Below is a quick summary of the Main System as it was in January 2022.
As beautiful as it may look with the CD racks extended all the way to the ceiling, this resulted in an overly damped sound and I had no choice but to remove the entire upper layer again. So, it’s back to the below. But with two differences from the last setup that warrant this updated page: the removal of the Aqua La Diva M2 CD transport and the addition of the Aries Cerat Impera Reference preamp.
Magico S1 MkII
CD Player / Transport
The below classic players were all recapped and heavily modified with all DAC-related components either bypassed or completely removed to become pure transports with, among others, new power supplies, many more regulation stages, a better clock, and a better digital output section. A separate post detailing the updates and their effect on the sound is on the to-do list but lower in priority than reviews.
Network Renderer / Streaming Endpoint
Record Cleaning Machine
ValueLine OEM CAT6 cables
Audio Group Power Installation
Siemens Sitor Cylindric Fuse Cartridge (in use since March 2022)
GigaWatt G-044 Schuko Wall Socket
Standard unshielded 2,5mm solid core copper installation wire
Artesania Exoteryc Audiorack
Artesania Carbon Fiber Linear Arm Upgrade
Artesania Aire Floor Platform
Artesania Organic Line Modular Rack
Artesania Organic Line Modular Floor Platform
Artesania ISBAIEBW Standalone Isolation Bases
Artesania ISDIWB Beech Wood Isolation Discs
Artesania Digital Server Platform
Finite Elemente Cerapuc and Ceraball Universal
For a complete overview of all the current HFA Reference equipment and accessories that are frequently used to perform reviews, see the Associated Equipment page.
For a Ranking Order of the reviewed components along with their appointed Awards, see the HFA Awards page.
For an in-depth overview of how the HFA systems developed over the years, see the HFA Audio Setup History section.