This is my listening room, which my two-year-old daughter has dubbed, "Dad's Basement." It's a shared, multi-purpose room, but it's definitely used mostly for listening these days.

I've historically been more attracted to the music discovery side of the hobby. I got my first turntable at 17—which is still in service today—and paired it with various budget vintage receivers, integrated amps, and loudspeakers. Whatever would play the music.

Fast forward 20 years and I've started taking more of an interest in the gear, through these forums, blogs, magazines, YouTube videos, and podcasts. Over the course of the last year, I've done a lot of lurking and learning and upgraded many of my components based on that research.

My objective was to assemble a system that could give me a taste of what hifi audio could sound like, and arrange things in such a way that would give me flexibility to upgrade individual components over time as needed.

I don't think I'll ever get to the level of many of the systems I see on here, but I'm liking the way it sounds. And most importantly, I'm listening to way more music. In a very unexpected way, shifting my focus to gear has made me rediscover my love for music.

Room Details

Dimensions: 21’ × 13’  Medium
Ceiling: 8’

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    • Technics SL-1700
    Direct drive turntable.
    • Denon DL-103
    Moving coil cartridge.
    • Audio-Technica AT618a
    Disc stabilizer.
    • Vista Audio Phono 2
    Phono preamp.
    • AudioQuest Everest
    1.0 M single ended interconnect.
    • Bluesound Node 2i
    Streamer connecting primarily to Tidal Connect.
    • Blue Jeans Cable Belden 1694A Coaxial Digital Audio Cable
    Interconnect from streamer to preamp.
    • Parasound Halo P 6
    2.1 channel preamplifier and ESS Sabre32 Reference DAC.
    • Cullen Cable Midline Crossover Series Interconnect
    1.0 M balanced interconnect.
    • Parasound Halo A 23+
    Power amplifier.
    160 watts x 2 @ 8 Ω RMS
    240 watts x 2 @ 4 Ω RMS
    • AudioQuest X-2
    11 ft. speaker cable with budget banana plugs.
    • Triangle Genèse Trio
    Bookshelf loudspeakers.
    Sensitivity: 90 dB/m
    Bandwidth: 45 HZ - 20 KHz (+/-3db hz-khz)
    • Monoprice Monolith
    Pair of 24" speaker stands.
    • Herbie's Audio Lab Thin Fat Dot
    Isolation pads placed between loudspeakers and stands.
    • Herbie's Audio Lab Cone/Spike Decoupling Glider
    Regular size and brass material.
    • Blue Jeans Cable LC-1 SW Cable
    7' subwoofer interconnect.
    • Rythmik Audio L12
    12" sealed servo subwoofer.
    Finish: Piano gloss white with black grille
    Cone: Paper
    Amp: 300W RMS class D
    Frequency Response: 18 - 100 Hz (-3 dB @ 18Hz)
    • Cullen Cable Gold Series Power Box
    Uses 3 Pass & Seymour receptacles with a Gold Series power cable.
    • Cullen Cable Perfect Plug

    EMI shielded Receptacle filter wired to a Pass & Seymour 8300 series outlet.

Comments 5

The Nintendo consoles warm my heart.


Jond, crazy your GF went to college with Aaron and Mickey. They’ve always been a constant for me over the years.


Thanks, redwoodzz. That slipmat is from Graveface Records and animates with certain light conditions or with a specific frame rate on a camera.


Great set up.
Looks like a great place to listen to some music.
Really like the platter mat.


Nice room and nice system! I don't know that Triangle model they look very cool. And a Ween fan, my GF went to college with those guys good guys and fun band!


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