Description

This has been evolving past the past 10 years since leaving the linn naim camp.

I have now, at last, got two arms so am able to use two different cartridges.

The new 4 point has it's own VTA adjuster.

It's sound is more stable and powerful than the 313, it extracts that little extra detail to make the music even more convincing.

I have also obtained a VDH colibri which gives quite a different presentation to the Benz LP.

The Playback designs MPS-5 has improved digital sound reproduction considerably.

The vertex suports interconnects and power units have enhanced the overall sound. Better imaging, reduced grain, better dynamics.

Have recently installed some large bass traps these have had a very beneficial effect.
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Room Details

Dimensions: 20’ × 16’  Medium
Ceiling: 8’


Components Toggle details

    • Kuzma XL
    Modular open structure ith 2 arm towers. New single DC motor modification.
    • Lyra Atlas
    Moving coil cartridge
    • Air Tight PC 3
    moving coil
    • Shelter Harmony
    MC cartridge
    • ATC 100 anniversary active
    3 way active monitor
    • vertex AQ hi-rez
    all cables silver
    • Furman IT - ref- 16E
    power conditioner
    • Vertex AQ Leading Edge
    energy draining component platforms x 4
    • VERTEX AQ TAGA
    Power distributor, vibration absortion, EMI, RFI reduction.
    • ATC C6 Sub
    15 inch active driver
    • Self build twin 18 inch ceiling IB
    Infinite baffle, twin 18 inch subs built into a manifold installed in loft space above listening room. goes down below 10Hz.
    • Ypsilon Electronics pst 100
    Pre amp passive all transformer design
    • Ypsilon Electronics VPS-100
    Phono stage valve design
    • Lampizator Golden Gate
    Valve DAC - separate PCM and DSD engine
    • Kuzma 4 point tone arm
    10 inch tone arm

Comments 37

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Owner
Yes it works very well with the 100s, great spatial information and imaging.
I haveĀ  a Benchmark usb DAC1 I used with my old active 50s. The Lampi is quite an improvement.

dctom

Center
Lampizator must be very musical with ATC. I myself have found that a tube preamp can be highly musical.

Ag insider logo xs@2xshadorne

222222&text=dc
Owner
I have made some major changes during the last year or so.
Have replaced the Dart with Ypsilon electronics. I had originally ordered the new model of the Dart but the wait became longer and longer. I had the chance to try the Ypsilon gear alongside my Dartzeel and had no doubt about selling the Dart. The only down side was going back to a 2 box configuration, one of the reasons for getting the Dart was reducing boxes! oh well.
The GG DAC is excellent, a lot more body and richness compared to the Playback MPS-5 I had previously. The PD had been the best sounding digital to me for some time.

dctom

222222&text=dc
Owner
Thanks Shadorne, I have not been on the site for a while so missed your comment.

I did see the film about Abefan. I do remember it from my childhood, lived in England then.

dctom

Center
Wow I love the Kuzuma! Love your setup. Since you are from West Wales you may be interested in Abefan The Green Hollow Eve Myles. Part of my family comes from Wales going back about 800 years. A special place.

Ag insider logo xs@2xshadorne

222222&text=dc
Owner
System edited: The infinite baffle sub reinforces the bass impact to instruments like double bass, drums and especially the lower registers of piano. The bass is very tight and clean no boom or bloat, it did take some time to tailor the response using the sub controls and room treatment. Used REW to measure the room response which is pretty flat now. Another benefit is the increase in ambient information on all types of music.

dctom

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Owner
System edited: Have now installed the modified Kuzma XL, it has a single DC motor instead of the 4 AC motors in the previous version. It has made a very significant improvement. I have also just, luckily, obtained a Lyra Atlas at a very advantageous price. This performs extremely well in the 4pt. The analogue sound has moved further ahead of the digital playback, the two formats were converging for a while. Tremendous power and lower frequency detail with the vinyl now, the sound field is wider, deeper and more precise. My guess is the TT has a lower noise floor somehow and the Lyra brings greater precision, balance and detail.

dctom

222222&text=dc
Owner
Hi Sam

I imagine the Atma-Sphere MP-1 would sound very good with the ATCs, it has balanced outputs which the ATCs like.

