Systems

Retirement Bliss, a Two-channel Audio System by JakeJ

The new room. More acoustic treatment in my future.
Room Size
23' x 19' x 7'5
System Overview
I came to the realization that I needed a system that requires very little maintenance. Retubing my VAC gear will be too expensive after retirement so I set about putting together a solid-state system that rivaled the VAC setup.
Music Preferences
Classical, jazz, rock/prog rock, world beat, bluegrass, and country swing. Just about anything except gangsta rap.
Room Description
My new place has a larger living room the has three walls that are more complete with a smaller opening to the dining area.
Acoustic Treatment
RealTraps Mondo & Mini traps, Acoustica Applicata DAADs. Need Diffusers.
Listening Impressions
Highly detailed but still relaxed and natural. The YBA preamp is the latest addition to my equipment harem and it blows the Audio Experience out of the water. Wide expansive soundstage. Not much in the way of depth even though center fill is good. Need those diffusers to get that depth.
Media Storage
Ikea Expedit shelving, sadly not available anymore.
Other Comments
I am primarily focused on collecting more music now and am much less concerned with the equipment. BWA HA HA HA, no I'm not, I'm a damn gear slut. Recently having come to the realization that I will not be able to afford retubing my VAC setup I focused on SS gear for my retirement (which is still ten years off but I'd rather be prepared well in advance).
Components
Digital Source
Musical Paradise MP-D2 Mk2 with Modwright enhancements fed by one of two sources - CEC TL-51X transport via AES/EBU, Mac Mini Music server via USB.
Analog Source
SOTA Sapphire/SME M2-9/Dynavector 17D3. Sumiko Blackbird in the wings. LKV Research Phono 2-SB phono stage. Klyne SK-1 MC pre-preamp.
Other Sources
Naim NAT-05 tuner.
Preamp
YBA Signature preamp with MM phono, or Audio Experience A2 fully balanced tube line stage, or VAC CPA 1 Mk3 w/ upgrades includes MM/MC phono.
Power Amp
Pass Labs X350.5, or Mivera Audio PowerStream SE, or VAC PA-160 tube monoblock amps also upgraded by VAC.
Speakers
PMC EB1i, or PMC LB1 Signature, or PMC DB1 Gold, or Bamberg prototypes.
Subwoofer
JL Audio Fathom 112
Speaker Cable
Jena Labs Twin 19, or Cardas Golden Cross, or Analysis Plus Silver Oval.
Interconnects
Jena Labs Symphony XLR, Jena Labs Fugue RCA, or Cardas Golden Cross, or Analysis Plus Silver Oval-In, or Transparent Audio Super and Ultra XLR MM2.
Power Cables
Audio Magic Sorcerer & Silver Matrix, LAT International AC-2, Take Five Audio Neotech NEP-3002 MK III Deep Cryo Treated, and 1 6' Furutech DPS-4 with FI-50 NCF plugs.
Headphones
Audeze EL-8, iFi Micro DSD V1, iFi iLink USB to S/PDIF converter.
Racking
Contours and a pair of AV123 three shelf racks.
Power Cond
Audio Magic Stealth XXX.
Tuning and Tweaks
Herbie's Tenderfeet & Tube Dampers, Audio Magic Pulse Gen & Speaker Clarifiers, Tigernation Maple slab, Goldpoints, brass cones, etc.
Other Components
Nakamichi 1000 wiating to be refurbed.