After being laid off in 2009, I literally had no choice but to sell off my entire audio collection of vacuum tube and solid state components I've accumulated since the mid '80s (from Carver and McIntosh to Magnepan to Triangle). While going through a debt management program to pay off my credit cards, I eventually saved up and bought my brother's 1978 Sansui G-7000 Pure Power DC Stereo Receiver, his Klipsch Reference Series RF-10 3-Way Tower Loudspeakers and his used Sony PlayStation 3 for Blu-ray and compact disc playback. That system actually served me extremely well for many years.

In 2019 my debt was finally paid in full, and I managed to save some money and slowly build up my current audio system to what it is today, and it's a far cry power-wise from my venerable 6.5Wpc single-ended 300B triode setup! I finally caught up to 21st century standards with Class D amplification and Hi-Res digital streaming components.

I do miss vacuum tube warmth...maybe someday in the not-too-distance future I may opt for tube preamplification. But at present this 2-channel audio system is incredibly dynamic, transparent, airy and highly detailed without any stringent imperfections associated with earlier Class D switching artifacts. And with the addition of a stand-alone audiophile DAC, compressed streaming music on TuneIn, along with lossless albums on Amazon Music HD have opened up considerably. Eventually I may save up for a new turntable for my vinyl collection...hell, I'd even love a refurbished Nakamichi cassette deck again for my vast collection of tapes I recorded back in the '80s and '90s!

In the meantime, playing with loudspeaker and subwoofer placement has yielded rather amazing results. Tighter bass without one-note boom is noticeable after positioning them closer to the corners (and making small level adjustments), while pulling out the standmount Sonus fabers an inch or two brought out their imaging to even more realistic levels!

Room Details

Dimensions: 14’ × 12’  Small
Ceiling: 8’

Components Toggle details

    • NuPrime STA-9 Class A+D Stereo Amplifiers Bridgeable to 290 watt Monoblocks
    • Emotiva BasX PT-100 Stereo Preamplifier/DAC/Tuner
    • Sonus faber Venere 1.5 2-Way Standmount Loudspeakers
    • Hsu Research STF-2 Powered Subwoofers
    • Sony UBP-X1100ES 4K UHD Blu-ray/DVD/SACD/CD Player
    • Bluesound Node N100 Network Streaming Music Player
    • Roku 4 4K UHD Streaming Player
    • S.M.S.L. SU-8 Version 2 32bit/768kHz DAC
    • APC H15 Power Conditioner
    • Blue Circle Audio BC660-6Si 6 outlet Power Conditioner
    • Blue Circle Audio Yalo Bulala Powerline Filter
    • AudioQuest Black Mamba II Interconnects
    • Straight Wire Audio Rhapsody S Interconnects
    • Straight Wire Audio TOS Premium Toslink Fiber Optic Audio Cable
    • Monster Cable MC 400DFO Advanced Performance Toslink Fiber Optic Audio Cable
    • Choseal LB-5110 OCC Speaker Cables
    • Maze Audio Ref4 Braided Speaker Cables
    • Maze Audio Ref4 SE Braided Power Cables
    • Mojo Audio Cross-Helix Power Cable
    • Cullen Cable Crossover Power Cable
    • Signal Cable Inc. MagicPower Power Cable
    • Pangea Audio AC 9SE MKII Signature Power Cable
    • Pangea Audio AC 14SE MKII C7 Signature Power Cable
    • Pangea Audio HD23PC Premier SE HDMI Cable
    • Pangea Audio HD26L HDMI Cable
    • Vizio E550I-A0 55-inch Widescreen LED Smart TV
    • Haropa R13SVG Tempered Glass and Steel Audio/Video Rack

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Thank you for your comment. Yes, it's a bare concrete floor (I pulled out the original carpeting years ago and just haven't bothered to put down new flooring)...and although I don't doubt other types of footers may work better, the floor is surprisingly level, plus I don't notice any adverse affects using the spikes.


Way to go!  BTW is that a concrete floor?  If so, it might be worth trying some other type of footers, with more "give" than spikes/cones.  Might not help, just an idea


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