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    I do not regard myself as an audiophile but simply one who likes to enjoy beautiful music. Of course, going to concert every day , or at any time, is not possible in real life. That's when the hifi system chime in.

    I have two systems in my man's cave: an Air Tight tube system with Klipsch La Scala speakers (with modified crossover from Bob Crites and an addition of bass bin) and a Cello solid state system. Sources include CD players from Jay Audio and Krell, and analog turntable from Amazon and Micro Seiki.

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    Here comes my man's cave:



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    New toys PS Audio nuwave DSD Dac and Senn HD800 headphones. I am close to the endgame for computer headphone system..........
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    I thought I’d share the current configuration of my systems.

    Living room: Stereo speakers are Snell Type CV. Subwoofer: Klipsch P-312W. The source components are Oppo BDP-95 (with USB hard drive containing high-res FLAC recordings), and Dual 1249 with Stanton 681EE. Amps include a pair of McIntosh MC30s, Scott 296, McIntosh MX110 / McIntosh MC275, a pair of Pilot HF-56 mono receivers, an NAD pre-amp and Acurus A250 power-amp for movies, and a McIntosh 2155 driving JBL L830s in the kitchen / dining room. A patch panel (banana plugs) allows me to connect the speakers to whichever amp I want, and a Niles AXP-1 RCA selector switch connects the Oppo to the amp. Chromecast Audio for internet radio and Spotify Premium.

    TV room: Stereo speakers are Klipsch Palladium P-37F. Subwoofer: Klipsch P-312W. The source is an Oppo BDP-105 (with USB hard drive containing high-res FLAC recordings). The amps are Scott 399, McIntosh MC225, Kenwood KR-9050, Fisher 800B, Fisher X-1000, Scott 299C, McIntosh MC240, and an NAD C375BEE. The tube amps are for music. The solid-state amps are for movies. A patch panel (banana plugs) allows me to connect the speakers to whichever amp I want, and Niles AXP-1 RCA selector switches connect the Oppo to the amp. Chromecast Audio for internet radio and Spotify Premium.

    Office: Stereo speakers are JBL L880. Sources: Oppo DV-980H SACD/CD/DVD, and my Windows 10 laptop with Music Streamer II DAC. Amps: Fisher 500C, Scott 299B, Altec 353A, and an NAD D 3020 for general internet use (and summertime). Banana jacks allow me to connect the speakers to whichever amp I want, and a Niles AXP-1 RCA selector switch connects the Oppo to the amp.

    Basement: Front, center, and left speakers are Klipsch RF-7 II. A single rear speaker is a Klipsch RF-7. Subwoofers: SVS SB16-Ultra, Klipsch R-115SW. Source: Oppo UDP-205 (with USB hard drive containing high-res FLAC recordings). Amps: Scott 272, Inspire “Fire Bottle” SE Stereo Tube Amplifier HO, Scott 222C, McIntosh MX110Z tuner/preamp, Fisher KX-200, Scott 296, Pilot SA-260, Scott LK150. A patch panel allows me to connect the speakers to whichever amp I want, and F/F RCA cables enable me to connect an amp to the Oppo, and a power amp to the MX110Z. Chromecast Audio for internet radio and Spotify Premium.

    Bedroom: The speaker is a single Klipsch WF-35. Source is an older CD player. Fisher TA 500 (AM/FM mono receiver). Chromecast Audio for internet radio and Spotify Premium.


    IME - based on this array of equipment: synergy between an amp and speakers is very important, and impossible to predict.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RobertKC View Post
    I thought I’d share the current configuration of my systems.

    Living room: Stereo speakers are Snell Type CV. Subwoofer: Klipsch P-312W. The source components are Oppo BDP-95 (with USB hard drive containing high-res FLAC recordings), and Dual 1249 with Stanton 681EE. Amps include a pair of McIntosh MC30s, Scott 296, McIntosh MX110 / McIntosh MC275, a pair of Pilot HF-56 mono receivers, an NAD pre-amp and Acurus A250 power-amp for movies, and a McIntosh 2155 driving JBL L830s in the kitchen / dining room. A patch panel (banana plugs) allows me to connect the speakers to whichever amp I want, and a Niles AXP-1 RCA selector switch connects the Oppo to the amp. Chromecast Audio for internet radio and Spotify Premium.

