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)
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.
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
Rated Power Band20Hz to 20kHz
Frequency Response+0, -0.5dB from 20Hz to 20,000Hz +0, -3.0dB from 10Hz to 100,000Hz
Remote Power ControlYes, input and output
Multi-Channel DB25 CableN/A
Circuit ConfigurationUnity Coupled
Circuit DesignVacuum Tube
Mono ParallelYes, 150W @ 2, 4 or 8 Ohms
Output TypeUnity Coupled Output Transformer
Meter Light SwitchSmall signal tubes LEDs controlled by McIntosh preamp
IlluminationSmall Signal Tubes, LED
Chassis StylePolished Stainless Steel
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)
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.
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