13 May 2001
Today as audiophile and music lover I have more than 1400 CD & LP. Nevertheless I buy every week-end 2 to 5 new carefully selected CDs (Classical : 50%, Jazz : 40% and World : 10%) and I read selected specialized magazines to better understand (Goldberg, Diapason, Repertoire,..).
As I appreciate specially jazz trios, renaissance and baroque repertories, piano sonatas, I first bought Martin Logan SL3, a French YBA CD-1 player and Myth class A amp... I then realized that the sound didn't come from the speakers but from the musicians!! I can not imagine a better speaker choice for the price.
I heard then the Dunlavy SC-IV while vacationing in Florida. The sound was so damn good that I bought Dunlavy's Athena (Aletha) on the spot on my return in Belgium and do not regret it for one minute. The best way to sum up these speakers is that unlike most speakers, they do not have a strong point; instead, they just do everything really well. Every speaker I have ever owned has always had a compromise in some area. The perfect example of that is the marvelous SL3 (bass limitation).
I'm running them now with a Jadis DA60 tube amp. The DA60 is surprising: it can be big, bold and powerful one moment and subtle, delicate and sophisticated the next moment. Presumably, this is due to the build quality (the transformers!) and the KT90 tubes.
Finally I selected a TL2-x
with a bel canto DAC-1. The ability of the CEC to extract
analog alike information from a CD is incredible; one of the
most natural and musical transports I have
Bill's comments about his System:
AA: "Bill, how would you describe your system's sound?"
BG: "My new system make every instrument/voice sound like they are supposed to and I never get tired listening!"
AA: "Do you think there is room for improvement?"
BG: "There is always ways to improve a system! I'm only limited by my time "
AA: "Have you got plans for upgrading?"
BG: "In the long run
I may add a SACD player and/or a DVD-Audio system if
On 11-12 May 2001 Bill Gillet was
in Istanbul. On Friday night we got together at my
place. We chatted about music, equipment, Hi-Fi activities
in Belgium and in Istanbul, and of course we listened to
music. The next day (Saturday afternoon), I was visiting my
friend Cuneyt Bocbakan where Marantz SA-1 (SACD player) was
being compared with his Krell CD player. Bill joined us and
had the occasion to meet a group of my best friends from the
Istanbul Hi-Fi Club. It is amazing to notice how audiophiles
quickly establish a sort of connection between themselves,
even though they are from different parts of the world, or
from different cultures. At the end of the day, I felt as if
Bill was one of us. Probably his warm personality had also a
lot to do with my feeling. (see the two bottom