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Jonl System : Nov 2006

System Configuration - Nov 2006

Turntable

Scheu Premier MK3 turntable - 80mm platter, black

 

Living Voice Mystic Mat turntable mat

KAB Speedstrobe

Tonearm - Main - Right side

Schroder Reference, 9.5", pear wood finish

Phono Cartridge - Main Jan Allaerts MC1B
Tonearm - Secondary - Left side

Scheu Tacco tonearm - 9.5", Amboina wood finish

Phono Cartridge - Secondary

The Cartridge Man Music Maker MK3 cartridge

Phono Stage EAR 324
CD player/transport / DAC Electrocompaniet EMC1 CD player
Loudspeakers Kharma Ceramique 3.2FE
Preamplifier Leben RS28C 
Amplifier Goldmund 18.4 monoblocks
Projector Marantz VP-11SI 1080p
Screen OS Electrical Screen Pure Mat II Plus
Game/Blu-Ray Player Sony Playstation 3
Room Treatment

Eighth Nerve (black) - 4 Corners, 2 Seams at wall-wall intersection behind speakers, 1 seam at ceiling wall intersection behind listening position.  2 Corners at bottom corners behind speakers.

 

Onix Diffusors

HiFi Rack Hutter Racktime Basic racks 
Record Cleaner Hannl Mera
Power Conditioner Shunyata Research Hydra 6, Shunyata Research Guardian 4
Cables Kharma speaker cables, Analysis Plus Solo Crystal Oval interconnect, Shunyata Copperhead, Shunyata DiamondBack, Purist Audio Design Museaus
Others SID CD mat, The Gryphon Exorcist, Bedini CD Clarifier
Music Genre Most, except heavy metal

 

Update: Nov 2006

 

 

The Schroder Reference tonearm has been installed, and when we thought that nothing significant in terms of sonic gains will be reached, we are astounded by the sheer improvement in the system.  Amazing is the word, the Schroder Reference tonearm lives up to its illustrious reputation.

 

JonL definitely has to go through his entire collection of vinyl once again ... good hifi can really be rewarding, especially when sonic gains are realized even further with each upgrade.  No sidesteps in this system's evolution, all upward, without doubts.  And we haven't come yet to our new tonearm, the Da Vinci Grandeza MK 2 from Switzerland, arriving soon in Singapore, another world-class tonearm ...

 


 

Update: Feb 2006

 

The Scheu Tacco tonearm has been installed, and a new milestone in JonL's system evolution has been reached.  The transformation is immediate, with the soundscape significantly expanding in all directions. Along with this came a greater sense of delicacy and airiness, with the sound seemingly suspended on air with clearly defined images, yet definitely gutsy and floorshaking when called for.  Natural decay was likewise rendered well, and improved control of instruments was also apparent.

 

To put the transformation of the system into imagery, the system was like a small firecracker that burst into a big and dazzling array of colors and lights :)  In summary, the Scheu Tacco is a welcome addition to the system, and this combination is truly one of the references for Scheu Analog-based systems in Singapore (and surely beyond). It does makes us miss the Jan Allaerts MC1B cartridge in our own system, though, a bona fide benchmark reference cartridge, full of life and soul.

 

Substituting the Gryphon with Boulder Amplifiers 850 monoblock amplifiers which we supplied was another revelatory experience. The Leben RS28C is indeed a reference tube preamp, without the major ills of tube amplification like bloat or sluggish performance.  The Leben RS28C proved to be an excellent match with the Boulder 850 monoblock amplifiers, with the Leben RS28C's variable output level at No. 4 of 6.  Music through the system is presented in a very natural way, "meaty" with excellent timbre, superb bass quality and heft, and remarkable effortlessness in rendering several layers of sound.

 

We have also supplied JonL with the Hannl Mera record cleaning machine, the first in Singapore to own one (see pics below), and he can now fully enjoy the benefits of super-clean records.  We cleaned an old record previously cleaned with a VPI machine, and the noise has been dramatically reduced, and totally eliminated in another record.

 

The major part of the system evolution has been completed, and we have enjoyed and learned from the ride as well.  JonL can now just sit back, and enjoy the music :)  As a whole, a truly musical system, another yardstick.

 


 

Earlier Notes:

 

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 :)

 

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The System260 views
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A closer view238 views
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Left Speaker214 views
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Right Speaker208 views
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Rack : Left219 views
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Rack : Right230 views
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Scheu Premier MK3 turntable304 views
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Scheu Premier MK3 turntable side311 views
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Scheu Tacco tonearm271 views
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Scheu Tacco tonearm and Schroder Reference tonearm281 views
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Schroder Reference tonearm270 views
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Jan Allaerts MC1B cartridge266 views
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Electrocompaniet CD player251 views
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EAR 324 phono stage322 views
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Power distributor245 views
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Goldmund Telos-200 monoblocks297 views
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Leben RS28C preamp309 views
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The home theater room. Blue-Ray DVDs here are amazingly lifelike with superb color.407 views
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