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I have been in this hobby over 30 years and in that time have had the pleasure and good fortune to own many many high end components and gear.  My goal in the past 3 years was to progress to a smaller footprint than my big Genesis speakers with Vitus monos, and still have great sound.  I just didn't have the room in my new home for the big system AND all the boxes and crates!  LOL.  

 I tried a number of fantastic products over those 3 years......Manley, Zanden, the amazing D'Agostino, Coincident, Backert Labs.   I'm finally settled on my MSB front end with Vitus Integrated and Tannoy Speakers.........bit of a mix for cables, with Stealth, TEO, Skogrand, Stage III and Verastarr.  Pics to come.
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Room Details

Dimensions: 15’ × 20’  Medium
Ceiling: 20’


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    • Tannoy Canterbury GR
    The newest and greatest from Tannoy, the Gold Reference series. Still breaking in the system but loving it!

    Almost 5 years later, very very happy with these speakers.  They gave me exactly what I was looking for stepping down from my 4 tower Genesis speakers.  Still wanted great sound, emotion and soul and a much smaller footprint.  On top of that they can pound out some unbelievable bass, and drums, when I kick things up.
    • Vitus Audio SIA-025 MKII
    Integrated amp from Vitus.  It has been my journey to get a smaller footprint with my system without losing too much of the quality.  I have moved over the past 3 years from the 4 tower Genesis and Vitus Mono amps and a Tripoint Troy, to a simple system with my MSB from end, the Vitus Integrated, and my Tannoy speakers.  I enjoy the system just as much, which is exactly where I wanted to get when I started this transition.
    • MSB UMT Plus
    Plays everything including 3D BluRay. Awesome.
    • MSB Technology Dual Signature Power Base
    I was using a desktop power supply for my MSB UMT Plus.  Switched to a new Dual signature power base from MSB.  Love the improved performance.
    • Bricasti Design Limited Edition Gold DAC. ( #24 of 50 made.)
    Very very happy with this unit.
    • Hemingway Audio Creation S Speaker Cable
    Hemingways’ second from top cable in the Creation Series.  Check out Clement Perry review...this is the same cable!  Magnificent.
    • PS Audio P12
    Added the new PS Audio P12 power regenerator.  Very very happy with the performance of this unit.  I have everything plugged into it.
    • Teo Audio Digital cable
    Teo digital between my MSB UMT and my DAC.  If there's a place for TEO, and there always is........it's here.
    • Purist Audio Design 25th Anniversary XLR
    Purist 25th Anni ic……...love the Purist stuff.
    • Skogrand Wagner Power Cable x 2

    Fabulous power cable by Skogrand……..used to power my PS Audio P12 to amazing results...…...blackness and soundstage are the big winners with this cable.  Tone and voice are a close second for improvement.

    Liked it so much picked up a second cable to power my Amp.

    • Verastarr Audio Grand Illusion Series II
    Surprisingly good power cord that I put on my Bricasti DAC.
    • Stand: Home made
    I made my stand using a double layer of Maple, so it's 3.5" thick on the shelves.  Weight is easily 300lbs.  This made a serious improvement in the sound.  Really seemed to literally anchor the music in place.  Was a lot of work and it's not perfect by any means, but I'm very very happy with the results.
    • IsoAcoustics GAIA
    Put these footers on my Tannoy and the results are fabulous.  The speakers now sound like they weight 1000lbs.
    • Walker Valid points
    These work nicely with the preamp.

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Owner

Absolutely...still running with the Vitus SIA-025MkII.  Awesome unit.  Had the Vitus Mono amps and preamp a few years back, tried a number of amps after that looking for a smaller footprint.  In the end the only amp that kept me satisfied was the Vitus.  In fact I went from the D'Agostino Momentum S200 to this Vitus.  With the efficiency of the Tannoy the Vitus is a perfect amp, tons of power, and such a beautiful sound.

Thanks pehare….I converted to the Tannoy from the 4 tower Genesis speakers.  Still a fantastic sound with a much smaller footprint as I downsized.

bullot

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Fantastic setup!  Another Tannoy owner here new to the fold - never knew music could be so satisfying enjoy!

pehare

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I'm curious to learn if you still have your SIA-025?  Have you replaced it?  I'm looking to purchase the SIA-025, as scarce as they are on the used market..

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Bullot, another aspect of the Tannoy (HPD 315's, in my case), is that they perform so well with different amplification. I use Class D Audio, an SET 300B (my favorite), and an SET 845 amp. That provides welcome variations in how they sound, depending on what mood I'm in on any given day.

