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post #11 of 90 Old 09-13-13, 10:32 AM Thread Starter
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Re: What is your dream 2 channel system?

I'm still curious what other folks dream system are. I've never had more than mid-fi, but I've heard a few audiophile systems that let me know I'm a long way off. I've thought about tube base system and had a tube amp for a period of time, but its not for me, so the one I chose in post #1 has all the elements that make it my dream system for me...emotional involvement, purity, simplicity, and good looks. I'm sure there are others with a dream system.
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Here is an ultimate dream system that belongs to one of my friends. I'm talking over a million dollars in this room.


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Re: What is your dream 2 channel system?

The picture above shows Rockport Arrakis speakers and two pair of VTL Siegfried Reference Series 2 monoblock amplifiers.

The rest of the system is:
MSB Signature Data CD IV
MSB UMT Universal Transport Transport
Audio Quest Diamond Ethernet Cable Interconnect
MSB Diamond DAC IV
Purist Audio Anniversary PC
Echole Signature Power Cord
Absolare Purifier power conditioner
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Appogg Systems Breve Reference Isolation (4)
VTL Seigfried Series 2 mono block amps - Pair #1
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Pyon Audio Heavy Duty Spira Ultra Tuning Feet
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Weizhi Gold Glory Footers
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Rockport Technologies Arrakis 2 External crossover Speaker
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REL Acoustics Studio III sub bass system (2)
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Re: What is your dream 2 channel system?

It starts with the speakers. I have a friend who constructed a pair of line arrays from twelve Jordan JX92 full-range drivers per side ($200 each driver), with several Raal ribbon tweeters added per side (over $400 each) for the very high freq's. Low freq's are played by a pair of Jordan 8" woofers per channel (over $200 per driver). The whole setup is bi-amped, with custom-made line level crossovers using Intact Audio inductors and transformers (no capacitors, I understand).

The amps are custom-built tube jobs. The bass amps use push-pull 300B's (DC-coupled, three-stage), for about 15W per channel, class A. The mid-high frequency amps are single-ended, using RCA 50 tubes (two-stage, DC-coupled), about 4W per channel, class A.

The source is mostly vinyl, using a very rare Mitchell Cotter direct-drive turntable with a Schroeder tonearm. The RIAA preamp is another custom design. The RIAA eq is attained using Intact Audio inductors and transformers, again with no capacitors used.

I'm not a super-wealthy audiophile who's owned everything that ever got a Class A rating in The Absolute Sound, but this is the best audio playback system I have ever heard, including the time I was at Mark Levinson's place in Manhattan to record a demo. If I had that system, I wouldn't leave my living room for a week!

Anyway, that would be my dream system. I can't afford anything even close to that, so it will remain a dream.

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Re: What is your dream 2 channel system?

Well the only system that i would own WITHOUT electrostatic speakers would be this one, i have heard it many times and it is the only system that gives me goosebumps like my Acoustats, first my system then my dream system. MrAcoustat







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Re: What is your dream 2 channel system?

A dream speaker system that would actually fit in my current dedicated room would be a pair of Krell driven Apogee Studio Grands. For a larger room it would be either Infinity IRS-Vs, Apogee Grands or, for truly cost no object speakers, Genesis 1s. The Apogees and Infinities are only available used which makes them "relatively" affordable.

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Dynaudio Confidence C4 Sig, Octave Phono Module, Octave RE 290, diy NAS, Naim DAC, Naim NDS & XP5 XS, Naim CDX2, Linn Sondek LP12 Lingo w/ Linn Klyde

That would be my dream system. However its way outta my budget.

However my setup is a hybrid HT/2-ch setup because it all happens in the same room. My Naim has a ht-bypass so it keeps 2-ch seperate from HT. The TT is way down the line, I used to have a Pro-ject but my son kept damaging my cartridges, so I sold it for now and will get one when he is older and wont be so touchy.

So Im trying to build the following over time.

Dynaudio Focus 160, Naim Nait XS-2, Naim Stageline MM, Oppo 103, Eastern Electric Minimax DAC Plus, Mac Mini w/ diy NAS, Linn Sondek LP12 Basik w/ Adikt cartridge

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What is your dream 2 channel system?
3 speakers (i.e., my dream is that people stop conflating "channels" with "speakers").

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Here is an ultimate dream system that belongs to one of my friends. I'm talking over a million dollars in this room.
That's pretty impressive.
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Re: What is your dream 2 channel system?

For me, it would be a tough choice between an MBL system (their electronics are astoundingly good) with the Radialstrahler X-tremes or this.

What is your dream 2 channel system?-scaena_room_1.jpg

VAC's new Statement monoblocks feature constant autobiasing to keep the output tubes in their 'happy ' zone at all times - no small feat, that. To my ears, the big Scaena speaker system sounds phenomenal!

Hey, if you're going to dream, dream big.
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