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Thread: System #524 (Renaissance ESL 15A)

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2017
    San Miguel de Allende

    Default System #524 (Renaissance ESL 15A)

    My name is Dirk Bakker, living in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
    Last month I finally managed to get my new Renaissances across the
    border after having to convince custom officials not confiscate them with a tip of $2,500.
    They traveled from a dealer demo in Montreal Canada back to ML in
    Kansas for final inspection, on to my dealer in Cincinnati Ohio. The dealer
    then shipped them to my courier in Laredo Texas who then drove them 500
    miles south into Mexico. Total journey 10 weeks, but much to my relieve
    they survived this odyssey in perfect condition.

    They are joining my dual systems, cinema 5 channel under the screen, the
    Renaissances left and right, the former front situated Summits now rear
    left and right, the ML center and the Descent sub. Powered by the Emotiva XMC-1
    Pre and the Butler TBD 5150 five channel amp.

    To the right is my all tube 2-channel audio only set up, at the front
    end a Sota vacuum turntable with an ET linear tracking tone arm and ZYX
    cartidge. The analog front end consists of an Aesthetix IO with two left
    and right power supplies. All placed outside of the main room.

    In the main room the Aesthetix Romulus DAC and PS Audio transport, Audio
    Research Ref II mark 2 pre and Audio Research Ref 210 mono blocks.
    No mods other than some tube rolling.The room is lively but not overly
    so, as the walls are not parallel and the steel ceiling ribbed and
    irregular. The floor is 10" of polished concrete with nothing below.

    I have owned Martin Logans since the 80s starting with the CLS, Sequels, Requests, Odysseys, Summits and now the Renaissance.

    I think I'll stop with the Renaissances, bringing them across the border with threats of confiscation was a bit discouraging. They are much better suited to the room though, which runs 40 feet length wise.
    The Summits were great but simply not up to the room volume, they work great as rear channels though.
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    Feb 2008


    What a Beautiful Space!

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    Senior Member wink's Avatar
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    Jul 2006
    Phoenix, Arizona


    Very nice! Glad to read that you were able to convince customs to release your contraband with a little grease. You have a beautiful system, and a very nice space to place it in. Congrats!!

    Kicking back somewhere in the desert, listening to my Logans....
    Click here to see my system
    Odyssey, Descent i, Theater, Vanquish

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    Junior Member
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    Nov 2016
    Fort Lee, NJ


    Wow! Beautiful systems, beautiful space.


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    Super User Brad225's Avatar
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    Dec 2006
    Wesley Chapel, Fl


    That is one crazy story. The things audiophiles will do for their enjoyment. You have a stunning room Dirk and welcome to the group.

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    Super User JonFo's Avatar
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    Jan 2005
    Big Canoe, GA


    Hi Dirk, great setup!

    And it sounds like worth the adventure to get them there. Good to have you back.

    System #45 (Monolith IIIx, Sequell IIb, SL3XC)

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    Super User Joey_V's Avatar
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    Aug 2005
    Dallas, TX


    Amazing and amazing journey!

    You are truly dedicated to the craft...
    Joey "kid with grey hair" V
    System 1: Emm Labs TSDX Transport -> Emm Labs DAC2x -> Cary SLP-05 Pre -> Boulder 2060 Stereo Amp -> B&W 802D3, AQ WEL Power Cords, AQ WEL Speaker Wire, AQ Wind (reterminating to XLR)
    System 2: Rotel RA1592 Integrated -> Sonus Faber Olympica 3
    System 3: Rotel RC1570 Preamp -> Rotel RB1582 Stereo Amp -> B&W CM10s2 (ESL11a replacement??)

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