View Poll Results: What are your hifi system(s) worth ? (shop retail price, NOT what you paid for)

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  • 7001 - 10,000

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  1. #1
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    Talking What is your hifi system worth ? (retail price, and NOT what you paid for)

    Hello fellow audio-phreaks.

    My other poll gave you the opportunity to express your passion to what kind(s) of
    hifi systems you have set up in your home. Sorry I published ppl's choices, I will NOT do
    that for this poll. You will be able to see the number result only, not who voted.

    This one concentrates on how much pain, passion, dollars, you have paid in order to
    take you to that journey you need to make. This is the TOTAL cost (retail price), of ALL
    of the hifi systems in your home, as many as you actually have at home. Vote on what
    your system(s) are worth shop retail price, NOT what you paid for.

    Make sure you also add up all of your speaker cables, interconnects, speaker end plugs,
    power surge protectors, UPSs, current regulator systems, sound dampeners, hifi/component
    cabinets, LCD/Plasma, TVs, VCRs, BluRay players, HD boxes, DVR's, PVR's, surround
    speakers, Subwoofers.

    DO NOT add the value of your CD/DVD disc collections. I'm not interested in music media in
    this poll.

    Any set up over 5K, I'd be interested to know what it is, if it's in your profile, let me know,
    to save space

    This is NOT a contest, it's not a 'most expensive' wins. I'm purely curious as what it took
    to make your listening experiences as pleasurable as possible.

    My theory is you cannot put a number/price on audio happiness. However we do tend
    to live in life, the same way as we journey through our audio listening experienced lives.
    We upgrade once in a while, some more often than others. Technology demands some of
    us to upgrade more often than we would of 10 years ago.

    I'm willing to take a guess that the majority of folks would have a system worth about
    5K. I would be interested to find how if that ends up being the case, or am I so totally
    wrong ?

    Any systems 10K or more, msg me personally. I want to understand which components
    are your most expensive ones, why you made those choices, what would you also say
    is the weakness in your system (if you have found any).

    NOTE : If you found this poll a most useful "getting to know our other hifi breatherin"
    excercise, your positive feedback is welcome.


    Thankyou again.
    Last edited by OzzieAudiophile; 04-06-2008 at 03:14 PM. Reason: Typo, spelling mistake :P
    Current System :

    Xindak XA8800MNE Mono Block Power Amplifier
    Cambridge Audio 840E Pre Amplifier
    Cambridge Audio 840C CD Player and DAC
    Dynaudio Contour 1.8 MK-II
    Pioneer DVR-640H (250 GB HDD)
    Foxtel Digital
    Samsung LCD 40in LA40M81BDX
    Sony PS 3 (source - CD/SACD/DVD/Blu-Ray)
    XLO Interconnects & speaker cables
    Sonos Wireless Music System

    Upgrade Path :

    1. Power regulation system

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    Good question Ozziephile, I was wondering about a few members rigs also.

    All prices USD and MSRP

    Main System

    Marsh p200b pre = $1500
    Marsh a400s amp = $2500
    psb Stratus GT-1 = $2000 ***will upgrade sometime soon
    2-Infinity 10" subs = $700 ***will upgrade or delete sometime soon
    Turntable = $1000
    (complete with phono amp)
    Misc ICs/spkr cbl = $400????

    SubTotal = $8,100 (paid about $4500)

    with 46" HDTV & HD receiver =$3,000

    Total = $11,100 not including ext. soundcard and ext. HD for computer feed

    Bedroom

    Denon AVR2500 = $600??? bought used
    Infinity Beta 20 = $500
    Infinty TSS c&surr = $300??
    Klipsch 8" sub = $250??
    Cbls/wire = $100??

    SubTotal = $1750

    With 32" Phillips CRT = $700 new???

    Total =$2450???

    Misc unused gear


    Sansui AU 6900 = $300???
    HK TD302 tape = $700
    Technics SPG350 CD= $250???

