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Hi all,

 

I posted this picture a while back in the "My system this morning thread" and I have made a few changes so I thought I would start this thread and can post my updates. 😀

 

My system at that stage was

 

Anthem MRX510, (which incidentally led me to this site 😁) A big thanks to Snoopy8 for the help in the setup via the thread I started.

Oppo 105D

2011 Mac Mini server

Geisler Klein DAC

Emotiva XPA 1 Gen 2 Monoblocks

XTZ 99.36 FLR

SVS SB 1000 x 2, (just out of crappy iPhone shot)

Samsung 55" LED tv

 

 

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My first major change was a Geisler Groß DAC.

 

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Clay was very patient and helped with my novice questions. I was very pleased with the results. The only way I can describe it is that a fog had been lifted from my system. Fog that I hadn't realised was there in the first place. First song through the DAC? US Forces by Midnight Oil. :P

 

I see there is a thread for a new power supply for it, which I will have to investigate.

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Hi, 

did you connect the DAC to power amps directly? 

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@Irek

 

Hi, no I did not connect the Groß directly to the amps, I ran it through an Emotiva XSP-1 preamp that I borrowed and in the end buying . But I believe that you can run directly to your amp. @Gieseler Audio would be able to confirm.

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So with the Groß and my new preamp having the capability to use balanced cables I went and made some.

 

 

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4 minutes ago, DarkNark said:

Hi, no I did not connect the Groß directly to the amps, I ran it through an Emotiva XSP-1 preamp that I borrowed and in the end buying . But I believe that you can run directly to your amp. @Gieseler Audio would be able to confirm.

Clay's advice on connecting directly to amps:

I was running my Groß directly to my active speakers for a while; it gave a clean, detailed but clinical sound.  I ended using a valve preamp to deliver warmth and additional bass.

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An upcoming change waiting for my return. 😁

 

 

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On 21/11/2018 at 9:45 PM, Snoopy8 said:

Clay's advice on connecting directly to amps:

I was running my Groß directly to my active speakers for a while; it gave a clean, detailed but clinical sound.  I ended using a valve preamp to deliver warmth and additional bass.

Ditto for running anything direct to active speakers.  I added a tube preamp (Modwright LS100) and made it all better.

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Upgraded the television a few months ago, Retired the 55" Samsung and bought a Panasonic 65" EZ950 OLED. I went to buy a 75" LED/LCD from JB and while deciding what model to buy I saw the Panasonic for only a few hundred more. It was a runout model, 2017 I believe.

 

Wow! What a difference. Not for one second do I regret only having a 65" over a 75" LED/LCD. The picture is stunning. Very happy with the purchase. Definitely the best upgrade I have made so far. 

 

The rear wall where I mounted the TV started to annoy me as it is a very neutral off-white. I started to find it distracting while i watched movies. I read a few threads on SNA about members setting up dedicated Theatre rooms and eventually settled on a colour. "Black Flame" by Taubmans. It's a very deep indigo blue. Its darkened the wall up enough for me, not sure I could live with black. Very difficult to get a good picture on an iPhone to show the true colour. This is the middle of the day with the blinds closed.

 

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@Ray H Sorry, getting to it :)

 

Had a moment to unbox my new Elac FS 409's. Heard these in a shop once and knew I would buy a pair one day. 

 

Today is the day! 

 

 

 

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First album through the speakers is The Chieftans "The Long Black Veil".

Third track "The Foggy Dew" sung by Sinéad O'Connor got the hairs standing up on my neck. Spooky!

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On 21/11/2018 at 9:32 PM, DarkNark said:

So with the Groß and my new preamp having the capability to use balanced cables I went and made some.

 

 

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So how does balanced vs single endedsound in the system? Assuming you're running the GroB balanced into the Emotiva pre?

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