Author Topic: My Path to Nirvana  (Read 87 times)

Offline James Edward

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My Path to Nirvana
« on: November 13, 2017, 04:34:59 PM »
I no longer chase the nth degree of detail, soundstage, dynamics, etc., etc. I so enjoy the music, be it cd, iPod via wires, iPod via Bluetooth, satellite, even YouTube.
I get much more pleasure now searching out music I missed from my era (60s and 70s), and discovering new music by way of college radio(one example- WFUV 90.7 in NY).
For example, I just downloaded a 3 cd set of Soca music via iTunes, and no, it doesnít sound like Diana Krall, but is a whole lot more fun to listen to.
Just rambling, thanks to anyone that reads this. I should also add that my whole system is geared toward what I feel is a euphonic sound. It helps to ameliorate less than stellar recordings.
Iím 57 and donít see myself turning back. This was typed while listening to an iPod Touch via Bluetooth by Audioengine.

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Re: My Path to Nirvana
« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2017, 08:29:46 AM »
Iíve been interested in audio since the mid 70s and jumped on the audiophool train in the late 80s when I bought a Linn TT. Iím sympathetic to your quest for detail, soundstage, dynamics etc and am still somewhat compelled to pursue it. But thereís a part of me that yearns for the euphonic side. Iíve never had a system like that. My latest experiment with a fr single driver puts me in the detail etc camp. Putting a single driver in an open baffle produced much different results than what I experienced at a friends house as those drivers were in a box and sounded better.
So as I learned again, too much detail can be bad on poorly recorded material. The pursuit of the more euphonic involves a lot of experimentation which Iím finding less enjoyable as time marches on. Then thereís the financial aspect as well as fronting the funds to do it. A money back guarantee is great, but tieing  up money is not.
There are things other than audio that are going on. Like new flooring and painting for the house.
So thereís lots to juggle right now.
If you have time, maybe you can post what your euphonic system consists of.
« Last Edit: November 14, 2017, 03:32:39 PM by Nick B »
McCormack DNA 1.0 Gold amp
SP Tech 2.1 speakers
Antelope Audio Gold dac
Auralic Aries Mini - Tidal
Roon Labs (upsampling to 24/192
Don Sachs phono
Basis Ovation turntable
Graham 1.5 T tonearm
AT-ML150 cartridge
PI Audio Uber
All cables by Gary A

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Re: My Path to Nirvana
« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2017, 11:54:26 AM »
My system is about as basic as can be-

Legacy Audio Focus SE speakers with AMT tweeter
Luxman L-590AX Mk ll Class A Integrated amp
Esoteric K07x CD/SACD player
Audience Au24 SE interconnect
AntiCables speaker wire level 2.1
AntiCables jumpers
Walker Audio High Definition Links
Shunyata power cords- I donít recall the model name
No power conditioner, surge protection, etc.

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Re: My Path to Nirvana
« Reply #3 on: November 14, 2017, 03:34:15 PM »
My system is about as basic as can be-

Legacy Audio Focus SE speakers with AMT tweeter
Luxman L-590AX Mk ll Class A Integrated amp
Esoteric K07x CD/SACD player
Audience Au24 SE interconnect
AntiCables speaker wire level 2.1
AntiCables jumpers
Walker Audio High Definition Links
Shunyata power cords- I donít recall the model name
No power conditioner, surge protection, etc.

Thanks for that, James. Glad your system is bringing you enjoyment.
McCormack DNA 1.0 Gold amp
SP Tech 2.1 speakers
Antelope Audio Gold dac
Auralic Aries Mini - Tidal
Roon Labs (upsampling to 24/192
Don Sachs phono
Basis Ovation turntable
Graham 1.5 T tonearm
AT-ML150 cartridge
PI Audio Uber
All cables by Gary A