From the ridiculous to the sublime…

Seems like life these days is highlighting tremendous gulf between the ridiculous (human folly run rampant in all its horrific sociopathic glory) and the sublime (human art, oh how plentiful and accessible, and oh, how beautiful!).

Just taking a moment to listen to some of the art…. to REALLY listen… [ Neli is playing an opera, the first half of which was featured last night on Tuesday Night at the Opera on KSFR Santa Fe hosted by one of us audiophile types… (Hi Darryl!) ]

Audio Note UK Gaku-On amplifiers, M9 Phono preamplifier, DAC 5 Signature, and S9 Step-up transformer and EMM NS1 streamer, all on a HRS VXR equipment rack.

Acapella Apollon speakers, Triangle Art Master Reference turntable.

 

And the music … listening again today, to the 24/96 recording from Qobuz (also on Tidal):

  

Added a 3rd stereo system here at Audio Federation

In addition to our large system, which you may be familiar with,

 

with the Acapella Apollon loudspeakers and Audio Note Gaku-On power amplifiers… [we just added the little EMM Labs NS1 streamer there on the top right shelf of the HRS VXR rack]

 

… and in addition to our interestingly popular small Audio Note system (with large 82 inch flatscreen)….

 

We added another, medium Goldilocks system with the Acapella Cellini High loudspeakers and LaMusika power amplifier, EMM Labs DV2 DAC/PRE and Audio Note CDT-5 transport.

Other gear in photo: Audio Note DAC 5 Signature, Audio Note Empress 2A3 amplifiers, Triangle Art turntable and newer Pranawire speaker cables.

Yep, having to make use of all available space, this system is in the dining room. It sound really quite good, if a little bit live-sounding. Thinking of putting a piece of carpet down or something. Yeah, a tube jiggled loose in the Acapella ION (Plasma) tweeter over there on the counter while in transit from the previous owner’s system on the other side of the country. These things happen…

The last piece in the picture is the small, cute Audio Note Zero integrated on the middle shelf of the Rix Rax rack. Neli knows more about this [about everything here] than I do [ which is good… SOMEBODY has to know what’s going on around here 🙂 ].

EMM Labs NS1 Streamer – digital music network streaming device

We got this in a little while ago. Quite reasonably priced in this market. Breaking it in on the small Audio Note system running Roon through it to the not-so-small Audio Note DAC 5 Signature into the OTTO integrated. Sounds amazing [I know, cheating a little bit with the 20X DAC 🙂 but everything else is in the $5K-ish range]

Next is to swap it in for the Auralic on the big system. THAT should be something (it is already something! We are not worthy!) [seriously, not posting much because the Gaku-On on the Apollon speakers still takes our breath away, literally. This probably sounds lame … not sure how to describe this experience on the blog… but working on figuring out something…].