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PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2018 6:35 am 
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Well guys....I finally moved some of my gear and set up a 2 channel system consisting currently of:

Usher CP-6381 Speakers
Yaqin MC-100b Integrated Tube Amplifier
Thorens TD-160 Turntable
Monster HTS 3500 MKii
Sim Audio Moon 100d DAC
6 Gauge custom made cables (made by me)
700 Gigabytes of FLAC music

I have to say I never realized how good 2 channel could be. I mean, I did of course, but since I've never really had a
dedicated 2 channel system in my home until now (unbelievable I know) I didn't realize what I was missing!!!

I have to say that the Yaqin MC-100b delivers a LOT more power than I ever expected!!! Holy HELL does it get loud and clean!!!
I also didn't realize how much improvement the Moon DAC would make over direct out from a PC. Night and Day difference!

I feel kinda stupid though....as until recently I was never able to really distinguish between a good MP3 file and a FLAC. Well...
obviously my set up just wasn't good enough because now I can't stomach listening to most MP3. The 320 MP3 are pretty good...but
you definitely can notice with good gear the difference between that and a well ripped FLAC.

Oh...I also have to say for those wondering (and I'm a bass head) that the bass output from these Usher Speakers is more
thank I ever expected!!! Loud, clean, and DEEEEEEP i'm quite honestly shocked.

The speakers are close just for pictures. I'm still playing with placement so please any advice you have i'm open to hearing it.

I now have to hunt for a Phono Pre/Pro to add to this set up. Thanks for all the help and advice as always.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2018 7:25 am 
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Niiiiice!! :)

Ya, it is funny how sometimes small tweaks make a big difference. For me, I have been trying various interconnects out recently. Finally settled on Amplifier Surgery cables and WOW what a big difference.....and (just like you) some of my ripped music sounds dead and lifeless....which (of course) is how ALL my music sounded prior to the cable changes. I am simply amazed.

Good job on those Ushers by the way!!
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CONGRATULATIONS...……………………..now it's time for a pair of STAX 'phones, for those very late at night sessions.

-- 05 Oct 2018 15:34 --

CONGRATULATIONS...……………………..now it's time for a pair of STAX 'phones, for those very late at night sessions.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2018 7:45 am 
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Very nice set-up!
Yaqin amps are easy to upgrade by doing tube rolling.
12AX7 and KT88


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Don't forget to consider the MOST important component of all...…...the room itself!


A thick carpet, (or area rug), with nice thick foam underlay will get you started nicely.


Happy listening, del Sol


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Congrats Evil !!

I'm a bit jealous... if only I could have that feeling to re-discover my 2 ch system.... :D

For speakers placements, I tried to find the spot where the imaging is at best but where I had the less "boomy" bass.

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Does the dog placement work better than Totem Beaks? (;

Congrats on the setup!

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Nice puppy. :D Great setup.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2018 8:53 am 
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Bravo on the setup. We share a similar configuration. I’m more of a bi-wire fan. Have you tried that?


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Congrats! & thanks for sharing your 'Oh wow moment'...the photo with 'Nipper' stoked memories of HMV & RCA-LSM recording promos and ads. :)


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2018 3:09 am 
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Thanks guys. I am truly STILL blown away by how good this sounds. I sat there for a couple hours and honestly couldn't bring myself to move.

I am still experimenting with placement. I'm now on the hunt for a Phono Pre as I didn't realize the Yaqin didn't have one. Woops....my mistake.

I'd like to get a Sim Audio Moon one but damn....they are $$$ even used


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Very nice set up. Love the dog!

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I like the placement of the extra "woofer" in the middle .. :lol: is it an active sub ? or just a passive sub ?... :P


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For speakers placement, you should start with the Cardas room setup guide and then proceed with minor tweaks until you get the soundstage and frequency response that you prefer. Good luck.


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2018 6:41 am 
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Pretty sweet but those speakers look like they are way too close together. Unless you’re sitting nearfield the soundstage isn’t going to be optimum.


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