Yes I am in the UK, moved away from BAT as they are no longer supported in the UK. I expect their latest models sound good, have you heard any of them?

dctom

222222&text=dc
Owner
Hi Metralla

thank you for your comments, I have been building the system for some time.
Managed to get most of it ex-demo or second hand.
Did come a bit unstuck with the MPS-5, it needed a new laser and power supply. Had it fixed by Bert Gerlach in Germany and it is as good as new now.
I am very pleased with it - compared it to Dcs Puccini and Paganini - prefered the MPS.

dctom

222222&text=c1
Hi Dave!

We've enjoyed similar journeys with BAT starting out with the VK-51SE preamp. I have no doubt you had experienced great sound with your ATC actives and BAT.

I wonder how the ATC's would sound with an Atma-Sphere MP-1 preamp, upstream?

Yes, the MegaLine III loudspeakers feature an active external crossover...nothing between the monoblocks and DALI, except speaker cable :-)

You're in the UK...right?

-Sam

c1ferrari

222222&text=me
Nice blend of very high quality components. Good system. I'd really like to hear the Playback Designs MPS-5 in my home.

Regards,

metralla

222222&text=dc
Owner
I have just finished installing a fairly extensive range of room treatments, traps, diffusing surfaces etc.

I am surprised how much improvement has been achieved. The already well defined bass is now even more textured, imaging even better, width and depth of sound stage also improved.

Good recordings sound amazingly life like, live albums like joni mitchell's shadows and light have tremendous presence.

dctom

222222&text=dc
Owner
Thanks

dctom

Center
Love it!

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222222&text=dc
Owner
System edited: The Kuzma has been modified to a single DC motor unit, this has been a great improvement to an already excellent TT. Have installed a range of acoustic room treatments to great effect.

dctom

222222&text=dc
Owner
Hi Sam, lovely system.
I really like BAT gear. I used a P10se and 52se (and 51) with my ATC 50 anniveraries and 100s. The ATCs go really well with the balanced output of the BATs.
I moved on from my BAT amps as the brand is not really supported in the UK any more.
You mentioned an interest in ATC the new ones come with the new tweeter I am sure they would be extremely good with your rex amp.
My 100s have the "anniversary" amp pack as a special order.
Do you have an active set-up with your Dali speakers?

dctom

222222&text=dc
Owner
Hi Bill, thank you.
Guess you must be nicely settled in Austin now, escaping that cold NY weather!

dctom

Center
System set up looks great! Enjoy your new home.

whart

222222&text=dc
Owner
Apologies for slow reply. I have been in the process of renovating and house altering! so have not been on the forum.
I have now put my system back together. I am very pleased with the sound in the new room.
The 100s do integrate well with the C6 sub, it took a while, trying different positions and altering the controls on the sub.
I hope to instal the new tweeters when available.

I managed to borrow the 2nd hand Dart pre prior to purchase and was very surprised how well it worked with the ATCs.

The Atcs and DZ are very quiet- they produce a very transparent and dynamic sound together. With good recordings they can sound incredibly realistic.

dctom

222222&text=dc
Owner
System edited: Moved house recently and have managed to modify the interior to construct a dedicated music room. The room is bigger than the previous one, it is now 19x16.5 ft. the sound is more spacious and natural, with greater depth to the sound stage. Reinforcing the floor and various room treatments have helped.

dctom

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Great system! Congrats!

I heard the ATCs have an incredible sound, especially the midrange driver is known as the best. Does the AT100 integrate well with the AT C6 sub?

vn101606

222222&text=c1
Hi Dctom,

I've read ATC will/has release(d) an in-house tweeter. This tweeter may have already made its way to ATC's Pro Series. Have you considered it?

DZ and active ATC's -- fascinating and, I expect, synergistic tandem :-)

c1ferrari

222222&text=dc
Owner
System edited: Just added a couple of tweaks from vertex and updated the photos

dctom

222222&text=dc
Owner
System edited: I have replaced my trusty BAT and Ref 2 phono with a Dartzeel 18NS. This has proved to be very transparent. The phono stage is amazingly quiet and it matches the MPS-5 to increase it's resolution and detail.

dctom

222222&text=dc
Owner
Hi Sam

Sorry for late reply, not been on for ages - yes I was using Anniversary 50s prior to the 100s

dctom

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