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  1. #1
    Join Date: Sep 2010

    Location: High Peak, Derbyshire

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    I'm Keith.

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    Here are a couple of snaps of my down-sized system shoehorned into my dad's living room (I'm his carer).



    As you can see, speaker placement is far from ideal, but there's literally no where else for them to go.

    At least I've now got everything properly supported (after introducing my 5 shelf Target rack to Mr. Hacksaw) and spiking the previously spikeless speaker stands which has improved the sound no end.



    Top shelf: Inca Designs Katana SE CD player;
    Second shelf: Arcam Diva A85 integrated amp;
    Third shelf: Trends Audio UD10 USB to SPDIF converter and DIY/Modded CS4397-based DAC (inc. LM4562NA opamp, Mundorf output caps etc.)
    Bottom shelf: DIY Millet 'Starving Student' hybrid headphone amp, PSU for DAC, DIY mainsblock;
    Speakers: Mission 771e;
    Headphones (not pictured): Sennheiser HD595.

    A linux PC is in a cupboard under the TV (not pictured) just the the left of the left speaker which plays FLAC and other lossless files using XBMC media centre via USB. There's also a Humax Freesat HD box.

    Cables include Mark Grant Belden BNC to Phono digital cable between the Trends UD10 and the DAC, Ecosse Diva between CDP and Amp and DAC and amp, Ortofon SPK200 speaker cable and DIY shielded mains cables.

    There are a few sets of Russ Andrews oak cone feet and a few DIY parallel mains filters plugged in to adjacent sockets (basically just an X-Class suppression cap across live and neutral and Y-class caps between earth and live and neutral and live).

    Listening position is about 2 metres away from the speakers.

    Plans for the future include a Beresford Caiman DAC, replacing the Ecosse interconnects with Mark Grant HD1000s, trying to find a better small speaker that would work in the same position (I have a pair of Mission 753 floorstanders, but they don't work at all well in this room) and getting a cheap turntable (quite fancy a winter DIY project restoring something like a Goldring Lenco GL75, making a massive plinth and mounting a better arm) - but I don't really have the woodworking skills or tools and I've no idea where I'd put it once I've finished it!
    Keith
    Analogue: Lenco L75 with 'PTP5' top plate in heavy birch ply plinth/re-wired Rega RB300/SAE 1000e HOMC Cartridge/Trans-Fi Reso-Mat/Moth RCM
    Files: Voyage MPD/Custom PC/Supra USB/Beresford ASYNCH-1/Beresford TOSlink cable
    CDP: Inca Katana SE
    DAC: Beresford Caiman MkII (LiPo Battery powered)
    Pre-Amp: Croft Micro 25 Power-Amp: Croft Series 7
    Speakers: DIY Frugel-Horn Mk3 ('FH3') + REL Strata subwoofer
    Headphones: Beyer Dynamics DT990 Pro (250 ohm)/Schiit Asgard Headphone Amp
    Cables - Interconnects: Mark Grant G1000HD Speaker Cables: Van Damme Blue
    Mains: Belkin PF30/Mark Grant DSP2.5 & DSP1.0 Rack: Target

    Office System: HP Win8 Laptop/JRiver/MF V-Link2/Beresford Bushmaster MkII/Topping TP20 Mk2/Mission 771e
    Bedroom System: Raspberry Pi/Raspbrian + MPD/HiFiBerry DAC/Topping TP20 Mk2/Mission 760i or DIY Hybrid Valve-MOSFET Headphone amp + Sennheiser HD595


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    753's need space between you and them for the multiple drivers to even begin to integrate together. A good two way is better by far IMO.

    Looks really good and very tidy. Just make sure that the fireplace isn't going to spew old soot etc on top of it all. We need one of those inflatable thingies in ours
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    Join Date: Sep 2010

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    Quote Originally Posted by DSJR View Post
    Just make sure that the fireplace isn't going to spew old soot etc on top of it all. We need one of those inflatable thingies in ours
    I must admit I was a bit worried about soot etc. However there was no trace of any soot in the fireplace and the chimney looks well blocked off.

