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I think it’s time to start recording my music journey. This journey is full of fun and excitement. 
 

This is my first system

Focal 1038BE 

Cary Audio SLP05 pre

Cary Audio CAD 120 amp

Ayon Dac 

Bluesound node2i streamer 

 

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The beauty of tubes. 

Welcome some new toys, Mcintosh MC601  they made the Focal sing. 

I think it’s time to start recording my music journey. This journey is full of fun and excitement.    This is my first system Focal 1038BE  Cary Audio SLP05 pre Cary Audio CAD 12

Welcome some new toys, Mcintosh MC601  they made the Focal sing. D474E8A6-9651-4396-9680-CC53CBFED71A.thumb.jpeg.3495d7cbdafa9996b132c5d41f0c3d61.jpeg
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1 hour ago, TDX said:

I think it’s time to start recording my music journey. This journey is full of fun and excitement. 
 

This is my first system

Focal 1038BE 

Cary Audio SLP05 pre

Cary Audio CAD 120 amp

Bluesound node2i streamer 

 

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One thing I must admit, I can’t believe how neat and clean my room was ?

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5 minutes ago, Chanh said:

@TDX Show us your current setup... 

 

It’s a journey hey, I need to find all the old photos first ?

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27 minutes ago, TDX said:

It’s a journey hey, I need to find all the old photos first ?

No worries... I will revisit this thread next few years. ??

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And let’s fast forward a bit. Cary being very nice and powerful tubes, but not enough to make my focal roar. In order to retain some tube warmth and magic but have enough power, I’ve decided to jumping on the pass labs boat. They really sound heaven. Best gift during 2020 pandemic lock down.

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I'm very happy to be starting this journey with you, but like all my journeys patience is the problem.

 

"Are we there yet?" 

 

So when is the first system from? Because you have a lot of posts, but the Bluesound is not that old is it?

 

Maybe you could give us a rough time frame to the pictures.

 

Looking forward to following the thread.

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1 minute ago, russell66 said:

I'm very happy to be starting this journey with you, but like all my journeys patience is the problem.

 

"Are we there yet?" 

 

So when is the first system from? Because you have a lot of posts, but the Bluesound is not that old is it?

 

Maybe you could give us a rough time frame to the pictures.

 

Looking forward to following the thread.

Easy, everything started from end of 2019 and everythings' been changed since. No we are not there yet ?

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34 minutes ago, Tony B said:

When is the gtg happening? :) 

Hi Tony, my room is only 1/4 of Chanh's. So hard to hold a GTG. But you are welcome to come for a listen if you'd like, PM me and we can discuss this:D 

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19 hours ago, muon* said:

Impressive first system! :x

And I thought they were my end game system ?

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And the beautiful blue. 
 

I actually consulted Desmond from passlabs before making the purchase decision. 260.8 or 350.8?  For better sound  image I decided to go with 260.8. It also stays in class A longer. 

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No rest for audiophile's pace. The next addition to my system is the Gryphon Pandora two boxes preamplifier - actullly four-chassis with total isolation of left and right channels on separate chassis and dedicated dual mono power supplies in individual chassis to protect the audio signal from any interference. At a time my system contains lots of black boxes :D 

 

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How to not try turntable on a music journey? My choice is Clearaudio performance pack and goldnote pre. The dynamic and analogue sound easily win my digital system.  And thanks for my son, I also have a lego turntable. 

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So this is the complete system back May 2020, quite some change since my first system! Happy days. 

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I also started room treatments. Those setup were temporary and has been changed since. 

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So the second system is

Focal 1038BE 

GAIA 1 isolating feet

Gryphon Pandora preamplifier 

Passlabs 260.8 monoblocks 

Ayon Dac 

Naim Core as a storage and player 

Clearaudio turntable 

Goldnote phonostage 
Isotek power cables

High Diamond 8 speaker cable 

 

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Welcome for the luxman c900u visiting.  Excellent building quality and a worthy contender for the gryphon pandora.  

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3 hours ago, TDX said:

Welcome for the luxman c900u visiting.  Excellent building quality and a worthy contender for the gryphon pandora.  

 

I have a c900u also and really like it, it's surprising how many are out there.

