Third Visit Notes (17 February
Since my last visit Mahmut had many major changes in his life (as well
as in his system(s)):
After so many changes it had become mandatory to make a new visit. Let
me tackle below each of the above changes.
His longtime companion, Topka, passed away;
He moved to a new flat;
He bought an additional power amp to drive his Goldmund speakers;
He bought a second system;
He has now a new companion called Berlioz.
1- Topka died a year ago. It was inevitable, he was too old.
2- Mahmut's new living room was spacious (8 x 8 m) enough to accommodate
two separate systems with ease (see the top picture). His thick wall-to-wall
carpet appeared to be a good compensation for big window surfaces.
3- He added one more stereo (Goldmund 29) power amp to drive
the bass modules in a bi-amp configuration together with his existing Goldmund
29.4 mono power amps. Due to the fact that the Goldmund 29.4 amps incorporated
a gain control facility he did not need to add an external active crossover.
As a result of this addition the bass seemed tighter and the sound seemed
to breath with much less effort. There was also a secondary change: he
had replaced his Goldmund interconnects with Nirvana LX ones. Mahmut
told me that this change made the sound smoother and less analytic (although
I had the same impression I was unable to pinpoint the element which caused
it as many changes had occurred at the same time including the room). The
overall sound seemed easier to my ears and more musical.
4- It was Mahmut's longtime dream to own two separate systems. Each
with different characters. One was going to be ideal for acoustic small
scale music with all its subtleties and the other one suitable for bigger
scale dynamic music needing more muscle and extension. Well, the extra
space in his new living room gave him the freedom to make his dream come
true. As he already owned a system with lots of muscles and power, he chose
a system based on a low power Single Ended amplification:
His analog and digital sources (the existing one: see previous visits)
were common to both systems. To enable such transition he had bought long
Power Amp: Air Tight ATM 300 (8W per channel stereo with WE 300B
output tubes and gain control facility)
Speakers: Verity Audio - Fidelio (3 way)
Speaker cables: Nirvana
Interconnects: Nirvana LX
His small system sounded very natural, alive and transparent. With lots
of inner details. The stage size and depth was very good too. Paradoxically
the turntable sounded better with the Goldmund system and the CD source
sounded better on the Single Ended system. This fact one more time proved
the importance of synergy between components.
5- Berlioz is the name of Mahmut's new cat (Hector Berlioz is Mahmut's
favorite composer). Being also a cat owner, I can assure you that Berlioz
was the cutest cat I've seen todate (do enlarge the picture). He is only
9 months old, fond of music and audio. I took the bottom picture while
he was testing the Nirvana cables (he was lying on them).
Well done Mahmut!