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70chevelle

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Post Thu Dec 29, 2011 8:51 pm

Toymans new toys!

Here's pics of my recently and newly (today) updated system. First, I got my TFM45 and Sunfire Tube Pre back from Pgh Hifi for my main system. It sounds fan-freakin-tastic with the Vandy's. I went to my local shop today and low and behold, he had a pair of Paradigm Studio 20 v3's that he just took on trade. They are immaculate! I've been keeping my eyes open for a pair for my second system in my office. (CT6, SDA/360, M500) I can't believe the night and day difference between them and my 1982 Boston Acoustic A60 II's! I may have to try them in my main rig. OK, enough chit chat, here's some pics:

Office Rig
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Main Rig
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Best part is that I was looking for a pair of speaker for my weight room. Figured that the $400 I gave for the pristine 20's would be better than getting a small set to hang, especially since I had a pair of Paradigm Micro's in my Kitchen that are now getting moved to the weight room. The A60's are on top of the kitchen cabinets and all is well. A win, win, win in my mind!
Main: TFM-45, Sunfire Tube CCC, Maverick DAC, NAD525Bee, Vandy 2C, Laptop
Office: M-500, CT-6, SDA360, Paradigm Studio 20, HRT MSII, PC
HT: Acurus 200x3, HK AVR247, Paradigm Mini Monitors, CC290, Micros, Velodyne DSL3750
Wght Rm: HR732, Paradigm Micros, Pure20
House: Denon AVR1400, Niles spkr box, SpeakerCraft Ceilings, BA A60II's, BA T930's, PC
Bedroom: Yamaha AVR, Panasonic DVD/CD chgr, Paradigm CC50/Micros, Yam sub.
Headphones: AKG Q701's, Sennheiser HD238's
Patio: Yamaha AVR, KLH In/Out Speakers
Misc: HK 330i
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EndersShadow

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Post Thu Dec 29, 2011 8:59 pm

Re: Toymans new toys!

The Studio 20's are one of my favorite speakers to listen to at one of the Hi-Fi stores here in town..........
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Post Thu Dec 29, 2011 9:36 pm

Re: Toymans new toys!

Glad to hear you are enjoying yourself. Paradigm makes some really excellent speakers. =D> =D> =D> =D> =D> =D>
CARVER LIGHTSTAR REFERENCE+SUNFIRE CLASSIC TUBE PREAMPLIFIER+JBL XPL200+MUSIC HALL MMF-9.1+GRADO REFERENCE MASTER 1+CARVER SD/A 390t=WOW!!!!!!
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Post Thu Dec 29, 2011 9:44 pm

Re: Toymans new toys!

TFM-45 plus Sunfire tube pre = as near to "tube sound heaven" as one can get without a true tube power amp....IMHO! Bet it sounds just as smooth as a babe's butt! Enjoy 70!
Family room: 400 disk changer with PS Audio Digital Link III DAC; Technics SL-1100A TT. QED Quenx1 IC's from DAC & TT to Adcom GTP-602 preamp/Tuner. AudioQuest King Cobra IC's from preamp to M1.0t mk-II opt2. QED Silver Spirals 4M wires to EPI 1000’s.
Living room: AudioQuest Black Mamba 8M IC's from family room preamp to Barcus-Berry 2002R Sonic Maximizer to GlowPower Zyxt IC's to Sunfire 300x2 to Nordost 6M bi-source wires to AOS 28" MDF spherical speakers using six 8" woofers and eight 1" dome tweeters symm. arranged around the surface.
SS system: CX-995V DVD to AV-705x 5 channel amp (center/rears) & M1.0t mk-II opt2(fronts).
Garage: TLM-3600 CDP to MXR150 Receiver (pre) to TFM-42 to EPI 400 speakers.
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Post Fri Dec 30, 2011 12:28 am

Re: Toymans new toys!

Congrats on the new speakers!! =D> =D> I just had the same combo (Sunfire tube pre w/ Refurb'd 45) a few weeks ago, S-W-E-E-T combo!! \:D/ \:D/
Sunfire TGP-III
Sunfire 200x5
Klipsch KP 250 II
Samson SX3200 (750x2 Sub Amp)
(2) 18" Klipsch KP 480 Subs
Klipsch RSW 15
PS Audio DL-III DAC
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Post Fri Dec 30, 2011 7:51 am

Re: Toymans new toys!

Celebrate, celebrate, dance to the music!!! \:D/
In reality, it only matters what it sounds like to YOU!!!
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Post Fri Dec 30, 2011 4:55 pm

Re: Toymans new toys!

Congrats! I bet they sound great- =D>
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Post Sat Dec 31, 2011 7:27 am

Re: Toymans new toys!

Congrats
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70chevelle

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Post Sat Dec 31, 2011 8:48 am

Re: Toymans new toys!

Hey! Thanks! I got to listen a while yesterday. I really like the 20's paired with the M500 and CT6, and it's fantastic in my office. Much better than the BA A60's. The 20's are very dynamic and I'm very impressed with the bass. I need to do some work on my stands and hopefully that will tighten up even more. Now I need to get a dac between that system and my computer. Just when I thought I was done spending money :^o
Main: TFM-45, Sunfire Tube CCC, Maverick DAC, NAD525Bee, Vandy 2C, Laptop
Office: M-500, CT-6, SDA360, Paradigm Studio 20, HRT MSII, PC
HT: Acurus 200x3, HK AVR247, Paradigm Mini Monitors, CC290, Micros, Velodyne DSL3750
Wght Rm: HR732, Paradigm Micros, Pure20
House: Denon AVR1400, Niles spkr box, SpeakerCraft Ceilings, BA A60II's, BA T930's, PC
Bedroom: Yamaha AVR, Panasonic DVD/CD chgr, Paradigm CC50/Micros, Yam sub.
Headphones: AKG Q701's, Sennheiser HD238's
Patio: Yamaha AVR, KLH In/Out Speakers
Misc: HK 330i
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Post Sat Dec 31, 2011 12:05 pm

Re: Toymans new toys!

