Post photos of your systems/rooms here! (Part 15)

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by Halloween Jack, Mar 28, 2015.

  1. Davey

    Davey define a transparent dream

    Location:
    SF Bay Area, USA
    Got another Conrad-Johnson Premier 11A amplifier on the bench today, just a quick checkout to make sure it's working OK before sticking it in the main system for some serious listening. This one is wired for triode operation with EL34 tubes instead of the normal 6550 or KT120 types, and is designated Premier 11-XS. Output power is reduced from 70 to 35 watts per channel when running triode. This one also has some of the capacitors upgraded to teflon. Should sound really nice and smooth, came up recently for a pretty nice price and was gonna be hard to pass up, so I didn't even try :)

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  2. timind

    timind Bushy

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    Brownsburg, IN USA
    Yasoo filos, and welcome to the forum.
     
  3. Davey

    Davey define a transparent dream

    Location:
    SF Bay Area, USA
    And now the Conrad-Johnson amp I was checking out above is installed in the main system, warmed up and sounding really nice, there is more dimension to the sound, smooth and spacious, just a bit more fun. This is my first taste of EL34 as triode outputs, and I can start to see why some say it's addictive, right now everything just sounds better and more organic. Started out with a record that was still on the table from earlier, the Shackleton and Anika Behind the Glass album from last year, side 3, and wow, sounds nice, very three dimensional, and I thought it was already that way! Next up some other new stuff from this year, the very cool French electronica-kosmische duo Egyptology with Sur Les Autres Mondes, that's the cover partly showing behind the table, and another one sounding better than I remember. This amp is gonna be fun to explore, definitely sounds more the way I like, just have to make sure it has enough power when wired for triode operation. In any case, it still has the teflon upgrade so is a step ahead of my other amp there, and the triode wiring change is fairly simple, so I can convert it back to the original output stage if I wind up feeling the need for more juice, even though CJ normally does it at their facility (and did on this one) they supply simple instructions. Really liking the sound so far, though :)


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    Sorry, didn't mean to monopolize the thread, just kind of a slow day in audio system photo land :)
     
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  4. Seafinch

    Seafinch Forum Resident

    Location:
    Utah
    I see Magnolia Electric Co. - very nice.
     
  5. Davey

    Davey define a transparent dream

    Location:
    SF Bay Area, USA
    Yea, Jason is one of my big favorites, just checked and I have over 100 posts mentioning him, kind of embarrassing when you see it all listed out like that, but no apologies, he was such a great talent and I miss him all the time ... Nashville Moon by Magnolia Electric Co - good stuff!
     
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  6. Seafinch

    Seafinch Forum Resident

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    Utah
    I've been spinning the Molina & Jonson record a ton lately. I'm a big Jason fan too...
     
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  7. Ironclaw

    Ironclaw Forum Resident

    Location:
    Norcal
    What turntable brand is that? Kika and Magnolia — only the best.
     
  8. skimminstones

    skimminstones Forum Resident

    Location:
    Bexley, UK
    How do you rate those speakers? Was thnking of changing my floorstanders BX5 back to standmounts and been looking at those ones.
     
  9. tmsorosk

    tmsorosk MORE MUSIC PLEASE

    Location:
    Sprucegrove Canada
    Make sure you include Rye whiskey.
     
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  10. Davey

    Davey define a transparent dream

    Location:
    SF Bay Area, USA
    Clearaudio Avantgarde ... The "Picture of your Turntable(s)" thread, Pt. 4

    I love em, picked them up used for just over $1000 and they really sound good, only problem is that I want to get the platinum version now. Oh well, always something left to upgrade, have you seen the new Monitor Audio Studio speakers? I'd be very tempted to give them a listen if on the hunt for new standmounts, they look to have a lot of value packed in those boxes, and initial reviews have been stellar, though you'd first have to like the clean, contemporary design, which I kinda do. They have the MPD tweeter passed down from the newer platinum II series, along with the sandwich cone drivers in a D’Appolito configuration, all mounted to an aluminum sub-baffle... anyway, just a thought, they are a highly engineered speaker ... Monitor Audio Studio

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  11. SandAndGlass

    SandAndGlass Twilight Forum Resident

    I see one of my favorite Era/Peachtree speakers.
     
