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I have also digitized my vinyl collection so the vinyl system does not get used very much.


Room Details

Dimensions: 22’ × 23’  Large
Ceiling: 8’

Components Toggle details

    • Wilson Audio Watt Puppy 7
    • Cary Audio CAD-805c
    • Pass Labs XA25
    • Conrad Johnson ET5
    • Berkeley Audio Design Alpha Dac
    • Berkeley Audio Design Alpha USB
    • Straight Wire USB-Link Cable
    • JRiver Media Center
    • Segate NAS
    • Audirvana
    • Apple Mac Mini
    • Transparent Audio Reference Speaker Cable (Version 1)
    • AudioQuest Diamond (Old school Silver Interconnect)
    • Mark Levinson Madrigal MDC-1 AES/EBU digital cable
    • DIY acoustic panels using Rock-wool
    • VPI Industries TNT 3.5
    • Rega 600 tonearm
    • Lyra Helikon Cartridge
    • Grado Reference Master Cartridge
    • VPI Industries SDS
    • VPI Industries HW-16.5 Record Cleaner
    • Conrad Johnson Premier 15 Phono Preamp
    • Kimber Kable Select 1010 Interconnect
    • Home Theater
    • Marantz Pre Tuner AV 7005
    • Conrad Johnson MF5600 (2)
    • Epson Home Cinema 8350 Projector
    • B&W (Bowers & Wilkins) 803 Series 2
    • B&W (Bowers & Wilkins) HTM (3)
    • DIY NHT 1259 Sub-woofer (2)
    • Kimber Kable PBJ Interconnect
    • Dalite Screen (119 Diagonal)
    • Zip cord speaker wire
    • Target Audio Racks

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The Wilsons replaced the B&Ws as my main stereo system speakers. I then used the B&Ws in a dedicated home theater. Both speakers are nice but I prefer the Wilsons.


Grandson has good taste !
Sugarland is top notch 
If you get a chance see Nettles in person wow type of voice 

I noticed B&W 803 and Wilson watt 7’s 

I assume the sound quality of 7’s is preferred

Nice sweep of equipment 



His favorite singer is Jenifer Nettles/Sugarland. Other favorites include Don Mclean, AC/DC, Peter Paul and Mary, Queen, Bon Jovi, Bob Dylan, and Bruce Springsteen.


Really good to know that your grandson loves to listen to the music with you. What do you generally play for him? Fun sessions I  believe. I say you KNOW how to live life and enjoy your time. Have fun!


Lovingly  crafted system, well done! 

If I may, the perception of the bass being fuller is an aspect of tonality versus simply output. A thicker, more plump bass, versus leaner bass, will strike the ear as being more prominent. Ergo, it is not that counter-intuitive when you realize how the tonality influences the perception. It is a surprise initially, but once you know how it works, you can use that to advantage in building systems to suit your taste.  

If you wish to consider upgrading the Apple Mac Mini at some point, you can follow my path, which covers the Wolf Audio server/streamer,  the Salk Audio server/streamer, and now the Small Green Computer sonicTransporter in combination with the SONORE Signature Rendu SE with systemOptique (fiber optic) - all reviewed for 


I use the two amps separately. If I am babysitting I use the Pass and at night without the kids, I use the Carys. The signal path capacitors in the Cary have been upgraded to V-Cap CuTF capacitors. I highly recommend this upgrade. With the upgrade, the amps sound similar. Both amps provide the same amount of musical detail but the Pass sounds crisper. They have similar tonality,  sound stage width, and depth. The biggest difference is in the bass. My perception is that the Carys have a fuller-sounding bass.  I found this interesting so I measured the system frequency response using both amps. With the Carys, The range from 58 to 128 hertz is down by 1 ½ to 2 decibels. It seems counter-intuitive that less bass output results in a fuller-sounding bass.  I prefer the Cary to the Pass but I could happily live with either one.


Very cool systems! And awesome your grandson loves listening way to start him off young we need more audiophiles. Curious with the Pass and the Cary 805's are you bi-amping the Watt/Puppy's?


Thanks for the nice words. The rocking chair is for my grandson, he enjoys listening to music with me.


Congratulations on the retirement! That means tons of time to enjoy the music. I like how you have the space transition from music only to home theater. Nice components and a very nice chair too! Have a great time and enjoy your music.


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