I have bought three pieces: Grado RS1 Classic headphones, Burson Audio Soloist headamp/preamp and Purist Audio Aquila power cord. All used. Oh yes, I also have got two sealed Maxell Metal Vertex clank cassette tapes.
Synergistic Research Blue Quantum Fuse (4), ECT (10), PHT (2 Green Dream, 1 Black Widow), HFT (10), HFTX (4), HFT Wide Angle (3), HFT Speaker Kit (2), and Resolution Reference interconnect (2m, used).
Dayton SA-1000 (two), Morel UW1058 10" drivers (4), Precision Ports 3" port (2), and 2 each 1k and 20k resistors. (ie, distributed bass array, aka Swarm subwoofer system.)
Ceramic insulators (3) basically Cable Elevators only off eBay so minus the name brand and markup.
Static Guard anti-static spray. Yes this is equipment. Essential. Try it and see.
And finally yesterday TubeStore Preferred Series KT88 tubes (and 4).
And not bought but pulled out of retirement: Synergistic Research Master Control Center to add Active Shielding to my speaker cables, and interconnects, and motor controller. Black Diamond Racing Shelf for the SR MCC and about 21 BDR Cones for the subs, amps, and MCC. Two ElectraGlide Fat boys. These half meter power cords run 18" straight into the Dayton amps, the whole setup being very low profile and centered between the speakers right where "Jim states" they shouldn't be.
I plan on adding some more ceramic insulators, until all my cables are off the floor and run nice and neat. Still have 2 BDR Shelf to go under the amps. Rosewood veneer to finish the subs. Build a solid low profile stand for the amps.
Hey I did nothing, no cleaning no nothing, for 5 years. At least. This is catch-up.
Io eclipse phono stage with 2 power supply’s. 2 dedicated power lines with power strip and 4 new power cords. Leather turntable mat, custom made stainless steel arm outrigger for second TT arm. Its going to be a good year for vinyl !
Setting up headphone system centered around a Yamamoto HA-3 headphone amp so have added vinyl with a Origin Live table, Origin Live Onyx arm, Aural Trills Serenade tube phono, Hifiman Xv2 cans, Moon Audio Silver and Black cables, Breeze Audio 200 tube headphone amp(as backup),several sets of Psvane Treasure tubes. New set of KT150 tubes for my Quicksilver M120s in my big system and had my ZYX Universe rebuilt by Soundsmith for my main rig.
Only the stuff needed, no "desire" items. Those will have to wait until I have my health back.
Ortofon 2M Black Questyle QP2r Focal Sphear S IEM's Full set of tubes (Winged-C 5U4's, Psvane EL34PH's, EH Gold 6SN7's, Psvane 12au7 Tii's) Assorted other bits/bobs for some DIY maintenance and cables.
Elac debut 2.0 C5.2 center channel speaker Used PS Audio Digital Link III DAC Dayton Audio WFA28 Wi-Fi Audio Adapter Grado Prestige Red cartridge Schiit Mani phono pre Replacement belt for my old Kenwood KD-2055 (2) sets of Blue Jean RCA interconnects
I think that’s it (perhaps some other miscellaneous), except for a number of CD’s and Vinyl
I am currently waiting delivery of an MHDT Orchid DAC, (Laspada Apollo II power cord because the unit did not come with one) & 2 SVS interconnects. If the Orchid works out then i will have a Callia DAC for sale (about 8 months old and in perfect condition) . Also I am considering getting a pair of the Magnaplanar (LRS) since they have a 60 day in home trial...
Low rider. I had a road king and a custom made bobber. Had my third kid( oops), sold them and returned to audio as my hobby. Wife approves and it much less expensive and much less dangerous. Too many friends getting hit with everyone texting and whatnot. Be safe. Btw, bought nothing this year though I have my eyes on a Luxman or accuphase integrated.
The allure of legendary Magnepans and Vandersteens is omnipresent. My Energy Reference Connoisseur speakers are a wonderful surrogate in The interim. The upgrade to dual (vertical bi-amped) NAD 2700 amplifiers is the major leap forward.
I added to my rotation of receiver/amps (Peachtree Audio Nova, Outlaw Audio RR2160, Sansui G-3500, Yamaha CR-600) a completely rebuilt Pioneer SA-9100. So far I have kept it front and center while the others were put into service elsewhere in the house or boxed for (possible) resale.
