What’s your Hi-Fi set up? spec and pictures please

What’s your Hi-Fi set up? spec and pictures please

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carlymart

588 posts

152 months

Friday 4th January
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Arnd said:
Just added these to my system

Rega Planar RP10 turntable c/w Apheta 2 cartridge
Dynavector P75 mk IV phono stage
Naim Nait XS2 Amp
Naim CD5 si CD player

Existing components are Denon AVR 2313 with a suite of B & W speakers
CM5 S2’s at the front
CM1 S2 rears
CM Centre S2
ASW10CM S2 sub

The RP10 is a class act, the ceramic platter is a thing of beauty.

Have to say I’m amazed by the Dynavector. When the dealer opened it up to do the dip switches for the moving coil cartridge, there’s next to nothing inside. How it does what it does is magical.

The XS2 has a funky AVR bypass mode which enables switching between HiFi ‘fronts only’ and full 5.1 through the Denon. All without moving cables about.

Soundwise, it all comes together to give a clean, bright and punchy delivery, with exquisite detail. That’s exactly what I was looking for.

Dealer told me to leave the amp and phono on permanently, so i’ll give that a try.





its like the big brother to mine
rega 2 (goldring 1022)
naim nait 5i
B&w cm1s2
custom design stands (filled each weighs 30 KG)
yemaha av received pre out to the naim smile
and monitor audio radius center and rear with rel sub smile


toppstuff

13,244 posts

185 months

Wednesday 9th January
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My Music Room:

Rega P5 with Denon DL304
Rega Brio
Rega Fono MC
Rega Apollo CD
Cambridge CXN v2 Streamer
Rega RS7 speakers
MK SB8 Sub

All with Rega cables and speaker cable
HiFi furniture: Ikea with a chuffing big slab of granite marble stuck on top
Kettle plugs by Rega and Homebase
Wall paint from Crown and a splash of Dulux
Art and photos on walls: Fuji XP2/iphone/Nikon DSLR and kids painting projects
Furballs on rug: Bernie and Oscar
Sofa: Laura Ashley via Gumtree
Slightly weird and unpleasant stain on cushion - my wife's cousin, don't ask it's a long and embarrassing story
Strange smell - my own


Pictures to follow. I am busy photoshopping out the music covers as I have terrible taste in music.

nelly1

5,482 posts

169 months

Friday 11th January
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Arnd said:
Just added these to my system

Rega Planar RP10 turntable c/w Apheta 2 cartridge
Dynavector P75 mk IV phono stage
Naim Nait XS2 Amp
Naim CD5 si CD player

Existing components are Denon AVR 2313 with a suite of B & W speakers
CM5 S2’s at the front
CM1 S2 rears
CM Centre S2
ASW10CM S2 sub

The RP10 is a class act, the ceramic platter is a thing of beauty.

Have to say I’m amazed by the Dynavector. When the dealer opened it up to do the dip switches for the moving coil cartridge, there’s next to nothing inside. How it does what it does is magical.

The XS2 has a funky AVR bypass mode which enables switching between HiFi ‘fronts only’ and full 5.1 through the Denon. All without moving cables about.

Soundwise, it all comes together to give a clean, bright and punchy delivery, with exquisite detail. That’s exactly what I was looking for.

Dealer told me to leave the amp and phono on permanently, so i’ll give that a try.





Just treated myself to an RP10 / Apheta 2 / Aria.

Still settling in, but the sound is fantastic thumbup




Arnd

113 posts

160 months

Sunday 13th January
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nelly1 said:
Just treated myself to an RP10 / Apheta 2 / Aria.

Still settling in, but the sound is fantastic thumbup



The RP10 is an awesome turntable. I’m using mine “naked” at the moment, I really like how it looks. Dust is not a big issue as there’s not much surface area! Shall be keeping the stylus protector on when not in use though, I’d hate to damage it.

My brother and I both tried the Aria and Dynavector phono stages and there wasn’t a great deal of difference. My brother even borrowed the Aria to try at home and said he could hear a slight hum from the transformer. In the end, we both bought a Dynavector. They were, however, both noticeably better than the Naim Stageline.


nelly1

5,482 posts

169 months

Tuesday 15th January
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Arnd said:
The RP10 is an awesome turntable. I’m using mine “naked” at the moment, I really like how it looks. Dust is not a big issue as there’s not much surface area! Shall be keeping the stylus protector on when not in use though, I’d hate to damage it.