    Total of all Entertainment Equip. = $14,800

    A lot of the prices are an educated guesses so actual $$ may vary.
    Anyone feel free to correct my prices.
    Last edited by Luvin Da Blues; 04-06-2008 at 06:19 AM.
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    Ozzie, my system goes as follows

    b and w dm 602 s3 speakers***- 650
    rotel rc1070-500
    rotel rb1080 power amp-1000
    monster cable z2 speaker wire (bi wired)-100
    blue jeans cable interconnects (2)- 70
    marantz 3001 dvd player (as source)***200
    cyberpower 1010ht linefilter+surge- 120
    crystal acoustics 12 inch sub- 650
    monster cable power cord- 50 (for amp)
    I have a 26 inch panasonic lcd-750 which is separate from my 2 channel rig
    I have created my own sound damping for my components by taking two mdf slabs and stacking them between rubber grip pads on each corner of the botom mdf slab to separate the two- total cost to DIY probably 30 bucks
    I also custom built 4 fet by two feet by 4 inch deep sound panels of mineral wool- total cost 70 dollars.
    total=4480
    This is a two channel system
    I have marked a star by the two components I will upgrade soon in the future. While my amp and preamp cost over double my speakers, this is not the norm, nor reccomended approach. My approach, because I will be going to college, is to upgrade my speakers once I am out of colege. I wouldn't want to lug large floorstanders into my dorm reason being. The speakers I intend to buy will most likely be atleast 2 grand. Also in the near future I will upgrade my source to either the rotel 1072-700 or the marantz 5001-300.
    On a student budget my situation is a little different, but even with the weaknesses I have (speaker, source) I still thouroughly enjoy my system

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    Interestingly I had to list my system and include replacement costs for my insurance agent. My main system totaled a little over $5,100. I do have $1,640 dollars in components that have been upgraded. What was surprising is most of the expense was in my turntable and modifications.

    Rega Planar 2 $495.
    Benz MC Gold cartridge $350.
    RingMat record mat $ 90.
    Incognito tonearm rewire $295.
    Deep Groove subplatter $179.
    Michell Technoweight $179.

    Total $1,588

    The table has replacement feet that were a gift but I do need to assign a value. They are great and I would not want to be without them.

    The rest of my system is in my signature. The unused components due to upgrades are a Cambridge Audio 640A, Marantz CD5001, Ascend CBM 170SE, NHT SuperOne's, Sony cd changer recorder, Rotel RQ970 BX phono preamp.

    Future upgrades will be the Exposure 2010S integrated amp and either the Musical Fidelity XLPS v8 or Simaudio Moon LP3 phono preamps.
    Last edited by JohnMichael; 04-06-2008 at 06:18 AM.
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    Vinyl Rega Planar 2, Incognito rewire, Deepgroove subplatter, ceramic bearing, Michell Technoweight, Rega 24V motor, TTPSU, FunkFirm Achroplat platter, Michael Lim top and bottom braces, 2 Rega feet and one RDC cones. Grado Sonata, Moon 110 LP phono.
    Digital
    Sony SCD-XA5400ES SACD/cd SID mat, Marantz SA 8001
    Int. Amp Krell S-300i
    Speaker
    Monitor Audio RS6
    Cables
    AQ SPKR and AQ XLR and IC

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    Sounds like you guys made pretty much the most of the money you spent.

    What I was suprised the most is how much I spent on interconnects, cables.

