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In my small dedicated listening room with vault ceilings this is the best system so far. Sonus Faber Guarneri Hommage's which were some of the last pair to be brought into the US along with new Jadis JA 30 Mk2 Mono Blocks utilizing KT150's and Siemens tubes, a CAT Sig pre-amp with rolled in NOS Mullards and NOS GE long plates. The Linn LP12 Radikal D Cirkus/Kore is the front-end with a Lyra Kleos. Esoteric DV60 SACD player, Alternate ss amp: Jeff Rowland model 8T modded by Jeff. Room tuning devices include the Real Traps Mondo Traps, Mini Traps and Shakti Hallograph's. Grand Prix Monaco amp stands. Audio Art SE-1 power cords with Furutech connectors.Zen Wave power cord PL1 with Furutech NCF 50
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Room Details

Dimensions: 11’ × 10’  Small
Ceiling: 13’


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    • Linn LP-12 Radikal D
    belt, 33, no arm, mtr drive upgraded to Radikal D and Cirkus/Kore
    • Linn Radikal
    Radikal D power supply for the LP12
    • Linn Trampolin 2
    Upgrade to the basic Linn base. Minimizes the impact of the support for the table.
    • well tempered wta
    Well Tempered 'Black' arm updated with VDH cabling running all through and dual weighting system
    • Lyra Kleos
    Tremendous resolution.
    • Sonus Faber Guarneri Homage
    New in '06. These are absolute works of art with sound to match. In my small room they are magnificent
    • Convergent Audio SL-1L mk II
    This is running 1963 GE NOS long plates and Russian Rocket tubes in phono section In the Line section, NOS Mullard CV4003's and Mullard 12AX7's with a Philips NOS PCC88 7DJ8 for the CF
    • Vishay D-102
    Vishay D102 resistors in Vampire RCA plugs to load the cartridge to 750 ohms.
    • Jadis JA 30 Mk2
    Incredible tube mono block utilizing KT150's. 45 watts/ch of Pure Class A
    • Jeff Rowland Model 8T
    250w x 2 upgraded top plate, original choke power supply, far superior to later dual mono unit. Modded to transimpedance modules and ground connect.
    • Nordost Tyr
    Amazing cables and a BIG improvement .
    • Nordost Tyr
    Phono cable
    • Nordost Frey
    Bi-wire Superbly fast and detailed
    • Nordost Red Dawn Rev 11
    2.5 mtr bi-wire set with mini spades for ARC amp. Very fast and detailed.
    • ps audio micro lab
    Micro lab used on DAC only
    • Highwire 700A
    1.5M interconnect
    • TG audio power strip/conditioner.
    One off piece from TG audio.
    • Harmonix footers
    under Transport and DAC
    • Sound Anchor rack stand rack stand
    Three leg Sound ANchor rack stand with turntable support
    • HARMONIC TECHNOLOGY CYBER PLATINUM
    DIGITAL IC RCA /RCA
    • Grand Prix audio Monaco amp stand with Apex feet
    Grand Prix Audio amp stand in Black with Apex footers under Rowland.
    • Grand Prix Audio Monaco amp stand
    Monaco amp stand with standard acrylic shelf under the ARC D70Mk2
    • Signal cable REL Speakon link cable for REL sub
    • REL Acoustics T5
    small sub for a small room. 8
    • REL Acoustics T5
    Second REL T5, balances the system.
    • Audio Art Cable SE-1
    Dual cables. Furutech fi-28 R plugs...great match with the Jadis amps.
    • IVAC CUSTOM 1
    All gold power cable for transport.Custom made by IVAC with custom made hospital connectors
    • Black Cat Cable Coppertone Ic
    1.5 meter single ended Black Cat Coppertone interconnect cable.
    • Supra LoRad 2.5 Power cable
    DIY Supra Lorad 2.5 in a 1.5 meter run with a 20 amp Wattgate iec and Wattgate plug
    • Cable elevators Plus
    Ceramic lifters to move cables off floor
    • Target turntable/amp stand
    Stand for CD transport
    • Real Traps Mondo Traps
    Dual Mondo Traps for bass trapping. Acoustic room treatment devices. IMHO, a must for any true 'phile.
    • Real Traps Mini Traps
    Mini Trap on rear wall behind listening position.
    • VPI 16.5
    Current model 16.5 with red toggles
    • Signal Cable Inc. REL Speakon Link
    REL subwoofer cable from Signal Cable. A BIG improvement on the stock REL cable.
    • Shakti Hallograph
    Room tuning acoustic device. Fundamental improvement
    • Esoteric DV60
    SACD player
    • Oyaide R-1
    Receptacle
    • Zen Wave PL11 with Furutech NCF-50
    PC for the CAT preamp.

