In home auditions and systems

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In home auditions and systems
« on: 18 Aug 2006, 12:32 am »
If you are willing to host a NEAR gathering or just have a person over to hear your system, feel free to add yourself to this post.

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  • Description of system(s)
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Let's show that warm New England hospitality and get out there!


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Re: In home auditions and systems
« Reply #1 on: 18 Aug 2006, 10:55 am »
I guess I will start things.

Goffstown, NH

The system is progessing but things have not quite reached completion yet.

For electronics I have a DIY 6-channel amplifier and a DIY 6-channel volume control.  In front of that is a SRC, DEQ, and a modded DCX 2496 from Behringer.  A simple transport is used as a source.

I went the DIY route with speakers.  For midranges I will have a set Seas W18EX, W18NX, and PHL 1120.  If USPS didn't lose my package, I will also have some AudioTechnology drivers.  I have a range of tweeters and subwoofers as well but I do not want to get ahead of myself and get my hopse up.  Right now I have no stereo as things are still in progress.

Hopefully in the near future I will some equipment to travel around with as this circle picks up speed.


Re: In home auditions and systems
« Reply #2 on: 19 Aug 2006, 01:07 pm »
New England! Yeah baby!

I'm in Gardner, Mass.

System is all Levinson Reference. 32 preamp w/phono, 30.6 DAC, 31.5 transport, 1 pqir or 33 monos, 1 pair of 33H monos.
VPI Aries table w/SDS. Sony SCD777ES SACD. Speakers are Pipedreams 18.

Always up to company here. It's all about the music!


Paul  :green:


Re: In home auditions and systems
« Reply #3 on: 19 Aug 2006, 01:31 pm »
Paul,  you parted with the Aerial Model 20Ts? 


Re: In home auditions and systems
« Reply #4 on: 19 Aug 2006, 03:40 pm »
Paul,  you parted with the Aerial Model 20Ts? 

Hi Mark:

The 20t's are for sale. I tripped over a deal for the Pipedream 18's that was way too good to pass up.  :thumb:
Today is re-arrangement day, I just brought the 33H monos down from upstairs. I'm going to try the 33's on the mid/tweeter panels and the 33H's on the woofers, this may get reversed. I'm also experimenting with different placement of the woofers and the mid/tweeter towers. LOL this is way too much fun!


Paul  :green:


Re: In home auditions and systems
« Reply #5 on: 21 Aug 2006, 01:04 am »

Here's a new pic from today of the "pipes" from my chair. The camera shrinks the view, the room width is almost 17'. the towers are about 5 feet off the front wall and about 9 feet apart. I had the bass bins in the front corners, moving them out about 4 feet both ways allowed me to both tuck the 33's and 33H's into the corners and it served to tighten the bass and improve staging. So far so good.


Paul  :green:


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Re: In home auditions and systems
« Reply #6 on: 4 Sep 2006, 02:39 pm »
Hi everyone! I'm in Bridgewater MA.

I have a modest and smaller system by choice. No home theater!
Many systems later and half the co$t of some others I have had, this is one I'm enjoying the hell out of.

All Eastern Electric Mini Max, NOS Tubes and Herbies Halo's everywhere. Amp PP 8W/ch, Pre Amp, Phono Pre, and CD Player. Full Basis 1400 table, Benz Glider, Incognito wired RB300, Michelle Techno Weight upgrades. Brines Acoustics FT1600 II MLTL Fostex FE167E Single driver, HSU VTF 3 MKII Sub, 350W Bash amp. Wiring is Home Grown Audio Silver, Kimber 8TC, All Cryoed Asylum Power Cables. I also use a Brick Wall Line filter.


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Re: In home auditions and systems
« Reply #7 on: 5 Sep 2006, 07:35 pm »
Peter Galvin
Norton, MA

HT Sound System
Pioneer DVD 47AI
Onix Emotive Prepro
Outlaw 770 7-channel amp
Onix Rocket RS1000 mains
Onix Rocket RSC200 center
Onix Rocket RSS300 surrounds
Cambridge Soundworks Newton P200 Subwoofer

2-Channel Sound System
Pioneer DV47AI DVD transport
Computer transport
Lite DAC-60 DAC
PS Audio GCC-250 Integrated Amp
GR-Research Diluceo Mains now sitting idle
GR-Research custom subwoofer
Acoustic Zen Adagio Mains


Re: In home auditions and systems
« Reply #8 on: 5 Sep 2006, 08:35 pm »
Main 2 channel system:

Salk Sound Veracity HT3's speakers (stock)
BAT VK-600SE amp (also have Dodd 120 mono amps)
TacT 2.2x preamp/dac (modified by Aberdeen Components)
Squeezebox 2 (digital mods by Bolder Cable) with Bolder Ultimate II Power Supply/Silver DC Cable
VH Audio Cryo'd Pulsar with Silver NextGen connectors between SB2 and TacT
VH Audio Symmetry balanced ic's between TacT and amp
Gregg Straley speaker cables
Argent Audio Pursang jumpers
Monster AVS2000
Running Springs Audio Haley
Black Sand Silver Max IV's pc's on amp and Ultimate II PS
VH Audio AirSine on RSA Haley
SupraSword LoRad on TacT 2.2x
Sistrum Platforms
Adona Platforms
Audipoints cones
Realtraps tri-croners and minitraps for room treatment

All of the above is in a dedicated space that is 29'3" x 13'9"/17'6" (first 15'3 of room/second half 14')) x 8'.



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Re: In home auditions and systems
« Reply #9 on: 5 Sep 2006, 08:38 pm »

Is that dog real?  ;-)  You have 33s AND 33Hs?  Yikes!  What do they run?  33H on a sub and 33 on a speaker?


