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post #1 of 1777
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Edit: update as of 2/15/12. This thread is an ongoing one with various GTG's which have come and past. The next one is scheduled for 4/14/12. Starting at post #423 is the beginning discussions of the next upcoming GTG. Here is some basic info for those who are starting on page 1.......

Okay, so here is what I have for the probable attendees thus far:

Dennis Murphy: Philharmonic 2's - Cannot attend now, but will send speakers
Jim Salk: Salk SoundScape 10's - Confirmed
TJHUB (Duh, it's his house ): Salk HT2-TL w/LCY tweeter - Confirmed
Merrymaid520: Ascend Tower's with RAAL tweeter - Confirmed
Mrs. Merrymaid - Confirmed
krzywica: PSB Image T55's - Confirmed
Nuance (me): Salk SongTower RT's w/LCY tweeter - Confirmed
Mrs. Nuance - Confirmed
Warpdrv (50/50)
ALMFamily - Confirmed and is bringing a case of Coke
dlbeck
Randy Bessinger - Confirmed
Dogearz - Confirmed
Shadow Hunter - Confirmed
John (Terry's friend) - Confirmed
Mark (Terry's friend) - Confirmed
oppman99 (from Audioholics forum)
jb5200 - Confirmed
pennynike1
TurboFC3S (50/50): Vapor Audio Cirrus'
Pet Motel
PAD (Big Red Machine) - Confirmed
Archaea - Confirmed
Gregg (Terry's friend) - Confirmed
Kevin (Terry's friend) - Confirmed
Jeff and Kathy - Confirmed
Gear being used at TJHUB's:
My gear list:

Source: Logitech Touch
My Touch is running the SoundCheck TT3.0 mods with the volume lock activated (very important, and a long story). The Touch is fed via wired ethernet cable from a server computer in my basement. The server computer is set to do all of the FLAC decoding and streams PCM to the Touch. The Touch is also powered by a DIY power supply that almost made me flip out the first time I heard it. The performance is FAR better than just using an off the shelf linear power supply.

DAC: Eastern Electric MiniMax Plus
The DAC is completely stock at the moment, and will likely stay that way. I am using a Psvane 12AU7 tube though. I have some opamps I've rolled, but I'm very happy with the sound as-is.

Preamp: Rogue Audio Perseus
The preamp is 100% stock including the tubes. Since its arrival in my setup, I have been completely satisfied with it's performance. It basically just disappears completely with the tubes providing a more 3D and layered sound stage. For the record, there is no traditional warm or tube sound allowed in my house. I look to get the sound as realistic as possible.

Amps: Odyssey Audio Stratos Extreme SE Monoblocks
These monos have the "Extreme SE" upgrades which are dual transformers, and upgraded wire/components inside. It is my understanding that they output a little over 200wrms into 8ohms, and approximately 360wrms into 4ohms.

Cables: Don't kid yourself, they matter!
For those that care... I have a Black Cat SilverStar 75 digital coax between the Touch and my DAC. I am in the process of trying to decide between the Sweet Spot Reveal IC's and Morrow MA2 IC's. Both sound fantastic, but offer slightly different presentations. Either sets sound absolutely wonderful, so I'm having a difficult time picking a "winner." I'm running a DIY pair of PCOCC speaker cables that I think are the best I've heard. I purchased them pre-made with a loose Litz braid for $60.00 shipped.

Of course my speakers are Salk HT2-TL's with the older LCY ribbon tweeter. I don't think I've found their limits yet, but I don't think I'll be trying to anymore either. I've loved them since day one, and I've heard no other speaker I'd rather have. I do have an interest in possibly getting some Magnepan's in the future.

I do run a pair of EQ'd DIY 18" TC Sounds LMS-Ultra's for both music and HT. I hope to be able to show their performance for music at the GTG, time permitting. I think they are absolutely spectacular, and I can't live without them for my room. Of course they will likely be out of the room for the GTG to allow every speaker to display its full performance. I'm not worried about my HT2-TL's as they easily shake the floor with their bass output.

