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What is your dream 2 channel system?

Since I like small intimate listening spaces, minimal equipment, and love vinyl mine would be:

DartZeel CTH8550 integrated amp w/ phono
Evolution Accoustics MMmicro1 speakers
VPI Classic 3 turntable (cartridge to be determined)
 

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Funny you! Mine is 2 channel but hardly worth mentioning, and your "My System" is multi-channel.
 

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Funny you! Mine is 2 channel but hardly worth mentioning, and your "My System" is multi-channel.
My avatar is my home theater. This is my main 2-channel system.



From the top:
Clearaudio Champion II table fitted with an SME 309 arm and Benz Micro Glider cart
Shanling CD-T1500 SACD
McIntosh C36 preamp
Music Fidelity M1DAC
PS Audio Quintessence power center

On the floor:
Shanling SP-80 mono blocks fitted with Electro Harmonix 6CA7EH output tubes
Tascam BR-20 reel to reel
DIY speakers you can read about here:
http://www.hometheatershack.com/forums/diy-speakers/27525-custom-3-way-horn.html
 

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Well there you go... that is my dream system. And Luther could afford to give it to me if he had any love for me at all.
 

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Well there you go... that is my dream system. And Luther could afford to give it to me if he had any love for me at all.
I will be sure to add you to the list for my wife. Upon my death, she will be distributing all my gear among the list of friends.
 

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My avatar is my home theater. This is my main 2-channel system.



From the top:
Clearaudio Champion II table fitted with an SME 309 arm and Benz Micro Glider cart
Shanling CD-T1500 SACD
McIntosh C36 preamp
Music Fidelity M1DAC
PS Audio Quintessence power center

On the floor:
Shanling SP-80 mono blocks fitted with Electro Harmonix 6CA7EH output tubes
Tascam BR-20 reel to reel
DIY speakers you can read about here:
http://www.hometheatershack.com/forums/diy-speakers/27525-custom-3-way-horn.html
Very nice system. I can see why it's your dream system.
 

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Very nice system. I can see why it's your dream system.
Thank you. I know there are more expensive systems out there but for me better is a relative term. Audio has a law of diminishing return. The better your systems gets, the more money it takes to get noticeable improvement. So, yes there are better systems out there but for 10x or 100x the money, it isn't worth it to me. Every person must decide for themselves how good is good enough. Remember the only person who has to like your system is you. That and serenity comes not from what you have but knowing what you can live without.

Now go listen to some music, because that is what it's all about.
 

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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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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
Echole Signature Power Cord
Steve Dobbins The Beat
Reed 2A Tonearm pic
Shunyata Anaconda Alpha PC
Minus K BM-8 Vibration Isolation Platform
Allnic Puritas MC cartridge
Lyra Olympos SL Cartridge
Allnic H 3000 phono stage
Echole Omnia XLR IC
Echole Signature Power Cord
Adona Zero GXT Turntable Rack
Absolare Passion Signature Balanced
Echole Signature XLR IC
Echole Omnia Power Cord
Appogg Systems Breve Reference Isolation (4)
VTL Seigfried Series 2 mono block amps - Pair #1
Echole Signature Power Cords (2)
Pyon Audio Heavy Duty Spira Ultra Tuning Feet
VTL Siegfried Series 2 mono block amps - Pair #2
Weizhi Gold Glory Footers
Silent Source Signature Power Cords (2) Interconnect
Echole Signature XLR IC
Echole Signature Speaker Cables
Absolare Purifier speaker bullets
Rockport Technologies Arrakis 2 External crossover Speaker
Echole Signature PC with inline Purifier
Echole Signature XLR IC
Echole Signature XLR IC
Rockport Arrakis 2 pic
REL Acoustics Studio III sub bass system (2)
Blinn Double wide component rack
Blinn Amp Stands
Stillpoints Ultra SS footers
Stillpoints Ultra 5 footers
Loricraft PRC 4 Deluxe RCM
Custom LP Record Cabniets Stand
 

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

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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