Deleted the old system I had published and added this one. Major changes in components over the last few years. 95% vinyl listening. Mostly rock, lots of acoustic-based stuff, classic jazz, fusion, prog, classical, female vocals....and beyond!

Room Details

Dimensions: 26’ × 13’  Large
Ceiling: N/A

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    • Soundsmith MIMC Star
    • VPI Industries Super Scout Prime
    • Manley Chinook
    • deHavilland Electric Amp Co. Mercury 3 pre-amp
    • Running Springs Audio Haley Power Conditioner
    • Cambridge Audio Sonata CD30
    • Schiit Audio Bitfrost DAC
    • EgglestonWorks Fontaine Signature Speakers
    • Cardas Audio all interconnects
    • Kimber Kable 8TC Speaker Cable
    • Audio Mirror 45w SET monos

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Never had pure SS. First amp was a hybrid integrated: tube preamp with SS amp; then separates: tube preamp (also 6SN7-based) with Van Alstine hybrid amp (tube + mosfets); then finally Audio Mirrors. My progression of preferred sound kept me on a path to applying more and more tubes. I don't have much experience hearing different amps, but from what I have heard, I suspect I'd have to spend a LOT of $ to equal or better the Audio Mirrors with an SS, if that is even possible. I suspect the secret to my awesomely preferred sound comes from a high-quality source + 6SN7-based preamp + powerful SET amps + high-quality speaker.


Sweet setup there. I also have Fontaines (original version) with Audio Mirror 45W SET amps. Must say, the sound IS awesome, eh? Wonder how different, if at all, your model of Eggys sound compared to mine? I augment the bottom end with a pair of ACI Titan subs. Are those subs adjacent to your Eggys?