Featured Gear Pics...

Discussion in 'Audio Gear' started by Amin Sabet, Sep 7, 2016.

  1. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

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    I'd love to see some pics of everyone's audio gear.

    Here's a grainy phone pic of my headphone amp and DAC last night:

    elise.

    Amp is from a small company in Poland called Feliks Audio. The model is called Elise. DAC is a Schiit Audio Bifrost Multibit.
     
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  2. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

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    all those nice cameras.......
     
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  3. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

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    I'll skip using an actual camera, too. Listening to "The Cry" by the Prince Lasha quintet with Sonny Simmons. The grooves are being traced by a Lyra Delos cartridge mounted to a Graham Engineering 1.5 tonearm mounted to an Immedia RPM2 Turntable. It's totally overkill compared to the rest of my system, but I'm a vinyl guy. The turntable came with a record clamp, but the one I am using in the photo is a big improvement. It is made by Harmonic Resolution Systems.

    29444569121_372f923e45_b. wp_20160907_12_24_45_pro by Luke, on Flickr
     
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  4. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

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    Here's a shot I just had lying about (again shot with the lowly cel phone camera) that shows another shelf of the gear rack. From left to right is the Sonos connect, the cradle for charging the Sonos remote, Oscar the cat, the speed control box for the turntable, a bottle of Last Stylus treatment and below that is the Yamaha A-S2000. I picked it up on a closeout special because I thought it was a good looker. Turns out it sounds pretty great, too.

    28460275862_b497de3106_b. wp_20160726_10_29_48_pro by Luke, on Flickr
     
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  5. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

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    @Luke@Luke - can't your laptop transmit by Wifi to the Sonos? I'm confused why you'd get a BT transmitter and receiver. Maybe I'm misunderstanding what a Sonos Connect does as I've never owned any Sonos gear.
     
  6. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

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    Sonos uses it's own proprietary wireless network. It can stream music from a hard drive I have connected to a Sonos bridge, but there is no way for it to "interface" with the audio output from my laptop.

    And in related news, I bought the receiver and the dongle, but it seems like Windows won't let it install the driver. I'll just continue to live in prehistoric times, I guess.
     
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  7. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

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    Continuing with the cell phone pics, here are the Ultimate Ears 4 Pro (UE4 Pro) headphones that go pretty much everywhere with me:

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    They're pictured with a dedicated headphone amp, but mostly I plug them into the antiquated 3.5mm jack of my Samsung phone.
     
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  8. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

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    Speaking of antiquated......

    Here's my rarely used Harman Kardon CDR 30 Dual-Tray CD Recorder. I had a standalone CD reorder LONG before any of my computers could burn a CD (not this one) ......because I don't care about computers. Which explains why I still have this garish-looking component. I could be ripping LPs from my sweet turntable to WAV files on my laptop, but the learning curve is too steep for me. Instead, I'm immediately degrading them recording them to a plain old CD. Sounds good enough for these tired old ears.

    29517604876_0ff63f4685_b. wp_20160908_18_21_31_pro by Luke, on Flickr
     
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  9. Carbonman

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    A really good cartridge and unfairly maligned arm:
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    Ortofon Super OM40
    by Graham Moore, on Flickr
    The real OM-40 stylus (above) is unobtaium now; the newer versions, only available in Europe, aren't a Giger profile anymore.
     
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  10. Carbonman

    Carbonman AGC Regular

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  11. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

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    That's a GREAT macro of the Ortofon. @Amin Sabet@Amin Sabet ......see what happens when you use a CAMERA instead of a telephone to take pictures. :tomato2:
     
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  12. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

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    Here's a few shot with an actual camera. The Delos in action (anyone know of a way to SAFELY clean that cantilever..... at least I've been cleaning the stylus)

    29484035351_e315808ff0_b. DSCF7088 by Luke, on Flickr

    Here's the drivers on the Tannoy Precision 6.2 speakers. I bought them second-hand from a professor in Madison. I like to let someone else take the depreciation hit whenever possible.

    28941104443_3657cd3e7f_c. DSCF7089 by Luke, on Flickr

    And because I love listening to baseball on the radio, I gotta have a little portable. I thought this was reasonably stylish. (sorry the power button is out of focus...I thought f5.6 would have been stopping down enough, but I guess I was fairly close)

    29484020951_105fbe86e6_c. DSCF7090 by Luke, on Flickr
     
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  13. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

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    Still no real cameras on hand. Here is the corner of my bedroom where I do most of my headphones listening:

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    Headphones from left to right: Fostex x Massdrop TH-X00, HiFiMan HE-560, Sennheiser HD800 S
     
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  14. stratokaster

    stratokaster AGC Rookie

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    That's because Fritz Gyger doesn't make such diamonds anymore.

    Sadly, that happens all the time. For example, Jico recently discontinued their SAS needles because the diamonds they used were not available anymore.
     
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  15. stratokaster

    stratokaster AGC Rookie

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    This is the Technics SL-Q33 I sold just 2 days ago (I'm moving to another country and selling everything I can't take with me). It's a solid mid-level deck. What really surprised me is how good that bundled cartridge (Technics EPC-207C) is. I went to great lengths to obtain a NOS original stylus for it, and it handily outperformed such well-respected cartridges as Nagaoka MP150 and Ortofon 2M Blue. I heard EPC-205C is even better, but the prices on eBay are simply insane.
     
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  16. ReD

    ReD AGC Rookie

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    I'm kind of anti equipment in most things - I like to achieve the best from what I have available most of which is 70's / 80's and also budget range by most others standards
    I'd classify myself as analogue biased & reckon the basis of excellent sound is in the speakers - I use mainly Jordan JX92 full range as point source with Jordan 125mm Subs
    Music choice is very eclectic

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    DSCF7510-001 by Roger Evans, on Flickr ​
     
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  17. Carbonman

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    I had a Connoisseur BD2 turntable as my first serious turntable. The arm is more suited to a medium to high mass compatible cartridge and has a changing side-to-side tilt angle as you play through the record. I also had to replace the rubber bands that serve as the motor suspension - they tend to rot out (natural gum rubber?). It's a piece of gear I still get a little nostalgic over.
    I also had a Yamaha CA-1010 integrated amp for many years. Yamaha make awesome electronics, very neutral and stable with any speaker I ever saw them connected to. They always put out much more clean power than their ratings.
     
  18. ReD

    ReD AGC Rookie

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    Totally agree - my other deck is a Thorens TD160 given to me by my dad - both decks fitted with a Shure 95 cartridge & Jico stylus - my sonic preference remains with the BD2 but it would be near impossible for anyone to take this on & get the same sound as I do. The Thorens is a better proposition for easier set up. Yamaha amps are my choice
     
  19. Carbonman

    Carbonman AGC Regular

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    My second turntable was a TD160 Mk.II. It was an awesome piece of gear that I used for about 20 years. I had a Stanton 681EEE that I eventually upgraded to a EEE-S stylus. I still have the Stanton with stylus plus a 7800 stylus for vintage jazz discs.
    I lusted after a TD126 for almost 2 decades before finally tracking one down. Thorens made great machines.
     
  20. dalethorn

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    A few of my headphones:

    ATH ESW11-Ltd
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    AudioQuest NightHawk
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    Beyer DT48a
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    Final Audio Pandora VI
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    Grado PS1000e
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