Description

After too many versions over the years, this is what I've come to, and I'm very pleased.
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Room Details

Dimensions: 15’ × 18’  Medium
Ceiling: 8’


Components Toggle details

    • Mac Mini
    • Audiophilleo 2
    • Yamamoto Soundcraft YDA 01
    DAC
    • Pass HPA 1
    Preamp/ Headphone amp
    • Firstwatt F7
    Amplification
    • Core Power Technologies EQUI=CORE 1200
    Balanced power distribution
    • Fritz Speakers Carbon 7 SE mkii
    Amazing speaker with my favorite driver.
    • Sound Anchors 3 post Signature stand
    • Mark Tunis
    All cabling is Mark Tunis.
    • HiFi Man Arya
    Amazing planar magnetic headphone
    • Saraswati Ensures good sound

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Owner
@rhljazz  Then you your recommendation.
Yes, I am aware of but only  the benefits of having space behind the listening position, but also the presentation nearer-field listening can provide.

 Unfortunately, due to living conditions, that setup wouldn't work in my living room.

It's funny that you mentioned that because lately I've been considering making the room a dedicated listening room and having the speakers fire down the long wall instead of the way it is now which is firing down the short wall.
I've had that set up in the past and having space behind my listening seat really improved the sound. I miss those days. I had maybe 7 ft of space behind my head and 7 or 8 feet behind the speakers.
 Thinking about moving the TV into the second bedroom and making that the TV room. I'm a bachelor so I have the Liberty to do these things without asking permission! Lol!

Thanks again for the recommendation. Much appreciated.

devilboy

222222&text=rh
I’m curious if you ever experimented with moving your sofa away from the back wall 3-4 feet to a slightly more near field position.  My best sounding setups have space behind the listening position and in the 8 foot range distance from the speakers.

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Owner
@lalitk 
I just checked out your system.
My goodness! Those Tannoys are gorgeous. Probably my dream speaker. 

devilboy

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Owner
@lalitk 
Thank you for the kind words!  It took a lot of work over the years.

devilboy

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Gorgeous room and I bet your system sounds amazing! Everything in the room reflects your exquisite taste in gear and aesthetics.

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222222&text=de
Owner
@milpai 
Yes, the goddess of knowledge, music, art, speech, wisdom, and learning.  Indeed. Such a beautiful thing. I found her on amazon.

devilboy

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Beautiful room and setup. Loved it!
The component list is also very unique.Where did you get the Saraswati idol? Very beautiful!! She is the goddess of knowledge!

milpai

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@devilboy,
That was a beautiful summation 😊.
Interesting that you mention your very first listening encounter. Honestly it is the same initial reaction I had straight out of the shipping box via Japan. I immediately knew this was right. Exact same reaction I had upon hearing my Coincident Frankenstein 300b SET just removed from the shipping crates.  I  just knew this was what I've been seeking. When it's right (Meaning natural) you just know. 
Charles 

charles1dad

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Owner
@b_limo  and @charles1dad 

Charles hit the nail on the head. 
Many dacs are about zip and zap. Detail and resolution. Being able to hear the air conditioning turn on in the jazz club. 

While we all love detail, I don't want it to come at the expense of being analytical and mechanical. I don't care about measurements.

Like Charles said, the emotional retrieval of the ones and zeros are more important to us.
The first moment I listened to the Yamamoto, I knew it was different in the sense that I was analyzing less and enjoying more. I knew this from literally the first track.

I think there is something lost in the connection to music that modern dacs offer. 
Personally, I don't care about the latest dac chip or its implementation of 384 kHz, etc.
Bottom line is how does it make my ears feel?
And every music lover should ask themselves the same thing.

devilboy

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@b_limo,
To be specific and clear you may not reached the same conclusion. What I am referring to and devil boy feels the same, we are talking of a natural/organic sound quality. Sure I have heard many newer/modern DACs. Some are very good sounding no debate on that.

However none of them exceeded the Yamamoto in terms of just a natural -emotionally engaging presentation. That  aspect means the most to me. Certainly other people have different priorities and may seek the so-called high detail/resolution sound. 

