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  1. #1
    Join Date: Oct 2017

    Location: Plovdiv, Bulgaria

    Posts: 16
    I'm Nikola.

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    Hi all,

    I have been following AoS for quite some time, one of the few places with civilized,smart and generous people. It is great to have so many music lovers share their experience.

    My system just morphed into a Naim Uniti Nova feeding a pair of Suesskind Audio Porgress speakers. I still have quite a few amps, preamps and DACs but since my daughter is 3years old I needed a turnkey solution for the whole family

    The Suesskind progress is the star of the show - I am still addicted to speaker building and I have built speakers in almost any configuration but this is a speaker that put an end to the search - 3D, natural tone, transparent as possible, so good looking that my wife said that I should have bought them 10 years ago

    I love Pink Floyd, Fritz Reiner, Erik Trufaz, Air, Metallica, Radiohead and Future sound of London, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan(and brothers ) but I am sure there is so much more to be heard, I am happy I have a system that allows us all to listen to almost anything.

    Nikola

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    Join Date: Nov 2008

    Location: Belfast/Northern Ireland/UK

    Posts: 17,391
    I'm Neil.

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    Welcome to AoS
    Regards Neil

    System 1 (Living Room) : Vinyl: AMG Giro Turntable, AMG 9W2 Tonearm, AMG Reference Armcable, Air Tight PC3 MC Cartridge PhonoStage: Passlabs Xono Digital: Esoteric P5 SACD Transport and Esoteric P 5 DAC, Sony HAP Z1es Digital File Player + Audioquest Jitter Bug, Computer Audio: Veracity Audio Mystra DAC + HP laptop + iFi Audio i Power, Wireworld Starlight USB + Audioquest Jitter Bug Tuner:Revox B760 + Magnum Dynalab Signal Sleuth FM Amplifier Cassette Tape: Nakamichi CR5e Integrated Amplifier: Balanced Audio Technology VK300se Speakers: Anthony Gallo Reference 3.1 Audio Cabling: Signal - Atlas Mavros, Audience AU24 Speaker - Atlas Mavros. Mains Cabling: Audience AU24, Analysis Plus, TCI. Mains Distribution: Mark Grant Distribution Blocks, Mark Grant DC Blocker Equipment Tables: Target Audio B series + Track Audio Isolation Spikes Isolation/ Platforms: Bright Star Audio Isonodes, BASE 01, SSC Platforms.

    System 2 (Music Room) : Vinyl: Turntable 1 Loricraft Garrard 401 Turntable + SME 5 Tonearm, Graham IC70 Tonearm Cable + VDH MC10 cartridge Turntable 2 Modified Technics 1200 turntable + Triplannar 7 Tonearm + VDH Frog Gold Cartridge + Paul Hynes SR7 PSU Turntable 3 SME Model 20 Turntable + Graham Phantom Tonearm + Graham IC70 Tonearm Cable, Ortofon MC5200 Cartridge PhonoStage: Balanced Audio Technology VK10se Digital: Moon Andromeda CD Player, Toshiba 9500 DVD Audio Player Computer Audio: AMR DP777 DAC + Dell Laptop + iFi Audio i Power + JKenny JKSPIDIF + Wireworld Starlight USB Tuners: Kenwood 8300 Tuner, Revox B760 Tuner, Leak Troughline Tuner + EAR Stereo Decoder ReelToReel Tape: Revox B77 mk 2, Revox A77 mk3, Sony TC-377 Cassette Tape: Nakamichi DR10 Headphone: Audio Valve RKV2 OTL Valve Headphone Amp, Headphones Grado GS 1000, Sennheiser 560 Ovation2, Sennheiser 410SL Pre-Amplifier: Balanced Audio Technology VK52se Power-Amplifier: Music Reference RM200 mk1 Speakers: Anthony Gallo Reference 3.5 Audio Cabling: Signal - Audience AU24, Kimber KCAG, Audio Note ANVs, Barry Hunt Cables Speaker - XLO Type 6. Mains Cabling: Audience AU24, TCI. Mains Distribution: Mark Grant and Russ Andrews Equipment Tables: Clear Light Audio Aspekt Tacks Isolation/Platform: SSC, Bright Star Audio Isonodes, Naim Frame Record Cleaner: Hanns Audio

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    Join Date: Jan 2009

    Location: Essex

    Posts: 18,502
    I'm openingabottleofwine.

