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Thread: Nearly there....just added some petite Sonus Fabers..

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    Join Date: Jun 2012

    Location: Hertfordshire, UK

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    I'm Mark.

    Smile Nearly there....just added some petite Sonus Fabers..



    Hello! I hope this photo works okay. Here's my system so far (after 33 years), I think I am nearly there after many years of development. My last investment were the fantastic little Sonus Faber Elipsa Auditor speakers. Very pleased to find a Graaf GM50 valve to replace my Naim/Linn set up. Looking to tweak it with some better cables, the Linn and Naim speaker cables sound rather fat and 'thick' sounding. Sources are the (now rather old) Linn-Ittok-Troika and Naim CDSII.

    Thanks for looking

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    Hi Mark,
    That looks good. Are you able to pull the speakers out a little? I expect they'd enjoy a little elbow room!

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    Hi Mark, lovely system you have there
    more pics of the Graaf please (one of my fave intergrated valve amps)
    those Sonus Fabers look fantastic too

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    Nice looking set up Mark those speakers and stands look very nice

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    Join Date: Feb 2008

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    Wow very nice looking system there Mark - thought I saw a CDS2 there

    Paul.
    Turntable: Rega RP3, Arm: Rega RB303, Cartridge: Audio Technica AT120E, CD: Cambridge Audio CXC, DAC: Beresford Caiman II + Anker Astro Pro 2nd Gen, Pre Amp: Exposure XVII, Power Amp: Exposure XVIII, Loudspeakers: Focal Electra 1028 Be, Rack: Audiophile BASE StarBase, Cables: Beresford, Cable Talk, Exposure, MCRU, Tellurium Q & TCI.

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    Join Date: Sep 2009

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    Excellent.. Very nice setup. Good move ousting the Naim for the Graaf IMO.

    Cables n valves, swap n roll!!! Enjoy!
    Preamplifier: Croft Epoch Elite - Dual external PSU & Upgrades
    Amplifier: Tube Distinctions Copper Amp No. 5 using KT150's
    Digital: Raspberry Pi & ALLO Piano DAC & KALI - IQAudio DAC with SBooster Linear BOBW PSU & Trio DP700 CDP
    Turntable: Thorens TD124 MkII - Schopper refurbished
    Tonearm: SME 3009 S2 None Improved - Audio Origami modified
    Cartridge: Ortofon SPU GT
    Speakers: 15" Tannoy Monitor Golds in Lockwood Majors with Tannoyista Spec 3 crossovers
    Cables/Mains: Mark Grant Black Series mains cables & 6-Way power bar
    Cables/IC's: Mark Grant HDX1 Pure Copper + Custom made Silver/Gold interconnects
    Mains Other: Tube Distinctions/Mark Grant 'The Power Works' Digital noise mains power filter TD2414-MG - Nick Gorham DC Blocker unit constructed by Mark Grant

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    Join Date: Jun 2012

    Location: Hertfordshire, UK

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    I'm Mark.

    Default System so far...

    Thanks Guys.
    In reply to some of the questions - the Sonus Fabers sound quite spacious as they are in an alcove. Bringing them out more seems to make the soundstage vague. Pushing them back gives them way to much bass. (I rejected the larger Cremonas because they put out loads more bass than my small room could handle).
    I'd love to take some nice shots of the outside of the Graaf but the shiney black finish and refective window make it a devil to photograph. I can post some nice shots of its interior!
    The stands are Custom Design RS303 which I had modified to get the eliptical toplate to match the speaker. Its a shame SF don't make a custom stand. Yes the CD player is the CDS2, not sure its the last word against newer competitors but it sounds okay.
    Cheers
    Mark

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    Join Date: Jun 2012

    Location: Hertfordshire, UK

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    I'm Mark.

    Default Graaf interiors....







    A self indulgent one to finish

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    Join Date: Nov 2012

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    Wow you beat me to it was just gonna ask for some internal pics of Mr Mariani's wonderful QC.
    I am totally biased but I love Graaf amps , I don't know anything about your CD player but if it does not have balanced outputs ditch it for one that does same with your phonostage to really get the best from your GM50 balanced operation is the way to go
    Enjoy your system its Lovely
    Paul

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    Join Date: Nov 2012

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    Hi , just read my previous post and it reads like I am crapping your CD player, sorry as that was not my intension I was just getting over excited by your amp
    Paul

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