    DynAudio Contour 1.8s - 6000
    (Getting next week delivered) - Samsung LCD 40inch LA40M81BDX 2500
    Yamaha AV Receiver RX-V1300 - 1700
    Monster Interconnects, Video Cable, and speaker plugs - 1200 (at least 7 cables)
    Monster Power Surge Protection, plus other Surge protection - 500
    Pioneer DVR-640H (250 GB HDD) - 900
    Panasonic DVD-F65 (connect via Optical) - 150
    GH Pair of Floorstanding Speakers (as rears) - 200
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    Total $13150

    IF I end up getting my dream McIntosh MC402 - 10000
    IF I end up getting my dream McIntosh MCD201 - 6300
    XLR cables - 550
    Power regulator (keep constant 240V ) 1500

    Total cost will then become 31,500 ! :P (yeah if I sell the house lol)
    Current System :

    Xindak XA8800MNE Mono Block Power Amplifier
    Cambridge Audio 840E Pre Amplifier
    Cambridge Audio 840C CD Player and DAC
    Dynaudio Contour 1.8 MK-II
    Pioneer DVR-640H (250 GB HDD)
    Foxtel Digital
    Samsung LCD 40in LA40M81BDX
    Sony PS 3 (source - CD/SACD/DVD/Blu-Ray)
    XLO Interconnects & speaker cables
    Sonos Wireless Music System

    Upgrade Path :

    1. Power regulation system

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    here in europe?
    well, I'll convert to US dollars, with the current exchange rates...

    Mcintosh MA6400 € 4 500 = 7 064.55 US$
    Thiel CS2.3 € 5 250 = 8 241.975 US$
    Marantz CD5001OSE € 350 = 549.46500 US$
    Luxman PD-282 ??? found it for free, it retailed for something like $350, back in 1976
    Denon DL-103 € 180 = 282.58200 US$
    Pro-ject Phonobox II € 99 = 155.4201 US$
    Siltech MXT new york € 208 = 326.5392 US$
    Kimber PBJ $87
    Qed Qunex 3 $78 or so
    Furutech powercable € 100 = 156.99 US$
    Kimber 4VS (4m) €68 = 106.7532 US$


    so that's $17399,2745 in total...

    keep in mind the $ is pretty weak now compared to the €...

    upgrades will be the sources, probably...
    and the speaker cables.

    Keep them spinning,
    Bert
    Life is music!

    Mcintosh MA6400 Integrated
    Double Advent speakers
    Thiel CS2.3's
    *DIY Lenco L75 TT
    * SME 3012 S2
    * Rega RB-301
    *Denon DL-103 in midas body
    *Denon DL-304
    *Graham slee elevator EXP & revelation
    *Lehmann audio black cube SE
    Marantz CD5001 OSE
    MIT AVt 2 IC's
    Sonic link Black earth IC's
    Siltech MXT New york IC's
    Kimber 4VS speakercable
    Furutech powercord and plugs.

    I'm a happy 20 year old...

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    Quote Originally Posted by OzzieAudiophile
    ............
    This one concentrates on how much pain, passion, dollars, you have paid in order to
    take you to that journey you need to make.

    .............

    This is NOT a contest, it's not a 'most expensive' wins. I'm purely curious as what it took
    to make your listening experiences as pleasurable as possible.
    I know this is meant to be a fun thread and is really just to satisfy your curiosity, but I just wanted to emphasize one point:

    The amount of money spent on your setup is not a meaningful measure of anything.

    It is neither:

    1) A measurement of someone's dedication or passion for audio: - If a multi-millionaire spends $200K on an impulse purchase of a HT, does that mean he has more passion for audio than the college student who saved, researched and auditioned for 2 years to buy a $1K setup?

    Nor

    2) A reflection of audio knowledge and experience: - Using the same example as above; the multi-millionaire might not even know how to power up his setup, while that same college student might know every feature on the millionaire's setup and be able to take it apart and rebuild it (with enough time and tools).

    All that said, once I get my new system setup I'll revisit this thread and vote in the poll.

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    Ajani,
    I agree with you to a certain level. But how many multi millionaire are reading these threads. Like you mentioned they spend the money without objection. On the other hand, I have to make sure that my hard earned dollars go along way, and I don't have a dollar tree in my backyard, therefore the money that I spend is a reflection of my passion.