Comments 202

Center
Owner
Added a Zen Wave PL11 power cord with the excellent Furutech FI- 50 NCF connectors. Great PC for the CAT.

daveyf

Center
Owner
Changing the digital front end, have added an Esoteric DV60 to replace the Philips/EAD combo.

daveyf

Center
Owner
Before the GH's I had a number of speakers. Including the Hales System 2 Signature's, Maggie 1.7's, Acoustat 3M's and a pair of PYE's. The Hales were the best of the rest. None of them hold candle to the GH's.
If you can source a pair of GH's, I would suggest jumping on them. Not easy to find, but with your REL sub would make your Linn speakers sound broken, and the Linn's are not bad speakers!
Nice system BTW. 

daveyf

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What speakers did you have before the GHs?  I’ve really been wanting to find a pair of these for sale and replace my Linn speakers.

jaf2290

Center
Owner
Added a new Lyra Kleos. Still in the break in stage, but so far...I'm seriously impressed! Far better imaging precision, resolution, dynamics, bass control, upper end air and extension than my prior cartridge. Amazing what these new design cartridges bring to the game.

daveyf

Center
Owner
Rolled in NOS Telefunken 12Au7's rib plates into the Jadis and rolled in NOS Siemens 12Au7's into the CAT line stage, replacing the Mullards.The Telefunken's are more 'musical' in the driver stage than the Siemens, and tons more resolving and 'musical' than the stock EH's!

daveyf

Center
Owner
Added the new Jadis JA30Mk2 mono block amps. Superb match up with my SF GH's. The Jadis JA 30Mk2's use the new KT150 tubes...a superior tube IMO.

daveyf

Center
Beautiful system!  Must sound amazing!

zephyr24069

Center
Owner
Added another Grand Prix Monaco amp stand for the ARC D70Mk2 and added Apex feet for the Grand Prix Monaco amp stand under the Rowland.

daveyf

Center
Owner
Jeff Rowland has now modded my model 8. I am unsure, but this amp may be the only amp in existence that has the original choke power supply along with the latest transimpedance modules. The sound definitely took a leap forward in the resolution and transparency department.

daveyf

Center
Owner
Added Grand Prix audio Monaco amp stand for Rowland amp.
Amp modded by Jeff Rowland with new Transimpedance modules and grounding connect. 

daveyf

Center
Owner
Added a 20 amp dedicated line and all new main panel and cabling from the street transformer. Nice improvement.

daveyf

Center
Owner
System edited: Added second Zoethecus Z5 mahogany amp stand for ARC amp. Really like these stands, too bad they are no longer made..

daveyf

Center
Owner
System edited: Added Trampolin 2 to Table. This is a very nice overall upgrade and probably should be considered by all Linn LP12 owners.

daveyf

Center
Pavpet, I also encourage you to post your very interesting system.i can imagine the joy it provides you with each listening session.

charles1dad

Center
Man, all this talk makes me want to sell my Evolutions and get the GHs! :). In all seriousness, the GH are spectacular speakers! I was actually holding out for a pair but was able to get the Evolutions for what I consider a great deal. I cannot complain. Maybe one day i can get the GHs for a second system. Hmmmm...

tboooe

Center
Owner
Thanks Lloyd. I completely agree that the design of speakers is definitely part art and part science. I think Franco hit one out of the park with the GH's. To this day, there isn't a small speaker made that I would either trade for...or say is in any way superior to the GH's.
Pavpet, why not start a systems page and show all of us your system with photos?...I am sure many of us would love to see your system..I know I would.

daveyf

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I find the original Guarneri Homages have a magic in their balance which is rare. The G Evolutions signal may seem stronger, bolder, more modern/linear/whatever...but as a matter of personal taste, I somehow remain beguiled by the nuance of the original G. Its a funny thing, as it is clear to me that design is part science, part art still.

And for me the Gs are a work of art in the speaker world. Having been fortunate to own them, I would gladly have kept them rather than trade them in many years ago but we have 1 system and it seemed silly to just leave them for 'someday'. But if there is 1 speaker I would have otherwise gladly kept, it would likely have been the original Guarneris. Congrats to both of you.

lloydelee21

Center
Thanks guys the wyetech ruby 211 with RCA RADIOTRON TUBES is truly world class mono blocks , every time I turn them on , (listened 2 hours per night) I truly get goose bumps, they are spectacular to listen to , and to look at I'll send you photos if you like

pavpet

Center
Pavpet, you have good taste and obviously trust your ears, no wonder you're so pleased with what you have. That Wyetech amp must be stunning!

charles1dad

Center
Owner
Pavpet, you replaced the new SF Guarneri Evolutions with the GH's! I wonder how many others have done that, LOL. Having heard the new Evolutions on several occasions, I would agree that to my taste the GH's are more to my liking. However, IF I owned the Guarneri Evolutions, I'm not sure I would sell them at a probable loss- and seek out the very hard to find GH's. My hat is off to you my friend.

daveyf

Center
Speakers I have now are the SFGH better than the evolution , I've also had the cremon m

pavpet

Center
Owner
Pavpet, so that we are clear... you are saying that you used to own the GH's and now do NOT own the GH's!!
The speakers that you are referring to that are paired with your Wyetech's are the SF Guarneri Evolutions. A VERY different speaker, IMHO.

daveyf

Center
I had owned them first a few years ago but the sound of the Guarneri much better also had the Cremona m

Sfg much better

pavpet

Center
Owner
Quick question for Pavpet.. in your thread on 'what to buy' you state that you own the SF Evolutions...a very different speaker to the GH's!! Am I missing something here??

daveyf

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