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this is my first decent stereo ,i listen to all kinds of music,chamber,jazz(old&new),rock,electonica,bluegrass,acoustic.I love the sound of a tube preamp with a SS poweramp ,.my system is sounding much better with the upgrades ive made,,!!i would apprieciate any sugg.,comments ,thanks for all the help so far guys!!!
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    • Harmonic Precision Caravelle
    monitors with dedicated stands
    • Audio Concepts Force
    10" downfiring sub,Arch. Black,Sounds great!Texture,slam,tone,blends in very well with my Caravelles
    • Supratek Chardonnay
    2pc pre,Very happy with this pre!Gets music right!
    • PS Audio Trio-A-100
    150 WPC class D amp,very good sounding amp,sounds better than it should for price.No hurry to upgrade,but eventually will.
    • VPI Industries scout
    basic scout
    • VPI Industries jmw 9
    jmw 9
    • Jolida JD 9
    Tube powered phono preamp
    • ZYX R100H
    MC cart,Love the sound !!!Very quiet in the grooves,great tracker
    • Magnum Dynalab FT-101a
    analog
    • Monarchy Audio DIP/Classic
    newest version w/o upsampler
    • G&D Reference
    transport
    • stax srm/1 mk11
    headphone amp
    • Sonoran Plateau
    10ft pr
    • Purist Audio Musaeus
    1 meter RCA
    • signal cable magic power cord
    4 ft
    • apature black beauty
    6 ft
    • apature black beauty
    IC
    • stereovox HDSE
    Analog IC
    • Stereovox HDXV
    Digital cable
    • VH Flavor 1
    6FT power cable
    • DCCA Powerwave
    6ft powercord
    • Audio Magic Stealth
    3 duplex outlets ,The real deal!Everything sounds better!
    • Chang Lightspeed 3200
    power conditioner
    • vpi 16.5
    record cleaner
    • DIY acoustic panels DIY
    2 ft.x 6 ft.x4 in.
    • Audio Points 1.0AP1D APCD2
    1" Points and coupling disc,Better clarity,tighter bass

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WOW! you have a incredible sound, I'll bet. Your system looks awesome too. thanks for the post.

mattmiller

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Owner
Thanks to Michael Strickland owner of Pro Electronics 301 21st. East Bradenton,Fl. he has been around since 1980,but I just discovered him. I took my Supratek Chardonnay to him for repair,and was very pleased with the service and turnaround. I had my preamp back in less than a week .Michael has extensive experience working on tube and solid state gear. If you need a good tech in this neck of Fl. give him a call 941-301-4436 350-http://www.proelectbradenton.com

raytheprinter

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Owner
Tim ,My apology for the delay in answering. I guess I have had some up and downs these last few years,,with life and my system. I was able to have my A-100 repaired for the second time,,lucky it was still on warranty.I wish they had a protective fuse that was user friendly.I was listening to a 24/96 file thru Amarras demo and it made a weird noise,it took out the A100 and my Supratek Chardonnay.I cant say what started that. I like how the amp sounds,but would not buy it again due to the lack of protection.Every other amp ive had, had a fuse that saved it from being damaged .But it is a very good sounding amp! All in all it has been a good ride so far,I cant complain.I am a Gorka fan! Thanks for the kind words.

raytheprinter

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I just read the last three pages of your system thread. What a ride you've had with life as well as audio. Surprised I never read your page before but your comments on John Gorka lead me here.
Ok, almost a year since the PS Audio went down. What was the remedy? I am a fan of that little amp as well. At one point I used two of them to biamp as they are so easy to configure. I'm back to an integrated amp now but if I ever decide to go separates again, the A-100 would be on my list for a start.

timrhu

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Turns out my Chardonnay is working,Thank you Josh at Audioworkshop!!!! It is my poweramp PS Audio Trio A-100 that is not working.Hopefully it is the ,not user changable fuse? that is inside a plastic black box that is wrapped around the speaker and power connections inside the case.

raytheprinter

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Ivan,Thanks! Of course you are right,I paniced when it did not work.I am going to hook up my cd player directly to my power amp(as per PS Audio) to make sure the internal not user changable,,,fuse was not blown when preamp sparked.I picked up a Jolida 102B that I had lent a friend about a year ago(he was disappointed!) to run my preamp thru to check if Chardonnay works.I will post results.Thanks again,Ray

raytheprinter

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OUCH!! How I know that must hurt! Fall back and regroup and hang in there and I'm sure you'll come through it to see sunny days again...anyway, here's hoping, if you can't find a way to replicate your loss, that you wind up in an even better-off situation in the long run... Regards.

