Your hifi plans for 2020

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Your hifi plans for 2020

Unread post by karatestu » Wed Jan 01, 2020 12:33 pm

Happy new year :dance:

It was very helpful and kind of Tomasz and Paul to share their intentions for 2020. This can help us all to plan any upgrades and buying decisions for the year ahead.

So what is afoot for the year ahead ? I will start things off

*finish my last two nva amp board based amplifiers
*finalise my speaker design
*finish my cd player modifications
*play and refurb my record players

That should be enough for this year. I think 2021 will be the year for building the final products and housing all the electronics in a sideboard type enclosure.
DIY inspired by Richard "The Doc" Dunn RIP

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Re: Your hifi plans for 2020

Unread post by zebbo » Wed Jan 01, 2020 1:07 pm

After getting my TAS upgraded I'd just like to actually use mine a bit more!!
Audio Grail "Sable" Garrard 401 with constrained layer plinth / SME V / Benz Micro Gullwing SLR, Phono 3 + 2X BBPSU - MEGA!, NVA TAS, NVA Cubix-Pro, (top & mid sections). (Oh and Richard's Sony CDP-X779ES, (if I can fix it), for when I fancy a bit of the devil's spawn!) :lol:

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Re: Your hifi plans for 2020

Unread post by CN211276 » Wed Jan 01, 2020 1:08 pm

The A80 Mk3 upgrade, sending them off tomorrow. Think that will be it.
I set a course just east of Lyra
And northwest of Pegasus
Flew into the light of Deneb
Sailed across the Milky Way

Sonore microRendu/MCRU PS, AQ J-bug, AQ Carbon, Chord Mscaler-Qutest/MCRU PS, Geistnote Apogee, NVA BMU, P90SA, A80sMk2, Phono 1, SSP Mk 2, TSCS, TIS mk2, Cube 1s, Atacama stands, Rega Planar 3, Denon DL-110, Grado SR 325e, headphones.

Second system
Chord Mojo (also HP amp), NVA P20, A20, Cubettes, SSC, LS3.

Out and about
Oppo PM3, Audioquest Dragonfly Red.

R.I.P. Doc

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Re: Your hifi plans for 2020

Unread post by Vinyl-ant » Wed Jan 01, 2020 1:53 pm

Build something for myself for once :grin:
Probably a direct drive deck out of a dual eds1000 motor.
Fix the Cole lcr phono stage I have been given, It sounds really special but it needs some work to get it back to its best.
Thinking about it, I haven't done anything with my own setup in a couple of years, I've been playing with other people's stuff. There is something to be said for stability in a system, I am happy with mine, it doesn't need any new boxes or mods or cables to cure any perceived ills.

I do have product ideas, but wether I get them developed is another question entirely
BTE designs type 2 lenco, Audio Technica AT1100 dynavector dv20a2 (his), JVC QL-Y5F HANA sl (hers)
Benedict audio hothead mm phono stage with borrowed LDA ha1 mc stepup
BTE designs type 1 custom Khozmo shunt build passive pre
PASS F5 dual mono Power amp
modified Philips cd371
Squeezebox classic
fane 15" sb speakers
BTE designs balanced power supply

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Re: Your hifi plans for 2020

Unread post by slinger » Wed Jan 01, 2020 2:01 pm

I have no plans over and above the Oehlbach reclocker, my "new" Schiit Wyrd, and a couple of new cables to hook them up.
Amps - NVA P50, A30, A40, Stanislav Palo Tube Headphone Amp BB 85
Speakers - Monitor Audio Silver RX2
Cables - NVA LS1+LS3, SSC, Gotham S/PDIF, IBRA Optical
Digital - NAD C516BEE, SONY ST-SDB900 DAB TUNER, TEAC UD-H01 DAC
Analogue - Pro-Ject Debut Carbon Esprit SB, Graham Slee Gram Amp 2 Phono
Cans - Grado SR80, ATH-M50X

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Re: Your hifi plans for 2020

Unread post by TheMadMick » Wed Jan 01, 2020 2:09 pm

I'm really happy with my system just now. However, I'm caught in a dilemma. I'd like to simplify to a single source and reduce the overall size. My aim would be to try the A80's when Paul puts them up for loan to try and make a decision before there's and extra 20% VAT on them. The other problem is that this part of the year is reasonably expensive for me and I've got car problems that may mean significant expenditure as well.

