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10/13/19 at 01:24:39
 
Some upgrading as of late. Current reference setup with the James Burgess 45/2A3 S.E.T. amplifier, easily interchangeable to Burgess Eiclone 6550 triode monoblocks. A James Burgess tube preamp/phono stage, PeachTree Audio 65SE (serving as DAC), Modified AT1240 TT with AT33EV cartridge and Cardas wiring straight to the Burgess phono stage. Media is also served up via an Otari MTR10-2, Teac 1040Sl, Akai 280D-SS and Akai X-150D Reel to Reel machines, a PC music server with over 25 terabytes of Hi-Rez files, and plenty of great vinyl selections. All playing through a pair of 105db efficient Klipschorn loudspeakers with an 18” Velodyne sub crossed over around 40Hz. Room is 24x20x8.



Will be treating the room in the coming weeks finally. I also have two more bucket list pieces of gear coming. A pair of GPA Altec 604H III speakers, custom crossovers and Stonehenge cabinets and some 300b Thorsten Loesch “Legacy” circuit inspired monoblocks to drive them.
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Reply #1 - 10/13/19 at 06:38:47
 
Would love to hear your system! You’re welcome to hear mine! We’ll be in the Bay Area the first weekend of Nov.
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Reply #2 - 10/14/19 at 00:41:49
 
Sure. Im 3 hours south of the bay area though.

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Reply #3 - 10/24/19 at 03:49:06
 
Charlie,

You should post these photos on the Listening Rooms Facebook page. Gosh, it is such a beautiful room!
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Reply #4 - 10/25/19 at 19:56:36
 
After a long "break in" period my Stonehenge V cabinets with GPA Altec 604H II speakers and custom crossovers are home and sounding amazing.
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Reply #5 - 10/25/19 at 22:22:00
 
Your Stonehenges look real interesting.
I'm kind of in a big speaker mode right now, seeing prints online, Hmmmm.
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Reply #6 - 10/31/19 at 08:20:10
 
Unexpected time off so it's been jazz all day.... set the lights for a blue mood this morning and before I knew it the day was done. Swapped out the 2A3's for some 45's today. Glorious midrange with either but it's fun to hear the 45's and how 1 watt per channel can sing so good!




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Reply #7 - 10/31/19 at 15:14:51
 
Love that room! And your tastes in equipment, as well as decor.
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Reply #8 - 11/02/19 at 00:58:14
 
Nice setup. Love the speaker choice...
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Reply #10 - 11/23/19 at 05:39:19
 
These Thorsten Loesch "legacy" circuit 300B monoblocks with Tribute iron are going to get a listen with the GPA 604HII's. I have been waiting for this opportunity.
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Reply #11 - 01/08/20 at 07:10:24
 
Holiday guests are now all gone and things are returning to normal. I am excited to get started on a full room treatment in the next weeks, but for now things are sounding better and better with each little upgrade over the last months. I am excited to hear what the room treatment brings as it is long overdue.


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Reply #12 - 01/08/20 at 11:47:44
 
Charles,

Fantastic room, guaranteed the tunes sound great.

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Reply #13 - 01/08/20 at 12:10:36
 
Hi Charlie! I went with a single theatre recliner myself in my listening room. I wouldn’t have anything else now! I look forward to seeing what you do with room treatments. Keep the photos coming - love the room!
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Reply #14 - 01/08/20 at 23:50:43
 
What are the diffusers on the back wall?
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Reply #15 - 03/16/20 at 23:03:50
 
Another James Burgess beauty! Type 46 tube amplifier.

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Reply #16 - 03/17/20 at 03:00:43
 
Very nice Charlie. But you’d better watch out that Donnie doesn’t try to swipe it from you. He seems to have an affinity for red amps   Cheesy
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Reply #17 - 03/17/20 at 14:33:18
 
Hi Charles,
I just saw this same amp on the James Burgess Facebook page..
I was just drooling over this amps looks, and the fact that it was made just 45 minutes away from me..

You have great taste..!
I Moved just a couple weeks ago, and I’m still working on my system setup but I would love to get your ears on my system, and critique it for me..
Some of your advice just might lead to an incredible sounding system..

I have a ZROCK2 shipping this week, and a pair of Tekton subwoofers on order..
Also in the back of my mind, thinking of changing to a SSamp with a nice tube preamp, but when I plugged my Odyssey amp into the system it gave a huge “Ground Loop Noise”  so I just put it back in the closet..

Maybe a dedicated circuit would be my next upgrade..?

Anyway happy to see you got a nice new piece, enjoy sir..!!

