Thx Jason really enjoy listening to music through this set-up!
My Supratek is an older model the newer ones use output transformers.
Changed all the parts, Dave Slagle custom chokes, Magnequest interstage transformers, Dact attenuator, naked vishay and tantalum resistors, oil and black gate caps in power supply, cardas wiring, Jupiter Flat Stack output caps with Duelund silver bypass caps, WBT rca connectors, teflon tube sockets. I think thats all of it! LOL
Yes, I think the pairing is very good. It is a wonderful sounding SS amp. It has very nice tone with an open and transparent sound. It has zero grain and is almost as fleshed out and natural sounding as my 300b's but, goes deeper in the bass and has a wider soundstage.
It's a special SS amp. If it matches up with your speakers, which It does with mine and I'm sure yours you would be impressed.
I like to switch off between the two amps. I love both of them.
Thank you Tom for your kind words. I'm really enjoying music thru this set-up. Your system must give you much joy. Wonderful components, those Total Reference Speakers must sound unbelievable with your excellent choice of components.
Tom, I also use the Star Sound platforms beneath the Frankensteins and all other components. They do improve the sound quality and are definitely worthwhile (and very cost effective).I suspect that the SRA is an excellent product as well. Charles,
Joe, thank you for getting back to me. I will report back to you when I have made up my mind on isolation bases for the Frankensteins. I will now add the Sistrum Apprentice to my list of possibilities.
Hi Tom, Actually, I use The Sistrum apprentice bases for my Franks with very good results. The SRA bases are excellent also. I'm using them for my SACD player and phonostage. They cost more money and are made specifically for that component.
Both work great, really couldn't compare because the SRA are made for the weight distribution of the component it's made for.
I own the Coincident Frankenstein MKII amplifiers. I noticed in one of your system pictures that your Frankenstein amplifiers were situated on top of a Silent Running Audio VR isolation base. I am currently in the process of evaluating possible isolation base options for my Frankensteins.
Did you have these bases manufactured specifically for the Frankensteins? if so, did you notice any benefits? Did Israel recommend the SRA bases for the Frankensteins? Thanks for your time. Tom
Dmarkov, thanks for the kind words. The SRA and Sistrum both improve the components that sit on them. Which ones work better? I don't know, because the SRA are made specifically for that component it sits on, so I didn't compare.
Yes those are Apprentice platforms under the Franks. They definitely need a few days to settle in. When I first placed them in the tonal balance leaned out a bit, but came back with tighter bass ,better dynamics, and inner detail.
Hi Snopro, What a neat system you have and I recognize some of the equipment :) I have a question regarding SRA and Sistrum. What are your impressions of both? Are these the Apprentice platforms under the Franks?
Charles/Joe, The Coincident 300b amps are really something. So clear and rich sounding. Well done and not mega buck price. The Supratek preamp sounded really great to. Jupiter caps must be very good. I mentioned it above but yesterday brought home the importance of a great room. All of the dealer's showrooms and audio shows that I've visited have four walls that are parallel and for a large scale system just hurts the dynamics and musicality. Joe has none of these concerns in his room. But his room is also not dead sounding; actually it is quite live.
Here in brooklyn we have long slender apartments and lots of neighbors close by so I have some built it disadvantages. My AN-e's need more more to breathe. I am also constantly turning the volume down so I don't bother the neighbors. Acoustically my room is very good in that there are only two parallel walls and we have a throw rug down, so like Joe's room there there are no standing waves (slap echos) and the room is not totally dead, but it needs to be much bigger to realize the potential of my speakers. Joe, You are welcome anytime. Soon I'll be receiving Audio Note Ultra Hi B Core output transformers and I'll invite up once I have installed them. They should be here any time now.
Hi Joe, I look forward to your impression of the Elrogs given that Israel Blume had a different view compared to Bill and I. He found them better by only a subtle margin. You have different speakers/system to provide another individual perspective. Israel, Bill and I used various Coincident speakers. I don't know how many hours Israel's Elrogs had. Out of the box they impressed me be they clearly improve with burn in. Charles,
Charles, I was using the Takatsuki's. I ordered the Elrogs but TubesUSA (George) send them to my old address. The Post Office is forwarding them to my new address. It's been almost a month, hopefully they will arrive this week.
Looking forward to hearing them in the Franks, especially that you and Brownsfan think so highly of them.
Hi Jet, Sounds like you had a very fine time with Joe, wish I could've been there. I'm certain Joe's system sounds just heavenly. Jet I'm glad you had the opportunity to hear the Coincident Frankenstein. Was Joe using his Takatsukis or the EML XLS? I'd love to hear your custom SET amplifier and system as well. Charles,
Snopro, Thank you for inviting me into your lovely home and spacious listening room today. Truly beautiful decor and a great place to hear music. As your pictures show it has real advantages of being very open and large so there are minimal echos or reflections. Minimal room treatments are necessary. Your system sounds wonderful and this was one of the most enjoyable listening sessions I've attended. Your system plays all types of music with ease and with a room filling large scale fast paced presentation. This was my first time hearing Zu speakers, and Coincident 300b amp. The Supratek pre amp and K&K Phono pre also sound wonderful. Great to hear a hi end VPI turntable as well. I left very impressed and learned quite a lot from this experience. Thanks again for today - highest regards.
Isochronism, That pairing must sound wonderful! It's funny after all these years with mutli-driver speakers & high powered complicated amps going back to simpler circuits and speakers just sound more natural and enjoyable, IMHO!