Life's a bitch then you die. Happy 2020. :doh: :doh: :doh:
NuVista 3D, kW550, MA PL200, BMU, LS7, Blusound Vault, TIS.

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Re: Your hifi plans for 2020

Unread post by TheMarlin » Thu Jan 02, 2020 5:35 pm

Upgrade my P90SA, and chop out A40 for A80 monos.

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Re: Your hifi plans for 2020

Unread post by Fretless » Sat Jan 04, 2020 12:52 pm

I started 2019 without any upgrade plans for my setup. I had just installed the Allo DigiOne Signature as my main streaming source and was very satisfied.

So, what went wrong?

Doc's lost demo gear suddenly reappeared after sitting in the back of a warehouse for 10 years. The guy selling it on Ebay hadn't realised that it had been stolen. From that I acquired the original prototype pair of Cube2 mkII.

After we lost Richard to the great gig in the Sky, a BMU came up for grabs, so I grabbed. He had often nagged me to get one.

Needed a DC Blocker to go with that. It came from Bulgaria.

Getting curious about cheap ChiFi led me to Aliexpress, two disappointments later things finally got interesting with a nice LPSU for a Pi and several seriously impressive DAC's from Topping and Teradak.

Ending the year with the semi-accidental discovery of the Asus Tinkerboard and USB audio.

Actually it was a rather good year for the HiFi. So, for the record, I have ABSOLUTELY NO INTENTION of upgrading the stereo this year.

We'll see what happens.... 8-)
NVA: P50sa - SSP - A40 - LS6 - Cube2 - BMU
Digits: Asus Tinkerboard S + AQ Jitterbug
USB: Schiit Wyrd + Inakustik Excellenz
Ethernet: Silent Angel Bonn N8
DAC: TeraDak V4.5 Chameleon CD: Cambridge CXC
Cans: AQ Nighthawk Carbon + Schiit Magni3

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Re: Your hifi plans for 2020

Unread post by CN211276 » Sat Jan 04, 2020 1:46 pm

No plans for 2020, apart from the A80s upgrade, as I am more than happy with the sound of everything I have.

2019 was a big year mainly because of the Mscaler. After hearing it in my system I could not be without it. This is all down to the transparancy of the NVA kit as it did not do much for me at the dealers where the partnering equipment with WAF speakers cost more than my system. I can see why opinion about the Mscaler is split, a transparant system and a DAC with dual BNC inputs are essential. The other major upgrade to the main system was the P90 SA modification which improved SQ as well as eliminating the crackling. Worthwhile tweaks have been the MCRU power supply for the Qutest, better quality dual BNC cables, ferrite rings and Audioquest Carbon USB cable.

Before the Doc's sad passing I bought the NVA starter system, which was on offer, for the bedroom. This was a real steal. I found out exactly how good the P20 is when operating in the main system during the P90 upgrade as the A20 is now. One purchase did not work out and had to be returned twice, the Chord Poly. If it had been made c!ear at the outset that it was not compatable with my router it would have saved hours of frustration.
I set a course just east of Lyra
And northwest of Pegasus
Flew into the light of Deneb
Sailed across the Milky Way

Sonore microRendu/MCRU PS, AQ J-bug, AQ Carbon, Chord Mscaler-Qutest/MCRU PS, Geistnote Apogee, NVA BMU, P90SA, A80sMk2, Phono 1, SSP Mk 2, TSCS, TIS mk2, Cube 1s, Atacama stands, Rega Planar 3, Denon DL-110, Grado SR 325e, headphones.

Second system
Chord Mojo (also HP amp), NVA P20, A20, Cubettes, SSC, LS3.

Out and about
Oppo PM3, Audioquest Dragonfly Red.

R.I.P. Doc

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Re: Your hifi plans for 2020

Unread post by nilsatisnisioptimum » Sat Jan 04, 2020 11:14 pm

Cubix upgrading the guts and woofer's, going back to the Planar 8 after flirting with yet another LP12, modifying my LS6 cables, building even more whizzy interconnects and maybe upgrading my A70s to the latest A80s, fitting a dedicated earth circuit and finally installing a dedicated FM Ariel.
LP12, Pink Triangle PS,AT-OC9, TE MicroGroove+Xmk2, NVA P90 SA MK2, NVA A70 X 2, Cambridge Audio CXC, Topping D30 & P50, Meridian 204 FM tuner, Audio Technica ATH 70 cans, NVA Cubix & LS6 & Oppo 2 cans and Activo CT10 with Tidal on the move

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