I was glad to find
out that Aytekin is one of the rare DIY hobbyist amongst audiophiles from
Istanbul. He made his own speakers based on a design by the French company
Focal. He selected the best quality components for his crossover, internal
cables and the drivers, he used thicker than specified wood for the cabinet.
The woodwork and the finish is excellent, at best professional standards.
He called them Furkan Model 1 (Furkan is the name of his son). Congratulations
He is now working on a new speaker project
based on Scanspeak (revelator) drivers and KEF passive radiators. The original
design belongs to Daniel Emonts who was the ex-partner of Laurent
His system is located in the main living
room (7 x 7 m). Aytekin says that WAF can be an issue from time to time
but he knows how to handle it (you may write to him to find out how).
brought his Mark Levinson No.39 as Aytekin wanted to try and compare it
with his own Meridien transport / DAC CD system. Let me summarize the result:
with Mark Levinson No.39 the sound had a better stage depth, was more open,
more detailed and had a more natural tonality.
Aytekin is not a member of Istanbul Hi-Fi
Club but plans to join soon. He listens to jazz and blues (60%),
classical (30%) and to pop/rock (10%) music.
The CD's he uses for equipment evaluation
purposes are the followings:
Focal Demo Disc No.4 / Le Grand
Spectacle du Son / 7412
Side by Side / Itzak Perlman,
Oscar Peterson / Telarc CD-83341
Al Grey / Center Piece / Telarc
||DIY based on Alps pot
||Gryphon DM 100
||Furkan Model 1
||Audioquest Diamond, vdH MC Gold
||Audioquest Sterling (mid + treble), vdH SCS
about his System:
AA: "Aytekin, how would you describe
your system's sound?"
AE: "Sweet, natural and detailed."
AA: "Do you think there is room
AE: "Yes, I could have a bigger
and deeper sound stage."
AA: "Have you got plans for upgrading?"
AE: "Yes, I would like to have
an "active" preamp in lieu of my passive one and eventually upgrade my
Re-Visit Notes (14 April 2001)
My first visit to Aytekin's place took place less than a year ago. See
above his reply to my "have you got plans for upgrading" question. He is
talking about replacing the preamp and the CD Player. Well he did that,
but he also did much more: HE CHANGED HIS WHOLE SYSTEM!
I should start by listing his new system's components:
||Nakamishi Dragon, with Shure V15 VX cartridge
||Mark Levinson 39
||Sonic Frontiers SFP-1
||Gryphon Sonata (with separate power supply)
||ProAc Response 4
||Kimber Select 1120, Purist Audio Design Maximus, Cello String 1
||Nordost SPM Reference
||Synergistic Audio Master Coupler
As you may notice there is no single component common to his previous
system. Aytekin being a speaker builder and knowing all the difficulties
behind it, says he can better appreciate when he hears an exceptional speaker.
Well this is what happened ("love@first-note"?) when he heard the ProAc
Response 4 speakers. He bought them and then he had to change the rest
of his system in order to drive them properly and get the best out of them.
I must sincerely congratulate Aytekin: the synergy was close to ideal
and the overall sonic result was very natural, detailed, dynamic and effortless.
The timbral accuracy was excellent.
Aytekin placed four wheels underneath the base plate of each speaker
(see picture). When his system is off he pushes the speakers against the
back wall and close to the rack. He needs to do that as the speakers are
blocking the entrance to the living room in their listening positions.
But this also has an important shortcoming: I noticed that the wheels are
not so rigid in their resting status, so the speakers rock slightly when
a pressure is applied from one side. This may affect the speaker's bass
performance. The second point is that Aytekin places the speakers nearly
randomly each time he pushes them to their listening places. I think he
needs to find their precise ideal spots and mark this location on the floor
(with a high WAF marker, I presume!). Thus he will take advantage of the
full potential of the speakers, and it will be consistent at each audition.
Aytekin had also invited two of his close friends (that I met for the
first time): Onder Aydingoz and Baki Sezen (see the bottom picture). I
was glad to learn that both of them were audio enthusiasts and that Onder
was using the monitor speakers made by Aytekin.
On the way back home the same question kept coming to my mind: "why
on earth has ProAc discontinued such a beautiful speaker???"