I’m out of Fresno,and would love to hear from you..

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Reply #18 - 03/17/20 at 19:49:08
 
Hey Burt. Yes the amp James posted ia mine. I just brought it home yesterday. Im 30 minutes south of Fresno. I will text you so you can have my number as well.

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Reply #19 - 03/17/20 at 19:54:07
 
busterfree.... Here's the link. https://auralex.com/tfusor-3d-sound-diffusor/

I got them for cheap to try from a friend.
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Reply #20 - 04/29/20 at 15:15:03
 
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Reply #21 - 05/10/20 at 05:39:46
 
Not sure why the previous pic looks the way it does color wise. Here's another. Modified Teac 503 DAC with external Time Machine X 10 clock from Steve Davis, Legacy Whisper HD's, Emotiva power amp and other additions as of late.
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Reply #22 - 07/08/20 at 08:00:42
 
2” Eliptrac 400 wooden horns, tweeters, Crites cast woofers, and custom ALK crossovers.
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Reply #23 - 07/08/20 at 17:00:38
 
Charlie boy, you change equipment like some people change underwear Grin  

3 or 4 years ago, I had a pair of Klipsch Forte's that i upgraded with Crites crossovers and tweeters. Bob is a good guy.  Also, i've read rave reviews of Al K's crossover work.
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Reply #24 - 07/13/20 at 22:33:06
 
The last year has been major speaker evaluation and I just received my dream preamp So things are damn near locked in especially after finishing my total room treatment. It sounds the best I personally have ever heard this room sound in 21 years.
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Reply #25 - 07/14/20 at 02:05:29
 
I have a friend named Hidalgo and I always ask him, “Rene, what did you hide?”
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Reply #27 - 07/14/20 at 12:21:17
 
That is quite an impressive set up!
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Reply #30 - 08/07/20 at 16:43:14
 
Years of patience has finally paid off. Custom built amps, preamp, and speakers rounded out the rest of the components and the full room treatment was long overdue. Only thing still in the works are a couple turntables that are getting full restorations.







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Reply #31 - 08/07/20 at 19:34:27
 
Now that is perfection!
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Reply #32 - 08/08/20 at 15:33:25
 
Hi Charlie. Just curious about your room treatments. Did you use a room treatment sound program to test the results?

The reason I ask is, it is possible that you have over treated. You may have made the room too dead. I don’t know that, but just curious.

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Reply #33 - 08/12/20 at 07:55:00
 
Wow, tons of cool toys !!!  Very nice components you got there.
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Reply #34 - 08/13/20 at 18:40:49
 
One of the TD-124 tables is together and though not fully restored as it could be it is enough that it's running great! The other ( with a black plinth, Ortofon RMG-212 tonearm, and Ortofon S 15-M/T both rebuilt to new standards) will be put in the system once everything returns from STS. It's time for a custom rack for the tables. Smiley



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Reply #35 - 08/13/20 at 18:44:28
 
Hi Geno. Not over treated as many of those panels also have scatter plates that are diffusing as well as absorbing so as to keep the room live. I ran several test programs and added treatments as needed testing afterwards and so on and so on.
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Reply #36 - 08/14/20 at 01:30:22
 
I should have known you knew what you were doing Wink

That turntable is awesome. Is it a Lenco?
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Reply #37 - 08/15/20 at 06:51:20
 
It's a Thorens TD-124 with an SME 3009II arm aftermarket plinth. It's one of two I have. The other is almost done and is receiving a FULL BLOWN restoration with a 12" Ortofon arm. This one has been restored but not an all out one. All the necessities function great on it though.
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Reply #38 - 08/15/20 at 16:59:48
 
It is just beautiful. Nothing like restored vintage equipment.
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Reply #39 - 09/06/20 at 04:47:37
 
Charles, you did not tell us how well you liked your 300B amp. Did it give the sort of sound you were after?

46 directly-heated tetrode strapped to triode is one of my favorite amplifier sounds. How well do you like yours?

I imagine the 46 sounds better with your horn speaker than with those earlier speakers you posted.


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Reply #40 - 09/28/20 at 15:44:11
 
Finally all together and in the system. Greg Metz STS modified Thorens TD124 MKII, rewired Ortofon RMG212 tonearm, with an Andy Kim Needle Clinic rebuilt and retipped Ortofon S15-T MC cartridge with a linear contact diamond tip, and aluminium cantilever. The Ray Brown Trio had the honor of first play.and it didn’t disappoint.
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Reply #41 - 09/28/20 at 16:21:14
 
What a beauty. Love the TD'124"s
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