Update post 4/14 GTG
Here is the original Track List, and I added the only ones I could recall:

"Boxenkiller" by Cyrill Lutzelschwab and Martin Hess
"Ntyilo Ntyilo (The Love Bird)" by Hugh Masakela
"Walking On The Moon" by The Yuri Honing Trio
"Chant" by Fourplay
"Aaron Copland - Fanfare For The Common Man" by Erich Kunzel: Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
"Jazz Variants" by The O-Zone Percussion Group
"Red Rain (Instrumental)" by Peter Gabriel
"Dream On" by Kelly Sweet
"Just Like Love" by Steve Strauss
"Rubina" by Joe Satriani
"Into The Void" by Nine Inch Nails
"Hells Bells" by AC/DC
There was also a song we referred to as "Boom Boom" by Black Eyed Peas to test bass capability;

Philharmonic 2: $2000/pair
Salk SongTower RT: $2700.pair
Ascend Acoustics Sierra Tower with RAAL ribbon: $2700/pair
JTR Tripple 12-LP: $3000 (per pair?)
Salk Veracity HT2-TL: $4500/pair
Seaton Catalyst: $7000/pair
Salk SoundScape 10: $12,000/pair

reviews listed by link:


http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showp...postcount=1384
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showp...postcount=1208
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showp...postcount=1160
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showp...postcount=1121
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showp...&postcount=994
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showp...&postcount=945
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showp...&postcount=946
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showp...&postcount=916
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showp...&postcount=894
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showp...&postcount=843





The text below is from PREVIOUS GTG's, please do not confuse it with the information from above which is the upcoming 4/14/12 GTG.


Original post........Hey folks,
The WI audio boys are at it again. We plan to hold another little GTG auditioning my new Ascend Tower speakers among maybe some other speakers at my place in East Troy, WI.

We are shooting for Saturday April 2nd around 12:00.

Please let me know if you might be interested. I prefer to keep it geared towards speakers only so we do not have to worry about switching around cables, wires, amps, preamps, etc.

I will be running the speakers off my Parasound 2100 preamp and proceed Amp 3 using a squeezebox Touch as the source.

Please PM if you are interested in attending.

Attendees so far:
Nuance
TJHUB
Dogearz



I will update this thread on what speakers will be here as the date gets closer. (Im trying to talk either nuance or TJHUB to bring their Salks along)...Hint....hint
Speakers thus far:
Paradigm Sig 2's
Ascend Towers
Salk HT2-TL's


Thanks,
Brandon
post #2 of 1777
I am looking forward to it!
post #3 of 1777
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Originally Posted by Nuance View Post

I am looking forward to it!

Me too!
a person from appleton is in as well and hopefully robert(chicagorep) can make it with some of his gear too.
post #4 of 1777
Really hope you guys can get some Salks there.
post #5 of 1777
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Originally Posted by cschang View Post

Really hope you guys can get some Salks there.

That would be awesome...I promise to bribe them with good beer if that helps

Nuance can attest to my beer selections
post #6 of 1777
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So far the other speakers in attendance will be some Selahs courtesey of Chicubs.

One thing I forgot to mention to those attending, if you have any music you would like to demo please feel free to bring it along.
post #7 of 1777
Which Selah model? Those look a bit $$$! Will be an interesting comparo.

Come on anybody, we need the Salks!
post #8 of 1777
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Originally Posted by HOTDIGITY View Post

Which Selah model? Those look a bit $$$! Will be an interesting comparo.

Come on anybody, we need the Salks!

I believe he called it the Aura Jr monitor?

I have my doubts the Salk boys will be bringing their towers, although I am still praying it might happen!
post #9 of 1777
You can't have a GTG without me.... Whats the matter with you...

I'll still be on Vacation
post #10 of 1777
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Originally Posted by Warpdrv View Post

You can't have a GTG without me.... Whats the matter with you...

I'll still be on Vacation

I know, we told you to cut the trip short Seriously, I'm bummed you cant make it. I threw out some dates and we all settled on this saturday. I am game for doing something again when you are around. I have no problems bringing my towers up by one of your guys places as well. I may need to get up by Terry one of these days too, I need to hear those HT2-TL's!
post #11 of 1777
Bummed, I don't take a vaca for 20 months and it's gotta land on a gtg date !!

Oh well whatever, I'd end up having to bring one of my XLERATORS along just to feel some satisfaction in the bass dept !!! LOL
post #12 of 1777
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Originally Posted by Warpdrv View Post

Bummed, I don't take a vaca for 20 months and it's gotta land on a gtg date !!

