Description

This is small room in 10x12.
Fully treatment with diy sound panel from side and back.

This is the best system that I ever put together,this year I'm starting new journey as pure audiophile 

No digital,pure analogue....I'm so amazed how they produce sound so alive,now I admitted that vinyl rocks!!!

Also leaving big speaker behind and now just use small monitor and keep it simple 2 way system.

In this year journey I first time use tube gear and end up with this set up,never known before that tube can bring this addicted listening and warm sound,im digging it! When listen to music ,I'm kind surprised that I lost time with it:)

Now I know what people saying with :

tube + vinyl = music heaven

Recent add:
1/ 2016 Nitti Gritty model 1 record cleaner
2/ 2016 Marantz TT15 turntable
3/ 2016 Benz micro gullwing SLR
5/ 2016 Audience AU24SE RCA 
8/ 2016 Audience AR2p-TO conditioner
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Jan  - 2017   Auditorium A23 speaker cable
April -2017.  Modwright SWP 9.0 SE tube phono
June -2017   Mod Zu denon 103R MR
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Room Details

Dimensions: 12’ × 10’  Small
Ceiling: 8’


Components Toggle details

    • Purist audio Aquaeus
    1m interconnect
    • Musical surrounding Nova 2
    Battery phono preamp
    • Air Tight ATM 2
    Gold Lion KT88 and telefunken
    • Ear Yoshino 868L
    Match with Siemens cca
    • Dynavector 20x2 low
    Sweet spot in line
    • VPI Industries Classic 1
    Walnut color
    • Harbeth C7 ES-3
    Rosewood is beautiful
    • Richard Gray SubStation
    Isolation transformer
    • Harbeth M30.1
    Move up the chain,curious!
    • Marantz TT15
    Turntable
    • Benz Micro Gullwing SLR
    Low output moving coil
    • Nitty Gritty 1.2
    Record cleaner
    • Audience AU24SE
    Interconnect RCA
    • Vibrapod Model 3,4,5
    Pods and cones
    • Audience AR2p -TO
    Power conditioner 2 outlet for pre and vpi
    • DeVore Fidelity Gibbon Super 8
    • Pmc Ib2s
    • Pass Labs INT-150
    • Dynaudio C-1
    • Usher Audio DMD Mini-X
    • Audio Research VSi-55
    Good tube integrated
    • Bryston BDA-1
    • Auditorium 23 A23 speaker cable
    • ModWright LLC SWP-9.0 se tube phono
    • Furutech AG-12
    Phono cable
    • Sony HAP-Z1
    • Zu Audio Denon 103R
    Sapphire with MR stylus
    • Dynavector DV-XX2 mkII
    Loving combination with classic table and to warm
    • Phoenix Engineering RoadRunner and eagle PSU
    • Zu Denon DL103
    Boron cantilever with MR stylus
    • VPI Industries Classic 3
    Rosewood
    • Phoenix Engineering Eagle psu and road runner
    • Bob's Devices Sky Cinemag Step Up Transformer
    • Air Tight ATC-2
    Classic

Comments 40

222222&text=ho
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

222222&text=ho
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

222222&text=ho
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

222222&text=is
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  

islandmandan

222222&text=ho
Owner
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

222222&text=ho
Owner
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

222222&text=is
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

islandmandan

Center
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

222222&text=ho
Owner
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

222222&text=ho
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

222222&text=ho
Owner
Recent purchases of auditorium A23 speaker cable is the right move for my system,it is special for tube amps indeed!

honeyooi

222222&text=ho
Owner
Jason,
Congrat at your system now,well choice!
This will bring you long term relationship 😁,now update the pics please!
Happy listening👍

honeyooi

Center
The Air Tight is in my system and performs well beyond my expectations. The sound is really amazing. 

For tubes, I'm running the GL KT88, Mullard 12AU7 and currently Tungsram 12AX7--deciding if I like them better than the Telefunken. 

I must admit, you were definitely right about the amp. 

jayrossi13

222222&text=ho
Owner
Jason,
Very happy to hear you try the Air Tight,
Let me know the result 👍.
Happy listening 👌

honeyooi

Center
Your comments on my system inspired me to give tube amps another shot with the Harbeth. I got an ATM-2, should be here by the end of next week. 

I'll let you know my thoughts with the SHL5+ once it's settled in from the trip. 

Jason

jayrossi13

222222&text=ho
Owner
Hi Jason:
I'm not tube guru but done some rolling on few brand ,mostly me just research online and read countless topic about tube 😬.
On tube:
KT 88,only electro and gold lion,GL preferred,both reissue.
AX7 ,NOS mullard blackburn or tele smooth or rigged ands some amperex ,tele smooth preferred .
AU7,same as AX7 ,telefunken is pref.
Telefunken give me more realistic voice and kind a match with harbeth .
BH7 ,eletro harm or RCA black,RCA top winner ,very quiet!

honeyooi

Center
Hi @honeyooi 

Have you done any tube rolling with the ATM-2? 

If so, what tubes did you like? 

Jason

jayrossi13

222222&text=ho
Owner
Thanks @jayrossi13 ,you got it right! Best mid voice I ever heard.
We both proud owner 👍.
Cheers

honeyooi

Center
Great system; it's really hard to beat Harbeth. 

I also like the 30.1 over the C7, the midrange is absolutely amazing on the 30.1. 

jayrossi13

222222&text=ho
Owner
Set it up in different room ,also replace PAD ic with audience SE .
Well match with tube gear from phono to pre and to amp .

honeyooi

222222&text=ho
Owner
Thanks matt:)
I'll put it in my list.

honeyooi

Center
The Manley front end is.....Gorgeous, with a lot of rise and decay, lightning fast dynamics, and the sound is "dripping with wetness" (if that makes any sense.lol) Tubes Rule!

Matt

mattmiller

222222&text=ho
Owner
Salectric : thanks
The 30.1 is awesome😄 ,like it very much ,way do better in every aspect from C7.
Got it from friend with best price i couldnt resist😁.

honeyooi

222222&text=sa
Very nice system!  How do you like the 30.1 speakers?

salectric

222222&text=ho
Owner
Thanks matt:
Indeed ,sound better in anyways,especially bass is tight .
Love your analog rig too ,curious about that manley phono,thinking go that route for full tube:)

honeyooi

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