Canary Audio preamp, and I have to say I really love it.
Netgear Broadcom chip based modem, replaced Arris Intel chip modem, also has external power supply vs internal with Arris, allows use of linear power supply. Intel chip modems have much higher jitter. Substantial improvement in sense of ease relaxation, especially in consideration of relatively low cost of modem and lps.
The other recent purchase was Duelund CAST PIO tinned copper caps replacing Audyn True Copper Max in custom build 300B monoblocks, the CAST PIO relegates all other audiophile caps I've used to distant second place.
Experimenting with Class D Hybrid Integrated Amplifiers right now. Picked up a smoking deal on a Rogue Audio Pharaoh II and I am really enjoying the heck out of it. The improvement's the folks at Rogue have made to this unit are not subtle (stock for stock).
The Queen said it sounds very nice and that I should keep it.
Small Green Computer optical isolation bundle to clean up the ethernet cable signal from wifi extender to streamer. Subtle improvement, nothing major, in clarity and sense of space. For $350, it was worth it to me. Probably similar improvement to etherregen for half the price and in stock now. However have not tried etherregen so don't take my word for it.
Don't know how high-end it is considered, but I just bought a new Audio-Technica AT33SA moving coil cartridge last week. I am at the 20 hour mark of the recommended 30 hour burn-in. When I first got it set up and started listening to albums, it sounded a bit thin. As the hours of listening increased the cartridge really started warming up nicely. Right now I am happy as it is sounding really nice. If it sounds better after 30 hours, then that is just a bonus!
DCS Rossini Apex and Rossini Clock. I upgraded from the Bartok. There are layers of detail and nuanced dimension that I’ve never heard in familiar music. Live recordings are blowing my mind with stadium “being there” moments. The pedals in the piano - Jimmy Paige’s vocals on “Kashmir” at the O2 - Blood Sweat and Tears first album sound gorgeous. Zero fatigue - Worth every penny. It really compliments the ARC REF 6, ARC 160s and Sonus Faber Serafino’s. I love it…!
I replaced my Wyetech Labs Jade preamp which had served me well and sounded great for the last 15 years with a Bankert Labs Rhumba 1.3 Extreme. That changed the sound of my system to a more detailed and faster one. The extra gain from the 1.3 brought new life to my ZMA, Wyetech Topaz SET and PASS Labs XL 30.8.
Congratulations on the AT33Sa! My last cartridge purchase was its mono sister, the AT33MONO (50th anniversary edition). It also sounded thin in the beginning, and then the body came out. Went through the biggest transformation during the first 25 hours, but kept steadily improving for hundreds of hours.
The best thing with it is that it can keep up with component changes extremely well. Upgrading phono stage, turntable - and it will keep up with it at an astonishing degree, given their relatively modest prices.
Have fun! ;
Got a pair of Audio Nirvana 8" neodymium coming in tomorrow. I like to experiment with drivers in different cabinets, and these will start out in a back loaded horn cabinet. I may try them in a sealed enclosure, but the manufacturer doesn't recommend it. I have had three different models of this driver where one used a ferrite magnet and the other an ALNICO (it also had a whizzer cone). The third one was coaxial, and I Did Not LIke It. Differences to be sure. This is what I like to do and won't be stopping anytime soon.
Lumin T2 streamer/DAC. Used. 6 months old. Picking it up next week. Upgrading my Node 2i which I was running through my McIntosh c2500 tube pre using the Mc built in DAC. it was OK but I’m ready for an improvement. I have Bel Canto Stream and DAC on another system (Sugden/Harbeth) which I’m very happy with so I wanted something at least on a par with that.
by audiogon standards it's mid at best but i just got a pair of AT-540ml cartridges - never had microline carts of my own before. it's a huge step up from the ortofon blues (nude elliptical) i was using as "daily drivers" for most of the last year. early impression is they're nowhere near as good as my nag 200, which is also elliptical shape, but i am very happy with them - they track perfectly and are both more detailed and substantially smoother through the mid and highs than the ortofons. closer in overall sound to the ortofon 2m black.
Wanted a garage system... And can’t stop smiling as I listen to CD’s I haven’t touched in years!
@sgreg1 grabbed the Gustard R26 also!... Always wanted to try a R2R DAC (box checked). Also bought my first Schiit gear. Like it more then I thought I would.
Been renovating my new house (living at our other home still) and have a new baby, so listening session have been greatly curtailed.
So set up a garage system with my LS50 Meta’s that were sitting unused on my new toolbox.
Gustard R26 (Dacmagic 200m as a stand in)
Old Harman Kardon DVD47 SACD//DVD audio player
Schiit Loki Max
Schiit Aegir Mono Blocks
Really love the sound and waiting for the R26.
A present from your drunk self. Congratulations!
I have to be careful with leaving webpages open when I get punchy with insomnia, with or without chemical help. Intensive research can turn into an impulse purchase pretty quickly. But even though I certainly didn’t need them, I’ve been enjoying a new Audeze LCD-X and HeadAmp GS-X mini. Probably would have bought something else if I’d been fully coherent, but I’ve been getting more into headphones lately so I’m not going to call it a mistake or complain too much about newly imposed belt tightening.
I recently had my Apogee Duetta II Signature Series magnetostatic full range ribbon speakers upgraded completely with top of the line Graz ribbons, Wilson caps/crossovers generally, internal and external strengthening, etc. I’m absolutely floored with how incredible they sound from top to bottom. Stock they’ve been incredible since ‘88, but they are now at a whole different level. Exceptional in every way. Have to experience them to understand!
Also, soon I will be greatly improving my BlueSound Node2 with a Teddy Pardo external power supply. I only use it for streaming. I can’t wait since my streamer is in my opinion by far the “weakest” link in my signal path.
Probably not considered high end but after 15 months of waiting…Decware SE84UFO2.1 with mods including XLR inputs. Doesn’t play well with my Freya+ using the XLRs but a bit better with the SE inputs. Great going directly from DAC to amp. The bass never sounded so good in my old LaScalas. Might be selling my Schiit.