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rsyouman's Hovland & Sonus Faber - A Match Made In Heaven System
Last Update: April 08, 2005 at 18:51:07 IP Address:
Amplifier: Hovland Radia Amplifier
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): Hovland HP-200 Preamp & Integrated Phono Amp
Speakers: Sonus Faber Amati Homage Speakers

REL Acoustics Stentor Mark III Subwoofer

CD Player/DAC: Goldmund Mimesis 39DA CD Player
Turntable/Phono Stage: VPI Aries2 Extended TT w/HRX Upgrades

VPI JWM 12.6 Tone Arm

VPI Synchronous Drive System (SDS)

Van den Hul Frog High Output Cartridge

Other Source(s): Marantz 125 Tuner

Magnum Dynalab ST-2 Antenna

Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: TG Audio Lab HSR High Purity ICs, PCs, & Speaker Cable through out system.

Signal Corperation Neutrik Connector and Cable For REL Subwoofer

Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): Rix Rax Hoodoo Audio Rack
Tweaks: Three dedicated circuits to seperate digital, analog and amp power requirements

Cable Risers under Speaker Cables

Vibropods and Granite under Amp and Sub

Brass Cones under all components except TT

Black Diamond Racing Pucks and Platform under TT and Motor

Room Size (LxWxH): 24' x 11' x 8'
Room Comments/Treatments: See System Goals below
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Jazz (especially female vocalists), Classical and 70s/80s Trash Rock
System Goals/Comments: My dedicated listening room is located in a far remote corner of my basement. It is roughly a 11 foot by 24 foot room with an eight foot ceiling. The room is finished and sealed off from the rest of the basement. Three of the walls and the floor have concrete foundations. The remaining wall uses an additional thickness of standard blue board. The room has a drop ceiling with ten inches of insulation above. I can turn the system well up over 100 db without disrupting the rest of the family upstairs. Not much vibrates in this room and I strongly believe that this is a key to it's fantastic sound.

Accoustic wall treatment is used throughout the room as appropriate. After much experimentation, brass cones were used under all components except the VPI turntable. For the VPI assembly, I am using Black Diamond Racing Pucks under all cones and the motor. Cable Risers are used under the TG Audio Speaker Cable. Three dedicated circuits are used for all components with digital and analog seperation as a key objective. These circuits are terminated at the circuit breaker closet only ten feet away. Except for the VPI Synchronous Drive System (SDS) dedicated to the Aries 2, no AC conditioner systems are utilized.

System priorities are the same as they were from the beginning of my infatuation with this crazy hobby. I am a strong believer in proper tone, timbre and wieght - especially in the midrange and midbass. Imaging, speed and detail are important but if you don't get the former qualities correct it never sounds quite right to my ears.

As I stated above in my comments about individual components, the tubed Hovland HP-200 Preamp (with it's integrated solid state Phono Amp) and the solid state Hovland Radia Amp were a perfect match with the Sonus Faber Amatis. The Hovlands provided incredible speed and detail. The Amatis provided the romantic yet correct amount of richness, weight and timbre. The Phono Amp is an absolute killer!!!

It has been a long and frustrating journey but I have now reached a very satisfying and enjoyable stage of listening to music the way I have always imagined. Again, the Hovland and Sonus Faber combination is the key. It's a match made in heaven as far as I am concerned. I welcome any comments or questions.

Please see the following site for pictures and additional comments: http://forum.audiogon.com/cgi-bin/fr.pl?vaslt&1112072157&openmine&zzRsyouman&4&5#Rsyouman

Please click on the individual components to see my additional comments. You can also enlarge the pictures by clicking on the smaller versions and clicking a second time to expand the window to screen size.

System Strengths: Correct Tone, Timbre and Weight (especially mid range)
System Weaknesses: NA
Video/HT System: None
URL Link: http://forum.audiogon.com/cgi-bin/fr.pl?vaslt&1112072157&openmine&zzRsyouman&4&5#Rsyouman
Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: Golf Club Collection - Forged Muscle Back One Iron Blades

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