It should be obvious that I don’t spend enough time here. I think the last meaningful post dates back to 2012. Ouch. Well, FWIW, at that time I was engaged in trying to find an auditory bliss. But right after that in early 2013, I hit pretty darn close to whatever bliss might be when it comes to audio reproduction in my home. I’ve not had one significant moment where I thought about new or other equipment. Sure, there are occasional drifts in thought about whether there might be an update to my speakers by DeVore (096 => 098). But those are faint blips and more curiosity about what D is cooking up in his shop.
That said, I am enjoying what I have. Just wish I had more time and less chaos to spend enjoying.
The system has remained unchanged for 2 years. And I am fine with that. In fact, I’ve enjoyed it. This new year may yield some reviews, as I note there is more traffic on this blog than I appreciated. (Thanks, Steve, for your recent comment reminding me about the blog….).
Best wishes to you all, and may each of you spend more time listening than contemplating a system acquisition. 🙂
I spent many years searching for a stereo set up that I could just enjoy. Part of the challenge with that endeavor was (is) my passion for tweaking – it’s a perfectionistic bent.
But early last year I found I really didn’t have an interest in tweaking anything with my equipment. In fact, I just found myself listening, when I had time. And in turn, getting lost in the analogue. I suspect the combination of the Giscours and the AMG took me to an audio dimension that just resonates with me. I can’t explain it beyond this. But I will say I’m very happy with my set-up and I am enjoying the music more and more (when I have time).
This freed me up to focus efforts on the room and how I had everything configured. Given the multiple roles my audio listening room had, I settled in on a built in cabinet that would house records, tubes, SS for home theater, and also have a counter upon which I could place the turntable and works of art. I was inspired by the system Matt R displayed on his site http://pitchperfectaudio.wordpress.com/. The customer is identified as Wayne P. From there, I spent time working with a cabinet builder and finally had everything together right before last year’s holiday season.
Since then I’ve enjoyed the music. Which leads me to some thoughts on what I will try to write about. In no particular order:
- The AMG turntable – luv it!
- Shindo’s magnificent Giscours
- DSD files through the Acoustic Plan Dac with the Mac Mini and Audirvana Mac player
For now, I will leave you with this. The emptiness on this blog for the past year plus has more to do with finding great joy with the music in my set-up, than it has with anything else. I hope for each of you readers out there that you will find a set up that lets you enjoy the music. I would also encourage everyone to step back and start listening.
Ok, it’s been almost a year. That should suffice as a reasonable hiatus.
So I am planning to get back up and post a few thoughts soon. For now, let me share that we reconfigured our listening room, and I have also made some upgrades to my system. This includes climbing the shindo pre-amp ladder to the Giscours and I’m still enjoying my sweet pair of GM70’s. I’ve also moved on from my Rega P9, a beautiful table, to the swank AMG.
I’ll be writing more to you soon.
I haven’t forgotten about this site. But I’ve been busy. A lot has changed in the past few months. The Shindo Giscours has replaced the Vosne Romanee shown above. And now the AMG turntable is set to arrive tomorrow. More to come….
I am so enjoying watching the Florida Gators get beat. I may not make it to the end of the game, but if it stands – they’ll loose. What a great start to the new year!
May you and yours have a terrific new year!
Dave Brubeck, a extraordinary jazz pianist, composer and bandleader behind the legendary Dave Brubeck Quartet, died earlier today at age 91, just 1 day short of his 92 birthday.
Dave was given an incredible gift and we are all so blessed that he shared it!
Rest in His comfort!