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HolidayBuyer's Guide

Morkt Samfunn Console

The Apogee/Krell system

2,000 watts driving two 12-inch subs

Homemade suitcase boombox

A simple setup

A serious hi-fi

A DIY audiophile

Headphones and tubes

Man cave

Made in Mexico

Getting down to business

Magnepan home theater

High-end hi-fi

Neat system

High-end mystery system

Now hear this

Teacher's turntable

Homemade home theater

Reel-to-reel

Office stereo

Jeremy P.'s Morkt Samfunn Console may be a throwback to the entertainment consoles of the 1940s and '50s, but it's outfitted with the best in high efficiency, vacuum tube amplification and speaker design.
Caption by / Photo by Jeremy P.
Al F.'s audiophile dream system has flat panel Apogee Diva speakers and Krell amps. Back in the day, this was an ultimate hi-fi rig. It's still pretty spectacular!
Caption by / Photo by Al F.
Luis Alberto C. says his Pioneer amp feeds 2,000 watts to two L7 Kicker 12-inch subs. The door panels house 14 tweeters and 6 midrange drivers. He says the system "bumps pretty good." I'm sure it does!
Caption by / Photo by Luis Alberto C.
Greg S.'s homemade suitcase boombox. It uses a battery-powered Lepai TA2020 amp and car speakers.
Caption by / Photo by Greg S.
This is Damian G.'s setup. It has Audioengine A2 speakers and an Airport Express streaming Apple lossless files. He just ordered an Audioengine DAC and might get the sub, too.
Caption by / Photo by Damian G.
James B. has the snazziest looking, custom painted Zu Essence speakers, Rega P3-24 turntable, Modwright Oppo BDP-83SE player, Rotel RB-1070 amp, Rotel RB-1070 preamp, Logitech Transporter, Jasmine Audio phono stage, Moth Audio si2A3 headphone amp, and Audio Technica ATH-L3000 headphones.
Caption by / Photo by James B.
Keith A. describes himself as a DIY kind of audiophile. His current setup has a pair of NaO RSII speakers, which he made from a plans-based DIY kit from Music and Design dot com. Behind the room divider there's a DIY subwoofer that uses a 15-inch TC Sounds driver.
Caption by / Photo by Keith A.
Eric N.'s Sennheiser HD 800 headphones, juiced up by a Bottlehead tube amp. Bet it sounds great!
Caption by / Photo by Eric N.
Scott M.'s big-rig home theater system sports Klipsch RF52-II speakers, a pair of Polk PSW-505 12-inch subwoofers (one just wasn't earth-shattering enough), four Energy Take 5.1 Height/Presence speakers, four Polk M30 monitors for side and rear surrounds, and a Polk TL2 center channel speaker. A Yamaha RX-A3000 receiver powers the whole setup.
Caption by / Photo by Scott M.
Jetro C. sent this shot of his system: made-in-Mexico Aletheia A28 speakers, an old Brazilian Gradiente amp, a Yamaha CDS100 SACD player, and an Akai reel-to-reel tape recorder that was restored by Jetro's uncle.
Caption by / Photo by Jetro C.
Roger W. has Tekton Lore-S speakers, an Oppo BDP-105 Blu-ray player, a Rotel RB-990BX amp, and a Rotel RC-995 preamp.
Caption by / Photo by Roger W.
Guillaume is 23 and lives in Montreal. He has Magnepan SMG flat-panel speakers, a Cerwin-Vega CLSC-6C center speaker, Harman/Kardon SAT-HKS2 satellite surround speakers, a Polk PSW110 subwoofer, a SystemDek IIX turntable with Grado Black Cartridge, Grado SR225 headphones, a Naim amp, a Marantz SR4300 receiver, and lots more!
Caption by / Photo by Guillaume
Thu L.'s rig looks impressive. Thu has a VTL ST-150 amp, a Cary SLP-98 preamp, a Squeezebox Touch, an Eastern Electric Minimax DAC, a PS Audio PowerPlant Premier power conditioner, and Usher Dancer Mini 2 Diamond speakers.
Caption by / Photo by Thu L.
Mike S. has a Rega RP3 turntable, an Emotiva USP-1 preamp and an XPA-200 2-channel amplifier, an Outlaw LFM-1 Plus 12-inch subwoofer, and PSB Alpha B1 speakers.
Caption by / Photo by Mike S.
Wesley K. didn't identify all the parts of his system, but I see he has Audio Research electronics and a VPI turntable.
Caption by / Photo by Wesley K.
Scott S.'s home rig is a Jolida JD202a amp with Fostex FE206e headphones.
Caption by / Photo by Scott S.
Phil S.'s turntable was made so the working end of the turntable is oriented to face the teacher while the speaker faces the classroom.
Caption by / Photo by Phil S.
Walter W.'s homemade theater system, initiated in December, 2005, in San Diego, Calif.
Caption by / Photo by Walter W.
Brian C. sent this shot of his Technics reel-to-reel tape recorder. These were really popular in the 1980s.
Caption by / Photo by Brian C.
Kiran S.'s office system uses a NuForce Icon DAC, with KEF IQ30 speakers connected to a Mac mini, and Bang & Olufsen Form 2 headphones.
Caption by / Photo by Kiran S.
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