they look beautifull, but ... I am familiar with them
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I've heard the Calypso in a background system a few times. Just with an adcom tuner and some older speakers of unknown origin. Sounded good - nice warm sound with good transparency. Can't say I heard them in a 'critical listening' environment. They're quite a nice package for the price.
One of my friends who is a major tube guru was working on one when I came to see him. He commented that they were very well made.
Thank-you John, little-by-little I will gain information on what "the real listeners", being yourself and other audiophiles have to say about them. Now, did you happen to glance at the rear panel of the unit? Detachable or captive power cord, did you notice if it has remote control?, anything you can vaguely recall is always helpful, Audiojudge
I own the CR Developments Woodham 300 Classic Tube Preamp. It is a very nicely constructed piece and was described as "Product of the Year" in 1999 by a number of Japanese magazines, not too shabby considering the competition included all other domestic and import gear for that year.
I have used quite a number of preamps in my system and this is by far the best so far, it's pushing a pair of Marantz Model 9's if that's an indication. Very quiet for a Tube pre; fast and extremely dynamic. CR Developments appear to market quite a range of Tube equipment, I don't think you'd be disappointed if you stocked them.
I have no affiliation with the company, just a very satisfied owner!
I currently use CR's 2-box Kastor pre-amp and CD player. I have owned the class A Romulus, Woodhams KT88 and may spring for the Artemis soon. I am quite a CR fan! They are hand built, generally reliable, have low noise and sound dynamic, fast and musical. I am told by the designer that many of their tube products are based on pro/studio designs but customised for domestic use.
However, the CD player has quirky controls and is fussy with certain discs. Also their products are not tropicalised. In my experience, they do not seem to fare too well in hot and humid climates. I have seen my Romulus OPT burn up and some caps/resistors in the Kastor overheat. I have also been warned that the Artemis runs very hot and should not be left on indefinitely.