First off - I love looking at all your setups… It’s like shopping by proxy ha ha! And really interesting seeing all the different implementations that Roon supports. Who knows where it’s going to go next but I sure am going along for the ride.
Anyway, here’s mine:
I think you can guess where it’s all tucked away (spot the cheeky Kef Sub in this picture too…
ATC SCM20SL on Track Audio stands. Two things: the stands make so much difference. The speakers are totally isolated from the room, which is important with wooden floorboards like mine. They have a really neat spirit level built in which (again) helps with wonky wooden floorboards:
Secondly, they’re a right bastard to drive so why not give them half a kilowatt of power from:
Musical Fidelity M6-500i.
This is one of the original models before MF were bought out. It’s surprising how resolving and delicate this amp is given what a brute it is. Anyway, it’s all needed to drive the ATCs.
Audio Note 0.1x valve DAC
Pretty simple really. This smooths everything out perfectly. My amp and speakers can be very clinical and resolving, but the valves in the DAC take all of that away by adding a lot more warmth to the sound, allowing me to relax and enjoy the music, which is what it’s all about, right?
Round the Back
Ha ha just look at my expert hacking apart of a beautiful mid-century sideboard! So a bit boring really, but an Allo Digione Signature endpoint (with John Darko approved door stop on the top) fed by Roon Core on a Mac Mini (FLACs stored on FreeNas in another room).
My most recent revelation has been to discover what a difference giving clean power to the Digione makes. I put in a linear power supply made by Mains Cables R Us (terrible name, top notch products!) as well as their mains block and a couple of PS Audio AC cables feeding the amp and DAC, and that has completed it for me.
I think there is literally nothing I would want to change in my system now. To my ears, in my room, I frequently close my eyes (or dance around like a lunatic!) with music on and just get taken away by it.
Thanks for indulging me. Keep it going everybody - just listen to the music