@clearthinker i heard the grail se + in my system and I loved it. Wrote the check immediately. I don’t regret the decision...heard many others in my system but nothing sounded so good with my cartridge and my electronics.
A couple of years ago I chose the same after long-term auditions of other competitors in my system. Grail wasn't the most detailed, nor the most realistic, nor the most anything. But it has an unbeatable combination of all the necessary attributes. It just puts across what's on the disc.
I started working with room treatment on this room about 3 yrs ago . It has gone through many modifications. Including changes in electronics and speakers.
I have worked closely with Jordan at asc. He and art noxon designed the initial treatment based on basic measurements and parameters, The next test was the Matt test for articulation which we would have run and analyzed over a 100 times over the years . We found articulation defects in particular freq ranges we fixed by working on room treatment and speaker placement. It was easy for them to recommend those changes based on simple physics ie wavelength, distance to wall etc ...no electronics or dsp software involved in tuning room.
The final tweak was by listening and after 3 yrs now I am happy with balance , sound stage and articulation.
Most impressive. By what means did you approach the sound treatment? Curious if you arrived at this via software or if you did it like most of us do. Love your cartridge and cable choices but, in truth, all the rest of it too. A challenging looking but utterly beautiful listening environment