ivan_nosnibor

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Owner
Tragedy has struck!!!My beloved Supratek Chardonnay is down!!! I moved a couple weeks ago.Reinstalled my system.And heard almost no sound with volume turned up fairly high.I then checked all the cables visually.Everything looked OK.I then checked the umbilical cable at the power supply end by slightly attempting turning it clockwise to ensure it was snug.It turned inside small amount ,and made a sparking sound.And I turned it off.I then took it to Audioworkshop in Bradenton.The tech got ahold of Mick,as 3 wires inside power supply were unconnected,Mick helped get the wires reconnected properly .Got it back later,bill was 58.00.The tech said he could not check to make sure it worked because he did not have a power amp to hook it up to.So I hooked it up hoping it was going to work,,,,but it didnt! I am making 270.00 a week at the moment,so I was really hoping it would work.I am so depressed about this! Sure miss my Music!

raytheprinter

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Owner
Mick took care of it.

raytheprinter

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Owner
Does anyone have a schematic for a Supratek Chardonnay!!!!!

raytheprinter

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Owner
Isochronism,Sorry,I have not checked my system for awhile.I really enjoyed the Hot Rod,hated to sell it ,but it stayed in the repair shop too much,think I just bought a lemon.VERY good and versitle,,,,does most everything well ,,,and fun to use,,Gotta love them tubes!I had a 50 watt Marshal tube 1/2 stack JCM 900,,I think that was the model, that was incredible! Sure miss those amps,,just playing my Larrivee L-03 for now.Also a Taylor GS Mini,,very good for a traveling size guitar.Thanks,Ray

raytheprinter

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Ray, Your recent comment to member Bdgregory system page concerning his Hot Rod Deluxe drew me to your system page. "It is better to have cranked than never cranked before." Oh, perhaps "loved" is more correct in that saying, that too. Very enjoyable system page, thanks!

isochronism

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Owner
Hello Dan,I really need to update my system and take new photos.I have not played a actual CD in months, as I have my Imac ,Bel Canto DAC2,set up for ,,,,computer audio!I will invest in a minimac soon to free up my imac for non audio use and the mini for audio only.I replaced my Redwine 30.2 with a PS audio Trio-A poweramp,,,,one day I will replace it,,but not in a hurry as it sounds VERY good for the price!May go for TRL Samson poweramp .I am pretty happy with my system!Very enjoyable!I have not heard from Stiltskin in a while,hope he is well and contacts someone here! Thanks,Ray

raytheprinter

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Hi Ray, nothing new since November 2010? I guess that means everything is working well, and you're happy with how things sound. That's a good spot to be in. You haven't, perchance, heard from Stiltskin in the last few months or so, have you? We used to talk on a regular basis, and then he fell off the face of the earth, near as I can tell. Anyway, I hope you're enjoying your system, and life is good for you.

Regards,
Dan

islandmandan

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Owner
Slipknot1,Good to be back!2 years out of work,,finally have a job!Music sure helped! Thanks! Jim,Thank you ,I have a pair of Harmonic Precision Caravelles that I truly love ,so The Omegas do not get used anymore,,nice speakers,but not on the same level .

raytheprinter

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It's been fun to read your journey, I'm curious what are you thinking of to replace your Omegas? Cheers, Jim

dean_man

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Owner
My Omegas are going on sale soon

raytheprinter

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Owner
This page is in bad need of updating!!!!!Out of the amps ive had,,,I regret selling my Conrad Johnson!!!!Sure miss the power beautiful mids ,huge roomfilling 3-D soundstage,and great sound even at low volume,,,these amps esp,at used prices are a hell of a deal!!!!

raytheprinter

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Ray-
Great to see you posting again!

slipknot1

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Owner
Thinking about selling my Omega XRS 3 W/Hemp Drivers,would be nice to find them a good home

raytheprinter

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Well,I sold my Red Wine to a gentleman with kinder speakers.Because of being out of work I have not changed much.Oh,I did get a Bel Canto DAC2 and hooked my computer to my system,and it sounds pretty good.Almost on par with my transport DAC .So much simpler to click than to get up and change software,,, Getting lazy!!! Thinking about putting my Omegas for sale,as they get no use,would be nice to find them a good home! I have been enjoying my system and not caring if I upgrade anything,,,ahhhh freedom!I have missed talking audio and music with fellow audiogoners!Hope all are well,Ray

raytheprinter

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Owner
I got a good deal on a PS Audio A-100 Trio poweramp,,,Im surprised at how good it sounds in my system,,must be a synergy thing,,,very inexpensive amp.I will be selling my Red Wine 30.2 as i am now aware that my speakers sound better with 100 watts min.

raytheprinter

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Owner
RWA30.2 Took forever to breakin!Sounds VERY good!! Im happy with it!30 watts is plenty! I never would have believed it!It has been in the 90s in S.Fl toooo hot summer is here!Shadorne,Rebelution is a breath of fresh air,Thanks!

raytheprinter

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Seriously its a a revelation...enjoy!

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Ray have you listened to Rebelution "Courage to Grow" - if not
I recommend it to a Bob Marley fans.

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