Re: In home auditions and systems
« Reply #10 on: 7 Sep 2006, 11:24 pm »

Is that dog real?  ;-)  You have 33s AND 33Hs?  Yikes!  What do they run?  33H on a sub and 33 on a speaker?

The dog is a ceramic "Nipper". Nipper was the dog on the RCA "his master's voice" logo. Yikes indeed on the 33's and 33H. At one time I was going to sell the 33H pair however that didn't work out. The pipedreams require bi or tri amplification so in the end it all worked out for the best.
The 33H's drive the woofers, and the 33's drive the mid/tweeters. I need to reverse this and try them the other way around.

I thank the powers that be and almighty God that I have been fortunate enough to maintain health, family and career and to have the enjoyment of great music in my home. None has come easy, thus appreciated all the more!


Paul :D


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Zybar, Looking for a roommate??
« Reply #11 on: 8 Sep 2006, 03:41 am »
Seriously, I can sleep in the garage.




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Re: In home auditions and systems
« Reply #12 on: 10 Sep 2006, 10:09 pm »
I live around Boston.

My system is has undergone major renovations in 2007.  The system now consists of the following compoents:

1) VMPS RM40 speakers (with all upgrades)
2) Bryston 4B SST amp
3) Bryston BP25 with MPS-1 Power Supply
4) Marantz CD5001 CD Player

Room treatments consist of two Mondo Traps and one Mini Trap from Real Traps.



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Re: Zybar, Looking for a roommate??
« Reply #13 on: 10 Sep 2006, 10:57 pm »
Seriously, I can sleep in the garage.



Only if you don't mind cutting the lawn and helping my build my HT.   :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao:



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Re: In home auditions and systems
« Reply #14 on: 15 Dec 2006, 11:59 pm »

I have people over all the time. sorry you missed out on hearing one of the only if not the only korneff abbey combo in NE.

right now i got nothing really.  I have a melos and hp2 combo.  I hope to have a super diy patekand 8" FR hempcone setup in the near future. 

I have had many people over, i even hosted a head-fi meet one year.



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Re: In home auditions and systems
« Reply #15 on: 12 Apr 2007, 03:01 am »
Rochester, NH.
Denon DVM-4800 (5-Disc Changer)
Technics 1200 GLD W/Ortofon 540 Mk II
Emotiva DMC-1 Pre-Pro
Sherbourne 1250 Amp
Blue Jeans Cables (Mostly)


Re: In home auditions and systems
« Reply #16 on: 12 May 2007, 01:54 am »
Newport, RI

Apple iBook
PS Audio Digital Link III
Sim Audio P-5 preamp
NHT Xd with dual subs
RealTraps and GIK Acoustics treatments.

IMO, the Xd's are the real deal, and I'm happy to demo them anytime.



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Re: In home auditions and systems
« Reply #17 on: 11 Oct 2007, 05:08 pm »
Winchester, MA

DISCLAIMER: I am a home-based dealer for some (not all) of the components in my rooms. That said, I'd love opportunities to share music listening experiences with others. I 'd be happy to host a gathering if people are interested.


1) Main Room
Analysis Audio Amphitryon Speakers
BAT VK-600SE power-amp or Spectron Audio Musician III
BAT VK-32SE pre-amp
BAT VK-PK5 phono-stage
Esoteric XO-3 CD/SACD
JA Michell Gyrodec turntable (in transit)
Harmonic Technology cables and interconnects

2) Second Room (all on order)
Eminent Technology LFT-8
Slim Devices Squeeze Box  (will be looking at Bolder cable mods)
Parasound P3/A21 pre-amp power-amp

3) Other goodies on order...
Usher Audio S-525 based home-theatre system (most likely Parasound electronics)
Usher Audio BE-718
JPS Lab Superconductor Q interconnects & speaker wire

4) Still deciding
Room treatments (taking it slowly)


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Re: In home auditions and systems
« Reply #18 on: 28 Nov 2009, 01:31 am »

Sturbridge, MA (junction of Mass Pike and interstate 84)

Disclaimer - I also run a home based audio business selling Dynaco type tube amp kits and wired Dynaco type tube amps. I also like to share musical experiences with fellow audiophiles. Bring some of your own CD's or LP's ... Below is a list of components I can demonstrate to anyone interested.

Main room downstairs

BAT VK-30 SE preamp
Bryston 4B-SST amp
Magnepan MG 3.6R speakers
Classe CD-1 CD transport
Bel Canto DAC 2 upsampling DAC
Music Hall MD-7 with Goldring MC cartridge
Foam room treatment

Main Room upstairs

BAT VK3i preamp
Nakamichi CD changer
Another Bel Canto DAC 2 upsampling DAC
Dynaco ST-120 60 WPC tube amplifier
Tyler Acoustics Linbrook II speakers

Work room

Computer music server
Audio Research LS-8 preamp
Dynaco ST-35 power amp OR
Assemblage SET-300B-SE amp
Tyler Acoustics Taylo Monitors

Email me at if you want to listen to any of the above equipment


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Re: In home auditions and systems
« Reply #19 on: 19 Nov 2010, 11:03 pm »
Mine is doubtless the most modest system here. I'm in Ipswich. At the moment, my two channel system (my only system) is:

Adcom GFA 535 amp
Morrision ELAD preamp
Arcam CD72 CD player
Silverline Minuet speakers

I am, however, very close to ordering an Insight 240 power amp from Frank Van Alstine. If it sounds as good as I hope it will, the Adcom will be up for sale.