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Thanks @syntax for sharing your impressions and those great photos. Thanks to Audiogon I learnt of Acoustical Systems and am the proud owner of their SMARTactor alignment tools. I also have their Axiom tonearm and Paladian cartridge, and thanks to a member of Audiogon one of their limited edition Omnigon phono preamps. I think their gear is first class. All I now need is one of those APOLYT turnatables and a bigger apartment to accommodate it!
I do hope that just like with the Axiom where a cheaper little brother Aquilar was later produced, that one day a little brother of the APOLYT will arrive. That I would really love to hear. The APOLYT is a statement product to showcase and formulate what the designer can do, cost no object. Bring on Baby APOLYT!
I am not up to date with the Phonostage, it has tubes inside but I do not know much details. I guess it is a combination with transistor and tubes. Very quiet definitely (dead silent) and is able to reproduce all sonic nuances without sounding dead and boring.
But, when I am honest, something different really fascinated me, his endeavor to offer something serious for a good price to the discriminated audiophile with limited budget.
There is a MM Cartridge for MSRP 1000 Euros which became one of his bestsellers without any advertisement for it.
And a real killer Turntable below 10k. He found it is Asia, imports it and offers it now with a few serious mods.
- it is a copy from Micro Seiki 5000 in aluminum
with excellent bearing, platter isolation (no ringing or similar), worldwide Power Suppy, active speed regulation (33.333 / 45.000) and read my lips:
This unit passes the test with the Sutherline Timeline (99% fail this test, other units show some digits in their display but in real life they are still running wrong). While playing of course (needle in the groove). The speed is spot on!
I was so fascinated from this "done right unit" that I bought one. Mainly because I was so floored from the fact, that it is possible to do something really serious for small money when someone knows what is responsible for what...Runs now with Axiom Arm (and FR-64s, FR-66s) + Lyra Olympos SL...Pics from it are now in my Audiogon System. That good it is.
Some time ago I wrote some experiences with those overrated Turntables "beyond Ultimate" and called it "The kiss of Death".
This unit let each one bite the dust with demanding records. And some more of course.
now it is possible to get something serious for the discriminated audiophile without the usual spending an Arm and a Leg.
- Smartractor for Adjustment
- new developed 1K MM-Cartridge for a wide range of Phonostages
and this Turntable.
This is the real sensation for me right now.
the test with the Sutherline Timelinesorry
Correct is: Sutherland Timeline
One of the very best Sound at Show with digital Playback was
from a Vitus Audio combination driving small (more or less, but room & WAF friendly) Marten Speakers (from Sweden I think).
A top match, even for longer listening sessions :-)
As painful as usual
nice female voice with Engstrom electronics, never heard a demo with more than one singer and a guitar or piano. One million bucks don’t need more
Dear Syntax, you should know that I don't need introduction to
Mr. Brakemeier. But, if I understand your contribution well,
the MM and TT in question are imported in Germany while our
friend Daniel lives in Bavaria. So those are not produced by
our friend. As far as I know he produced 4 MC carts but not
any MM cart.
Dear Lew, I certainly understand your interest in speakers.
To understand this amazement about Ribbon speakers in
combination with ''ordinary'' kind one need to investigate
the work of Prof. Jurgen Scheuring designer of Ascendo
series of speakers with his Ascendo M-S as the top of
this series. There was a review in Absolut sound but I can't
remember when. Anyway it was an ravishing review. As far as
I remember the ''unusual'' construction consisted of ''band pass''
woofer ( Eton 11'' driver) 8'' Danish mid-driver and long ribbon.
The ribbon was time-aligned with an metal construction allowing
fort and back movement of the ribbon. One was assumed to
measure the distance to the sit position and adjust the ribbon
accordingly. Alas the price was such that I could not afford it.
The obvious difference with Syntax sample is that the later
ribbon can't be moved fort and back. I am sure you will be
very interested in Prof. Scheuring arguments and cross-over.
Note the rear panel has a power, XLR and volume control for a rear tweeter. So these are at least partially powered speakers. I must say, I like the idea of a powered subwoofer, especially if it contains digital EQ, as well as a rear tweeter with variable output.
In addition there are two speaker connections. My guess is that the woofer and rear tweeter are powered, while the mid-woofer and front tweeter are not.
Using a band-pass for a mid-woofer is certainly unusual, but adjusting the tweeter depth seems hokey, as the bandpass is probably going to introduce significant lag. To my careless eyes, this is a speaker design screaming to be 100% self-powered.
I also like ribbons, but you won't convince me they are the one superior tweeter technology either. There are a number of superlative don's and AMT's as well as awful versions of all of them too.
Dear syntax, thanks for sharing.
I totally agree with the Marten Design + Vitus room as being one of the best sounding overall. I could easily live with that system...
Unfortunately, I had not enough time to visit the Acoustical Systems room to hear that unbelievable analogical combo but even though I am very interested in the TT in the minus 10k range you mentioned. In case you could share further info it would be highly appreciated.
Syn: I think you have long been an advocate for a top table and arm obviating the need for the most expensive cartridges; that this enables the use of a lesser priced cartridge without a loss in performance. So, is this cartridge made by Acoustical Systems or is he simply distributing it? And is it available in the U.S.?
Hi Gallus and Bill,
I do not know so much details, the fideles cartridge is based on his own idea and out for a while to his dealers. All I know, their customers like it and the orders for it are growing.
With the table..I guess, here you have to ask one of his dealers. Told me, he has a few in stock but have no idea when he ships them (or to whom).