In my small dedicated listening room with vault ceilings this is the best system so far. The Sonus Faber Guarneri Hommage's are some of the last pairs to be brought into the US. Jeff Rowland modded Model 8T with choke and the CAT SL1 Sig with rolled in tubes supply the power chores and a Linn LP12 with Radikal D and Karousel/Kore-Majik is the front end.
Jadis JA30Mk2 with KT150's. Replaced the ARC D70Mk2...which says a lot for the Jadis!
. Using Nordost Red Dawn v.11 between ARC and SF's. Black Cat cables for digital and ss amp. Two REL T5i’s running high level off Jadis mono blocks.
belt, 33, no arm, mtr drive upgraded to Radikal D. Karousel/Kore/Magik sub chassis, Trampolin 2
well tempered wta
wta classic updated with VDH cabling running all through and dual weighting system
Sonus Faber Guarneri Homage
New in '06. These are absolute works of art with sound to match. In my small room they are magnificent
Convergent Audio SL-1L mk II
This is running GE OEM smooth plates and Russian Rocket tubes in phono section
Jeff Rowland Model8 T
250w x 2 upgraded top plate, original choke power supply, far superior to later dual mono unit. Jeff just upgraded the amp with new Transimpedance modules and a grounding support. Sounds a lot more resolving now!
ps audio micro lab
Micro lab used on DAC only
TG audio power strip/conditioner.
One off piece from TG audio.
under Transport and DAC
Sound Anchor rack stand rack stand
Three leg Sound ANchor rack stand with turntable support
IVAC CUSTOM 1
All gold power cable for transport.Custom made by IVAC with custom made hospital connectors
Grand Prix Audio Monaco amp stand
Grand Prix monaco amp stand under the Jeff Rowland model 8T.
Cable elevators Plus
Ceramic lifters to move cables off floor
Nordost Red Dawn v11
Bi-wire cable used from ARC to SF's. Very fast and detailed. Great for tubes
Nordost TYr...ultra resolving and fast
Real Traps Mondo Traps
Used behind speakers. Highly recommended bass trapping. Increases micro detail and bottom end transparency
Latest model with red switches
Shakti Innovations Shakti Hallograph
Grand Prix Audio Monaco
Two(2) Monaco amp stands. One for the Jadis JA30Mk2's with Apex and one for the JR Model 8T custom amp
Mono blocks running KT 150’s. Latest edition.
Shakti Innovations Hallograph
Grand Prix Audio Monaco Amp stand
Two(2) one for the ARC D70Mk2 and one with Apex footers for the JR Model 8T custom
REL Acoustics T5i
Subwoofer. Two for stereo.
REL Acoustics T5i
Second REL added to system with Signal cable REL Speakon link.
Audio Art cable SE-1
With Furutech FR-1 connectors. Dual runs for Jadis mono blocks!
Hansf, I haven't used the Hales System 11 Sig for several years. However, I do not believe that when Paul changed to the round tweeter that he also changed the x-overs.Therefore, the x-over value remained the same throughout the production; sorry cannot supply you with the serial #'s of the newer tweets.
Dgad said he has a set with the personality card. I have the a set of Hales and just now bought a Model 18, but no personality card. Can Dgad (or anyone) provide the values for the personality card? Thank you for any leads.
Igor, Wow, if you liked the Counterpoint you have not heard anything till you try the CAT. I used to own the Counterpoint SA 3000 and replaced it with CAT. The CAT is in a totally different league and that's an understatement. Like removing a massive veil on the music. I will try the CAT amps and the Atmasphere's. Now very curious to hear a tube amp with the G's. The Rowland Model 8 is no slouch so this should be very interesting. Do you use the Valhallas on your rig? Dave
Sorry for the delay. Yes I tried the G. with a lot of pre-amps , amps and integrated amps. Preamps: Counterpoint SA 3000(good),Ear 834L(very good),Gryphon Prelude(good-very good)Hovland HP 100(bad).Integrated amps: BAT VK 300x(bad) Unison research S2(good-very good). Amps: Electrocompaniet 100 MB (my favourite for 10 years),Ampzilla mono blocks(good),Audio research(cannot remember which model, very old,(good),Gryphon Encore(good-very good with Atmasphere MP1), and some other stuff that I cannot remember at the moment. In my opinion tubes are the way to go,and on the Guarnieris they are a MUST. I have never tried any CAT product. They are tubed, but not every tubed amp is a good combination(BAT for example). If you alredy have a CAT preamp yust try the amp and let us know. I bet it would sound better then a SS amp. For me, the hunting for a Pre-power combination has ended with the Atmasphere MP-1 MA-1. P.S. Try Nordost Valhalla interconnect and speaker cables too. Brgds, Igor
Igor, Have you tried any other tube amps besides the Atmasphere's? Any ss. amps? I am also very interested in hearing the CAT amps and the Joule amps on the G's. From what I have been told the ultimate tube amps for the G's are the CAT's. I own a CAT preamp and it is one of the best pre-amps I have ever heard. Head and shoulders above most if not all the competition IMHO.
