Nov 082018
 

It’s time for some system maintenance, with my Classic 301 turntable off to visit Ray Clark in the UK for a little tune-up, and my vintage McIntosh MX110Z’s volume pot finally died, so it’s getting a new volume pot installed.

So in the interim I’ve put together a really sweet combination of hifi gear for a little early-morning listening.

The system is composed of the vintage “Stokowski” Altec loudspeakers, Duelund DCA12GA 600V speaker cables, SPEC RSA-M3 EX Real Sound Amplifier, Duelund DCA16GA interconnects, Soundsmith MMP3 phono preamplifier, Artisan Fidelity Statement Thorens TD124 turntable with a Schick tonearm and Soundsmith Carmen Mk II phono cartridge, with Acoustic Revive “Absolute” power cords.

The musical attributes of this system are so good it is mind boggling.

This is the kind of system that could lead one to say “adios” to the equipment merry-go-round and just settle in for the long haul with a nice LP collection.

A couple of weeks ago I was listening to the SPEC RSA-M3 EX Real Sound Amplifier with my vintage Altec 832A Corona loudspeakers and I was equally pleased with the result.

The idea occurred to me that I should do a “long term report” on the SPEC RSA-M3 EX Real Sound Amplifier, and report on its performance over the long haul since my Positive Feedback review in Issue 78, over three years ago now!

The SPEC has been completely reliable, sounds utterly natural in the “live” music sense, is eminently musical, and is just a lot of fun to listen to music with.

My respect for the SPEC RSA-M3 EX Real Sound Amplifier just continues to grow, year after year.

Acoustic Revive Absolute Power Cords

Acoustic Revive RCA Absolute FM Interconnects

Acoustic Revive PC-TripleC/EX Headshell Leads

In fact, I think I’m going to use this system in my upcoming Positive Feedback review of the exotic new Acoustic Revive Absolute Power Cords, RCA Absolute FM Interconnects, and PC-TripleC/EX Headshell Leads (above) that I previewed HERE.

I’m hoping to get some more done on the Duelund-Altec Project this weekend, but it’s shaping up to be a busy weekend, so I’ll have to see how things pan out.

The new 600VDC Duelund DCA12GA tinned-copper tone wire!

I’ve been trying the new 600V DCA12GA as speaker cables until I get a chance to try building some power cords with it.

I doubt if the DCA12GA 600V is fully settled in yet, but it is sounding really nice. Very similar to the signal version of the DCA12GA, but with perhaps a slightly more laid back performance, and maybe a little less air. I could easily live with either as speaker cables for their sheer live-like musicality.

I’ve listening to a couple of nice double-album sets this morning while catching up on my coffee drinking.

Tommy Emmanuel’s Accomplice One is a blast, featuring a host of great musicians. It kind of reminds me of Jorma Kaukonen’s Blue Country Heart (I wish they’d release BCH on vinyl too!).

Accomplice One is a must have for guitar players!

My buddy Doc Leo recommended Peter Frampton’s Acoustic Classics to me a while back, and it is another fun album. I haven’t listened to Frampton in years, but I liked his music when I was a youngster in high school.

This is an utterly natural sounding album that I really enjoy listening to, and Frampton does an excellent job all around, vocals and guitar playing.

Ok, that’s it for now. As always, thanks for stopping by, and may the tone be with you!

 Posted by at 8:21 am

  8 Responses to “Jeff checking in … fun with Altec’s, Duelund, Artisan Fidelity Thorens, Spec, and Acoustic Revive!”

  1. Hello Jeff,

    Great albums for your hifi system. You must listen to Sungha Jung – L’atelier.
    I hope you the best 😉

    Nicolas from France

  2. Hi Jeff,

    Missing your company. Enjoyed your summary of current events. One of these days I need to bring over a bottle of Stagg Jr. to see if it might provide a laid back presentation. Bourbon as an audio accessory.

    Best Regards,
    Pete

    • Well, thank you, Pete, what a nice thing to say! 🙂

      I’ll be looking forward to experiencing a laid back bourbon presentation!

      Kind regards,

      Jeff

  3. Hello Jeff, I always enjoy reading about your experience with SPEC products. Your review inspired me to pick up a SPEC RSA-717EX (entry model) last year and I love it, it’s exactly how you describe the SPEC sound. Fantastic tone. I also own a Leben CS300XS and I can say your SPEC/Leben comparisons carry right down the line to their baby brother models, and like you I usually prefer the SPEC to my Leben as my daily driver.

    I would be interested in your comparisons of the SPEC vs the First Watt SIT-3.

    yours in tone,
    Matt

    • Hi Matt,

      Nelson is planning on sending me a little First Watt line stage to try with the SIT-3. When I get it I’ll offer some comparisons between the First Watt gear & the Spec.

      The nice thing about the Spec is it’s an integrated amplifier, and I love integrated amplifiers for their simplicity and ease of placement compared to separates.

      The Spec amp is Spec-tacular with my Stokowski Altec’s, and I’m really, really, impressed by it. One of these days I want to do a “long term report” on the Spec, as my regard for it continues to grow over time as I try it in different systems. It might be the ultimate SS integrated amp for vintage Altec’s!

      More to come!

      Kind regards,

      Jeff

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