Oh well whatever, I'd end up having to bring one of my XLERATORS along just to feel some satisfaction in the bass dept !!! LOL

I'll send a post card
post #13 of 1777
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Originally Posted by merrymaid520 View Post


I have my doubts the Salk boys will be bringing their towers, although I am still praying it might happen!

Have some faith my friend.
post #14 of 1777
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Originally Posted by Nuance View Post


Have some faith my friend.

Your my boy blue!

That would be much appreciated! The fellow forum members will be extremely pleased.
post #15 of 1777
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Originally Posted by merrymaid520 View Post

Your my boy blue!

That would be much appreciated! The fellow forum members will be extremely pleased.

Perhaps you would like to bring the S2's with the Be tweeter along for the ride... ??

At least that way I'll be there in spirit....
post #16 of 1777
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Originally Posted by Nuance View Post

Have some faith my friend.

I hope you wrap them well, or have something to protect them during transportation. The speakers have nice finishes, and I would hate to see even a scratch due to a GTG.

Then again, everybody wants to compare.
post #17 of 1777
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Originally Posted by Warpdrv View Post

Oh well whatever, I'd end up having to bring one of my XLERATORS along just to feel some satisfaction in the bass dept !!! LOL

On your vacation? You are hardcore!
post #18 of 1777
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Originally Posted by cschang View Post

On your vacation? You are hardcore!


I meant if I showed up at the GTG - small insult...

But now that you mention it - Whats the big deal carting a 300lb sub down to Mexico - and a 120lbs of amps....
post #19 of 1777
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Originally Posted by Warpdrv View Post


Perhaps you would like to bring the S2's with the Be tweeter along for the ride... ??

At least that way I'll be there in spirit....

Ha
Might not be a bad idea. It's up to u and nuance since he would be transporting them. I did enjoy them here last time!
post #20 of 1777
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Originally Posted by merrymaid520 View Post

Ha
Might not be a bad idea. It's up to u and nuance since he would be transporting them. I did enjoy them here last time!


they could use a good dusting, so as long as I'm on the chair, may as well bring em down and pack em up.... I'll get with Nuance on that one...
post #21 of 1777
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Originally Posted by Warpdrv View Post

But now that you mention it - Whats the big deal carting a 300lb sub down to Mexico - and a 120lbs of amps....

That would be the makings of a great party down there!

I did a short Mexican cruise last month.
post #22 of 1777
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Originally Posted by cschang View Post

I hope you wrap them well, or have something to protect them during transportation. The speakers have nice finishes, and I would hate to see even a scratch due to a GTG.

Then again, everybody wants to compare.

Too late - been there, done that. Plus I have kids, so they are nice and nicked up.
post #23 of 1777
By they way, there will be Salk's in attendance, but they won't necessarily be mine. We'll see.
post #24 of 1777
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Originally Posted by Nuance View Post

By they way, there will be Salk's in attendance, but they won't necessarily be mine. We'll see.

Tease

post #25 of 1777
Great!!
post #26 of 1777
Salk Veracity HT2-TL's will officially be attending the GTG.
post #27 of 1777
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Originally Posted by Nuance View Post

Salk Veracity HT2-TL's will officially be attending the GTG.

NICE!

You guys will have a good time for sure.
post #28 of 1777
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Originally Posted by Nuance View Post

Salk Veracity HT2-TL's will officially be attending the GTG.

Awesome! Should be a fun comparo. I would try and do a blind listening test between the Ascends and Salks as the Salks are more than double the cost of the Ascends.
post #29 of 1777
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Originally Posted by HOTDIGITY View Post


Awesome! Should be a fun comparo. I would try and do a blind listening test between the Ascends and Salks as the Salks are more than double the cost of the Ascends.

I'm looking forward to hearing the HT2-TL's! I suppose the only way we could manage a blind comparison would be to wear a blindfold since we attempted the black "acoustic curtain" last time here.
What do you think nuance?
post #30 of 1777
I think it would be a hassle, but if you want to give it a go I'm putting you in charge of it.

I'll come forward and say right now, I don't believe the Ascend's will trump the HT2-TL's. If they do I'll be on the preorder list that same day.
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