The pursuit of good sound has resulted in many changes to my 2-channel system over the years. Simple curiosity (e.g., loudspeaker designs, amplifier topologies) has been a big factor in a majority of these changes. Presently the system looks like this:
I got rid of my well-appointed Mac mini and took a chance on this streamer. Never looked back.
Hardware EQ extraordinaire. Simple and effective.
Fleawatt Audio TPA3116D2 Integrated Amp
This class d integrated amp (25 wpc) is built around the TPA3116D2 chip which was the darling of the DIY community at one time. Derek Sanderson builds these creations as a hobby and sells to members of the audiophile community at such a low cost it’s almost ridiculous (UPDATE: sadly, Derek is now on hiatus). Mine, which has significant upgrades, cost me $250.
From a conversation with Derek: “The somewhat lower dampening factor, 3D imaging and smooth highs are very much like a single ended triode amplifier, but with more power.” He wasn’t kidding. Incredible sound for so little cash.
Louis Chochos high-efficiency single driver design in EKO Ash Tweed. Coherent. Fast. Addicting.
I originally purchased a pair of these to go with my Ohm MicroWalsh Talls and found them to be equally effective with my Magnepan MMG’s, Mark & Daniel Ruby’s, and now my Omega’s.
Isolation stands for the loudspeakers. They work.
Surge protection. No MOVs.
Racking. It’s nice.
Yes, of course.
Located on an Oyen Digital MiniPro hard drive attached via USB to an Apple AirPort Extreme. I use wifi to stream music sources to the Node 2.