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|Stereopal Home Visit: Frank from Toronto||Date: Feb 27, 2006|
"To set up a system properly, tonal balance is my first and foremost priority."..... F.L
(Due to the size of the room, it was difficult to take a full snapshot without a wide angle lens, the photo was stitched together from separate shots.)
Kyle and F.L's system.
|Analog Source:||Oracle Mk IV upgraded to Mark V|
|Cartridge:||Koetsu Rosewood Signature retipped by Van den Hul|
|Tonearm:||Grahm 2.2 (upgraded from 2.0 CLICK HERE for information)|
|Step Up Transformer:||Koetsu Step up|
|Digital Source:||Ensemble Dirondo CD Player|
|Preamplifier:||Audio Research SP-11Mk II|
|Power Amplifier:||Conrad Johnson Premier 8A Monobloc Amplifier|
|Speaker Cables:||Cable Talk Raw Cable|
|Interconnects:||Mogami Microphone Cable|
"I mostly listen to classical music, so naturally my system to tuned to the sound of classical performances. Violin and Piano are my main preference.
In my opinion, tonal balance is most important aspect of system setups. Good results does not necessarily depend on the amount of money you spend on audio equipments. And in order to achieve tonal balance, you must have the right combination of equipment interacting with proper speaker positioning and room acoustics.
I have spent more than 10 years in this dedicated audio room, paying attention to the most meticulous detail. Everything from the acoustic panels on the wall, to the placement of the speaker, has an effect on the sound. I would go so far as to say that 70% of the sound for any audio system depends on the individual's ability to set up the equipment properly. Speaker positioning is one of the most important factors. With the right positioning, you can even make modest equipment sing. A lot of people say that panel speakers have loose and soggy bass, my answer is the problem lies with the individual, not the speaker. In my opinion, Maggies can outperform a lot of speakers costing many times over.
To achieve the proper result, you need plenty of patience, dedication and commitment. I view this as a process to be enjoyed, rather than an obstacle to overcome. After all, my goal is to enjoy music rather than the equipment, which serves nothing more than a set of tools."
It takes plenty of juice to drive the Maggie 3.6R, which dips to 2 ohms at times.
Audio Research SP11 with separate power supply unit.
The separate Power Supply unit to the SP-11 is conveniently placed at the back of the room.
Hand built in Switzerland, the Ensemble Dirondo CD Player. There's always a special elegance to Swiss made
F.L's turntable is sitting on Ebony, resting on a piece of granite, further resting on a sandbox !
Graham 2.2 Tonearm and the Koetsu Rosewood, Van den Hul tipped cartridge.
This picture was taken in almost complete darkness except the glow of the tubes, and a small light on the
ceiling. The aperture remained opened for nearly 15 seconds.
Here's the pre-touched up shot.
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