03 February 2002
For a couple of months ago I came across the amplifiers of my dreams, the Copland CSA 303 tube-hybrid preamp and the Copland CTA 505 tube poweramp. This amp combination is extremely well built, good looking and off course, good sounding.
Another big interest is hifi tweaking, to improve my system without spending too much money. I have for example changed the op amps in my Denon DCD-1650AR CD player and I am also going to build and change the clock. I use SoundCare SuperSpikes under the speakers and soft SD-feet under the electronics. One negative effect when upgrading the hifi system to better and more expensive components is that there is less room for tweaks.
Finally some words about my speakers. I have owned some quite good speakers like the Thiel, MA and AE but my current speakers are definitely playing in a higher league. The best part is that I have built them myself and that the materialcost for building them are half the price of the Acoustic Energy or the Thiel speakers. The speakers are a clone of the ProAc Response 2.5 and I have named them after my favourite mountain in Arjeplog where I originally come from. I have named them "AKKELIS". The clones have the same Scanspeak tweeter and woofer, the same material and dimensions of the box, and the same crossover, but with better components, as the original ProAcs.
My listening room is about 600 x 400 cm, 270 cm high, with stonewalls and woodenfloor. It is causing me some problems with the bass. These problems could maybe be solved but it would probably bee to the cost off the WAF factor .
I listen to most kinds of music except for classical music and hip-hop. I would think that I play 40% jazz, 30 % Soul/R´n´B, 10% folk, 10% rock/blues and 10% metal.
When evaluating hifi systems I usually bring 6 cd,s:
Stefan's comments about his System:
AA: "Stefan, how would you describe your system's sound?"
SB: "The sound is very musical with good bass, a big soundstage and with a quite high level of details."
AA: "Do you think there is room for improvement?"
SB: "There is always room for improvement. My amplifiers are so good that I will stick with them for a long time. I have a new set of tubes for them and I am curious about if a change would improve the sound. The best improvement would probably be to do something about my room, I think that my hifi only plays at 70% of its capacity for the moment, due to my room limitations."
AA: "Have you got plans for upgrading?"
SB: "I am planning to
change the tubes in my amps, I am also going to upgrade the
CD clock. I have recently ordered graphite dampers for my
speakers and electronics. I am also thinking about building
new and more exclusive speakers, but not in the near