Cables by: 
     Analysis Plus,Anticable, Elf Cables, Virtual Dynamics,Wegryzn Cables

 I rotate two other pairs of speakers through my main system, Nola Boxer 2’s,and Graham Chartwell LS3/5’s. I also have a secondary system in the “Pit”( our finished basement.) I’ll be adding pictures in the near future. In the Pit I’m running a First Watt J2, Promitheus TVC pre, Decware Z stage, April Music Stello DA 100 signature, Bluesound Node 2. Also rotated down here are a pair of Monarchy Audio sm70mkII’s.  I also rotate my speakers through this system as well. Cables by: Analysis Plus, Dyson Audio, and PS Audio Chinese knock off. 

Room Details

Dimensions: 13’ × 9’  Small
Ceiling: 8’

Components Toggle details

    • Aric Audio Motherlode II
    Preamp with separate power supply
    • First Watt F5
    • Pro-Ject Tube Box II
    Phono stage
    • Wyred 4 Sound DAC 1LE w/Femto clock upgrade
    • Bluesound Node 2i
    Music Streamer
    • Pro-Ject RPM-9.1
    • Denon DL-301 mkII
    • Horn Shoppe Great Horned Heils
    • Hsu Research STF-1
    Subs( 2 of these up front)
    • Hsu Research VTF 2 MK3
    • Aric Audio Unlimited
    • Onkyo CD-7030
    I’m using this as a transport only
    • First Watt J2
    • April Music Inc. Stello DA100 Signature
    • Bluesound Node 2

Comments 5

Very nice looking system. I've heard a lot of good things about the Aric Audio gear but have never had a chance to hear any of it. I bet the system sounds great.

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Thank you for the positive comments mjcmt.  I do think a tube pre is the way to go with Mr. Pass'amps. The sound to my ears is magical! 

    The Onkyo has worked flawlessly. It definitely is a lower budget deck. I did find a big improvement using an external DAC.( Although,I used it for about 5 years without one.)  I'm starting to think that an Audiolab cd transport is where I'll probably end up. 
   If you are nearby to Horn Shoppe, I would definitely check out his products. He makes some very highly regarded pre amps. It looks like he's always tinkering with something. 


This is a very nice 5 star system Rocray.
Your pre/ power amp pairing is great. (I had a DJH tube preamp w/ Pass Labs Aleph 30 amp and thought a tube pre worked out well w/ Pass Labs)
A wonderful TT and DAC too.
How does the Onkyo work out for a transport? (I'm using a cdp as a transport and I'm a anxious to try a real transport)
I've always wanted to hear Horn Shoppe speakers too. (There not terribly far from me)
Enjoy listening to it.


Thanks b_limo. Those are an Ed Schiiling creation. I found these used about 6 years ago. They have impressed me enough that they will stay in the permanent rotation. Great detail without fatigue. They seem to work really well in my tiny room.


Very cool!  Interesting speakers.  I bet they sound great


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