February 2nd, 2010

Dutch courage

We visited a great music-lover and audiophile in Holland in mid-December.

Rudolph's Coltrane room

He lives in a beautiful Art Noveau style house, built at beginning of the 1900’s. Walking through room after room filled with carefully restored period features, furniture and decorations, we were impressed to say the least.

Art Noveau staircase

It really felt like a journey through time, until we were presented with his set-up and were snapped right back to the present.

Marten Coltrane setup

A rather nice setting for the Coltrane Supremes, don’t you think?

Leif

This Dutch audiophile/music lover is probably the only person in that world that can say that Coltrane Supreme is his petite system. Here is Leif beside the massive Genesis 1.1 loudspeakers that was driven by Kondo and dCS electronics.

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These are the electronics used with the Supremes: Kondo M1000 preamp, Kondo KSL dac, Kondo GAKUOH mono amps, Metronome Callisto transport, Forsell Air Reference turntable and mostly Jorma Prime cables. Very, very nice indeed :).

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The sweetest spot there is:)

Many thanks to the Dutch audiophile and his  family for the hospitality you showed us. We had a very good time in your company.

Leif


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5 Comments on “Dutch courage”

  1. 1 Behrang said at 14:47 on February 3rd, 2010:

    hi dear Marten
    I am Behran Barzin from Iran
    I really appreciate your useful blog

    I have a question if u dont mind
    in my opinion and many of Reviewers here there are not suitable acoustic situation in the house.
    there are lots strict reviewers here who believe that if there was even an extra furniture in a acoustic hall , that thing could effect on the result of course awful result I really want to know of course from you that are these stringencies true?

    I really really appreciate you and wanna know your idea
    Regards
    Behrang

  2. 2 Jorgen said at 16:37 on February 13th, 2010:

    Dear Behrang,
    This Dutch audiophile has a strong ambition in his search of perfection and beauty, but he has not the benefits of having a 100% dedicated listening room. That means that he (like the majority of us) has to do some compromises. This is a surprisingly good example of keeping two major systems in one room with fine sonic result and still it is so beautiful and the room can be used as a dining room.

    Regards Jorgen

  3. 3 Behrang said at 16:53 on February 13th, 2010:

    hi dear Marten
    really really thanks for your reply
    in my opinion you are unique and expert in all over the hifi world and i really appreciate you

    good bye and be so merry

    Behrang

  4. 4 Henning said at 10:17 on March 13th, 2010:

    Hi,

    I was wondering what audio rack is being used and would appreciate your response if you know.

    Thanks,
    Henning

  5. 5 Antti Vaisanen said at 01:30 on April 29th, 2010:

    Henning, that rack looks to be a Living Voice G8 Isolation rack.

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