Jonathan (the one holding the record for most frequent pow wows
on the forum) and I were invited by DukeChew (tELL forumer, but
his messages are rather occasional) to his house to listen to
his setup, as we all lived rather closely to one another. Due
to both their busy schedules, we finally had a date when both
of their free time coincided. We arrived at his house at 2200hrs
as that was the earliest time that Jonathan could make it... not
exactly the best time to start a pow wow *grinz*.
a Corner Tune you see there, but those 3 discs are not from Golden
Sound (company that makes DH Cones), they are simply.... *drum
roll* 1-cent coins! What DukeChew said was that he prefers to use
3 1-cent coins stuck together with blu-tac rather than singular
Some funny diffusor board stuck onto his door. The blue fabric on his door is special acoustic fabric, same type that Golden Village uses to treat their cinemas (HT buffs, now you know!).
Some tweaks on top of his Thiel CS 2.3... A small crystal ball on a ring and a mysterious black disc.
Ikea chopping board and some damping material (VPI brick?) on the UNUSED shelf of his rack, he really takes care of minor details... : ) Strange tweaking blocks on his cable black boxes.
The Wadia 830 (24/96) coupled to a Symposium Ultra Platform on Symposium Rollerblocks.
Foam placed at an angle in both front corners of the listening room.
IBass trap made from a roll of auditorium treatment material in both rear corners.
Thiel CS 2.3. It maintained its tonal balance even at the low volumes that we were listening.
black box. Notice his cables all have crocodiles clips attached to
them. That is because he shielded all his cables in aluminium foil
and then grounded the foil with wires.
3 1-cent coins stuck together with blu-tac resting on each of his power cords.
Teflon rollers used as a platorm to raise his cables off the carpet.
Crystal placement on his Krell KSA-300S's heatsinks. A big metal disc sits in the middle.
This is the best picture I managed to take of his Mana Acoustics platform underneath his Krell power amp.
Unicones not used for equipment support any more, now used as a tuning / tweaking device.
how did his setup sound? Tonality was pleasant and "accurate".
Bass control was very tight and music was very rhythmic (He says
the Symposium platforms helped quite a bit in bass control). Soundstage
was well resolved, though the small room size prevented better placement
of the speakers, and thus the soundstage was rather small though
it was rather pin-point. Ok, that's all I'm going to say... the
intention wasn't to write a review! It was to share his tweaks and
give others some inspirations... HAVE FUN!