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post #16 of 66
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Thanks 4N6. I have heard the TTVJ 307A is tough to beat and I'll bet someone on hear heard it at Can Jam. Todd is very proud of it; apparently with good reason.
post #17 of 66
yeah. i want to hear the 307A as well.
post #18 of 66
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I really wanted the ability to use one more for analogue listening and one more for digital.
Hah, do you have oil filed in your backyard?
post #19 of 66
Really nice looking rig!
Two B-52's is a bit overkill though, imo...
post #20 of 66
Awesome! I hope to be able to hear a B-52 one of these days.
post #21 of 66
Keeping one for reserve? Nice rig!
post #22 of 66
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Thanks penger.
post #23 of 66
Balancing the 650's is the only way to listen to them. It is not a subtle change.

Two B52... ready to go to war... :-)

Good Job Big Eat.

Cheers,
post #24 of 66
damn pretty sexy setup man
post #25 of 66
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Thanks all. I'm going to see if I can't swing the balanced 650s.
post #26 of 66
First of all, that's a great listening area you have there.

Secondly, although I never heard Orpheous/R-10's and top-end setups [yet], I've had my time listening to balanced 650's through B-52's recently. It sounded "spectacular" by all means.

Though from my memory banks it was only beaten by another friend's rig which consisted of a GS-1000 and some tube amp of which I never learnt the name of and the sole reason why I got into head-fi in the first place... <_< I am trying to get in contact with him but he's apparently in Europe, so still waiting for e-mail reply.
post #27 of 66
Man that's some serious cash invested in that set up. My tally is 38K.....wow must be heavenly.

Seems you need some HD600's/ HD650's next (with equinox cabling) and some Denon D5000's. How about a VPI Scout signature,Shelter 901 MC and Manley steel head to round out the analog rig That'll put you over 50K......cool

It would be wonderful to hear some fine vinyl on that rig, some SACD goodness, hell anything sounds good on that I'm sure, even (GAG) mp3's

Peete.

PS Just say NO to Yoko Ono........
post #28 of 66
That's some serious bling. Nice way to top it off with a Meridian CD player. If I was swimming in money, I'd go absolutely all out too. Having the best I can afford is still pretty satisfying, thank God.
post #29 of 66
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Interesting suggestion Prickely Pete, for the additional expense, I have been turning over in my head the idea of the Scoutmaster Signature with an appropriate phone stage. The B-52's do not have phono. Any suggestions on a good compliment?
post #30 of 66
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Interesting suggestion Prickely Pete, for the additional expense, I have been turning over in my head the idea of the Scoutmaster Signature with an appropriate phone stage. The B-52's do not have phono. Any suggestions on a good compliment?
It's hard to beat the Scoutmaster Sig with a Shelter 901 MC. The phono stage is a toss up. Boulder makes a killer stage as does the aforementioned Manley Steelhead. Depends on how you like your vinyl. The Boulder is detailed,natural pretty well state of the art. The Manley is all tube with a million loading options, another masterpiece although definitely a tube amp. The latest stage from ARC is supposed to be amazing and an absolute knock out when paired with the AR ref pre amp and 610T mono blocks.
Is there a local brick and mortar dealer you can access for weekend loaners to see what might work with the TT/B52 ? It's hard to say what might be a good fit for the 52 without experimenting a little to see. I'd say at the very least you've got 80% of the best of analog playback nailed with the Scoutmaster Sig. It's worthwhile to move up to the Super Scoutmaster if coin isn't an issue.

You might want to try tube based stages first if that is your preference, and then SS/Hybrid designs. I seem to recall Aestetix (SP?) makes a killer stage, the Rhea as well for similar coin to the others mentioned (3-8k region). I haven't got the Acoustic Sounds catalog handy so I may wrong about the latter's price. Wait a sec...just found it...4K for the Rhea...not bad at all (gulp).

There are plenty of lower cost stages that are perfectly good, the Sutherland PHD, AcousTech PH-1P. Ear 88PB. (1.5 -4.5K) The Sutherland is something special, it's battery powered. Not bad for 3K.

If money was no object I'd look at the Manley Steelhead first, the Boulder 2008 second and the Aestetix Rhea third. All are first rate.

Those should get you started in the right direction.

Peete.
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