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Old 11-11-2020, 03:00 PM
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Default Thought I'd finally say a proper hello from the SF Bay Area

So I have been lurking on here for months reading up on various pieces of audio gear among many other resources before coming up with the system that I eventually wound up with .. it was an evolution and the budget was on more than one occasion exceeded, with a rationalization that I'm sure many of you have experienced in your past decision making regarding this addicting "hobby"..

Suffice it to say, the capstone was ironically a great Accuphase SACD player sourced thru none other than our very own Ivan (as he is a certified dealer for them).. and presto! I was all set as of a week ago... system stabilized and enjoying the listening experience of my life..

Due to realities of living in a condo, in the SF Bay Area (the heart of silicon valley to be more specific), my listening room also doubles as a spare bedroom and as such is SMALL... but the choice of speaker (McIntosh XR50) has proven to be the smartest single decision I made in building this system which is supposed to last me a life time... eventually of course, I can replace the speakers (if I move into a bigger place, and away from the SF Bay Area)... But for now, these speakers fill up this surprisingly acoustically stable room quite nicely

A video of my system is up on YouTube and if you click on the bottom of my signature block you can watch all 7 or so minutes of it..

I hope to share and learn a lot over the years from you all.. so far it's been more of a one way street, as I've been asking most of the questions. I also joined the SF Bay Area Audiophile Society, and hope to be participating with them more after some of this covid/lockdown phase ends and they resume their normal schedule of activities.

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Accuphase DP-560 SACD Transport & DG-68 Digital Voicing Equalizer
dCS Rossini DAC w/ Rossini Word Clock
McIntosh XR50 speakers on SolidSteel SS6 Speaker Stands
Solidsteel HF4 component rack
Gutwire 4-Bar power conditioner, Gutwire SV12 (MC462) Gutwire B10 power cables elsewehre
McIntosh XLR, Coax Digital and Speaker Interconnects otherwise.
Tidal/Qobuz/Roon

Video Tour of my system (click here)
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Old 11-11-2020, 05:18 PM
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Cheers Sam, thanks for the introduction. Looks like you’ve built a fine system.
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2nd system: Luxman SQ-N100, Sonus faber Minima Amator II, REL T-5, refurbished AR XA w/Nagaoka MP-200 & VPI cabling, Linn Klimax DSM Renew, Shunyata PS8 w/Defender & Viper, Nordost Blue Heaven PC & IC, Shunyata Venom sc, Symposium Svelte Shelves

Workshop: Vintage Yamaha CA-1010 & CT-1010, PSB Imagine Mini, Squeezebox Touch, Schiit BiFrost, AZ & WW cables

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Old 11-11-2020, 05:30 PM
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Sam, thanks for sharing...very nice system 🤙
...maybe you touched upon this in other posts...but how would you describe the impact of the dCS Wordclock...thx
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Old 11-11-2020, 11:11 PM
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Sam, thanks for sharing...very nice system 🤙
...maybe you touched upon this in other posts...but how would you describe the impact of the dCS Wordclock...thx
In the simplest terms.... when I heard it with and without the word clock, it was more of a difference than my prior upgrade of going from the PS Audio DirectStream to the dCS Rossini.
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McIntosh MC462 Amplifier, McIntosh C1100 Pre-Amp.
Accuphase DP-560 SACD Transport & DG-68 Digital Voicing Equalizer
dCS Rossini DAC w/ Rossini Word Clock
McIntosh XR50 speakers on SolidSteel SS6 Speaker Stands
Solidsteel HF4 component rack
Gutwire 4-Bar power conditioner, Gutwire SV12 (MC462) Gutwire B10 power cables elsewehre
McIntosh XLR, Coax Digital and Speaker Interconnects otherwise.
Tidal/Qobuz/Roon

Video Tour of my system (click here)
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Old 11-11-2020, 11:24 PM
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Welcome Sam. You seem to have come up the learning curve quite quickly and have assembled a great system.
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Old 11-12-2020, 01:34 AM
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That is a great looking setup, Sam!
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Old 03-21-2021, 05:46 PM
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So I have been lurking on here for months reading up on various pieces of audio gear among many other resources before coming up with the system that I eventually wound up with .. it was an evolution and the budget was on more than one occasion exceeded, with a rationalization that I'm sure many of you have experienced in your past decision making regarding this addicting "hobby"..

Suffice it to say, the capstone was ironically a great Accuphase SACD player sourced thru none other than our very own Ivan (as he is a certified dealer for them).. and presto! I was all set as of a week ago... system stabilized and enjoying the listening experience of my life..

