Description

Retro HiFi tube system with Horn speakers.




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Room Details

Dimensions: 22’ × 11’  Medium
Ceiling: 10’


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    • Viking Acoustics Berlin Evolution
    Incredible stand mounted horn loudspeaker hand built with finest woods and craftsmanship: 
    • 20" hand-turned tone wood maple/walnut horn  

    • Cabinet machined of solid wood (no ply or MDF)

    • Viking's internal tone-wood resonator

    • 12" papirus firbe woofer

    • 6.25" wide-band driver (mounted inside the horn)

    • Bandwith 18hz-50khz

    • Sensitivity: 97 dB (1w-1m)

    • Dimensions: Cabinet 27.5" X 14" W X 14" D 

    • Height: at top of horn 58"


    • Ayon CD 35
    The Ayon CD-35 establishes a new benchmark in SE-Triode vacuum-tube CD/SACD-Player performance by combining a fully balanced PCM-DSD DAC.
    The CD-35 is also prepared for computer playback and general DSD professional audio use. 

    Top loading player with very solid construction and build.
    • McIntosh C22
    A cool 1960s retro design, the C22 Vacuum Tube Preamplifier has been updated to modern standards to deliver a performance on par with any other McIntosh preamplifier. Electromagnetic input switching provides reliable, noiseless and distortion-free operation. Low distortion levels of all types are less than 0.08%, allowing music to be presented with total transparency and accuracy.
    • McIntosh MC275 MkVI
      • Power Output per Channel75W @ 4, 8 or 16 Ohms
      • Number of Channels2
      • Total Harmonic Distortion0.5% maximum harmonic distortion at any power level from 250 milliwatts to rated power, 20Hz to 20,000Hz
        (≤ 0.25% harmonic distortion at 1kHz)
      • S/N below rated output105dB
      • Dynamic Headroom1.2dB
      • Damping Factor>22
      • Rated Power Band20Hz to 20kHz
      • Frequency Response+0, -0.5dB from 20Hz to 20,000Hz
        +0, -3.0dB from 10Hz to 100,000Hz

      CONTROL

      • Remote Power ControlYes, input and output
      • Multi-Channel DB25 CableN/A

      GENERAL SPECIFICATIONS

      • Circuit ConfigurationUnity Coupled
      • Circuit DesignVacuum Tube
      • Mono BridgeYes
      • Mono ParallelYes, 150W @ 2, 4 or 8 Ohms
      • Output TypeUnity Coupled Output Transformer
      • MetersNo
      • Meter Light SwitchSmall signal tubes LEDs controlled by McIntosh preamp
      • Balanced InputYes
      • Front PanelN/A
      • IlluminationSmall Signal Tubes, LED
      • Chassis StylePolished Stainless Steel

      CONNECTIVITY

      • Speaker Binding Post TypePatented Solid Cinch™ Speaker Binding Posts

      WEIGHTS & DIMENSIONS

      • Unit Dimensions (W x H x D)21-1/2" (54.6cm) (including cables) x 8-1/2" (21.6cm) (including feet) x 12" (30.5cm)
      • Unit Weight67 lbs (30.5 kg)
      • Shipping Weight75 lbs (34.1 kg)

Comments 230

222222&text=la
Owner
Updating to Berlin Evo soon. A full-range speaker in a much larger cabinet and horn in a compact form. 

Wood options are maple and walnut. 

lapierre

Center
hi there Pierre. Long time no talk. Where did you move to in Florida? I’m in Jacksonville. Hope things are well.

Tony

mantis007

222222&text=la
Owner
Migrated to Florida from East Coast. I won't have my system unpacked and setup fully until winter. Considering Dr. Feckert Woodpecker and RevoxB77. On the drawing board and in production this winter-- Japanese Credenza for HiFi components. In addition, likely reducing size of power conditioner to smaller size and with smaller power cords. Components likely spread out and not stacked.

lapierre

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Owner
After 6 months of evaluation really like the combination of Berlin R MKII horns and Ayon CD-35. Since my EMM labs CD/SACD was giving me problems it was not possible to AB comparison. The Ascendo F is fine loudspeaker and great for classical but I decided to part ways and go in a different direction. 

