Jak Baruh's 
Date of Visit:
24 April 1999

the System

the rack

Infinity IRS Beta


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Jak Baruh

In our neighborhood Jak's house is known for its "subterranean empire". As an incurable audiophile, Jak  reserved one of the rooms of this famous "empire" for his system, his CD's and LP's. Thus WAF interference is reduced to null and his massive system occupies the space without a trace of guilt.

Being an authority on the subject of jazz music he happens to be one of the members of the advisory board of the Istanbul Jazz Festival (IKSV) which takes place each year during the month of July. He whispered to my ears the following names who are invited for 1999 summer season:

John Scofield with Joe Lovano
D.D. Bridgewater with Ray Brown
Daniela Mercury
Susan Vega
Branford Marsalis
Joshua Redman
Lalo Schifrin with the BBC Big Band
Jak has an impressive software collection: 4000 LP's, 4500 CD's and 1000 DAT's/mini cassettes! He still prefers LP sound to CD and listens to jazz (65%), world music (15%), rock (10%) and classical (10%).

System's Components
Turntable: Sota Superstar
Arm: Alphason HR-100S-MCS Reference
Cartridge: Koetsu Onyx Saphire
CD Transport: Mark Levinson 31
D/A Converter: Theta DS Pro Generation II
DAT Transport: Nakamichi 1000
DAT D/A - A/D converter:  Nakamichi 1000P
Preamp: Classe Audio DR 6
Power Amps: Classe Audio DR 25 (mono) x 2
Speakers: Infinity IRS Beta (with IRS servo control)
Digital Cables: Madrigal
Interconnects: MIT MI 330 Extended Terminator
Speaker Cables:  MIT MH 750 Extended

Jak's comments about his System:

AA: "Jak, how would you describe your system's sound?"
JB: "Big stage, depth, extended frequency extremes, realistic SPL, tube like tonal balance (with solid state reliability)."
AA: "Do you think there is room for improvement?"
JB: "Low frequencies should be tuned for better seamlessness."
AA: "Have you got plans for upgrading?"
JB: "Yes, in the short term: CD Transport to Mark Levinson 31.5, D/A Converter to Mark Levinson 30.6, Turntable to VPI TNT Mk.IV, Arm to VPI JMW Memorial. In the longer term I may upgrade the speakers to either Genesis 200, 300 or 350 or to JM Lab Utopia. Of course depending on the choice of speaker the amplification should be upgraded to either ARC Ref. 600 with ARC Ref.1 or to Mark levinson 33 or 33H with Mark Levinson 32 Reference."