My day job as publisher at TONEAudio magazine affords me the luxury of two dedicated listening rooms with clean power and an acoustically treated space to evaluate components, some with an MSRP close to my house. It’s a fun job, but when I’m working on articles for The Audiophile Apartment, chances are I’m right here, typing away on the couch or at the kitchen table. And as I now live in a smaller space and need to integrate my hifi system into my home, where it has to coexist with everything else, I face the same challenges you do.
We’d like to showcase your rooms, systems and record collections in this section of the site. So just like in high school speech class, I’ll go first to get the anxiety out of the way. My home system is a combination of new and old pieces. My personal home turntable is a vintage Technics SL-1200, upgraded with a Rega RB600 tonearm and Rega Exact cartridge. This is fed into a Rega Aria phono preamplifier and then into the Simaudio NEO 430HA. It functions as a preamplifier, DAC and headphone amplifier – handy when my wife is asleep and I still want to enjoy music.
The anchor of the system is vintage all the way, featuring an early 80s vintage SAE2200 power amplifier which was lovingly rebuilt by Ken Easley (and he did me a major solid, replacing the factory red LED power indicators with lime green ones!!) and a pair of Acoustat 1+1 speakers that were also rebuilt with new capacitors, wires and jacks. They still sound as good as they did 35 years ago. I know, I had a pair back then! Low bass is reproduced with a REL S/2 subwoofer that tucks in neatly between the couch and chair. Finally the whole thing is cabled together with Frey interconnects, power cords and speaker cables from Nordost, plugged into the wall via an IsoTek power strip. We will be featuring reviews on the current products very soon as we populate this site.
My home system is incredibly musical and with 9 1/2 foot ceilings, the nearly 8 foot tall Acoustats actually blend right in to the modern space. A few discreetly placed 242 acoustic panels from GIK Acoustics break up the rear reflections from the giant panels. It’s been really fun to revisit a pair of speakers that I owned in the 80s that still sound fantastic today.
As someone who just can’t stop playing with their hifi system, you’ll be seeing more reviews from right here…