Updating the virtual System.

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    • TAD CR1
    TAD Compact Reference with Beryllium coincident tweeter and midrange.
    • Graham Engineering Phantom
    Excellent sound, and a joy to set up and use. Damping fluid not used.
    • Soundsmith Strain Gauge
    Phono cart system including phono stage
    • PS Audio PerfectWave DAC
    PWD - with network bridge board.
    • Atma-Sphere MA-1 mk3.1
    140 watts of Triode Power, fully balanced monoblock design with V-cap upgrade. OTL- No transformers to get in the way of the music. Notice the point to point wiring featured under the chassis of this unit, which actually was routed much neater on their older chassis, but they went to this design to fit into a standard equipment rack. Even before I fired these up for the first time I just had take a look under the hood and snap this pic. You can see the 38 beautifully glowing tubes in the system pics.
    • Atma-Sphere MP-1 Mk3.1 Remote Volume
    All tube Preamp now with remote volume. So much depth and harmonic richness. Beautiful build quality.
    • Stealth Audio Hyperphono
    Hyperphono phono cable
    • Starsound Technologies Sistrum SP-1
    Sitting under Raven One turntable- a very nice improvement.
    • Acoustic System Resonators various
    I have 6 in total, from basic to silver to gold special. SInce i have limited space, the only acoustical treatment I have are Roomtune Corner tunes and these Resonators. They actually do work.
    • Oyaide AC receptacles and Plug P-004 and R-1
    Beryllium plated AC plug and outlet made a big difference over stock outlets and Hubbel plug. I have two more R-1's that have to go in a quad box to replace Powerports. (which should be interesting to see if there is an improvement)
    • TTWeights Momentus Duo Drive Supreme
    150 lb modular turntable

Comments 36

I think emailist looks like nobody's fool overspending on the usual suspects.But would I spend same money on table/arm/speaks?.Me think the Graham a beauty but a tad pricey.Interested in those speaks.But now if Raven One comes with arm I might forget plans for cheaper VPI/PS GCPH or EAR rig and go Rhea expecting latter to ad a Moerch or Schoeder.Also don't think those tubes look cool.Thery look HOT BABY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Just in case anyone cares, I took the pictures with the tubes in total darkness with a long exposure, and used an led flashlight to light up the turntable.

I also replaced the Sistrum SP003 under my turntable with the correct size SP-1 I had been waiting for to come back in stock. Extremely nice upgrade with more solididity throughout the spectrum. Even pops and tick sound different after inserting this stand, like they are grounded.


Impressive tube glow!


Man those tubes look HOT!! :)


Man those tubes look cool : )


Major tweek alert!

Last night I upgraded the fuses in my MA1's and H-cat to HI Fi Tuning fuses.

I am totally shocked. The increase in inner detail, purity and immediacy of female voice is stunning. There is also more subtle details poping out and improved imaging outside my speakers.

Also a substantial increase in midbass resloution, tunefulness and amplitude.

It is also as if the register of reproduction shifted down an octave or two. Hard to describe.

Next I'll try replacing all the fuse holders with cro'd Acme fuse holders and then after that using Quicksilver Gold on each of the fuses - hopefully I'll get a nice benefit)


I love the glow. Very nice.


Nice looking rig. I bet you spend endless hours listening to music.
What else do you know about your speakers? What tweeter do they use?


WHart - You can definitely hear my system if you'd like. I am in Nyack from time to time as well.


I'd be interested in hearing your system at some point- I live north, near Nyack, and would return the favor. Love the look of all those bottle lit up.


Sounds like a very interesting system. Your thoughts will be very welcome. What sort of room and what type of music are you listening to? The resonators have always grabbed my attention though I have not listened to them



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