Description

My final set ,
I’m on journey in tube world .
Analog is with me for bout 5 year now and this is my best yet so far !
Everything flow nice and natural also warm .
Live like with vocal jazz ...spooky real .
Satisfied and I’m done for now.
Listening is fun and enjoy it also love the look of tubes !
Cheers 
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Room Details

Dimensions: 11’ × 10’  Small
Ceiling: 8’


Components Toggle details

    • Air Tight ATM 2
    Powerful 80w with Psvane KT88-T
    • Air Tight ATC-2
    Classic
    • Air Tight ATE-2
    Phono
    • Air Tight ATH-1 SUT
    Step Up Transformers
    • VPI Industries Classic 3
    3D gimbal
    • Dynavector Te Kaitora Rua
    • Miyajima Labs Kansui
    • Benz Micro Gullwing SLR
    Low version
    • Dynavector DV-XX2 mkII
    Best bang in the line up
    • Zu Audio Denon 103R mk1
    Sapphire with MR stylus
    • Zu Denon DL103 mk1
    Boron cantilever with MR stylus
    • Harbeth M30.1
    Rosewood forever
    • Harbeth C7 ES-3
    Rosewood is beautiful
    • DeVore Fidelity Gibbon Super 8
    • Dynaudio C-1
    • Usher Audio DMD Mini-X
    • Pmc Ib2s
    • Audience AR2p -TO
    Power conditioner
    • Richard Gray SubStation
    Isolation transformer
    • ModWright LLC SWP-9.0 se tube phono
    • Audience AU24SE
    • Pass Labs INT-150
    • Auditorium 23 A23 speaker cable
    • Sony HAP-Z1
    • Bob's Devices Sky Cinemag Step Up Transformer
    • Phoenix Engineering Eagle psu and road runner
    • Kimber TAK-Ag phono

Comments 54

Center
Thanks, good insight on the Kansui!

sbank

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Thanks sbank ,
Been own the Rua for few month then before it Is Kansui.
But for my memory this kind different compare to XX2, it has own sound degree in bass Religion and if I I can said also have more sweetness in high maybe more extended, Nothing bad just different.
My fav still XX2 for money .
But Kansui Is total Different ,you got the slam on bass that no other cartridge can .
Musical in mid range too And only draw back is their compliance kind low .
If I have heavy arm that will my keeper for sure .
Hope this help ,
Enjoy

honeyooi

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Nice system, love the Air Tights...I used to own ATM-1.

As a XX2MkII owner, I'm interested in hearing about your cartridge journey and how it compares to the others you listed here. Thoughts?

sbank

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Hi orfeo, thanks.
The ATM-2 is very robust amp & build to last . Mine been update from previous owner and so far only blew fuse once.
Also have 1power socket Is bad within few years own It so sent to service .
Now still playing and enjoy it .
Hope this help you decide  .

honeyooi

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Hello @honeyooi ,
Very fine system!
I have owned Harbeth M30.1, like you. I have upgraded towards M30.2 Anniversary (magnificent).
About the AirTight ATM-2: there is one to sell not far from my place, 1st owner. Don't know the amplifier's age. Air Tight has good reputation, BUT
a) I read that many report the 'tube blown' issue. Then you have to replace the fuse, and it must be soldered (?!). If it has to be serviced, it weights 32Kg!!
b) the ATM-2 is discontinued.
c) the "front-input-is-better" weird thing is, well...weird. There are attenators; is it worth using it without preamp?

At present I have a Marantz PM-16 and a NuPrime AMG-STA class A preamp, and AMG-PRA power amp (130w stereo, class A+D); very fine little combo. I listen mainly to classical, large room and very good acoustic, no neighbors.

Thanks!

orfeo_monteverdi

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I do love this VPI 3D gimbal arm ,replace the old metal unipivot design.
It help eliminate my inner groove distortion on some LP .
Great upgrade !

honeyooi

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Owner
Get back in the game with hi end cartridge with miyajima Kansui .
Bring it to next step of analog performance 👍

honeyooi

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Owner
Thank you Pdreher,
I found harbeth and air Tight really well together,it start with the amp then got whole set and very happy with results 👍

honeyooi

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Love your system.  Very aesthetically appealing. Air Tight with Harbeth is an intriguing combo that has to sound great paired together.  Congrats!

pdreher

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Owner
Thank you Dan ,
I’m now can relax and enjoy listening 🙏

honeyooi

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Beautiful system, high-quality gear throughout. You reached your goal, and are to be commended and congratulated for that.

