Description

My modest but very nice sounding system, thus far. The HT set-up is completely separated from 2 channel listening as the 2 channel Parasound Zpre3 pre has an HT pass-thru. The Vandy 2CE Sigs are driven by the Belles 400A even in HT mode. My two subs are connected directly to the 2 channel Belles 400A in stereo mode, thus no LFE. HT is not really ‘critical’ at all for me. My concentration is 99% 2 channel, and those components, especially the vinyl rig.
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Room Details

Dimensions: 17’ × 12’  Medium
Ceiling: 8’


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    • Vandersteen 2ce Signature
    • Vandersteen 1c
    • Belles 400a
    • Parasound Zpre3
    Preamp
    • Hagerman Trumpet MC
    • SOTA Sapphire sIII
    • Jelco 850s
    MKII
    • Soundsmith Zephyr III
    • Goldring G-1042
    • Ortofon 2M Mono
    • Denafrips Ares II
    • Ifi Micro iTube2
    Magical little tube box. A tube buffer? Maybe, but much more than that
    • Yamaha Bd-1040
    Blu-Ray/CD player
    • Nakamichi CR-1a
    • Yamaha RX-V781
    AV receiver
    • Dayton Audio WFA28
    WiFi steaming box/Adapter
    • Western Electric 10 awg bi-wire speaker cables. 1950’s NOS
    • Audio Envy Studio Prestige
    3 sets
    • Silnote Audio Morpheus Classic Reference
    • Silnote Audio Morpheus Digital Reference
    • BIC America F-12 Subs
    2
    • Record Doctor VI
    Vacuum record cleaner

Comments 18

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Owner
Thank you sir 👍🏼

bkeske

128x128
Nice set up!

knollbrent

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Owner
Thanks so much. Yea, The Belles is a special purchase and amp. Lucky to have found it. I like your Thiel's as well!

bkeske

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One of the best lived-in audiophile rooms I've seen, and very jealous of the Belles!  I was oh so close to buying a 350A and couldn't pull the trigger due to its age etc but imagine I will always wonder what I missed out on.

thosb

128x128
Owner
Steve, it’s pretty hi-tech.....3M double sided mounting squares 😉😄

Well, actually, I put them into groupings of 4 with packing tape to make a ‘full panel’, then use the 3M mounting squares to mount them to the wall. When I was experimenting with best placement, temporarily with good ol duct tape.

bkeske

Center
How is the mounting structure?...... so that you can move them,?

slaw

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Owner
Hey Steve. The acoustical panels were simply some acoustic dampening tiles I purchased on Amazon, and also got the ‘3D’ tiles on Amazon as well. The acoustical tiles are actually made for sonic absorption, but not real thick, so limited. The ‘3D’ tiles are actually architectural wall tiles, but obviously I’m using them for diffusion. So, although not purposely made for that purpose, they do a pretty good job. A lot of trial and error placing them all temporarily, moving around, flipping locations, etc. until I found the right mix to maintain/enhance the overall soundstage and imaging.

bkeske

Center
Brian, Glad you posted your system. What are the acoustic treatments I see? I actually have the same Nak deck in storage. The SOTA looks great!

slaw

128x128
Owner
Thanks, yea, it’s like an audio cockpit 😁 Yep, a humidifier for the fall/winter months. Need to get another type though. It’s an ultrasonic that leaves a light white residue over everything. Wasn’t aware of that consequence when I purchased it. 

Love the Zephyr, and has never sounded better with the Hagerman Trumpet I recently purchased. That said, I now wish I had the Lo version Zephyr MIMC Star instead of the high output Zephyr (2.4 mV). But, no complaints, albeit I may try an MC cart soon as well.

bkeske

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Wow! What a maximum use of space you have both in placement, usage, and vinyl storage. Also - is that a humidifier I see next to one of the Vandersteens? How do you like you the Soundsmith?

simao

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Owner
Thanks Greg! Yea, I kinda like it too ;-)

bkeske

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Looks like a nice comfortable listening space.  Love the 'table!

big_greg

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Owner
Hey Tim, thanks 👍🏼 Took me a while, but finally got the system up.

bkeske

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Very nice bkeske!!!

boxer12

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Owner
Thanks. That SOTA is fairly new to me, but what an incredible table. It really transformed my LP experience. I think I’ll have that baby for years to come.

bkeske

128x128
Nice room and nice system! That Sota looks great.

jond

128x128
Owner
Thanks, it works, and is indeed comfy.....my little ‘get away’ after a busy day of work. As an architectural designer I like the modern clean look of yours as well. That has become incredibly popular with many of my clients over the last 4-5 years. Nice.

bkeske

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Very cozy room, beautiful.

gryphongryph

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