System Pics 2018

Yetizone posted:

Not posted in system photos for a while, so time for an update..

A pre loved Rega RP6 has been introduced and is certainly proving a worthwhile addition - thoroughly enjoying revisiting my old stash of vinyl but I don't think its going to oust streaming as the primary source.

My homemade rack & TT shelf are back in the workshop for mods unfortunately. Due to an office rejig, the Rega RP6 can longer be wall mounted, so the rack will need some sort of dedicated TT isolation. Will also take the opportunity to rethink the overall structure to make it a little more expandable for future box additions, and a little better in terms of overall isolation. Some problem solving ahead, but I quite like a DIY challenge.

So back to the 1990s it is then for a few months, with a classic Soundstyle tripod steel & chipboard rack (liberated from the loft). I still quite like the old 1990s retro look, although for correct period detail, the Rega TT should have been an all black P3, or an afromosia LP12! 

Also, finally got around to wall mounting the distribution block and threading ethernet cables into conduit to tidy up the cable clutter.

And in context with the period speakers on Heybrook HB1 stands.

 

 

Lovely set up Yeti and the Rega is a great match to the rest of the room features, Love those MA 252s on their stands.  Enjoy it. 

Revoliño posted:
Revoliño posted:

My fantastic set up, that can create a smile on my face every time we meet. 

 

I've just upgraded my Excites to the wonderful Contours:

They sound already sweet out of the box, I am certain this will only better in time.

Great choice - I have a pair of 14 year old Contour 1.3 Mk 2's and I recently gave them a head-to-head against some newer rivals and they still came out on top. Give 'em some welly, that's what they like and I can guarantee you'll wear the smile on your face for days, a brilliant match with Naim (and an LP12)!

Yetizone posted:

Not posted in system photos for a while, so time for an update..

A pre loved Rega RP6 has been introduced and is certainly proving a worthwhile addition - thoroughly enjoying revisiting my old stash of vinyl but I don't think its going to oust streaming as the primary source.

My homemade rack & TT shelf are back in the workshop for mods unfortunately. Due to an office rejig, the Rega RP6 can longer be wall mounted, so the rack will need some sort of dedicated TT isolation. Will also take the opportunity to rethink the overall structure to make it a little more expandable for future box additions, and a little better in terms of overall isolation. Some problem solving ahead, but I quite like a DIY challenge.

So back to the 1990s it is then for a few months, with a classic Soundstyle tripod steel & chipboard rack (liberated from the loft). I still quite like the old 1990s retro look, although for correct period detail, the Rega TT should have been an all black P3, or an afromosia LP12! 

Also, finally got around to wall mounting the distribution block and threading ethernet cables into conduit to tidy up the cable clutter.

And in context with the period speakers on Heybrook HB1 stands.

 

 

That black & white theme looks very nice .

Yetizone posted:

Not posted in system photos for a while, so time for an update..

A pre loved Rega RP6 has been introduced and is certainly proving a worthwhile addition - thoroughly enjoying revisiting my old stash of vinyl but I don't think its going to oust streaming as the primary source.

My homemade rack & TT shelf are back in the workshop for mods unfortunately. Due to an office rejig, the Rega RP6 can longer be wall mounted, so the rack will need some sort of dedicated TT isolation. Will also take the opportunity to rethink the overall structure to make it a little more expandable for future box additions, and a little better in terms of overall isolation. Some problem solving ahead, but I quite like a DIY challenge.

So back to the 1990s it is then for a few months, with a classic Soundstyle tripod steel & chipboard rack (liberated from the loft). I still quite like the old 1990s retro look, although for correct period detail, the Rega TT should have been an all black P3, or an afromosia LP12! 

Also, finally got around to wall mounting the distribution block and threading ethernet cables into conduit to tidy up the cable clutter.

 

 

Mixing manufacturers kit and Naim era electronics shouldn't work aesthetically, but this looks superb.

How did you do that?

Hello,

I am new this particular forum and thought this thread might be a good place to start! I have over the last couple of years moved away from a blue system and on to a green system and am very pleased with my decisions! I have lots of questions but for now I’ll start with a pic of my system.. However I cant seem to be able to post a picture!, 

any suggestions? 

Revoliño posted:
Revoliño posted:

My fantastic set up, that can create a smile on my face every time we meet. 

 

I've just upgraded my Excites to the wonderful Contours:

They sound already sweet out of the box, I am certain this will only better in time.

