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New music listening room

Michael Valentine Studio
New music listening room 2022
New music listening room

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Moving on up (or down South to be more accurate)...

After over fifty years of relatively peaceful living in South London, I have been fortunate to be able to relocate to hopefully almost guaranteed peace (and greater space) of the South Coast.

Like many house hunting music lovers, my top priority (alongside location - location, aspect and property structural integrity) is ‘can the hi-fi and music collection fit comfortably in the new listening space?’

This is my third and hopefully final move, so I had to get it right! Now with greater musical experience, more (and better) hi-fi components and an even larger record collection, I look forward to designing my music listening room (Michael Valentine Studio) almost from scratch.

When the planned extension to my new music listening room is complete, dimensions will be 3.65m width X 8.38m length (12’Width X 27.5’ in old money). This may not seem very substantial to some (especially to some of my American cousins) but this is a huge increase on my previous listening space and opens up various component placement possibilities (especially as a MartinLogan ESL user). A dedicated ring main (or two) or perhaps individual radial circuits will be installed for the system and most importantly, I will be looking to purchase new amplification.

The amplification shortlist at present:


1. Gryphon Diablo 300 integrated amplifier

Gryphon Diablo 300 integrated amplifier

2. Hegel H590 integrated amplifier

Hegel H590 integrated amplifier

3. Coda 60.0 mono amplifier x 2 (with FET Preamplifier 06x or 07x)

Coda 60.0 mono amplifier x 2 (with FET Preamplifier 06x or 07x)

Building extension works should start towards the end of January 2022,
so watch this space for a diary of progress from start to finish!

Robin Francis
© Michael Valentine Studio
December 2021 - January 2022

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