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I just joined the forum having lurked for about a month. I thought I would introduce myself by posting my current setup. I dont think I am the target audience for this forum as it seems focused on audio with DACs and super-clean amps and I am focused on HT.
Welcome David!
Although a large percentage of our gear reviews are based on the search for great measuring 2 ch components, lots of HT and Multich music gear has been deeply reviewed and many members here including myself share the same interest as you. @Kal Rubinson of Stereophile "In The Round" fame is a very active member here. The "target audience" here is simply folks that are interested in finding out which pieces of gear can supply SOTA measurements and how it's been accomplished. We all hope the old trickle down theory will come to play after the weak are revealed.
You are most welcome here and we encourage other multich enthusiasts to join in if they enjoy perusing the objectivist side of life. ;)

My meager rig/room his here,
https://www.audiosciencereview.com/forum/index.php?threads/sals-system.614/
 

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Do I spy with my little eye... a Schiit! Heathen! :cool:
It was one of the first things I purchased. I was quite nooby back then. I still have a Schiit dac but I just can't be bothered to get anything else since to my ears they all sounded the same. I'm not taking advantage of the balanced inputs/outputs of it though so I probably should get something cheaper and pocket the extra money.
 

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It was one of the first things I purchased. I was quite nooby back then. I still have a Schiit dac but I just can't be bothered to get anything else since to my ears they all sounded the same. I'm not taking advantage of the balanced inputs/outputs of it though so I probably should get something cheaper and pocket the extra money.
Get on an "audiophile" forum and sell it. Say that it's been fully burned-in after all these years of use!
 

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What kind of speakers are they?
They were a custom built, limited run all hand made by Robert Gaboury from Arteluthe, he had previously worked at Gemme Audio and designed the Katana loudspeaker. My particular unit used a 15" Beyma woofer, the cabinet was tuned to 50hz, but could reach down even lower then my JBL's can. Was the best bass I ever had! On top was a 3" compression driver, loaded into a smith horn. All hand crafted solid oak cabentry, stuffed with real wool, and all paper in oil capacitors.

He also sold ones using rare vintage TAD drivers. I believe Tube de Force still has a pair in the local area if you want to go hear them for yourself and are in the GTA.
 

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You can search google for 'arteluthe cadenza' and you'll find many pics and posts of them which I've talked about it in detail in other places.
 

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You can search google for 'arteluthe cadenza' and you'll find many pics and posts of them which I've talked about it in detail in other places.
Thanks, the horn really intreged me. I love that stuff, if I only had the room. :(
 
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Hi sorry I’m not in the same league as most of you :) my stuff was bought in 1998

Musical Fidelity A220
Myriad MC100 (1996 single bit DAC variant).
Castle Harlechs

Too short of space and the Mrs and I have very different musical tastesso most of the time it’s Mac mini + AGK 240mkII.

Looking to add a dac/headphone amp then upgrade the headphones when the AGKs finally kick the bucket.

I have mrs approval + funds for a soekris, however this may be later in the year personal reasons.
 
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The monitors are 2-way 8" DIY using Beyma stuff (a high performance/price ratio local manufacturer), around 25 years ago during my college time, so as the Philips amplifier dated the same age but still working :D

Just using a Scarlett Solo 3rd Gen as a decent low latency DAC.

Regards
 
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Cool beans, although you might want to prop your speakers up to avoid any desk coupling/reflection issues?
I'll do something like that. Anyway the truth is 8" are oversized for this space and for my neighbours' comfort. I was thinking of building something more adequate with 5" stuff, like the d'Apollito I made for the living room:

 
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I don't miss them but they were probably the nicest finished cabinets on any speaker I ever owned.
 

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Recently re-purchased the AKG K167 headphones [a steal at $50] replacing the stock ear pads with ear pads from the Sennheiser Urbanite XL 'phones. The Urbanite pads allow a little distance between the plastic surfaces holding the drivers and your ears. Better seal, more consistent deep bass. The Fiio X1 DAP is hitched to Fiio's Mont Blanc e12a amp. The only "basshead" ['specially with the bass switch engaged on the Mont Blanc] 'phones I've heard where the bass doesn't leak into the mids.
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Chord Mojo + Campfire Audio Vega

 
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Another lurker who finally signed up. I'm in the process of overhauling my system and look forward to pretty pictures when the theater room is finished...if it ever is. This is one of the few places where I could imagine people saying "well, that's not the most complicated thing I've ever heard of"

