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|Stereopal Home Vist: Alex from Toronto||Date: Sep 8, 2008|
"Alex, to me, has taken the right path on the pursuit of audio excellence"....... Rick, Stereopal.com
|CD Player:||Audio Analogue Paganini CD Player|
|Turntable:||Michell Engineering Gyrodec SE|
|Tonearm:||RS Labs RS-A1|
|Preamp:||Song Audio SA-1|
|Phono Cable:||Furutech AG-12 Phono Cable|
|Phono Stage:||Herron Audio Vacuum Tube Phono Preamplifier|
|Power Amp:||McIntosh MC-275|
|Speaker:||Meadowlark Audio Herron|
|Interconnects:||Silver One by Audiolimits|
|Speaker Cable:||NBS entry level|
|Power Conditioner:||Chang Lightspeed|
|Rick, first of
all thank you so much for the kind words. My intention with the system
was to slowly collect and improve gear until I had the sound I liked. I
wish I had some clear explanation of how I got to where I am - I believe
I was just very very lucky. The combinations of gear seemed to merge
and meld well. One of the greatest improvements in dynamics was going
to a push/pull McIntosh MC275. Before the MC275, I had a triode based
Bel Canto SET-40 - about 40 watts per channel - I feel I now have a much
more dynamic sound.
Since the details of the system are described above, I would just like to add, that it is a very realistic, musical and three dimensional sound. I do not have the sheer volume, size and dynamics that some large systems have - but my system has a kind of a quirky almost organic sound that I really like. My system provides more of a smaller "pretty sister" experience of larger installations.
I believe now that the 3d effects are due to speaker placement - about 1/3 into the room, and 2/3 for listening...
A word about the insulation panels. A friend of mine who is a fine carpentry guy, built these wooden panels, into which I stapled in the audio insulation. The advantage of these frames is that they can be moved around the room - and they are free-standing - I do not damage the walls by stapling, or gluing them to the wall.
Due to budgetary constraints (cruelly and unjustly imposed on me by my wife), the budget allows for x dollars of purchasing of music - now a days, it is mostly vinyl - typically good reissues... I also do like to go buying used records both on Ebay and local used shops. My tastes are typically classical, jazz and some rock and folk - in that order.
Until recently, I wanted to upgrade to a better turntable (Transrotor? VPI??) - but, by coincidence, I managed to hear a Shindo preamp in my system. A pre-amp upgrade is definitely a possibility instead of a turntable...
Michell Gyrodec SE sitting on an IKEA butcher block.
The RS-A1 tonearm is a piece of art. Both the arm and the cartridge is uni-pivoted, they are free to move
in any direction dictated by the record groove. The arm pod itself is also free standing, it is not mounted
with any screw or bolt.
This is where the magic lies, note the free standing pivot on top of the cartridge.
Herro Audio phono stage, sitting on top of the CD Player.
One of Mr. Song Kim's early production models. The SA-1 preamps is no longer being made with the
reflective Chrome face plate as shown in the photos. They have been replaced by a "green teal" acrylic panel
Guess who helped him buy the MC275, my favorite amp ?
After visitng Alex, i stole the idea and applied it into my own
setup. Placing absorption panels on the back wall greatly
enhances the depth of the stereo image.
Everyman has his mistress, well at least Alex does.
I spent hours trying to figure out what the hell is inside he VPI db-5 Magic Box ? I can tell you it is not sand,
it is not lead, it is not stone, nor is it tar. It is some sort of magic material which makes this block heavier than
a piece of concrete.
If there is one thing I'd steal from his room, it will be this "labelography". I spent years trying to learn how to
read the difference a DECCA ED1 vs a ED2. This one photo will save you a lot of time !
The system has nearly 10 feet of open space between the speakers and the back wall, creating a tremendous
sense of depth perception. The sonic image is deep and wide. Not too many people are lucky enough
to have 10 feet of space behind their speakers.
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