Cable is 100% top tier Purist Audio design. Mostly 25th Anniversary
Luminist, all ten AC cords are the new Purist 30th Anniversary AC.
My space is 18 X 31 and
acoustically treated with RPG panels, tube traps and fiberglass acoustic treatment
over triple reinforced walls and ceiling. The floor is lamination beams
over steel plates to pier and beams. Two sheets of 5/8 epoxy
lamination sheets make up the floor with two inches of
concrete topped with India multi color slate.
rail system and fine textured acoustic cloth covers the work, making everything appear as a normal room with
painted sheet rock or decorative cloth covering.
The room acoustics were conceived by RBDG
and the entire space was torn out to bare dirt under the foundation and
bare studs in the walls. The combo of all new electrical and acoustical treatment resulting in best sound I’ve ever had.
Thanks for dropping in to my system, always good to read comments from others.
I owned Aesthetix when you could still find NOS Telefunken and not at super high prices. I contributed to several threads at Audiogon about tube tests in Aesthetix and what my results were.
I did photography for Aesthetix as well as several other high end pieces and was happy with Aesthetix IO and Callisto including the revised models referred to as partial eclipse and full eclipse.
During that time I auditioned ARC, Allnic, Einstein, Upsilon and Messenger preamps and phono stages. I bought and used Allnic for many years and was happy with it's sound. I was Allnic distributor until just recently and that caused me to evaluate all my gear again.
It came down to VAC and Soulution and if I had the money I would have bought both and done a shoot out. As it is, I'm friends with Soulution importer and I took his word at what Soulution was capable of. I've had it in my system for about three months but the 755 phono was back ordered and I just received mine last Friday.
All the guys in my group are tube guys, just like me. Last Tuesday with only a few hours on it the Soulution I got almost 100% agreement that I had reached a new threshold in performance. I did not expect solid state would ever be able to do what this achieved and I'm now considering the 760 DAC with LEEDH.
i don’t know where you live, but if travel ever brings you my way you are welcome to listen with me and our group and see what you think.
Hey Albert I own the Focal Scala Evo Utopias, am a lifelong focal fan. Currently use an Aesthetix Calypso Signature and you are right it's so hard to find quiet 12ax tubes. Really thinking of changing to another pre amp that's quieter and more reliable. Did the solution work well as a replacement with the same imaging and Soundstage the Aesthetix is known for?
as a tube loving solid state user i can relate. i view my swiss solid state darTZeel as sounding like music, not tubes........or solid state. i do think musical reproduction bliss can be fully found with the right solid state. and an appreciation of tubes does help.
congrats on the Soulution gear, it's is at the very top level.
Radical edit on my system, removed all Allnic now that I am no longer associated with them and VERY happy to be listening to Soulution from Switzerland.
Never thought I would go solid state but the rep is a 30 year plus friend and talked me into taking a chance. All I can say is solid state has moved light years since I last owned in in early 1980s when I switched to tubes.
I will be opening up Tuesday night listening sessions again soon since Covid vaccinations are making headway. When that happens you can listen with us. The Studer cards were sent off to be rebuilt, I actually have two sets and two technicians did work on them.
Soren (from Denmark) did the first set and Studer tech in Canada did the second, my plan is to listen to both and see if I prefer one over the other. These two Studer technicians have different opinion as to what parts to use, especially caps.
I've been eyeing your system for awhile, it is very impressive! Congrats on the new Studer A820, it doesn't get any better if you can get it in the hands of the right tech. I'm a fellow Studer owner and not far from you in Fort Worth. Would love to stop by for a listen one of these days. Cheers, Anthony
First of all I apologize for not responding earlier, Audiogon did not notify me about your post on my thread.
I have heard both Magico and Focal Grande EM at audio shows and I was both impressed and disappointed, depending on set up, room acoustics and associated equipment.
When I was speaker shopping I had a dozen on my list before deciding and ultimately it was a set up in Montreal that made me decide to buy the Focal Grande EM.
Something to consider with any speaker are parts and service. Since my Focal Purchase several of the speaker companies or specific model I was considering are no more. Either company changed hands or model is gone.
That makes me wonder, what if there are no exact replacement parts later on?
When I spoke to Focal they told me to my face that they could provide an exact and perfect replacement for any driver or crossover part in my EM Grande for all foreseeable time. Nine years have passed and their promise is still true.
If you have not already found your ideal choice, I hope you are successful and have the will power and patience to match up other pieces in the chain necessary to make your system as perfect as you can.
Ultimately all the other pieces in the system are as important as the speaker. I achieved that in my system and honestly if someone ask to buy my speakers I would not sell. I have no idea where I would go to replace them.
I have the opportunity to purchase a used Magico M Project or Focal Grande Utopia EM at essentially the same price. I am really torn at what to do.
I feel as if the Magico are the more technologically advanced speaker/have the better drivers, however, I am just drawn to the iconic look of the Utopia and the adjustments that can be made to make it sound good in room.
Have you had the chance to compare any high end Magico to the Utopia?
I've been experimenting with the Studer A820 playback. The on board electronics can be built up many different ways, I have heard two so far and have two more that will be added.
I previously tried the King-Cello and although it was good there were things about the Studer electronics I preferred. I think the Trafoless cards are more transparent and resolved but somewhat less musical than the transformer versions. I’m not picking one over the other at this time, just evaluating and experimenting.
I hope within the next few months to have four sets of boards I can plug and play in the A820, each built with different voice due to choice of caps, resistors and solid state devices chosen.