I come here on the suggestion of a fellow audiophile to talk about a hobby I have been in since the mid 70's when my Dad gave me a system of his which included Yamaha electronics and turntable as well as AR speakers. Thanks to him I have been addicted ever since and will end up retiring later than my wife believes
I am fortunate to have a willing partner (she also loves to listen to music) in this hobby of mine and I am grateful all of the time for her patience and understanding. Oh, and also for allowing me to have a man cave for my toys.
My interest in hi-fi is pretty much limited to 2 channel. I have dabbled in multi channel, home theatre but it wasn't long lived.
As far as music goes, I enjoy pretty much anything that is well recorded, both analog and digital though, I am exclusively digital these days, after converting all of my favourite vinyl into digital files a few years ago. I no longer use a CD player and am discless and stream my files throughout my home via various Squeezebox units. I'm fanatical about digital audio and, in particular, the technical side of all things digital.
I run several rigs scattered around my home, in the garage and pool side. I work out of my home so am able to listen to as much music as my work allows. Fortunately that is plenty.
My office setup: Acer Aspire One netbook --> Squeezebox Touch --> Neko D100 DAC --> Sonic Frontiers SFL2 preamp --> Quicksilver 8417 power amps --> Elipson Colonne speakers.
My main rig goes Acer Aspire One netbook (using Blackberry Playbook running Music2Touch as remote) --> Squeezebox Transporter (slave) --> Lessloss 2004 DAC (master) --> Sonic Frontiers SFL-2 --> Innersound ESL800 --> Martin Logan CLS IIZ speakers.
My thanks to Suave for offering up this place for us Canucks to chat and also for help re-resurrecting an audio show in TO.
Hello Kerry and welcome to the forum! Thank you for the kind words about the forum and the show. My apologies for the late welcome message - but I had a crazy week preparing the latest issue of CANADA HiFi for print (it just went to the printing house last night)... now I can breate
Thank you for detailing your interests in audio and your systems - it's always great to know what everyone's into. It certainly helps to spark some conversations and ideas too. It sounds like you're a music fan at heart and built yourself two very nice systems. Like you, I work mostly from a home office and hence have the opportunity to listen to music all day, every day and I couldn't be happier! My girlfriend also loves music and this is certainly a good thing because she doesn't mind the fact that I play music and test equipment all the time
Although I still listen to vinyl and CDs on a regular basis, I now listen primarly to digital audio (ever since I bought the Bryston BDP-1 digital player and BDA-1 DAC anyway). This duo gives me performance that I need and the sleekest control interface I could think of.
Do you have any upgrade plans? Or are you looking to add anything to your audio in the coming months?
Hi, Suave. I appreciate the warm welcome and look forward to continued debate round these parts.
Not sure what direction, if any, I'll take with component changes in the future. If I had to guess it would be DAC related, as I seem to change them up fairly often. The NAD M51 has piqued my interest so that may be on the radar.