I've been looking at one of these, good reviews and the price isn't bad for brand new:

http://shop.grantfidelity.com/Grant-Fid ... erter.html
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Sunfire TGP-III
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Klipsch KP 250 II
Samson SX3200 (750x2 Sub Amp)
(2) 18" Klipsch KP 480 Subs
Klipsch RSW 15
PS Audio DL-III DAC
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70chevelle

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Post Sat Dec 31, 2011 12:46 pm

Re: Toymans new toys!

I've got the maverick dac with the NOS tube upgrade in my main and it's been very good. I did see that grant came out with the 11. I'm also thinking about the HRT music streamer or a squeezebox touch. Since I have the sunfire tube pre, I may move it to the office system and put whatever I buy in my main system.
Main: TFM-45, Sunfire Tube CCC, Maverick DAC, NAD525Bee, Vandy 2C, Laptop
Office: M-500, CT-6, SDA360, Paradigm Studio 20, HRT MSII, PC
HT: Acurus 200x3, HK AVR247, Paradigm Mini Monitors, CC290, Micros, Velodyne DSL3750
Wght Rm: HR732, Paradigm Micros, Pure20
House: Denon AVR1400, Niles spkr box, SpeakerCraft Ceilings, BA A60II's, BA T930's, PC
Bedroom: Yamaha AVR, Panasonic DVD/CD chgr, Paradigm CC50/Micros, Yam sub.
Headphones: AKG Q701's, Sennheiser HD238's
Patio: Yamaha AVR, KLH In/Out Speakers
Misc: HK 330i
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70chevelle

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Post Mon Jan 30, 2012 11:19 am

And a few more toys!

No pics yet, but they are on their way. With the last speaker re-arrangement I put my HR732 back in use for the tunes in my weight room, playing thru my Paradigm Micros in white. I hooked up my (useless) Toshiba HDDVD player as a source, but it's so freakin slow to open & play, along with being very finicky with the disk, that I've given up on it. Anyone interested? Willing to move it on for shipping costs. Anyway, since I needed a source, I ended up trying out a Pure20 Ipod dock & DAC. It's only backround music, but the better DAC does make a difference, rather than connecting the Ipods via headphone out to RCA's. It not only plays my lossless files nicely, but it also charges the Ipod and I found Pandora, which I can play thru my Ipod Touch while docked. I know the sound quality isn't on par with Vinyl, CD's or lossless files, but there's more music than one individual can (reasonably) attain. I also can see the albums and read history about the artist, which helps with future CD purchases. So I've created another useful system that sounds pretty damned good for it's use. I also finally broke down and ordered a HRT MusicstreamerII for my office system, so I can stream my Itunes thru the M500, CT6 and Paradigm Studio 20's. Simple install and it sounds great. I have to compare the HRT and the Maverick to see if there's a big difference. I still have to tackle my back porch this spring to add a pair of speakers mounted and connected to one of my systems.
Main: TFM-45, Sunfire Tube CCC, Maverick DAC, NAD525Bee, Vandy 2C, Laptop
Office: M-500, CT-6, SDA360, Paradigm Studio 20, HRT MSII, PC
HT: Acurus 200x3, HK AVR247, Paradigm Mini Monitors, CC290, Micros, Velodyne DSL3750
Wght Rm: HR732, Paradigm Micros, Pure20
House: Denon AVR1400, Niles spkr box, SpeakerCraft Ceilings, BA A60II's, BA T930's, PC
Bedroom: Yamaha AVR, Panasonic DVD/CD chgr, Paradigm CC50/Micros, Yam sub.
Headphones: AKG Q701's, Sennheiser HD238's
Patio: Yamaha AVR, KLH In/Out Speakers
Misc: HK 330i
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Post Mon Jan 30, 2012 11:54 am

Re: Toymans new toys!

jjptkd wrote:I've been looking at one of these, good reviews and the price isn't bad for brand new:

http://shop.grantfidelity.com/Grant-Fid ... erter.html


I have both the DAC 11 and the DAC 09, both among the first units shipped and can vouch that the 2 are in completely different classes. Both units will benefit from tube rolling, the DAC 11 in particular steps up several notches by subbing the stock tube for a JAN Philips 6922 Green Label (about $30). This unit is dead-nuts quiet with both the stock, Mullard or JAN tubes but many of the NOS tubes I have tried, while sounding good, do introduce varying amounts of background noise into the unit; a major no-no in my book.
Why let facts or common sense get in the way of your opinions.
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Post Mon Jan 30, 2012 12:25 pm

Re: Toymans new toys!

Hey Marc,

I have auditioned the 9 at home, heard some really good things about the 11.

I just happen to have the Jan 6922 greens sitting on the shelf.

Soooo.....You think the 11 is as good as I can do for the money?.....if so maybe its time for me to get one.

Perry
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mjcmt

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Post Tue Jan 31, 2012 8:22 am

Re: Toymans new toys!

I've always liked the Paragon Studio 20s ever since they were first released. They offer a lot of quality sound for the money. Nice find.
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