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Trav0810's System

Post by trav0810 » Tue Jan 29, 2013 11:48 am

Here is my System as it is now:

Digital Sources: Sony CDP C325 CD Changer
Analog source: Technics SL D2 TT with AT912SA Cartridge, Nikko Gamma 20 Tuner
Amp: Carver M1.0t modified by Russ Kall
Preamp: Carver C-1 Upgraded and Modified by B-Man
Processors/Add On: Yaqin Cd3 Tube Buffer with Sylvania Tubes
Speakers: Polk Audio Monitor 12's

I am currently in the process of restoring/upgrading my Polk SDA SRS 1.2TL's and then I will be adding my second RK M1.0t and bi-amping the speakers. I also have a Thorens TD320 that is being refreshed.
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Re: Trav0810's System

Post by tinpan » Tue Jan 29, 2013 12:07 pm

Very nice, how do you like the tube buffer and the Russ Kall modified unit?
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HT - Sunfire TG IV, Sunfire Cinema Grand Sig. 400 x 5, Oppo 93, Klipsch LaScala (3), Cornwalls (2), SW-12, Sony 60" LCD

2 channel - AN L2 Pre-amp, AN Interstage Mono Blocks 300b PSE, AN 2.1 DAC, DUAL CS 5000 TT, Oppo DV-981HD, Lowther PM4a/Azurahorn/SentryIV

2 channel - AN L3 Signature Line stage, AN Interstage Mono Blocks 300b PSE, AN Sig. DAC 3.1 , AN Sig. Phono Stage, Sota Comet TT, Altec A5's

2 channel - Carver VTA20 Baby Black Beauty, Custom Line Stage, Klipschorns

2 channel - AN Interstage Mono Blocks 300b PSE, Carver C-5 Pre, Altec A4 speakers


2 channel - Audio Note Kit 1 300b SET, Audio Note DAC 2.1, Altec 288 Horns/JBL Bass bin

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Re: Trav0810's System

Post by trav0810 » Tue Jan 29, 2013 12:28 pm

I bought my first M1 and was looking to have it modded by RichP. His wait was really long. Then I found another M1 that was DOA and decided to have it modded so that I could compare it to a stock. Someone recommended that I have Russ do the upgrade so I sent it out to him. When I got it back, the difference was night and day. I am not an experienced "audiophile" so I don't know all the buzz words, but it sounded amazing. It was significantly more powerful and had more "depth of sound". Within a couple weeks, I sent my original M1 to him to have it modded as well. Again, I am not an experienced audiophile, but I cannot imagine a pair of amps sounding better. Especially when matched with the C-1 that had been upgraded using the designs of Bill Dibble. Brian (B-Man) did an awesome job on that, taking it a few steps further by replacing all of the resistors, installing new gold RCS's and also including a remote control mod allowing me to control volume and muting by remote.

when first got the Yaqin, I was not impressed. That was until someone sent me a pair of sylvania tubes for it. When compared to the stock Chinese tubes, these made a world of difference. I use the buffer in the chain between my CDP and my preamp and it certainly takes away the digital harshness I experienced before at higher volumes. It added a lot of warmth to the music. It was certainly worht the money I spent. (Well under $200).

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Re: Trav0810's System

Post by jjptkd » Tue Jan 29, 2013 2:01 pm

=D> \:D/ =D> Welcome, nice system!! \:D/ =D> \:D/ The midrange on your speakers must sound awesome with all those drivers.. I'm just now experimenting with external DACs and tube buffers, lots of fun!
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Re: Trav0810's System

Post by trav0810 » Tue Jan 29, 2013 3:00 pm

I love those speakers and they are not really big among the Polkies. I had a set of Monitor 10A's as well and decided to keep the 12s and most Polk fans say I'm crazy. The SDA's I'm rebuilding have 8 of those midwoofers in each cabinet! I can't wait to hear them when they are finished.

This was my first Tube buffer and I didn't care for it until I got the Sylvania tubes. Now I love it. Great sound.

