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    It's all about the music. Doc Sage's Avatar
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    Have you found nirvana?

    I owed a piece of equipment that, in four years of ownership, has yet to displease me. It always deliver the most exquisite aural experience...shivers up my spine whatever listening to Miles Davis or Steely Dan, Peter Gabriel or Yoshida Brothers. I have mated it with a variety of other links always to great result. I am forever looking for "better" reproduction equipment and have yet to hear something that makes me wish to replace this unit with. I have found nirvana.

    How about you? Do you own a piece of equipment that "just does it"? Please tell us about it.

    Doc Sage

    P.S. Oh!!! It's a pair of JosephAudio RM25si Signature II.

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    Hey Doc,

    Martin Logans combined with McIntosh amps...can't imagine what it would take to get me to change.

    ...and as I type this the aformentioned Miles Davis validates this.




    ---sticks
    So, I broke into the palace
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    She said : "Eh, I know you, and you cannot sing"
    I said : "That's nothing - you should hear me play piano"

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    Ya!

    Stax SR-5's powered by the SRA-3S energizer (modded). You may ask, what makes it Nirvana? Yes, glad to say: electrostatic push-pull earspeakers, single-ended triode tubes to power it. The source is almost irrelevant. Oh, I almost forgot the cherry on top: the hard-to-find Static Headroom, which reduces ear fatigue by a big margin. Omega II's hardly tempt me...

    Nirvana, a perfect state of nothingness...just outside Des Moines...

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    Magnepan 3.6's with Ayres $10K power amp and $10K CDP.

    But back to the real world. My Magnepan QR 1.6's with my new Parasound amp and Van Alstine Tube Hybrid DAC and an All Tube Van Alstine Preamp . I don't own the preamp yet but he let me audition it in my home. I think that once I buy the Preamp sometime next year I will have found Audio Nirvana. That is until I decide to buy the new Marantz 8003 SACDP and the Magnepan 3.6's.
    Pass Labs X250 amp, BAT Vk-51se Preamp,
    Thorens TD-145 TT, Bellari phono preamp, Nagaoka MP-200 Cartridge
    Magnepan QR1.6 speakers
    Luxman DA-06 DAC
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    Dual Martin Logan Original Dynamo Subs
    Parasound A21 amp
    Vintage Luxman T-110 tuner
    Magnepan MMG's, Grant Fidelity DAC-11, Class D CDA254 amp
    Monitor Audio S1 speakers, PSB B6 speakers
    Vintage Technic's Integrated amp
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    Adcom GFR 700 AVR
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    Forum Regular Florian's Avatar
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    The only thing that has frustrated me close to the point of total dispear and anger is also the single most importent and loved (on a material basis) piece of gear i own. The Apogee "GRAND". It doesnt matter how long i have to wait or how much money i have to throw at it. It doesnt matter that i need a crane and a fork lift just to move it. The music it reproduces, the sheer reality makes this the most complex and easily enjoyed component i ever had and most likely ever will have in my life.
    Lots of music but not enough time for it all

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    Turn 8 @ Laguna Seca, aka "The Corkscrew." Extreme pucker factor. It may not have been Nirvana, but I swear I saw God.

    Oh wait, wrong forum...

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    Equipment? Nah...but I could name a few dozen shiny little circles that do the trick....

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    My Onix Mini Stratas have planner mids & highs while combining conventional mid woofers and powered subs. These bring me many hours of listening bliss every day. Every time I turn them on, they do the same for me.
    WARNING! - The Surgeon General has determined that, time spent listening to music is not deducted from one's lifespan.

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    I thought nirvana only had to do with having sex.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich-n-Texas
    I thought nirvana only had to do with having sex.

    Thats why I replied "Audio Nirvana"!

    I think we should all move in with Flo!!!!!!!!
    Pass Labs X250 amp, BAT Vk-51se Preamp,
    Thorens TD-145 TT, Bellari phono preamp, Nagaoka MP-200 Cartridge
    Magnepan QR1.6 speakers
    Luxman DA-06 DAC
    Van Alstine Ultra Plus Hybrid Tube DAC
    Dual Martin Logan Original Dynamo Subs
    Parasound A21 amp
    Vintage Luxman T-110 tuner
    Magnepan MMG's, Grant Fidelity DAC-11, Class D CDA254 amp
    Monitor Audio S1 speakers, PSB B6 speakers
    Vintage Technic's Integrated amp
    Music Hall 25.2 CDP
    Adcom GFR 700 AVR
    Cables- Cardas, Silnote, BJC
    Velodyne CHT 8 sub

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich-n-Texas
    I thought nirvana only had to do with having sex.
    Actually, I'm pretty sure it's Hindi and has spiritual connotations.

    ...but the sex thing is good too.
    So, I broke into the palace
    With a sponge and a rusty spanner
    She said : "Eh, I know you, and you cannot sing"
    I said : "That's nothing - you should hear me play piano"

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobsticks
    Actually, I'm pretty sure it's Hindi and has spiritual connotations.
    Is Hindi plural for Hindu? Thanks for the heads-up nonetheless Mr. Stix. I don't want to be traipsing on someone's burial grounds.

    Quote Originally Posted by (I think he's the mayor of his town, I really do. Think about it!)
    ...but the sex thing is good too.
    I remember when I was able to connect the two.

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    Not in my home, but in visiting a local dealer I got to hear the Gallo acoustics 3a's. They sounded great. If I had the money I would have them. At 3k they were incredible, the ribbon tweeter blew me away and they have extremely clean bass especially when connected via the Gallo sub woofer amp. The dealer I go to carries B&W almost exclusively and has shown off the 802d's to me just for kicks. While they sounded great, the Gallos didn't lag far behind for me. By the way, I heard the Gallo's powered by Rotel and the B&W's by Krell. Sometimes I think Krell isn't the best match for B&W though so maybe a different amp would have been better. I find the Krell pretty bright with them or maybe just revealing. All I know is that, when and if the funds are ever available, Gallo's are on the top of my list.

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    Hindi is a language, Hindu is a religion. Both originated in India.
    I like sulung tang.

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    Quote Originally Posted by topspeed
    Turn 8 @ Laguna Seca, aka "The Corkscrew." Extreme pucker factor. It may not have been Nirvana, but I swear I saw God.

    Oh wait, wrong forum...
    You've driven on the Laguna Seca?

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    I've been very satisfied with my setup for some time now, and still have no desire to fool with it.

    All music files on a computer hard drive in FLAC, piped into a DEQX unit for room correction and active crossover setup, into four ICEPower monoblocks (1000wpc on the bass panels, 500 wpc on the mid/treble), into Magnepan 3.6Rs.
    There's an audiophile born every minute. Congratulations; you're right on time.

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    Even though the Mobile Fidelity OML 1's are fairly new to the system I think they will be around for quite a while.
    JohnMichael
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    Quote Originally Posted by topspeed
    Turn 8 @ Laguna Seca, aka "The Corkscrew." Extreme pucker factor. It may not have been Nirvana, but I swear I saw God.

    Oh wait, wrong forum...
    damn you beat me to it, i was going to say race gas + burning rubber and getting thrown in the back seat for 1320'

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