Scott's Audio System
||Krell MD-10 and North Star M192 CD Transport
||North Star - Extremo DAC
||JA Mitchell Gyro SE - spider Edition
||Dunlavy - SC - IV A
||Exactpower EP-15A + Shunyata 8
|Stand / Isolation:
||Custom made solid steel frame + wood audio rack / Mapleshade Audio Amp stand + Mapleshade Audio Triple Point V3 Brass footers / Nordost Pulsar Poiints
||Aural Symphonics + Straight Wire Crescendo etc
How wide is your sound stage? If I haven't listened to Scott's system, I can hardly believe sound stage can be this wide.
I have owned Krell and heard of several Reference Krell systems in the past. The listening experience at Scott's was probably one of the best Krell setups I have heard. Scott's system demonstrated a full endless power and energy, beautiful pin-point precision, and a jaw dropping sound stage. Scott demo-ed two of his favorite Blue albums for me; sound stage was so huge, I literally had to turn my head around 150 degrees to look for the instrument that hides in the far side corner. In addition to Krell's strength, Scott's system also demonstrated an emotional and musical side of Krell, which I don't hear too often. I was paying special attention to an Italian DAC - North Star Extremo, which I believed is the soul of that beautiful and sentimental vocal I heard. There are two transports connected to the DAC. We listened to Krell MD10, as it is his first choice, while North Star M192 fills the second spot for transport. Of course, Dunlavy speakers are not easy to drive, and it takes a "Krell" to handle. The beauty of the Dunlavy, according to Scott, "they are the biggest earphone on the planet." In a nutshell, the first row sitting experience at Scott was as close to live can be, and truly enjoyable.
Scott is an audiophile veteran, and he is well attention to details. A quick glance is his audio room, I find tweaks that he invented himself, numerous room acoustic panels, Acoustic Revive tweaks and those expensive Nordost Pulsar points, etc. Eash of these tweaks have been carefully auditioned by Scott, before he makes the final decision where to use and how to place them. Scott encourages all audiophiles to find out system's full potential; they don't have to be expensive, and there may be a surprise in your system too.
Every time I go to Scott's, I get into troubles. Not the kind of audio trouble, but trouble from my wife. An hour visit often turns into 3 and 1/2 hour visit. There are so many audio related topics to talk about with him, and many neat audio finds that Scott owns which he unselfishly likes to share with me. With his years of experience, there is plenty of me to learn from.