I made a similar move X32's to Contour 3.4's both great sets of speakers and go great with Naim.

Radarlp posted:

Hello,

I am new this particular forum and thought this thread might be a good place to start! I have over the last couple of years moved away from a blue system and on to a green system and am very pleased with my decisions! I have lots of questions but for now I’ll start with a pic of my system.. However I cant seem to be able to post a picture!, 

any suggestions? 

Instructions on how to post pictures can be found in the forum FAQ. You’ll need to have your images hosted somewhere online and publicly viewable. Make sure you choose the direct URL for the image. 

nigelb posted:
Yetizone posted:

Not posted in system photos for a while, so time for an update..

A pre loved Rega RP6 has been introduced and is certainly proving a worthwhile addition - thoroughly enjoying revisiting my old stash of vinyl but I don't think its going to oust streaming as the primary source.

My homemade rack & TT shelf are back in the workshop for mods unfortunately. Due to an office rejig, the Rega RP6 can longer be wall mounted, so the rack will need some sort of dedicated TT isolation. Will also take the opportunity to rethink the overall structure to make it a little more expandable for future box additions, and a little better in terms of overall isolation. Some problem solving ahead, but I quite like a DIY challenge.

So back to the 1990s it is then for a few months, with a classic Soundstyle tripod steel & chipboard rack (liberated from the loft). I still quite like the old 1990s retro look, although for correct period detail, the Rega TT should have been an all black P3, or an afromosia LP12! 

Also, finally got around to wall mounting the distribution block and threading ethernet cables into conduit to tidy up the cable clutter.

 

 

Mixing manufacturers kit and Naim era electronics shouldn't work aesthetically, but this looks superb.

How did you do that?

Thanks for the positive comments folks . 

Recommissioning the Soundstyle rack was out of necessity, but I'm glad I kept it as it looks quite effective in a retro kind of way when combined with old and new Naim - plus the Rega kit as well.

I do remember dealers in the 90s using Soundstyle with olive era kit, and it was pretty obvious the racks were designed around the Naim box dimensions to suit them visually (and sonically). A very versatile design that could expand with a system. They could be bought as one, two, four and five levels IIRC, at different heights too. Each level has spiked legs and these spikes locate into spike feet cleverly hidden in the top of each leg. The design influenced quite a few manufacturers (Atacama anyone?) and I think it is a pity they stopped making them - did Soundstyle go under? Glass shelving was an option, and with RDC cones, are now supporting the Rega PS and Fono2. 

But lets face it, a chrome bumper Nait2 will make almost any rack look good! Unfortunately though, it is a very tight fit with the Nam Classic boxes due to their taller feet, leaving only a couple of millimetres clearance between unit and the top meal rib, so I don’t think it will work out as a long term solution when I eventually add power amp to the UQ2 (or whatever upgrade path I go down), unless I can find taller tripod levels on 'the auction site' or experiment with the shelf material thickness and reduce it a couple of mill - will see.

Since switch on I’ve found the sound slightly more forward, but not in a bad way. A different, slightly more exciting presentation rather than better / worse, and I’m tending to listen at lower volumes compared to when sited on the ply / wood hybrid rack.

Anyway, nice to put the old timer into action once again.

james n posted:
Yetizone posted:

 

Love that system especially the CB Nait 2. The R252's (albeit on Linn Index stands) were my first proper speakers and were lots of fun.

Thanks for sharing 

The 252's are still pretty effective all these years on. At the time of purchase I preferred them to Heybrook HB1s, which were excellent, but preferred the presentation of the MA. I've compared them against a few modern designs, and almost bought Russell K Red to replace them, but they just needed more space around them than I could (then) allocate. Now I have a little most space to play with so I may explore alternatives again, but would prefer to make changes upstream first I think. They are ridiculously good value on the 2nd hand market for putting together a budget second system, plus being infinite baffle they are pretty versatile about where they are sited.

James, you have now got me thinking - I wonder how the Linn Index or Helix Kustone stands would work with these 252s, as the bigger 352 had a similar chunky pedestal stand to the Linn. 

Dougie Danger posted:

The chore of upgrading my speakers is thankfully over . I have settled on these and they sound sublime.

Congratulations Dougie apart from the fact that they sound great, they look absolutely wonderful and sit nicely in your room. Enjoy! 

Stevee_S posted:
Dougie Danger posted:

The chore of upgrading my speakers is thankfully over . I have settled on these and they sound sublime.