As you may guess I'm driving the Guarneris with the MP-1 preamplifire and the MP-1 MK2 power amplifires from Atmasphere. You can try them with the S-30 which is a stereo amp with "yust" 30 watts, that are enought to drive the speakers at "normal" levels mantaining the Atmasphere family sound.I have had this little gem for six months in my sistem, then found a used pair of MA-1 which I simply MUST have. With Atmasphere amps the Guarneris yust sing, all the positive attributes that they alredy have are moved to a next(ultimate?) level. The micro and macro dinamics are things that you must experience, the music is yust transformed in a live session with the musicians on stage. Records are assuming the REAL message that the artist want us to hear from them. I can go in a very long message, inventing new words and so on and so on. Please yust try any amp of Atmasphere and let me know what are your feelings.
Igor, Several people have suggested the MA-60's or the MA-1's. I will try and do a demo with these amps if possible. The Rowland with choke is the best ss. amp I have heard. But,I am sure that a great tube amp would be magical on the G's. Curious what amp you use to drive your G's?
Great system, as an owner of SF Guarneri I can't say anything but good about your components. I would suggest you to try the Atmasphere amps MA-60 or better yet the MA-1 with the Guarneri loudspeakers as they sound fabulous with them.I have tried recently the Gryphon Encore with the Guarneris and was not bad at all, but the OTL Atmasphere amps are from another planet in comparison with EVERY solid state amps I have heard to date. Brgds, Igor
Chipman, once you have heard the M's, I suspect that you like I will be glad you own the Hommage's. Joey, I also listened to the Cremona's. IMHO they are not really in the same league as the G's. The Cremonas do have more bass and can probably play louder ( although this is not something I really tested) However, compared to the G's in my room they were no contest in any other area you care to mention.
Have been a fan of Sonus Faber for many years starting from my first pair the Electa Amators then switching over to the Guarneri Hommage which I have had for a number of years now. You can guess this from the serial number I mentioned previously no. 13!
I have heard most SF speakers as they have been progressively introduced, including the Cremona (light brigher sound), Amati Hommage (which was like my Guarneri but fuller +deeper), and Stradivari which was amazing in all respects.
Have not heard any other newer versions but I must say I prefer the look of my Guarneri compared to the Momento. Will have to track down a dealer to take a listen!
Palasr, the knobs on top of the plinth are called Sound Cat's that are unfortunately no longer available. Basically they are a rubber based dampener with a inner concentric ring made of brass that lift the cover about 1 1/2". They were sold to owners like myself that mounted WTA arms, since these arms are too tall to allow the cover to sit on the table with that arm installed. The Sound Cat's can be removed from the plinth when the cover is not being used.
Joey, That is a good question,the new Memento's have the ring radiator. Sourced from Scanspeak I believe. IMHO, the Dynaudio Esotar in the Guarneri Hommage ( which are my version) sounds smoother and is more extended than the radiator in the Memento.( Having heard both) Also, the Hommage uses the Audio Technologie mid/bass driver( which I also feel is a superior mid/bass driver to the Memento's ( a 150mm doped paper unit I suspect sourced from Dynaudio) and has the ability to be bi-wired which the Memento does not. ( This is again IMHO a major drawback, since I am a very strong believer in bi-wiring).Lastly, the Memento's cabinet are made solely from Maple and again appear inferior to the Hommage's. The Memento's are also far more expensive. I still would have considered them if I thought they were actually superior, however, like many things in audio, the latest sometimes can be a marketing gimmick and actually I believe they are inferior.
John, I have a very small dedicated room for the system... appx 10X11 with a vault ceiling that extends to 15'. I doubt any speaker could reproduce bass in this room. The Hales I had previously were very good for their time, but the Guarneri's are in a different league. I have heard many speakers in the last 25 years since I started in this hobby and the G's are my current reference. Incredible ability to portray lifelike imaging ( given room size of course) great depth and tremendous high freq air. I play small ensemble, solo string instruments and blues. I also like voice and intimate recordings with great warmth. Nothing I have ever heard is better than the G's in this regard. When I move to a larger room ( If I do) then I might use a sub. It will be a major issue to get one that will work with the G's though.