Vic's audio system:
I use the front end as part of a home theatre set up, but wont go into detail as Iím mainly concerned with the stereo aspect of the system.
I made the hi-fi unit from kitchen worktops and a pair of IKEA units.
Speakers are Kef 107ís updated to Mk2.
Amplifier is from Affordable Valve Company ( http://www.affordablevalvecompany.com ) which uses KT88ís in triode connection and is rated at 20W/channel. This amplifier brought the system to life in terms of sweetness, soundstage, dynamics and bass. The amp is made in China to UK specs.
Turntable is my pride and joy. A heavily tweaked Michell Gyrodec with the Pedersen http://pedersensgyro.hjem.wanadoo.dk/index_english.htm and Orbe mods.
Tonearm is a home made no frills parallel tracking air bearing arm made from carbon fiber and aluminum channeling, powered with an aquarium pump. The design was inspired by Paul Ladergaard (http://www.aiko.com/roscoe/airbearingarm.html). It works fantastically well.
Cartridge is the one and only Music Maker. A moving magnet design with moving coil sound. Brilliantly detailed, open and spacious. Works really well with the Ladergaard arm. (http://www.listen.to/thecartridgeman)
Phono Preamp is the EAR 834P with up-rated valves.
I havenít invested in cabling having yet to be shown an appreciable difference to the cheap cables Iím using at present.
Additional comments about the arm:
Above 4 thumbnails detail the diy TT bracket. Click to see full size image.
Vic's comments on making the turntable bracket:
System Strengths are the open detail, wide soundstage, sweet highs and tight, deep controlled bass.
Weakness' are limited wattsÖ..but I donít listen too loud, and the system is not forgiving of hard, compressed material. I have a few Police and Dire straits albums which are brilliantly recorded.
Am using a Sony DVD/ SACD player, but havenít invested heavily in this preferring the sound of vinyl. Am waiting for AVC to release their valve CD player, which seems full of promise!