After a number of frenzied years of equipment churn, I'm fairly sure about keeping the following components for the long haul:
JPS Labs Aluminata cables (ICs, speaker cables and power cord)
Tom Evans Vibe/Pulse
Audio Note 4.1x Balanced Signature DAC
And a holiday surprise, the KR Audio KR-20 bsi - an 842-powered boat anchor of an amp that has pushed all the others aside.
Stopping SP error
Some other gear I will never rid of:
1. Audio Note Sogon Speaker Cable biwire
2. Audioharma 2.5 Pro I know, I know don't go there you
The only component in my system that is safe is my Esoteric P3/D5 transport and dac combo. Everything else is free game.
Everything I have is a non-replacement until it breaks item.
I am satisfied. Thus, I cannot be a true audiophile. I am only a sham audiophile, pretending to want to upgrade, even though i do not do so. I hang around here to maintain the appearances of being an audiophile.
Hah ha hah... Happy new year!
There is no best... When I look at your list there's nothing on it that I would want. That doesn't mean it's not great gear, just that it's not for me. What you love today and have to have is next months listing in the classified.
If you want the best pre/phono/cartridge you have to have the Soundsmith and the Straingauge. Everything else is a severe compromise!
If you're not listening to vinyl what's the point of getting into hi-end audio. :) CDs are one the way out. Only vinyl is gaining market share... Imagine what it would do if everything were available rather than just a few limited titles...
My B&W Nautilus 801s and Krell KSA-250 will be in my system for a very long time to come.
I am not saying what I have is the best but rather is there a place where you stop buying because the products you have are the best for your own system.
I guess you seem to think that the products I have, and will not sell, will be in the next months classified. LOL.
As you can see I am 95% vinyl so we do see a little eye to eye. I don't get your point on that one. A CDP is for love making only!!!!!!!!! unless of course you can get the job done in 20 mins or less.
I was just talking with someone about this today. The one item in my system that I cannot seem to upgrade from is an original Shunyata Hydra....not from lack of trying. :)
I've had the Hydra for over 4 years, which is a lifetime for me. 80% of my system is less than 15 months old. I've tried replacing the Hydra several times, but just can't find anything that I like better. Go figure.
Glory, 20min.....left or right?? + what's your fav. song?
The only thing that i am not gone sell is that f...n , in ceiling projection screen & my wet ipod (don't ask).....it makes me sick .
Eliza, are you trading ????
The top for me was reached several years ago when I picked up a pair of Levinson 20.6 mono amps, driven by a Levinson 26S preamp, using MIT cables to my B&W Matrix 800 reference speakers. I'm sure the newer Nautilus series, especially with diamond coated tweeters surpasses my older models in certain areas, but the overall balance of this system creates the synergy and musicality that is rarely achieved. This is definitely true when playing vinyl on my LP12 turntable with the Naim ARO tonearm and Armegeddon power supply with a Van den Hul custom cartridge. I will eventually upgrade to the newer MIT Oracle line of cables, but the rest is not for sale.
My list of things that I will not sell/trade:
1. John Hogan 6sn7/27/300B integrated S.E.T. amp
2. Audio Magic Matrix (completely custom modified by J. Ramsey/AM)
3. H.H. Scott 222C (completely custom modified by C. Otsby/NOS Valves)
4. Stan Warren custom built chip amp
5. Argent Audio Pursang S speaker cables (with BOBs)
6. BMI Whale Supreme Statement (special custom modified by Brian/BMI)
It took about 25 years to find them, but I think my Silverline Bolero's have found a new, and permanent, home! I just can't seem to fault them. Nothing else is particularily safe if I get bored enuf, but I'm fairly happy with my set up right now. Maybe in a couple of years I'll try to get some more refined electronics than I presently use.
Unfortunately in the pursuit of the absolute, nothing remains at the top of the food chain forever.
Something better always comes along and makes you rethink your standards of what is possible.
That's what keeps things exciting, and most of us on the edge of poverty.
Is there anything better?
Well, the answer I got to that question was, "how much time and money have you got?"
When I was young I used to think such thoughts. Occasionally, now I think I might die before I replace some component, but lacking that everything, I know, will be replaced.
When I got the complete IsoClean system and loved it having experienced more than 40 other ac filtering system, I thought I would have it forever, but it is gone now. The Acoustic Revive RTP-6 is far superior IMHO.
I suspect that my Shindo Labs tt, arm, and cartridge are here permanently, but then there is the Townsend Rock.
Maybe some components, such as my H-Cat P12R x7 will be replaced with newer versions.
i just picked up one from j. ramsey who evidentally did a lot of work to bring it up to current standards. All i can say is --it is not leaving my front end system. Amazing. really really amazing. I dont know who said it on one of these forums, but it is truly like someone put aural windex to my system with the matrix. clean clean clean and clean without sterility and artifice....
The only thing in my experience that will never be replaced is LIVE MUSIC! Of course: The equipment/acoustic treatments we utilize in producing/listening to that is constantly evolving too.
The problem is we dont know when the top has been reached