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    DarTZeel CTH-8550 MkII video now up on Suncoast YT channel

    Just watched Mike and Mike's videos of the unboxing and playback of the new CTH-8550 Mk 2 integrated amp.

    We all know how superb Florian's Clarisys speakers are but, personally, I think the DarTZeel amplification takes things to another level.

    Background: An audio buddy and I first heard the CTH-8550 (Mk 1) integrated in Jonathan Tinn's room at the CA Audio Show in Emeryville, CA over 10 years or so ago. My buddy and I thought then, and still do, it was one of the FINEST amplification components we'd ever heard, regardless of cost or specification (e.g. "separates”). We both still very clearly remember that experience even though it's been over a decade, now.

    I also have another local friend who's a member of our local SFAS (SF Audiophile Society) that recently bought a CTH-8550, and he's absolutely smitten with it, too.

    Congrats on picking up DarTZeel, Mike. It's going to be an amazing line for Suncoast and your customers. Cheers.

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    Re: DarTZeel CTH-8550 MkII video now up on Suncoast YT channel

    Is there conversation somewhere about how amazing this must sound?
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    Re: DarTZeel CTH-8550 MkII video now up on Suncoast YT channel

    Quote Originally Posted by brad225 View Post
    Is there conversation somewhere about how amazing this must sound?
    It sounds freaking amazing. Sweet. Musical. Awesome.


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    Re: DarTZeel CTH-8550 MkII video now up on Suncoast YT channel

    Quote Originally Posted by brad225 View Post
    Is there conversation somewhere about how amazing this must sound?
    One of the top 3 best-sounding components I've ever heard, regardless of type (integrated vs. separates)...and that was the Mk I version.
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    Re: DarTZeel CTH-8550 MkII video now up on Suncoast YT channel

    I know where to get matching shoes but I would rather not. Does it come in black?
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    Re: DarTZeel CTH-8550 MkII video now up on Suncoast YT channel

    Quote Originally Posted by Dizzie View Post
    I know where to get matching shoes but I would rather not. Does it come in black?
    Just the red and gold colors. They're beautifully crafted products.
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    Re: DarTZeel CTH-8550 MkII video now up on Suncoast YT channel

    I’ve seen MkI in black floating around the net. Not sure if it’s available for the MkII. Personally I think gold/red looks more exotic

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    Re: DarTZeel CTH-8550 MkII video now up on Suncoast YT channel

    I have seen darTZeel equipment up close and personal. I prefer a more traditional approach. At a show I asked either the importer or the Swiss representative if their equipment was available in black. If I remember correctly he said they used to be but sales were too low compared to the red/gold so black was discontinued.
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    Re: DarTZeel CTH-8550 MkII video now up on Suncoast YT channel

    Quote Originally Posted by Dizzie View Post
    I have seen darTZeel equipment up close and personal. I prefer a more traditional approach. At a show I asked either the importer or the Swiss representative if their equipment was available in black. If I remember correctly he said they used to be but sales were too low compared to the red/gold so black was discontinued.
    Well, it's hard to argue with actual sales and marketing data. Having only one color scheme also results in lower COGS for DarTZeel, which contributes to bottom-line profit, so it likely makes business sense from "both sides of the equation", as it were.
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    Re: DarTZeel CTH-8550 MkII video now up on Suncoast YT channel

    If anyone doesn't like their red and gold I will refinish it for them to black.
    It should only take about 5-6 years.
    Assuming I can find the right materials.
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    Re: DarTZeel CTH-8550 MkII video now up on Suncoast YT channel

    I visited Mike at the store today. The DT is certainly a beautiful match with the Clarysis Studio Plus. It was a short visit but the tonality of the combo was fantastic. In the system was an Innous Server, Berkeley DAC, DT and Clarysis with Shunyata cables.
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    Re: DarTZeel CTH-8550 MkII video now up on Suncoast YT channel

    I have the monoblocks and the preamp and love them. I really really love the black and gold - won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but they look much better in person than they do in photos. Not garish at all (furthest thing from my mind when I look at them). No matter what one thinks of the looks, they sound WAY better than they look.

    Great pick up Mike. With Jonathan’s passing, they needed some new representation in the US.


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    Re: DarTZeel CTH-8550 MkII video now up on Suncoast YT channel

    Forgot to add - even my wife likes the look. In her exact words “looks better than all of that black sh!t”. Of course, she’d be happier if I threw it all out.
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    Re: DarTZeel CTH-8550 MkII video now up on Suncoast YT channel

    Quote Originally Posted by Ritmo View Post
    I visited Mike at the store today. The DT is certainly a beautiful match with the Clarysis Studio Plus. It was a short visit but the tonality of the combo was fantastic. In the system was an Innous Server, Berkeley DAC, DT and Clarysis with Shunyata cables.
    Thanks for the comments, Mike. Yep, having heard the CTH-8550 myself a number of times...not surprised. Not surprised at all...

    Maybe one day...
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    Re: DarTZeel CTH-8550 MkII video now up on Suncoast YT channel

    Great stuff all around. Look forward to hearing them or other DZ products at FL next year.
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    Re: DarTZeel CTH-8550 MkII video now up on Suncoast YT channel

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike View Post
    It sounds freaking amazing. Sweet. Musical. Awesome.


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    Re: DarTZeel CTH-8550 MkII video now up on Suncoast YT channel

    Quote Originally Posted by Hounddog View Post

    Great pick up Mike. With Jonathan’s passing, they needed some new representation in the US.


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    Any of you that had personal dealings with Jonathan know those are large shoes to fill.

    I have only had a few minor conversations with Mike but I think those shoes will be just his size.
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    DarTZeel CTH-8550 MkII video now up on Suncoast YT channel

    Quote Originally Posted by brad225 View Post
    Any of you that had personal dealings with Jonathan know those are large shoes to fill.

    I have only had a few minor conversations with Mike but I think those shoes will be just his size.
    DartZeel has a new distributor. He is also representing Clarisys Audio loudspeakers for us as a retailer in the VA/DC/MD area and he has some other brands on the retail side too.


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