Synergistic Systems

Here are a handful of my personal favorite synergistic systems which provide an example of what I’m talking about. All are very good at what they do. All are assembled with at least one eye to value.  These systems have different virtues and are among the best I know. For those who want their Audio Note systems pure, that company offers a full line of CD players, digital transports, and dacs — most of which cost more than the Cantata; and plenty of Audio Note cabling for a lot more dough than Crimson.

All of these systems can accommodate vinyl at a reasonable additional cost with either a built in phono stage (Audio Note amp, Blue Circle and Crimson preamp) or stand alone phono stages (Blue Circle and Blue Circle) and with one of several Audio Note turntable/arm/cartridge combinations. The Cantata has built-in accommodation for USB.

System 1: $14,000

Resolution Audio Cantata Music Center CD player

Blue Circle CSD2 solid state integrated amplifier

JM Reynaud Euterpe Supremes

Crimson cabling.

Upgrade: Blue Circle 002i solid state integrated amplifier Add $2000.

System 2: c. $20,000

Resolution Audio Cantata

Blue Circle O22i solid state integrated amplifier .

JM Reynaud Cantabile Jubilee

Crimson cabling

Upgrade: Jean Marie Reynaud Abscissa Jubilees. Add $1200.

System 3: $18,400 or $26,600*

Resolution Audio Cantata

Audio Note OTO SE Signature single ended tube integrated amplifier…with Sogon ac cable!

Audio Note K/SPe’s or K/SPx SE’s* w/Audio Note stands

Crimson cabling

System 4: c. $30,000 

Resolution Audio Cantata

BC 107 solid state preamplifier

BC NSP solid state stereo amplifer

JM Reynaud Offrande Supreme, V2’s

Crimson cabling

System 5: $28,000

Resolution Audio Cantata

Blue Circle BC107

Blue Circle 2K4 w/external power supply

JM Reynaud Orféos

Crimson cable

System 6: $29,250 or $34,250*

Resolution Audio Cantata

Crimson 710A solid state preamplifier

Crimson 640E solid state monoblock amplifers

Tocaro 40’s or 42’s.*

Crimson cabling

Upgrade: With 42’s add a second pair of 640’s, add $6000.

System 7: c. $45-50,000

Resolution Audio Cantata

Blue Circle BC NSC solid state preamplifier 

Blue Circle NSL solid state stereo amplifier

JM Reynaud Offrande Supreme, V2’s

Crimson cabling