My brother and I both tried the Aria and Dynavector phono stages and there wasn’t a great deal of difference. My brother even borrowed the Aria to try at home and said he could hear a slight hum from the transformer...
The Aria does seem very susceptible to mains noise from other sources - I had an annoying hum that turned out to be proximity to my headphone amp, which has now been banished to the bottom shelf...
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SouthernSkye

66 posts

76 months

Thursday 17th January
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Some astounding kit on here. My humble home system is
Rega RP1 TT
Marantz PM6005 amp
Rega (old) Apollo cd
Denon DNP 720AE fm/wifi tuner
Rega RS1 speakers

Garage has an old Denon fm tuner I got for a tenner off ebay
Sony cd player (M54 I think) which I already owned
Sony TAFE370 amp (£30 ebay)
Celestion DL4 speakers for a tenner via local FB free ads.



techiedave

5,586 posts

48 months

Friday 18th January
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SouthernSkye said:
Some astounding kit on here. My humble home system is
Rega RP1 TT
Marantz PM6005 amp
Rega (old) Apollo cd
Denon DNP 720AE fm/wifi tuner
Rega RS1 speakers

Garage has an old Denon fm tuner I got for a tenner off ebay
Sony cd player (M54 I think) which I already owned
Sony TAFE370 amp (£30 ebay)
Celestion DL4 speakers for a tenner via local FB free ads.
How do you find the Denon 720 ? I had one (but connected over ethernet rather than wifi) it was ok but as a Network Player it was incredibly slow and tedious to access music from a network drive ? To be fair there is/ was acres of stored music but it was just unuseable for myself.
Those DL4's are a great speaker dependant on room size. Had a pair a few years ago

toppstuff

13,244 posts

185 months

Friday 18th January
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Working from home today.

Got Frank Turner blazing away with some acoustic numbers. I have to say the Rega P5 is a rather fine turntable when paired with a MC cartridge ( Denon in this case).

I am quite surprised at the degree of noticeable improvement with vinyl. Voices and separation of instruments on vinyl compared to CD or streaming - no contest. On vinyl he may as well be in my room with me. It's bloody brilliant.

TonyRPH

9,548 posts

106 months

Friday 18th January
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toppstuff said:
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I am quite surprised at the degree of noticeable improvement with vinyl. Voices and separation of instruments on vinyl compared to CD or streaming - no contest. On vinyl he may as well be in my room with me. It's bloody brilliant.
What DAC and streamer do you use?


toppstuff

13,244 posts

185 months

Friday 18th January
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TonyRPH said:
toppstuff said:
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I am quite surprised at the degree of noticeable improvement with vinyl. Voices and separation of instruments on vinyl compared to CD or streaming - no contest. On vinyl he may as well be in my room with me. It's bloody brilliant.
What DAC and streamer do you use?
Cambridge CXN.

TonyRPH

9,548 posts

106 months

Friday 18th January
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toppstuff said:
Cambridge CXN.
I would have expected that to sound better than a turntable setup.

I've been through several turntables / cartridges etc. over the years, and I can't remember when last I thought vinyl sounded better.


toppstuff

13,244 posts

185 months

Friday 18th January
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TonyRPH said:
toppstuff said:
Cambridge CXN.
I would have expected that to sound better than a turntable setup.

I've been through several turntables / cartridges etc. over the years, and I can't remember when last I thought vinyl sounded better.
Yeah. The Cambridge sounds good, but the Rega P5 and DL304 ( a pretty high end cartridge they dont make anymore ) definitely beats it on vocals and instrument separation. Imaging is better. It has a more "3D" nature where the speakers "disappear" and sound just floats in the room - the Cambridge can't really do that to the same degree. I am surprised and really rather pleased - the TT and Cart was an ebay impulse buy !

I did have to get a new dedicated Rega MC phono stage - maybe that is a contributing factor?

SouthernSkye

66 posts

76 months

Tuesday 29th January
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techiedave said:
How do you find the Denon 720 ? I had one (but connected over ethernet rather than wifi) it was ok but as a Network Player it was incredibly slow and tedious to access music from a network drive ? To be fair there is/ was acres of stored music but it was just unuseable for myself.
Those DL4's are a great speaker dependant on room size. Had a pair a few years ago
Morning techiedave,
The denon 720 I have only ever used wifi connected and radio only. For that purpose it is fine. not great, needs a mains disconnect/reboot occasionally. But where I live we have very little radio choice (No AM, FM just rad 1,2,3,4, BBC rad Scotland, BBC nan Gael and a local station Cuiillin FM). DAB is also restricted to a few of the national BBC stations. So for me it allows the classic FM/classic rock radio stations etc. in the lounge and, for the price, does me fine.
Rgds
Richard.