    Regards,
    "Music is the Best" Frank Zappa
    • Samsung LCD 46"
    • B&W 704's Speakers
    • B&W HTM7 Center channel
    • Velodyne SPL 1000 Subwoofer
    • Denon AVR2808CI Receiver
    • ATI 1505
    • Sony PS3 Media player
    • Denon 2910 DVD Player
    • Turntable Rega P1
    • Bellari Pre-Phono
    • Transparent cables/Blue Jean cables

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    Quote Originally Posted by tony_abreu
    Ajani,
    I agree with you to a certain level. But how many multi millionaire are reading these threads. Like you mentioned they spend the money without objection. On the other hand, I have to make sure that my hard earned dollars go along way, and I don't have a dollar tree in my backyard, therefore the money that I spend is a reflection of my passion.

    Regards,
    Yes and no. The problem still lies with trying to compare money spent. Even assuming that neither you nor I are millionaires; If you spent $5K on your setup and I spent $10K, does that mean I am more passionate about audio than you? Just because I frequent this board and spend $10K on a setup doesn't actually tell you how passionate I am about the hobby... I could just make far far far more money than you do (or just have far less expenses) and thus am able to spend more on audio. I still don't think money is a really good measure of anything in our hobby.

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    You bring a good point. If you have more earning power, definitely you will spend more. But for me as an individual, the money that I spend is a reflection of how strong my passion is for this hobby. Many fights with the wifey on priorities, will reassure this in my case.

    Regards,
    "Music is the Best" Frank Zappa
    • Samsung LCD 46"
    • B&W 704's Speakers
    • B&W HTM7 Center channel
    • Velodyne SPL 1000 Subwoofer
    • Denon AVR2808CI Receiver
    • ATI 1505
    • Sony PS3 Media player
    • Denon 2910 DVD Player
    • Turntable Rega P1
    • Bellari Pre-Phono
    • Transparent cables/Blue Jean cables

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    Show & tell time, eh?

    Well, OK ... my stereo system: approximate original US$ prices, or actual price if higher:
    • Technics SL-2 turntable & tonearm: $300
    • Denon DL-110 cartridge: $150
    • TCC TC-750 phono preamp: $60
    • HP computer, P4, 512MB RAM + monitor, keyboard, mouse: $900
    • Denon TU-767 tuner: $300
    • Sony SCD-CE775 SACD player: $600
    • M-Audio Audiophile USB external sound card: $200
    • Assemblage DAC 1.5 + Parts Connexion mods: $1000
    • Sonic Frontiers LINE 1 tube preamp: $2500
    • Replacement tubes for above, Ampex 'PQ' and Siemens: $260
    • Monarchy SM-70 Pro amps, pair: $1960
    • Magneplanar MG 1.6QR speakers: $1900
    • PSB Subsonic 5 subwoofer: $500
    • Assorted interconnects, mostly Blues Jeans: $400
    • Monster/Parts Express speaker cables: $60
    Total $11,340, and heck of a cost effective system at that. I bought quite a few of the above used, mostly much less than indicated. The Monarchys were, ummm, let's say, "factory seconds" direct from Monarchy Audio for half MSRP.
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    Magnepan QR1.6= $1800
    Adcom GFR-700 AVR= $2,000 (Paid $1100 for Refubished Unit)
    CA 840c CDP= $1500
    Velodyne sub= $350
    Denon DVDP= $300
    Sony BluRay= $400 (Free with TV)
    B&W LCR3 center channel speaker= $200
    Monster and AudioQuest Cables and IC's= $900 (paid $250)
    Power conditioner= $100
    Sony 52" XBR4 LCD TV= $4000 (paid $2900)
    Solid Cherry 3 piece entertainment cabinet= $5,000
    JVC VCR= $300

    Total= $16,400
    Minus the $5K cabinet= $11,800 for equipment only
    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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    Great setups

    Hi peeps.

    Thanks for your descriptions of your systems.

    It appears that I was wrong, so far from the results, there has been more voters that
    have systems between 10 and 20K. However I'd probably take this poll results more to
    heart when there's about 50+ votes.