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Post by helicopterpilotdoug » Wed Jan 30, 2013 7:41 am

=D> Thanks for sharing Trav. Those Monitor 12's look cool! I've never heard them, but I'll bet they sound good!
Sunfire: Theater Grand IV, Cinema Grand Signature.
Carver: TFM-45, PST-24 Cassette, Extra Carver Gear: CT-6, C-11 (S/N 00001).
Polk Audio: Mains SRS 2.1TL, Center CSiA6, Surrounds FXiA6 and FXiA4, Sub DSW MicroPro 1000, Extra Speakers SDA 2A, SDA 2Btl, Monitor 10A.
Turntable: Dual CS 714Q
Bluray/SACD: Oppo BDP 83SE
CD: Sony 330 300 Disk changer

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Re: Trav0810's System

Post by trav0810 » Wed Jan 30, 2013 8:33 am

helicopterpilotdoug wrote:=D> Thanks for sharing Trav. Those Monitor 12's look cool! I've never heard them, but I'll bet they sound good!
Good to see you Doug! I love the Monitor 12's. I think they are more of a Rocker's speaker than an Audiophile, but they sound fantastic to me. Especially once I upgraded the tweeters to the RDO's.

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Re: Trav0810's System

Post by trav0810 » Thu Feb 21, 2013 6:14 pm

TOOOOOOOBS!!!!!

This is my first ever Tube Amp, just finished by OTD. I should have it sometime next week. I just bought a set of Polk Monitor 5's to pair with it!

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Re: Trav0810's System

Post by EndersShadow » Thu Feb 21, 2013 6:27 pm

Nice amp!

Want more info on it. Looks like its got a bunch of inputs, it is a integrated tube amp?

We may need to do a shootout my tube amp v. yours \:D/ \:D/ \:D/
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Re: Trav0810's System

Post by helicopterpilotdoug » Thu Feb 21, 2013 6:43 pm

=D> Nice Travis!!!! Tell us more about that amp.
Sunfire: Theater Grand IV, Cinema Grand Signature.
Carver: TFM-45, PST-24 Cassette, Extra Carver Gear: CT-6, C-11 (S/N 00001).
Polk Audio: Mains SRS 2.1TL, Center CSiA6, Surrounds FXiA6 and FXiA4, Sub DSW MicroPro 1000, Extra Speakers SDA 2A, SDA 2Btl, Monitor 10A.
Turntable: Dual CS 714Q
Bluray/SACD: Oppo BDP 83SE
CD: Sony 330 300 Disk changer

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Re: Trav0810's System

Post by OconeeOrange » Thu Feb 21, 2013 8:45 pm

Good gear, interesting amp.
I am also a fan of POLK speakers, have a few.
Wish I were near enough to give a listen to yours.

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Re: Trav0810's System

Post by PDR » Thu Feb 21, 2013 10:38 pm

Nice amp Trav.
I just have my OTD tube amp up and running.
I'm very pleased.

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Re: Trav0810's System

Post by trav0810 » Fri Feb 22, 2013 9:16 am

PDR wrote:Nice amp Trav.
I just have my OTD tube amp up and running.
I'm very pleased.
Hey Perry! How are ya?

Everyone I have talked to has been very pleased with their OTD amps. He does really good work. I needed a bedroom system for when all my "big" equipment goes back to the garage once it is remodeled.

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Re: Trav0810's System

Post by trav0810 » Fri Feb 22, 2013 9:20 am

EndersShadow wrote:Nice amp!

Want more info on it. Looks like its got a bunch of inputs, it is a integrated tube amp?

We may need to do a shootout my tube amp v. yours \:D/ \:D/ \:D/
It is an amp with input selector and volume control. The only thing it is missing from being a true integrated amp is some sort of tone control. Right now, I am looking for a phono-pre that has tone controls.

Once spring gets here, I will finish the garage remodel. I'll invite you down with your equipment. We can compare our M1's as well.

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Re: Trav0810's System

Post by trav0810 » Fri Feb 22, 2013 9:22 am

OconeeOrange wrote:Good gear, interesting amp.
I am also a fan of POLK speakers, have a few.
Wish I were near enough to give a listen to yours.
Unfortunately, right now I have more gear than places to put it. Especially Polk Speakers!

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