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It’s really the room doing the work here. I’ve never had a better sounding room in my time at this hobby. The front end is also important. The speakers are good and there are much better out there but, I won’t be buying them. Time to get off the merry go round and listen to the music. I do so for a minimum of two hours/day. 
The two subs are key. Thought that having more than one was marketing BS but two or more is the right way to go.  Don’t believe me.  Read what you can from Jim Smith. 
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Room Details

Dimensions: 24’ × 12’  Medium
Ceiling: 7’


Components Toggle details

    • Intel NUC
    Runs Roon rock. Music library is on an external drive.
    • Denafrips Iris

    USB D/D converter

    • Chord Electronics Ltd. Qutest
    DAC
    • Belles Aria integrated amplifier
    75 watt integrated amp
    • Dynaudio Special 40
    Stand mount speaker on the Dynaudio Stand 20
    • Audiovector QR Sub
    • IsoAcoustics Gaia II
    And...various and assorted isolation devices.
    • Foundation Research LC-2
    And...other power conditioners

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Owner
The toppers are stainless steel door stops. Darko had a video about some of the accessories he had in his room and these (or something very similar) were used on some of his gear.

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What a cool setup. Loads of diffusion, even the trusses are diffusing. Isolation of speakers and TMD on your subs. What brand are the toppers on your subs?

rixthetrick

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Very nice.

chicagoblue1977

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Owner
The Dynaudios were purchased in the old space in order to get a smaller, less expensive speaker. It happened that it did all genres better than the Harbeth. Then, two subwoofers were added and you know very well of those benefits. After being in the new space, I focused more on room treatment. Not as much *fun* as a shiny new component but wayyyyy effective.

I don’t want to get better speakers. There are a ton of better speakers than mine. It never ends. 

So... the front end was upgraded at very little cost (relatively speaking) and the speakers showed every change. 

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Hi Barron,

Wow your equipment list has almost entirely turned over since I visited you at your prior place 1-1/2 years ago. It appears to me the Belles integrated and the NUC may be the only survivors of the cull! What was it about the new listening space that motivated all the changes, particularly the swap from Harbeth to Dynaudio? I would imagine that loudspeaker exchange must have fundamentally changed the voicing of your system?

vincehoffman

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Owner
The diffusers and absorbers were moved around but it didn’t take long. What did take 4 weeks (or so) was the chair/speaker subwoofer. I followed Jim Smith’s excellent advice and since then, haven’t touched a thing. I’m still getting surprised at how good the music sounds.

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Looks like you're enjoying your cymbops and saxophones! You put so much work into your room, no wonder it sounds incredible!

simao

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Owner
You nailed it cymbop.  Escape is precisely the correct term.

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I just came to say that looking at this room makes me happy.  You're built a beautiful escape up there.

cymbop

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Owner
Pretty funny Paul. 👍

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Great room, but where is the door? Maybe you have created the perfect listening room, in that you can never leave!

Paul

paulburnett

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Owner
Well Jon, 
That would be the conventional wisdom but at 20 watts, it did not struggle any more at higher volume than the Belles (at 75 watts) does.  It was a tiny bit better with vocals and a tiny bit worse in the bass. I would have been very happy with it. But someone had to win if I’m gonna keep one. And that, of course, was the Belles. 
Btw, SimAudio is often given the thumbs up on the interwebs for pairing with Dynaudio but every time I heard the combo in many setups at my dealer, I couldn’t help but feel underwhelmed. 

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Got it Owen and I would think a relatively low powered tube amp would struggle with the Dynaudio 40s in any case.

jond

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Owner
Hey Jon,
It’s a Mastersound Dueventi SE integrated amp. El34.


I purchased it in the fall of 2020 and thought it would better the Belles Aria. It hadn’t been used in years (according to the original owner) so I got some new tubes and burned everything in for 300hrs. Then I began to listen critically. Boy, was I surprised when, over the course of 2 months, back and forth with the Belles, it wasn’t as good.  Very close, but the Belles came out the winner.  The Belles is surprisingly tubey...y’know...for a solid state. 

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Nice looking setup! What's the tubed piece on the back left shelf?

jond

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Owner
Thanks Linnie.
It is a loft in the garage and I kinda don't want to *tart it up* with flooring and drywall. It's a guy's room...keep your shoes on and don't fret over spilled beer.

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Very cool room!!  Amen to getting off the merry-go-round and focusing on the music.  Happy listening!!!

linnie01

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