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Jazzman's Carvers & Stats
« on: January 01, 2016, 02:58:58 PM »




Carver C1 preamp
Logitech Transporter
Carver CTL100 CDP 
Carver TX-11A tuner
Carver TFM-25 amps (4)
Behringer DEQ 2496 EQ
Behringer DCX 2496 crossover
DIY Hybrid Electrostatic speakers
DIY Ripole Subs
DIY cables

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Re: Jazzman's Carvers & Stats
« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2016, 03:37:19 PM »
Welocmoe!   ...and nice looking rig!
pre :  Melos GK1, Usher P-303
DAC: M2Tech Young
amp: VTL Compact 80, Onkyo M-504
CDP:  Onkyo DX-706
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Re: Jazzman's Carvers & Stats
« Reply #2 on: January 02, 2016, 08:48:00 PM »
Hah, I recognize this rig from TechTalk. Was always very impressed with your DIY ESL stuff.

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Re: Jazzman's Carvers & Stats
« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2016, 09:56:47 PM »
The latest addition to my system was a NIB Logitech Transporter purchased off Ebay.   I love this thing!  It's been discontinued for quite a few years now but it's still a top notch performer to my ears.  And it's one of the few musics steamers whose digital out is volume controlled-- so when using the Transporter, I bypass my old Carver C1 preamp and route the digital out directly into the digital crossover.  And it sounds fabulous!


Carver C1 preamp
Logitech Transporter
Carver CTL100 CDP 
Carver TX-11A tuner
Carver TFM-25 amps (4)
Behringer DEQ 2496 EQ
Behringer DCX 2496 crossover
DIY Hybrid Electrostatic speakers
DIY Ripole Subs
DIY cables

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Re: Jazzman's Carvers & Stats
« Reply #4 on: January 14, 2016, 10:49:27 PM »
Great looking and sounding setup!  I love Logitech streamers.  I have 2 Squeezebox Touches and 2 Squeezebox "boom boxes.
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Re: Jazzman's Carvers & Stats
« Reply #5 on: January 17, 2016, 08:46:40 AM »
Love the look of the Transporter Streamer/DAC (and the Behringer DEQ2496 - I am a sucker for a an eq full of controls, a calibrated microphone and an afternoon of tweaking using Room Eq Wizard),  will research it a bit and explore hunting for one. Quick question:  is the Logitech software required on the server end or will it talk to any DLNA server? (or iTunes?)

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Pre: McCormack RLD-1, Rotel 970BX Phono
Amps: Channel Islands Audio D-200 MkII 
Phono: VPI Aries 1,  Van de Hul Frog
CD: Oppo BDP-83 DAC: Young DSD DAC
Cass: Tascam 122MkII
R2R: Revox B77
Sub: Rhythmik FV 15HP

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Re: Jazzman's Carvers & Stats
« Reply #6 on: January 17, 2016, 10:56:21 AM »
Both the Logitech Transporter and it's little brother, the Squeezebox, require Logitech software (either the older Squeezebox Server or current Logitech Media Server) on the host computer (free download).  In addition to the supplied remote control, the system can be controlled thru an Ipad or smartphone using the Sqeezepad app.  Communication and streaming can be via Ethernet cable or by wireless router.

For some inexplicable reason, Logitech discontinued both the Sqeezebox and Transporter some years ago but you can still find used ones and sometimes even NIB ones on Ebay.  The Squeezebox's go cheap but Transporters are $$$.  I had a Sqeezebox originally and it sounded so good that I don't know that I could tell the difference between it and the Transporter in a blind test.

Last but not least, both the Squeezebox and Transporter can control volume on both the analog outs and the digital outs as well.  Whereas, all other every music streamers that I've looked at volume control only the analog outs (the digital outs being pass-thru's).   I love this feature, as I can feed the digital outs directly thru the DEQ and DCX (without going thru a separate analog preamp) and then have only a single D/A conversion coming out of the DCX.     

As for the DEQ and/or DCX 2496, in spite of their spotty reputation with pros and some hi-end buffs, they great in my home system.   And it's worth noting that Roger Sanders' Model 10 ESL speakers, which use a DCX-2496 crossover, have won best in show honors more than once.   

If I had bought the DCX first, I really would not have needed the DEQ, since the DCX has excellent parametric EQ's.  Still, it's nice to have the DEQ's auto-EQ and limiters and GEQ's to boot.  I found that setting the system to perfectly flat response doesn't sound as good to me as tuning by ear, though.  This I believe, because I have a hyper sensitivity to frequencies around 2.5Khz and also a high frequency hearing loss.   
Carver C1 preamp
Logitech Transporter
Carver CTL100 CDP 
Carver TX-11A tuner
Carver TFM-25 amps (4)
Behringer DEQ 2496 EQ
Behringer DCX 2496 crossover
DIY Hybrid Electrostatic speakers
DIY Ripole Subs
DIY cables

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Re: Jazzman's Carvers & Stats
« Reply #7 on: January 17, 2016, 11:00:00 AM »
Forgot to add:  Most of my music files are in Itunes and the Logitech software works well with Itunes. 
Carver C1 preamp
Logitech Transporter
Carver CTL100 CDP 
Carver TX-11A tuner
Carver TFM-25 amps (4)
Behringer DEQ 2496 EQ
Behringer DCX 2496 crossover
DIY Hybrid Electrostatic speakers
DIY Ripole Subs
DIY cables

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Re: Jazzman's Carvers & Stats
« Reply #8 on: February 26, 2016, 01:04:14 PM »
awesome setup

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Re: Jazzman's Carvers & Stats
« Reply #9 on: April 10, 2016, 12:10:42 PM »
Time to update the system pics to show my new wire-stator speaker panels:



Carver C1 preamp
Logitech Transporter
Carver CTL100 CDP 
Carver TX-11A tuner
Carver TFM-25 amps (4)
Behringer DEQ 2496 EQ
Behringer DCX 2496 crossover
DIY Hybrid Electrostatic speakers
DIY Ripole Subs
DIY cables

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Re: Jazzman's Carvers & Stats
« Reply #10 on: April 10, 2016, 12:16:59 PM »
Very impressive.

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Re: Jazzman's Carvers & Stats
« Reply #11 on: April 10, 2016, 05:56:35 PM »
Time to update the system pics to show my new wire-stator speaker panels:





How is the sound?

Spkr: VMPS RM40
Pre: McCormack RLD-1, Rotel 970BX Phono
Amps: Channel Islands Audio D-200 MkII 
Phono: VPI Aries 1,  Van de Hul Frog
CD: Oppo BDP-83 DAC: Young DSD DAC
Cass: Tascam 122MkII
R2R: Revox B77
Sub: Rhythmik FV 15HP

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Re: Jazzman's Carvers & Stats
« Reply #12 on: April 10, 2016, 11:22:23 PM »
Positively electrostatic!   Lightening fast and spooky real. 
Carver C1 preamp
Logitech Transporter
Carver CTL100 CDP 
Carver TX-11A tuner
Carver TFM-25 amps (4)
Behringer DEQ 2496 EQ
Behringer DCX 2496 crossover
DIY Hybrid Electrostatic speakers
DIY Ripole Subs
DIY cables

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Re: Jazzman's Carvers & Stats
« Reply #13 on: April 11, 2016, 10:20:46 AM »
wow... very impressive! would really love to hear it!
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