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The stunning (even after a hour or two) Icon Audio LA3 Pre-Amp slotted in-

 

 

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Hoops.....you know how to put together a very musical system.....and your DIY speakers are something to be proud of.

:cheers:

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Cheers, really chuffed at the moment. The DIY speakers (Kords??) were just a refurb job. Next on the list will be the Kolts, although as they will be lifetime keepers, I may spend more and get a professional to do them in a nice Santos Rosewood!

This, bar possibly the power amps if it does not work out, will be at the Scalford Hall show in 2013.

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Cheers, really chuffed at the moment. The DIY speakers (Kords??) were just a refurb job. Next on the list will be the Kolts, although as they will be lifetime keepers, I may spend more and get a professional to do them in a nice Santos Rosewood!

This, bar possibly the power amps if it does not work out, will be at the Scalford Hall show in 2013.

Vulcan monitors (assumed DIY).

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They were not DIY, they were made by Kord in the 80's who made studio Monitors. The larger Tornado I had before are very similar, same drivers just the Vulcans are a smaller sealed box.

The Tornado design was bought by Wilmslow Audio in the 90's which then became their HSM kit.

My old For Sale thread, including a pic of them at the Scalford Hall show back in 2011-

http://www.hifiwigwam.com/showthread.php?53851-FS-KORD-TORNADO-Monitors

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I may be home -

 

 

Audion Sterling Plus power amp with KT120 (also takes KT88 and EL34)

 

Helps it being on the top shelf, gets a bit hot!

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hoopsontoast wrote:

I may be home -

 

 

Audion Sterling Plus power amp with KT120 (also takes KT88 and EL34)

 

Helps it being on the top shelf, gets a bit hot!

Hi if your gear sounds as good as it looks it must sound amazing

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I'm getting there, almost done I think Dance 4

 

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Well some big changes in the past few months.

 

I moved things about and added a new rack, as well as a Heed Questar MC for the Luxman/DL103 combo:

 

 

Then a rather large change, where the Kolts (my long time love) were put aside for a radical change in direction.

The arrival of some Magnepan MMG's, they had been on my radar and 'to do list' for a good few years, but not many turn up on these shores so when I came across a pair BNIB I jumped ship.

Little and Large!

 

The downside that this change meant that the Audion had to leave hoops towers as it was not really suitable for the MMG's and the sale went most of the way in paying for the Maggies.

The Audion was replaced with a cheap Quad Elite stereo which was designed as a stop gap. It did remarkably well, a great little amp IMO and would probably be a great match for most speakers that dont need massive power.

 

 

It went quite well but I wanted to go back to an all integrated route and had planned to buy either one of the big Sony ES amps again like the TA-F770ES or buy back my old Denon PMA-2000AE, but the sale fell through.

The Luxman/DL103/Heed combo was sold to free up some funds for a new long term DIY TT project, based on an old Sony TTS-3000 and Rega RB300 arm:

 

So this left me without an amp, I still have the Icon Audio LA3 on long term loan so was not sure weather to go for another power amp or stick with the Integrated route, and another item that was on my radar for a few years was offered to me on another forum. A Restek Challenger, its a German powerhouse integrated with a beefy power supply and 130w/8Ohms and 200w/4Ohms, just what the doctor ordered for the MMGs.

The new slimline system:

 

 

This is where we stand today. Not foreseeing anther change anytime soon, but when has that ever stopped me! Dance 4

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Larger versions @

http://www.flickr.com/photos/hoopsontoast/sets/72157628426961607/

 

The History books:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/hoopsontoast/sets/72157628426948849/

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Well the MMG's were lovely but decided to downsize on cost, rather than size so the Restek and Maggies went, to be replaced back with the Kolts and a Puresound A10.

 

 

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Very nice.....though I wonder how long it will last!  :shifty:

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Who knows Dance 4

 

Picking up some Free Goodmans Magnum K2's at the weekend, for a bit of bass to compare to the Kolts.

Trying to keep the costs down (current outlay under £400 so far for the whole system) so unless I snag a bargain cant see to many changes in the future, but when have I said that before.......

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hoopsontoast wrote:

Who knows Dance 4

 

Picking up some Free Goodmans Magnum K2's at the weekend, for a bit of bass to compare to the Kolts.

Trying to keep the costs down (current outlay under £400 so far for the whole system) so unless I snag a bargain cant see to many changes in the future, but when have I said that before.......

I would take your system over many much more expensive ones.

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I think the sweet spot for S/H kit seems to be in that £300-£400 bracket. The Decware Zen, Puresound A10, Icon Audio LA3 and Audion Sterling are all about that sort of price for tube amps, then stuff like the Sony TA-F770ES and my favourite speakers are in that area too like the ATC SCM10 and SCM7, Kord Tornado and Rega R3. Whenever I have spent more (Rega R7, Magnepan MMG, Denon PMA-2000AE, Consonance Cyber 10SE etc) I have always been disapointed overall, maybe its just expectation bias.

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