It's been a long journey getting to this point. I started building this system about ten years ago, and have made a few mistakes along the way. Now I feel like it's really coming together. I just recently changed my cartridge from the fine Clearaudio Maestro v.2 to a Rega Apheta 2. I considered many other MC's, even ones costing over $1,000 more but I decided on the Rega because I could at least be a lot more sure of good alignment and VTA with the Rega arm. I'm glad I did because it really sounds fantastic. I would describe the sound as vibrant, lively, kinetic and luminous. It's a very fun cart!
Owning a busy bakery that's in a town with a strong summer tourist surge in business, I usually try to upgrade once a year, often selling a few pieces first. This summer brought the JC3+ and the Apheta cart. I have to say that I can't imagine wanting to change anything next year; it's become a very harmonious stereo.
This phonograph features a rosewood plinth from Audiowood, Groovetracer sub-platter with a sapphire bearing, acrylic platter, Incognito wired Moth 303 arm with a Rega Tungsten counterweight, and IsoAccoustics Gaia III feet. I also added a Cardas phono box due to a faulty RCA plug (and the desire to shorten the length of the cables that are standard with the Incognito rewire mod.) I would enjoy the opportunity to audition it side by side with a top Rega to see how it compares. With an Apheta 2 paired with the Parasound JC3+ I can't imagine that it would be too far outclassed.
The E-470 is everything that I could ever want in an integrated. Beautifully engineered, exquisite in construction, and full functioned; it also has the power needed to bring the best out of the ATC's. And I'm a sucker for those luminous meters.
ATC SCM-19 v.2
Stout, sealed two-way monitors that tell it like it is. They thrive on power, but play with finesse and quite shocking dynamics.
I've had some nice phono preamplifiers before but this unit might be my last. It's extremely lively and just plain fun to listen to.
Audiodesk Systeme Pro
Any one who loves vinyl should try to obtain an ultrasonic RCM.
JL Audio Dominion D108 (pair)
These sealed subwoofers are fast enough to integrate seamlessly with the ATC's. They will not plumb the deepest sound effects in the latest blockbuster, but sure do a fantastic job of filling in another musical octave below where the SCM-19's taper off.
ModWright Oppo BDP 105D
I can't add much to the great body of writing done on this player except to say that it has been a joy to own. A great DAC married with a player that will stream just about anything and will play nearly any disc in any format.
I now moved the ATC 19's to my office and replaced them with ATC's relatively new 40's for the wall. The same as the ATC SCM40's, the HTS40's still fit in our shelves, but they take up most of the middle shelf. Wow, they're ATC's and they can really kill it!
Hello, thanks for the question. The Gaia III's are designed for speakers, but my local audio dealer had them on the shelf so I could look at them before I bought them. They came with three different sized threaded posts so it was easy to find the proper sized brass inserts at Home Depot. But adding the feet was simultaneous with adding the JC3+ and the Apheta 2, so it's hard to say if I would have been able to tell the difference between them and the cones I had before. Those weren't attached so it was inconvenient when moving my 'table, which I do often because I spin records at my bakery/cafe on Monday nights. But, my turntable is very stable, I sure can't hear any modulation from footsteps are bass waves and the sound is very solid. So.... they're great!