Excellent question, I've wondered that myself? I think many times we would be surprised to see some of them use avarage equipment as opposed to exotic equipment.
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The following is hearsay from manufacturers or their pals...
Y B Andre PURPORTEDLY uses a 1-six pre (with premium parts) & passion monos --- just to make sure matching b/ween the two lines is good enough. Supposedly he has used S-Faber, ribbon (which?), A-Physic & JM lab speakers... Cdp is his own big model.
R Gemein (Symphonic-Line) supposedly uses his own TT/ S-Line spec V. den Hull cartridge, his own ref cdp, Kraft 250A mono, on his own next to top of range speakers.
Ioacheim (sp?) of A-Physics once used (again, supposedly) Medea speakers with S-Line Kraft 400, modified S-Line pre/CAT pre, don't remember sources mentioned (if they were!)
CAT uses his own amplification (of course) and supposedly S.Yorke Zarathustra/VPI TTs, and Kraft 250A amps for ss. Speakers not mentioned.
For what rumour & gossip is worth... Cheers!
Ok, this comes from David Wilson at a dealer party in Dallas a few months ago. In one room he was using Audio Research Ref pre and amps. Another room Mcintosh. Another room Nagra pre and amp. He has 8 rooms in his house with systems. He was also very high on Transparent Cables.
David also mentioned that his nat'l sales mgr is using VTL for very good sound...
I have heard Steve McCormack is using Acoustic Zen cables. Word is that a number of fellows at Audio Research, Art Audio, and Soliloquy are using Acoustic Zen as well.
Pat McGinty of Meadowlark uses DH Labs cables at home and at trade shows, plus internally on many of their speakers; as does Tyler Lashbrook of Tyler Acoustics & Mike Dzurko of Audio Concepts (all speaker manufacturers). Other users of DH Labs include Mike Sander at Quicksilver Audio (Tube amps/preamps, Naum Dorkhman at Audes, Allan Chang at Golden Sound (DH Comes), Wilson Shen at Clayton Audio (amps).
Studio engineers often don't have much of a home system--after listening critically all day long, they are usually a bit burned-out on listening when they get home. Their studio systems are their main listening systems. Some top name studios you will likely find did work on many of your recordings include The Hip Factory in NY, 3D Audio in Nashville, Definative Recordings in Detroit, Sterling Sound in NY, Chicago Audio Works, Arf Digital Mastering. All of these are using DH Labs interconnect and digital cables, particularly in mastering.
When I met Richard Vandersteen a few months back, he indicated that he used his own speakers(whatever he had on hand---spares) and Quick Silver tube amps. He had no comment after that! He certainly wouldn't comment on speaker wire or interconnects. I actually think he comes from the zip cord generation and they are not that critical.
I can't believe McCormack doesn't use Van De Hul wire. He use to put that(short pieces) in his DNA Deluxe amps.