Main Floor Media / Gaming Set-up

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I posted my 7.2.4 Home Theater system that I'd built in one of my basement rooms earlier this year. Wanted to share with the group my smaller media / gaming / 2-channel set-up that I use on the main floor of my home. Like the home theater, I've gone through several iterations of speakers and gear as I learn more about the hobby, and learn more about my likes, dislikes, what sounds good in an opened up (remodeled) ranch style home. Think I've got it tweaked in just about right for what I like; however, one last order placed earlier this week for a pair of Ohm - Walsh 2000 Tall speakers that I plan to use in place of the Triton Fives in the 2-channel set-up, which I think will be my end game speakers, but as I type that I wonder if we ever really find our endgame speakers?
In the equipment rack below, you'll see both the media/gaming gear and the 2-channel gear. The Two channel gear takes up the middle shelf of the home made cedar equipment rack. I'll leave it here with the gear listing ... love this hobby and enjoy AVNirvana and sites like it as I continue to learn more ... Enjoy!

Gear - Media/Gaming:
TV: Sony XR-65A80J
AVR: Denon AVR-X3700H (tuned the setup with the Audyssey app on my iPad which is more configurable than the built in Audyssey capability in the AVR)
Gaming System: Sony PS5 - connected via wired connection.
L/C/R Speaker: GoldenEar SuperCinema 3D Array XL. If you've not heard this array, super nice separation and GE employs an SDA affect to give a wider sound stage ... well executed.
Surrounds: GoldenEar Aon2 (x2)
Subwoofer: Goldenear ForceField 3, 1000 watt amp (have it placed to the left side of the chair, using a wireless connection to the AVR)
Speaker cables: home made cables using 14- gauge Canare 4S11 star quad cable, with black Techflex Flexo PET Expandable Braided Sleeving, combine the quad for two strands resulting in 11-guage overall.
Power filtering: Emotiva CMX-6 Power Distribution System with precision common mode A/C Line Filter
Home wireless: 1 Gigabit service to the house for wired to most of my gear, and where applicable, wireless network through a Linksys EA9500 V2 Mu-MIMO Gigabit Router

Gear - 2-channel:
Player/transport: iPad Pro using iTunes or Qobuz for bit perfect hi-res playback
Satechi iPad Base: USB-C connect to the iPad, then a USB-A out of the base to the USB-B input of the DDC
DDC: Denafrips Iris Digital-to-Digital Converter ... cleans up the digital input before outputting via I2S to the DAC
DAC: Denafrips Venus II R2R Ladder DAC ... receives the I2S input then outputs via unbalanced to the PimaLuna
Integrated Amp: PrimaLuna Evo300 Tube Integrated Amp (EL34 & 12AU7 tubes) with optional phono stage installed - has a Home Theater mode that I've not used yet.
Power filtering: Emotiva CMX-6 Power Distribution System with precision common mode A/C Line Filter
Headphones: Focal Clear MG (open back)
Headphone Amp: The Evo300 ... has a switch to go from Loud Speakers (LS) to Headphones (HP) ... awesome headphone amp too!
Current Speakers: GoldenEar Triton Fives with a ForceField 3. Using a switch to incorporate the ForceField3 listed above so that I can take advantage of the stereo bass out on the PrimaLuna. The Evo300 as a switch next to the bass output allowing you to select either stereo or mono depending on your sub configuration. I keep coming back to the Triton Five / ForceField3 combo, sounds really good with the towers and both subs.
Replacement Speakers: Have always wanted to try the Ohm - Walsh 2000 Tall speakers. Ordered a few weeks ago, not built until ordered, currently 4 - 5 month lead time, hope to have them this October, more to follow.
Speaker cables: home made cables using 14- gauge Canare 4S11 star quad cable, with black Techflex Flexo PET Expandable Braided Sleeving, combine the quad for two strands resulting in 11-guage overall.


Enjoy the hobby ... Enjoy your gear!!

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Ahhhh, that PrimaLuna........
Agreed ... that PrimaLuna, as soon as I saw it I had to have it! Watched Kevin Deal's video on it at his Upscale Audio website. Looking at the internals, how it's wired, parts quality, circuit layout, auto biasing, etc. ... I knew immediately it was an heirloom product, one of those pieces you'd just keep and enjoy forever. Ordered it as soon as I finished the video!
 
Looks like a nice system you've put together... And its nice to see another PrimaLuna fan... Have you done any small signal tube rolling? The inner most 12AU7s are the first gain stage... You can also roll the EL34 power tubes... "Uncle" Kevin can give you some ideas as to what tubes to roll for what kind of sound you may be looking for... Bet that Denafrips DAC sounds pretty sweet with that PrimaLuna...
 
Looks like a nice system you've put together... And its nice to see another PrimaLuna fan... Have you done any small signal tube rolling? The inner most 12AU7s are the first gain stage... You can also roll the EL34 power tubes... "Uncle" Kevin can give you some ideas as to what tubes to roll for what kind of sound you may be looking for... Bet that Denafrips DAC sounds pretty sweet with that PrimaLuna...
Thanks, yes, I'm a huge PrimaLuna fan after watching Kevin's video on them and seeing how they are built, can't say enough about the quality of the build, etc., ... but you know that. I haven't rolled any tubes yet, but have looked into buying some replacements to have on hand. Read up on the cryogenically treated tubes that Upscale Audio carries, think those will be the replacements I buy. Honestly, I hadn't thought of rolling tubes, the stock tubes sound really good, but I know I'll try it, probably this fall. The Denafrips DAC does sound really good, although I've got this nagging thought that I want to try the PrimaLuna Evo100 Tube DAC ... that may happen later this year too! Just ordered the Ohm Walsh 2000s thought, so I'm going to cool ordering anything else for a few months. Love this hobby, always reading and looking at components.
 

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