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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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, are you plugging both the ground and adapter into a wall outlet? Are you paying attention to vibration control with the FEQ? Both issues are very important. There are other discussions of these SR products on this site... worth checking out.
My FEQ is not centered and id on the back wall between the system rack and the right speaker because the untreated ground wire is not long enough. And everything works excellent as you all describe. You just have to get a new unit because you should notice a shift in your system immediately.