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    new member

    new member, Brisbane, Australia. Been into hi fi for 20+ years. Not so much into it these days as I have many other (expensive) hobbies [photography + astronomy], but thought I'd join up. Gear is:

    Audiolab 8000C pre-amp
    2 x Audiolab 8000M monoblocs
    Sonus Faber Electa Amators + dedicated stands
    REL Stadium II
    SystemDek IIX900
    Lyra Clavis MC cartridge
    Rega RB300 tonearm
    NAD 402 tuner
    Nakamichi CR5 cassette deck
    DPA PDM 1 Series 3 DAC
    Teac Esoteric P-500 CD transport
    Various speaker cables
    Various interconnects
    I'll listen to most music other than dance/trance/trash & thrash metal

    I'm a big fan of DPA gear as well (aka Deltec).

    That's about it.


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    Grouchy when I wanna be Couch Potato Grouch's Avatar
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    Paris ontario
    From one "NOOB" to another may I be the first to say welcome dpastern,
    There seem to be alot of knowledgable folks in here,

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    Forum Regular blackraven's Avatar
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    St. Paul, Minnesota
    Welcome to AR, and very nice equipment you have listed there.
    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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    Sure, sure... Auricauricle's Avatar
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    Jun 2008
    Welcome, Deep. You might not wanna tell anyone 'bout your other pursuits (photography/astronomy)....Folks here like purists.

    What, you have a life?!

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    Phila combat zone JoeE SP9's Avatar
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    Jun 2003
    Philadelphia, PA
    Jeeeeeeze, Sonus Faber Amators and you're not into it. My God, what would you have if you were into it?
    Seriously, welcome aboard.

    Man, you gotta get out more Go hear your local symphony orchestra. Then go home and play the same selection on your system. That should make you want to get out more.
    It sure works for me.
    ARC SP9 MKIII, VPI HW19, Rega RB300
    Marcof PPA1, Shure, Sumiko, Ortofon carts, Yamaha DVD-S1800
    Behringer UCA222, Emotiva XDA-2, HiFimeDIY
    Accuphase T101, Teac V-7010, Nak ZX-7. LX-5, Behringer DSP1124P
    Front: Magnepan 1.7, DBX 223SX, 2 modified Dynaco MK3's, 2, 12" DIY TL subs (Pass El-Pipe-O) 2 bridged Crown XLS-402
    Rear/HT: Emotiva UMC200, Acoustat Model 1/SPW-1, Behringer CX2310, 2 Adcom GFA-545

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    Thanks guys.

    LOL @ Joe. Back then, I was into it.

    In those days, I did have plans to get another 2 Audiolab 8000M Monoblocs, upgrade the pre amp to something like a PIP II, get a separate headphone and MC amp, upgrade the tonearm to a SME IV, and find a SystemDek IIX900/E (had an external PSU and acrylic platter, both of which helped improve this fine deck even more). Oh, and an upgrade to some SF Guarneri homages...that'd be nice. hehehe.

    Now I'd probably go for a Mark Levinson No. 39 CD transport, paired with the DPA DAC, which still holds it's own. If money was no objective, I'd probably track down and do all the upgrades, other than the SystemDek (very rare to find the IIX/900E units these days), and Pink Triangle PIP II pre amps are as rare as hens teeth...DNM might be a choice. Michele ISO head amps are rare too, and I'd have to research headphone amps...

    These days, photography and a resurgence in Astronomy account for most of my spare money...

    Photography - I mainly shoot nature, specialising in macro photography of Insects & Arachnids, if you're curious, my website is:

    I'm re-starting out in Astronomy after a 20 year hiatus...basic gear now, but will eventually get a Takahashi refractor 4" (around AU 5-6k), and a Deepsky instruments Ritchey-Chretien 10" unit (around 9k), and a nice shiny Astro-Physiks AP900 mount (around 15k). That'll keep me busy for the next 3-4 years rofl...


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