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Winston Mas Listening Room: A Photographic Update
As companion piece to the interview/photo series that weve been doing with Winston Ma, Winston was kind enough to send along some updated photos containing his current components and their configuration.
And since "a picture is worth a thousand words," more or less, Ill let you walk through the latest edition of the album...
Voila! A new look! Winstons put in some new components, and made MAJOR changes in his choice of loudspeakers
His component rack now holds a different set of components than we covered back in Positive Feedback, Vol. 9, No. 2, or http://www.positive-feedback.com/Issue1/mainterview.htm or (http://www.positive-feedback.com/Issue2/mapart2.htm.
Is that yes, it is! The beautiful La Luce turntable, as set up and lovingly tuned by table maven and all around excellent fellow George Cardas. A work of analog art...
The FIM preamp is exceptionally beautiful, and sounds exceptional. The finished stone on top acts as a vibration damper.
Rick Gardner and I both marveled at Winstons glorious Marantz monoblocks, but they werent set up at that time, since he was using the Paul Weitzels Tube Research monoblocks. Next time I visit him, I hope to hear these.
These new Avalon Sentinels certainly look like glorious transducers and their specifications are extraordinary. For more information on these, check Avalons site at http://www.avalonacoustics.com/sent.html. Bloody impressive!
Winstons reference HDCD player is from none other than Pacific Microsonics
while heres a Wadia
and theres a Luxman! Now all that Winston needs is a next-generation SACD player, and hes ready to roll!
Behind the component rack, centered on the back wall, is the carved wooden panel that I mentioned in the companion article elsewhere in this issue (http://www.positive-feedback.com/Issue3/maroom.htm). This gives you a better look at it
while this shows the ingenious work that Winston had executed to add audio functionality to this lovely paneling.
This is a better view of how the upper corners at the listeners end of the room are handled. The ceiling height here is in the neighborhood of 16 feet; the speaker end of the room is about 10 feet high, sloping upwards towards the listener as you can see here.
Youll ask me, "Gee David, where did all of those BEAUTIFUL Tube Research monoblocks go??!!" There they are to one side of Winstons sun room. Winston, dont let these sit too long bring them down and Ill put them in MY listening room for a while!
Stay tuned well be adding another companion photo essay shortly, showing you some design and construction images from the planning and execution stages of Winstons project.