Regards,
Dan

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Agreed.  I owned a very expensive 4 tower Genesis speaker set with Vitus mono amps pushing them...…. prior to owning these Tannoy with Vitus Integrated.  I enjoy this Tannoy/Vitus combo as much as my Genesis/Vitus combo...…….and love the smaller footprint.  What these speakers do with 25 watts Class A is amazing.  People that came into my home when I had the Genesis/Vitus combo were amazed by the size...…..people that come into my home now are amazed by the beauty of the speakers aesthetically and then the sound of the Tannoy/Vitus combo.  I would have to spend an outrageous amount of money to improve on this combo,,,,and then it may just be a mostly different flavour more than better sound.  Fab speakers...at times I run the nuts off these things and they just keep impressing.....bullet proof.

bullot

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Bullot, better late than never! There's something about Tannoy Dual Concentric speakers, they have that special something that makes listening to them so rewarding. Many people seem to have the opinion that they are mediocre at best.

I beg to differ. After building my custom pair of 12" HPD's, I'm more content than ever. I don't need any more than that, and I'm not that easy to please.

Hope you continue your enjoyment, regards,

Dan 

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Owner

Sorry for the late reply....….well, way past late really!!  LOL.  I just don't seem to log on and update  my system very much, or read the comments!  Busy life right now I guess...…..I'll have to slow down and enjoy A'gon again.

I actually sold the Momentum and went back to Vitus.  I have the Vitus mono amps with Vitus pre, a number of years ago and loved it.  So in the interest of downsizing I went for the Vitus Integrated...…..and it's perfect for my system.  The Momentum was fab no doubt, had serious slam, the Vitus has a touch sweeter top end which really suits my system.  The slam isn't as outrageous but it still has serious bottom end, and again I just love the Vitus sound.

bullot

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Hi again, I didn't realize I'd already asked this question before. Are you still using the Momentum?

Regards,
Dan

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Hello Bullot,

You've got me curious as to how your Canterbury's sound with the new D'agastino amp driving them. Must sound heavenly!

Regards,
Dan

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Hey yeah thanks for the comments Dan.  I know what you mean by your 1st post.........I've found that synergy is the most important factor when putting gear together.

Thanks on the stand comment Dan!  Haha yes I put a lot of work into that, took me probably a week of solid work.  You are right, it is built like a tank!  It's amazing the difference it made, images locked in place now!  Thing has to weigh 300lbs without equipment!  Right again on the enjoyment factor when doing something for yourself rather than spending a ton of cash for someone else to do it.  I'm very happy with the end result.  I bought a couple of wood kitchen counters from local lumber shop, cut to size, laminated together, planed and sanded sanded sanded.

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bullot, I got to looking at your equipment stand, it's beautiful, and built like a tank. The amount of effort put forth to build to such a high quality is something to be appreciated. 

It took me weeks to build the plinth for my Garrard 401, the twelve-coat gloss tung oil finish took what seemed forever (24 hours between coats), but it was worth it in the end. Doing such things on your system sure increases your enjoyment and appreciation of your system.

Regards,
Dan

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I've tried some very different amps with my Tannoys, 300 Wpc Aragon, Plinius SA 102, Pass First Watt M2, modified Assemblage SET 300B (upgraded caps and resistors, EML XLS 300B tubes), an amp I currently use when the mood strikes, especially with vinyl, and a Class D Audio CA 254, kit-built, with upgraded power supply, using two amplifier modules bridged to mono that delivers 500 Wpc into 8 ohms.

I do most of my listening using the Class D these days, the Tannoys seem to really enjoy having that much power available, and sound ridiculously good driven with such low cost amplification. Sometimes, curiosity and need combine, and leads to something great, even when not expecting such an outcome.

I wish you continued enjoyment, congratulations,
Dan 

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Thanks Dan.  Yes I've had Manley Neo Classic, Zanden, D'Agostino, and Vitus on these.  Each brought something special, and showed me how versatile these speakers can be.  They were amazing with the power of the Dag, and again amazing with the sweet Zanden.  I find the Vitus the middle of the two which is perfect for my enjoyment.  Sounds like you know your Tannoy!  I took a leap of faith after owning the 4 Tower Genesis.........and I'm pretty happy/settled.

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I very much appreciate the changes you have made, since I'm a Tannoy guy from way back (my first pair was in '71). I put together some very hot-rodded HPD 315's (12"ers from 1975), put hard edge surrounds on them, custom-designed and built crossovers, and very heavy and inert custom enclosures.

