My System

I currently have two audio systems in my house. The reference system is as follows:

You may have noticed that all the wire is from Gotham Audio. It is very, very good, and it is very, very cheap. Cheap as in: You can make a 1m pair of interconnects for about $25. Really.

I did extensive testing of Gotham wire in the summer and fall of 2009 and wrote a lengthy report for them, which you can read here. If you know how to solder, you can easily do this yourself. Even if you do not know how to solder, but have a good knife and a wire stripper, you can make yourself some speaker cable for very little money. The Gotham SPK page describes the process.

The other system is for more relaxed listening.

The following table charts the evolution of the main system. More or less accurately.

Year Pre-amp Phono pre Amplifier Turntable Tonearm Cartridge Digital Speakers
1991 NAD 3225 Adcom GFA-545II B&O RX-2 B&O ?? Technics Garbage B&W Matrix 1 Series 2
1993 NAD 1600 Thorens ??? Premier MMT Sumiko Blue Point Special California Audio Labs DX-1
1994 Classé Thirty Krell KSA-80B
1996 Krell KRC-2 Krell KPE VPI HW-19 Mk III w/ PLC SME IV Thiel CS 1.5s
1997 Pass Labs Aleph 5 VPI HW-19 Mk III w/ SAMA, PLC Benz-Micro Glider Meridian 508.20
1998 Pass Labs Aleph P (non-remote version) Krell KPE with dedicated PS
2000 Pass Labs Aleph Ono VPI HW-19 Mk IV w/ SAMA, SDS
2002 Pass Labs Aleph 2 Monoblocks Thiel CS 1.6s
2005 Graham 2.2 Shelter 501
2006 Pass Labs XOno
2008 Pass Labs Aleph P (remote version)
2009 Logitech Transporter and Pass Labs D1
2010 Pass Labs XP-15 Homemade Turntable
VPI TNT IV platter
Origin Live motor
BC Acoustique ACT A2.5s
2015 Grado Statement Master