A long journey from the venerable Audiolab 8000A & Linn Axis to a Danish wave of Densen & Dynaudio. A tour of US gear, Krell & Mark Levinson to a recent change to a Swiss core of CH Precision and Stenheim speakers.
This is a living room system - which means a delicate balance between optimal components AND looks. Little or no acoustical room treatment, beyond some acoustic foam in the paintings - and the rug.
Recent upgrade from the original GPA Monaco TT to the V2, has brought completely new life to the vinyl collection. Even with identical tonearm and cartridge a very significant improvement across the board. Spend 3-4 months with the dCS Rossini before adding the clock - which has added significant ‘precision’ to the soundstage and if anything, created an 'analogue' feel.
I do not recognize the ‘Swiss reputation’ for bright & analytical in the CH gear. From Eleanor McEvoy to Massive Attack and Mendelssohn, the stage is wide and deep, music involving and flowing.
@Thieliste, sounds like solid choices. I am currently home-demoing an X1 with dual power output for my L1 & P1. 10 minutes in, I put the order in: the difference is spectacular! Adding D2 power cables, Ansuz D8 power distributor and now the X1, I’m first hand recognising the enormous impact clean power has on the overall system...
I did say 'Done for now', but no audiophile really believes that anyway... Upgraded the already excellent A90 cartridge to the new MC Anna Diamond - and wauw: Nina Simone cameo appeared in my living room! Abundant details without any loss of naturalness.
New Ansuz D2 speaker cables and phono cable - both electrically grounded through the Ansuz D2 powerbox. Not sure how it does it, but especially my analog rig has been sucked dry for noise. Someone just turned up the music without touching the volume knob. I never thought my Crystal Cable's were bright, but they are nowhere as deep and full and the Ansuz D2. Remarkable difference!