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    Welcome to AoS Nikola,

    Wonderful to hear of your find of speakers that combine domestic harmony with excellent sound quality. If possible some photographs would be welcome, as they are a brand not known to us.

    Congratulations too on having a broad range of tastes in music - just what we like to see.

    Enjoy the Forum

    Barry
    Have you listened to this month's choice in the Album Club?

    Barry

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    Join Date: Apr 2012

    Location: Southall, West London

    Posts: 36,895
    I'm Geoff.

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    Hello Nikola. Welcome to AOS.

    I must admit, I've not heard of Susskind Audio. I'll have to research them.

    You'll find there plenty going on here, so feel free to get involved and chat with everybody.


    Enjoy the forum,
    Geoff.

  5. #5
    Join Date: Oct 2017

    Location: Plovdiv, Bulgaria

    Posts: 16
    I'm Nikola.

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    Thanks for the warm welcome!

    Indeed Suesskind audio is not a household name but the mind behind it sure is, this is the new company of Joachim Gerhard, the guy who started Audio Physic and later Sonics by Joachim Gerhard. The SuesskindAudio site is awful and I have told him a million times he needs to do something about it, the Progress was just given a wonderful review in the Image HIFI magazine which is one of the top publications in Germany yet the Progress does not even have specs on the site... Joachim is an artist, he doesn't focus on details If you look at his site he has several very unusual speakers and some 3 ways as well. He has access to resources that very few people have and is extremely talented.

    The Progress for me was a very pleasant surprise as I prefer open baffle(I always hear the box and I hate it), fullrange driver(hear the crossover as well, hate it even more) or active speakers(coils, caps and resistors kill the sound) so it was quite a shock to people who know me to see a three way passive speaker at home. But the drivers are custom made for Joachim with very light cones and extremely powerful Neodymium magnets, he uses the very narrow face(12cm) to move the point of the baffle step out of the critical range and they sound totally coherent and the sound is never attached to the speakers.

    People who are used to "coventional" box type speakers find it weird listening to these at first but then they love it. 88dB, min 5Ohms so not so difficult to drive with tubes.

    In the picture you see the speakers, the Naim Uniti Nova and a Muse Erato II player(my long time love) and Andrea's professional equipment. Not seen in the picture is a Phasure NOS1a G3 and computer, Muse Power 160 clone, Mark Levinson 360s disassembled to have a new control face and box, a Paradise Phono(considering putting it up for sale), a Kuzma Stabi 12inch pluss a trillion DIY modules for all kinds of DACs. DACs are my second weakness...

    I have been visiting AoS for many years, honestly this place is wonderful, thanks for letting me join. I don't have much time but I will do my best to make it a great place.
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    Join Date: Sep 2009

    Location: west mids, UK

    Posts: 1,880
    I'm Phil.

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    welcome nikola

    currently have a very beautiful bulgarian amp sitting in my room . you guys make some lovely kit !!
    1]bel canto pre 3 vbs /MSB s200 , / onkyo sacd/ bel canto fm1
    sonos, . tannoy eaton legacy 2]schiit saga pre , firebottle mono`s marantz sa8005 bel canto 3.5vbss and RFC impulse ta`us , track audio stands

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    Join Date: Oct 2017

    Location: Plovdiv, Bulgaria

    Posts: 16
    I'm Nikola.

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    Oh, that is nice. Which one? There are several companies in Bulgaria who work hard to do it right, it's a small country and it is unavoidable to know most people interested in audio

  8. #8
    Join Date: Oct 2017

    Location: Plovdiv, Bulgaria

    Posts: 16
    I'm Nikola.

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    Just an update on my system, should post it in the "System" section as well. The Naim Uniti Nova was replaced by a Resolution Audio Cantata 3.0 and C50.2 amplifier. What an upgrade... Covenience plus fantastic sound and indeed it is quite good.
    Source: Mark Levinson 360s, Muse Erato II, Phasure NOS1a G3, currently Naim Uniti Nova
    Amps:Muse power 160, Suesskind Audio 8300MB mono blocks
    Speakers:Suesskind Audio Progress
    Cables: S.I.N. Audio cable loom

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