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Everything posted by alistairm

  1. Not for a long time. Back then I preferred the DCS.
  2. One my favourite all time speakers. Awesome find!
  3. @dalamii It has volume control, so could be used as a preamp. However, it has no networking capability at all. I am currently running it from an Antipodes, but have just ordered an APL DNP-SR streamer (which appears to be a modified Auralic Aries), based on how happy I am with the DAC.
  4. So the changes to the digital front end begin. Out with the Accuphase DC37 and in with the APL Hi-FI DSD-SR MK2. You know you're onto a good thing when the wife wanders in during setup, asks "what is it this time" and half-way through the first track turns to you and says "buy it".
  5. Ian You have a wonderful journey in front of you, with many different paths to follow. With a $10K budget and a mission to find emotional feedback from your system, I would suggest that you find a few tracks you find engaging and then listen to as many systems as you can that fit within your parameters of size and cost. And please factor some simple room treatments into your equation, if you can. They make more difference than most electronics. I can absolutely promise you that more expensive does not necessarily equal more engaging, and everybody's reactio
  6. G'day Ian and welcome to the forums. Before you drop $10K on a new system, it would be good to know what you like/dislike about your current system and what you're looking for in your new setup.
  7. I bought this new and imported it from Japan. It replaced a DCS Puccini and u-clock combination in my system, as I preferred the presenation and found it easier to "switch back" from listening to a record to this than I did to the DCS. This is currently set to 110 volt, so you will need to use a step down of have your local tech change the internally selectable power supply to 240 volt. This has been the heart of my digital setup for a few years now and is only being moved along as I'm on a fairly heavy upgrade warpath.
  8. Further information: I have owned many digital front ends and this one has been in the system for quite a few years. Bullet proof build quality, excellent rendition of DSD (it is suprising how many good front ends do redbook superbly but are cold with DSD) and an internal DAC capable of handling up to a 24bit/192kHz signal onboarded via SPDIF, so that you can use this as a DAC and not just a disc spinner. It is in at least very good used condition, includes the remote and works perfectly. I'll happily warrant it as such. This is currently set
  9. Having been through many DACs at many price points, the APL is now in my system. It is, quite comfortably, the best sounding DAC for my taste in my system that I have heard. I'm very keen to hear the DSD-MR MK2. Anyway, without wanting to start a dig v analogue debate, or get too far into "reviewing", I can say that if you're shopping in any price point for a DAC and you've previously struggled to find something that approaches the expression of your analogue setup, this small Bulgarian brand is well worth an audition.
  10. I'll leave that for the consulting acoustic engineer to resolve! Even if it means bringing the subs in line with the Trios... I have the space and having them behind on the earlier setup seemed to work.
  11. @andyr Those huge things are the horn loaded subs mate. At this stage I'm not sure if they'll need to be moved, but if required I'll likely physically tune the room and move them around, rather than go for DSP. As the room was previously set up by an acoustic engineer, including treatments and Helmholtz resonators, time will tell what needs to be shifted about. I'm expecting a fair bit, but that will wait until they're run in. Out of the box there aren't any obvious gremlins (presumably due to existing treatments for the old Trios), but we will what the waterfalls tell us in due co
  12. @rob Maybe slightly. Theoretically they should due to the horn placement (even if the upright configuration isn't as architecturally interesting). In any event, I wouldn't say that imaging is the Trios' strong suit. The bass is definitely better integrated with the bass horns instead of the conventional subs. More to follow once I've got a few dozen more hours on them and have been through some of the old favourite tracks. 👍
  13. Many SNAers know this room and have heard it. After many years of being settled, this week I ushered in a new pair of speakers, so thought it might be a good time to start a new thread. The current setup is, in summary: Avantgarde Trio Luxury Edition 26 speakers with bass horns Dartzeel NHB-18NS pre amp mkii with phono stage Dartzeel NHB-108 model 2 power amp Air Force Two turntable with Acoustical Systems Axiom tonearm and Lyra Atlas Antipodes DX into Accuphase DC-17 fed by Roon Sound treated room Fancy cables and power management, dedi
  14. I no longer need this in my setup and my room will be improved by taking some items out. (I'm a bit cluttered.) Paid a huge amount for this new but not sure about used pricing, so open to realistic offers. The cereball feet are included in the price. Pickup preferred, but can ship using Pack n Send if you're really keen, although it is heavy so won't be cheap freight.
  15. Moderator post: This is an audio website and if members wish to discuss audio components they are free to do so. A reminder of our rules. Recognise that different people may have a different opinion or philosophy. There are many camps in audio and many people with different approaches to HiFi than your own. There are objectivists vs. subjectivists, valves vs. transistors, passive pre-amps vs. active pre-amps and so on. Go ahead and discuss these, even debate them to death, but do not make it personal, stay on topic and respect others' differing opinions.
  16. Loved the Statement. There is one in my future.
  17. I loved my RX8. What's not to like? Investment though... no chance... you'll mainly be invested in filling up at the petrol station every 120km if you're enthusiastic with the right foot.
  18. Those veneers are gorgeous, both inside and out. And given the BRW you could never build anything like it today. Someone is going to get an heirloom piece! Good luck with the sale. 👌
  19. $7.5k is a big budget... so many options. My work system, which gets extensive use, is Adam Tensor Deltas (active) fed by a Mytek Brooklyn DAC (which does duty as DAC, preamp and phono stage). I run it from a Sonore Sonicorboter which functions as a Roon endpoint. For vinyl, I use a Technics SL-10. There are (much) better sounding turntables, but it looks cool and is idiot proof so I don’t mind anyone in the office using it. That’s just one example of a system you could assemble for comfortably under $7.5k. It sounds like you’ve got a good idea of what you want sp
  20. Item: About 3 shopping bags full of classical records. Left for me by a friend and I don't have time to go through as sort. Some Decca, Columbia and Deutsche Grammofon. Many box sets. Bach, Beethooven, Vivaldi etc. Price Range: Free Item Condition: Used, unknown, dusty Extra Info: I need more space, not more old records. Happy to give them away but need the new owner to take them all please.
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