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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.
Excellent post!!!! I currently have all that I want. It's not much to many people but as I was listening to music last night- I was quickly convinced that I don't need to get anything else. (However my multi-channel system doubles as my 2 channel system). I'd more than likely have more fun and gratification out of going the DIY route than just accumulating audio gear. Especially if I can fix it myself - (that's why I went the HTPC route - never have to worry about buying another prepro or receiver again). :whistling:
 

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This would be my dream system and is currently in my music room where it belongs!!!
JC is that you (from whatsbestforum)????!!!! That's great!!! You've put up bass traps and acoustic treatments - that should tame your bass indeed! :D
 

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My DREAM system (this is after hearing my DIY NC400 mono on a ARC LS26+RaidhoC1):-
Speaker : Raidho D-3
Pre/Power : ARC Ref 5SE / VERITAS Mono (Class D - Ncore NC1200)



 

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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.
Simply on the audio gear that's pictured in that room, that'd be a top contender for my dream system. If I had a room like that to put it in which I don't (yet).

Since we're just talking about a dream system, not a dream life that'll encompass everything else, house, cars, BIG tv's etc. I'm going to have to dream a little smaller.

My source would be a top flight CD player (Burmester?), unfortunately while I own an OPPO BDP-95, I'm not familiar with higher end (read: better performing, not just higher priced) CD players. My speakers would be either Wilson Sophia V3s, Sasha I or IIs or Alexia's. Or possibly Nola Grands (for something completely different), powered by MBL amps. I don't know the first thing about cables so I can't dream too much outside of standard ones and the same goes for racks/stands.

Not having any owner's experience with any of that gear I don't know if they all would match well to bring out the best in each other but, I'm only dreaming anyway right? So it doesn't really matter.

Happy 2014 everyone. Here's to achieving dreams however big or small they may be, in audio or otherwise. Cheers!
 

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The Oppo is no slouch. I know of one person who traded an Ayre CX-7 @ ~$3K in on an Oppo BDP-105. He says the Oppo sounds better and is more reliable.

i have a suspicion, if you acquired your dream system you'd find some suitable (commensurately high priced) cable to match the rest of those high "zoot" components.
 

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Dream 2ch...?

1) room custom built for listening

2) audio rack set up for quick change of equipment

3) job evaluating high end audio equipment for a consumer publication like Sound and Vision.

4) new cool stuff every month ;)
 

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I've to say that my dream has been acomplished. Probably some of you consider it as heretic but it sounds almost perfect. I point out that it was designed for near field only and considering every piece of it for months and comparing with alternatives, but the result hasn't been surpassed by no other setup I've listened to.

Is a PC using Foobar and ASIO drivers. Connected to a Cakewalk UA25-EX soundcard by USB. From the soundcard to the Behringer DEQ2496 through spdif. Yes, the first Behringer piece. It acts as graphic, parametric equalizer and feedback destroyer. Adjusted using REW. From the DEQ2496 by AES/SBU to a DCX2496 and through balanced jacks to a Corda Arietta headphones amplifier. DCX is the second Behringer piece, and not the last one. But an overwhelming piece. It serves as Crossover and limiter. From it to a SPL Volume 8 Control. A multichannel volume controller. And from it to a pair of Behringer's B2030 monitors and a M-Audio SBX10 subwoofer.

I started looking for my near field audio setup 5 years ago and some musicians and sound engineers friends helped me apart of help from different forums.

Probably the only thing I'll change in the future could be the monitors looking for a 8" models and a 12" sub. But for the time beeing it's perfect. And the money saved is being invested in music, more music and some travels :)
 

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I remember listening to a pair of those Infinity speakers in the late 1970s in Colorado Springs... Man they were great sounding!

A local Atlanta investment banker sold me some his room treatments. While there I took a picture of his setup. I think this could do in a pinch.
Very nice setup!
 

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my dream 2-ch system is one that i could actually have in the not so distant future.

Dynaudio Focus 260s
Naim Nait XS Integrated Amp
Naim Stageline phono pre-amp
VPI Traveler with Grado Reference Sonata or Dynavector 10x5 cart
Eastern Electric Minimax Plus dac
N.A.S. connected to a MacMini or laptop
Oppo 103 as a cd transport.
 

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my dream 2-ch system is one that i could actually have in the not so distant future. Dynaudio Focus 260s Naim Nait XS Integrated Amp Naim Stageline phono pre-amp VPI Traveler with Grado Reference Sonata or Dynavector 10x5 cart Eastern Electric Minimax Plus dac N.A.S. connected to a MacMini or laptop Oppo 103 as a cd transport.
how ya doing Callas01!!!! So you want to move up the dynaudio chain ;)

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