Started my system in the about 1980 buying a Threshold 500 amp with my first loan. To power Acoustate 2+2... but unable to afford the speakers. Upgraded and learned audio over five decades to current system. I have love seat in listening position so one of my dogs can listen with me. She loves classical and jazz.
G H, I just re-read our last interaction, and I failed to respond to your comments re island living.
Where I've lived since 1971 is not exotic, but back in '71, it was quite rustic, which was exactly what I needed back in those days, after growing up in the greater Los Angeles area, smog so bad you couldn't make out the tops of the buildings in LA.
We moved into small cabin located on ten acres of forested land, learned to love the place, and after we lived there a bit over a year, with icycles hanging to the ground from the eaves, the place burned down to the ground due to a chimney fire.
The neighborhood put us up, and donated so much stuff, it wasn't long until we were back with a furnished home to live in, and clothes on our backs.
We decided this
would be our home, and it still is, although not as rural as it was then, it's still a very quiet and comfortable place to live.
Thank you Dan. I appreciate your comments. After owning great performing, ugly speakers for decades… it is amazing to own wonderful sounding and beautiful speakers. Honestly, photos do not do them justice. The finish is flawless and the top coat gold translucent flecks that catch the light. Clearly icing on the cake.
Island Man? I fell in love with French Polynesia forty years ago. Been back a couple times. The Cook Island, Fiji, The Bahamas, st. Lucia, The Grenadines, Bonaire, and the Mosquito Islands off the coast of Honduras… is that the kind of islands you refer? I love SCUBA diving.
ghd, I am so glad A'gon has finally gotten this feature back up and running. I recall you having made some nice comments regarding my modest system, and I thought I had returned the favor. If I did, it wasn't in this format.
You do have a wonderful system, those Sonus Faber Amati are gorgeous! The Audio Research components are beautiful as well, as is your room and listening partner!
Thank you. It is a great system, I am very lucky. I remember hearing my first piece of Audio Research equipment in the mid-80’s after driving up to Phoenix from Tucson. It really stuck in my mind… just lucky as the decades moved by I was able to upgrade and quite by happenstance piece by piece added ARC components. The last component, theREF CD9se… just lifted the wholesystem to a new level. I have been fortunate in my retirement… the biggest upgrade of all time I was able to accomplish over the last few years.
That is one incredible system. I’m a big audio research fan. Have been for years. Just could never afford their tube gear. Only could afford used from a friend I trust. Audio Research 100.2 solid state amp. LS 16 preamp. Cd3 player. Thiel 2.3 speakers. VPI SCOUT JR. TT.
Very impressive system! I remember hearing Audio Research with some Sonu fabers and asking if tubes can deliver bass.
My sales guy smiled and said, let's play Depeche Mode Everything Counts and see if this can provide the same bass as a solid state amp. I was shocked and awed - twice. The sound was incredible and then when I realized the budget I realized it was something I could appreciate from a far.
By the way, glad your dog enjoys listening to music with you!
Thank’s HA. I had Transparent based on reviews before I could use them… my system was too harsh and they revealed too much. In my current system they definitely bested Cardas, WireWorld and a couple others I tried. I moved my amp last year and now these are too long. So, I will give Silversmith a try. The Transparent are so expensive, I have been holding off getting shorter ones. Thanks.
I am very happy with this DAC. I brought over a Berkeley Alpha 3 a few months ago for a couple weeks. I was expecting to be plunking down another $5k fir it. The difference was absolutely minuscule… tiny… I was really shocked how similar they sounded… but, the Audio Research was better… ever so slightly more musical. The Berkeley was ever so slightly more detailed… absolutely minuscule.. long careful listening sessions required to detect it. I tried a set of $17K Nordst interconnect… which at first blush sounded exactly the same as the Transparent… but after a while they were adding a touch more very musical detail… more than the Berkeley!
Btw I had a Sim Moon 650D with the outboard 820S (separate component power supply). The ARC DAC is in a completely different category. I was not looking to change DACs, and my audio guy brought one over. I felt obligated to listen to it before I said no. Within 30 seconds I set him a message to tell him to order one. Then I had to figure out where I was going to get the money. I’m retired, money doesn’t grow on trees. But there was no way the ARC was going out of my system.
You should also try the Wyred for sound 10th anniversary dac, one of the reviewers said it was as analog sounding as his Vpi turntable with a $5,000 Japanese cartridge on it and another reviewer said it beat dacs from Chord, Berkeley, Bricasti, I have it and I agree it's the most analog sounding dac that I've had in my system, and I'll tell you what my system is, Sim audio p8 preamp, Sim audio w8 amp, esoteric P10 transport, monarchy audio up sampler, monitor audio platinum 200 Gen 2, interconnects are harmonic technology magic gen 3, digital cable is magic gen 3, the speaker wire is harmonic technology pro 9 SE gen 3, and the power cords are all harmonic technology pro 11, all the cables are OCC single crystal wire but I will be trying silversmith fidelium because Greg Weaver has OCC single Crystal speaker wire and he said this was better. my system is worth $60,000 Canadian.
The only thing you should change is the speaker cable those boxes screw up everything try the silversmith fidelium cables, Greg Weaver who's been a reviewer for over 40 years has a $600,000 system in this house and he said that this is the cable of the decade he put it up against his $18,000 speaker cable and he said this was better and he also has speaker cable from 6,000 to 11, 000 in his cable stable and he said it beat everything and he gave it his cable of the decade award he said he hasn't heard anything better out there and it's only $1,195 for 8 ft pair. and the company gives a 30-day trial period, check them out. Silversmith fidelium, go read the reviews.