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What Did You Do Today in the World of 2-Channel Audio?

What Did You Do Today in the World of 2-Channel Audio? This can be as simple as buying a new CD or as elaborate as buying new equipment. Share your hobby with others.

To start off, I purchased a used copy of Steely Dan - Two Against Nature on CD. I also cleaned several used CD's I purchased over the past week and replaced CD cases as needed. Lastly, I purchased two new micro-fiber towels from the Dollar Store to clean CD's with since my old ones are getting worn.
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gonna run a few rew tests shortly as i made some trim adjustments recently and moved one of my subs. dont expect any changes, but will find out soon enough. need to go buy some wine and steaks first tho

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After a long business trip, finally got the new components setup in the rack and enjoying the process of breaking them in properly.
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Found a 2 channel Bryston power amp yesterday for a decent price, and did some gentle WAF probing this morning to gauge how much crap I can expect to catch when I buy it.
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- Listened to the local 80s radio station on the car stereo during the work commute

- Will go pick up my package of stereo Mobile Fidelity SACDs (Santana and Keb' Mo') at the UPS Store

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Listened and compared extensively between the Peachtree Nova220SE and the Harman Kardon HK3490. Spent the last 4 hours doing so.

I may end up keeping the HK I have for now.

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Went down and thought I'd throw an album on while I wrote a couple of blog posts for my business. As almost always, didn't get as much as work done before I put the laptop down and listened to music for much of the rest of the morning

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What Did You Do Today in the World of 2-Channel Audio?

Ummm, pressed play? Does that count?
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Ordered a Cambridge 851N network streamer pre/amp to pair with my recently acquired Parasound A23 amp. Both units arrive Tuesday and unfortunately, or fortunately, I will be at the Capital Theater in NY catching Phil Lesh on his 76 (I think) birthday. Probably won't get to play until Wednesday.

I am beyond excited to get my hands on the 851N as I didn't yet have a pre amp (was using the outs on my AVR) and wanted to move away from SB touch. Hoping the 851N lives up to the hype and I can get down to 2 pieces of equipment and put my cds away in a closet forever.
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Promoting simple 2C setups ( integrated amp & cd player ) with friends that have a home theater room, but want to sit back an discern the music as the artist intended. currently have 3 2C rooms, and working on transforming my theater room into a forth via dual amp to 1 set of speakers......2C greed is good.

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Found a 2 channel Bryston power amp yesterday for a decent price, and did some gentle WAF probing this morning to gauge how much crap I can expect to catch when I buy it.
What model ?


I did some beating on my Paradigm ps-1000 and some drawing of my new sub i'm building to replace this 20 year old gal !
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I did some beating on my Paradigm ps-1000 and some drawing of my new sub i'm building to replace this 20 year old gal !
I don't know. I've only seen a photograph of it so far. I have to arrange to go have a listen at some point. I wanted to do some groundwork first before I came home with it under my arm. I'll report back here when I have the thing safely in place.

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I don't know. I've only seen a photograph of it so far. I have to arrange to go have a listen at some point. I wanted to do some groundwork first before I came home with it under my arm. I'll report back here when I have the thing safely in place.
Hope you can take the lid off the amp and see if there are any blown caps, yes listen to it see if there are any audio hums Hope the wife doesn't kill ya !
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I listened to 2ch/stereo ..... everyday! Mostly jazz and rock.
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Bryston 4B ST. Picking it up on Monday and adding it to my two channel system. Spent quite a bit of time listening to it today (2 channel naturally, to stay on topic for the thread.) No extraneous noises and even comes with a test sheet, showing that its rating of 250 wpc at 8Ω is very conservative. It's actually kicking out over 300 wpc. THD is negligible. Distortion tests were apparently done at maximum output and at 4 different frequencies. Last time I saw such small numbers was in school physics class.

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Had a listening party today. Did some cable comparisons at the party between MIT, Cardas, and Goldmund RCA's. Walked a customer through the use of a Fozgometer. Mounted a Transfiguration Proteus. Drank some beer (at the party) ... listened to some great music

I can only hope next weekend is as much fun!!!

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Had a listening party today. Did some cable comparisons at the party between MIT, Cardas, and Goldmund RCA's. Walked a customer through the use of a Fozgometer. Mounted a Transfiguration Proteus. Drank some beer (at the party) ... listened to some great music

I can only hope next weekend is as much fun!!!

