Avantgardes next to top of line Duo with Basshorn modules
Avantgarde Duo Mezzo
Duo Omega Light Bronze Horns with Basshorns in Jacaranda Aura finish
Galibier Design Gavia 1.5
Graham Engineering Phantom Elite
bought as package with Galibier TT, Also included a Phantom 3 armwand and a Phantom 2 armwand
clearaudio Goldfinger Statement MC
Nagra 50 w 845 tube amps. Fast, transparent and subterranean bass response with the Duo Mezzos
Conrad Johnson GAT
CJ's newest top of line PreAmp that replaced the ART. Upgraded from my 16LS 2 during a period of too much $ burning hole in my pocket.
Esoteric's top of line single box player
Benz Micro LP-S mr
Ebony body, micro ridge stylus, purchased 2013
Use this to play blue ray audio, which my esoteric does not play
Minus -k 100
Turntable isolation platform. Designed for electron microscope isolation base.
2 channel, each channel can handle MC and MM, so 4 total cartridge capability.
Clearaudio Innovation Wood
Dual plinth design with servo controlled speed control, statement clamp and outer limit ring
Graham Engineering Phantom Supreme 2
Grahams former top of the line tonearm.
Clearaudio Universal 10
Very easy to set up arm with VTA adjustability.
Ortofon's newest top of line MC cartridge - on my Graham Phantom Supreme arm
Synergistic Research CTS and Element Silver ICs,
Mix of cables acquired over the years.
ASC tube trap
4 16 x 48 in each room corner. Wife was not pleased when these came home, but sound improvement was noticeable.
Zoethecus 4 and 5 shelf
2 matching cherry wood 4 and 5 shelf stands. Excellent isolation properties and bargain if you find one used,
30 w mono block using KT88s. Very high bandwidth, very significant improvement in frequency extension and detail moving from a Cary Audio v12
AvantGarde Duo 2.2
Bought Kevin Deal's demo speakers after hearing them one time and sold my high power solid state amps and Wilson Watt/Puppies. Been enjoying them for 10 years and only thing I have not upgraded since then
Been a while since this was updated - here are the changes starting in 2017.
June 2017 - added Nagra VPA 50 watt 845 tube mono blocks. Gave up a little bit of the Audiopax sweet SET sound in trade for significant more headroom, resolution and bass extension. The Nagra amps rock, but the Audiopax 88s are still quite special. The Nagra VPA bass control on the Duo Mezzos is the equal of the $32000 Audiopax M50s I had on loan for about 3 mths.
July 2017 - added Shunyata Triton 3 and Python, noise reduction components. Still using the wywire power block now plugged in to the Triton. All components now thru Triton in to a single wall outlet, eliminating any chance of ground loop.
Sept 2017 - added Esoteric K-01X and moved the K-01 to my vacation house. Noticeable improvement in DAC stage for my 5tb hi rez library
Feb 2018 - Embarked on significant Analogue front end upgrade.
1. Added Zesto Tessera Phono stage - big improvement over the Andros and the Esoteric E-03. I think may be my last phono stage.
2. added 2nd TT - Galibier Gavia 1.5.
3. added 3rd tone arm Graham Elite
4. added Phantom 3 armwand to existing Phantom Supreme Tonearm. Mounted Anna to the Phantom 3 armwand
5. Added Clearaudio Goldfinger cartridge and mounted to Elite armwand
System edited: New Duo Mezzo's just in from Germany. Light Bronze horns with Aura Jacaranda Rosewood Basshorn finish. Really stunning speakers in person and the pics don't do them justice. These will be at The Newport show in May with AudioPax's newest tube amps. They are being broken in now in my home system. These are dealer owned and can be auditioned at my OC home now. My Blue Duo 2.2 with brand new Omega upgrade drivers Omegas are on consignment at Alma Audio, the new SoCal Avantgarde and AudioPax Dealer who will be having their grand opening in San Diego at end of March. The Mezzo's have an amazing speed quality and the Basshorns completely transforms their sound from the Duo Omegas with 10' subs (which are no slouch's in their own right ). Bass is fast and effortless and overall sound competes with speakers costing twice as much. Easily driven by my 25 watt AudioPax tube monoblocks to concert level sound with no compression. PM me with your phone number if you are interested in either the Duo 2.2 Omegas or the Duo Mezzos and we can arrange a listening session.
Sorry all, been a while since I was on this thread, and for some reason, have not seen the notifications of others posting. Needfreestuff- "Outstanding just love your choices. Could you please let us know what differences you hear between the LPS and the Mc Anna? "
LPS is a very refined well balanced cartridge with good extension in highs and lows. Anna is more dynamic and more extended with a lot of wow factor, but still very good midrange. I was hoping to use the lps for most of my listening since it is much less expensive than the Anna, but I find the Anna too good to go back to the LPS. It's definitely law of diminishing returns, but it's the extra 10% of the Anna that can make a listening session special.
Nice dynamic system you have going there. I used to own the Duo 3.2 several years ago and know the Audiopax amp. is one of the best matches for coherence with them assuming the gain with the preamp. is OK. Best of luck and nice going making it all work.