    Yeah spending power is always going to be a decider, however there's always the option
    to wait 3 to 6 months if it means you can get something that you'll end up being a lot
    happier about.

    I realise that Australia pay 6 to 8 times more for cables/interconnects than the US

    I hate retail lol.

    From now on, all cables will be purchased off the official website.
    Current System :

    Xindak XA8800MNE Mono Block Power Amplifier
    Cambridge Audio 840E Pre Amplifier
    Cambridge Audio 840C CD Player and DAC
    Dynaudio Contour 1.8 MK-II
    Pioneer DVR-640H (250 GB HDD)
    Foxtel Digital
    Samsung LCD 40in LA40M81BDX
    Sony PS 3 (source - CD/SACD/DVD/Blu-Ray)
    XLO Interconnects & speaker cables
    Sonos Wireless Music System

    Upgrade Path :

    1. Power regulation system

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    Quote Originally Posted by tony_abreu
    You bring a good point. If you have more earning power, definitely you will spend more. But for me as an individual, the money that I spend is a reflection of how strong my passion is for this hobby. Many fights with the wifey on priorities, will reassure this in my case.
    Regards,
    LOL.... I'm in the same position.... nothing more challenging than trying to convince the wife that rebuilding my stereo is a MAJOR priority. Telling her that the first thing I did when I was single and moved out of my parents house was to buy a bed and a stereo. That I didn't buy a TV, Sofa or even bar stools untill months later, somehow doesn't seem to impress her

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    Main System:
    Kinergetics KBA-75 platinum Amp - $3000
    Kinergetics KBA-75 platinum Amp - $3000
    Kinergetics KPA-2 platinum Pre Amp - $3000
    Denon Universal Player - $500
    Radioshack interconnects/cables - $400
    Burson Audio Buffer - $500
    DIY speakers that I designed (madisound did the crossovers) - $750
    Speakers Stands - $80
    Selah Audio Galena's http://www.selahaudio.com/id146.html - $1600 under construction
    Total Retail: $12830

    Junk left over from previous years:
    JVC CDplayer from 1990 - $120
    JVC 1024bk 5.1 receiver - $650
    NHT Super One XU - $360
    NHT Super Center - $300
    Kinergetics KBA-75 platinum Amp THX Certified - $3000
    Total Retail: $4430

    Baby's room:
    Logitech 5.1 system - $120
    Sony DVD/MP3 player - $250
    Total Retail: $370

    TV Stuff:
    Sony Wega 27 inch HDTV - $500
    Apex DVD player - $40
    Total Retail: $540

    Grand Total Retail: $18170
    What I actually paid: $6300

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    Sounds like a nice system

    Gday aevans.

    Talk about saving some money haha.

    Ajani.

    Whatever you have to justify for a new expense, you can bring up the point in terms of
    how many hours/days a week you would be using it. For example, it is easier to convince
    someone to buy a new bed because one sleeps around 1/4 to 1/3 of their life sleeping.
    So 6 to 9 hours a day sleeping, it would get regular use.

    A car that one may drive 15 minutes a day, which may be much more expensive ?
    Maybe harder to justify.

    Hifi, well is it one of those things that you get and use a lot for the first few weeks, then
    use it once a blue moon ? Probably not that practical. Of course we know that is not
    going to be the case for us phreaks on here. If you know you will be using the unit(s)
    a LOT ? Then you have more to argue about.
    Current System :

    Xindak XA8800MNE Mono Block Power Amplifier
    Cambridge Audio 840E Pre Amplifier
    Cambridge Audio 840C CD Player and DAC
    Dynaudio Contour 1.8 MK-II
    Pioneer DVR-640H (250 GB HDD)
    Foxtel Digital
    Samsung LCD 40in LA40M81BDX
    Sony PS 3 (source - CD/SACD/DVD/Blu-Ray)
    XLO Interconnects & speaker cables
    Sonos Wireless Music System

    Upgrade Path :

    1. Power regulation system

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    I should have read before I voted, I put just the price of my 2 channel set up without cables.

