Check out this cozy abode. Stephen, who is a superb professional photographer, built up this wonderful system over a period of time to include Shindo Masseto Preamplifier, Shindo Cortese F2a Single Ended Amplifier, DeVore Nines Loudspeaker, Ayre C-5xe Universal Player, VPI TNT jr. Turntable w/SDS and Triplanar tone-arm w/Denon Zu103, Auditorium 23 Step Up Transformer, and Magnum Dynalab Ft101 Tuner. The all important Auditorium 23 Speaker Cable, Shindo Silver Interconnect and Shindo Mr. T wire up the system.
A highly prized Navajo rug adds richness to this already great system. This tweak soon to be all the rage in the audiophile community. You heard it here first.
Stephen is an original Blue Note Records collector and those shelves are filled with originals. Nice!!
Here is a quote from Stephen regarding his DeVore Nines…read on…
I don’t get these speakers. They are the most unremarkable speakers I’ve
ever owned–even my early Vandersteens had more going on visually. To tell
you the truth, even though I knew they were small, as I set them up I was
more than skeptical. Had I just followed another yellow brick road hook
line and sinker? I mean the drivers are tiny. The ports are tiny. Where
is the base going to come from?
Then I took a listen. What’s going on here? This huge sound startling sound
coming from my front wall. The speakers sat there innocently like no sound
was coming out of them. I’m tansfixed. This is way more than I thought I
was getting. They could be finished in red fur with white stripes for all I
Right now I’m a little speechless.
…The Masseto is startling. It gives such a present and alive
reproduction–the most life-like I’ve ever heard. If you listen at “live
music level” you have to be prepared–the dynamics will shock you. I have a
CD of Bruno Walter conducting Beethoven’s 6th. I have used it for 13 years
as a reference. What the Masseto did with this is was crazy (and I’ve
schlepped this CD to showrooms and played it on some pretty upscale gear).
The Masseto unraveled the music. Opened up not only the soundstage but the
complex passages made sense. You could hear their relationship to each
Then there is this timing thing–the Masseto seems to pull you in not only
with its tone and aliveness but its rhythm–don’t know what else to call it.
It makes the beat or pace of the music infectious.
Also, I’m pretty sure it is the greatest preamp on the planet at playing at
…Dudley said the Cortese’s made the music sound BIG when he combined it with
the Masseto. Right now that’s a scary concept.
Steve, enjoy your system, and thank you for the kind words!
Photo courtesy of Stephen D.