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, Gilbert Yeung Design) or stand alone phono stages (Yeung Design) and with one of several Audio Note turntable/arm/cartridge combinations. The Cantata has built-in accommodation for USB.
System 1: $21,000
Resolution Audio Cantata 3.0 Music Center CD player
Gilbert Yeung Design Model 002i-GY EPS solid state integrated amplifier
JM Reynaud Bliss Jubilee speakers w/JMR Magic Stands or Euterpe Jubilees
Upgrades: Cantabile Jubilees, add $2400.1
System 1A: $19,000 – $21,000
Resolution Audio Cantata 3.0 or Audio Note CDT 2 & Dac 2.1 Signature.
Audio Note OTO SE Signature single ended tube integrated amplifier
Audio Note K/SPe’s /with Audio Note stands
Upgrade: Audio Note J/SPe speakers w/hemp: Add $2200. E/SPX HE speakers: Add $4500.
System 2: $25,000 — BEST SOUND PER DOLLAR
Resolution Audio Cantata 3.0
Gilbert Yeung Design Model 002i/EPS-GY solid state integrated amplifier
JM Reynaud Abscissa Jubilees
Upgrade: Gilbert Yeung Model NSI NT – GY, add $8000
System 3: $44,560
Gilbert Yeung Design Model NSC-GY solid state preamplifier
Gilbert Yeung Design Model NSW 300-GY solid state amplifier
JM Reynaud Orféo Jubilee loudspeakers
System 3A: c. $47,000
Gilbert Yeung Design NSC-GY
Gilbert Yeung Design NSL -GY
JM Reynaud Offrande Supreme, V2’s, used
System 3B: $44,000.
Audio Note M3 Balanced tubed preamplifier
Audio Note Empress Silver Signature 2A3 tubed mono-block amplifier
Audio Note K/SPx SE loudspeakers with Audio Note stands