My goal was simple. Accumulate as much stereo equipment as possible before my wife and I decide to have kids. I've had too many friends warn me that when the babies arrive, so does the money that funds your system. A special thanks to my very understanding wife who puts up with me and my constant false-promises that I'm 'done' getting anything new. And to my father, who sparked by incessant passion at a very young age, and who has loaned me more pieces that I can count, much to his dismay.

I've been busy, lots of changes has taken the system to new levels. 

Room Details

Dimensions: 17’ × 18’  Medium
Ceiling: 14’

Components Toggle details

    • Brinkmann Lagrange
    Two-arm model.
    • Kuzma 4 point tonearm
    • Lyra Atlas
    • Air Tight PC-1 Supreme
    • Vitus MP-P201
    What an f-in amazing phonostage!!!! I complete game changer. Life long product for me. Detail,dynamics, organic....
    • Siltech Cables Double Crown 1.5 XLR
    • MIT Oracle ma-x shd 2m XLR
    From Vitus preamp to VTL amplifiers.
    • VTL Siegfried 2
    kt88 and nos tubes. Stillpoint ultra 5 under amplifiers. Such an improvement over the series 1, which  I enjoyed for 3 years. Series 2 is an significantly better amplifier.
    • Synergistic Research Galileo LE Speaker Cable
    Huge soundstage, great space in between instruments and organic.
    • Isoclean Supreme Focus
    Powercords on my phono and preamp. Very pure and dynamic cord.
    • Synergistic Research CTS 1m XLR
    • Kubala Sosna Elation PC
    Have the cords on my VTL’S  and DCS gear.
    • High Fidelity Cables Ct-1 PC
    Into Preamp
    • DCS Vivaldi DAC
    • Vitus Audio MP-L201
    Awesome Preamp
    • Graham Audio Phantom Supreme
    • AudioMachina Maestro GSE
    • DCS Vivaldi Upsampler
    • DCS Vivaldi Clock

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I love the Siegfrieds. My Ascendos really sing with tubes and I got the deal of a lifetime. The dynamic shading of this amp is off the charts. Plus they throw the most believable soundstage I have ever heard to date. I'm running Genalex kt88 and Nos input tubes. Also just added JPS power cables that really lowered the noise floor and added a sense of warmth. Agear good to hear, but it's official my first baby is on its way…


System edited: Added, Vtl Siegfried, ayre c-5xe and vtl tp6.5.


System edited: New phono-stage: Aesthetix Io Ellipse. Simply amazing-- will experiment with NOS tubes and Isolation feet. Very quiet phono-stage that has solved my hum problem (who would have thought).


The Ascendos are tri-wireable. I use a bi-wire cable for the midrange and bass and a normal cable to the tweeter. I found that the Ascendos sound best this way and they LOVE power. Truly magical speakers, once set-up correctly, they flat out disappear.


System edited: VTL 7.5 Mk3 preamp. It is unbelievable what this component has done to my system. I am finally able to run the MBL amps in a fully-balanced mode and what a difference it has made! Soundstage has opened up and each instrument has an aura air of space around it. I can actually feel the performance. Next up, finding a balanced phono-stage.


Thank you, I absolutely love my Joules. Re-tubing them was a pretty penny but worth every cent. What 6dj8 are you using in your VZN-160? I have been playing with a few NOS tubes lately and have been getting mixed results. The speakers are amazing, Valin did a nice write review in the Absolute Sound.