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SETUP

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SETUP
These guys are pioneer users of idler driven turntables and flea power amps driving high efficiency speakers.

Joel

It is a small room and I forgot to bring a wide angle lens, so here's a cropped view from the listening position. Those monoblocks at the bottom of the shelf are SE2A3 [monoplate] amps with Tamura F7001 permalloy OPTs. Barely visible towards the top left is his Garrard 301 [oil bearing] with an Ikeda 12" arm. Depending on his mood, you may find him alternating between an Ortofon SPU-GME, Koetsu Black or Denon 103R through Tango MCT999 MC-step ups.

Altec 414Z on hardwood OB, Altec 511 horn mounted on top, 902 ceramic magnet compression drivers with original aluminum diaphragms and tangerine phase plugs. Alnico is nice but execution is more important and Altec did not skimp on this underrated model. This is really a nice sounding system. He built/tweaked his own crossover and L-pad to match the levels between the horn and woofer. 

He also has a pair of Altec 755Cs…

Radiotron SE2A3

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Revisiting the classic pentode driver Radiotron's answer to the WE91A Right before the end of the 20th century, a friend brought over a Japanese built pair of WE91A clones sporting top of the line Tango X-3.5S output transformers, matching chokes and power transformers, input tubes were original WE310As and 50s date code WE 300Bs, WE274B rectifiers, Allen-Bradley carbon and NOS wire wound resistors, Vitamin Qs for coupling and can type paper in oil caps for the power supply. The amp was huge easily dwarfing my JEL SE300Bdx monoblocks and the quality of construction and wiring was impeccable. Although this WE91A clone had great qualities in the midrange my friend was convinced my amps sounded better overall. Does that mean my amp design is absolutely betterDefinitely not! Only in the context of my system - Denon DL103R/SME 3012/Garrard 301 feeding Tamura TKS83 MC transformers into a JEL deluxe preamp, JEL SE300Bdx mono blocks driving a pair of Altec 755As in open baffles - since I