Also bought a NAD C658 which I mostly loved but it lacked some of the updates that were critical to me keeping it. As soon as BluOS and NAD finish the updates (mainly Dirac) I will reorder it to get the full 30 day tryout.
You really had to ask this question?? So approximately since 1/1/19 give or take: Bryston BP173 Preamp Bryston BDA-3 DAC Bryston 4B3 (2) run as monoblocks Musical Fidelity Nu Vista Vinyl Phono Preamp VPI Prime Signature turntable VPI ADS Ortofon 2M Black cart Magico A3 pair then sold off one of the Bryston 4B3 amps and acquired Bryston 28B3 monoblocks (2) AQ Niagara 5000 AQ Tornado Power cables and some other things... and sold a bunch of things in my system turnover... and working to pay for my “hobby”!
@mickeyb, I lost my riding buddies once they started having kids. I can understand that. And there's no way to go all-in on both hobbies at the same time. There's the time factor, do you ride or do you listen on your day off? And then there's the expense. In my heyday I had $50K invested in my bikes. There was no time or money for audio.
Now that I'm older, I'd rather listen to music and tweak my system rather than a carburetor.
Wow @phomchick, I haven’t seen a pair of Infinity 2000A since 1971! I lusted for them, but had only the $ for the half-as-much 1001. The 2000A was at that time one of only two loudspeakers using the great RTR ESL tweeters, the other being the ESS TranStatic I (a pair of which I now own). The TranStatic employed another great driver, the KEF B139 woofer (later used by David Wilson in his WAMM), and it was that fact that led to ESS producing the Heil AMT loudspeaker.
TV-Audio Center (how’s THAT for an old-school hi-fi shop name?!) in San Jose was the first true hi-fi shop I discovered in my audiophile journey (component "stereo’s" were sold mostly at electronics stores back then), and they sold all the big 50’s/60’s/early-70’s brands: McIntosh, Dynaco, Acoustic Research, Thorens, Decca, Shure, Bozak, Wharfedale, Quad, Sony, JBL, Altec-Lansing, Crown, Phase Linear, etc., all sold by WWII generation hi-fi guys. The shop also had a hip young salesman named Bryan "something" (I bought all my gear from him, but have forgotten his last name), who brought in two new brands from the about-to-explode emerging high-end scene, ARC (I saw my first ARC pieces---an SP-2C and D50---in the shop in 1971), and ESS.
Oscar Heil had a working prototype of his AMT driver, and had been looking for a great woofer to mate with it in the loudspeaker he was working toward producing. He chose the KEF B139, one of the best woofer drivers at that time. Oscar was pointed towards ESS by KEF (distribution of UK products in the U.S.A. was very limited at the time), so he visited the TV-Audio Center shop to check out the transmissionline-loaded B139 in the TranStatic. He liked the bass he heard coming out of the speaker, so Bryan put him in touch with ESS, who of course ended up manufacturing the ESS Heil loudspeakers. Bryan was rewarded for his efforts by being given a nice position at ESS, director of sales, I believe.
So far replaced 4 Crimson 640 E3s with a PS Audio BHK 250... what an amp !Currently awaiting delivery of MG Audio Planus 3 speaker cables. Speakers are next for upgrade but awaiting to hear the new PS audio speakers
SR PowerCell 12 UEF SE SR Active Ground Block + HR grounding cables SR SRX power cable x 1 (for PowerCell)* SR Galileo SX AC cables x 12 SR Galileo SX IC cables x 2 pairs SR Galileo SX SC speaker cables SR ECT x 25 Lyra Etna SL stereo and Lyra Etna mono cartridges Kuzma Stabi M turntable Kuzma 4-point 9 tonearm (for Etna mono) Thales Statement tonearm (for Etna SL stereo) Moon 810LP phono preamp Prima Luna Evo 400 preamp Prima Luna Evo 400 power amps x 2 Full suite of Perfect Path products
Last listed made everything else perform x 2 * not delivered yet.
I merely purchased a good Yamaha receiver, CD player, better speaker wires, and now streaming Spotify. This will hold me over for a while until I learn more, then I'm sure I'll get serious. I've learned from other hobbies, not to jump in too soon and keep changing.
In 2019 I got a pair of (almost new) Rethm Saadhana and a Rega Planar 6 that was returned to a shop because of a small mar on the cover (Great deal!) and a TimberNation Rack System that is great looking and well build with a very reasonable price