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  12. Davey

    Davey define a transparent dream

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    SF Bay Area, USA
    Yep, as you know, one of the best deals in recent times when they blew those out at $199 pair.
     
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  13. SandAndGlass

    SandAndGlass Twilight Forum Resident

    I have a couple of pairs of D5's, a pair of D4's, a pair of DS4.5's and Era D14 towers.

    I used to tell people all about these speakers. You could not get a better deal on those bookshelf speakers.

    As a matter of fact. A good friend of mine, who is also a regular motel guest has one of my D5's in his small, about 175 sq. ft. motel room. We were powering it with a Peachtree iDAC, which bit the dust a few days back. We were powering it with a Sherborn 50-Watt SS amp.

    I took the DAC and the amp back and replaced it with a Peachtree Decco65, we added in a small Martin Logan 8" sub and he is rocking out to some techno-trance music, happy as a pig in...

    My last amp is a L4 Audio Note Kit Amp. It runs off of a quad EL34 power tubes. It is the nicest sounding amp that I have ever owned. I have it powering the Altec Lansing vintage A7's.
     
  14. Davey

    Davey define a transparent dream

    Location:
    SF Bay Area, USA
    Wanted to open the preamp to look at something, so thought I'd take the opportunity to roll some tubes today, NOS Philips PCC88 in the preamp in place of the (relatively) inexpensive Electro-Harmonix 6922EH. Got three sets of tubes when I bought the preamp, the other set is ARC ECC88, but these Philips will probably be the ones that stay in there for now. Any thoughts on favorite 6922 type tubes? Maybe a little too far off-topic for here, I'll have a look at past threads. The Shackleton & Anika record sounding very good today, nice and dreamy psychedelic, getting kind of addictive with these recent changes ...

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  15. Manimal

    Manimal Forum Resident

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    Southern US
    Wine weefer and woofers:)
     
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  16. Manimal

    Manimal Forum Resident

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    Southern US
    Man those CJ components are sweet. One of my favorites here:)
     
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  17. WHitese

    WHitese Forum Resident

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  18. SirMarc

    SirMarc Forum Resident

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    NJ
    I used to have a tube buffered dac, and by far my favorite tubes were the Amperex 7308's.
     
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  19. PhilBiker

    PhilBiker sh.tv member number 666

    Location:
    Northern VA, USA
    Sometimes this thread needs to be refreshed with ordinary stuff. I have a 9 moth old cruising around the house now so I have needed to do something about my precarious tower speakers here. The fortuitous acquisition of the NHT speakers at a thrift for the office allowed me to rearrange. The Mirage 290iS speakers that I love ended up in the living room on tall stands. The low end Polk towers that were here ended up in the basement.

    Unfortunately having the speakers in the corners means poor imaging. However these speakers still sound very nice, and the Definitive sub is very well integrated. Nice to have the center and surround channels for TV watching.

    The next thing to go will be the old Grundig console which will go to the music/living room. I need a proper piece of furniture here.

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  20. steveharris

    steveharris Forum Resident

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    Mass
    The red background and light looks cool too!
     
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  21. Minty_fresh

    Minty_fresh Forum Resident

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    Dirty Town
    That second shot looks scary like my old
    Living room of the house I had when I was married. Yikes.
     
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  22. Diskhound

    Diskhound Forum Resident

    Well, I hope this works. Be kind! It's the first time I have attempted to post pictures of my rig!

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  23. beowulf

    beowulf Forum Resident

    Location:
    Chula Vista, CA
    I really dig the mid century modern console your equipment is sitting on as well!
     
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  24. Jtycho

    Jtycho Forum Resident

    Location:
    PA
    Nice room and Nantais Lenco!
     
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  25. timind

    timind Bushy

    Location:
    Brownsburg, IN USA
    System looks great, room looks great, but what happened to your flooring budget?
     

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