CD Player- Naim CDX or Norh CD1\QDS Valve CD player [12AX7] Pre-amp- Valve Audio Black widow now much improved with EI 6DJ8 elite gold tubes Active Crossover- 3-way Marchand unit crossed at 3KHz and 150Hz Amplification: -Norh LeAmps monoblocks to the subs -Audio Research D125 [Svet6550s or Sovtek KT88s] to mids -Antique Sound Labs Wave 8s with 6BM8s, high frequency output transformer version with MIT capacitor upgrades to drive the tweeters Speakers : Norh marble 9.0 Subs: KRATOS S. P. 111 12" sealed passive units downfiring Cabling: mostly DIY with Siltech, VDH and Kimber Acoustic ceiling and panels Dedicated AC wiring to mains panel with sepatate circuit breaker
DACS USED: Musical Fidelity DAC MAGIC, Audio-GD NFB-10ES used as DAC
AMPS USED: Forte 4a (Soderburg mods), H-K Citation II (full McShane mods), Pass DIY First Watt F3, pair of Monarchy SM-70 There is a switch setup that allows A/B comparison of two amplifiers.
There's also a Sony SACD player (which needs a video monitor for access to all it's modes- hence the 9" CRT in the photo)
It's a small room. The Quads sound great in there- really excellent bass, within their limits of course.
In another room, I have tri-amped (plus subwoofers below 45 Hz) Magnepan MG 3.6's with DEQX providing 96 dB/octave crossover and phase / magnitude / group delay correction, but I have no photos of that.
The Quads no longer have their back legs propped up on books- I have made little wooden platforms to provide the amount of tilt I like.
It runs without tubes because that's how I'd prefer it to run.
Plus IMO, it looks cooler when the tubes are removed. Sort of like how I'd prefer the amp to look & operate, but you can't have everything, right?
It's just a "gimmick" type pic of course and everything is disconnected from power, I just wanted to set it up to "immortalize" my current collection of HeadAmp amps into a personal photographic archive. Don't really plan on keeping all of the amps - one of the electrostatic amps will be sold off eventually.
The picture was taken with no flash and overexposure, so some of the lighted areas are blurry.
This was better than taking it with the flash, as that just caused big light spots.
I hope to soon get some proper lighting.