The Yamamoto actually is resolved in my opinion but it never sounds hyped or artificial. Just natural, the way I like it.I can certainly understand if other listeners are seeking a different type of sonic presentation.
Charles 

charles1dad

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Owner
@b_limo 

Yes. @charles1dad  could elaborate much better than I could but...
Basically yes, the Yamamoto has been relatively unchanged since it's inception in 2008.
Hey, if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

Sometimes more math doesn't equate to better, more natural sound.

devilboy

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Nice Set-up!  I have some Fritz Carrera BE’s.  I’ve not heard the carbons but hopefully will some day.

Interesting discussion about the yamamoto dac.  Are you guys saying this dac hasn’t been changed or upgraded since 2008 and it’s more pleasing than a slew of newer dacs?

b_limo

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Owner
@charles1dad 
Yes, it is remarkably natural sounding as you obviously know and as we've discussed in the past.
While the Metrums are niceer than most Sabre based dacs to me, the Yamamoto is so much more realistic and pleasure to listen to. 
Glad to hear from you again and hope you are well.

devilboy

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Hi devilboy, 
I did not know that you have had 5 different Metrum DACs. About 6years or so ago  I bought a Metrum Octave . Given all of the praise toward it I was very curious to hear it. It did not disappoint me and in fact was very good sounding. 

With direct comparisons to the Yamamoto YDA-1 in my system I realized as much as I enjoyed the Metrum the Yamamoto was even better.  More dynamic and larger scale presentation but more significantly if was more natural and musically engaging. I sold the very fine Metrum (6 offers on the first listing day).

As far as I know there have been no updates or changes to the Yamamoto since its launch in 2008😊. You know what?  None have been necessary.  Superb attention paid to the analog output stage (No OP Amps or NFB utilized) and power supply. I've had mine probably 8 years (Maybe longer,  time flies) and just as happy as ever. It just gets the music right!
Charles 

charles1dad

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Owner
@pdreher  and @jond 
Thank you. I purchased the Yamamoto maybe two years ago here on Audiogon. It replaced a Metrum Onyx.  I'm VERY pleased.

devilboy

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Looking great @devilboy ! Is that Yamamoto Dac new? I sold mine a few years back it's a fantastic sounding Dac for sure sometimes I wish I had it back.

jond

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Great looking system with quality gear.  Very nice!

pdreher

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Owner
@cymbop 
Oh, about the rear wall...I used to have absorption panels but long story short I got rid of them. I've been thinking about getting some diffusers, possibly from GIK. 
I know it needs to be done. 

devilboy

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Owner
@thosb 
Yeah, the Yamamoto is amazing. It's the most natural sounding DAC over had here. I've had 5 different Metrums, 3 MHDTs, some Sabre based, etc. Nothing sounded more "right" than this. I love the 1794 chip.

devilboy

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Owner
@cymbop 
Thank you! It's my headphone listening seat so it's definitely the the proper location.

And it reminds me of myself. Lol.

devilboy

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Thanks! The Graham’s give wonderful insight into the music, they convey rhythm very well and are good with most music, comparing them with other speakers I have heard or owned, I think somehow they just sound right and give me no listening fatigue at all, which is very important as I often listen for many hours at a time.

gryphongryph

222222&text=cy
Humble suggestion:  consider some absorption on the wall right behind our head.  Try putting a pillow back there on top of the couch, behind your ears to kill that reflection, just to see if you can hear a difference.  If it helps, you can look into something that fits long-term.

cymbop

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Cool gear!  Curious about the Yamamoto DAC - this seems to be a rare beast, how does it compare to some other well known DACS and how'd you choose it?  Thanks!

thosb

222222&text=cy
I just came here to say I love the painting of the monkey with cans on!  Brilliant.

Also, this is a carefully-designed system in a lovely room.  

cymbop

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Owner
Btw, nice Graham Audio! How do you like them compared to other speakers you had? beautiful rest of the system by the way. Very classy.

devilboy

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