Enjoy, regards,
Dan

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Accomplished my set .
Just listening now 👍
Stay safe everyone 🙏

honeyooi

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Owner
Thanks Joel ,
I can said I’m big fan of Air Tight when comes to harbeth.
Unfortunately when starting with Harbeth I’m already switching to tube amps.
I try some SS amp but not Pass amp ,mostly over 100 watt !
I can said that SS amp bring the best of harbeth within bass but I prefer midrange of tube 😁 and also my room is small.
So yeah Harbeth speaker love power .
Cheers 

honeyooi

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Very nice system! I have the 30.1 Anniversary paired with a McIntosh MA8000 which is a pretty good match. But Air Tight is high on my wish list :) Have you tried the combination 30.1/INT-150? Thanks!

joel_hifi

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Owner
Wow..
First time playing with SUT ..... got bob’s sky 20 and well match with both Zu 103 and 103R.
Sound like more engaging and powerful 😁👍
Cheers 

honeyooi

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Owner
New toy to Play with is Zu denon DL103,
This was retip with boron cantilever with micro ridge stylus .
The other is Zu DL103R with sapphire MR.

honeyooi

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Owner
Islandman : me still enjoy this phono , got the mullard Blackburn  
5AR4 in  power supply
Recently played system with new tubes install on EAR pre ,is telefunken E88cc
Also Wondering how good is tele CCA tube ?maybe next upgrade.
Now all telefunken tubes in set from amp and pre.
Nice and enjoy the record more and more with tubes.

honeyooi

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Yes, we do have the same phono stage. I have installed an upgraded power supply that Modwright made for this unit. As I recall, it was in the range of around $450, and made a big positive change. Recently, a NOS GE 5AR4 rectifier tube has the SWP, and my analog front end, sounding better than it ever has. Very pleasant listening to LPs lately.

Regards,
Dan  

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Islandman:
Thanks dan ,indeed I do have pleasure to listen it ,is the best bang for buck cartridge. Best money spent 👍.
I'm not missing my Benz performance at all ,this ZU will stay !
Also Look like we have same phono stage,is my the first tube phono !
Andy is good guy ,me have sent fews cartridge to him and all back is better performance.
Now still break-in the ZU :) will post how's result when pass 50 hours.
Cheers 

honeyooi

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folkfreak:
Thanks for your suggestions,
As for now I'm having enough heat from one ATM ,can't imagine having 2 😅 In my room this summer .
Me never blown any tubes ,but I do sent it for check and service when I got the amp.
Some resistor replace and add soft start in ATM .
And yes this built like a tank 👍.

honeyooi

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Honeyooi, very nice system, I'm sure it gives you a great deal of pleasure. I also happen to have a Zu Denon 103R, which was an upper-tier cartridge from Zu. I sent mine to ESCCO in Britain for their white sapphire cantilever/Paratrace stylus mod. It still amazes me at how good it sounds. It would be interesting to compare the two, though I'd imagine they sound very similar (good!).

When my Zu needs retipping, I intend to send it to Andy, so one of these days, I'll find out how yours probably sounds. Enjoy your great system.

Regards,
Dan

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Nice system -- if you ever get the chance do explore picking up another ATM-2 and having them modded for dual mono use. This puts them in another league entirely. I would have happily lived with my pair of ATM-2's apart from their annoying tendency to blow tubes (I became quite adept at swapping out the protection resistors after one blew). Anyway they are built like tanks and will happily serve you as long as you need

folkfreak

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At the end.......Zu on the house !
Got the 103R modded by Andy Kim with his top line sapphire cantilever and micro ridge stylus.
So far.........Unbelievable !

honeyooi

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Owner
Finally fully completed tube system...YES!
My best creation so far,brings the music alive.
Last gear to put is Modwright phono replace musical surroundings NOVA2.
I still amazed of how analogue sound !

honeyooi

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Recent purchases of auditorium A23 speaker cable is the right move for my system,it is special for tube amps indeed!

honeyooi

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