The love of music and the passion for all things audio started more than 45 years ago. This system delivers on the expectation of communicating music with tone and emotion while providing excellent imaging and sound staging. Speaker placement/location determined primarily by using Richard Vandersteen's methodology.

The Room: dedicated to audio, second story, frame construction with carpet/pad over wood sub-floor. Excellent (treated) room acoustics and fortunately low mains noise. A Symposium Acoustics Segue ISO platform provides effective isolation for the Rega Planar 8 turntable.

System Addendums:

  1. Rega Planar 8 & Ania MC, replacing the Rega P25 & Exact II MM 5/2020
  2. AudioQuest Niagara 1000 added 7/2020
  3. Manley Laboratories Chinook SE, replacing the Belles Aria PH-01 7/2020
  4. Pass Labs Aleph 30, replacing the Belles 150A Hot Rod 11/2020
  5. Cal Audio Delta & Alpha II retired 12/2020
  6. Primare DD15 & PS Audio Digital Link III added 1/2021
  7. Sbooster BOTW AC, replacing the Rega wall wart power supply 1/2021
  8. deHavilland UltraVerve 3, replacing the Belles 21A 3/2021
  9. PS Audio Stellar S300 added 3/2021
  10. GIK Acoustics Monster Bass Trap added 4/2021
  11. AudioQuest Niagara 1000 deleted 5/2021
  12. PrimaLuna DiaLogue Four, replacing the PS Audio Stellar S300 5/2021
  13. IsoTek EVO3 Polaris power conditioner added 7/2021
  14. IsoTek EVO3 Syncro Uni sine wave re-balancing unit added 7/2021
  15. Mhdt Labs Orchid Tube DAC, replacing the PS Audio Digital Link III DAC 8/2021

Other Bits:

  • Mapleshade isolation platforms & brass footers
  • Symposium Acoustics SEGUE & SEGUE ISO isolation platforms
  • Per Madsen record racks
  • VPI 16.5 vacuum record cleaning machine
  • Stable 33.33 Transit Platter
  • Equipment and room lighting by Reliable 
  • StylusTimer How did we survive all these years without this device?
  • Herbie's Audio Lab cone/spike decoupling gliders
  • Cardas Multi Blocks cable lifters
  • Herbie's Audio Lab Way Excellent II 2mm turntable mat
  • EAT Tube Cool Dampers


Room Details

Dimensions: 18’ × 14’  Medium
Ceiling: 9’

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    • Rega Research Planar 8
    • Rega Research Ania MC
    Low output moving coil phono cartridge
    • Sbooster BOTW AC
    Substantial power supply powering the Rega Planar 8/Neo; replacing the Rega wall wart power supply.
    • deHavilland Electric Amp Ultraverve 3
    All Octal Vacuum Tube Line Preamplifier - with Remote
    Tube complement: Tung-Sol 6SN7GTB (1), Sylvania Tall Bottle 6AH4GT (2), CBS/Hytron 5AW4 (1)
    • Manley Laboratories Chinook SE
    MM/MC Phono Preamplifier
    Tube compliment: Tesla 1960's E88CC/6922 (4)
    • Primare DD15
    Compact Disc transport
    • Mhdt Labs Orchid
    Tube DAC w/ Western Electric 396A vacuum tube
    • PrimaLuna DiaLogue Four
    Power amplifier
    Tube compliment: Genalex KT77 (4), RAM Labs SLN 12AU7 (2), Genalex ECC83/12AX7 (2)
    • Pass Labs Aleph 30
    30W Class A power amplifier rotated in/out of the system
    • McIntosh MR-71
    FM Tube Tuner - Not in use due to living in an FM wasteland.
    • Audio Physic Virgo III


