Speakers - Focal Grande Utopia
Amp( VTL MB-185 Series II Signature Monoblock Amplifier
CD Player dCS Puccini CD Player + U - Clock
Not only did it blow my mind, it would have blown the new house budget as well.
Was that by Kog Audio (and all wired with expensive TQ I/Cs)?
"Everything has been said before, but since nobody listens we have to keep going back and beginning all over again." André Gide
Not Kog Audio but It was indeed.wired with TQ cables.
AV System - Panasonic 42VT30 ¦ MA Apex 5.1- 4xA10 1xA40+ AW-12 Sub ¦ Van Damme UP LCOFC Speaker Cable ¦ Pioneer SC-LX85 ¦ OPPO 95 ¦ Mark Grant G1500HD Precision audio cable ¦ Sky+ HD(1TB) ¦ Chord Active HDMI ¦ Furutech Mains Cables ¦ Belkin PF50 mains conditioner.
Bedroom - Sony KDL-40W2000 + Archos 7 streaming from Windows Home Server 2011, Altec Lansing inAir 5000.
Dining Room - Sonos S5.
Music - HP Proliant Server running WHS 2011 ¦ streaming FLAC to Sonos ZP90 and OPPO 95 via SC-LX85.
Hi Fi - Cyrus 8 XPd QX amp ¦ Cyrus PSX-R power supply acting as Pre Amp ¦ Quad 909 Power Amp ¦ Speakers - Spendor A3 ¦ Logitech Squeezebox Touch upgrade by Fidelity Audio ¦ power supply upgrade by Mains Cables R Us ¦ Furutech Mains Cables ¦ Power Plant Premier mains regenerator.
Controlled by – iPad2 and Harmony 1100.
Kog are the distributors of all those products and do a lot of Dealer Demo days and Shows with them. Anyone who thinks Valve Amps are "over honeyed" should get a listen to VTL.
I heard something very similar at the Belfast Audio Show. It was early on the first day and sounded a bit rough (combination of not being fully warmed up and poor room acoustics). It was supposed to get much better on the second day.
A good mid-range system that I enjoy. Some good mid-range head-fi for when I get banished to the spare-room.
Oh, and access to true high-end 7 days a week.
Monday night music club here at work, put together a nice spread.
Avid Acutus SP with SME V and Kontrapunkt H
Lehman Silver cube phono amplifier
Devialet D-premier used as a pre-amplifier
Musical Fidelity AMS50
So far, in my experience, the best overall perfoming system I have heard.
So you basically used the Devialet as a volume control? Wicked!
.....Well, Class A Pre.....
We started with a Audio Research LS17se, but it all felt a little flat and restrained. Switching to (what most people immediately think is a set of bathroom scales) the D-premier and it all opened up into the room. It's a brute of an amplifier too, but we are selling the AMS50 as a serious ex-dem bargain and I desperately want to show it off. I saw some of your posts on the AMS35 thread, so you know just how good (and very hot) they are.
I do consider myself a very lucky man when I am at work. The change of work places (entry level well known retailer to high-end dealer) has ruined my system at home though.
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I saw some of your posts on the AMS35 thread, so you know just how good (and very hot) they are.
There is almost nothing I'd swop this amp for, without spending two to three times the price.
I would agree, it just captivated me. The boss later changed over to a DartZeel power amp that seemed to drag and eek out a bit more detail, but I was missing the sheer scale and fullness of delivery that the MF gave me.
When I got home that evening I looked out the same album, fired up my system. Sat there for two minutes. Turned it all off and went out to buy a lottery ticket.
The VTL are a wonderful amp, my current home would not do them justice though.
I do think they go well with the Focals, but not heard any of the if I dare say "cheaper" ones (less than £50,000) with the VTL.
The one I have at the moment.
Origin Live Aurora Gold+Illustrious Mk2 arm+Zyx R100-02/Stello CDT200+Stello DA220 dac/Tom Evans Groove Anniversary phono amp/Tom Evans Vibe preamp/Linear A power amp/Acoustic Zen Adagios/Chord cables/Oppo 105EU.
Best system.......would that be the one which gave the most enjoyable listening experiences ?
In that case it was probably my rubbish Aiwa midi system with Wharfedale speakers when I was a teenager, I tended to just listen to the music then rather than the system.
Why did you stop?
Well as my disposable income rose I started buying fancy gear, then cables, measuring the positions of the speakers toe in, polishing my plugs, cutting squash balls in half to stand my gear on etc etc sound familiar. What I wasn't doing was listening to the music anymore, instead, I was always trying the next upgrade or tweek looking for 'audio nivarna'.
Have you found it yet?
I have done the squash ball thing, amongst others, but it's worthwhile to try out a few things to see if they work, particularly if they are cheap.
Mac mini > AVI ADM9Ts
Heard a few over the years, and it's hard to pick one. I liked Genelec's speakers very much, they delivered a really nice sound that I could live with for ages. In terms of systems, I guess I like the kind of balanced sound that Mission or Tannoy give in their speakers. I've heard some very expensive speakers (Audio Physic I think - £11,000 a pair and some Wilsons at around £25k) that left me somewhat underwhelmed. In the end I go with a sound that pleases me most. I'm sure there's better out there, but I'm not that bothered about finding it anymore. The hobby for me always was about the music, less so about the equipment.
So, to answer the question, probably Genelec if we're talking actives and my own system as it stands, in the current listening environment. It ticks all the boxes for the most part. Deep bass included...
Onkyo TX-NR818 / Tannoy Revolution DC4 (bi-amped)
AVI Laboratory Series CD Player
Have you heard the range topping Genelec 8260A ?
PC > AVI Neutron Five 2.1
Sony NWZ-A847 64GB Walkman > Westone UM3x
Hi Steve, from memory, I've heard the 6010s - the entry level pair - at £500, then the 8030 and the 8040s. Not the 8240s alas, but the others were very nice and their finish makes them a good contemporary fit in a domestic as well as a studio environment.
Hi Fi = Mac Book Pro - Monitor Audio WS100
HC = Pionner VSX 922 K - Boston Acoustics Soundware XS
Ear Fi = iPad Mini - Soundmagic E10
What did nyou think of them?
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