"MIT, Cardas, and Goldmund RCA's"


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"MIT, Cardas, and Goldmund RCA's"


Tell us what you thought.
I pretty much stayed quiet and let the guys tell me what they though. What they said they heard...the goldmunds came in last place because they were quite a bit lighter in the low end than the other two. The MIT's got a couple shots at it because we tried them in their 3 different resistance settings. The middle setting was kinda shrill but oddly the high setting and the low setting sounded pretty similar to one another. The low/high setting was very good, sounded smooth and realistic but seemed to accenuate the upper midrange. Ultimately they chose the Cardas. It sounded a lot like the low setting on the MIT's but without the upper midrange boost, they described it as "Just sounding right". I did all the cable switching so they stayed seated and the volumes were level matched. I heard the same things they were describing so it was a lot of fun. I believe the models involved were the MIT shotgun S1's which are discontinued, not sure about the goldmunds model as I am unfamiliar with the line, and the Cardas were the Clear Reflection. It was a lot of fun to play with, kept us entertained for an hour or so
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I purchased a Madisound Seas Loki Mk II Coaxial speaker kit, built them, and started to enjoy their great sound.

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I pretty much stayed quiet and let the guys tell me what they though. What they said they heard...the goldmunds came in last place because they were quite a bit lighter in the low end than the other two. The MIT's got a couple shots at it because we tried them in their 3 different resistance settings. The middle setting was kinda shrill but oddly the high setting and the low setting sounded pretty similar to one another. The low/high setting was very good, sounded smooth and realistic but seemed to accenuate the upper midrange. Ultimately they chose the Cardas. It sounded a lot like the low setting on the MIT's but without the upper midrange boost, they described it as "Just sounding right". I did all the cable switching so they stayed seated and the volumes were level matched. I heard the same things they were describing so it was a lot of fun. I believe the models involved were the MIT shotgun S1's which are discontinued, not sure about the goldmunds model as I am unfamiliar with the line, and the Cardas were the Clear Reflection. It was a lot of fun to play with, kept us entertained for an hour or so

I noticed that you have the new Avenger. Congrats ... really ....... congrats. I have a Classic Signature w/ 3d arm with Koetsu Rosewood Signature.

I'm still pissin around with tubes in the phono stage. I haven't really gotten to cables yet. One thing at a time.
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Bryston 4B ST. Picking it up on Monday and adding it to my two channel system. Spent quite a bit of time listening to it today (2 channel naturally, to stay on topic for the thread.) No extraneous noises and even comes with a test sheet, showing that its rating of 250 wpc at 8Ω is very conservative. It's actually kicking out over 300 wpc. THD is negligible. Distortion tests were apparently done at maximum output and at 4 different frequencies. Last time I saw such small numbers was in school physics class.

Looks like a healthy addition to my system.

Oh, man, sorry, I know I'm a day late but, I just found the amps for you


Who needs a furnace when you have these?


That's right ..... Eighty Four output tubes.


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I noticed that you have the new Avenger. Congrats ... really ....... congrats. I have a Classic Signature w/ 3d arm with Koetsu Rosewood Signature.

I'm still pissin around with tubes in the phono stage. I haven't really gotten to cables yet. One thing at a time.
What phono stage are you using?

BTW, I love the Classic Signature with the Koetsu Rosewood pairing. That might be my next cart. I want to check out the Avenger sometime soon, too.
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Fosgate Signature v2.


If I go above $20k on a table the Kronus would merit a careful look. I love the looks of that thing.


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If I go above $20k on a table the Kronus would merit a careful look. I love the looks of that thing.
I'll probably be looking at a new turntable next year when I move my current setup out of my bedroom and into a dedicated room and keep the TNT for a second system.

I love the look of the Kronus, too, but I think I'm starting to get practical as I get older - I just keep thinking about what a PITA it would be to keep clean.

Maybe something simple and elegant like the AMG Viella 12 with an exotic wood skirt to match the Koetsu Rosewood cart....
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I'll probably be looking at a new turntable next year when I move my current setup out of my bedroom and into a dedicated room and keep the TNT for a second system.

I love the look of the Kronus, too, but I think I'm starting to get practical as I get older - I just keep thinking about what a PITA it would be to keep clean.

Maybe something simple and elegant like the AMG Viella 12 with an exotic wood skirt to match the Koetsu Rosewood cart....

The intent of the Classic Signature was to be the last turntable for life. I still have much to do with amps speakers, cables, etc.
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The intent of the Classic Signature was to be the last turntable for life. I still have much to do with amps speakers, cables, etc.
Whenever I bring a new component home, my wife always points out that the previous one was supposed to be the "last." I always tell her, "It was the last one, this is the next one."
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Whenever I bring a new component home, my wife always points out that the previous one was supposed to be the "last." I always tell her, "It was the last one, this is the next one."
Hmm. That sounds disturbingly familiar. Nice comeback though. I'll have to try it when the time comes.
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Hmm. That sounds disturbingly familiar. Nice comeback though. I'll have to try it when the time comes.
Won't that be tomorrow?
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