Dynaudio Contour 3.0 loudspeaker Associated Equipment
Vinyl was played on a Linn Sondek/Lingo/Ittok/Sumiko setup. My digital source was an Adcom GDA-700 D/A processor driven by a Krell MD-1 transport via a 75 ohm Silver Starlight digital coaxial cable. The Day-Sequerra FM Reference Classic, Rotel RH-10, Magnum Dynalab MD-108, and Fanfare FM-1 stereo tuners provided music from WQXR, our local New York classical FM station. Preamplification was provided by a long-discontinued Krell KBL for CDs, and a Mark Levinson ML-7A with Duntech MX-10 head amplifier for LPs. Power amplifiers included a Bryston 4B-ST, a pair of Bryston 7B-ST monoblocks, and a Mark Levinson No.331.
Interconnects were balanced Krell Cogelco Yellow cables. Speaker cables included a biwired set of Sumiko OCOS or a set of biwired QED Qudos Profile 8 cables. The comparison loudspeakers included a pair of Quad ESL-63 USA Monitors hung in Arcici stands, and Chario Academy 1s and Totem Acoustic Model 1 Signatures used on Sumiko Franklin & Lowell stands. All amplifiers were plugged into a 200A AC outlet.—Larry Greenhill