Mesut Can Karatay
An "Ear - Nose -
Throat" specialist (prof. M.D.): Can has a privileged status among Istanbul
Hi-Fi Club members. He knows the functionings of our most precious instrument
(?) better than anybody in the club, but he shared a small portion of his
knowledge with us during a seminar that he gave three years ago.
Medieval and Renaissance music is another
expertise area of Can . He happens to be a fan of the Medieval era music
of which he's got in depth knowledge. He gave us a presentation titled
"Passage to Polyphony". He also had a radio program on "Acik Radyo" called
"Organum" where he played the music of the same era.
Can (pronounced as "Djan") acquired
his system very recently. It is placed in the main (9 x 5.5m.) living room
which has an exquisite view to the Bosphorus (see bottom picture). He had
no such problems as WAF. "A new car or a new Hi-Fi system?" he asked his
wife and the response was "a new Hi-Fi"!!!!! This deserves a big BRAVO!
Can listens to small scale and vocal classical
music (90%) and jazz (10%).
||Thorens 125 Mk II
||SME 309 Mk II
||Shure V15 III
||Conrad-Johnson PV12 with tube phono stage
||Conrad-Johnson Premier Eleven
||Martin Logan Request
||WireWorld Gold Eclipse
||MIT Z Center with Z cord II
about his System:
AA: "Can, how would you describe
your system's sound?"
MCK: "Light weight, clear, transparent,
neutral and devoid of harshness."
AA: "Do you think there is room
MCK: "As I purchased the system
very recently, my enthusiasm does not allow me to have impartial criticism."
AA: "Have you got plans for upgrading?"
MCK: "I already ordered the Conrad-Johnson
Premier 12 power amps (with twice as much power then the Elevens). I don't
know if it's going to be an upgrade but my initial dream was to drive the
Requests with the C-J 12 mono amps and now I just want to hear the sound
of this combination."
Re-Visit Notes (1 April 2000)
Just to refresh your memories please read above Can's reply to my last
question of the first visit. He says that he already ordered the Conrad-Johnson
Premier 12 monoblock power amps (140W per channel). Well he got them. As
they are now totally broken-in I wanted to make a re-visit and try to evaluate
As vibrant as always Can started to tell me his wife's and his impressions.
Right upon the first audition his wife said: "The room got bigger!"
And Can told me the following:
"Before (with C-J 11's) it was as if looking at the view behind a window,
now the window is fully open and I'm face to face with the scenery with
nothing between us. There is more body, the bass had more extension and
control. There is also more resolution."
Although I did not have the opportunity to listen to the two amps one
after the other I had also similar impressions, plus one more: the sound
seemed much more effortless now.
Well Can, your initial dream to drive the Requests with the C-J 12's
was the right one. Congratulations for your intuition and happy listening!