A mix of vintages.

Room Details

Dimensions: 12’ × 15’  Medium
Ceiling: N/A

Components Toggle details

    • Sota Cosmos Series IV
    Cosmos Series 4 vacuum turntable with a cocobola plinth.
    • Graham Engineering BT44 Phantom
    Unipivot tonearm with removable armwand with upgraded bearing and micropoise
    • Graham Engineering IC70
    Phono Cable, silver conductor
    • Lyra Kleos
    Low Output Moving Coil
    • Audio Research Reference Phono 2 SE
    • California Audio Labs Delta
    CD transport with Coax and Toslink outputs.
    • California Audio Labs Sigma mkII
    24/96K Upgrade
    • Aesthetix Calypso Signature
    Tube line stage
    • Audio Research Reference 150SE
    150 Watt/Channel Tube 4 KT150/ch
    • Sonus Faber Elipsa
    3 way floor standing speaker
    • Moon Audio Silver Dragon
    Balanced silver interconnect
    • Acoustic Zen Hollogram II
    8 AWG
    • Tara Labs Quantum III
    .5 meter
    • Straightwire Chorus
    1 meter
    • Monster Cable Datalink IDL-100
    .5 meter coax
    • Arcici Suspense Jr.
    Fully loaded suspended design with 3 shelves suspended from the top plate.
    • Audiodesksysteme Glass Vinyl Cleaner
    • VPI HW-16.5
    Record Cleaning Machine
    • SolidSteel 5.4
    4 shelf steel rack with MDF shelves on cones.
    • Linn LP-12 Valhalla
    Mid 80's vintage
    • Linn Basik-LVX Plus
    Standard Linn cable
    • Dynavector 17D3
    Low-output moving coil
    • Lamm Industries LP-2
    Lamm LP2 Deluxe Tube Phono Stage.  Currently out of service

Comments 8

Tboooe, stereo unlimted in San Diego has a pair of Elipsa in their showroom. May want to check them out. Although, im interested what Capitola has to say myself.


Congrats! Would love to hear your thoughts on the Elipsas! What made you change? I'm a big fan of Sonus Faber.


System edited: Upgraded the speakers to Sonus Faber Elipsa's and Acoustic Zen Hologram II speaker cables.


Thanks for reminding me of your post here on the 801's Mark!..Love the look of the 801's in the wood finish(Walnut?) Better than my Black. Very nice! I will definately try to check out the North Creek version, but yeah, may be too pricey afterall.
I will be enjoying this speaker for quite a while!




I still have mine and love them. I've had them about 2 years. I bought them without stands or the bass alignment filter but bought both since. I got the Sound Anchor stands mostly because they were priced right. The bass alignment filter is still available from B&W. Both improved the sound. The stands seemed to give more focus to the bass, while the BAF helped everywhere. I'm not sure why. The BAF is not the ideal solution since it adds another interconnect but was still worth it. I would really like to replace the crossovers with the North Creek versions but they cost almost as much as I paid for the speakers. I don't know much about the VR's but the 801's need big amps to get the good bass. They also sound a lot better at higher volumes.

Hope you like them.



Hello Mark-

I have a post on ever evolving under my audiogon name. It is listed as "Musically Satisfying!"...I wanted to e mail you because I saw your system and the 801's..very nice. As it turns out for Dad is practically giving me his 801 S2's in Black finish.They have the Van Al. inductor upgrade fix.. but no bass alignment filter, and have the full Arcici stands. I really liked them and will try them out next to me newer Von Schweikert VR2's that are so popular. The VR's are indeed a great speaker and have awesome bass...but I think the 801's will be more smooth and better dynamically. Just wondering if you still have yours and how your likeing them?

Thanks for any info.

With Regards,



The amp is not for sale at this time. If I change my mind, I'll drop you a note.




Would you be interested in selling your Nakamichi PA-7AII amplifier? I am looking for one in very good to near mint condition. I am very serious about getting one and would pay what it is worth.

Matt Selbee


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