Like all Pitch Perfect Audio hifi setups this one is very special.
Stephen is a skilled carpenter whom completely overseas the full restoration of homes. In his spare time, he builds modern furniture for himself and enjoys the soothing sounds of his new hifi.. Composed of the following gear, starting from the source: vintage Micro-Seiki DD-40 Turtable w/MA505 Tonearm, Ortofon 2M Black MM Phono Cartridge, Shindo Aurieges-MM Preamp, Shindo Montille EL84 Stereo Amp, DeVore Gibbon Super 8 Loudspeakers, Auditorium 23 Speaker Cable, as well as Shindo Interconnects & Mr. T.
Yep, you noticed – this system is analog only. I just love the clean looks and overall vibe. Most audiophile systems look like science experiments with anti-gravity cable routers, 24 stacked woofers (don’t forget the diamond tweeter arrays), mystical audio space time continuum clocks and cryogenically treated listening room paint. No wonder why normal people think most audiophiles are nuts – none of that ridiculousness to be found in this system. Just cool. Like Steve McQueen cool.
After some re-arranging of the listening chair, within the room, Stephen is partial to listening off-axis. If your furniture arrangement necessitates this and you find yourself a listener who enjoys the tone, timbre, density, presence and realistic palpable qualities of the performance, listening off-axis may still give you all of this – especially with a well integrated music system. Image and soundstage take second fiddle to the aforementioned priorities.
The DeVore Super 8’s and Shindo gear fit the paradigm of compact and high performance. In regards to the speakers, John DeVore outdid himself building this sweet pair of Super 8’s, in an illuminated looking wild cherry finish. Super 8’s pressurize compact to mid size rooms such as Stephen’s, not to mention are a breeze to drive with ‘only’ 15 watts of the gutsy little Montille.
According to Stephen, his next move will be a new cartridge (perhaps an EMT XSD15), and an Auditorium 23 Step Up Transformer, to maximize the Aurieges phono capabilities.
“Please pass on to the Shindo San that there is a guy in Southern California who grew up a poor kid in North Carolina and who, today, realized a lifelong dream of owning something as precious and beautiful is his (Kens) Montille tube amplifier…Thanks for your help with this dream also. I appreciate it. -Stephen”
Photos courtesy of Stephen Y.