I haven't been able to hear them with the quality of amps that you have had access to, I can't imagine how good they might sound, they're pretty spectacular as they are.

Congratulations, and enjoy,
Dan

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Update system changes from over the past year or so.  Very close to final setup going into retirement in a couple of years.  I would like to upgrade my Purist LTD power cable to perhaps the Purist 25th Anni, or perhaps a Stage III Concepts, otherwise I can't think of anything I would change.  Just enjoying the music very much these days.

bullot

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Finally getting where I wanted to be when I started this journey of having a system with a smaller footprint.  I went from the huge and fantastic 4 tower Genesis system with Vitus Mono amps and Tripoint Troy, etc.  Now I am down to my MSB front end, a Vitus Integrated and Tannoy Speakers.  I wanted a much smaller system and still maintain great performance, and after 3 years of trying different setups, I'm here.  Now I will just fine tune the system by upgrading a Purist PC, probably some Purist SC and some Stillpoints.  I loved the big Genesis rig I was running, very impressive in every way.........but to essentially have 2 components and a pair of speakers is so nice for my current home.......not to mention I can park in my garage again with all the boxes and crates I have moved out!  LOL.

bullot

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Recognized those Tannoys instantly even in a small icon!!!!!


Fantastic setup. Really impressive.

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Good Morning,...thanks for your in-mail message; it's great to hear from you. It looks like you've made major changes across your entire system.  Great gear and speakers,...must all sound amazing!

Hope life, work and audio are all treating you well!

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Hello Shane! Hope you are well and enjoying all your latest upgrades! You definitely have made some radical changes in 2015; let us/me know what you've been up to and how life and audio are in the Canadian North!

zephyr24069

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Added High Fidelity Ultimate Reference RCA ic.  Magnificent piece of gear.  All the reviews are accurate.  Easily equal to major component upgrade.  Easily best ic I've ever heard.

bullot

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System edited: Big changes in the effort to stream-line my system into a smaller footprint without losing quality. Sold Manley Preamp and have my Manley Mono amps for sale. Essentially trading out 3 components and 3 power cords with 2 ic's for one component, Zanden 6000, and 1 power cord with 1 ic. Takes up a lot less space, less wires and the sound should be sublime! Zanden not here yet.......within the next week I hope! Wow, just noticed I'm in the Ever Evolving category....got that one right. Hopefully this is it for a while........I really loved the sound of the Manley Tube gear and I have to assume the Zanden will at least equal it with a smaller footprint!

bullot

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Thanks for all your thoughts and comments. How I got here........well as much as I enjoyed my Genesis/Vitus combo I eventually wanted to downsize in the physical presence of the system but not the sound quality. Also, over the years and long list of equipment one of my favourite pieces was my Joule LA300 preamp......on many occasions it brought tears to my eyes, and to me that's where the soul of music lives, if you can get to that point emotionally while listening to music you are done! Wish I knew that then. Long story short, after much reading and emails to owners I had to try the Tannoy.........I had also put the Manley gear on a short list of tube gear to match up with the Tannoy, when I found out that Evanna Manley owned Tannoy, so it seemed obvious to me they would probably be a good match and worth a try.

What I have now is at least equal in soundstage and midrange with a sweeter natural top end and an easiness to it.......sit back and relax. Strangely the system has more detail.....first thing I noticed. What I am missing is the bass assault the Genesis provided. The Tannoy have great bass and great quality bass, and I can play a drum solo that would have you amazed.....fantastic drum sound and presence.......but where the Genesis excelled was with its own remote for the bass. If I was playing a recording that I thought was engineered poorly or week with respect to bass, I could just turn it up the bass volume control....loved that about them!

So I am very happy with the setup, and look forward to finding what the odd tube swap can bring me! I would still like to downsize to one stereo amp some day, although very impressed with the Manley amps both sound wise and aesthetically........beautiful amps lit up in a dark room

bullot

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Congrats on the recent changes to your system. I've never owned Tannoy speakers but have always been attracted to them. There is a magic in their presentation that reminds me of the best single driver systems and even a bit of what Sound-Lab electrostatics do.

I always enjoyed hearing them at high end shows, going back many years. I remember sitting down and just listening because they were a relief from the assault on the ears that some room provided.

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Hello, you have put together an exceptional audio system. Your previous system was already at quite a high level, what have you improved or gained with the insertion of the Manlely tube components?

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A dramatic shift in system, congratulations!

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