    Some of the other stuff I have around not shown in my sig.

    Adcom gtp-450, gfa-5500, gfa-5400
    Dynaudio Audience 60's & 40's
    Conrad Johnson solid state DAC / Denon cdp as transport
    Sansui au9500 / Yamaha 5 disc changer
    Sharp 26" LCD HD & Sony 30" widescreen HD
    Krell kav-500i
    Luxman am/fm receiver
    Kenwood ax9 integrated / AR bookshelf spkrs
    Musical Fidelity X-can headphone amp
    Sennheiser HD-600, 580, a pair of cordless and portables

    That lot is probably some where around $14k
    I'd guess the stuff in my signature would total around $32k. That may be conservative since I am not about to account for each and every cable

    I wonder where Florian would fall into.

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    Main System
    Sony XBR50 - $3500
    AVA 550 - $2200
    Outlaw M2200 (x3) - $921
    McCormack MAP-1 - $2400
    Magneplanar 1.6 - $1800
    Magneplanar SMGc - $900
    Magneplanar MGCC1 - $800
    Rotel RCD 965BX - $600
    Marantz DV6600 - $500
    Mirage MS12 - $650
    DIY Rack for bigass TV - $150
    Cables/Wires - Who knows?

    Bedroom System
    Panasonic TAU - $500
    Rotel RSX 1055 - $1300
    JVC XV-S500BK - $250
    "Compu-Clair" - $700 (a DIY project involving an overpriced Clarion head unit being driven by a PC power supply and then hooked up via the preouts into the Rotel)
    DIY Speakers - $300 (the left one worked better before I put my foot through the cabinet)
    DIY Rack - $50
    Cables/Wires - Who knows?

    Obviously, I need mo' stuff.

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    Speakers= Apogee Acoustics Grand (Nr. 7 from 17 pair worldwide) was 230000$ retail in Germany in 1998.

    Preamp= Convergant Audio Technology Sl1 Siganture MKII was aprox. 5000$ retail

    Midrange amp= Sphinx Project 14 MKIII (13500$ a piece)

    Midrange amp 2= Sphinx Project 14 MKIII (13500$ a piece)

    CD Player= Sphinx Project 32, retail was 12500$

    Cinema Projector, Sony G70-Q, was in Germany 67000$ (used for 34000 in munich)

    Magnan Speaker cables, retail 3500EUR in Germany from BT Electronics

    Element power cables, retail about 400$ total

    and some other stuff.....


    Total cost aprox 345000$ IF I WHERE TO BUY RETAIL AT THE PRODUCTION TIME.... lucky for me, i did not :-)
    Lots of music but not enough time for it all

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    Cool

    HARD ACT TO FOLLOW....


    Integra 7.4 receiver...1200

    various B&W speakers, around 2,400
    (602s2, CC6, DM305 rears, ASW1000)

    Cables, all monster, at least 1500

    Shure cartrige, 50$, two TECHNICS turntables, in trade

    Disc players, samsung DVDAUDIO, SACD upconverter 129 $
    SONY DVD recorder 400$
    SONY 300 disc changer 250$

    computer, home built 400$

    VIZIO 37IN 999$


    TOTAL 7300$
    LG 42", integra 6.9, B&W 602s2, CC6 center, dm305rears, b&w
    sub asw2500
    Panny DVDA player
    sharp Aquos BLU player
    pronto remote, technics antique direct drive TT
    Samsung SACD/DVDA player
    emotiva upa-2 two channel amp

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    Florian - I found a photo which has the Apogee Acoustics Grands in cream colour.

    Is that the colour you have ? if not what ? I think some of the tallest NBA players are still
    shorter than those lol.

    I see the amp there, I've seen smaller beds lol.

