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I've plunked down for a discounted/barely used unit and am eagerly awaiting delivery. It's deeper than the shelf I have been using for the past 20 years and so I'm looking for ideas on how others take a large unit like this and place it in a living room - floor stand, full rack, do you have it "out front" or discretely to the side? No man cave available. Paired with Aerial 6t and SimAudio 280d streamer coupled to about 4 Tb of lossless music on a server.
On the one hand, I like the look of it - on the other, my hifi fetish is not allowed to take over the decor.
Thanks for any and all good ideas!
Well, IT arrived today. A short 2-hours of playing through a lot of my favorites that test ambiance, control, spatial cues, and power balance tells me that:
1. The rave reviews are not fake news. This is quite a piece.
2. The lower-end control is strong. I enjoyed my KT-88 Jolida d801 from Shanghai a lot, but this is much different on the lower registers. In a good way.
3. The silence is deafening - sounds are just "there".
4. It's built like a tank. Finding a final table top for it - the attached photo is an interim solution - will require some careful furniture selection.
The UPS guy tucked this thing under his arm, double-boxed and all, and brought it into the living room for me. Very strong guy.
Plug for a vendor: Mark at Reno HiFi was great to work with, everything is exactly as he said it would be. Packing was well done, etc.
More later, but this is a quantum jump purchase - let's call it "end game". No more trolling the hifi mags for cool new products like this. Maybe a turntable, though....
That's the problem with huge gear if your rack won't correctly support it. Get a new rack. It will cost a fraction of what you paid for the INT-60. Enjoy!
I have mine on the bottom of my Salamander rack. Yes, it sticks out the back a few inches, but as long as the feet are on stable ground, it's fine. I also have mine on top of a Symposium Platform just to raise it up a few inches for extra air flow.
As a side note, the LEDs for the volume don't dim. I found it a tad too bright. I ended up cutting a piece of "dim it" and placing over the volume setting window. It attaches by static and is easily removed.
Good suggestion. I like my listening room dark, and this will help. thanks!
My solution to too bright LEDs is to darken the center of each. The light output is much less with the dot of black marker on each LED.
My choice would be to place a piece of removable black tape over it. But I like Jack G's solution even better.
This amp is too nice to hide!
Don't hide that thing of beauty under a bushel basket!
Congrats! As someone who just got his integrated (the INT-250) last week, I can tell you that you'll be very impressed with it. I think it too nice to "hide", so I'd try to find a way to display it.
I'd get a new rack. If it fits the budget get one specifically for audio with thicker shelves, some have vibration control.
I recently picked up a rack from a company called VTI, their Pro series has 3/4 inch shelves and deep enough for your amp. They look good and sort of modular as they stack. Assembly was a breeze. The metal poles are silver or back, shelves have a variety of colors.
VTI may or may not have the vibration/isolation of like a Solid Steel or similar. I like the look better though. It holds my Levinson & Pass set up well enough.
But I don't know what other equipment you have. There's a company in the UK that makes nice wood racks. They are "prefab", so the shipment is not bulky, but probably not cheap. They customize, as well, but may still be a relatively inexpensive option, compared to what is available in the US (+ shipping).
Nice looking stand/rack products from the British company. Makes me want to fire up the tools and make something like that.
I appreciate all of the input. I am super excited to hear how this beast sounds. Years ago, I built a Pass A-75 from scratch and was blown away by the quantum leap from mass-market electronics. Unfortunately, it eventually blew up, but the memories are good.
Pledged to report back after getting it installed next week, photos will be included.
Wait until it's in the room. Between it weighing 90 plus pounds and the size you most likely will need a new stereo rack.
It's a great piece to use and even better to look at. Display it proudly and enjoy it.
If you don't post a review I'm coming over there and get my own review~!!!!
Pics too! Please~!
Hide it unobtrusively in a corner? only requirement is that it won't overheat from an enclosed situation.
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