    TV room: Stereo speakers are Klipsch Palladium P-37F. Subwoofer: Klipsch P-312W. The source is an Oppo BDP-105 (with USB hard drive containing high-res FLAC recordings). The amps are Scott 399, McIntosh MC225, Kenwood KR-9050, Fisher 800B, Fisher X-1000, Scott 299C, McIntosh MC240, and an NAD C375BEE. The tube amps are for music. The solid-state amps are for movies. A patch panel (banana plugs) allows me to connect the speakers to whichever amp I want, and Niles AXP-1 RCA selector switches connect the Oppo to the amp. Chromecast Audio for internet radio and Spotify Premium.

    Office: Stereo speakers are JBL L880. Sources: Oppo DV-980H SACD/CD/DVD, and my Windows 10 laptop with Music Streamer II DAC. Amps: Fisher 500C, Scott 299B, Altec 353A, and an NAD D 3020 for general internet use (and summertime). Banana jacks allow me to connect the speakers to whichever amp I want, and a Niles AXP-1 RCA selector switch connects the Oppo to the amp.

    Basement: Front, center, and left speakers are Klipsch RF-7 II. A single rear speaker is a Klipsch RF-7. Subwoofers: SVS SB16-Ultra, Klipsch R-115SW. Source: Oppo UDP-205 (with USB hard drive containing high-res FLAC recordings). Amps: Scott 272, Inspire “Fire Bottle” SE Stereo Tube Amplifier HO, Scott 222C, McIntosh MX110Z tuner/preamp, Fisher KX-200, Scott 296, Pilot SA-260, Scott LK150. A patch panel allows me to connect the speakers to whichever amp I want, and F/F RCA cables enable me to connect an amp to the Oppo, and a power amp to the MX110Z. Chromecast Audio for internet radio and Spotify Premium.

    Bedroom: The speaker is a single Klipsch WF-35. Source is an older CD player. Fisher TA 500 (AM/FM mono receiver). Chromecast Audio for internet radio and Spotify Premium.


    IME - based on this array of equipment: synergy between an amp and speakers is very important, and impossible to predict.

    P.S. Photobucket has recently stopped free linking of pics. I’ll try posting a pic of my living room system here:

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    You seem to like Klipsch. Are those horn drivers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Triplets View Post
    You seem to like Klipsch. Are those horn drivers?
    The Palladium and RF-7 II have high-frequency compression drivers mated to horns. IME, tube amps equipped with tone controls can make the Klipsch sound good for classical music, with significant dynamics.
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    I have a Klipsch speaker. The EQ in my room requires a boost in the upper low end and a dip in the upper mids, coming back up at the highest end. A backwards S shape. My JBL and KEF speakers are much flatter in their response.

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    I've brought a new bit of stereo gear, shock horror its digital a Rotel DVR 1050- my small concession to modern tech- mind you it was made in 2004............. and cost my 90 bucks - will use it for CD's and Zappa and other rock DVD's ..... in 2 channel format only thou through my AR93 speakers......
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    My stereo system is basic but very good sounding. All of it is at least 20 years old. It consists of a McLaren A150B amp, Marantz CD63 SE II CD player and Peerless M1000 speakers.

    From my iMac I'm running the Fiio E7/E9 combination of DAC/Amp. I have Sennheiser HD580 cans, Sennheiser IE80 iems and Flare R2A iems. I'm looking at getting Flare's latest offering their Flare PROs. My listening is usually via the Flares which I've shelled.

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    I see myself as a real audiophile - I am always searching for the best possible sound. Actually I am using Tannoy Revolution xt8f speakers and a Marantz HD-AMP1. I think whatever your equipment is, if it is a bit a decent one, the more important thing is to get the right records and how they get delivered to your amp.

    Specially big orchestras need a recording quality only few engineers really achieve. There are many big labels like Deutsche Grammophon, EMI, Decca, Sony etc. I compared many recordings of the same musical work for my magazine and I found the big labels are often not a warrant for good sound. I often found records from widely unknown labels who are way better.

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    • Macbook Pro
    • Focusrite Scarlett 2i4
    • Yamaha H50M Monitors
    • AKG K240 MKII Headphones


    I moved here a couple of years ago leaving back my vinyl and CDs so needed something small to suit my flat. I could do with bigger monitors tbh.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Merl View Post
    With the Koetsu cartridge, I'm sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jegreenwood View Post
    With the Koetsu cartridge, I'm sure.
    The tonearm is carbonfibre I'm sure
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