The most musical sound in my 40 year's Audio history.


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 It is the sound from my current system based upon Lansche 4.1 speakers.

I bought my first serious audio system consisting of Garrard Turntable, Fisher Receiver(SS), ADS bookself speaker on 1978.


Since then I had gone through Altech Lansing, Thiel, Canton, Apogee Duetta Signature, Avalon Ascent II, Wilson Watt Puppy 6, B&W 801, Full range speaker using Lowther PM 65.
I had Apogee Duetta Signature mated with Krell KSA 150 from 1989 to 1999.
That was the second most musical system that I had ever had.
In retrospect, I shall have kept Apogee for my life.


I had used Nad, Perreaux, Krell, Jeff Rowland SS amplifiers until 1999.
Since then I had been using only Tube amplifier, Jadis 500, Silbatone 300B SET, Rogue Cronus Magnum II.
I had given up vinyl when I moved from Berkeley to Chicago on 1988 since I had no room for vinyls in my small car.


I had used NAD, California Audio System, DCS Elgar,CEC TL0x, Accoustic Arts, EMMLab Dac2 as digital source.



I had been using Lansche 4.1 Speaker since 2007.
http://stereotimes.com/speak112410.shtml

It has pristine treble out of plasma tweeter, dynamic sound out of active two 10 inch woofers and high efficiency (99db/w spec).



For the first 4 years I mated Lansche with Silbatone 300B SET 8watt amplifer (Western Electric original 300B tube made in 1903's).
But after moving to larger house, 8 watts was not enough to drive Lansche to full orchestra.


Thus I got Rogue Cronus Magnum II temporary base.
But after tube rolling, I had liked Rogue enough to keep it for 6 years.
I had installed Telefuken 12AX7 and Amperex 12Au7 to Rogue.



This year I got Line Magnetic 508 SET tube amplifier.
It has output of 48 watts out of 805 tubes and use 300B as driver.
I also had got Jay's CDT2 Mk2 transport to mate with EMMLab Dac2.


I also got used Lyngdorf 2170 two weeks ago for test.
Lyngdorf did not mate well with Lansche 4.1 speaker as amplifier.
But it turned out the Lyngdorf do wonder as Dac and room correction mated with Jay's transport.



I had done lot of tube rolling with Line Magnetic SET amplifier.
Mullard ECC35
https://www.ebay.com/itm/ULTRA-RARE-MULLARD-ECC35-CV569-AUDIO-REFERENCE/163278454998?ssPageName=STRK...

1944 Sylvania 6sn7GThttps://www.ebay.com/itm/NOS-Pair-2-Sylvania-VT-231-6sn7GT/202437672052?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AI...

Sophia Electric 300B
and
Cossor Tube 805Bhttps://www.hifi-amplifiers.com/en/cossor-valve-805-made-by-psvane-hiend-vacuum-tubes-best-matched-p...

I also use Spiritual Audio Vx9 power conditioner, Synergistic System Blue Power cables, Audio Note speaker Cable and Silnote digital cable.


Line Magnetic 508 (after Nos tube rolling) mated with Lansche 4.1 give most musical sound in my 40 years' Audio history.
I had been to many Audio Shows and Dealer Showrooms.
Some system play more dynamic sound but never musical as mine.
My system provide sweet treble, nuanced details, wide and deep soundstage and pretty explosive dynamics reaching 20hz rumble.



I am listening to "Autumn Leaves" sung by Eva Cassidy now.
Her voices is detailed and nuanced with mesmerizing appeal.
I had been never happy as now in my life.
7aeeb429 76a8 4040 a90e 93802cf27573shkong78
Thanks kelly77 for your kind word.

Line Magnetic amps are built like tank and sound marvelous at decent price.

It is good for consumer to have more choices in tube amplifier
So good to hear of your audio journey.
You’ve truly had a very nice assortment of equipment over the years. Over the years, I’ve had and seriously auditioned many fine speakers and have to agree - the Apogee Duetta Sigs. would have to be near the top of the list when it comes to making real music. I have never heard the Lansche speakers but is impressive that they can make such wonderful, large and detailed music on such a modest amount of tube power.
Congrats on finding just the right combination of everything to make some very fine music. Sometimes it’s nice when we can forget the chase for a while, stop the analyzing and just set back and enjoy the performance.
Happy listening.........Jim
@jhills

Thanks a lot for your kind word.

I would have kept Apogee Duetta Signature if I had enough room in my listening room.

The advantage of Lanshe 4.1 speaker is high efficiency to be driven by modest power tube amplifier.

For the last 20 years, I had been using only tube power amplifier.

With tube rolling, I can refresh the sound.
@shkong78

Do to the downsize in living space, I conceded to the idea that I'd have to trade down my Quad, ESL 63s and abandon my plans for the Apogees. After trying several of the small speakers in the lines of Focal, B&W, Monitor Audio and others, I decided on a set of little Gershmans Chameleons. I found them to be a very open, detailed and musical and quite suited to fill a small space. I thoroughly did enjoy them for nearly 10 years.
Now back into a larger home, I've opted to try the Magnapan 1.7s. Augmented on the bottom end with a ADS sub and powered with a Rogue Cronus Mag II, it sounds pretty darn nice. Have considered moving up to a refurbished set of Duetta Sigs or the larger Maggie 3.7i, but, either way, I would need more power, so I think I'll just enjoy the music and be happy with what I have for the time being.......Jim 
@jhills



I understand that planar speakers need a lot of space.

Currently I have a big listening space with high vault.

I consider getting Vintage Western Electric system if I can afford or even replica.

https://www.line-magnetic.eu/images/line-magnetic/visuels/LM-1440x720-LM3.jpg

Thomas