Sources: Pro-ject Xperience, low use; Oppo 105, medium; Bluesound Node, heavy; Oppo 203, biding its time
Pre(s): Krell HTS 7.1 for multichannel; DEQX HDP-4 as stereo pre, speaker correction, active crossovers. Room correction eventually as well
DAC(s): from the digital outputs of the DEQX, 2 SMSL M500
Amps: Wyred4Sound SX-1000 monoblocks for the bass, Hafler 9505 and Fosgate Audionics 500.2 (read: facelifted Hafler 9505 after Fosgate bought them out) for the mid/tweets, Rotel 1095 for multichannels
Speakers: dual Rythmik F18s, Magnepan 20s, CCR, DWM(s), and MMC2

Bonus system: PC>SMSL SU8 V2>
Monoprice Monolith THX887>HD800
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Behringer Monitor 1 (dat knob)>random Yamaha stereo receiver>Mini Maggies

Future plans, short term and not so short:
Dedicated listening/theater room, about 19x22x12, currently being drawn up.
Trial Roon after upgrading my QNAP as much as possible
I'm very tempted to go full 3-way active on the speakers, which would mean either another DEQX in a master-slave configuration, or alternatively maybe a Minidsp SHD. Pretty much on hold till a cheap used DEQX pops up, or Dirac Bass Management Module is up and running
-either of the above should allow 4 sub management, so 2 more subs. Given the sheer size, this is probably pending on the finished new room
New amps, ideally Hypex NC500s on mids and maybe tweets, maybe a Benchmark AHB2 for tweets. Budget skews distastefully amp heavy in that scenario, though. Probably class D for the rest of the multichannel too
Okto Dac8- currently experiencing difficulties in getting Krell and DEQX to play nice. Could keep the latter at line level as a makeshift HT bypass and...I just realized this is still tricky. Hmm... well, the Okto still saves me a couple boxes and more importantly, power outlets. Sooo many cables back there
New processor with Dirac, ideally digital outputs (unlikely), and probably Atmos. Monoprice HTP-1 looks compelling, pending Dirac Bass Module.
-some mix of MMC2s and MC1s for remaining surround and height channels

Hopefully, someday before I die, my Smyth Realiser A16 preorder will finally be delivered. Fingers crossed
 
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warm greetings everyone-

became a lurking member here months ago, but only recently began posting (this is my 2nd).
it’s so nice to have a forum where objectivity and analysis is at the core.

been getting my hands dirty in hi-fi since my high school days back in the 70s.
started with a yamaha CR-400 receiver, garrard turntable, and epicure speakers.
later that decade i assembled two heathkits: AA-1800 amp, and AP-1800 pre.
they were fed by a dual turntable and revox B77 r-to-r, and they powered
a pair of speakerlab S30 speaks (with nestorovic bass alignment), built from kits.

got into digital in the 90s via audio alchemy (and dusty vawter’s (channel island) mods),
with their dacs, de-jitterers, power supply upgrades, and I2S connections.
digital pursued further, along with room correction, in the 00s via Tact 2.2x “pre” and S2150 digi amps.

currently using an auralic vega (original) as my digital hub, directly feeding four channels
of a bryston 9B-thx (slid the middle channel out) to bi-amp a pair of gradient helsinki 1.5s.
sources for the vega: apple tv3 toslink, oppo bdp-103 dig-out, kanexpro haecoax de-embedder,
usb, and spdif coming in from MF vlink 192 and audiophilleo usb converters- the vega’s exact
clock mode prefers a long spdif run over a long usb cable run.
all the gear gets its common power from from a cinepro balanced power transformer (i.e., -60 - 0 - +60).

in the future, for hobby fun, i may try to use only the ‘sinki’s bass speakers to provide the
bottom freq’s for some jbl synthesis sam1hf/sam2lf modules (bought off ebay awhile back),
all x-over’d using my minidsp nano-digi/microphone/REW and additional dac/amp channels.
it ain’t gonna be pretty, but curious how that “fast dipole bass” would team up with very
efficient upper bass, mids and tweeters.

have a great 2020, and a big thanks to amir for hosting this party.
cheers
 
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Welcome, @Alt-Wrong
It seems like one of us is the evil twin of the other; I've been contemplating crossing my more efficient subs higher to my terribly inefficient fast dipole upper bass, mids, and tweeters. Crossovers are fairly difficult. I can't yet say I recommend it, but if you're in this fair that probably shouldn't stop you. It's a while new exciting/terrifying world of tweaking.
 
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