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Hi-Efficiency speakers paired with low watt SET amps. Highly musical but with natural detail and dynamics.
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Room Details

Dimensions: 19’ × 23’  Large
Ceiling: 12’


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    • Mola Mola Tambaqui Dac and Jay's Audio CDT2-MK.3 transport
     Dac and transport using a Tubulus Argentus HDMI cable for I2S connection
    • Lyra Kleos SL
    Low output Cartridge
    • VPI Classic III with 3D tone arm
    Turntable
    • K&K Audio premium maxxed-out phonostage
    Kevin's top phonostage
    • Quadratic MC-1 Moving Coil Transformer (SUT)
    • Supratek Sauvignon (Highly Modded)
    Tubed line stage highly modded and nos tubes
    • Coincident Speaker Tech 300b Frankenstein mk.2 mono blocks
    8 watts of SET bliss using W.E. 300b,Takatsuki TA-300b and EML 300b XLS tubes.
    • First Watt SIT-3 amp
    Nelson Pass limited edition amp which has the sound signature somewhat of a SET amp and SS Class A amp combined.
    • Horning Hybrid Eufrodite Ellipse
    Hi-efficient speakers that mate well with SET amps. Very musical and refined sound.
    • PurePower 1500+
    ac regenerator & conditioner with battery back-up
    • PI Audio Group Digibuss
    Digital filter with Furutech GTX-D NCF (R) outlets and IEC. Isolates and filters my digital components from sending digital nasties back into my system.
    • High Fidelity Cables CT-1 Ultimate IC's
    connected to all componets
    • Tubulus Argentus i2s Cable HDMI cable
    connected between Transport and Dac
    • Triode Wire Labs Obsession, digital american, & 7+ cryo PC's, Spirit II phono cables
    connected to Regenerator, Preamp, DAC & Transport, and Turntable, Phonostage
    • Cerious Technologies Graphene Matrix PC's
    connected to amps and phono stage
    • Cerious Technologies Graphene Matrix Speaker cables
    speaker cables
    • star sound tech., Townshend podiums, symposium ,SRA platforms,
    dedicated lines & room, footers, platforms and Furutech GTX-D NCF (r) outlets
    • Salk Sound Rythmik 12 subwoofer

Comments 77

222222&text=sn
Owner
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

Joe

snopro

Center
Fantastic gear with excellent aesthetics.  Awesome!

pdreher

Center
I'm also running a Supratek pre with the SIT-3, they're a great match. 

What mods did you add to your Supratek?

Jason

jayrossi13

222222&text=sn
Owner
cfarrow,
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.  

snopro

128x128
I have a pair of Horning Eufrodite mkii and wanted to see if you tried the First Watt amp with your Hornings and if so thoughts?  I currently use a Aesthetix Atlas with mine and love the sound....

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222222&text=sn
Owner
Thanks Charles! The Zu's with the newer FRD are wonderful speakers, especially for the money.
The Hornings bring to the table  refinement and are more articulate in the upper midrange and lower treble. 
 The Hornings cost much more. Are they 5 times better, no but once you get to the 80, 90% as you know the last 10, 20% in sound is costly.

snopro

222222&text=ch
Joe,
I've had limited listening experiences with the Zu speakers. Having heard Horning Eufrodite recently I can certainly agree that they're open, refined and dynamic.  Good choice. 
Charles, 

charles1dad

222222&text=sn
Owner
Hi hic and jetrexpro, The HFC's are wonderful so clear, open, and natural sounding.
David, the Zu's were really good and I enjoyed them a lot. The Hornings are a step or two above the Zu's in refinement, bass, and openness. Really a beautiful speaker to listen to.

snopro

222222&text=je
Hi Joe can you compare the Zu to the Horning? Very curious.

jetrexpro

222222&text=hi
Hi Joe, Very nice system. How do you like the High Fidelity Cable?

hic

222222&text=sn
Owner
System upgrade: I sold my Druid V and Undertone sub for a pair of Horning Eufrodite Ellipse speakers. Needs lots of brake-in but, sounds very good so far.
Musical, refined, with beautiful tone and a big open soundstage.

snopro

222222&text=sn
Owner
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.

Best,
Joe

snopro

222222&text=ch
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,

charles1dad

222222&text=tm
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.

BTW, you have a very impressive set up. Tom

tmmvinyl

222222&text=sn
Owner
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.

Sorry, if I couldn't be of more help.
Joe

snopro

222222&text=tm
Joe,

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

tmmvinyl

222222&text=sn
Owner
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.

snopro

222222&text=dm
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?

dmarkov

222222&text=je
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.

jetrexpro

222222&text=ch
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,

charles1dad

222222&text=sn
Owner
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.

snopro

222222&text=sn
Owner
Hey Dave,
It was a pleasure to meet you. We had a good day of tunes. Those Classical pieces were very nice.

Thanks for coming by, hopefully I'll get a chance to here your system.

snopro

222222&text=ch
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,

charles1dad

222222&text=je
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.

jetrexpro

222222&text=sn
Owner
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!

snopro

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