Thanks!Your setup is impressively slick!
1. What amp/dac is that and what do you think of it with the KEF LS50 (or are they LS50W?)?
2. Can it switch between headphone/ speakers without needing to unplug the headphones?
3. Do you also use a sub?
4. What are those speaker stands and how do they attach to the desk?
5. What mic?
Thank you for sharing!
Someone else asked me in pm so I'll just post my reply since I'm on my phone at the moment:
0. Primary source is the PC Optical Out (Amazon Music HD)
1. The HPA is the Monolith 124459 https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07KQW1WFX/(this amp is overkill, but the clarity is incredible)
2. HPA lineout goes to the internal crossover in the SVS SB12-NSD 12" 400W
3. The High pass (80Hz) line out goes from the sub to the Emotiva A-100 (50W Class A/B) https://emotiva.com/products/a-100
It's an usual setup - I really wanted something that would roll off the lows so they are not going to the LS50s or the amp. Most preamps with real bass management start at $700-1200 and I wasn't excited about that.
The Monolith isn't the most ideal preamp, but it does work well for me. The input sequence to switch from the HPA to Lineout is a little cumbersome until you learn it (you can keep the headphones plugged in all the time). The Emotiva has it's own volume knob which is nice because without it, the relative volume of the speakers is much louder than the HPA - so -20dba is perfect for my VMODAs but a little loud on the speakers. Turning it down can also give you relatively more bass because the sub has it's own adjustment. I hope that makes sense
The sub is under my desk and the amp sits on top of it since its half width. Its a perfect fit
The stands are 24" adjustable height stands from Sound Anchors
These are high enough to lift the speakers above the monitors. Mine are currently set to about half height. They're about 250 a pair and they will customize them for you if you ask. Takes about a month to get them but they are one of the best you can get.
Almost forgot: the mic is a Samson Meteor mic. I removed the folding tripod feet (they look weird to me) and got a desk clamp, goose neck and a little ball joint/swivel thingy. Its a great mic and I like the retro vibe.