02 March 2003
Guido De Laet
Music has always been in my life even since Iwas a child. At home, my father often played the records from musicians like Count Basie, Toots Tielemans, Frank Sinatra, Barbara Streisand and many others. They continue to be my favorites. When I got older I discovered Pink Floyd and Steely Dan and thus, also pop music came into my life.
During the time I was studying photography, I had Luxman electronics and Celestion speakers. Later on, I owned several other speakers (Magnepan, Stax, Quad and Audiostatic) aned several other amps: Krell, Audio Research, Tube Technology and many others.
At this moment I play with home brew DIY equipment. I have a dual mono preamp with a Ba open plate tube. My power amps are build around the famous KR 300BXLS Kanthal tube. The speakers are also DIY and they are made with very fine components like Thiel Ceramique units.
My listening room dimensions are 8 x 4 m (and the heigth is 2.65m).
I listen mostly to 70% pop music and 30% jazz music.
My Favorite Pop CD's are:
Guido's comments about his system:
AA: "Guido, how would you describe your system's sound?"
GDL: "I find my system very neutral with a big sounstage and good 'pin-point' focus."
AA: "Do you think there is room for improvement?"
GDL: "My room is rather small and that I can't change. I have all the time to optimise my room in the future."
AA: "Have you got plans for upgrading?"
"At this moment I'm building a new
pair of speakers with bigger woofers (Eton 11 Inch) so the
low frequencies will be have more presence and impact. The
Mid and High units will still remain to be Thiel units. The
new system will be called Gydolon Reference. I also have a
new tube preamplifier project. It will be almost the same as
the previous one but with much better components. My Luxman
tuner will be changed, I recently bought a tube tuner in the