A modest hifi - a Network / CD player directly driving an amplifier. I'm really enjoying how the Marantz and W4S work so well together without a preamp.

I got away from hifi a few years ago because over time, I had strayed from an essentialist philosophy to enjoy music, to pursue better, an enemy of enjoyment. I thought about extended bass. Room response, better. I bought another black box, then another black box. I made it overly complicated - subwoofer processor, more amplifier channels, more cables, more remotes. I was listening more to the representation of the music, instead of the music itself, so I lost my enjoyment, and listened less and less. So when I got really busy in life, the hifi went into boxes and storage for several years - I had lost site of what had mattered, the enjoyment of the music.

Being away from it helped me think differently when I came back to it. I'm still just as busy, but I realize that what I get from emotionally investing in the performance of the artists, allowing them to affect me, is time well spent. The pursuit of better only distracted me from being present in the performance. So after doing some listening and trialing and thinking, I pulled out all the extra black boxes to distill it back down to essentials.

In the comments, I put a bit of a running log about my thoughts along the way. Here is what I have removed:

Velodyne SMS-1 processor
Musical Fidelity x10 tube buffer
Sony HD FM tuner
Bryston B60R
All the associated cabling (4 interconnects), power cords (2 cords, 2 warts), and remotes (3)

Room Details

Dimensions: 21’ × 14’  Medium
Ceiling: 8’

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    • Marantz ND8006
    • Wyred 4 Sound Multi Channel
    Class D Ice 4 channel amp, 2 x 125W, 2 x 250W into 8 ohms
    • Gallo Acoustics Reference 3.0
    Still exciting.

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I love and appreciate your comments about obsessing vs enjoying. I've been there too. I have the Gallo 3.1's and given the frustrations you've had with getting the bottom locked in I can't help but to recommend that you keep your eyes open for the Gallo Subwoofer amp. I generally run two 12 inch subs with any full range speakers I have in the mix. Once I found the Gallo Sub amp, that all changed. Very cohesive and it truly digs very deep with very little problems with integration. The amp is very versatile with all the necessary adjustments. You should be able to find one at around $300-$400, but patience will be needed. 

Cheers and enjoy the music !!!