| Arcam Alpha 7SE pic|
Systemdek II pic
Musical Fidelity X-LPS pic
CR Developments Kalypso pic
Energy C-3 pic
Sonic Link Voices pic
Temporalis pure-silver pic
MIT Terminator 2 pic
Wireworld Solstice pic
Moth Incognito Rega Rewire Kit Interconnect pic
Dynavector DV-10X5 Cartridge pic
Entry level tube system
I started putting together the pieces of this system about 8 years ago (pictures will be up very soon) starting with the source components. Bought the Alpha 7se right here on Audiogon in '99 and am still impressed with its performance.
The turntable was a very rare find and for a good price. Recently upgraded the tonearm to the RB-300. Originally had the Profile II tonearm, common on many of the Systemdeks. Still don't have a dust cover for it so if anyone knows where I can get the original cover, please let me know.
As for the speakers, I recently purchased the Energy C-3's since I've heard nothing but good reviews on them and they boast a very good 90db in-room efficiency. I found it relatively difficult finding efficient enough speakers for under $500 that would work well with a 15W tube amp.
The tube amp, phono stage and Sonic Link interconnects were purchased as a package deal at a local hifi shop. The CR Developments Kalypso shines best with acoustic music. However, it struggles with hard-rock/metal resulting in a slightly muddied sound at its peak, but still maintains a very respectable deep to upper bass.
The Temporalis pure-silver interconnects remain a mystery. A fellow audiophile gave them to me and he claims they were made in Canada (around Calgary). However, check out this review by Anthem: http://www.anthemav.com/OldSitev1/review/pw1.html. This is the only mention I've heard of on these cables. I believe I've even asked the author of this article about these cables some years ago and he claimed they were made in France :P I would desperately like to know where these cables were made (and how much they're worth).