    I might still move the components on to the bottom 3 shelves only just to be on the safe side.
    Keith
    Analogue: Lenco L75 with 'PTP5' top plate in heavy birch ply plinth/re-wired Rega RB300/SAE 1000e HOMC Cartridge/Trans-Fi Reso-Mat/Moth RCM
    Files: Voyage MPD/Custom PC/Supra USB/Beresford ASYNCH-1/Beresford TOSlink cable
    CDP: Inca Katana SE
    DAC: Beresford Caiman MkII (LiPo Battery powered)
    Pre-Amp: Croft Micro 25 Power-Amp: Croft Series 7
    Speakers: DIY Frugel-Horn Mk3 ('FH3') + REL Strata subwoofer
    Headphones: Beyer Dynamics DT990 Pro (250 ohm)/Schiit Asgard Headphone Amp
    Cables - Interconnects: Mark Grant G1000HD Speaker Cables: Van Damme Blue
    Mains: Belkin PF30/Mark Grant DSP2.5 & DSP1.0 Rack: Target

    Office System: HP Win8 Laptop/JRiver/MF V-Link2/Beresford Bushmaster MkII/Topping TP20 Mk2/Mission 771e
    Bedroom System: Raspberry Pi/Raspbrian + MPD/HiFiBerry DAC/Topping TP20 Mk2/Mission 760i or DIY Hybrid Valve-MOSFET Headphone amp + Sennheiser HD595


    Gallery

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    Love the finish on those speakers - looks very classy
    Current Lash Up:

    *Sony SCD XB790QS* Nelson Pass DCB1 / Krell KSA100 mkII * JM Lab Electra 926 *


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    Very nice looking system, looks like s cozy room.

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    Very nice,If you get a big class A passlabs amp the fire place will still function in heating the house!!!!!!
    Jeff :UBERTHREADKILLER

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    Good way to use the fireplace. NICE

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    Quote Originally Posted by petemosby View Post
    Good way to use the fireplace. NICE
    Yep. It was just wasted space - the plants that are now on the left of the rack were in the fireplace before.

    Anyone any thoughts as to what small, cheap speaker I could replace the Missions with? Would have to work in the same location. Room is approx 4m x 4m x 3m high. Primarily looking for a bit more bass extension and 'scale' - I'm happy with the Missions in every other area.

    There's a pair of Rogers LS2 on Fleabay (currently 55) - any good?
    Keith
    Analogue: Lenco L75 with 'PTP5' top plate in heavy birch ply plinth/re-wired Rega RB300/SAE 1000e HOMC Cartridge/Trans-Fi Reso-Mat/Moth RCM
    Files: Voyage MPD/Custom PC/Supra USB/Beresford ASYNCH-1/Beresford TOSlink cable
    CDP: Inca Katana SE
    DAC: Beresford Caiman MkII (LiPo Battery powered)
    Pre-Amp: Croft Micro 25 Power-Amp: Croft Series 7
    Speakers: DIY Frugel-Horn Mk3 ('FH3') + REL Strata subwoofer
    Headphones: Beyer Dynamics DT990 Pro (250 ohm)/Schiit Asgard Headphone Amp
    Cables - Interconnects: Mark Grant G1000HD Speaker Cables: Van Damme Blue
    Mains: Belkin PF30/Mark Grant DSP2.5 & DSP1.0 Rack: Target

    Office System: HP Win8 Laptop/JRiver/MF V-Link2/Beresford Bushmaster MkII/Topping TP20 Mk2/Mission 771e
    Bedroom System: Raspberry Pi/Raspbrian + MPD/HiFiBerry DAC/Topping TP20 Mk2/Mission 760i or DIY Hybrid Valve-MOSFET Headphone amp + Sennheiser HD595


    Gallery

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    Join Date: May 2008

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    Quote Originally Posted by keiths View Post
    Yep. It was just wasted space - the plants that are now on the left of the rack were in the fireplace before.

    Anyone any thoughts as to what small, cheap speaker I could replace the Missions with? Would have to work in the same location. Room is approx 4m x 4m x 3m high. Primarily looking for a bit more bass extension and 'scale' - I'm happy with the Missions in every other area.

    There's a pair of Rogers LS2 on Fleabay (currently 55) - any good?
    Look at Epos.
    Jeff :UBERTHREADKILLER

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    Join Date: Feb 2010

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    Very neat and tidy and I like the crocodile in the jungle effect!

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