love the system (I’m sure I have a subjective bias for such good taste). Let me know if you would like to see a few pictures but my current system consists of the Nagra HD preamp, the Nagra HD Amps, the DCS Vivaldi stack (with the Vivaldi Upsampler running as the network connection).