This is an easy one for me, being somewhat of an Anglophile. London Reference pickup, Helius Omega Silver Ruby arm, Townshend Audio Rock turntable, Ear-Yoshino Acute 4/Dac 4 CD/SACD player, EAR-Yoshino 912 pre-amp and 534 power amp, QUAD ESL loudspeakers.
My initial thinking would start with this : Nottingham Anna Log turntable/tonearm, Naim or Chord electronics and Harbeth 40.2 speakers. Not sure about British cartridge - Best Goldring or Roxan or Audio Note perhaps. I am not sure EAR would be a good choice to drive Harbeth but I may be wrong.
Custom built Tannoy HPD 315 loudspeakers, Tannoy 15i passive subwoofer, Garrard 401 DIY restored turntable, ESSCO modified Zu Denon 103R cartridge, oh and KEF Q-100 center channel and Q 15.2 surround speakers, and lastly, an Arcam FMJ DV 139 universal player.
Darn it, pushed the wrong key! Meant to say this equipment is not bright, or harsh in any way. Most people criticize Brit-gear of being a bit too laid back, if anything. Not my system, however, it's just right for my liking. Regards, Dan
Bass for the Quads I left out because that HAS to be American---the GR Research/Rythmik Direct Servo-Feedback OB/Dipole Sub is the only way to go! If it has to be British, the Gradient dipole sub will do.
inna, the GR Research/Rythmik OB/Dipole Sub is a completely different animal than are sealed and ported subs, even really good ones like REL’s. It works well with all loudspeakers, but especially dipoles. A dipole sub with a dipole speaker, see? Siegfried Linkwitz designed his dipole speakers with an integral dipole sub similar to the GR Research/Rythmik, but without the benefit of the latters servo-feedback system.
Mental, the years I was between the two sets of Tannoys I've owned were spent with B&W DM 620's (I think that was the model) and enjoyed them greatly, though there were Dynaudio Contour 5.4's in there too).
That was just before my final assault on my retirement system, which I've been enjoying for some ten years noow