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    The desk in my office.



    From left to right: LaCie 1 TB harddisk, connected via Firewire to a Mac Mini (1.83 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 4 GB RAM) running Mac OS X version 10.6.7, Beresford Caiman+ DAC (Toslink connection to the Mini), Fatman iTube valve amp, Q Acoustics 1000i bookshelf speakers (the matching subwoofer 1000Si is placed below the desk as shown in the first picture).



    My favourite location for headphone listening. Digital signal from an Airport Express is sent via Toslink to another Beresford Caiman+ which is connected to a …



    Schiit Valhalla headphone amplifier.



    The floor-standing Triangle Zays Esprit loudspeakers in the living room upstairs.



    From left to right: Loudspeaker detail, Apple Airport Express, Yamaha AX-592 integrated amplifier (bottom). Yamaha CDX-890 CD player (very rarely used), Yamaha T-550 tuner, Beresford Caiman, Sony DTC-790 DAT deck (top).



    Wireless streaming can be routed to any point in the house, either from the Mac Mini on the desk or my Macbook Pro. The Mac Mini can also be controlled remotely via my iPhone. Currently my sound library contains 631 albums, all ripped to Apple Lossless format (mostly by using the XLD audio ripper).

    During the last six months the most popular artists I listened to were Anouar Brahem, Lucinda Williams, Roy Orbison, Kraftwerk, Penguin Café Orchestra, Tord Gustavson Trio, Fabrizio de André, Keb’ Mo’, Diana Krall, Madeleine Peyroux, Rebecca Pidgeon, Tori Amos, Jan Garbarek, Bob Dylan and Neil Young.

    Gear highlights of my analogue era were a Thorens turntable, a Revox A77 reel-to-reel tape recorder and a Nakamichi cassette deck, but this was long time ago. Can’t remember anymore the last time I played a vinyl LP.
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    Looks like you have awesome view out of your window!

    Do they make that Valhalla in Black?

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    Lovelly View and very tidy set up
    If you can moght be worth moving out the speakers from the wall it should help, but might not be possible
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andre View Post
    Do they make that Valhalla in Black?
    No, unfortunately not :-( I would be the first customer buying a black version, but most of the time when I’m listening to headphones my eyes are closed anyway.

    The view from the big window in the living room indeed is very nice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John View Post
    worth moving out the speakers from the wall it should help, but might not be possible
    Yes, this is a good suggestion, but unfortunately it’s not possible to find another place for these speakers. It took a lot of effort to convice my girlfriend that these speakers really do sound much better than the micro system she used before we met :-)

    When I’m alone at home I often place the speakers away from the window, turn them a little bit more to their sides and move the chair right to the sweet spot opposite to the speakers. It’s really a pity, because these speakers do sound excellent, but most of the time they are used for background music in the living room. My serious listening sessions take place either via headphones or in the near-field situation in my office.

    In my flat in Vienna which I left seven years ago, these speakers were positioned in a much better way:

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    Beautiful place Werner, with styling I really like and as you know I'm not an Apple fan, but for you it really fits I'm liking the headphone amplifier too and I'm looking for one at the moment, so thanks for the link.

    Stunning view too, I would love to come home to a place like that after a hard days work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Werner Berghofer View Post



    Sod the hi-fi,your house and THAT view look awesome.



    You're a very lucky man,Werner.



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    I'm not getting the images - looks like everyone else is, though...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex_UK View Post
    I'm not getting the images - looks like everyone else is, though...
    Yep, lovely photos of Werner's fabulous (though disappointingly curtain-free) room.
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    Must agree about the house & view Looks like a condominium the kind of thing you'd get on a hillside in Hollywood.

    Nice system Werner, great music, lovely place & a view like that... Must be a wonderful place to chill out

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    I'm not getting the images - looks like everyone else is, though...
    Has avatar covered your screen in paint Alex
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