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11 hours ago, SteveFord said:

My deHavilland UltraVerve 3 lost ALL of the highs so I put that up for sale and it was gone in 10 minutes.

 

What???, How'd I miss that?  😉 

 

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I didn't list it here, that's how.  It sold so quickly.

I also put up a Conrad-Johnson MF-2275 amp and it looks like that's gone (waiting for a PayPal transaction to go through, the second guy says he'll show up with cash) and no bites on a Sonic Frontiers SFL-2 preamp.

I don't care if that sells, I've had it forever and really like how agressive the sound is.

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I think I mentioned that I kind of went overboard with amplifiers...

I originally wanted to get away from multiple boxes and wanted a three channel (or 5 channel) amp but one thing led to another and I found myself with an Odyssey Khatargo mono, an Odyssey Khataro stereo and an Odyssey Startos which is one big mofo.

Is this ridiculous overkill?

Yes.

Because things were finally sounding good for the first time ever I added a Rega Apollo-R and will use the Oppo BDP-105 for movies as the Rega sounds better.

This system is done.

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The small bedroom system is done as well.

I always try to duplicate the upstairs system as that sounds so good so:

we have a VTL ST-85 amplifier, a Conrad-Johnson Premier 17LS preamp, a Rega Saturn CD player, an APC H-15 power conditioner, an REL T-1 subwoofer and Kimber 12TC speaker cables going to Magnepan LRS speakers with the Magnariser stands.

This all came together really well and I won't be messing with this one, either.  

I be done!

 

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47 minutes ago, SteveFord said:

This system is done.

 

Reality check, Steve.  Go look in the mirror and see who is saying that.

 

We ALL KNOW what the answer is.  :D

 

I'm known for not betting on anything less than a sure thing.  I'll wager a nickel that both of these systems find some way to evolve before too many more spins around our favorite star!  You're still above ground, my friend - it WILL happen!  Just sayin'  😉

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I won't be buying anything else for those two systems but I AM flipping CD players around right now.

The Saturn may have too much bass for that small bedroom, it's really easy to overload such a small space (12x14').

 

The upstairs is done, too.

 

The only thing I am going to do is get a good sub or two for the big system.

 

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12 hours ago, SteveFord said:

The only thing I am going to do is get a good sub or two for the big system.

 

Super nice rig.  

 

..., I am thinking for the first system..., to allow the Odyssey's not to feel so much shame..., you need to replace the Dynex TV screen...,

 

it's just way outclassed by the new amps.  LoL 😉 

 

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Do you know how often I watch a movie or TV?

Almost never.

That would a total waste of money!

Might as well flush it down the toilet...

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I’m with you about tv. I do no cable, satellite  or any other version! sometimes stream sports but that’s about it!  
 

Nice setup Steve!

 

Barry

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Thank you.

I fall asleep watching football, that's about the only time I turn it on.

I wanted a (mostly) solid state wall of sound for when I'm working or whatever and don't want to wear headphones.

I grew up in a house where the TV was always on, I had enough as a kid.

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1 hour ago, AndrewJohn said:

 

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Is that an old faithful 8 ball in the picture for when your working and need to make an executive decision? 

 

Do agree on watching TV, very little if anything on TV worth watching.  All the ad's make me crazy, we pay for TV and still must be subjected to all the ridiculous advertising....  

 

 

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That is EXACTLY what it is!

A girl at work threw herself a baby shower(!) so I gave it to her as a gift with a Post It note on it which read: Will I ever see my feet again?

I wound up getting it back...

 

I compared a Rega Saturn to the Rega Apollo-R with the small bedroom system and the Apollo-R is the perfect match for the LRS speakers.  

Guess the Saturn comes out to the living room.

 

Oh, I lied, I just bought a Conrad-Johnson MF-2275 amplifier to replace the one that I just sold!

I figure I can use it during the Summer months with the LRS speakers.

 

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1 hour ago, SteveFord said:

 

Oh, I lied, I just bought a Conrad-Johnson MF-2275 amplifier

 

Alls right with the world.  Order has been restored!  😅

 

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1 hour ago, ZappaPatton said:

What are you going to do with your nickle?

 

It goes into my Audio Toy Fund - where else?!?!   :D

 

I'm (almost) as bad as Steve ... almost ... well ....  let's just not go there....

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I just saw a pair of Odyssey Stratos monos on USAudiomart for $1300.

I don't know if they're still available or not, a lot of these guys forget and leave the ad up.

I'm not going to get them but if anyone is looking for some powerful, good sounding SS amps these are them.

Be forewarned, they're 55 pounds each and are pretty LARGE.

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What I noticed here are dynamics are greatly improved, especially the bass.

They also cleared things up quite a bit so for the first time ever I was able to discern the low volume tracks mixed into PJ Harvey's A Perfect Day, Elise - before it was just a blur of sound, I couldn't understand what she was singing down there in the mix.

I played the same track on the Magnepan LRS' and it was just a blur so it depends on which speakers you're using.  

I took the short wooden stands I had the 3.7s placed on and stuck them under the LRS' and now the center of the speakers are just about ear level for my seated position.

 

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The Magna Risers arrived for my Maggie IIIa's ..., hard to focus the rest of the day at work.  Ugh!

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  • 4 months later...

While I'm waiting to hear back from Japan about a possible headphone strap for my Stax Sigmas I wound up buying a newer pair of Stax headphone and a Stax tube amp.  

It should be here Thursday, I'm really looking forward to hearing these.

 

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