Cemil Gandur's 
Date of Visit:
01 January 1999

Speakers and power amp

Jadis Defy 7

Turntable, CD player, preamps

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Cemil Gandur


Cemil happens to be my neighbor, his house is only 1 km away from mine. Therefore he was the most convenient candidate for my first visit on this first day of 1999. He has the luxury of having a listening room of his own in his basement. No WAF to care about! 

Cemil mostly listens to Jazz (90%) and Rock (10%) music and he's got a very important collection of LP's and CD's. He says that he doesn't have a bias for one of the formats but enjoys both equally.

Cemil is a member of Istanbul Hi Fi Club and has a weekly program on Acik Radio called "Worst Selling Records".

Let's now discover  the details of his system and his accompanying comments.

System's Components
Turntable: Linn Sondek LP12
Arm: Ittok LVII
Cartridge: Koetsu Black
CD Player: McCormack Signature
Phono Preamp: Sonic Frontiers SFP-1
Line Preamp: ARC LS2B
Power Amp: Jadis Defy 7
Speakers: Magnepan MG 3.5
Interconnects: Linn, Kimber PBJ, VdH First, MIT Terminator 2
Speaker Cables:  Van den Hull Revelation

Cemil's comments about his System:

AA: "Cemil, how would you describe your system's sound?"
CG: "I'm generally happy with my system: I've done no major changes for the last four years. It has open sound, natural tonality, big sound stage and musicality. It is warm enough without compromising the detail."
AA: "Do you think there is room for improvement?"
CG: "Ideally I would like to have a bit more kick on bass drum. Also some instruments tend to slightly wander in the sound stage."
AA: "Have you got plans for upgrading?"
CG: "I prefer panel speakers and will stick to them in the future. I will probably upgrade my speakers to Magnepan MG20. But at the same time (the MG20's being more demanding) I will have to upgrade the amplification. I will definitely stick to TUBES! Because I find they give much more natural timber to acoustic instruments. I may also change my CD player with a more recent generation, but I'm still uncertain and waiting to see what's going to happen to the new standards (DVD, DSD?)."