Here's one for you "source first" fanatics. $10K plus in front end (actually 12K plus, but who's counting), and less than $200 for the rest of the system. In addition: turntable azimuth was not set, anti-skating was not set, tracking weight was "kind of" set, damping fluid was not installed, vacuum pump was not on, three sets of adapters and "interconnects" (I use the term loosely) were used between the table and the receiver, and the MM phono stage was fed by a cartridge with a low output (.18 mv I think).

I'll be darned if it didn't sound good anyway. Lots of focus, detail and punch!

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    • Basis Debut Gold Vacuum mkV
    Top of the line Basis - Sexy Beast!
    • Basis Vector Model 1
    Unipivot with silicon oil bath dampening.
    • Accuphase AC-3
    Re-tipped by Benz Micro
    • Unknown - Are you kidding?
    Whatever we could find to get the stuff connected. Extra interconnects, zip cord, you name it.
    • Hitachi HS - 480
    Lovely mids '70's vintage 3-way speaker; 12 inch woofer, adjustable tweeter, spiffy vinyl veneer! Bought on eBay!
    • Sansui G7500
    Mid '70's receiver bought at an audio flea market. Superb cosmetics, quite stylish in that special '70's retro way. Eat your hearts out!!!

    Oh, yes - it has an MM phono input.

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Well, you sound like you are in the running, along with a bunch of us, for most "unbalanced" system owner.

By the way, the $252,000 Gaku-On amp that was in the dealer's system is on loan from one of his customers. That amp is merely a backup amp in the customer's system. The customer has a tri-amped system that uses two Gaku-Ons, one for bass, the other for midrange, and a "cheap" Kageki on top. The Kageki is used instead of another Gaku-On because a real difference in sound was not discernable. I would nominate this owner as "most unbalanced," except for the fact that he can easily afford this system.

I also have a Debut vacuum table and a Vector arm, so I guess we both share the same kind of madness.


Not quite the most unbalanced system. I was at a dealership two weeks ago who had a set-up that utilized an Audionote M-10 linestage (@$50,000), an Audionote Gaku-On power amp ($252,000), front end componets that I cannot now recall, but not cheap, a set of speaker cables that cost $17,000, all hooked up to a $2,000 pair of Proac speakers.