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Stereopal Featured System:    Luigi Raymund Lira from the Philippines                                                   Date:  May 17, 2006

                                                                                                                                        

 

                         "I use an old Rotel 855 w/ Audio Alchemy DAC to warm up my equipment, 

                           then I'll use the turntable when it is time for serious listening."       ......... Luigi Raymund Lira

 

 

 

 

One look at Luigi's equipment and you'll know he's a big Audio Research fan.     You can also tell he's been an audiophile for a long time.

 

Luigi has got some very interesting equipments.  From a humongous power conditioner / isolation transformer, to the AR D250 Servo tube power amp.  These amps cost nearly $ 4500 USD back in the early 80s, and probably a lot more when purchased overseas.  In today's terms, the D250 would be a $ 30,000 dollar amplifier.   Just retubing all of Luigi's AR amplifier will cost most than an entire audio system.

 

I am always enthusiastic when I meet audiophiles from other countries.     I am looking forward to meeting Luigi in person if I should ever go to the Philippines.

 

 

 

System Components:

 

Turntable:

Michell Gyrodec Mk2, VPI HW19R

Tonearm:

Odyssey RP1-XG MK2, Rega RB250

Cartridge:

Koetsu Rosewood Sig Van Den Hul modification, Benz Micro MC 20 E2 MC

MC Transformer:

Conrad Johnson MC1

Preamp:

Audio Research SP 10 MK2 (Old), Audio Research SP 11 Mk II

Active Crossover:

Audio Research EC21 Tube Crossover Unit

Amplifiers:

Audio Research D79B x 2

 

Audio Research D250 Mk 2 Servo Tube Amplifier

 

Audio Research Classic 150 Monoblocks Hybrid Amplifier

Isolation Transformer:

Wang Power Conditioner / Isolation Transformer

Speaker:

Snell Type 2A (Old), Duntech Princess (New)

 

 

 

 

Luigi's Comments:

 

I usually listen to jazz, rock and if the mood suites me, I may listen to classical music.

 

I seldom listen to CDs.  I use an old Rotel 855 w/ Audio Alchemy DAC to warm up my equipment,  then I'll use the turntable when it is time for serious listening. 

 

The sound of my system is amp dependent, the sound of D79B bi-amped is lush, romantic, musical and laid back.  The D250 mark2 servo is neutral, analytical, detailed, and articulate.   It has lots of attack while maintaining a tube sounding midrange.

The Classic 150 monoblocks are very musical ,lush ,detailed, and non fatiguing.   It makes you want to listen to music the whole day.

 

In the future, I would like to upgrade my speakers and my CD player.  I would also like to acquire either an Audio Research

SP-8 or SP-11 to use as a reliever for my SP-10 Mark 2.

 

Thanks for looking.   

 

 

 

Photos from May 25, 2007 Update:

 

 

            

                 The legendary Duntech Princess, you don't see many of these around.

 

       

        Audio Research SP 11 Mark II with Separate Power Supply Unit

 

 

       

 

 

       

        VPI HW 19 Jr with Rega RB 250

 

 

       

 

     

 

 

 

 

Photos from Initial Visit, May 17, 2006:

 

Michell Gyrodec Mk 2

 

 

Audio Research D250 Mk II Servo, with at least 24 tubes inside !   This amplifier is truly a collector's item, rarely seen nowadays.

One thing is certain, Audio Research last a long time.           

 

 

 

Audio Research D79B, note the size and number of capicitors.

 

 

 

 

 

You want to see a power conditioner, we'll give you a power conditioner.  This "washing machine" means business.

 

Or may be there's a fridge inside, stocked with Heinekens and Coronas.

 

 

Audio Research Classic 150 Hybrid Power Amplifier

 

 

 

                      

                          Snell Type 2A

 

 

 

Audio Research MC1 Step up Transformer

Audio Research Preamp Power Supply

 

 

 

Audio Research SP10  Mk 2 Preamplifier Control Unit

 

 

Michell Gyro Dec Mk II

 

 

 

Michell Gyro Power for Gyrodec

 

 

 

Odyssey RP1-XG Mark 2 with Koetsu Rosewood Cartridge

 

 

 

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