Description

Changes to the system include Denafrips Pontus II, quite stunning, Witch Hat Morgana RCA to 5 Pin Din connector between DAC and XS3 and Kimber D60.  These changes provide additional detail and really open up the sound stage.  Speakers are 15" to the tweeters from the rear wall with a slight tilt up which further opened up sound stage but keeps the balance between treble, midrange and base.  Cabinet is 28" high.
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Room Details

Dimensions: 25’ × 25’  X large
Ceiling: 10’


Components Toggle details

    • Naim Audio XS3
    Integrated Amplifier
    • ProAc Tablette 10 Signature
    Speakers
    • Denafrips Pontus II
    R-2R DAC
    • Bluesound Node 2i
    Streamer
    • Naim Audio CD5Si
    CD Player
    • SVS SB-1000
    Subwoofer
    • Witch Hat N2 Speaker Cables
    Speaker Cabling
    • Witch Hat Morgana RCA to 5 Pin DIN Interconnect
    Interconnect from DAC to XS3
    • Naim Audio Standard 5 Pin DIN Cable
    5 Pin DIN Interconnect Cable - CD5Si to XS3
    • Kimber D60 Coaxial Cable
    Cable from Node 2i to DAC
    • Synology DS118 NAS
    4TB of network music storage
    • Audioquest NRG-Y Power Cords for DAC and Node 2i

Comments 22

222222&text=cy
Very nicely done, Sro.  A great system in a great living space.

cymbop

128x128
I appreciate the pictures of the entire room. Allows for a better feel of an already great looking system.

Ag insider logo xs@2xtoro3

222222&text=sr
Owner
Switched coaxial cable to Black Rhodium Adagio cable.  Most definite change in sound.  I'll give them time to break-in but initial impression is very detailed and revealing.  Bass is tighter.  In general, upon first listen, I really like them.  Much more presence, especially in the mid-range and treble but with no brightness or harshness.  Seem quite excellent.  Also the thinnest, smallest coaxial I've ever seen.

sro

222222&text=sr
Owner
Naim CD5Si added replacing CDT-Pro 8 which is relegated to second system.  Early impressions are very positive.  New pictures coming.

sro

Center
What a lovely system. I can only imagine how spacious and airy music must sound through that potent combination of excellent components. Congratulations....

oranfoster

222222&text=mu
Looks like a cozy living area.  I like open floor plans.

musicpod

222222&text=sr
Owner
Added Synology D118 with 4TB of network music storage accessible to all network devices.  Relatively easy, sounds great.  Primarily played through Node 2i.

sro

222222&text=sr
Owner
Switched out last Cardas Parsec Cables, these were coaxial, for Blue Jean Cables 1505F coaxial.  Immediately opened up, seems more neutral, tonally more realistic in my view and of course in my system.  Very inexpensive replacement, price isn't everything.

sro

222222&text=sr
Owner
Changed out Cardas Parsec speaker cables to Witch Hat N2 from the UK.  I like them very much even after only a couple of days.  The Parsec cables were good but seemed a little "dark and veiled" in my system sometimes. 

Also changed out the Parsec RCA Interconnect from the DAC to the X3 to the Flashback Premier RCA to 5 Pin DIN from the UK. The combination of the Witch Hat N2 and the Flashback seems to have removed most, if not all, of that darkness and veiled effect.

I am very pleased with this change completely related to the improvement in the quality of the sound.  Detail is still very good, bass is tighter and very clean, airiness may be slightly less but very much dependent on the recording.  As a side note, the cost of the Witch Hat and Flashback cables is about 25% of the cost of the Cardas.  

sro

222222&text=df
Dale Chihuly - I should have recognized them.   I'd forgotten that he does prints as well as glass.   Your room is a very livable space.   I'm impressed.

dfwines

222222&text=sr
Owner
Framed proofs over Sideboard system are by Dale Chihuly.

sro

222222&text=sr
Owner
You are correct.  Sideboard system is music only.  TV with Yamaha, Klipsch and Sony for video only.  Also a bedroom system with Naim XS2 integrated, Blumenstein Marlin Ultralight speakers, Mytek Liberty DAC, Auris Blume Bluetooth 5.0 receiver.

sro

222222&text=sy
No mention of system or equipment with TV?  Is one for surround and presumably the bookshelf system for music primarily?

syocum

222222&text=df
Nice room!  What is the name of the artist of the two side by side prints?

dfwines

222222&text=sr
Owner
Just updated to Naim XS3.  Seems to provide a little more clarity and presence, not that the XS2 was lacky in this.  The XS3 is just more of a good thing.  XS2 relegated to secondary system with Blumenstein speakers and Mytek Liberty DAC, which sounds great.

sro

222222&text=mo
I really appreciate systems that are a part of a space and enhance how people live in that space. Visually elegant. I also have moved away from a listening position because...life.

moto_bruce

222222&text=sr
Owner
Updated the DAC to a Denafrips Ares II.  More open, airy and "raw", brand new out of the box.  Reminds me more of live music at clubs and concerts I would attend.  Mytek is excellent but maybe a little to refined, at least to my ears.

sro

222222&text=li
Beautiful, simple system.  Love your Naim XS.  Could not agree more with no longer living in the sweet spot.

Happy listening!

linnie01

222222&text=sr
Owner
Thanks.  Works great for me.  I previously had systems where you sit in a "sweet" spot but just don't live like that anymore.  The platforms are custom cut from a granite shop on top of IsoAcoustic pucks.  I used the pucks that are good for 20 lbs each, I think they are the ISO-Pucks for studios.  Will be trying a Denafrips Ares II next week in place of the Liberty DAC.  I love the Liberty DAC and it does MQA but not sure about MQA and I wanted to try a ladder DAC, so we'll see.  Art work is Dale Chihuly proofs.  He doesn't do just glass.

sro

222222&text=b
Cool set-up!  Nice components all the way around 😁

I also like the artwork.

Thanks for the idea about the platforms.  Is that granite on top of the isoacoustics? Looks really nice 👍

b_limo

128x128
Love it really nice chill vibe and cool system.

jond

222222&text=bo
Very nice.  Like you’re artwork too.

bomd

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