Mayir Behar's 
Date of Visit:
20 November 1999

the system

Gryphon Elektra

Dunlavy 4


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Mayir Behar

Mayir's imposing system seats in his (5 x 7 m.) main living room. He claimed that he never had worries such as WAF (!), but he only seemed to complain about his limitations regarding the listening hours. Because of the fact that the big screen TV is placed in the middle of the speakers, it is impossible to watch TV and at the same time listen to music, so his wife occupies his (or her) hot seat  between 21:00 - 24:00 hours each night to watch the TV and Mayir gets his turn after midnight. Apparently neighbors don't mind his after midnight listening sessions (I sensed a good hearing aid market in Mayir's neighborhood).

Mayir has two different Krell power amplifiers: KSA 250 and KSA 300. He thinks that KSA 250 has a more tube like sound and the KSA 300 has a better defined, more open trebles. He switches them from week to week and sometimes he connects them in bi-amped configuration.

Mayir is not yet a member of the Istanbul Hi-Fi Club but would like to join soon. He listens to jazz (90%) and classical (10%) music.

The CD's he uses for system evaluation purposes are the followings.

  • Ben Webster / My Romance / JHR 73513
  • Gerry Mulligan / Meets the Saxophonists / 827 436-2
System's Components
CD Transport: Proceed 3
D/A Converter: Proceed 3
Line Preamp: Gryphon Elektra Dual Mono line preamp
Power Amp: Krell KSA 300 (or KSA 250)
Speakers: Dunlavy 4
Interconnects: MIT 330, Madrigal HPC
Speaker Cables:  MIT 750 Shotgun, MIT 750 
Digital Cable: Illuminati
Accessory: Synergistic Research power cable

Mayir's comments about his System:

AA: "Mayir, how would you describe your system's sound?"
MB: "Big sound stage, detailed and balanced."
AA: "Do you think there is room for improvement?"
MB: "Yes, I think that the bass performance has room for more extension."
AA: "Have you got plans for upgrading?"
MB: "Yes, the pre and power amps. I also would like the upgrade the CD player, but I'll wait and see the developments in this area."