Greetings From Valley Stream! System Pics too!

S0und Dragon

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Why yes, and it should! Love it very much, but I am not happy with the MacBook pro and software merry go round. I have been eyeing @JohnVF and his bluesound vault 2 set up as my next move. It would simplify my digital playback to a more manageable level. But that's for a later day.
 
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ColinWonfor

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I see many a familiar face here from another forum and few I havent seen in quite some time. Hello to all and I look forward to staying a while and sharing with all of you!

Hi great to see you last June we spent a fast weekend in NYC and had a good time best Col
 

S0und Dragon

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How do you like the Ifi dac/amp? Where did you find the rack?

I bought the whole package from @marantzfan. He would be better able to answer where he got it from. I absolutely love this set up. It has sent several other quality DACs packing and quite a few of them had a significantly higher cost. If I had to offer one complaint, it is that I wish the rear USB input was a more sturdy connection. It has a little too much play and can sometimes loose connection if the stack is moved.

As too the Scott gear I get it. I lusted after my Scott amp a 299c for quite some time. There is just something about them that oozes 60's cool. I had originally purchased a 222c and had it drop shipped straight to Craig at NOS valves. but it had a blown OPT and he graciously offered me a credit for the parts and guided me on my next purchase which was this amp. He then did a full restoration on it and sent it back my way. I absolutely Love the sound it makes.

It did however have a 7591 Tube go bad in it and I have been afraid to put a new tube in until a can get it looked over by a tech. I toyed with sending it back to Craig but he is so busy and I am not even sure if there is anything really wrong with it. It will play music again some day very soon. But for now it gets to sit and look oh so pretty.

So the set up right now is:

Juicy Music Peach II PreAmplifier
Yamaha PC2002M Amplifier
Sony DVP-NS9100es for CD and SACD
Technics 1200 mkII Turntable (For Now)
Vincent Pho 8 Phono Pre (for now) iPhono 2 out on loan.
Old MacBook Pro to iFi micro IDSD Dac for streaming and Itunes (for now)
JBL 240Ti's
 
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I dig the Sony ES gear! I just love that design, even if they are dreaded HT receivers! :D

And I love the mixed use space; that would be my place, if my kids were still that age.
 

S0und Dragon

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I have to button up the cabling but I am just not motivated this morning. Just letting the classic Soul and R&B play list play. While running the system through its paces, I just have the biggest smile on my face. Wish I could put my finger on what is different this time around. I am just so satisfied with the way this turned out. As expected, the Grand Integra gear is pairing together oh so nicely. It sounds spectacular and enjoyable. This system is just whimsical and fun.

Meters, more meters and EQ graphics! With not quite audiophile direct connections and long runs of cables? I joke that I turned in my Audiophile card with this build. I most assuredly did. In its place I managed to put on a hobbyists/enthusiast hat. It’s a better and more sustainable fit. And all the while, inspite of all that, landed on good sound also. Somehow I managed to find harmony between the neurotic collector, irrational Audiophool and that young man who saw systems only others could afford with a little bit of envy.

I am literally one piece away from completing this build. It has been acquired and I am simply awaiting it in the mail. It will be sure to impress some (probably just me), it is quite special, well for the nouveau Vintage fans among us.
 

S0und Dragon

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So the M-508 amp is off to the same wizard that worked magic on the A-G10 Integrated amp. I am going to go all out and restomod it in the same vein as the Integrated and CD player. My hope is that I can not only mod the cost cuts out but improve it here and there. I am excited for the final product and committing to staying with it for the long haul. These mods are labors of love that you almost never recoup moniteraly. The Final piece to the puzzle arrives on Monday! It is already all sorted and I am so looking forward to its arrival. I will post it here for you my captive audience!
 
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