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Old 02-18-12, 10:35 PM   #1
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Cyclists also into high-end audio?

Nothing beats listening to some great music after a long/hard ride with your feet up.

Just recently got back in to high-end audio, and transitioning my system into an all digital system with a new DAC/Pre, fed from a PC and a CD transport. These new crop of DACs sound really quite amazing and take audio files up to 24bit/192k quality from USB/optical/coax. I got the Monarchy M24, but also looking to get a Bel Canto DAC2.5 soon.

Still have the old B&W 801 s3 with the North Creek cross-over. I think I will take them to my grave. Same goes with the Accuphase P-450 solid state amp.
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Old 02-19-12, 12:04 AM   #2
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I'm into headphone audio. My main rig: flac and 320kbps mp3 files from PC > Musical Fidelity V-Dac > Mapletree Audio Ear+ HD headphone tube amp > Audeze LCD-2 (or Grado RS1i or Beyerdynamic DT880 600ohm or Denon AH-D5000) headphones.
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Old 02-19-12, 12:10 AM   #3
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what is a DAC and how much better is that than a basic receiver? ONKYO is what I have. prob 95 decibel SN.
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2A3 SET mono blocs under driving some old Polks.
Vinyl rules.
If you have a tone control, you lose.
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Old 02-19-12, 02:30 AM   #7
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im a big fan of Chris King Angry Bees; its like Angry Birds, except louder and with lots of money.
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Old 02-19-12, 02:48 AM   #8
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I love the commercial for the cell phone with "Studio Quality Audio" coming through the guy's EAR BUDS. In terms of pureness, I enjoy listening through the Mackie HR824's in the audio booth.
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Old 02-19-12, 04:39 AM   #9
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Klipsch guy here, since 1988. The system morphed through the years, and sounded its best (for audio) in the early nineties, when I was feeding my Klipsch Fortes with a McCormack DNA-1 Deluxe Power Amp and a McCormack TLC-1 pre. Aided by a Hsu 1220 cylinder subwoofer, it was the nearest I have come to reproducing the elusive "live" sound into my house.

When DVD (and later, Blu-Ray) made home theater a possibility, I transformed the system into 5.1 goodness, but compromised on the 2.1 channel music listening.

I'm currently powering the system with more McCormack amps, but not as powerful or revealing as the DNA-1 Deluxe (the sale of which helped to purchase more channels of less quality); my two home-built subs are being powered by a QSC RMX2450 (650 watts into 4 ohms each sub), and the whole system is controlled by an Anthem AVM20 HT processor, a terrific receiver that allows for very precise calibrations.

My display is becoming the weakest part of the HT experience - a 10 year old Mitsubishi 55" Widescreen (one of those 250-lb box beasts) that still looks good, but not as life-like as the current LED and LCD offerings.

I still love music, but sadly end up listening to it more in the car with the iPod connected to the car stereo than at home.
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Old 02-19-12, 05:56 AM   #10
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Always. High end AKG headphones, B&W 602 II's, velodyne ref series sub, coupled to a Yamaha amp/tuner. I know its not the best but Racmoninoff on a sunday morning is amazing.
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big audiophile here. Listen to an Ipod shuffle on the bike and even have some Logitech computer speakers with a subwoofer.
Do have 20gig of music on my hard drive tho.
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Old 02-19-12, 08:55 AM   #12
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Vinyl+tube amps, or ipod.
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I spin wax, and I like analog stuff. I like tube audio, but can enjoy a good SS receiver as well:







Disregard the cartridge on there, I changed it five minutes after the photo was taken. I desperately need to get updated/more photos of my gear. I have three more systems.
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Old 02-19-12, 09:59 AM   #16
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Ah, how can you be an audiophile listening to MP3s? You are listening to digitally compressed and extracted sound tracks - unless you are listening to lossless - which is a compromise inandofitself.

The heart of my system is an old Marantz 2275. Love the warm, lush sound from those '70s Marantz.
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Old 02-19-12, 10:23 AM   #17
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Ah, how can you be an audiophile listening to MP3s? You are listening to digitally compressed and extracted sound tracks - unless you are listening to lossless - which is a compromise inandofitself.

The heart of my system is an old Marantz 2275. Love the warm, lush sound from those '70s Marantz.
I've been comparing the 16/44.1 analog output from my CD player with the ripped lossless FLAC files played through coax through an out-board DAC. The latter actually sounds better because of the better DAC. FLAC is lossless, while MP3 is lossy.
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Old 02-19-12, 10:24 AM   #18
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Been into High-End Audio for many years as my current system consists of:

Dynaudio custom built full towers
powered by a Krell KSA300S Class-A amp
through a Krell KRC-HR preamp
source through a Esoteric X-05 & Cambridge 840C CD players
wired through with Synergistic Research cables
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Old 02-19-12, 10:40 AM   #19
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I miss listening to quality sound. Maybe one day I'll be able to afford to get back into it.
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I sold a [60's?] Marantz receiver on CL before moving last summer. Also sold a pair of monstrosity Altec Lansing (1950's) speakers. They weighed a ton and sounded just ok to me. Maybe they needed better input. I'm not that much of an audionerd. Didn't have the space for equipment that takes up that much room. They went very quickly via CL. Probably could've got more for them. They were from an era when you could buy one speaker at a time. Given the number of offers and the reaction and speed with which the buyer came to get them, I prolly should've asked for more. Ah well, my back thanked me.

My B&W 630's are plenty big in size and sound. Those added to my Velodyne SW and Boston rear and center make for more potential than this apt complex would tolerate. It'll be nice to move them to a more deserving stage.

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MP3's are for suckers; it's all about importing the unadulterated AIFF's.
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PC > Musical Fidelity V-Dac > Mapletree Audio Ear+ HD headphone tube amp
OK this is a new concept to me; you have an external DAC going into an analog amp that you plug headphones into?
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OK this is a new concept to me; you have an external DAC going into an analog amp that you plug headphones into?
headphone amp, not regular amp. there are plenty good ones out there for this type of setup.
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It's all about the room:

Those JBLs are running through a ProTools 9 HD3 rig. But they'd sound like crud if they weren't placed in a good-sounding room. Now *that's* how to listen to music.
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It's all about the room:

Those JBLs are running through a ProTools 9 HD3 rig. But they'd sound like crud if they weren't placed in a good-sounding room. Now *that's* how to listen to music.
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