System Pics 2018

Max_B posted:
Emme posted:

Here is my last set-up......

 

All very elegant and contemporary... especially the ubiquitous TV set (a joke, not a critic!). I find the Benz cartridge extraordinary for two reasons: the shape, and the red transparent colour. A friend of mine, here in Italy, has a couple of original Albarry 408 mono blocks and when I visit him I stay hypnotized watching the inside-illuminated red plastic boxes like a child. They also sound so good, open and sweet.

Beautiful cart the Benz have you tried  it nude without the plastic cover it looks beautiful. 

I found it sounded slightly better nude but it isn’t for the ham fisted. 

Thank you very much for your kind comments Ralf, Eoink and James. 

I must confess I loved making them, as much for the problem solving aspect of how I was going to achieve the end result and not be embarrassed by the finished product.  I spent months doing lots of research on shapes, materials etc before taking the plunge.  They are made from a lamination of 3mm MDF and 3mm Birch Faced Plywood and finally veneered with Maple veneer.  Finding a piece of veneer wide enough and with the 'right' figuring took an eternity and I was tempted to spray paint them as I was getting impatient trying to find a suitable piece.  I am glad I was patient as they do not dominate the room despite what SWMBO says which would have been the case had they been painted loudspeaker black. 

 

Cheers, Steve

Emme posted:
james n posted:
Emme posted:

Here is my last set-up......

That's an interesting looking setup, Emme. What are the speakers ?

The speakers are Davone Mojo (danish manufacturer), an unusual compact omnidirectional model.

Those look just like the Zenith "Circle Of Sound" speakers I had as a kid in the 1960's!

Emme posted:
james n posted:
Emme posted:

Here is my last set-up......

That's an interesting looking setup, Emme. What are the speakers ?

The speakers are Davone Mojo (danish manufacturer), an unusual compact omnidirectional model.

The Danish speakers look really great on the Dutch, or should I write, Swedish coffee table. 

Chag -

Hungryhalibut posted:

....set the 272’s screen to be blank when not in use. If you have the clock showing you will significantly reduce the screen’s life, and new ones are not cheap. 

Is this a fact or just a precautionary step? I'm keeping mine with the clock on for a year now.

Dan.S posted:
Hungryhalibut posted:

....set the 272’s screen to be blank when not in use. If you have the clock showing you will significantly reduce the screen’s life, and new ones are not cheap. 

Is this a fact or just a precautionary step? I'm keeping mine with the clock on for a year now.

It's a known issue with these screens - plenty of people have had to get them replaced, so it would be wise to heed HH's advice.

Max_B posted:
Fred11 posted:

Here is my new speakers. Hope they will show up to be a new Sbl... 

Elegant, modern room with a large window... And cozy. I find the speakers a tad dark close to the other furniture. I love the armchair(s?), similar to a couple I have and that an architect, friend of my parents', designed and made for them for their marriage, in 1950.

Hi Max! Did not see your reply. Thank you for the compliment. I agree on the Speakers and wondered if should get oak instead, but fell for the tint in the wood of the walnut. The armchair is a new (old looking) Ikea chair. 

Fred

Latest set up with Qute 2 as a full streaming source digital connected to the SN DAC.  And no the Rega Fono MM MKIII next to the Qute makes no difference sound- or noise wise. I'm trying to get a cherry finish Fraimlite level for the CD5si. So anyone with a cherry Fraimlite level but really want a black/silver one let me know.

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So I bought a new Isoblue base shelf and split the stack to help get it out of the way of the speakers - small room and nowhere else for it to go - and carried on up the upgrade path.

After the replacement speakers came the cable (previous lengths too short), I bought Chord Epic, 4-metre lengths.

Found a couple of bargains on eBay. NAP250 replacing the 200 and NAC282 replacing the NAC202 (the need to replace the speakers set me off on a reverse upgrade sequence).

I probably don't need to explain to most here why my reaction to the new level of playback quality was "WOWZAH!"... 

Special thanks to Gordon at "Hometech" in Malaga without whom, in this remote location, etc.

MIGHT consider an outboard DAC to fill the empty shelf later on, but for now.....

mcjt posted:
 
DrPo posted:

An intense evening trying to optimize SRA on my TT. Poor results I am afraid but I don't regret the effort!

TTTUNE

Hi! Nice Performance! What is its configuration? 

The TT config is in my profile (Clearaudio daVinci with Magnify tonearm). The measurement configuration is an entry level digital microscope zooming on the stylus, SRA angle checked with a freeware on the laptop. Eventually managed to take much cleaner pictures than the one shown here and confirmed my set up after realizing that my stulys is of the Gyger type cut and SRA needs to be measured differently than  the majority of styluses. A bit nerve racking as an operation, at least in the beginning; hopefully I am bit wiser after all that!

 

 

 

 

Whilst my other amp heads over to France to have the latest streaming board fitted, this little beauty is on music duties for the next few weeks. Source is a Sony NW-ZX2 Walkman via a Flashback 3.5mm to DIN cable (thanks Dave) playing files from its internal storage or from my Melco via UPnP. It's the first time i've had the Nait driving my Shahinians and the combination seems to work well. It's had a few hours to warm up and it's all actually sounding rather fine. 

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