After setting up the Scheu Premier MK3 turntable and listening, this is the best Kharma-based system we've heard so far to date. We now understand more what these S$30k speakers are about. We added in moderate treatment from Eighth Nerve to dial in on the acoustics, and in an instant, voila, the echoes of the rather bare small room are fixed, with sonics now having much better bass definition, coherence, and balance. All in the right amount, with the room still retaining a lively sound and the vitality in the music, without the major room pressure zone issues.
The introduction of the Leben RS28C preamplifier brought in the desirable qualities of tube sound, blending well with the solid state power amplifier. A very good built-in MM phono stage completes the picture.
On the reissue LP Janos Starker "Suites for Unaccompanied Cello Complete", a magnificent reissue album, the system presented the cello sound superbly, sonically and emotionally. The strings were great on this system, with first-rate highs, and the cartridge hasn't even burned in yet, as well as the speakers. The soundscape was expansive as well, with imaging size in the right proportions. On Ray Brown's "Soular Energy" reissue by Pure Audiophile, dynamics and transients were rendered well and with excellent bass definition, just as we know they should be from this excellent album. The bass was allowed by mastering engineer Stan Ricker to run with less restraint compared to the more EQ'ed original. The pairing of Stan Ricker, also a bassist, with Ray Brown was intentional - a treat to vinylphiles only, not on CD, not on SACD. Both LPs can be heard at our showroom if interested, not for sale however.
On to Holly Cole, Steely Dan, Jennifer Warnes ... JL will surely have longer nights listening now :)