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Around June 2020 I had an idea of trying CD player. “Who still play CD, it’s so obsoleted!” That’s what I thought when firstly started my journey.  Bluetooth is so much more convenient.  But hey, there is a reason CD is still among us.  I’ll revise this a bit more later about this transport. 
 

At the time I was also lucky enough to compare Accuphase integrated and two boxes design (transport + dac). Unfortunately at the time my system is not revealing enough, I can’t tell too much difference. So in the end I decided to buy a integrated CDP. I told my friend that I heard more soul in the music from Accuphase playing CD. 
 

also the other important  addition to the system is the Primacoustic bass traps, I bought four of them.  It significantly reduce the bass problem in my room.  At the time I also have some boxes underneath the ones at the front wall, I think it makes difference as they raise the height of the bass traps. The plan is buy another two traps to cover the front wall corner to ceiling. 

 

Ah, also don't forget the cable lifter, special limited edition :D 

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2 hours ago, Tony B said:

I have a c900u also and really like it, it's surprising how many are out there.

Unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to hear full loom of Luxman in my system. otherwise it will be fun!

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A heavy memeber arrived. They are really heavy. ?

 

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1 hour ago, TDX said:

A heavy memeber arrived. They are really heavy. ?

 

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Tell us how it fall on you and landed on your forehead that did not hurt/worry you other than the concern you have for the box's safety!!!?

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Tell us how it fall on you and landed on your forehead that did not hurt/worry you other than the concern you have for the box's safety!!!?

 yeah I think it's a damn good idea and reminder for everyone, will do it soon. ?

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Box opening pictures for the Magico S5 mk2 ?

 

The mk2 has a much better design in transporting and placing. The front panel of the crate can be opened and act as a ramp. The speakers are sitting on wheels so you can easily get them out and move into your house. God bless you if your listening room is on the second floor though, definitely need specialist to help you lifting them to upstairs. I did everything myself, nice and easy.  

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So this is a reminder to everyone you need to read manual for audio gears. When I tried to change wheels with my wife’s help, I decided to replace the front wheels first, then back, all done, in theory.  But after replacing the front wheels, I asked my wife to put down the speaker so we can do the back two. However, because the back wheel is much taller than front spikes, they didn’t stand on the floor, instead they start falling. And also all the drivers are installed in the front, so they are really heavy. Luckily I have enough strength to support it and put them back, with books to let them stand. I installed the wheels back.  
 

The correct way to do it is to replace wheels one side each time. I had one friend helped and it was relatively easy this time. 

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No way, that was so lucky, lucky you didn't put your hand through a driver as well.

 

So is this happening like now ish are we up to date?

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1 minute ago, russell66 said:

No way, that was so lucky, lucky you didn't put your hand through a driver as well.

 

So is this happening like now ish are we up to date?

I was always holding it so definitely won’t touch driver at all. It’s just so heavy, was exhausting to hold them while waiting my wife get kids books. 
 

They are still not the most up to date story, but nearly there ? definitely no more speakers change. 

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Your journey has progressing top speed within the last 12 months. I suppose, your recent surrounding might have been the most influential factor?! ?

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9 minutes ago, Chanh said:

Your journey has progressing top speed within the last 12 months. I suppose, your recent surrounding might have been the most influential factor?! ?

lol you mean Chanh ?

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10 minutes ago, realysm42 said:

But... How do they sound?

@Tony Byou help me on this one ;) 

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13 minutes ago, realysm42 said:

But... How do they sound?

To me Magico sounds very transparent, better mid range, very good dynamic and the bass goes low and very articulated. There are more jargons online. This depends on the whole system though, I have a few more updates to be posted which will make the system sound better. In a quick summary, I am fairly happy :D 

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Let me get this right - you started on this hobby about 18 months, and in that time you have been through more gear than many serious audiophiles have in 40 years?

 

What have you got planned for the next 18 months xD

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19 hours ago, TDX said:

@Tony Byou help me on this one ;) 

I was lucky enough to be invited over for a listen, It's a wonderful sounding systems that's for sure. 

 

All the usual good things apply here, transparent, resolving, coherent, detailed etc.

 

I walked away thinking that the system seemed to have a sense of great symmetry between the electronics and Speakers, and with the room treatment in place it made for a very relaxing listening environment.

 

Super impressed! 

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