Sedat Mirkelam's 
Date of Visit:
06 March 1999

the system

the electronics

D&B Lab custom amp

the speaker and the master

I had a tough time to keep my hands from trembling while taking these pictures. You'll understand why if I tell you that Sedat Mirkelam is one of the best professional photographers of Turkey. As the resolution of digital cameras are improving with the lighting level he brought four of his projectors from his studios (bottom picture): I felt like a real pro (with trembling hands!).

With the exception of the CD playback components Sedat's whole system (amplifiers and speakers) is custom designed and built by his good friend Deger Terem, the owner of "D&B Lab" trade mark. They are all unique and special products. The speakers are inspired by the famous Wilson Grand Slamm X-1 but only in looks and size, their components and design are completely different. Each speaker is driven in bi-amp fashion by two D&B Lab mono power amps.

In the early days of their marriage Sedat's wife had a low tolerance (WAF=0.01)  for his hobby but recently she understood how incurable he was and gave up. Therefore, Sedat's system sits comfortably in his main living room.

Sedat is Istanbul Hi Fi Club member, he listens to classical (60%), jazz (30%) and pop (10%).

System's Components
CD Transport: California Audio Lab Delta
D/A Converter: California Audio Lab Sigma
Line Preamp: D&B Lab Special Edition
Power Amps: 2 x D&B Lab (EL37 tubes) for mids + tweeters, 2 x D&B Lab (EL34 tubes) for woofers
Speakers: Specially made for Sedat by Deger Terem
Interconnects: MIT MH330, Kimber KCAG
Digital Cable: Transparent digital
Speaker Cables:  MIT MH750, QED

Sedat's comments about his System:

AA: "Sedat, how would you describe your system's sound?"
SM: "Very flat and natural."
AA: "Do you think there is room for improvement?"
SM: "I would wish to increase the width and height of the sound stage."
AA: "Have you got plans for upgrading?"
SM: "Yes, I'm planning to add an active crossover and increase the number of power amps to 6. Thus, there will be one amp for the tweeters, one for the mids and another one for the woofer."