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    Calypso Arrived to Rescue System During Quarantine

    The last 24 hours since an Audiogon-sourced Calypso arrived have been among a handful of peak experiences I've had that make this hobby so persistent and irresistible for me. I regularly tell my family that I love my stereo and never get bored of listening. But this upgrade is so good, so comprehensive and overwhelming that I can hardly believe it. My old preamp was holding me back without my realizing it. Suddenly my Magicos are imaging 100% better and the soundstage is huge and well defined. It sounds more musical and more detailed. Even my wife is gushing.

    Paul McGowan of PS Audio emphatically praised the Aesthetix Calypso in his blog and I've wanted one ever since. This one came with some sweet NOS Amperex "Bugle Boy" 12AX7 tubes. For now I have no idea the extent of their contribution because they are all I have. Anyway, I'm ready for two more weeks of social distancing. As long as I have Tidal (and maybe some toilet paper), I'm all good!
    Magico S3 Mk II (M-Coat Titanium)
    AMG V12 (Teatro cart)
    Lampizator Atlantic Plus DSD512
    Aesthetix Calypso Preamp
    Auorasound VIDA (phono-stage)
    PS Audio BHK Signature 300 monos
    Aurender N100h
    Nordost Frey 2
    HRS, Rix Rax

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    Re: Calypso Arrived to Rescue System During Quarantine

    What was the previous preamp that was “holding you back “..... if you don’t mind me asking.

    Cheers.......
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    Re: Calypso Arrived to Rescue System During Quarantine

    Hi MRJAZZ: It is a two-box customized tubed preamp from (recently defunct) Blue Circle Audio. It is really a strange and marvellous creation. There are more than 400,000 mF of capacitance in the power supply, which weighs a ton from all the capacitors. The design is dual mono (like the Calypso) but has two handmade Shalco volume controls with separate resistors for each step. Gilbert Yeung, the Blue Circle designer, built his equipment by hand; so everything is point-to-point wiring. I've loved it for several years and I thought it sounded great. Then this hussy named Calypso came into the listening room and there is just no comparison...
    Magico S3 Mk II (M-Coat Titanium)
    AMG V12 (Teatro cart)
    Lampizator Atlantic Plus DSD512
    Aesthetix Calypso Preamp
    Auorasound VIDA (phono-stage)
    PS Audio BHK Signature 300 monos
    Aurender N100h
    Nordost Frey 2
    HRS, Rix Rax

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    Re: Calypso Arrived to Rescue System During Quarantine

    Love hearing these stories and the passion, enjoy!


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    Source Analog: Kuzma Stabi R with 4point 11 arm & Kuzma 50 Cartridge
    Source Digital: Aurender N10 | Brinkmann Nyquist MK II
    Amplification: Dan D’Agostino Momentum Pre Amp and Monos | Boulder Phono 508
    Speakers: Wilson Alexias
    Cabling: Nordost Valhalla 2/Odin: power, interconnects & speaker | Ansuz: C2 power & interconnect | Audioquest Diamond RJ45’s
    Power: Stromtank S1000 | Nordost QRT series | CAD GC1 | Furutech FP55SN cable from 20 amp breakers to Furutech GTX D NSF packages | Keces P3 & P8 | ADD POWR Sorcer 4 | Environmental Potential EP2050
    Other: HRS M3X | Stillpoints Ultra 6, SS & Mini | Nordost Sort Cones TC & BC | etherREGEN | Gigafoil v4 | Vicoustics | Audio Desk Systeme - Gläss








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    Re: Calypso Arrived to Rescue System During Quarantine

    Congratulations!

    That’s great news. Always love reading about getting the one piece you’ve wanted for a long time and it’s as good or better than expected.

    Enjoy in great health.
    Wharfedale Linton w/ stands, Avantgarde Duo XD, Klipsch RB-75, Klipsch RP-160M.

    Luxman 590AX Mark II, Job INTegrated.

    Conrad Johnson GAT2, Wyred 4 Sound STP-SE Stage 2, Misho Myronov Wooden pre.

    Misho Myronov Wooden amp, First Watt SIT-3 (x 2 - one as backup), Job 250 Monos, Valvet E2se, NuForce STA200, AkitikA GT-102 amp, ASL Wave monos, Dennis Had 45 monos. Absolute Audio Labs PCF 25 amp (improved First Watt F7 super clone)

    RME Audio ADI-2 DAC FS, ModWright Ultimate Sony XA-5400ES.

    Burmester 948, McIntosh MCLK12, Kimber Kable, Siltech, Cardas, Avanti Audio cables.

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    Re: Calypso Arrived to Rescue System During Quarantine

    Glad to hear you’re loving your Aesthetix pre! I’ve always been intrigued by their gear.
    Sean

    Lumin T2
    Pass Labs XP 22 & X260.8
    Magico A3
    Shunyata Research PS8/Defender; Alpha/Delta/Venom NR PC; Alpha Ethernet/Venom IC/SC
    HRS E1

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    Re: Calypso Arrived to Rescue System During Quarantine

    And your Calypso can be upgraded to signature or eclipse level if you ever want more. I really like that compared to flipping equipment to upgrade. This month's TAS has a rave review of the Altas Eclipse

    Blue Circle had some cool stuff. Looks like amherstaudio.com is selling the Blue Circle designs with Gilbert's help.
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    Room: shared use, American Clay on walls and ceiling
    Speakers: Vandersteen 5A Carbon
    Amp: Aesthetix Atlas Eclipse Stereo
    Preamp: Aesthetix Calypso Eclipse
    Source: Aesthetix Romulus Eclipse, Logitech Transporter
    Power: Audioquest Niagara 1000, Keces P3
    Ground/Isolation: CAD Ground Control GC1, Gigafoil V4
    Cables: Audioquest Hurricane on DAC, Audioquest Earth, Audioquest Castlerock, Audioquest Diamond Ethernet

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