Avantgarde Duo's, Conrad Johnson, Zesto, AudioPax all tube system, very musical, can rock the house if I want. Recently upgraded both analogue and digital front ends. Mostly done for now.

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    • esoteric K-01
    Esoteric's top of line single box player
    • Clearaudio Innovation Wood
    Dual plinth design with servo controlled speed control, statement clamp and outer limit ring
    • Minus -k 100
    Turntable isolation platform. Designed for electron microscope isolation base.
    • Clearaudio Universal 9
    Very easy to set up arm with VTA adjustability.
    • Benz Micro LP-S mr
    Ebony body, micro ridge stylus, purchased 2013
    • Ortofon MC-Anna
    Ortofon's newest top of line MC cartridge - on my Graham Phantom Supreme arm
    • Conrad Johnson GAT
    CJ's newest top of line PreAmp that replaced the ART. Upgraded from my 16LS 2 during a period of too much $ burning hole in my pocket.
    • Oppo BD-95
    Use this to play blue ray audio, which my esoteric does not play
    • Zesto Andros
    A really high value phono stage - trashes the Tom Evans Groove I replaced. Very quiet, dynamic, run the Ortofon Anna thru SUT into the MM section and the Benz LPS thru the MC section.
    • AudioPax 88s
    30 w mono block using KT88s. Very high bandwidth, very significant improvement in frequency extension and detail moving from a Cary Audio v12
    • AvantGarde Duo 2.2
    Bought Kevin Deal's demo speakers after hearing them one time and sold my high power solid state amps and Wilson Watt/Puppies. Been enjoying them for 10 years and only thing I have not upgraded since then
    • Synergistic Research CTS Silver ICs,Designer Ref Speaker
    Mix of cables acquired over the years.
    • Definitive Technology reference
    14" 1800 w, use two, very sparingly for extra octave of bass to the AV Duo's . Generally turn off for all music except pop and electronica as the AV subs integrate better.
    • ASC tube trap
    4 16 x 48 in each room corner. Wife was not pleased when these came home, but sound improvement was noticeable.
    • Zoethecus 4 and 5 shelf
    2 matching cherry wood 4 and 5 shelf stands. Excellent isolation properties and bargain if you find one used,

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I'm planning on getting a CJ GAT to go with my K01 as well.

The GAT will be putting it's magic into a pair of Threshold SA/1 monos driving a pair of Gallo 5ls

Am not in a position to audition and would greatly appreciate if you could write a few words about the K01/GAT synergy.


Just upgraded the Duo's to Omega drivers and CPC crossover.
Well worth it.

Stay tuned for more on Avantgarde Speakers I am helping a new SoCal dealer bring them to the west coast.


Sorry all, been a while since I was on this thread, and for some reason, have not seen the notifications of others posting.
"Outstanding just love your choices. Could you please let us know what differences you hear between the LPS and the Mc Anna? "

LPS is a very refined well balanced cartridge with good extension in highs and lows. Anna is more dynamic and more extended with a lot of wow factor, but still very good midrange. I was hoping to use the lps for most of my listening since it is much less expensive than the Anna, but I find the Anna too good to go back to the LPS. It's definitely law of diminishing returns, but it's the extra 10% of the Anna that can make a listening session special.


Very nice system !!!! The traps were the one thing my wife objected to also, had a good laugh when I read your comment about them !


I'd love for you to come for a visit. I'm in Long Beach, where are you?


Outstanding just love your choices. Could you please let us know what differences you hear between the LPS and the Mc Anna? Best of Luck



Nice dynamic system you have going there. I used to own the Duo 3.2 several years ago and know the Audiopax amp. is one of the best matches for coherence with them assuming the gain with the preamp. is OK. Best of luck and nice going making it all work.

Enjoy your fine system.



thanks Jeff

I've followed some of your threads on AV. Are yours the G2 version Nanos?

Would love to hear them some day if your open to visitors.

No west coast dealers left, so hard to get an idea of the new models sound.



I heard those speakers at Kevin's too....awesome.


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