Description

12-watt tube integrated from Hong Kong with high sensitivity speakers from Connecticut. Slowly stopped tube rolling with focus on exploring new music through the Node 2i. Future includes room treatments and placement of the Kingko and Node. Following the golden rule of K.I.S.S.

Inspiration from migueca and his second system, which can be found here on Audiogon! 

11/2019: added MHDT Paradisea + (OPAMP OPA2228P mod), 1960’s Danish Credenza, ATS acoustic panels, UA Acoustic diffusers, and some Herbie’s tweaks throughout. Connections remain MIT AVT 3s.

The discontinued and more than 10 year-old Paradisea+ may be considered a step back to some considering it’s only a 16 bit NOS R-2R DAC connected to a streamer fully capable of MQA. But because of my strange music preferences more than 95% of what I listen to is in 16 bit from Tidal anyways. Additionally, NOS R-2R seemed to fit within the “less is more” equation when accounting for the Omega’s single driver and no crossover design. 

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Room Details

Dimensions: 14’ × 16’  Medium
Ceiling: 15’


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    • Bluesound Node 2i
    MIT AVT 3 cables throughout.
    • Omega 3 XRS
    2nd hand through eBay. Incredible wall of sound that matches well with the Kingko.
    • Kingko KA-101
    Direct from Hong Kong. New US Distributor, bigearstereo.com, out of AZ. Selected vintage tubes through eBay. 

    Tubes (11/19): RCA smooth black plate 5U4G, The Fisher (Mullard) ECC83, Raytheon/Baldwin black plate “organ stock” 12-AU7s, Golden Lion EL84s (re-issues).
    • MHDT Laboratory Paradisea+
    NOS R-2R with OPAMP mod (OPA2228). Tube: Western Electric 396A (1951).

    Stock LF453CN seemed too lean and narrow in my system compared to the OPA2228.

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Say it ain’t so!

I’ve been there before, too. Not with Omega, but with someone else. It was pretty frustrating. Never went back regardless of whether the issue was an outlier. Rubbed me the wrong way. Plus there’s a lot of choices these days. Live and learn, you know?!

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Omega speakers are great . However , in 50 years in audio the service is bye
far  the worst ,  Have one pair in for almost a year and seems hopeless .

schubert

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Thanks a bunch, subterranean! Drawer for the tubes has been much more accessible than a shoebox in the closet. 

Small changes to the system over the course of the past few months which include selling the HTD sub that was ported - no plans on adding a sub due to 80% of the listening being later at night. Better cable management. Swapped out the MITs for Cardas Parsec ICs, SPDIF, and no frills Cardas 101 speaker cables. Streaming is solely through either Spotify or Deezer (FLAC). 

If I had extra cash sitting around and minimal financial obligations, I’d love to try a Decware Zen Triode SET, Klipsch Heresey IV, and Denafrips Ares DAC. 

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Love your system. Love that it looks great too. And I dig how you have a nice drawer for tubes, keeping them at the ready. Well played!

subterranean6

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Appreciate the compliments, Chris! Not too much interest in the system from guests, which is more than okay. You’re spot-on, though, the Omega’s are deceptive. I live for soundstage and imaging, which these speakers excel at. For $775 on the used market, it’s extremely hard to justify parting ways through an upgrade.

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How have I not seen this system until now?! Great gear and room, first class all the way! I would be willing to bet when you have non-audio-inclined guests over and pull the grilles off of the speakers you drop jaws every time.

And "generally euphoric" with that picture is one of the greatest things I've seen on this site in a long time. Audiogon at it's best!

chriswilson

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Appreciate the compliments guys. Cymbop and Johnd - that Phish poster is housed in the office closet. If interested, PM me and I’ll send it free of charge. You know, holiday spirit and all.

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So damn elegant.

cymbop

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Beautiful!  Organized and minimalist--two things I aspire to but never seem to approach.

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Appreciate the kind comment, Jond! Definitely feel like we should create a Filthy Phish Hippies with Cool Systems subgroup on Audiogon.

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Totally gorgeous room and cool system well done! And glad to see some other filthy Phish hippies with cool systems! :-)

jond

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Cymbop - The irony is definitely thick with the Phish poster - nice catch! Appreciate the compliment, too!

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Nicely done, Toro!  That's got to sound great, and your room could be straight out of Dwell magazine.

Who imagined that a filthy hippie Phish head could run such a clean setup and room?  ;-)

cymbop

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SJ, those are some old MIT AVT3 speaker cables and interconnects that were in a box in the closet for a few years. Debatable on whether the cable boxes you see are snake oil, but subjectively they sound nice to me. Prior to this swap out I had Signal Cable ICs and Blue Jean’s speaker cables. Thinking of trying out some SC speaker cable to compliment the SC ICs I already have in the future.

Beyond room treatments and speaker cable, I’ve recently become intrigued by the MHT Labs Orchid DAC, which would likely be the last upgrade to this system. Or maybe just kept it as is!

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What kind of speaker cables are they?

sj00884

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Migueca, that’s the smooth black plate RCA 5U4G with round mica at top and lower d getter. I prefer the 5U4G over 5AR4 and 5U4GB due to sounding richer IMO. Totally agree with room treatments. They’re a small expense for a big payout. Again, thank you for the inspiration!

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I'm glad you're happy following my suggestion. And I see you have some acoustic treatment in your listening room - according to King Ip, the owner/designer of Kingko Audio (a great friend of mine), room acoustics are far more important than the equipment itself. I learned, in his small shop in Hong Kong, that a modest setup will sound much much better in a properly treated room, than a high end setup in a bad room. 
By the way, which tube is that that you're using as rectifier (the "bottle" one)?

migueca

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@ schubert, but at least we’re fools together having fun while we can, right!?

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Thanks a bunch, aniwolfe. I would love to hear those M3s some day!!!

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You make most of us look like what we are , fools .

schubert

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Love it! Tastefully done

aniwolfe

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Greatly appreciated, b_limo! Definitely trying the “less is more” approach on this one!!!

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Awesome set-up Dude.  Thats really, really cool.  One of my favorite simple set-ups.  Well Done 👍

b_limo

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