I have been an audiophile pretty much for over 50 years. As a young boy growing up in Hong Kong in the 1960’s, I was listening to my elder brothers’ Lenco turntable, playing hits from the Beatles, Everly Brothers, Gary Lewis and the Playboys, Dino, Desi & Billy and other UK hits.
My first audiophile system was acquired back in college in the mid seventies, made up of Crown DC300A, Acoustic Research AR3a and AR XA Turntable, all still considered to be classics 40 years later.
My musical taste was pretty much 1960’s classic pop, 1970’s pop and then I started venturing into blues, jazz, world music and finally classical.
I now listen to almost any genre of music, leaning more towards jazz, world music and classical. I divide my listening into 65% digital and 35% analog. Over the years, I have built up a large digital library, now with over 210,000 songs. My analog library is modest at about 2500 LP’s.
Audio System 1:
Speakers – Dynaudio Sapphire
Amplifiers – Pass Labs X.600.5
Preamplifier – Pass Labs XP-20
DAC – Auralic Vega DAC
CD Player – Esoteric UX-3
Turntables – Verdier La Platine / Oswalds Mill Slate Lenco
Phono Stage – Pass Labs Xono x 2 (Dual Mono Mode)
Tonearms – Moerch DP-6 and Reed 2A
Cartridge – ZYX Universe and Lyra Kleos
NAS – Drobo 5N
Headphones – Sennheiser HD650
Cables / Speakers – Purist
Cables / Interconnects – Purist
Cables / Power – Van den hul
HT Preamp Processor – Yamaha CX-5000
HT Power Amplifier – McIntosh MC-126
DVD Player – OPPO BDP-95
Subwoofer – JL Audio F113
Audio System 2:
Speakers – KEF LS50
Integrated Amplifier – Esoteric RZ-1
DAC – Apogee Ensemble