(I am auditioning the Adam A5x's, the sub is not needed at this point. Im looking for a nice tube DAC, cabling and power cables first. I like what I've heard about the grant tubedac 11, any thoughts? The a5x's have a very tight bass and eventhough my heart was set on subs I don't think they are a priority after listening to these monitors in my 8x13 listening room. There are a couple of tracks where I know the LF goes deeper but that's only about 10% of my listening. I was just reminiscing in my planning stage because my former setup in a larger room also, was ifinity 4.2 setup with carver pre/dual amps and carver hologram CD deck with a nice vinyl sound.
I've lost more great audiophile setups in my life😥. My all time favorite was audiophile technic turntable with 8 in rosewood cabinet, shure (forgot model),carver preamp and amps driving bi-amped ADS towers, with my heart the legendary dragon nakamichi tape deck at the center. I could record an LP to cassette and blow away any original source including CD's detail with warm full tones though. I can still remember going to that place we all dream about while listening to music over and over. Well back to 2012, starting from scratch with MBP with a few mp3's on a external HD. But the A5x's have a great little sound with excellent detail now I just need to select a DAC that can warm them up without losing detail. I know there's other options out there but I got a deal for a pr for $700. I don't have room for separates now so please stay with the active setup if you don't mind.
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Pangea power cords for a5's + dac
Cardas clear USB
Kimber or KCI coaxial cable
I am using some monoprice coaxials for now from my MBP to the A5's via a 3.5 RCA adapter. I may have to stay with them since 25ft is pricy for better RCA cabling.
I might revisit the sub question after I get to this point but I am concerned that blending in a sub or duals in this room could be tough. I'm not a big bass head but when my music digs deep for that second or two it's nice to feel it briefly.
I feel better now this has been good therapy 😜)