I have an 110 pound amp, an 83 pound amp, a 75 pound phono stage and a 50 pound line stage. They will trample your puny system underfoot! Weight RULES! HAHAHAHA!
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My portable system probly won't challenge your 40-pounder for sound quality, unfortunately. But ha ha, I can take it on planes because it weighs less, has less volume and runs on international voltages. And it plays 24/192 with the Mini-DAC.
--PowerBook laptop with Pure Music
--Apogee Duet with custom breakout cable or (better but a bit bigger) Apogee Mini-DAC FireWire
--Winsome Labs Mouse
--Visonik David 5000i speakers, 7 inches high and 4 inches deep in metal cabinets.
Bigger is better. Just for the burgler with a smash and grab. They are never gonna steal my stuff. The three guys with a moving van might though. (if I did not shoot them first.)
Your stuff would be gone in twenty seconds. You could just be on a bathroom break and come back out and it's all gone.
The guy with some big ass Pass amps.. not gonna happen.
(Just trying some bad humor.. sorry)
My system currently tips the scales at just over 500 lbs. Ouch! In 35+ years of this craziness, I cannot actually think of lightweight components that could not be outdone by their heavyweight counterparts. Not to say the former are not good. I thought the Bel Canto 1000 monos were pretty good, but prefer what happen to be heavier amps. Same with the passive preamps I've tried out - initially I enjoyed them but when put in direct comparison it was apparent something was missing. I've liked the Minuets you mentioned (though haven't heard the "Supreme" version), but liked the Proac 1sc even better (only a few lbs heavier). That is somewhere where I've found something really special is available - small monitors...really good ones...can do things larger heavier speakers fall short on. That seems to be in the soundstaging/imaging department. But even there again, the very best I've heard happen to also be some of the heavier ones as well. I have no idea whether the weight factor has anything at all to do with it, but since you asked, that's all I can come up with. Headphone rigs are another slant on 'lighter', but that becomes an entirely different beast, and has been discussed ad nauseum on various threads.
Speakers and amps tend to be the biggest/heaviest.
Class D Icepower amps push the limit regarding power output in a small efficient package.
Speakers will depend largely on room size. Lots of small packages that work well in smaller room.
The OHM Walsh speakers are fairly compact for what they do and are sized based on room size, so I think they are fairly optimal for top notch results in most any home room size.
For an amp w attenuator (aka integrated) how about maybe the Berning ZOTL ZH-270 at 10 lbs or if you have high eff speakers the 4 lb Berning MicroZotl. For a source a Netbook plus HRT Musicstreamer 2+ DAC, or a laptop w a Lynx soundcard. So under 15 lbs plus speakers for a Netbook/MusicStreamer2+/ZH-270. Add a ZYX Artisan phono stage @ 1.5 lbs and you would have very high quality full function, electronics-only system well under 20 lbs.
After reviewing your system and your well thought out setup, my reaction is "if it ain't broke, don't fix it." Or, at least, don't fix it by going to the opposite extreme.
In my limited experience with them, well designed mini-speakers are certainly capable of producing gorgeous sound on suitable material. But ultimately I think you would feel constrained as to what kinds of music you can listen to with good results.
How much does your system weigh? Does this enhance or detract from enjoyment of high end audio. What might inspire you to be the Biggest Loser on Audiogon?1)About 425 pounds.
2)The 425 pounds of components fit into my modestly sized living room unobtrusively and without aesthetic or practical compromise. That did, obviously, require that appearance and physical configuration be carefully considered as part of the component selection process.
All right, you asked for a response from Maxx/Pass owners. Well, It's good that my living room sits on a slab. The Clearaudio Champion II is roughly 50 lbs. with motor and base, Pass X1 and X350 weigh in at around 180, the Maxx IIs are close to 900 the pair. Dunlavy IVs are light at 260 a pair. The other amps, DACs, processors, etc add about 100 more. Leaving the stands out, that's 1850 lbs. (all estimates, I'm not weighing this stuff). If I had to downsize I could live with my Mac iTunes, squeezebox touch, Benchmark DAC, a nice ICE integrated and Tiny Dancers. I could actually pick up all that gear.
adding up the weight of ALL my stuff devoted to music: 3 TONS. (well two tons are the 6,000 LPs and the shelving!!)
Between the amp receiver, power conditioners, speakers, three sand filled racks, piles of redundant equipment...
At least it would take an entire crew several hours to clear out ALL my stuff, and they would be tired when finished. (they would be dead before they finished... between the options of strangling, stabbing, or shooting them, I think shooting is the easiest... Stabbing would be more fun though, I just do not have the hand strength needed to strangle efficiently.... but that is just me.)