ULTRA 9's Set Up For Review(The Absolute Sound)

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Actually if you read the instructions that come with the stands, there is a very specific warning NOT to let the stand have any lateral movement at all under load. Therefore, if someone were to sit on the amp/stand and move slightly at all, good chance you severely damage the stand. As I stated, they are not designed for that kind of weight or action. How do I know...LOL. Friends with broken carbon fiber skeletons, but hey...go ahead use them as a seat.;)
Hello again... Once again, we are not talking about lateral movement, or any effective isolation modes... The designer of the stand stated that the aluminum/carbon fiber structure could easily withstand more than twice the mass that my carefully parked butt on the corner of the amp offered.
 

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Like you, I own these stands.( you do own these right, they are not loaned to you?) If someone was to sit on them , I would not be pleased. Having witnessed the damage that can occur when someone does this...I am 100% against it. OTOH, if you are happy to take the risk, be my guest.
 

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Like you, I own these stands.( you do own these right, they are not loaned to you?) If someone was to sit on them , I would not be pleased. Having witnessed the damage that can occur when someone does this...I am 100% against it. OTOH, if you are happy to take the risk, be my guest.
Like I said earlier most of the weight was in the knees. I was dam near hovering lol
 

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Hi Lief,

Is Russ getting a similar setup to this?
It is ok for me to answer this. Russ is getting almost the same setup but due to the way the room will be setup we chose to go with separate components instead of the Integrated.
 

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Thanks Lief,

He told me but I cant recall all the details. Those seemed to be the speakers we spoke about and VAC was the amplification.
 
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Lief. Stunning set up! I was going to reach out to you and suggest Alfa Rosso as a color choice for your speakers but this is pretty close, what is the color? Alfa Rosso is a perfect fit for your speakers.
 

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Thanks Lief,

He told me but I cant recall all the details. Those seemed to be the speakers we spoke about and VAC was the amplification.
You are correct! ULTRA 9's with all VAC electronics and MasterBuilt cables
 

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Lief. Stunning set up! I was going to reach out to you and suggest Alfa Rosso as a color choice for your speakers but this is pretty close, what is the color? Alfa Rosso is a perfect fit for your speakers.
I am always open to color suggestions my friend. Some of my favorite colors came to us from JackD.
 
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Congrats Greg,
You know that I am so jealous for now, but as Leif said to me today, "Yes Greg has them now, but you get to keep yours." I am not getting the VAC 450IQ Integrated, but the Statemenbt 450IQ Stereo (the exact amp in the Integrated), the VAC Master Preamp, which Kevin says is within a hair of the Statement Line Stage, the VAC Renaissance Deluxe Phono Stage (Kevin says is the "road version" of their ultimate race car Statement Phono) in its own chassis with some Kevin tweaks to appease my inability to afford the Statement Line Stage and Phono. The hidden issues and expense is all MasterBuilt Ultra Biwire speaker wire, Ultra Balanced IC's, Ultra USB and Ultra PC's. One advantage of the Integrated is fewer IC's and PC's, a serious cost difference. I am trying to get the Ultra 9's in Audi Ibis White, but we are having some problems getting the depth of the clear coats right,. If that does not work, then I am open to suggestions.

While I am waiting for delivery in mid-February, I bought a pair of Endeavor/VSA E3 Mk2's, which are blowing me away when hooked up to my existing Reference Spectral gear, Lamm phono, and ARC Ref CD9/DAC with a combination of the MB Ultra Speaker wire and MIT SHD's for the time being. The are simply mind blowing for $8K, making me wonder why I am going the $400K Upgrade path to the above, and then the simple answer comes to me--What I have now with the E3's is amazing audio but the big rig reproduces REALITY better than any system I have ever heard and only somewhat matched by the Iverson Force Fields, although the 9's have much better and extended bass,.
 
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What will the Ultra 55s look like (and sound like), compared to the VR-55 Aktives?
I briefly saw a B&W rendering of the Ultra 55s on the VSA website last year, but it was deleted very quickly. Are there still plans to introduce it? As a happy owner of the VR-55 Aktives (w/MasterBuilt Ultra internal cable upgrades), I’m deeply curious.
 

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Well, the "silver" boxes on the Grand Prix Audio amp stands, sitting on Critical Mass Systems CenterStage2 footers are Constellation Audio Inspiration 1.0 stereo amps that drive my Von Schweikert Audio VR-55 Aktives in a vertical biamp configuration...
Thank you very much for your post, Greg, and welcome to WBF!

Steve and I and many of are members and guests are grateful for your participation here!
 
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Just like Mobiusman, I am also blown away at how good the Endeavor E3 Mk2 speakers are. I installed the Endeavors in my bedroom. I alternate the Spectral DMA 100S and the Hegel H20 as the amp;ifiers to drive the Endeavors. Speaker cables for both amps are either the Masterbuilt Signatures or the Gothams.
 

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Just like Mobiusman, I am also blown away at how good the Endeavor E3 Mk2 speakers are. I installed the Endeavors in my bedroom. I alternate the Spectral DMA 100S and the Hegel H20 as the amp;ifiers to drive the Endeavors. Speaker cables for both amps are either the Masterbuilt Signatures or the Gothams.
have you heard the E5's?

I heard both at Leif's hose and the E5 was stunning.The deep bass in that simple system blew mine away
 
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Congrats Greg,
You know that I am so jealous for now, but as Leif said to me today, "Yes Greg has them now, but you get to keep yours." I am not getting the VAC 450IQ Integrated, but the Statemenbt 450IQ Stereo (the exact amp in the Integrated), the VAC Master Preamp, which Kevin says is within a hair of the Statement Line Stage, the VAC Renaissance Deluxe Phono Stage (Kevin says is the "road version" of their ultimate race car Statement Phono) in its own chassis with some Kevin tweaks to appease my inability to afford the Statement Line Stage and Phono. The hidden issues and expense is all MasterBuilt Ultra Biwire speaker wire, Ultra Balanced IC's, Ultra USB and Ultra PC's. One advantage of the Integrated is fewer IC's and PC's, a serious cost difference. I am trying to get the Ultra 9's in Audi Ibis White, but we are having some problems getting the depth of the clear coats right,. If that does not work, then I am open to suggestions.

While I am waiting for delivery in mid-February, I bought a pair of Endeavor/VSA E3 Mk2's, which are blowing me away when hooked up to my existing Reference Spectral gear, Lamm phono, and ARC Ref CD9/DAC with a combination of the MB Ultra Speaker wire and MIT SHD's for the time being. The are simply mind blowing for $8K, making me wonder why I am going the $400K Upgrade path to the above, and then the simple answer comes to me--What I have now with the E3's is amazing audio but the big rig reproduces REALITY better than any system I have ever heard and only somewhat matched by the Iverson Force Fields, although the 9's have much better and extended bass,.
yes Russ, I can attest that the E3 setup is very, very good. Half your magic room and setup. I would not imagine such great sound when seeing the big flat screen tv sitting in the middle.
I can only imagine the step up with the better gear!
 
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have you heard the E5's?

I heard both at Leif's hose and the E5 was stunning.The deep bass in that simple system blew mine away
Bass was outstanding on both the David Bowie vinyl tracks and my own digital Mussorgsky Gnomus track. Swing Low, sweet chariot was also "delicious" with the Fairfield 4 featuring the "human subwoofer". All this with Russ E3 setup.
 
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