    • Woo Audio WA3
    Headphone Amplifier
    Tube compliment: 1957 USN CRC 6080WA (1), National/Matsushita PCC88/7DJ8 (2)
    • Grado GS1000
    • Sennheiser HD 600
    • High Fidelity Cables MC-0.5
    Magnetic conditioning devices
    • IsoTek EVO3 Polaris
    Power conditioner with independent outlets, negating cross contamination.
    • IsoTek EVO3 Syncro Uni
    Sine wave re-balancing unit that removes DC riding on the AC mains.
    • IsoTek Premier
    Power cables (2) feeding AC to the IsoTek EVO3 Syncro Uni and EVO3 Polaris
    • Audience Au24 SE MP
    Power cable feeding AC to the deHavilland Electric Amp Ultraverve 3
    • Audience powerChord e
    Power cable feeding AC to the PrimaLuna DiaLogue Four
    • Audience powerChord
    Power cables feeding AC to the Manley Laboratories Chinook SE and the MHDT Orchid Tube DAC
    • Audience Au24 SE
    Copper single crystal (Ohno) RCA Interconnects; connecting preamplifier to power amplifier
    • Audience Studio Two
    Copper single crystal (Ohno) RCA interconnects; connecting the phono preamplifier to preamplifier
    • Audience Ohno
    Copper single crystal (Ohno) RCA interconnects; connecting the DAC to preamplifier.
    • Audience Ohno III
    Copper single crystal (Ohno) speaker cables
    • Black Cat Cable Silverstar 75
    75 ohm SPDI/F digital cable. There's some magic in this cable.
    • GIK Acoustics Acoustic Panels
    4A Alpha Diffusors, Q7d Diffusors, 242 Acoustic Absorbers, 4A Alpha Pro Series Bass Trap Diffusor/Absorbers, 244 Monster Bass trap
    • Echo Busters Bass Busters
    Acoustic corner bass traps

Comments 16


Mscetal, thank you! Synergy is an excellent/apt descriptor. For those of us whose dexterity and eyesight may not be what it used to be, I cannot recommend the Rega Planar 8/Ania more highly. There is nothing to “fiddle” with, other than a new mat.


What a beautiful set up!  I am a fan of the Rega turntables!  They make great products and each is a value at its price point.  It looks like you put together a system with a lot of synergy.  Enjoy!


@tubegb, Ah, I get it now.. I've had Ryan make several. Good work.



Slaw, I’m assuming you’re referencing the Stable Transit Platter? I think the way it’s photographed makes scale deceptive. Rather than a periphery ring, its primary use is to have a sturdy place for your record to reside immediately after cleaning. The product is quite heavy and beautifully made. When I purchased it, I thought “you are out of your mind.” It gets use every day…  


Slaw, thank you very much for your comments. I hope Per is enjoying retirement. He was always very gracious on the telephone. Ryan Tinsel (Etsy) produces pieces to blend with the Per Madsen system.


Spiritofradio, thank you for your positive comment and for stopping by. Greetings to you in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.


BTW, I'm not familiar with the brand of periphery ring you have. Can you talk about it?


You have a well put together room/system. We are brothers in Per Madsen.


Beautiful system!  Hello from NE Portland.



Hi highend64, thank you for your positive comments. I would sum up sentiments on the 150A Hot Rod by saying, it’s a keeper. It is well balanced, voiced in some ways similar to a good tube amp and has excellent pitch definition in the bass/lower registers. My best to you.


Very nice system indeed. Really like how room is layout. How do you like the Belles 150A? Happy listening and Enjoy!


Hi Dan, thank you for your positive comments and well wishes. I'm not from Portland and for the life of me I can't remember the exact circumstances as to when I started doing business with Kurt and his crew. I'm betting their new location is beautiful. Many items purchased from them over the years and always a positive experience. Please stay well also.


You mention Echo Audio. Does that mean you are from Portland? I have a couple of friends there, and I've been in Echo Audio with them.

Very nice system, enjoy, and stay well.


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The Virgos were purchased years ago from the great people at Echo Audio. They have been a constant in the system ever since.



Thank you, Jond. After 45 years; too many components/iterations to count, plenty of mistakes and lessons learned along the way.


Nice mix of gear looks really well thought out and those Virgo's look lovely.


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