What Makes your System Special?


Could be anything but interested in what makes it special for you.   Is there something you would want to change?
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@lalitk That setup does look very special!


@akg_ca  I've heard those Harbeths and agree completely.
What makes my current system special for me is that even though I am fully aware that it could be improved in many ways, when I am listening to it, I am always far more aware of the music than I am of the system. 
I attribute that to my current speakers which I have owned for about 13 years. I have had 19 other pairs, far less than some audio guys here, and the only others that were near as satisfying were Spendors that I had for some years.
I do believe that in my experience, speakers are probably the most important ingredient in a satisfying system. They are not the soul of the system, but they have the ability to express or impair the expression of what comes before them.  
Several things make it special.

First off, the fact that my speakers are DIY, based on the (late) great speaker designer, Jeff Bagby’s "Kairos" monitors, sitting on his woofer modules designed for the Kairos. These use the extremely good SB Acoustics, ring radiator tweeters, and 6" Egyptian papyrus mid/woofers.

The fact that I only have about $1600 total invested in them, and my own labor, and they easily sound as good as speakers that would cost about $10,000, with no exaggeration, is also a big plus. Ah, the glories of DIY speakers from great designers.

And from a sound quality standpoint, the design is extremely phase and time accurate, so, they disappear as well as any speaker available. In my room, (depending on the recording) images and soundstage extends well beyond the outer edges of the speakers, and the depth is freakishly good.

Percussionists in the back of an orchestra, for example, vividly sound like they are coming from the kitchen of my next door neighbor’s house, 30 feet behind my speakers.

And detail is top notch, and the midrange is extremely natural.