Description

Berlin R Mk II has a spot in my system. 




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Room Details

Dimensions: 15’ × 13’  Medium
Ceiling: 10’


Components Toggle details

    • McIntosh C500 Preamp
    The C500 stereo preamplifier is a luxurious two box design where the power supply control section is separate from the audio processing chassis.
    • McIntosh MC 452 SS Power Amp
    At 450 watts per channel, the MC452 is the most powerful McIntosh stereo amplifier and utilizes the latest advancements in circuit and cosmetic design.
    • Synergistic Research Tesla PowerCell 10se
    Power conditioner
    • Viking Acoustics Berlin R MK II with mid-century stands
    Incredible stand mounted horn loudspeaker hand built with finest woods and craftsmanship: 
    • Viking's Unique bass-horn-loaded tweeter system  

    • Hand-turned tone-wood horn

    • Viking's internal tone-wood resonator

    • 10-inch wide-band woofer with paper pulp diaphragm  

    • 6N solid core copper internal wire in pure cotton dialectic

    • Bandwidth: 28 Hz-35,000 Hz +- 1.5db! (Horn/resonator improves bass hz 5db!)

    • Sensitivity: 97 dB (1w-1m)

    • Impedance: 8 ohms


    • 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.

Comments 227

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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

222222&text=mi
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

222222&text=mi
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

222222&text=mi
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

222222&text=mi
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

222222&text=la
Owner
FEQ was plugged in wall outlet. And moved around to front side, back corner behind speaker and positioned as close to center as permitted.

A/B various songs. No difference in performance.

Read SR discussion thread.

Thanks Gordon. Waiting on if FEQ is defective.

lapierre

222222&text=sg
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.

sgordon1

222222&text=jo
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.

Let us know how you like the XOT's!
Thanks!

joeyboynj

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