Best hardware acquisition of 2017

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by Davey, Dec 26, 2017.

  1. Slippers-on

    Slippers-on Forum Resident

    Location:
    St.Louis Mo.
    That's right...the Well Tempard, I heard one about about 6 years ago, but don't remember what it sounds like. And yeah..it was Art K. And he had a 2M Blue on it. So how does the cables act as the anti-skate?
     
  2. Slippers-on

    Slippers-on Forum Resident

    Location:
    St.Louis Mo.
    Nice speakers ,but that floor caught my eye! Looks like the same Red Oak natural I put down I'm my house in North Carolina. Nice floor as well as speakers.
     
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  3. ronm

    ronm audiofreak

    Location:
    southern colo.
    Cerwin Vega D9.I like a big sound.
     
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  4. Slippers-on

    Slippers-on Forum Resident

    Location:
    St.Louis Mo.
    Look a here....He has a pair of the Analysis Plus phono cables on his Traveler.

    Analysis Plus | Home & Pro Audio Cables
     
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  5. octaneTom

    octaneTom Man of Leisure

    Location:
    Detroit-ish
    Slippers-on - it's actually pre-finished natural hickory. The previous owners of the house installed it about a year before we bought it. It's actually really nice, and hard as hell. I don't think we'll be able to scratch/chip/mar it much, which is great for an up north get away in the woods.
     
  6. triple

    triple Forum Resident

    Location:
    Zagreb, Croatia
    Lovely speakers. They deserve (much) better stands, however.
     
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  7. grbl

    grbl Just Lurking

    Location:
    new york
    1. McIntosh C50 preamp for main system
    2. Clearaudio Concept Wood for second system
    3. Focal Aria 905 speakers for my son's system (his first stereo)
     
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  8. Slippers-on

    Slippers-on Forum Resident

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    St.Louis Mo.
    It looks really nice!....after I got mine which was already finished planks and a floating floor as most of the houses in the Durham NC area are slabs, a buddy of mine decided he wanted to finish his after he got his all installed. boy was that a mistake.....the smell lasted up to a few weeks.
     
  9. Here's a sneak peak at my favorite 2017 gear acquisition. I got a Cavalli Liquid Glass headphone amp in late December. It's an amp I've been interested in having, but never thought I'd own. I'm excited, but haven't been able to listen to it yet. I got it and then left to visit family in Georgia. I can't tell you how it sounds yet. I'll have to wait till February when I return. 2018 will be a fun year of trying different tubes with it and discovering the amps sound signature and style. I debated whether to put this in the 2017 gear thread or 2018 gear thread. I decided on the 2017 thread even though 2018 is when I'll actually get to play with it.

    The Liquid Glass is a hybrid amp that is able to use a variety of different noval or octal tubes. You can roll in a lot of different tubes. It's gonna be fun. 2018 will be a year of buying and trying tubes.

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  10. billnunan

    billnunan Forum Resident

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    Cleveland, Ohio
    Wow. I love looks of that! Looking forward to your impressions.
     
  11. Whoopycat

    Whoopycat Forum Resident

    Location:
    Des Moines
    As much as I love the Zu Omen Dirty Weekend MkII's, my favorite purchase was a Decware ZROCK2. With this small box you will never want for more bass or tonal richness in your system again. Can't recommend it enough.
     
  12. Bananas&blow

    Bananas&blow Forum Resident

    Location:
    Phoenix
    How do you think the LS50W compare to the 805's?
     
  13. wgb113

    wgb113 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Chester County, PA
    In my small room the LS50W are hands-down the clear winner. I sit nearfield and the N805s are large speakers. I could never quite get them to sound just right, like the drivers were not quite fully integrated by the time the sound reached my ear. I really wanted to love them, and don't get me wrong - they did sound good, but I missed that LS50 magic. What I wasn't prepared for was just how much the "W" version would improve upon the original.
     
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  14. WntrMute2

    WntrMute2 Forum Resident

  15. Seafinch

    Seafinch Forum Resident

    Location:
    Utah
    Just looked into that due to your post. Looks like a really interesting piece of gear. Only shame is it looks like you can only use it with one source if you're using an integrated. That true? Oh! and the added expense of more interconnects.
     
  16. Whoopycat

    Whoopycat Forum Resident

    Location:
    Des Moines
    Correct on all counts. I'm using mine with my DAC.
     
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  17. Bubbamike

    Bubbamike Forum Resident

    If your integrated has a preout/main in then you could place it there or in the tape loop if you have one.
     
  18. Jimmy71

    Jimmy71 New Member

    Location:
    Greece
    Hi Tillman I Need some help on the Renaissance Black path I am thinking of buying it but I can’t demo it because CAT dealer in Greece is far away I have 4b3 cubed bryston and Bp26 what do you think about the CAT RENAISANCE BLACK PATH edition PHONO AND XLR and I am thinking of swapping the BP26 for the CAT and have ever heard o the combination CAT BRYSTON thank you very much for your help. Dimitris
     
  19. Tullman

    Tullman I prefer analog

    Location:
    Boston MA
    I have never heard the Bryston, but I can tell you the CAT is an amazing pre-amp. The phono section is one of the best IMO. Steve also likes the CAT phono section.
     
  20. Jimmy71

    Jimmy71 New Member

    Location:
    Greece
    Thank you very much what speakers and power amplifier do you have with the CAT
     
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  21. Tullman

    Tullman I prefer analog

    Location:
    Boston MA
    Check my profile.
     
  22. Jimmy71

    Jimmy71 New Member

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    Greece
    I don’t know why but I can’t see your profile
     
  23. Tullman

    Tullman I prefer analog

    Location:
    Boston MA
    Click on information.
     
  24. pdxway

    pdxway Forum Resident

    Location:
    Oregon, USA
    New members might has limitations on what they can see before they posted a certain number of messages. May be he needs at least 5 messages before he can see.
     
  25. Jimmy71

    Jimmy71 New Member

    Location:
    Greece
    Thank you very much
     

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