I'm trying to figure out how to summarize this stuff.
My system changes a lot because I'm ever distracted by shiny pennies, but some underlying themes exist:
- I like to DIY
- I like old, heavy turntables
- I like passive preamplifiers
- I like single-ended tubes (or valves)
- I like efficient speakers
- I like the whole KISS concept
My system's just a little bit off the beaten path. Flea-powered tube amplifiers producing just a few good watts, esoteric DIY stuff, idler turntables, giant horns. I listen at low volume, prefer jazz at this point.
The stuff (click through for threads with more pictures and information):
is a Herron VTPH-1MC or a Bottlehead Seduction with step up transformers.
is a passive job, built around S&B TX-102 transformers:
are single ended EL84 monoblocks
that I built.
are based on Edgarhorns
Here are the best pictures of how it currently all comes together. When I brought the speakers in, I had to rearrange the room kind of radically and everything got stacked on whatever was convenient. I still haven't found a good solution for the stack - I'm still looking for a good "stand" or rack for it all. Oh, and the giant rack thingy that you see on the right side of the second picture is no longer there.