I like the presentation of percussion, drums and cymbals on Berlin R --depth-- and so alive and with more detail and long cymbal decay. Checkout Yellowjackets --The Spin. Bass, piano and sax sound beautiful as well. Vocals have tremendous depth and clarity. Checkout Simply Red ---Picture Book; a or Sade--Diamond Life.

lapierre

222222&text=la
Owner
Just updated couple of components. EMM Labs CD player was retired along with the Ascendo F System. Replaced with Ayon Audio CD-35 and Viking Acoustics Berlin R MKII.

lapierre

128x128
Time for some new pics of the setup there lapierre. How is the new room coming? Did you get a new rack? I assume you still have the Ascendos.

milpai

222222&text=la
Owner
Actually I idid but I delayed the purchase...I was looking at several used ones where I could build my own plinth or get the plinth custom built.

lapierre

222222&text=tz
Hey, did you ever think about getting a turntable?

tzh21y

222222&text=la
Owner
You are correct sir. Still a chance I'll keep the Ascendos but I'm looking at smaller footprint with all the changes I made to the space...

All these great components and basically no furniture to really enjoy the listening experience. My wife said "using a milk crate was better" than using a left over chair from the basement. All this expense equipment and no furniture! True! So the last 4 months, I've slowly redesigned the overall experience (with my wifes help) with new furniture, lighting, rugs, paint and big art. I'm also redesigning my desk to more mid century modern look (woodworking is another hobby).

I'm being open to auditions...nothing has made me excited. The Ascendos continue to remind me why I purchased them. After so not exciting auditions of other loudspeakers hopefully I can audition the following:

Harbeth Super HL5
Raidho C
Focal 1008 Be
DeVore Orangutan

lapierre

128x128
I thought you loved the Ascendo F. Curious as to why you decided to look at other speakers. What speakers are you looking to audition? Hope you find the right one.

milpai

222222&text=la
Owner
Migrating from Ascendo F to different speaker - which is unknown at this time. Right now I just taking my time to listening to different speakers of all type.

lapierre

222222&text=tz
Have you ever tried now tungsol 6550 in your amp?

tzh21y

222222&text=la
Owner
System Edit: Added VooDoo speaker cables which replaced the Analysis Plus (AP) Big Sliver Oval. Smoother in highs and miss but not as detailed as AP.

lapierre

222222&text=la
Owner
System update: Added MC452 power amplifier which replaced two MC275s.

lapierre

222222&text=la
Owner
Thank you Dan.

The System M's are much larger than the Type Fs. The Type Fs where paired with two McIntosh MC275s (tube) run in mono. Switched to SS MC452 for number of reasons but mainly I needed to reduce my component footprint.

BTW well done on the the Garrard TT and new plinth. Need to circle back with you on that for more details.

lapierre

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Lapierre,

I have a friend that has the Ascendo System M's, they are one of the finest loudspeakers I've heard anywhere. I'm sure you're loving your Type F's. I look forward to seeing what amps and cables you've gotten for them.

Congratulations, and enjoy, regards,
Dan

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222222&text=la
Owner
Milpai my new amp arrived today and speaker cables and interconnects will arrive soon after period of burn-in from the dealer.

lapierre

128x128
LaPierre, have you already made the changes or waiting on them?

milpai

222222&text=la
Owner
System changes coming soon!!!

lapierre

Center
Great pics Pierre :)

mantis007

222222&text=la
Owner
System Update: Uploaded new pictures. Need to get a wide angle lens for my Nikon camera. Photos taken with iPhone 5s.

lapierre

222222&text=la
Owner
System Update. Installed Synergistic Research XOT. Outstanding improvement in resolution and holographic presentation. What surprised me? Voice recordings are scary clear and percussion details not heard before.

XOT installed at midrange speaker terminal.

Will experiment with other positions once baseline established with current position.

lapierre

222222&text=la
Owner
Discovered that the AC wall outlets where really cheap and brittle because of age-30 years. The plugs were not holding in of my power cords so I switched all of them out with SR-Z1s.

What the SR-Z1 did:

1) Allowed for more secure connection high-copper content brass connectors
2) Securely holds heavy power cords from Synergistic Research
3) Increase current flow but that is hard to measure just from hearing

lapierre

128x128
That is a awesome pic of the loudspeaker. Congratulations on the upgrade. Would love to see a pic of our new room.
Did the SR-Z1 make a big difference?

milpai

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HI Lapierre, congrats on the new speakers. Sounds like they along with the SR stuff is really working for you.

defride

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