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Reference systems - Reference system 6

By "Reference system", we mean a system used as a reference point or comparison point. It does not change from a listening session to another, and is perfectly known by us. We use such a system to evaluate the devices we review on this site. We do not mean at all that it is the best system in the world...

Here is the description of the Reference system #6 used for the listening sessions and reviews. This #6 of our Reference system is an improvement over our previous #5 version, focusing on various cables changes, and other small improvements.

You can download a full diagram of this system
with this link

  • Drive METRONOME TECHNOLOGIE T2A Signature, used from its BNC output, with its separated Reference Power Supply:

Digital cable: STEREOLAB XV-ULTRA with BNC connectors (BNC ► RCA adapters are supplied):

• This digital connection is doubled by a ST Optic Fiber connection between the Metronome Technology T2A Signature and our reference DAC, the COUNTERPOINT DA-10 Rapture Premium Full upgrade. It has been fully upgraded by Mike ELLIOTT in 2006, then the 2 transformers have been upgraded by the PLITRON. The connectors were also upgraded by the 75 ohms certified CANARE for the digital input, and the VAMPIRE CMF1/CB made of OFC copper and Teflon insulated for the RCA outputs. A photo of this wonderful DAC is herebelow:

• This Reference System #6 is completed by the new flagship Turntable from REGA, the famous RP-10, hosting a RB-2000 tonearm, ith a SUMIKO Blackbird MC cartridge, associated with a phono preamp from CLEARAUDIO: the CLEARAUDIO Basic Plus with its optional ACCU+ Battery module.  This combo is reviewedin this article, which will be updated to described the improvement coming from the ACCU+ Battery module.

• The cable used between the COUNTERPOINT DA-10 NEW DAC and the THRESHOLD Fet-10 HE upgraded preamp is a
Silver TEMPO ELECTRIC with an oversized Teflon jacket and the EICHMANN Silver Bullet RCA male connectors.
• The preamp is the state of the art THRESHOLD Fet-10He with the upgraded power supply, that is fully described on our website.

the stock power supply is shown on the left herebelow, whereas the upgraded power supply Version 1is shown on the right. The FET-10He used in this Reference System 6 is equiped with the upgraded Power Supply Version 2, which much more  complex, but the sonic resultq are quite equivalent (we have identified what can be improved but it is still not yet done):

• The modulation cable wetween the THRESHOLD Fet-10He and the 2 monoblocks THRESHOLD SA/6e are the SILVER RESOLUTION from Signal Cable equipped with the famous EICHMANN Silver Bullet (note that Signal Cable can still mount these EICHMANN Silver bullet upon request):
• The amplifiers are still the marvelous THRESHOLD SA/6e monoblocks Class A, 125W per channel, only one is shown herebelow:

• The loudspeakers are the PROAC Response 3.8:

• The custom subwoofer is a built around an 33cm AUDAX driver, a PR300M0:

sub1.jpg sub2.jpg

• The modulation cables are the SIGNAL CABLE SILVER RESOLUTION with the EICHMANN RCA Silver Bullet connectors, and NEUTRIK XLR.

• The Speaker Cables are the ANTICABLES LEVEL 2 Performance Series.


• The AC line starts with the SYSTEM and MAGIC outlets, model "BLACK NOISE Six":

• The main Power Cord feeding all the system is a JENALABS CRYO BASIC Power Cord:

• The other Power Cords are the JORMA SUPER POWER CORDS:

• For some particular devices, we also use our DIY Power Cord, based ona a well known BELDEN with Teflon insulation and FURUTECH connectors:


• The superb EUPHONIA cones, with a very high manufacturing quality and damped with a anti vibration fluid are used under almost every device:

This article has been written by Nounours - November 2014

Creation date : 16/11/2014 @ 21:22
Last update : 22/11/2014 @ 23:27
Category : Reference systems
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