09 June 2001
I've been doing fewer visits recently. It's probably due to the fact that my collection of Istanbul friends is getting close to saturation. But fortunately we are not at the saturation point yet and there are re-visit subjects waiting my attention.
I met Feridun for the first time during my visit. In fact he took a door-to-door sales person for me (who rang his bell before me) and was going to take him in. (No, he wasn't selling tubes :-). The reason I met him for the first time is because he is not yet a member of Istanbul Hi-Fi Club (but intends to join in the future). Still Feridun has been into this hobby for more than 30 years!
He had many different systems and his previous speakers were the marvelous ProAc Response 4's (now owned by Aytekin). He also agrees that ProAc 4's were very good but he says that with Wilson Maxx speakers he gets the "being there" feeling better.
He claims that WAF is not a big issue. His system occupying an important portion of their living room space is a good proof that WAF is nearly inexistent. Feridun's wife told me (while he was out of the room) that she preferred the look of ProAc 4's to Wilson's.
Feridun also has some unique electronics not owned by any other friends that I visited in Istanbul to date: the Nagra PL-P preamp (with separate power supply) and the Goldmund SR2 CD (24 bit / 96 kHz upsampling) player.
Feridun listens to jazz (60%), classical (15%) and other (25%) music.
The reference CD's that he is using for testing purposes are:
Feridun's comments about his System:
AA: "Feridun, how would you describe your system's sound?"
FT: "Alive, open and detailed"
AA: "Do you think there is room for improvement?"
FT: "I'm quite happy for now, until I'll hear a better sound."
AA: "Have you got plans for upgrading?"
FT: "I may want to buy some more powerful amps, maybe the Jadis 200's."