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. On well recorded material the Virgos pull the “disappearing act.” Speaker placement determined primarily by using Richard Vandersteen's methodology.

Preferred speaker placement ended up being on the short wall with the speakers approximately 4 feet from the front wall, approximately 8 feet apart (center to center) and toed in to cross just behind the listening position.

Many of the components were purchased previously enjoyed. As you can see, I am somewhat partial to classic/vintage equipment.

The Room: dedicated to audio, second story, frame construction with carpet over wood sub-floor. Excellent room acoustics and fortunately low mains noise. A Symposium Acoustics Segue ISO platform adds very effective isolation for the Rega P8 turntable.

System Addendums:

  1. Rega P8 & Ania MC, replacing Rega P25 & Exact II MM 5/2020
  2. Funk Firm Achromat (turntable mat) added 6/2020
  3. AudioQuest Niagara 1000 added 7/2020
  4. Manley Laboratories Chinook SE, replacing Belles Aria PH-01 7/2020

Other Bits:

  • Mapleshade platforms & brass footers
  • Symposium Acoustics isolation platforms
  • Per Madsen record racks
  • VPI 16.5 vacuum record cleaning machine
  • Stable 33.33 Transit Platter
  • Equipment and room lighting by Littlite and Ikea
  • StylusTimer (How did we survive all these years without this device?)
  • s-covers (eBay) for covering other components not currently in use
  • Herbie's Audio Lab cone/spike decoupling gliders


Room Details

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

Components Toggle details

    • Rega Research Planar 8
    Turntable: Fast, articulate and smooth, with more extension and detail in the frequency extremes.
    • Rega Research Ania MC
    Low output moving coil phono cartridge
    • Belles 21A
    Linestage with Auricap upgrade (tubes: 2 x Mullard NOS 12AU7's)
    • Manley Laboratories Chinook SE
    MM/MC Phono Preamplifier (tubes: 4 x NOS Tungsram PCC88's)
    • California Audio Labs Delta
    CD transport
    • California Audio Labs Sigma II
    Tube DAC
    • Belles 150A Hot Rod

    Amplifier on IsoAcoustic IsoPucks on Mapleshade platform w/brass footers

    • McIntosh MR-71
    FM Tube Tuner (not pictured, not currently in use)
    • Audio Physic Virgo III


    • Woo Audio WA3
    Headphone Amplifier (tubes: 1 x '57 USN CRC 6080WA, 2 x NOS National PCC88/7DJ8) on Mapleshade platform w/brass footers
    • Grado GS1000
    • Sennheiser HD-600
    • High Fidelity Cables MC-0.5
    Magnetic conditioning device (2)
    • Audioquest Niagara 1000
    Low Z Power / Noise Dissipation System
    • WireWorld Electra 7
    Power cables
    • Silnote Audio Poseidon GS Reference
    Power cable
    • Audioquest Monsoon
    Power cables
    • Audioquest Water
    • Audioquest Colorado
    • Audioquest CV-8
    Speaker cables
    • GIK Acoustics Acoustical Panels
    4A Alpha Diffusors, Q7d Diffusors, 242 Acoustic Absorbers, 4A Alpha Pro Series Bass Trap Diffusor/Absorbers
    • Echo Busters Corner Buster
    Acoustical corner bass traps
    • Echo Busters Bass Busters
    Acoustical bass trap on-wall behind the listening position.

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