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Had a nice little GTG yestie with @@Jventer and another mate and it all sounded great with my own music and the music that the lads brought along.

Am getting used to the different sound, it has been interesting how the subs and DEQX changed the soundstage slightly but after a few speaker placement tweaks, all sounds lovely and big and integrated and room-filling and smooth.

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JC1 - As in John Curl? Are they genuine John Curl designed circuit in the power amps? What type of devices are employed in the output stage?

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Nice one, Darren :)

 

So if you ever reject the 'Audiophile' tag, I'll just link you back to this thread ;)

 

Power cables even :party

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Yep, big fatty ones.

:D

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So, my thoughts so far-

Am really enjoying my system, right now, it has never sounded so good.

Have stopped thinking about trying the Parasound JC2 pre, am a subwoofer convert and I don't believe this pre amp caters for subs.

 

Sent an email to Parasound but have received no reply.

Would like to try a PS Audio dac of some type (Nu wave-Perfectwave-DSD depending on available funds at the time) at some stage. This would take the DEQX out of the equation and would most probably try a Parasound P5 again, utilising it's subwoofer crossover and bypassing it's dac with analogue-in's using the Fractal XLR's that are sitting in my cupboard. The reason I am curious about this alternative setup is that I would like to see if it widens the soundstage back out. 'Cons' may be that the alternative system cannot compete with the DEQX when it comes to integration of multiple drivers, which it manages effortlessly.

 

For now though, have hollies coming up in Easter and home renos to do so will simply enjoy. :)
 

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JC1 - As in John Curl? Are they genuine John Curl designed circuit in the power amps? What type of devices are employed in the output stage?

 

The JC1 is a genuine designed circuit by John Curl of Blowtorch fame. It employs differential jfet input stage and a pair of push pull mosfet drivers for a quite a few bipolars in the output stage.

 

EDIT: Seems I got Nelson Pass and John Curl mixed up.

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Am waiting for a second hand silver Perfectwave dac to come up somewhere but I believe three were made in total and two have been upgraded to DSD and the remaining one has a happy owner. :)

 

I made that up.

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Awesome set up [emoji106]

What's your go to album when demoing for your mates

Mines tool- vicarious ( the missus puts her devil horns up this )

And then some Santana (now she leaves the room)

I always seem to go straight for these two

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Paul, LOVE Vicarious. That song had one of my mates wives leave the room quickly one night as I wound the wick up for the final crescendo, haha.

A mate of mine loves Tools 'Prison Sex' which was a good test re- the new subs when he recently came around. He has a good ear for hi fi and has heard this song a million times, was pleased when he reckoned the bass was at a good level and well integrated after the song finished.

@@Jventer let out a hoot when it started. :D

Sounds great.

When the mates come around, I give them control of the system, let them play music for me. :)

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Nice one, Darren :)

 

So if you ever reject the 'Audiophile' tag, I'll just link you back to this thread ;)

 

Power cables even :party

 

Yeah I was a little bit surprised at the brilliant looking kit (hence the post prompting the thread) kowing from a few posts your taste (I think) for bit of Maiden & Karnivool & the like, that no doubt sounds effing spectacular, but excuse my generalisation that this serious hardware/setup/attention is often used to enable the sonic reproduction of more "audiophile" tunes?

 

That said, talking Tool I would lurve to hear Laterlaus album cranked through this :love:party:thumb:

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@@likwidsh0k thanks mate, I listen to everything.

I have anything from Trentemoller and Alt J through Sol Seppy and The Jezabels and on through Angels and Airwaves through Green Day and Rise Against and onto The Irons, Disturbed and freaking Slipknot when I feel like it. :D

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A re-jig of the Gecko shelving to allow the new PW dac to sit on top of the CDT.

Have gone back to supplied cables and paid more attention to separation of power and IC's. Sound fantastic.

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Looking good there Darren!

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New toy lucky you [emoji106]

What have you got tucked away in the back corners?

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looks superb Darren.   Where have you hidden that turntable?  :P

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@@Luvitloud they are 'acoustic solutions' tube traps (room treatment for bass). I got them from Wikeeboy.

@ I am way to OCD to ever go near any such thing. :D

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nice work !

 

whens the projector and drop down screen coming :D

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@@betty boop

My dear brother Al, tis music first my friend. :)

Yeah, methinks if the LG dies, might go for a curved screen, unless they are phased out by then, haha. That's about the limit of my AV approach.

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@@betty boop

My dear brother Al, tis music first my friend. :)

Yeah, methinks if the LG dies, might go for a curved screen, unless they are phased out by then, haha. That's about the limit of my AV approach.

 

curved !!!! goodness yeesh…we've lost you I feel...

 

ofcourse music first…can enjoy that on big screen too…hehe and nothing like sitting back watching a flick or two cuddled up with loved ones :D 

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Bloody nice mate! Those JC1's are brilliant -- IMO the power amp is the "heart" of any system, it pumps out the sound to your speakers as the heart pumps blood and oxygen through our bodies! John Curl's finest work, exceptional.

 

A very nicely done design of J-FET input stage, folIowed by MOSFETS at the driver stages, then nine pairs of bipolar power transistors delivering a beautiful 400watts into 8ohms!!

 

I've taken the liberty of a nudie. 

 

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@@The Fez they are beautiful amps, I am blessed to have had them come up here for next to nothing as one had gone pop, and then blessed again to have Dr Zaph take them under his wing and make everything sing again.

Every time I look at them, and the other stuff (PS Audio-DEQX-Focals etc) I remember that when this all started a few years back, I never thought I would end up with such a quality set up.

http://www.stereo.net.au/forums/index.php/topic/69056-fs-parasound-jc-1-mono-power-amplifier-one-working-only/?hl=%2Bparasound+%2Bjc1

If and when a JC2 pre comes up at a price I am OK to pay, would like to have a play with that too.

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Great setup Darren, hopefully you are enjoying it to the max.  Those Focal 1038s are the icing on the cake!

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Lovely Setup Darren!, The Parasounds look really nice, My self own the little A23 and it's a dam fine amplifier for the price. Focals look amazing to!.

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