Due to realities of living in a condo, in the SF Bay Area (the heart of silicon valley to be more specific), my listening room also doubles as a spare bedroom and as such is SMALL... but the choice of speaker (McIntosh XR50) has proven to be the smartest single decision I made in building this system which is supposed to last me a life time... eventually of course, I can replace the speakers (if I move into a bigger place, and away from the SF Bay Area)... But for now, these speakers fill up this surprisingly acoustically stable room quite nicely

A video of my system is up on YouTube and if you click on the bottom of my signature block you can watch all 7 or so minutes of it..

I hope to share and learn a lot over the years from you all.. so far it's been more of a one way street, as I've been asking most of the questions. I also joined the SF Bay Area Audiophile Society, and hope to be participating with them more after some of this covid/lockdown phase ends and they resume their normal schedule of activities.

Sam
Very nice! I'd move the C1100 up top so the tubes can breath.

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Old 03-22-2021, 09:10 PM
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Welcome Sam.

BTW, I too have Rossini DAC and external Rossini Clock which I upgraded from a PSA DirectStream. Although the Rossini is great in itself, the clock improves it more that I would have ever expected.
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A/V SYSTEM: Sony A9G 77” OLED (main), Sony A9F 65” OLED, Sony A8G 65”OLED , Anthem MCA525, Anthem AVM 60, Lexicon DD-8 for Atmos, Sonus Faber Amati Futura L+R, ProAc Response CC, AT surrounds, Triad Atmos ceiling speakers x4 , JL112E, Oppo 203 & 103, TiVo Bolt, Apple 4KTV, Shunyata Research Denali 6000/S v2, Shunyata Research Triton v3, and Typhon v2 power distributors. Auralex room tx, black-out curtains, Audioquest speaker & HDMI cables, Shunyata Research Sigma & Venom V10NR power cords. Dedicated 20 amp AC lines.
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Old 03-23-2021, 05:16 PM
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Congratulations Sam, what an awesome system. Nice video. My son's first job was in Mountain View a couple years ago, and the apartment search was sobering even if he hit the jackpot for a newly-minted CS grad.
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Power: Mcintosh MC2301s (front), McIntosh MC501 (center), Mcintosh MC402 (rear)
Speakers: Sonus Faber Amati Futura (front and back), SF Vox center
Power/connections: PS Audio Power Port receptacles, RGPC 400 pro (2) WireWorld interconnects and speaker cable
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Old 03-23-2021, 10:01 PM
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Sorry for the late welcome, Sam.

You've put together a fine system. Here's to lots of happy listening.
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Bedroom:Win 10 laptop/JRiver Media Center 28 (remote-controlled by another Win10 laptop), TEAC UD-501, Walker-mod Luminous Audio Technology Axiom II passive attenuator, conrad-johnson MF2500, Paradigm Studio 20 v.5, Shunyata Hydra Delta D6, Wireworld Eclipse 8 IC and SC, Shunyata Delta XC v2 & Delta NR v2 power cords, Shunyata Alpha USB, Venom Defender v2, Butcher Block Acoustics platforms, Stillpoints Ultra SS footers (MF2500), A/V RoomService EVP 2MD anti-vibration pads (UD-501), Stillpoints Aperture II and GIK Alpha 4A and 244 acoustic panels.

Home Office: Win 10 HP PC/JRiver Media Center 28, TEAC UD-501 DAC, Luminous Audio Technology Axiom Mk II, conrad-johnson Sonographe SA250, Paradigm SE-1, Wireworld Silver Starlight 7 USB, WW Eclipse 7 & Equinox 6 ICs, Blue Jeans/Belden 5T00UP speaker cable, Shunyata Hydra, Venom NR v10 PCs, Sony BDP-S590 (SACD ripper)

Living Room: Win 10 laptop/JRiver Media Center 28, TEAC UD-501 DAC, SOTA Sapphire III, Origin Live Encounter Mk3c/Ortofon 2M Black, Graham Slee Era Gold V, McIntosh MR77, Oppo BDP-83, conrad johnson Premier 17LS & MF2500, Paradigm SE-3. Wireworld Starlight 7 USB, WW Eclipse 7 and Equinox 6 ICs, Blue Jeans/Belden 5T00UP SC. Shunyata Hydra 8 v2, Delta NR v1 and V2, and Venom 14D power cords, Stillpoints Ultra SS footers, GIK 244 and Monster traps.
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