My system is set up in living room

Room Details

Dimensions: 20’ × 11’  Medium
Ceiling: 8’

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    • YG Acoustics Carmel 2
    Love these small floorstanders. I replaced much bigger Focal Scala V2 with these. Although bottom end is less, but these small FS disappears better and more balanced sounding in my small-ish living room
    • Accuphase A75
    Initially I am worried that 60W @ 8ohm class A is not enough to drive Carmel 2. But this accuphase stereo Class A power amp is powerful enough to push the Carmel2.
    • LUMIN X1
    Fantastic All-in-one streamer and it replaces previous very expensive server and DAC. The SFP port is one of the reason pushes the SQ very close to previous high-end sever.
    • YBA PH-150
    Under-rated brand IMO. Get it used at good price. Love the sound
    • VAC Master Preamp
    One of the most important game-changer in my system. Bring the sound to another level. Still on stock tubes, looking to try NOS tubes in the future.
    • Nordost Valhalla V2 Power cables
    Total 3 feeding preamp, streamer and phonostage
    • Nordost Valhalla V2 XLR
    • Nordost QRT QBASE QB8-MKII
    Sits on 3 TC sort kones
    • Nordost QKore 6
    One of the tweaks I found indispensable in my system
    • Nordost Sort Kone TC
    • Nordost Sort Kone BC
    • Thales Slim II Turntable
    • Audio Technica ART-9 MC cartridge
    • Audio Envy Mega 3 power cable
    Feeding Nordost Qbase 8 Mk2
    • Audio Envy Ocean 3 power cable
    Feeding liner power supply
    • Silent Running Audio Scuttle Mk3
    • Critical Mass Systems Center Stage 2
    These footers improve the sound depth, lower the noise significantly. Using 0.8 with preamp and 1.0 with power amp
    • Critical Mass Systems MAXXUM
    • Stillpoints LLC Ultra SS Audio Isolation Feet
    Under Lumin X1, improves the mid density and sounds more ‘analog’
    • Nordost Qpoint
    One of the tweaks I found indispensable in my system
    • PSI Audio AVAA C20
    Total 2 at each front corners.
    Greatly help in bass boom and standing wave problem
    • Harmonix RF-999MT Mk2
    • Black Cat Cable Triode Speaker Cables
    Got it at great deal when Chris cleared it when he moved from Japan back to USA.

    Has tried various speaker cables which cost many times more but only slightly better than this. So still keeping this cables
    • Nordost Odin1 power cable
    Feeding Accuphase A-75

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The accuphase’s conservative power rating is 60W at 8 ohm, can double down to 120W at 4 ohm and all the way to 1 ohm.

So far I don’t feel it’s underpower driving the YG. But I never try their Class AB :)


Excellent choice of gears! Do you feel Accuphase has enough power for 75 watts?


Well done Stanley a very interesting mix of great gear I am deeply curious to hear it I imagine it sounds fantastic.l


Thales TT is fine for me. 
For the cart, I am keeping my eyes on DS audio optical cart or mysoniclab.
Will slowly explore


Great set with excellent equipment! How satisfied are you with the Thales turntable and how did you come to the choice of cartridge? I would have thought that higher-quality systems could show their potential here.


Wow! That's some top tier equipment and I sure it sounds the part too.


Love VAC gear. 

Bet your system sounds awesome.


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