    Wow I hope you have those babies insured :P Do you have plastic bags over the
    couch for all the drool from the mates that come over to listen.

    Envy is one of the 7 deadly sins isn't it ?

    Nice one.

    You realise your system is STILL worth over 100K if you took out the Apogee Acoustics Grand out of the equation.

    Yeah that gear such as that, you want to dedicate a whole room to it all, the amp on the
    floor with plenty of free space, like a cornered lion, just don't get too close

    I'd charge admission for people to touch them, you would of got your money all back
    by now (just kiddin).

    Thanks for sharing that.
    Current System :

    Xindak XA8800MNE Mono Block Power Amplifier
    Cambridge Audio 840E Pre Amplifier
    Cambridge Audio 840C CD Player and DAC
    Dynaudio Contour 1.8 MK-II
    Pioneer DVR-640H (250 GB HDD)
    Foxtel Digital
    Samsung LCD 40in LA40M81BDX
    Sony PS 3 (source - CD/SACD/DVD/Blu-Ray)
    XLO Interconnects & speaker cables
    Sonos Wireless Music System

    Upgrade Path :

    1. Power regulation system

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    pixelthis - I heard a lot of positive feedback about the Integra brand, sounds it has lots of
    ... integraty. B&W is available in a few stores here in WA, they are very nice too. I had
    the opportunity to listen through one of their top of the range, it didn't look too tall, but it
    was selling for 35K a pair. Needed the McIntosh pair of MC1200 to power them, yep 35K
    monoblock amps :P ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Nice system.


    Oaqm - nice system too, I have auditioned some Rotel, there's one shop that swear by
    them. They do some nice gear.

    Mr Peabody - you share a couple of brands that I do. I have the Sennheiser 570 Symphony
    they are the model just below the 600's, and half the price. I heard them, they are just on
    a different level. I wished I knew about that model at the time, I would of saved up. However
    I am happy with the 570s and still use them today. I've had them for a while.

    My Dyns are just a series above the Audience, they are clearly the strongest part of my
    current system. That is why my other amp post puts me in a dialemma in finding
    something good that will drive my Dyn babies.

    I'm down to three brands :

    McIntosh
    Plinius
    Parasound

    The power amps go between 4K and 10K. It is not hard to guess which one is going for 4,
    which one for 6, and which one can go for 10 :P
    Current System :

    Xindak XA8800MNE Mono Block Power Amplifier
    Cambridge Audio 840E Pre Amplifier
    Cambridge Audio 840C CD Player and DAC
    Dynaudio Contour 1.8 MK-II
    Pioneer DVR-640H (250 GB HDD)
    Foxtel Digital
    Samsung LCD 40in LA40M81BDX
    Sony PS 3 (source - CD/SACD/DVD/Blu-Ray)
    XLO Interconnects & speaker cables
    Sonos Wireless Music System

    Upgrade Path :

    1. Power regulation system

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    UNF!!CKIN BELIEVABLE. The winner and undisputed champ.

    I guess you don't have too many wild parties around that gear.

    In they immortal words of Will Smith.."I got to get me one of these".



    PS; If I ever make it to Germany, I'm gunna beg for an invite to your place for a listen.
    Back in my day, we had nine planets.

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    No problem to come over for a listen :-)

    I have never seen a Grand in "cream color", just in black and rosewood. Here is a black one, it belongs to Dan D'Agostino of Krell Industries. The rosewood one is mine





    This one used to belong to a friend in France. The amps on the side are MBL 9011 ;-)

    Lots of music but not enough time for it all

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    My currnent two channel, converted from UK price.
    B&W 686: 550$
    Trends Audio TA-10.1: 178$
    Firestone Fubar II USB DAC: 208$
    Partington Ansa 60 stands: 200$
    Speaker cable plus bananas: 100$
    Interconnect: 20$

    TOTAL: 1256$ This doesnt include laptop which serves as transport

    I also have a 1.3K$ theater at parents home.

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