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KENC System : Aug 2006

System Configuration - Aug 2006

Turntable

Scheu Analog Das Laufwerk No. 2 turntable (DL No. 2) - transparent 80mm platter, silver motor

 

Living Voice Mystic Mat turntable mat

Tonearms

Schroder Model 2 tonearm, carbon fibre armwand

 

The Conductor by The Cartridge Man, parallel tracking air bearing tonearm, carbon armwand

Phono Cartridge

Denon 103-R

Audio-Technica AT-33 PTG

 

The Cartridge Man Tracking Force Gauge

Phono Stage Herron Audio VTPH-1mc Tube preamp
CD transport CEC TL-2 Transport
DAC Benchmark
Loudspeakers Cabasse Baltic II with Thor subwoofer
Tuners Pure Digital DRX 701ES Tuner
Magnum Dynalab ST-2 Tuner
Preamplifier Diva M7 Tube preamp
Power Amplifier Diva Blue Sky Signature Tube amp
Others

Analysis Plus Oval 8 speaker cables

Loricraft Record Cleaner

PS Audio P-300 AC filter

DH Cones Super Tweak
SolidTech Feet of Silence Tweak
Unicones Unicone Tweak
DH Cones Squares Tweak

Music Genre All except heavy metal

 

Latest Update (Aug 30, 2006) :

The Cartridge Man's The Conductor parallel tracking air bearing tonearm has been installed, with the Audio-Technica AT-33 PTG cartridge.  This is the second one installed in Singapore, and both owners have installed the tonearm themselves.  It only looks daunting when thinking about it, but it is actually not a difficult task.  We only paid a visit to help fine-tune.

 

Even before run-in, the music from The Conductor was indeed special.  The high degree of transparency and resolution was immediately apparent, with refinement also going up a notch.  The Conductor also brought with it a wide and deep soundstage, with excellent imaging.  Most striking was that the backing vocalists and instruments were now easily more distinct, and that their important role in the music was now being highlighted even more.  As examples, the beautiful voice of a backing vocalist was so discernible in one Mary Black vocals track, or percussion instruments fully fleshed out and positioned in the "Hawaii Five-O" track.  It was easy to shift concentration between the various instruments in a song, so strong was the separation, without losing the music's coherence and interplay of the musicians.  And of course, no discernible degradation in sound from beginning to end of the record, being a parallel tracking tonearm.

 

Previous Notes (Aug 2006) :

There have been some hardware changes since we last heard the previous system, which we did not like at that time unfortunately. This updated setup has improved tremendously, and has given us a new perception of the system.  Bass is now seamless between the satellites and subwoofer, coherency with no bloat. Totally controlled, articulate, with a boxless impression. Imaging and presence is wonderfully palpable, visceral impact is also well-rendered.

 

To those who listened to this system before, they will find the transformation refreshing. The system is however not for those who like it warm and fuzzy, as this is one of those tube-based systems that is leaning towards the neutral side. Of course, the beauty of a tube-based system is that one can tailor the sound to be syrupy sweet by changing tubes, but I am sure it's not Ken's preference.

 

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