This is what my system looked like when I first showed up. A pile of classic, though non functional Carver gear. BillD was mystified on how a PL 400 could work on it's side and TNRabbitt offered the following adive: “Buy what is in my signature line” We'll see how I did with that advice
It didn't take long for OCCD to set in and I promptly set out to do what is required to maintain my membership in good standing on this forum, buy buy buy.
Soon I settled down and started focusing on my main system. The acquisition of 3 Klipsch La Scalas and a pair of Klipsch Heresey speakers would set up my Home Theater speaker requirements. You will notice the 30 year old $ 20 dollar Sears TV holding up my Onkyo HT receiver just started looking, well dated and cheap. And no the ten year old Onkyo receiver just wasn't cutting it anymore.
Here is the latest config of what I have, anything look familiar? Here's the view from my Lazy Boy. I have my TG IV driving HT. I can listen to the AN 300b SET tube amp driving the Lowther Alerions, I can listen to the Sunfire Classic Tube amp driving the CRS-3s or the TG IV driving a pair of La Scalas.
Here is a close up of the right rack
On the top shelf is my Audio Notes Kit 1 300b SET amp
The third Shelf has my Sunfire Theater Grand IV
The fourth shelf has my Sunfire Power Amp
Big difference from my old Sears TV stand, eh?
Here is a close up of those 300b Tubes, I could look at those all day
The Sunfire TG IV and Cinema Grand are the centerpiece of my Home Theater set up so i won't go into that very much. Ya'll know more about them than I do anyway. These feed 3 Klispch La Scalas for (L,C,&R) front channels and a pair of Klispch Heresey speakers handle the surround channels
I use the Direct TV to feed the Audio for movies my Sunfire TG IV and the video via HDMI to my 46 inch Sony LCD TV.
Here is view of both racks, they fit perfectly on the both sides of my La Scala. The right rack has all of the equipment I previously listed except I upgraded to the Oppo BVD 93. On the left you can see the Rythmik Audio F15 sub, another Panamax power unit, the Sunfire Signature Stereo Amp, the Sunfire Classic Tube pre-amp, an Oppo H981 dvd player and a Thorens TD60 turntable. You can also see the Lowther Alerions that finally showed up and a pair of Scarabeo's Sunfire CRS-3 speakers on the wall.
Here is a close up of this rack. My Sunfire Tube pre-amp doesn't have a phono section but it does have a remote. It is driving the CRS-3 speakers and the Rythmik Audio Sub. I bought this sub to use on my AN amp but it sounds so nice on the Sunfire set up I think I'll have to leave it here and get another. I am also contemplating getting another Audio Note L3 Phono section so i can connect this turntable to the Sunfire pre-amp. I would be interested in ideas for this. I bought this turntable and used it with a TG V driving the Sunfire Stereo amp. It sounded wonderful so i think I am back into vinyl. I think though that I will get a different turntable for this system and use the Thorens one of my AN set ups.
A buddy of my has a Sota, it is frickin expensive, but boy is it nice. Besides, I need a black plinth to match this set up
Here you can see the Rythmik Sub. I am also seriously thinking about upgrading the Eastern Electric DAC to an Audio Note kit DAC 3.1. I really like that DAC. I added the Oppo 981 so I can play cds through the Sunfire. I also got a 980 for my dad's system, I think these old Oppo DVD players are great inexpensive cd players.
My next move with this set up will probably be adding the phono stage and turntable, upgrading the DACs, upgarding the Klipsch sub to another Rythmik Audio and adding a Rythmik Sub to the AN tube amp here. I would also like to upgrade the CRS-3 speakers to something else, not sure to what yet, though.
Luckily, I'll be moving to a bigger place in a couple months.
Here is my other set up in this room. I know it's not Carver, but I thought you might get a kick out of it. This is a pair of Lowther Alerions with PM5a drivers being driven by the Audio Note Interstage Mono Blocks. These are 300b tubes in a PSE config. I originally wanted the SET config but they weren't going to be available for months so i went with this set up. I hindsight I am glad I did, it sounds awesome. I had the HHG stands built for these amps to match the Alerions. I kind of screwed up doing that because I added a phono stage, DAC and turntable. Now I need a five shelf rack. ah well.
Here is a close up of the Audio Note Interstage Mono Block. I love these amps
Here is the AN DAC 3.1. The AN DAC has a USB port. I never tried a USB DAC so i tried that out. I had to download another program to MAKE the Mac play through the USB port. I never knew that you couldn't play iTunes through a USB port. The first program I tried was Pure Music. I was shocked at how nice it sounded. I don't know if the DAC made the difference or the software, or both. It definitely sounds much better than playing iTunes directly to the Eastern DAC. You can also play FLAC files and you can play all of it through the Apple TV's using another program called Air Foil.
Anyway, that's it for now
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