April 2019:

The last year has brought a lot of changes.  I ditched the sub. I found it muddied up the sound and the speakers by themselves just sounded more convincing. I moved away from the Google Chromecast Audio in favor of several different Raspberry Pi based solutions.  I settled on a combination of Volumio software and Allo’s Digione board. It runs SPDIF into my Schiit Modi Multibit and sounds very good. It is also fun to play with and the platform is infinitely customizable in terms of software and hardware.  I also upgraded my basic speaker wire to Analysis Plus Clear speaker wire. This change is too new to comment on, however it has seemed to open up the sound. It is just hard to do an A-B comparison.


March 2018:

I replaced my aging AVR with the Schitt Vidar and Saga combo.  I also upgraded my streaming from the Echo Dot to a combination of the Google Chromecast Audio into the Schiit Modi Multibit.  This was a great move. I tried integrating each component into my setup independently so I could here the results. I would have to say the DAC was the biggest single difference.  If anyone is wondering the Vidar is one heavy beast for its size. It is built like a tank and has added some real punch to the sound. I also added the Schiit Mani to connect my record player.

February 2018:

I added a Schitt Saga preamp to the system.  I moved the Sony receiver down the rack and it is itnow being used only as an amplifier in pass through mode with the volume set to max.  The CD player and Echo run into the Saga and the Saga feeds the receiver. I replaced the interconnects with some nicer monster cable RCA's I found in my stash.  I also removed the subwoofer as I feel like it actually muddied up the sound. These speakers are just too good on their own. I am also experimenting with bi-wiring.  I only have 16 gauge monster cable but I would still like to find out if it makes a difference. At some point I will invest in some better speaker cabling.

January 2018:

I spun the room arrangement 90 degrees. This was more based on function than sound.  I reposition the speakers using the Cardas square room calculations. I also upgraded my speakers to the Quad 21L's. What a difference.  Crisper highs and much better base extension. The music sounds more full. I also built a rack for the equipment.

December 2017:

I added the ProJect Carbon Debut.  The addition of vinyl to the mix was more fun than I expected. The sound is nostalgic and warm.  It will never be my primary media. It is costly and time consuming. However the hunt for records is an experience in itself.

First move:

The system was moved to a dedicated room.  The room was larger and I was able to place the speakers where I wanted instead of being limited by the desk they were sitting on.  I purchased some Sanus steel stands and began to play with speaker location. I used the Master Set theory as well as the Cardas room setup and speaker placement guide.  I also did the subwoofer crawl and the results were nothing short of amazing. The soundstage moved from the speakers to the center of the room. The bass tightened up. It made me want to listen more.  The whole process was fun. Measure and move and listen and move and measure and listen and put down some tape. You can burn way to much time and eventually you have to stop and enjoy.

First addition:

I added the SVS SB12-NSD subwoofer to the system and it changed my world.  The sound no longer just came at you. Instead it filled the room. It started to feel like an experience and not just listening to music.

Initial setup:

My long standing system was a pair of Paradigm Atom Monitor v.6 speakers coupled with a Sony STR-GA7ES audio visual receiver.  The speakers were on a desktop pulled away from the walls in a very small room. I used the analog output from a laptop for digital content.


Room Details

Dimensions: 13’ × 13’  Small
Ceiling: 9’

Components Toggle details

    • Schiit Audio Saga
    • ProJect Audio Systems Debut Carbon DC
    • Quad 21L
    • Schiit Audio vidar
    • Schiit Modi Multibit
    • Schiit Audio MANI
    • Schiit Audio Magni
    • Allo BOSS I2S DAC V 1.2
    • Audio-Technica ATH-M50x
    • Hifiman HE4XX

Comments 12

@nicflight, did you the room treatments? How is the Raspberry Pi streaming working for you?


Love those Quads. Well done on that Flexy Rack - great wood selection!


Thanks.  Now I need to invest in some room treatments.  The new wood floors have changed the acoustics dramatically.


Nice setup!  I dig Schitt's shit too.  Loving my DAC and Vidar and humble Sys!


Wow, you have transformed the system from what I saw last year. Great job sir! Room looks fantastic. And congratulations on the new equipment. Yes, those speakers make fabulous music. Enjoy your music!!


mjcmt... Sorry for the delayed response. I purchased the Schiit Saga from The Music Room.  I liked the unit and just started buying pieces from Schiit.  Next thing I know I had a whole system from them.  It is a very cost effective way to get into separates. I like the idea of being able to change out one piece at a time.  It is a fun part of the hobby.  I have no complaints about the sound, but I also don't have a lot to compare it to.  My next upgrade will be the dac as I would like to return the Modi to my headphone rig.


Very nice compact system. I like it a lot.
How does a full Schiit Audio system sound? What made you decide to go this route? Must be a detailed sounding rig.


Great looking system - love the astheatic. Mind if I ask what type of wood you used for the flexy rack?

Many years ago I completed a flexy rack with all of the material used from Home Depot. It looks like a disaster compared to yours. 


Awesome! Love the Schiit!


Great set-up, fun story, love the room and bet it sounds superb!


Thank you! They are the best speakers I have ever owned and I am thoroughly enjoying them.  I have moved them around the room about a million times, but have settled on the position you see here.  They sound best to me when I follow the Cardas room setup for placement in a square listening position.   This puts the speakers 48" off the back wall and 30" off the side wall.  I am planning on installing the spikes this weekend for a more permanent placement.  Still searching for an amp!


Wow Nicholas, that system is looking great!!
Good to see the Quads found a great home.


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