$10K AUDIO SYSTEM
96dB / 8 ohm/ PRIME
12W Class A / PCB
Cables - Allocation
Gotham Audio Switzerland
Discount - 8%
ABOUT THE $10K SYSTEM
This one is EL34 tube powered [ AUDION UK Sterling 34 MKII Integrated ], combining 12W of very refined single-ended power with a high sensitivity loudspeaker of the concentric / non-complex crossover topology....Frank Fazzilari's Coherent TWELVE Prime ... sporting very special custom-modified Radian drivers. The front end is the INNUOS's Zen Mini MK3 Music Server [UPNP & ROON] with a 1TB HDD. DAC/PRE duties are provided by the exceptional SC15 DAC/PRE/Streamer by PRIMARE of Sweden....both musical jewels. The system is suitable for rooms up to about 15ft x 20 ft, and can restitute all Music Genres except very demanding Hard Rock material.
This system's sound character : The TWELVE 12" co-axial Radian driver delivers a powerful, smooth and balanced full sound top-to-bottom with no perceptible accentuation. It leans towards a full, generous and palpable restitution as opposed to being delicate and laid back. Being quasi-full range, its Phase behavior is ... well ... as its name implies ... COHERENT. This, by the way, applies to all the Coherent Audio speakers.
The choice of the Audion EL34 SE MKII/PCB amp to drive the GRA10 takes advantage of the EL34 tube's relatively linear response and its excellent bandwidth through AUDION's top notch hand wound output transformers ... a quality that all AUDION amplifiers are renowned for. The Audion OPTs ensure a total lack of "muddiness", no "flab" in the mid bass, and excellent "higher" frequency air and micro-dynamic detail. The combination with the GRA10 is ideal for Jazz, Vocals, Folk, Soft Rock and Classical music lovers.
Conveniently, and although we don't explicitly advertise the fact, this Audion amp's tubes can be "rolled"... BIG TIME. Why BIG TIME ? Because the OPTs are GREAT ... and this is quite unusual in a $2.5K amp ! No sense spending lots of money on fantastic NOS tubes when the most critical GATEKEEPER in a tube amp, the OPT, is not truly able to show you "their true colors" . Given this is a single-ended amplifier, the triode-strapped EL34s can be replaced with 6CA7, 6L6GC, KT66, KT77, Bendix 5932 and even KT88 tubes. With socket adapters, the list extends to 807s and Bendix 5933's. The input / driver 6922 and 5687 tubes are of course a "Roller's" dream tubes, as the possibilities here are fantastic -- including high performance tubes from the 6N23P, 6N1P, 7308, ECC88 families to replace the stock 6N1P/6922 tube, and from the 6N6P, 7119, E182CC, ECC99, 6900, 7044 families to replace the stock 5687.
The Front End in this system is handled by Music Server & DAC/PRE/Streamer components from INNUOS and PRIMARE.
INNUOS is gaining a reputation as the GO-TO server in terms of both functionality and superb sound quality ... and these qualities are present across their entire line, starting with the ZENMINI MK3. All INNUOS servers include a CD drive for Ripping, their own proprietary motherboards, sophisticated linear power supplies, all manner of gremlin-killing filtration and shielding ... in brief, an all out declaration of war on all the known perturbations plaguing DIGITAL, this in as far as retrieving, ripping, storing, and "serving up" digital media to the next critical digital component in the chain, the DAC. Amongst many other functionalities, the super-intuitive InnuOS software allows the user to select between UPNP, ROON Core or ROON Server. Logitech's downloadable iPENG9 [Phones and Pads] and LMS [Laptops] apps provide really user friendly "Command and Control" capabilities. The ZENMINI's character -- YES IT HAS ONE -- is very PRaTy, rhythmic and engaging. Compared to the ZEN MK3, it is more playful and wistfully entertaining in a Mozart-ian sense. The ZEN MK3 has a slightly more laid back Brahms-ian presentation, which is larger and more serene.
The PRIMARE products are masterpieces of Scandinavian design and engineering ingenuity. This line shares the same design heritage as the better known COPLAND, XENA and QLN products. Bent Nielsen and Lars Pedersen have at some point or another been the main drivers behind the four brands. The attention to detail and the finish has always been, and still is today, remarkable. With the PRIMARE line however, these gentleman have decided to incorporate as many goodies as possible into each of their products. Functionality, Versatility and Simplification are the kew words here.
Their Goal ? : BEST-VALUE-IN-A-BOX ... not surprising really. Its in their Scandinavian DNA.
PRIMARE is SO VERY typically Scandinavian ... no uber-hoopla BS promises ... no nonsense ... no hype ... rigorously practical ... clean, understated, elegant aesthetics ... seriously dependable, quality build. Ohhh, and by the way, they do care about Music very much ... and are very discerning and demanding audiophiles.
So what do their products sound like ? Not surprisingly, their sound is liquid and crystalline, unembellished, dynamics and scale are in balance, no nasties anywhere ... nothing that would color, or render unnatural a really good recording. This may lead some to describe the sound as neutral. This is actually true, but also very good, because this allows all the color and excitement in good music to be heard, as it was recorded.
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