Congratulations Dougie apart from the fact that they sound great, they look absolutely wonderful and sit nicely in your room. Enjoy! 

Thanks Stevee.

The looks certainly helped to justify the cost to my wife. Funnily enough she didn't like the bright orange Sopra 2's that I had on demo .

 

Trying imgur for my updated system / room pic: new (almost) everything chez nous. Heart of system is now Nova, still with Kudos Super 10’s; really very appealing. Decor is the bigger upgrade and I’m happy having “our” furnishings as my partner and I settle into new life together. With tunes...

Regards alan

alan33 posted:

 

Trying imgur for my updated system / room pic: new (almost) everything chez nous. Heart of system is now Nova, still with Kudos Super 10’s; really very appealing. Decor is the bigger upgrade and I’m happy having “our” furnishings as my partner and I settle into new life together. With tunes...

Regards alan

Good job we all have remote controls.

I would definitely be tripping over something getting up to change the telly channel, and probably bringing something back with me.

Awesome looking room. That wall should just have a massive modern art painting on it, and put the hifi and telly somewhere else.

TOBYJUG posted:

Awesome looking room. That wall should just have a massive modern art painting on it, and put the hifi and telly somewhere else.

Thanks for kind words Tobyjug. I agree about the “art gallery wall”! In fact the tv is the “frame” from Samsung and it has “art mode” to show high res photos and paintings... in real life it mostly does look like a painting not a telly, but the photo doesn’t really capture it. This is one end of the main floor great room, where kitchen and dining room are as well... so we really spend a majority of time here, so that’s where the good audio must be! I’m hoping it will look even more like art when we put a lower sideboard underneath... 

Regards alan

Yetizone posted:
james n posted:
Yetizone posted:

 

Love that system especially the CB Nait 2. The R252's (albeit on Linn Index stands) were my first proper speakers and were lots of fun.

Thanks for sharing 

The 252's are still pretty effective all these years on. At the time of purchase I preferred them to Heybrook HB1s, which were excellent, but preferred the presentation of the MA. I've compared them against a few modern designs, and almost bought Russell K Red to replace them, but they just needed more space around them than I could (then) allocate. Now I have a little most space to play with so I may explore alternatives again, but would prefer to make changes upstream first I think. They are ridiculously good value on the 2nd hand market for putting together a budget second system, plus being infinite baffle they are pretty versatile about where they are sited.

James, you have now got me thinking - I wonder how the Linn Index or Helix Kustone stands would work with these 252s, as the bigger 352 had a similar chunky pedestal stand to the Linn. 

I have a similar pair of  early-type MA R252s and although it has been some years since I used them, IIRC they do tend to work best fairly close to the wall on good open stands - just as you have them in the picture. 

Like you, when I bought them I was demoing against the Heybrook HB1 and the B&W DM110.  It came down to a straight fight against the HB1 and the MA R252.  Ultimately, while there was something about the HB1s that i really liked, they could easily be made to sound a bit harsh on the CD source with certain music, whereas the R252s were the best all-rounders.  With my Manticore Mantra though, the HB1s were my favourites, but at the time (1985), I was thinking "CD is the future". so... Of course, with the benefit of hindsight, I realise that the HB1s were likely the superior speaker and, with better source (particularly CD) they would have been fine, but I still really enjoyed the R252s, and even kept them when a pair of R352s replaced them in the main system.

Just stumbled accross this thread and have enjoyed the pictures of the setups.

Would it kindly be possible to not include the pictures in the quotes though please? It is a nightmare scrolling down a thread and seeing the same picture again and again and again.

Pcd posted:

MDS posted

The width of Fraim would also be a problem for me and I too prefer the looks of the SVT.  Another factor in SVT's favour is that it is low maintenance: no worrying about whether the balls supporting the glass are still sitting perfect aligned etc.  

 

I dont understand, How can the balls be misaligned? (no pun intended)

iliria posted:

Just stumbled accross this thread and have enjoyed the pictures of the setups.

Would it kindly be possible to not include the pictures in the quotes though please? It is a nightmare scrolling down a thread and seeing the same picture again and again and again.

Yes, it’s a pita when a long page is loading, especially on an iPhone. As the images slowly load, the page bounces up and down for ages. Sometimes I give up. 

It's the ball seats that can be misaligned so they touch the side of the cutout in the shelf that they sit in, lore has it that they should be central but I've never bothered to find out if I can hear a difference. I could hear one when the cones on the supports touch the side of the cup.

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