I was a well-heeled, gimlet-eared audioholic a dozen years ago, and the electronics are left over from those days. From 2007 to 2018 I listened to nothing but computer audio (don't ask) while these pieces sat in the basement. A week ago I realized that with my last wife gone, the house belonged to me. So I hauled the pieces upstairs and put the system back together.
I'm pretty sure the system sounds better than it did in 2007. Or maybe I've changed...
Solid silver wiring including all transformers, silver inputs and binding posts, Black Gate caps everywhere, Vishays in the stepped pot.
Fab Audio Model 1 Speakers
Custom maple finish. These things are beasts in my system, regardless of the shade that Six Moons threw on them.
TG Audio HSR Digital Cable
By the late, great Bob Crump. From the Rega CD deck to the Audio Note DAC.
Cardas Audio Golden Reference Interconnects
From the DAC to the amp.
Argent Audio Pursang S Speaker Cables
By Ric Cummings. Runs to the low-frequency driver of the Fabs.
Cardas Audio Crosslink speaker cables
From the Audion PX25 amp to the tweeters of the Fab Model 1.
Rix Rax Sonata
An aesthetic triumph of a stand, in my opinion.
Tom Evans Audio Design Vibe
When you have high end components left over from a previous life, you never know what role they will play in a new system. Here a TEAD Vibe/Pulse is acting just as a volume control for the subwoofer. I don't need it for the main amplification path, because the Audion amplifier has a top-quality stepped attenuator (a Vishay resistor ladder) built in. It's overkill for sure, but it was available and serves the purpose.
Velodyne Impact 12
A basic sub to fill out the bottom end of the Fab Model 1
The speakers are Canadian. and were made for only a short time. The company succumbed to a poor debut review in sixmoons. with their 97 db sensitivity they seem to be a sublime match with PX25 amps. I heard them first on an Audion Silver Night Mk I with those tubes, and a friend of mine had a pair running on an Art Audio PX25 amp. All sublime.
@gliderguider welcome back! And what a fantastic system! I have an AN DAC-3 Sig and your DAC-4 Balanced is making my mouth water. I've always been curious about Audion amps but can't say I know of your speakers at all. Glad you're back listening to it though and thanks for sharing!