Aydin told me that
his father was a very serious music listener with an important collection,
but he did not have a particular interest in Hi-Fi, probably because of
import limitations of his time. Aydin claims that he has surpassed
his father as a collectioner and as a listener. In fact he's got 4000 LP's
and 2000 CD's.
Aydin is a relatively new comer to Hi-End
audio, he acquired his system six months ago. He does not consider Hi-Fi
as his hobby but as a good mean to appreciate his records. His wife Ursula
is very tolerant about Aydin's system, "as long as he is happy, it's
fine with me" she says. We must all thank Ursula for this exemplary attitude.
Aydin is not yet a member of Istanbul Hi
Fi Club but will join soon. He listens to jazz (60%) and classical (40%)
||VPI JMW Memorial
||Benz Micro Ruby
||Classe CDP 3
||Sonic Frontiers Line 3
||Sonic Frontiers SFP-1
||Sonic Frontiers Power 2
||Monitor Audio Studio 60
||Transparent Music Link Super
about his System:
AA: "Aydin, how would you describe
your system's sound?"
AY: "Natural, detailed, with good
AA: "Do you think there is room
AY: "I would wish to have a little
AA: "Have you got plans for upgrading?"
AY: "I may upgrade the phono preamp.
Also I'm willing to try some power cords."
Re-Visit Notes (4 March 2000)
Aydin is not the type of audiophile who makes
frequent changes to his system. He prefers to concentrate on listening
to his enormous collection of LP's and CD's rather than being in constant
search of an ideal sound. Still, when he heard the ProAc 3.5 speakers
brought to him for home auditioning, he immediately fell in love and decided
to replace his Monitor Audio Studio 60's.
He made two more changes: he replaced his Sonic
Frontiers SFP-1 phono preamp by ARC PH3 SE phono preamp and added
the Audio Agile power cords (see his last answer to the interview
questions of my previous visit).
I found that there was a big progress in the area
of neutrality. The mids were very natural and detailed, the bass very firm.
In general the sound was free from any kind of edginess and/or harshness.
I still felt that there was more potential in the sound which could be
explored by playing with speaker positioning.
Well done Aydin, happy listening!