In my small dedicated listening room with vault ceilings this is the best system so far. Sonus Faber Guarneri Homage'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 SL1 Sig pre-amp with rolled in NOS Siemens 12AU7's and NOS GE 12AX7 long plates. The Linn LP12 Radikal D, Karousel/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, Black Cat Coppertone ic and Black Cat Silverstar power cord for Rowland. Two REL T5i subs...running high level off the amp outputs and with Signal subwoofer cables and Supra pc's.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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...
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.