Got it a couple of weeks ago. It came with the 1.2 upgrade kit and a lot of very helpful phone support! Thanks Hunter!
Koetsu Coralstone Platinum
One of Koetsu's finest cartridges.
Audio Aero Capitole cd
Capitole Mk II
Aesthetix Callisto Signature
This is the 2 power-supply version. Re-tubed with Genelex KT-88 (original, not Russian) and Telefunken 12ax7's in the power supplies. Matched selected low-noise, low microphonic Amperex 6DJ8 and Telefunken 12ax7s in the main unit.
Aesthetix IO Signature Phono Pre-amp. Selected matched, low-noise, low microphonics 12ax7s. Genelex (original) KT77s in power supply. Reports of this phono stage being
VTL Wotan MB-1250
The best amplifier I have ever heard. Delicate and effortless. Exceptionally transparent. Now running 48 matched vintage Tung-Sol 6550s.
Sound Lab Majestic 845
The best speakers I have ever had in my system.
Purist Audio Design Primus IC
2 XLR pairs of these to connect the Vera to the IO and the IO to the Callisto. (Primus is an "Asia-only" cable that is a bit of an upgrade above Dominus.)
Purist Audio Design Dominus Speaker Cables
I got a great deal on these on the used market. I could never have afforded them otherwise!
4 dedicated lines custom
2 are 8 gauge with hubble cryo treated NEMA twist-lock outlets for the Wotans. 2 10 guage with Porter Ports outlets for the Soundlabs and the front end.
Arcici Suspense Rack
Made a huge difference on the turtable (naturally) but also improved the CD player.
Non-Ferrous Metals 55
Blocks of lead to mass load the SoundLab transformer boxes. Each ingot weighs 55lbs. Have furniture sliders underneath to keep from scratching the speaker.
MapleShade Carpet Piercing Heavy Cones
I have these under my Arcici Mapleshade rack and the Versa Dynamics stand now only.
Audio Desk Ultrasonic RCM
Record Cleaning Machine. A must for analog.
Purist Audio Dominus PC
I have 3 of these. I recently tried one out on the Audio Aero and the CAT. Made quite a difference in bass definition and overal clarity and detail. Will be getting a couple more shortly!
Purist Audio Dominus IC
I have these between the Audio Aero and the Callisto.
Accoustic foam to attenuate the backwave. Absolutely required for Soundlabs (IMHO).
Acoustic Sciences Tube Traps
3 shelf "hard-rock" maple for the Aesthetix power supplies.
Stillpoints Ultra- SS
These really do make a big difference! I have them under my SoundLabs, Wotans, and between my record player and it's dedicated stand. Would like to try the Ultra-5 someday but they are a bit too pricey.
Sorry C1ferrari, I haven't been checking this page for a while (obviously). I guess you mean Mike Lavigne? Nope. The only other serious system I have heard is Albert Porter's a few years ago. It was incredible, of course. However I was coming down with something that day and couldn't enjoy it as much as I would have had I been 100%.
I moved last year and really should update the pictures someday. The ceiling of that house was higher at the listening seat side of the room than at the speaker side. Quite unique, actually. Sorry I don't remember the dimensions exactly.
System edited: updated the main pic to show the curtains which replaced the shoji screens I used to have. New curtains are being made from UV protective fabric which is much thinner and (presumably) more neutral acoustically.
System edited: I think it's time to re-categorize. I had this in "ever evolving" but it's mostly done evolving now. I would really love to hear a system that sounds better. If you are in Seattle and have a candidate, let me know.
Well I just got done installing a bunch of Acoustic Sciences stuff. 20" supertraps in the coner behind the right speaker, "half rounds" in the little hallway leading to my bedroom, and another half round between the speakers. 4 "PCAD" pannels and one "matrix panel" behind the listening seat on the wall, and another "matrix panel" on the wall over the record cabinet (first reflecion point). This is only part of the stuff ASC came up with in their free design for my room but it was all I could afford. Really a major upgrade in the sound. Definitely a bigger improvement than 5 power cords (about the same price, too). So yeah, I feel silly not doing it sooner!
Mem916, I have to agree with your assesment of the Wolcott amps. They are a remarkable product. I have had my pair for about 9 months now and they continue to impress me daily. Excellent choices in equipment and setup. Enjoy!