23 July 2001
My audio passion started 10 years ago. I still live with my parents, and therefore I haven't got WAF problems, but parents problems (PAF)!
I needed to find a place to listen to music in peace, then I chose the library of our house as the most convenient location. There I spend most of my spare time.
The room isn't very large (3m X 6m), but my little speakers are very suitable for the size of my listening space. And the sound is very sweet and pleasant. While studying the science of acoustics at the university I learned the extremely important role of the room treatment.
Then on the empty spaces of the walls I placed carpets designed like framed pictures. This modification gave more control to the low frequencies.
I first had a Musical Fidelity "A1" amp (which was very good as a starting point), a Teac VRDS-7 CD player and Opera speakers. This system was good but not as sweet as I like.
Then I upgraded the system by adding a D/A unit, the Audio Alchemy V 1.0 and MIT cables. This gave a sense of air around the instruments and the singers.
A few years ago I changed everything in order to improve the detail, sound stage and in particular the sweetness of the voices. I bought my whole system from only one dealer, in fact it was very hard to select and listen to many systems, but at the end I was very satisfied with the result. I think that it is very convenient to buy all the components from one single shop as it gives you the opportunity to listen to the complete system before buying it.
Now I'm looking forward to move to a new and bigger flat with my future wife. You will then think that I will have to deal with WAF issues, but you are wrong: we plan everything together.
I listen to: 40% Jazz-Blues, 50% Rock-Pop-Wave-Dub, 10% Classical music.
The CD's that I use for system evaluation purposes:
Arnaldo's comments about his System:
AA: "Arnaldo, how would you describe your system's sound?"
AL: "My system's sound is very sweet and detailed."
AA: "Do you think there is room for improvement?"
AL: "I think that it is impossible to get more from a room full of books and carpet. The best would be to have a larger room and a new pair of speakers."
AA: "Have you got plans for upgrading?"
AL: "Yes, I'm
planning to buy a Krell amp, (probably KST