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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ou sont les biscuits

3,985 posts

133 months

Monday 14th May 2018
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^^^^^ FWIW the best sound I ever had in a system was with a McIntosh 275 (with ISTR Gold Lion re-issue KT88s and signal tubes). I only had the one though, as the Quads only have one driver, and don't need Drax levels of power output to make them work.

Crackie

3,503 posts

180 months

Monday 14th May 2018
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Digital
Novafidelity X12 server / streamer / pre amp.
MiniDSP 10 channel digital active crossover / pre amp.
4 way active speakers + 8 Rotel power amps.
2 ULF subwoofers + 2 Rotel power amps.

Analogue
Audio Analogue Bellini Pre amp
STD305M + SME3009 + Shure V15
Technics SL-1800 + Nagaoka MP11.
Wadia 301 CD ( feeds analogue to the X12 )
Aiwa AD-6550
Sony TCK-X5C

Edited by Crackie on Wednesday 23 May 07:53

tdm34

6,369 posts

148 months

Monday 14th May 2018
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For me I have a classic Yamaha Pre Power combo

CX1000
MX1000 Runs full Class A upto its full output (most amps switch to Class AB after they get past quarter volume)

Attached to the CX/MX combo I have an RX-A3050 Dolby Atmos/ DTS-X Reciever

CD a late '90's Yamaha CDX993.

Turntable, A heavily modified Technics SL1200 (Rega RB300 arm, Grado Gold Cart, Isonue Isolation feet, and Clamp amongst other tweeks)

Speakers KEF Reference threes, and a REL Stadium Sub itself Modded by BK electronics for two channel stuff

For Surround use I have matching KEF Reference Speakers.

Video Sources include an OPPO 105 and a Panasonic 900 UHD Player..


gizlaroc

11,899 posts

162 months

Monday 14th May 2018
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RichB said:
Do people put subwoofers in hi-fi systems these days? I thought that was more for home cinema 5.1 stuff?
I always add a sub, never had a system where it didn't benefit.


C&C

1,464 posts

159 months

Tuesday 15th May 2018
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gizlaroc said:
RichB said:
Do people put subwoofers in hi-fi systems these days? I thought that was more for home cinema 5.1 stuff?
I always add a sub, never had a system where it didn't benefit.
+1 ...usually a REL as they are very adaptable and easy to integrate pretty seamlessly.

Latest system has a REL T7i.

Rest of it is
Nottingham Analogue Ace Spacedeck + Wave Mechanic PSU / Audio Note Arm One II / Lyra Helikon Cartridge (MC) mounted solidly to the wall on a Decent Audio ODW - Heavy Duty single shelf wall bracket.
Leema Essentials High Resolution Phono Amp
Ecko EV55SE integrated valve amp
Neat Iota speakers on Atacama Nexus 6i speaker stands (hence why the sub comes in handy as they are only small speakers, but very nice sounding - probably to do with the ribbon tweeters).

Also for digital source, a Sonos connect into Audiolab M-DAC Plus

Pic of the turntable:

TT1 by conradsphotos, on Flickr





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NDA

15,415 posts

163 months

Tuesday 15th May 2018
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Nice looking turntable - I've just been reading about them as I hadn't heard of them before.

C&C

1,464 posts

159 months

Tuesday 15th May 2018
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NDA said:
Nice looking turntable - I've just been reading about them as I hadn't heard of them before.
Yes - they went the route of stable rotation speed via a heavy mass platter, and minimal motor input.

There is no on/off switch - the power can be left on all the time and the motor is very low powered. To start it you basically spin the platter by hand to about the correct rotation speed and the motor just has enough power to regulate it and keep it rotating consistently at the correct speed.

Sounds a strange idea but it works remarkably well.

GravelBen

13,572 posts

168 months

Tuesday 15th May 2018
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Not on the level of some here but enjoying myself on a budget. Generally streaming FLAC files stored on PC.

Lounge / HT:
Onkyo TX-NR609 receiver
Yamaha NS-555 fronts, NS-444 centre, NS-8390 surrounds, NS-56E rears, YST-SW515 subwoofer.
(For music generally in pure direct mode with just the NS-555).

Living room:
Yamaha NX-N500 (powered bookshelf speakers with networking etc).

Bedroom:
Yamaha RX-797 100w/ch stereo reveiver
Wharfedale Diamond 225
Panasonic ALL1C network streamer

Sometimes I swap in some old Wharfedale Laser 90 or B&W DM600i instead when I feel like a change, which are generally cluttering up the spare room otherwise and I should probably just sell. hehe

A few pairs of headphones too (choices influenced by doing a bit of moonlighting as a sound tech for musician mates) - Sony MDR-7506, Sennheiser HD-380pro, Onkyo ES-HF300.

