I'm glad to present my simple system here. It's based on a digital source, the wonderful Sony HAP Z1-ES, a DIY passive pre-amp with one IN/OUT line battery powered and remote controlled volume, McCormack DNA-2 amp and Thiel CS 3.6 loudspeakers. Recently I made by myself the table and the amplifier stand that you can see in the pictures, to make it I used stainless stell, aluminium and carbon fiber.
six months ago I paid 2000€ for my pair here in Italy that means around 2280 US$, but I know that when the CS 3.6s were for sale in my country the price was double than US price. I have also to say that I've been very lucky finding them in perfect shape both functionally and aesthetically, incredible after twenty years!
.....I would have liked to have bought them for 1500$!...anyway absolutely I don't regret my purchase, I would buy them again tomorrow!
Hi There . Would you be so kind as to disclose your purchase price of the 3.6 ? I am looking at a pair and the seller wants $1500 . I have seen sales for less so I am gun shy on purchasing . Thanks,mike
Thiel fascinated me long time ago and finally few months ago I became the new owner of this beautiful Cs 3.6s. Can't stop listening to my fovorite music, a true pleasure even at very low volume!....but you already know this :-)
thank you very much for your appreciation! Actually I enjoy a lot my setup, the McCormack DNA-2 literally make Thiels sing and what I appreciate most is that the listening at very low volume is so rich in dynamic and detail.....Steve McCormack is a true genius!....on pair with Jim Thiel (we lost him unfortunately).
I'm very curious of your speaker, never heard before I read you own them and now want discover more about, the concept of a single driver sounds like a serious thing to take into the account......if only I was closer to you.......
That is a very well crafted system. It is the second system I see that is based with just one digital front end but with a DNA-2 at the heart of the system. The other person had a pair of Wilson Sofias as his reference. Cheers for being about to construct your equipment stands properly. Many would have to pay professional prices to get such stand. I am sure your system sounds outstanding. Some of the pieces you have are destined to become modern classics. For the look and choice of pieces I can see you are a music lover first and then a audiophile second. Cheers!
Thank you jafant, it's my pleasure to share my passion for music with all of you fellows hi fi lovers. So many things to learn from your experiences and solutions, too good to admire all this incredible equipments that I would not have imagined even existed!!
Thank you Rob for your words! Yes, I jumped late on Thiel's train but was already aware of what kind of power they need to really sing, thus I went immediately on the search of the DNA-2 (being already a owner of a loved DNA 0.5 wanted stay with similar sound signature) same day I bought my pair of CS 3.6's and with a lot of luck found one in excellent conditions after two weeks. Can't stop to think how Ive been lucky finding this in Italy even because I guess very few of them were imported. Definitely I love my DNA-2, no plan to upgrade the amp for long time.
Next move, actually already under construction, is the base for the amp: it will have same look and technical solutions of the table but with twenty millimeters of thickness for the glass due to the huge weight of DNA-2!
I'll update my Virtual System with some pictures once the construction is finalized.
I know that my system is very simple, no esoteric analog turntable and so on, not because I dislike the sound of such state of the art analog chain, just because I never invested on this since was young thus I should start from zero and thinking to my expectations in sound quality simply can't afford it now, in the future maybe.
.....anyway, very satisfied with my system, even at late night when the rest of family is sleeping, so you can image how low can the volume be, I'm able to enjoy such incredible details and impressive dynamic (for the volume) that this chain can deliver.
Thanks Jerry, too kind. Due to my job I've the luck to have the availability of some modern and expensive lathes and CNC machines in the company I work for thus it all become easier from a practical point of view.
Thanks! I made the drawing from zero, bought just the carbon fiber and stainless steel pipes as bars and a solid piece of aluminium (that's the material I used to make the joints for the four carbon fiber pipes and the rings on the legs) then I machined every part to get the elements to put togheter.
The four legs are filled with sand in order to lower the resonance frequency.
The tickness of the pipe of the legs is 3 mm.
Yes, the top is tempered glass in fifteen mm tickness and sanblasted on the bottom side.