Sonus Faber | Schiit | Dayens | Rega | Grado | Wright Sound | Psvane | NAD | Kimber Kable 

Favor warmth and tone over attack and power. I just want Parmegiani to sound amazing...

Auditioned bookshelf speakers at a hifi shop in 2016 and went home with a pair of Sonus Faber Concertinos. I was hooked on the sound, especially how they did vocals. Then in 2018 I wanted to hear what 'more' sounded like, so I looked into the Liutos. For me, these are gorgeous music makers - lush, warm, and full. Not great for electronic stuff or speed metal, but ECM jazz and acoustic stuff and like Stevie Wonder all sound superb. 

Yes, I keep looking at different preamps, but right now I'm still enjoying the $50 Sys. Clean, simple, minimal. Love it. Really lets the phono stage - with Psvane tubes from Grant Fidelity - and the Schiit Gumby shine through. The Dayens Ampino monos also have a 'sound' and I really like that sound. Only A - B'd with one other solid state amp but definitely preferred the sound of Dayens. I might move up their line someday.

Love love love the Grado Sonata. Recommended, folks. 

Listen to a lot of small ensemble and solo acoustic, analog synth, vocal, weirdo and dad jazz, solo and small ensemble classical, drone, and lots of experimental stuff.  Love good records from the 70s and 80s, and then current .aiff files from Bandcamp through the Schiit.  

Room Details

Dimensions: 18’ × 17’  Medium
Ceiling: 8’

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    • Sonus Faber Liuto Chestnut
    Second hand.  I think 2012 or later.
    • Rega Planar 3
    2010, with the TT outboard power.
    • Wright Sound WPP-200c
    With tubes from Psvane. Recommended!
    • Schiit Audio Sys
    Minimal two input switcher and volume control. Pretty great for $50, and keeps me honest.
    • Dayens Audio Ampino Monoblocks
    Early 2017.  Upgraded version; 50 wpc.
    • Schiit Audio Gungnir Multibit
    Makes some really beautiful music.
    • Kimber Kable Tonik ic
    • Kimber Kable 4PR Speaker Cable
    • NAD C-538
    Nice detail.
    • Grado Sonata V3
    Love this cart.

Comments 7

Noromance - I took your comments to heart and went out and got some patio stones. It does sound a little tighter! Many thanks.


Welcome to the concrete block rack fan club. Curious why you have what looks like paper under your turntable feet. I'd strongly recommend you sit it on a level sheet of glass or maple. The speakers too would benefit from standing on paving slabs.


Nicflight - I had a Bifrost multibit that was my first DAC and I thought it sounded great.  I wanted to see if I could hear what 'more' sounded like, as in, what could all that "extra" internal stuff do to digital sound?  The Gumby is indeed more - mostly more detail.  I think if you're coming from the Modi maybe try the Bifrost first.  Love Schiit's schit, generally.


I am interested in upgrading to the Gungnir from the modi multibit.  Any thoughts you could share on how you ended up with one.


Nice simple....I like it!


Well put together system on a budget, I'll bet it doesn't sound like a budget system, though. I like the fact your speakers are well out into the room, many speaker systems/rooms work well that way.

Nicely done, enjoy,

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Well chosen gear to play your music.


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