In December 2003 I purchased a Bose Lifestyle 18 (expensive for me at the time) and loved it, particularly the bass. After about 8 years of good service it started to have a few issues so, as is my want, I did lots of reading on replacements and came across the Hi-Fi magazines and articles promoting the benefit of a separates system. Created on paper a system of separates with a budget and (with some trepidation) visited Darwin’s only real Hi-Fi dealer. Paul was great and made fantastic recommendations on rebalancing my system and wisely (under) spending my budget.
Started with a Denon and Paradigm Cinema series system which I truly enjoyed. Over the years I have upgraded our main system, used Sonos to introduce music throughout our home and outside area, created a second near field and headphones system upstairs and a system at work. Most recent upgrades revolved around Roon, Nucleus and MQA and adding Musical Fidelity Superchargers into our main system. All the while I have maintained a great relationship with Paul, my trusty Hi-Fi dealer. I subscribe to most of the Hi-Fi magazines (with my favourites being Stereophile and Australian Hi-Fi) and more recently found SNA.
Most of our listening is 2 channel stereo. Wide variety of music but over the years gravitating more towards jazz. Listen to, and enjoy, ABC Classic FM in the car. Listen to rock and pop when exercising (mostly bike riding) in the mornings. Collecting a reasonable amount of vinyl and frequent visitor to Darwin’s great Air Raid Records.
Over the last few years I had my first foray into the world of tube amplifiers and (hand crafted by a SNA member) tube phono stage. To date have very much enjoyed the experience. Experimented with original Rega Planar 2 with Linn Basik arm and Garrett and Rega cartridges in my office system and then a 1970s Technics SL-1100AC direct drive TT with Acos-Lustre GST tonearm and retaining the K1 cartridge.
As I have experimented with components I built up some excess equipment, so created a 4th system (third at home) of budget and secondhand items. It is a really enjoyable, nicely intimate, system.
Main: Musical Fidelity M6si integrated amplifier, Musical Fidelity 550K Superchargers, Paradigm Studio 100 v5 floorstanding speakers, Clearaudio Concept TT MC, Oppo BDP 105, Roon Nucleus to Mytek Brooklyn DAC+; Denon AVR 4520 with Paradigm CC 490 centre speaker, Cinema ADPs for rears and Seismic 110 sub; Oppo HA1 headphone amp & PM1 planar magnetic headphones, Sonos
Second: NAD D3020, KEF LS50s, Schiit Jotunheim and Audeze LCD3s
Third: Rega Brio-R integrated amplifier, Rega Apollo-R CDP, Project Debut Carbon (OM-10 cartridge) and Paradigm Premier 100B bookshelf speakers
Other: Devialet Phantom White, B&W Zepplin Air and Sonos 1, 3s & 5s
Office: Bewitch Integrated Tube Amplifier, JBL 4312 bookshelf speakers, Technics SL-1100AC direct drive TT with Acos-Lustre GST tonearm and Garrott Brothers K1 cartridge and Calibre-318SE hand crafted tube phono MM, Musical Fidelity A3.5CD player