Edited by GravelBen on Tuesday 15th May 13:04

ian996

195 posts

49 months

Tuesday 15th May 2018
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Plenty in mine to keep the "Audiophil Bull****" thread chuckling for months:

Digital F/E
Wadia 971 Transport
Wadia 931 Digital Controller
Wadia 922 Monoblock DACS

Analogue F/E
SME 20/2 Turntable
SME 5 Tonearm
Incognito Silver Tonearm rewire
Sumiko Pearwood Celebration
StillPoints Record Weight
Cartridgeman Record Mat
Cartridgeman Isolator

Amplification
Musical Fidelity KWP Two Box Pre
Musical Fidelity KW Monoblocks
(Both significantly modified)
MingDa MC845-AB (For when the KW are away being tweaked)

Speakers
Raidho D3.1

Headphone System
Woo Audio WA5
Emmission Labs Valves (Mesh Plate 300B + 5U4G )
Sennheiser HD800

Cables
Solid-core silver / virtual air dielectric

Isolation
All Electronics & Speakers on individual SRA Ohio XL+ platforms

Power
Two PS Audio P5 regenerators
One feeding digital F/E
One feeding preamp, turntable & headphone amp
Dedicated consumer unit feeding four copper shielded spurs (one to each power amp and one to each P5)

Accessories
Various Walker Audio gizmos

FWIW, split between component cost (sources, amps, speakers) and infrastructure/accessory cost is about 75/25


Edited by ian996 on Wednesday 16th May 08:06

Itsallicanafford

Original Poster:

1,902 posts

97 months

Tuesday 15th May 2018
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^^ Crickey, any pictures?

Tango13

5,190 posts

114 months

Tuesday 15th May 2018
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Marantz CD63 mkII KI Signature

Audio Alchemy DAC in the box

Musical Fidelity A1 amp (The original one that doubles as a heater hehe)

Quad 22L speakers






J.R.B.

163 posts

130 months

Tuesday 15th May 2018
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Living room
Sonos connect
Audiolab m-Dac with upgraded power supply
Harman Kardon HK990 run in power amp mode
Focal 948

Lounge
Sonos connect
Marantz CD63 KI Sig
Pro-ject Debut Carbon
Cambridge Audio DAC
Marantz KI Pearl Lite
Marantz NR1504
Tannoy DCT6 SE
Tannoy DC6 SE
Tannoy centre

Also a smaller system in the study (Sonos connect, T amp, wharfdale speakers) and then Sonos Soundbar and 2* Sonos 1s in the bedroom.

Good to see a number of people still running the CD63 KI. Must have had mine for the best part of 20 years now.

ian996

195 posts

49 months

Wednesday 16th May 2018
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Itsallicanafford said:
^^ Crickey, any pictures?
I'll take some pics at the weekend - here's one of the Raidho's with the Digital F/E in the background (along with some CD storage that could do with a tidy)



alock

3,686 posts

149 months

Wednesday 16th May 2018
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Sonos 1
Pixel 2 XL
Spotify

NDA

15,415 posts

163 months

Wednesday 16th May 2018
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ian996 said:
I'll take some pics at the weekend - here's one of the Raidho's with the Digital F/E in the background (along with some CD storage that could do with a tidy)


Those speakers look interesting.... how do they sound? Pretty lively I imagine....

ian996

195 posts

49 months

Wednesday 16th May 2018
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NDA said:
Those speakers look interesting.... how do they sound? Pretty lively I imagine....
Difficult to (succinctly) describe how the speakers sound , but you end up marvelling at the performance of the musician(s), rather than worrying about the performance of the system. I'd go along with the general consensus on Raidho speakers - they uncover the subtleties of musical phrasing like nothing else and, for me, that is what distinguishes the good from the great (both in terms of musicians and HiFi equipment!).

SteveO...

464 posts

163 months

Wednesday 16th May 2018
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OK, here goes...


Home built Intel i5 NUC / Roon ROCK + DSP --> Air / wired ethernet --> Devialet D400 Amps


Wilson Benesch Vectors (+ Devialet SAM)

I have a 'difficult' room so lots of bass traps and a convolution filter running in Roon make it all hang together.

The Azur 752BD is used occasionally for any disc playback (and can be used for ripping SACDs). There are also many LPs + Gyrodec / SME309 / Dynavector XX-2 to be set up for ripping once I find the time.

Edited by SteveO... on Wednesday 16th May 18:30

Crackie

3,503 posts

180 months

Wednesday 16th May 2018
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AV
Yamaha amp circa 2015ish.
Duntech Marquis front speakers
Home built centre channel.
Kef Coda 7 surrounds

Dining room
Impulse H2 speakers
Exposure CD player
Sabaj A3 amp

Conservatory
Novafidelity X12 server / streamer / pre amp from main system
Cambridge A70 power amp.
2 pairs of B&W Solid corner speakers.

Bedroom
Denon DS5 mini system
B&W M1 speakers
B&W ASW1000 sub.

Garden
Rotel RA-931 amp
Technics SL-PG520A CD
Open baffle speakers ( 18" Active bass + 4 x Kevlar mid + ribbon HF ) thumbup

Edited by Crackie on Wednesday 23 May 07:41

red997

1,160 posts

147 months

Saturday 19th May 2018
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no pics at the mo - just moved house, so its not actually plumbed in yet
Rega RP1
MacBook Pro
Fully Active Linn Isobariks
Powered by 12 x Rotel Power amps
Pre is my own (6 channel ) design - with remote control
Active crossover (again, my own design )
full RTA (based on digital circuitry of DEQ2496, but with my own design analogue & PSU stages)
Own design sub & 1KW PA (12" ported) to cover 35Hz to 20Hz (takes a bit of strain off of the Isobariks)

When the kids will let me I'll finally get around to wiring it all up.
there is a LOT of cable to run !

98elise

13,699 posts

99 months

Saturday 19th May 2018
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miniman said:
My modest re-entry into listening to music instead of staring gormlessly at the TV.

Pro-Ject Essential III
Onkyo A9010
QAcoustics 3020

What do you think of the 3020's? I've been thinking of down sizing from my floor standing kefs which I've had for 30 years. I want something that sounds good but in a smaller package.