As an audiophile and an audio reviewer, I have read and heard so much positive comments about the Marantz 7 tube preamplifier and the Marantz 9 tube mono amplifier.
(MARANTZ 9R TUBE AMPLIFIERS)
When an audiophile friend told me about the possibility to hear them…I jumped!
I told him that it was a ‘must’ to hear them…please please…
He was resourceful and got me the invitation to visit and hear Victor’s audio system.
You guessed it…I answered the invitation with great enthusiasm and excitement.
Victor greeted me with equal enthusiasm and excitement.
He led me to his audio room located upstairs…
Wow! What a good sized audio room of “Golden Ratio”… (can’t really remember the exact dimension of the audio room)
(MARANTZ 7 TUBE PREAMPLIFIER)
Speaking inside that audio room was easy,…easily legible…without any stress from the speaker and the listener…
The other guests exclaimed that that effect was attributable to the “Golden Ratio” of that audio room.
(VPI TNT TURNTABLE)
As I saw the audio gears therein, I was bewildered!
(TRANSFIGURATION TEMPER MC CARTRIDGE)
Even before I heard them!
( REED 2A 9.5” TONEARM)
Victor started the session with a bit of background story of himself and how he “chanced” upon the audio gems.
Victor just started his audio journey about 3 years ago.
He bought those audio gems from another fellow audiophile (Lucky)
I was thinking to myself…no one offer to sell me such audio gems?!
The listening session began with some CDs playing…
(ELECTROCOMPONIET EMC 1 CD PLAYER)
That was one of the rare occasion that CD/Digital that did not sound ‘Digital’.
(SHUNYATA V-RAY POWER DISTRIBUTOR)
There was no hardness, no artificial detailing, no unnatural highlights…
(JBL OLYMPUS S8R)
Here, as a whole, the musical presentation was defined and delineated…
…but the boundaries of each image were not artificially highlighted…
It was detail…I would even go as far as ‘modernly detail’ and ‘naturally detail’ too.
The tonality was balanced with a slight (tilt) weight at the mid low…
…which was quite enticing and alluring.
Most would have wanted that ‘rightly bloomed’ tone (including myself).
It also attributed to the dimensionality of each presented musical instrument.
Vocalist easily floated amidst the accompanying musicians in a given recording.
Mid bass slam and bang were tuneful and rounded.
I realized such audio achievement was not common among audiophile of 3 years experience…
Unabashedly, I asked Victor how he came to be that successful in his short audio journey…
He humbly replied,
I LISTENED, and
I EXECUTED! (Like a good student)
Victor has my salute and respect!