The all new secondary listening room spans the entire width of the appartment. It is more narrow than the main listening room at its narrowest section (4m rather than 5m) but just as deep (7m).
The components seen below can change at any time – that’s precisely the point of this system: to be able to change anything for review purposes without having to tear apart my main system.
Currently listening to the refurbished Apogee Duetta Signature and original hybrid Centaur.
Refurbished Thorens TD-160B with SME 3009II arm and Benz Lukaschek MC phono pre, Meridian 506.24 used as transport, Exogal Comet DAC, Bricasti M5 Roon Ready endpoint as well as the EC Designs BeagleBone Black Squeezelite endpoint behind the rack, to server the secondary system in this room. Yes, there are two systems set up simultaneously:-)
The Rowland model 6 power amps are normally used in the main system but currently I am enjoying the powers of a Bryston 3B ST in that system. The splendid Jeff Rowland Criterion preamp is for sale and only used as long as it is not yet sold. Also connected is my cheap but trusty Marantz NR-1501, in this case driving the Centaurs, and quite well it does it too! Naturally I’d love to have an Accuphase for this task, or better still, an powerful SET amp. Who knows what future has in store…
Two listening seats – narrow enough to allow free walking around yet wide enough to be very comfortable.
View to the kitchen with its newly closed wall, and to the left the re-opened hallway.
Update 18 June 2018:
Apologies – all current setup overviews are lagging behind the reviews. Things are currently moving so fast, I just can’t find the time to keep updating them. Quite quickly after realizing the room as it is displayed on the photos above, I found that the room had several severe Room Modes that I could not cure. For this reason I have suspended this audio system functionality in favour of a large bedroom. As part of this retasking, the kitchen has been fully opened up again at both sides. Meanwhile, I have re-tasked this room to a situation very similar as described in the above article, with an important difference: the main purpose will be as a Cinema room using a nice 65 inch HDR 4K screen.