Frances The Mute

1,789 posts

179 months

Thursday 31st January
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Here’s my 2ch room.



Sources
Linn LP12 in fluted Afromosia plinth with Kore, Cirkus, Radikal, Linto and fitted with an Audio Origami PU-7 and Ortofon MC Rohmann cartridge.
Naim CDX & CDPS CD player and power supply.
Akai 4000DS Mk2 reel-to-reel.

Amplification
Naim NAC82 with Napsc and 2 x HiCaps into 2 x NAP135 monoblocks.
Beresford Caiman DAC with Gator boards.
Rega EAR headphone pre-amp.

Speakers
PMC FB1+

chels

64 posts

119 months

Friday 1st February
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Frances The Mute said:
Here’s my 2ch room.



Sources
Linn LP12 in fluted Afromosia plinth with Kore, Cirkus, Radikal, Linto and fitted with an Audio Origami PU-7 and Ortofon MC Rohmann cartridge.
Naim CDX & CDPS CD player and power supply.
Akai 4000DS Mk2 reel-to-reel.

Amplification
Naim NAC82 with Napsc and 2 x HiCaps into 2 x NAP135 monoblocks.
Beresford Caiman DAC with Gator boards.
Rega EAR headphone pre-amp.

Speakers
PMC FB1+
You have a really good set up there mate I love the way you have mixed up all the different components of your system.

chels

64 posts

119 months

Friday 1st February
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Frances The Mute said:
Here’s my 2ch room.



Sources
Linn LP12 in fluted Afromosia plinth with Kore, Cirkus, Radikal, Linto and fitted with an Audio Origami PU-7 and Ortofon MC Rohmann cartridge.
Naim CDX & CDPS CD player and power supply.
Akai 4000DS Mk2 reel-to-reel.

Amplification
Naim NAC82 with Napsc and 2 x HiCaps into 2 x NAP135 monoblocks.
Beresford Caiman DAC with Gator boards.
Rega EAR headphone pre-amp.

Speakers
PMC FB1+
You have a really good set up there mate I love the way you have mixed up all the different components of your system.

Miocene

632 posts

95 months

Saturday 2nd February
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Frances The Mute said:
Here’s my 2ch room.



Sources
Linn LP12 in fluted Afromosia plinth with Kore, Cirkus, Radikal, Linto and fitted with an Audio Origami PU-7 and Ortofon MC Rohmann cartridge.
Naim CDX & CDPS CD player and power supply.
Akai 4000DS Mk2 reel-to-reel.

Amplification
Naim NAC82 with Napsc and 2 x HiCaps into 2 x NAP135 monoblocks.
Beresford Caiman DAC with Gator boards.
Rega EAR headphone pre-amp.

Speakers
PMC FB1+
Great set-up and user name.

Edited by Miocene on Saturday 2nd February 23:54

Frances The Mute

1,789 posts

179 months

Sunday 3rd February
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Cheers, both. It’s a very capable setup and faithfully represents anything I throw at it.

bazza.

177 posts

30 months

Friday 8th February
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TURNTABLE SETUP
Michell Orbe, SME V Benz Wood Missing Link Log-Rhythm MK-2 Phono Interconnect
Fidelity Audio Custom Power Supply
Rothwell MCL SUT
Rothwell Rialto

SPEAKER STUFF
ATC 150 Amp
ATC C1 Center Speaker
ATC SCM40 speakers
KEF Eggs Rear speakers
KEF Sub

Clocked Marantz SA-KI Pearl Lite
Fidelity Audio Dac 150 SE
Sony MD Player

Fidelity Audio NNU X Reference Mains Purifier
Missing Link Mains cables, Alaqeia Interconnect, Dark Art
Audio Wire Speaker cable with Fidelity Audio NN Z Speaker Purifier

HiFi Racks Podium Reference White





Edited by bazza. on Friday 8th February 19:49

baptistsan

1,458 posts

148 months

Saturday 9th February
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Wembley '86?

Like your rack, assume it's height adjustable?