Any 2 channel music only audiophiles out there and if so, what's your stereo set up?  How do you like it?  Mine is ever changing but at the moment I am listening to.


Sony 9100ES cd/dvd

MusicHall 25.5 tube DAC

Audio Research tube pre-amp

Bryston 2b-lp amps X2 running in mono

B&W 805

REL 10"sub

Project DubutIII turntable


All cables either Terra Labs or fabricated by me

Power cords by Pangea


Listening room is about 65% covered with Auralex Studio Foam


I LOVE my preamp and amps!  Cannot say enough good things about both companies.  DAC is nice but not a huge improvement over the Sony's internal DAC, though it does add a nice "tubey" warmth to the sound.  B&W speakers are turning into a bit of a disappointment.  They are very very bright and detailed which seems pretty amazing when you first listen to them but can be a touch fatiguing over longer listening sessions (vinyl helps).  REL sub is superb.  I just got the turntable and don't own much vinyl yet so it is hard for me to judge.


What's everybody else got?


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I am another  two channel system with a pair of homebuilt speakers made by dad, a Cambridge Audio CD player and a recently purchased NAD integrated amplifier. I am debating rehabbing my old techniques turntable or just getting a new one. 


One thing though, I have to replace my speaker cables I'm using ones that are close to 20 years old and I think are getting oxidized, I have lost one channel consistently. 


I have some old school equipment that I use. I only listen to music in stereo as it was meant to be. : )

Proton D1200 Poweramp
Yamaha C65 Preamp
B&W 802 Speakers
Project Debut I turntable with an 2M Red Ortofon for recording
Denon DP47 f turntable with an Ortofon OM40 for listening.
Yamaha DVD-S1800 DVD/CD/SACD/DVD-Audio player.

I very seldom listen to CDs. I usually listen to vinyl but if pressed for time I  listen to  DVD-Audio disks either store bought or rendered from my vinyl to digital recordings. They sound much better than CDs.







Office set up:

MacBook Pro running Fidelia and Redline Monitor Crossfeed

Yulong d100 DAC/Amp

Bottlehead Crack OTL Amp

AKG 702/Sennheiser 600/Grado 225

Home setup:


Dual 1019 Turntable, Grado Red cartridge

Wadia 170/iPod Classic (Technolink DAC)

McIntosh M71 tuner

McIntosh MC 5100 receiver

Polk Monitor 3300 Sub/Sat 

Home made Voight Pipes (Fostex 6.5" full range drivers).


iPod Classic, Ray Samuels Audio P-51 amp

Sennheiser HD-25-1 II and Audio Technica ATH-EW9 headphones

All cables are either monoprice, or hand made by me (mogami innards and Neutrik or Switchcraft connectors). 

Apple TV

Macbook Pro

Denon AVR-1604 Integrated Amplifier

Denon DVD-1940CI DVD/CD/SACD/DVD-Audio player

Klipsch RP-5 Main Speakers (built in 12" sub with 150 watt amp) bi-wired

Klipsch RP-3 Rear Speakers (built-in 10" sub with 110 watt amp) bi-wired

Klipsch RC-3 Center

I watch tons of movies so I have a 5.1 setup but also use it to listen to two channel sound in direct mode.  I love listening to 24-bit FLAC or ALAC files. I use toslink to connect source to amplifier.  Cables are Monster, Monoprice or self-made.  I want to get a new turntable so I can play the Beatles albums I have on vinyl.  I plan to get a small two channel system for my home office.  I am eyeing a couple NAD amps and PSB speakers.


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