Last month, while on a nice long, slow and boring cruise through the Indian Ocean on a brand new drillship, I got to looking at some of the fine equipment on display at Roy Mottram's website, Tubes4HiFi.com. Naturally, I fell in love with all of it and had to buy something. So, I ordered up Roy's finest preamp, the SP12, with all available upgrades & options. Included with that is the phono preamp, PH12, with all available upgrades & options. I had to have Roy build the thing for me because I can't be bothered with that now, can I? The grand total come out to about $1300. So now, I had to build a new system around my new preamp in order to justify it's existence. Not hard to do since I had most of the stuff already, just doing closet duty around the house anyway. The only other new things needed were a TT & a rack to put it all in. So, here's what I wound up with:
TT: Pro-Ject Xpression III with Ortofon 2M Bronze
Preamp: Custom VTA SP12 with PH12
CDP: Marantz SA 8001 SACD Player
Amp: Emotiva UPA-2
Speakers: DefTech StudioMonitor 450
Rack: VTI series 404
I first had a set of NHT Classic 3's hooked up, but those really need a sub to shine, so I hooked up the DefTech's next. They sound OK, but I am going to try it with some Polks next. I have a set of RTI A3's, and there is a small set of towers around here somewhere to try too.
I also have some other amps I can try too. I have an Onkyo M-5140 (probably a little too small), Emotiva XPA-2 (probably too big), an Outlaw, some "T" class amps and a Sansui.
What I really want is a TOOB amp though! Looking hard at the Rogue Audio Atlas Magnum. I like that one.
Anyway, I just thought I would share all this with you guys, and ask the question:
How did I do??
I've also posted a photo of the new setup for you guys to drool over!