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post #46 of 503

I was close until the analog bug bit me...then the speaker bug...

 

But here the thing. I'm starting to reach my justifiable (sanity) limit on component costs.

 

I've got about another 10k to sink into the system (this includes a new rack and acoustic treatments) because I literally can't contemplate an upgrade for awhile. There will be things I want, but when I think about buying them rather than seeming attainable they just seem a little ridiculous.

 

EDIT: The fact that there's not much higher to go with my current brands is also kind of nice.

 

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Originally Posted by MacedonianHero View Post

LoL, I've been trying to get to that point for years. tongue.gif


Edited by MorbidToaster - 3/22/13 at 8:45pm
post #47 of 503
Quote:
Originally Posted by MorbidToaster View Post

I was close until the analog bug bit me...then the speaker bug...

 

But here the thing. I'm starting to reach my justifiable (sanity) limit on component costs.

 

I've got about another 10k to sink into the system (this includes a new rack and acoustic treatments) because I literally can't contemplate an upgrade for awhile. There will be things I want, but when I think about buying them rather than seeming attainable they just seem a little ridiculous.

 

There's always a "bug". wink.gif

post #48 of 503
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Originally Posted by MorbidToaster View Post

I was close until the analog bug bit me...then the speaker bug...

 

But here the thing. I'm starting to reach my justifiable (sanity) limit on component costs.

 

I've got about another 10k to sink into the system (this includes a new rack and acoustic treatments) because I literally can't contemplate an upgrade for awhile. There will be things I want, but when I think about buying them rather than seeming attainable they just seem a little ridiculous.

 

EDIT: The fact that there's not much higher to go with my current brands is also kind of nice.

 

 

That's a good way of thinking about it. 

post #49 of 503

Leben's highest integrated is only an extra 3k after I trade this one in with the dealer. WTL's highest end TT was just released and is 5k (again, after the sale of the Amadeus, even cheaper). Phono stage wise I plan on a Simaudio 310LP, but their next step up from that is...8k I think (not going there).

 

Harbeth's next step up is 1) WAY TOO HUGE for any room I'll ever live in 2) 14k (not going there either).

 

etc, etc. Just not thinking about that, but it's kind of nice to know the 'best they have to offer' isn't 100k away.

 

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Originally Posted by project86 View Post

 

That's a good way of thinking about it. 

post #50 of 503

MT we all know the saying with "oh no I'm not going to upgrade anymore, ahh another Harbeth but @ 14k?, nope no chance"....I'm betting that you'll be upgrading soon - again. wink.gif

 

@CrazyRay: Aww man...I'm feeling sick in the stomach, spewing that I sold off the Meridian DAC and CD transport system that I had in my possession for a little while........mad.gif

post #51 of 503
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Originally Posted by MorbidToaster View Post

 

 

...Harbeth's next step up is 1) WAY TOO HUGE for any room I'll ever live in 2) 14k (not going there either).

 

etc, etc. Just not thinking about that, but it's kind of nice to know the 'best they have to offer' isn't 100k away.

 

 

MT,

Harbeth's M40.1 in my great room.

 

Front End Analog:

  • Linn LP12 with Radikal power supply, Keel subchassis, Ekos SE tonearm, Akiva MC cartridge
  • Zesto Andros PS1 MC/MM phono stage

 

Digital System:

  • Bricasti M1 USB DAC with latest digital section power supply (March 2013)
  • Bryston BDP-2 Digital Music Player
  • PS Audio Perfect Wave DAC Mk2/PWT

 

Power Amp:

  • McIntosh MC452 Quad Balanced SS power amp (450 w/Ch)

 

Preamp/Headphone Amp

  • Ray Samuels A-10 Thunderbolt Electrostatic Headphone Amp/ Preamp

 

Headphones:

  • Stax SR-009 Electrostatic headphones

 

Accessories:

  • Running Springs Jaco Power Conditioner
  • Running Springs Haley Power Conditioner
  • Nordost Heimdall Balanced IC
  • Acoustic Zen Satori speaker cables
  • Synergistic Research,  Acoustic Zen, TG Audio, and Signal Cable power cords
  • DH Labs Digital Cables

Edited by SteveM324 - 3/23/13 at 4:57pm
post #52 of 503

How big is that room Steve? Jeez.

 

You've got some stuff I probably wouldn't invest in myself but just the Harbeths alone are drool worthy enough for me. 

 

Great system.

 

Edit: Also, any room treatment?

post #53 of 503

 

Here's another pic of my system. 

post #54 of 503

Oh, and how do you like the Zestos stage? I've got a line on a killer used deal on one.

 

Also, Jesus it's huge!

post #55 of 503
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Originally Posted by MorbidToaster View Post

How big is that room Steve? Jeez.

 

You've got some stuff I probably wouldn't invest in myself but just the Harbeths alone are drool worthy enough for me. 

 

Great system.

 

Edit: Also, any room treatment?

My room is quite large.  The ceiling is about 22 feet high.  The room is about 24' x 18' but it really is larger than that because the floor plan is very open.

No room treatments yet.  Bass is tight and extended with good response down to about 31 Hz.  The room is quite irregular and I have quite a

bit of space between the speakers and the side walls.  I have no issues with boomy bass that one might have with these speakers in a smaller

room.  The speakers just disappear in this setup.  I sit relatively close to the speakers in a equalateral triangle setup.  I get great imaging and

the system is very transparent.  The Zesto Andros PS1 is an incredible phono stage.  Michael Fremer just reviewed the PS1 in March.  The

Bricasti is less than a week old and it is a fantastic DAC.


Edited by SteveM324 - 3/23/13 at 5:39pm
post #56 of 503

22' ceilings? Wow. 

 

So it looks like you sit what...9-11ft from them? I'm guessing that's about how far apart they are. 

 

The Zestos doesn't do everything I want it to do but if it's still available when I have the money I'll absolutely be jumping on the used deal. 

post #57 of 503
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Originally Posted by MorbidToaster View Post

22' ceilings? Wow. 

 

So it looks like you sit what...9-11ft from them? I'm guessing that's about how far apart they are. 

 

The Zestos doesn't do everything I want it to do but if it's still available when I have the money I'll absolutely be jumping on the used deal. 

Yes the speakers are 9 feet apart center to center and my listening position is 9 feet back from the center to center plane.  The Zesto

is great and it helped me to appreciate the upgrades that I made to my turntable last year.  I also got a great deal on the Zesto.

 

I had the SLH-5 and a REL Strata III subwoofer (I still have but I don't use it with the M40.1) in my great room prior to getting the M40.1.  The 40.1s

fill the room much better with no negative effects and I don't need a sub.

post #58 of 503

Very nice room! It's great to see someone with larger speakers who actually needs them. Most times I think people just climbed the upgrade ladder until they end up with some massive speaker which is far too large for their modest room. 

post #59 of 503

I saw a guy with 40.1s in a 6x6x6 nearfield set up and couldn't stop laughing. His room was smaller than mine...and the HL5s are already too big for my room.

 

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Originally Posted by project86 View Post

Very nice room! It's great to see someone with larger speakers who actually needs them. Most times I think people just climbed the upgrade ladder until they end up with some massive speaker which is far too large for their modest room. 

post #60 of 503

gonna try this again.....1000

 

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