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I live in a one-room old schoolhouse in a hill town in Western Massachusetts.
Sort of an unorthodox approach, and I wouldn't call it source-first (everything is important, no? up to and including your room and your ears and your mind). But I would say the amplification part really sets up a lot of fun with hearing the character of sources and especially analog-signal changes. It's a little goofy but I love it, and I dig that the analog-signal chain is big and bold and on top for the eyes.
Comments and suggestions are welcome.
Brands I’d love to check out include Linear Tube Audio, First Watt, Shindo, Sugden, Auditorium 23, Audio by Van Allstein, Soundsmith, Koetsu, Miyajima, Tannoy, Omega, Zu, Heretic, and Klipsch. But also I very much could be 'done for now'.
That's so funny! I am a born and raised Leominster boy, and still have family there. My folks are buried in Fitchburg (I secretly think of Leominster/Fitchburg as the same town). And then I ended up in Western Mass for over 20 years. We do have similar paths in more than just audio...
@doyle3433 - Aw thanks! Yeah it’s sort of an odd path I’ve chosen - source equipment easily eclipsing amplification in cost - but I continue to be blown away at the sound I’m getting, and really hearing changes in carts, SUTs, and tubes.
Hi David! Sorry no I didn’t see your comment from a few months back! I’m in the Southern Berkshires, a town called Monterey. I grew up in the Fitchburg / Leominster area - folks are still there - and if and when I leave this area, I’m almost certainly going to try Greenfield / Turners Falls. Slow country MA life, but with weirder shows.
I responded to a comment you had made about my system quite a while ago, on my page. But let me post here as well. That is such a warm, welcoming space with the kind of equipment that emphasizes music over machines. Nice job on the layout, and on the priorities!
Donnedonne. I haven’t tried footers yet. I guess I figure Mr. Devore designed them for those cones, so I’ll stick with the cones. I’ve had more fun dialing them in in the room than anything. Even a few inches can change things. I also just prefer the simplicity of what came with the speakers.
Agree with you on the Devore S9s! In my limited space (small NYC apt...) I don't get much soundstage depth, but I primarily value them for their fleshy tone, texture and overall balance. Their "sheer humanity", as Art Dudley wrote about the original Nines. Haven't experimented with the spikes yet, or with putting rugs beneath them (currently no spikes -- on carpet, atop some 25 cent rubber anti-vibration pads from the hardware store). Have you messed around at all with footers?
Steveott - Thanks for the comment. These Super Nines are pretty incredible - I highly recommend demoing them if you can. Like everyone says, the soundstaging huge and the imagining is unreal. I can't speak too much about acoustic instrument timbre as I don't play one. The bass response is pretty insane - one of the reasons I chose these over the O/96s was that they sounded more 'contemporary', and this includes some pretty serious bass. Nothing these things don't do well - jazz, classical, folk, experimental, synths, pop are all brilliant. Hope that helps!
Welcome to the concrete block rack fan club. Curious why you have what looks like paper under your turntable feet. I'd strongly recommend you sit it on a level sheet of glass or maple. The speakers too would benefit from standing on paving slabs.
Nicflight - I had a Bifrost multibit that was my first DAC and I thought it sounded great. I wanted to see if I could hear what 'more' sounded like, as in, what could all that "extra" internal stuff do to digital sound? The Gumby is indeed more - mostly more detail. I think if you're coming from the Modi maybe try the Bifrost first. Love Schiit's schit, generally.