In my experience, the most important thing is the best marriage between room and speaker. Someone laughed at us by ear, I followed the rules of Jimmi Smitth and Acustica Applicata, also using the specific software.
Soon I will also add the graphs to explain everything.

Room Details

Dimensions: 22’ × 17’  Large
Ceiling: 8’

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    • Room 22x17x8
    In my experience, the most important thing is the best marriage between room and speaker. Someone laughed at us by ear, I followed the rules of Jimmi Smitth and Acustica Applicata, also using the specific software.
    Soon I will also add the graphs to explain everything.
    • Acustica Applicata AudioQualityTest
    Acustica Applicata AUDIO QUALITY TEST, software for room analysis.
    I start by dividing the walls into 3, 5 and 7; I tested the acoustic response with the listening point in the vertex of the isosceles triangle; on the initial indications I made other tests by moving the speakers by 10cm, and then restoring more and more (5 and 2.5 cm).
    step 1: acoustic response of the room in the chosen point where to position the speaker.
    step 2: polyurethane treatment of the rear corners and bookcase in the center of the rear wall.
    step 3: treatment with DAAD in points C and F, Halifax in D.

    • AiFai Mains Filter model TWO
    Mains filter on dedicated line directly from the electric meter.
    • No Brand Personal Computer
    Dedicated PC with Audiophile Optimizer
    • Teorema Acustico by G. Trifirò (Messina, Italy) DAC
    Digital to analog converter with valve current voltage converter stage with class A polarization. System fully managed by remote control, motorized volume control only on RCA outputs, while the XLR output made with transformers (constant voltage type); four selectable digital inputs SPDIF coax, OPT, AES / BUS, USB high resolution. D / A Converter: Texas Instruments PCM1704K; The USB signal acquisition card is made by Amanero. Play files in native format DSD 64/128, with Windows also DSD 256/512. Sampling frequencies Spdif: 44.1Khz 48Khz 88.2Khz 96Khz 176.4Khz 192Khz. USB sampling rates: 44.1Khz 48Khz 88.2Khz 96Khz 176.4Khz 192Khz 352.8Khz 384Khz. Harmonic distortion at max power: THD 0.01% -3db. Signal to noise ratio: S / N 119 db.
    • Micro Seiki MB-12st
    Micro Seiki MB12ST turntable (1981) overhauled and customized (internal soundproofing and new feet). Drive system: belt drive with 4-pole synchronous motor, Speeds: 33 and 45rpm.
    Platter: 300mm die-cast aluminum, Wow and flutter: less than 0.055%, Signal to noise ratio: more than 63dB.
    Tonearm: low static mass straight type with carbon fiber headshell, effective length: 214mm, Overhang: 15mm.
    Cartridge: Shure V15 III
    • Transrotor Leonardo 40-60
    With SME IV (fluid damper - precision VTA); cartridge BenzMicro Ruby Z
    • Goldenote Bellavista Maggiore
    12 inch tonearm turntable (SME 3012 MkII with BenzMicro Glider SM), connected on the pre-prone section of the SA5000
    • T-Audio (G. Trifirò, Messina, Italy) PrePhono Reference
    The tubes used in this project are a pair of 12AX7 or ECC83 NOS, as the first gain stage in MC, the second stage is made with the help of a pair of 6922 or ECC88 always NOS with the attached passive RIAA network connected at the pre-final stage of 12AT7 or ECC801S.
    Last stage in current but with hybrid technology operating in pure Class A is made with an excellent Triode of the Siemens CCA series, half per channel that drives a pure class A polarized stage of high current Mosfet, ensuring an output level sufficient to drive any preamp stage with an impedance value of approximately 10 Ohms per channel.
    All power supply stages with a solid-state electronic stabilization system differentiated for each single section and gain stage with an attached inductive capacitive load (in order to improve the signal-to-noise ratio and consequently the resolution in terms of timbre and dynamics).
    Separate power section.
    • Counterpoint SA-5000
    Upgraded by M. Elliot and resurrected by G. Trifirò!
    • Accuphase A-50v
    • ProAc k6

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I must say that the results in my room for the lower bass zone are not frequent to find and I cannot tell you what they depend on (room size? Partial wood cladding of the walls? Suspended ceiling?).


Hi Nolojunko - The AA software, for me, is the thing that has done the most and costs less, it just takes time and patience.
I have included graphs as a comment and tried to briefly explain the process.
The score shown in the graphs should not be considered an absolute value because the temperature and humidity conditions of the air influence the result.


You have put together a very nice system.  I like your approach.  Here in the U.S. where I live, Pass Labs is close to where I live, so I use their amp and preamp. But after several phono amps, I finally bought a tube phono, the Herron Audio.  It is great, and it can be configured a hundred different ways.  

I see you have done some room treatment.  Great that you are doing that.  I'm not familiar at all with the tools you used.  Are you satisfied?  Are you finished with treatment yet?   I am in the middle of treating my room 22' x 12' x 9'  So far, I've done extensive corner treatments, plus a combination of quadratic diffusion and absorption on the entire rear wall.  No side wall or front wall yet, and no ceiling treatment yet.  I haven't figured out exactly how I should treat those surfaces, so I'm waiting.


Hi Jo, I'm from Naples and I live near Turin!
After buying the Sa5000 in the USA (updated by M. Elliott) I had several problems with the power supply. While browsing the net I heard about Mr. Trifiro as a person who knew counterpoint products well and was in charge of some niche HIFi products. Contacted him, he maked right again the Sa5000 which is improved, losing only a little boost in the phono section (for this reason the MC is a medium output on the GN bellavista maggiore). The pre-phono, originally "AiFai" brand, has been improved compared to the original project. The DAC is his personal design and production, adapted to my aesthetic request.


That's quite an interesting looking system love all your tables. Never heard of T-Audio before you are obviously a fan are you based in Messina yourself? And Love the A-50v/Proac K6 combo it must sound phenomenal.


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