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    Default System #529 (Aerius i)

    1. Member Name: Ryan Backstrand

    2. Location: Beaverton, Oregon, USA

    3. ML Model(s):Aerius i

    4. Year Purchased: 2017

    5. Mods/Changes: None

    6. Associated Electronics:

    1971 Kenwood KA7100 DC Amplifier
    1973 Kenwood KT7300 Tuner
    1977 Dokorder 7700 R2R
    1992 Denon DCD-590 CD Player
    2006 Pro-Ject Debut III w/ Ortofon OM5E Cart

    While I have a trained ear and appreciation for quality and accuracy of the soundstage just as much as anyone else, I am on a very limited budget for home electronics (as you can probably tell from my circa 1997 TV). I got the Kenwood Amp, Tuner, and Dokorder R2R as a set for $20 at a garage sale, the CD player for $15 at Goodwill, and I bought my Pro-Ject brand new in 2006 for $300 while in college. The 90's-looking Alpine component rack I picked up free on the side of the road a few years back. Total system cost of $335 + the $700 speakers.

    7. Comments and/or stories about your Martin Logan experience:

    I first heard a set of MartinLogans at my neighbors house around 2005, I think they were Vistas, and I was absolutely blown away. I was 18, so no way I could ever afford something like that. I remember reading Jazzman53's write-up back then on how he made his own, and I even went as far as to purchase some mylar and a few other components, but the project lost steam. In mid-2017, a co-worker gave me some "The Fisher" XP65 bookshelf speakers to sell for him. I hooked them up to the B channel and couldn't believe it, how could any component speakers sound THIS bad? I remembered how much I had liked the MartinLogan's, and thought that if my JBL's sounded great to me, and these bookshelfs sounded this bad, how much better would ML's sound? I couldn't shake the bug to buy some, so after a lot of research on this site, I ended up buying these 1999 Aerius i's for $700.

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    Ryan,

    Welcome ! Great story, kudos for assembling a superb kit !
    Dave

    System #79 - Analog is Alive and Well, if in doubt, click the link below !

    Click Here to see my System

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    Thanks Dave! Glad to be here.

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    Funky system. Welcome.
    Marantz 8300 SACD / Squeezebox Touch --> Audiolab M-DAC --> Copland CTA-305 --> Classé CA-101 --> MartinLogan Vista / Behringer DEQ2496 --> Whise Profunder sub

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