Room total dimensions: 12.416’ back wall behind speakers, 2’ from left speaker outer edge to short hallway, fireplace angled wall (to right of right speakers) is 5.67’, adjacent wall is 9.75’ long, 9.583’ to front edge of sofa (soundstage middle sweat spot), 16.25’ to front of kitchen island behind sofa, 25.166’ from component rack front edge to kitchen backsplash, 10’ ceiling in living room, 8’ ceiling starts at kitchen island. Not the most ideal dimensions (certainly not the golden dimension custom sound room these speakers once occupied); however, there is little reflection issues (helps that wall paint is matte finish).
Apogee Acoustics Duetta Signature Series II Magnetostatic Speakers
My dad was the original owner who bought these speakers in 1988. Since the early 90’s I have coveted these speakers and looked forward to one day inheriting them. To me ears they are the best sounding speakers I have every heard. I acquired them recently. Zero buzz. They sound as good as the day they were bought. Actually better. I’ve always favored their very organic, wall of sound energy (if that makes any sense). I think I got lucky and have the optimal core system built for these speakers.
Balanced Audio Technology VK-5i
Preamp bought ~2 months ago in mint, practically new condition with the coveted VK-R3 billet aluminum remote.
Balanced Audio Technology VK-600 with BAT Pack
Bought on Audiogon ~2 months ago in near mint condition.
Jason Bloom match recommended specifically for the Duettas.
Silnote Audio Morpheus Reference II
XLR to XLR interconnects between amp and preamp; XLR to native RCA between preamp to audio streamer. Crisp, neutral imaging, large soundstage, tight bass are hallmarks of Duetta’s and strong attributes of Silnote’s interconnects sound signature.
Much appreciated. I’m now considering moving towards upgrading the Apogees to either Duetta Ultimates via True Sound Works Audio (Graz ribbons with stronger magnets for even lower bass) or upgrading with all Graz ribbons that includes replacing all of the acoustic foam (that is surely deteriorated) and tuning the ribbons to a precision that wasn’t available when the original Apogee existed (as well as replacing the magnets) via Bill Thalmann at Music Technology. The Ultimates are described as Duettas on steroids whereas the latter is updated and better than the original parts. but true to the original signature sound of the Duettas. A bit of a dilemma for sure!
Thanks all for the compliments. I haven’t dove down the vinyl rabbit hole yet :). My next step is looking at replacing my power cables with Silnote Poseidon GLs. I’m still trying to wrap my head around power cables. Always a measure of ear return on investment. Until recently it sounded a little crazy that they could have a sizeable impact on sound.