Recommended Equipment

This list contains electronic equipment that we at CarlssonPlanet or at the Stig Carlsson Trust have found answering to our ideals.
Our ideals are: Transparent, neutral, spatial and tonally correct sound.

* Indicates that the equipment is only available at the 2nd hand market.
**Indicates that the equipment is most likely to be difficult to find outside of Sweden or far away from Sweden.

DVD (used as CD player):
– Oppo BDP-83SE

– Cambridge Azur 650 BD

– LG BD-370 

– Panasonic BD55

– Sony BDP-S550

– Toshiba HD-E1

– Pioneer DV-LX50

– Pioneer DV-668

– Denon DVD-1730

– Denon DVD-1720

– Cambridge DVD89

– Pioneer DV-757Aii

– Cambridge DVD55

– Philips DVP-3005

Thin small thing that plays DVD Video, VCD, SVCD, DVD-R/-RW/+R/+RW, CD(Audio), CD-R/RW, Picture CD, PAL/NTSC, Progr. Scan with Scart, RGB, dig coax out. See: Philips DVP 3005

– Pioneer DV-2750*
Gives you 90% of the sound from DV-668/757Ai. Plays CD-R/W, VCD/DVD-R/W/SVCD/WMA/ JPEG, component, prog. scan (PAL/NTSC)

– Pioneer DV-370*,
same as DV-2750 but with a different front.

CD players
– Cambridge Audio Azur 540C

– Cambridge Audio, D500-SE

– Denon CD-625*
(Primarily the early Japan built models from the first series.

– Denon DN-600*
(“Aerobics”-model)

– JVC CD-331* and CD-241*

– Pioneer PD-75*
(Modified with LC Clock)

DAC
– Sentec DiAna*/**

CD Receiver
– Denon D-M35

– Denon D-M33

– Denon UD-M31*

– Denon UD-M30*

– Yamaha Piano Craft

– Teac CR-H100

Compact units
– TEAC 300 Series*

– TEAC 500 Series*

Integrated Amplifiers
– Harman Kardon HK670

Receivers
– Denon DRA-1000

Multi channel receivers
– Denon DVR-2805

– Pioneer VSX-1014

– Pioneer VSX-D814

– Denon AVR-2105*

– Denon AVR-1802*

– Marantz 5200*

– Onkyo TX-DS595*

Pre amplifiers
– Sentec SC-9*/**
Check / replace potentiometer for volume control.

– Denon UD-M30*/31*/33/35
Receiver with “pre-out” and “sub-out” (not the 30)

– Tandberg 3002A*/**

Power amplifiers
– Sentec PA-9*/**
(mono blocks)

– NAD 208*

– Rotel RB-1080
Old model only with two red LEDs, don’t buy the new model with blue LED and WBT connectors, it does not have the same sound as the early model.

– DMX-200*
Cheap version of GamuT D-200, with simplified PSU.

– Rotel RB-1090

– GamuT D-200

– Sunfire
From Bob Carver, 2 x 1300W!
Switched PSU

Tuners
– Pioneer F-93*

– Pioneer F-91*

– Denon TU-S10

– Pioneer F series*
(cheaper)

– Sentec Tuner*

Turntables
– Dual CS-5000*

– Simply Black

– Linn LP12
With later PSUs like Valhalla.

– Unamco T1*/**
(only when renovated)

– Sonab 85S*/**
(only when renovated)

– Early Thoréns*
Like TD125-145, 160 a.s.o.
(only when renovated)

– Thoréns 320*
(only when renovated)

Pick up
– Ortofon OM-30 (Super)

– Ortofon OM 40 (Super)

Phono Pre preamplifiers
– Sentec MM-9*/**

Tape decks
– Pioneer CT93*

– Pioneer CT95*

– Sony WM-D6C
(Portable)

Miscellaneous
– SD feet
(soft spikes)

– Vibra feet
(soft spikes)

– Supra Ply
Loudspeaker cable

– Supra
Interconnects

Center / surround speakers
Whilst we await the home theatre OA-speakers from the Carlsson factory check out the Gale 30 series.

As you might have noticed there is not a lot of information written here about the different items, only a listing. Reviews for many of these products are available at http://www.audioreview.com/reviewscrx.aspx. You will need to make your own decision.
AND WITH LINKS – CD-PLAYERS:

– Atoll Electronique CD100

– Cambridge Azur 540C 

– Cambridge Audio D500SE

– Denon CD-625

– Denon DN-600 

– Pioneer Reference PD-91
LISTENER TIPS – CD:

– Pioneer PD-D6-J

– Quad 99 CDP
(nypris 10.500:-, tipset från A. Palo)

 

CD-RECEIVER/KOMPAKT:

– Denon D-M35

– Denon D-M33

– Teac CR-H225

 Denon UD-M31 

– Denon UD-M30

– Yamaha PianoCraft_E-600

– Teac CR-H250

– Teac CR-H230

– Panasonic SA-PM03 (SC-PM03)

– Teac CR-H100

 

COMPACT SEPARATES:

– Teac 300-serien

– Teac 500-serien

 

STEREO-RECEIVER:

– Denon DRA-1000 

– NAD 7240PE

– Pioneer SX-227/229

TIPS:

– Philips 22AH386
CINEMA-RECEIVER:

– Denon AVR-2308 

– Denon AVR-1908 

– Denon AVR-1507

– Denon AVR-1907 

– Denon AVR-2307 

– Denon AVR-2807

– Denon AVR-2106 

– Denon AVR-1306

– Denon AVR-2105

– Denon AVR-2805

– Pioneer VSX-1014

– Pioneer VSX-D814

– Harman Kardon 430

– Denon AVR-1802 

TIPS:
– Yamaha RX-V430 RDS

 

INTEGRATED:

– Hegel H1 Mk 4

– Harman Kardon HK670

TIPS:

– Nad 320BEE
2998:-, 2×50W i 8 ohm, 2×160W dyn. i 4 ohm, pre-out

– Nad C 352
4998:-, 2×80W i 8 ohm, 2×185W dyn. i 4 ohm, pre-out mm,

– Marantz PM7200
2×25W Klass A, 2×95W KlassAB, 12,3 kg (

– Rotel RA211 (tips från T. Nydén)

– Luxman L 525 (tips fr. R. Schmiedel)

– Audionet SAM (tips från U. Hagbard)

– Copland CTA401
PREAMPS:

– Sentec SC-9

– Denon UD-M30 

– Tandberg 3002A

Lyssnartips:

– Quad 99

 

STEREO-AMPS:

– Bryston 14B SST 

– GamuT D-200

– GamuT/DMX 200

– NAD 208

– Rotel RB-1080

– Rotel RB-1090

– Sunfire Signature Stereo Amplifier

– Sentec PA-9

TIPS:

– Trend T-Amp 10.1
(Signaturen Gagarin)

– Pass Aleph

– Quad 99

 

TUNER:

– Pioneer F-93

– Pioneer F-91

– Denon TU-S10
(4498:- )

– Yamaha T-09
DAC:

– Benchmark DAC1 

– Bel Canto e.One Dac 3/Preamp

– Sentec DiAna

TIPS:

– Cambridge DacMagic

VINYL-SPELARE:

– Simply Black

– Linn LP12 Valhalla

– Dual CS-5000

– Unamco T-1

– Sonab 85S

– Thorens (TD125-145, 160)

– Thorens 320

– Pioneer PL-12

 

PICKUP:
– Ortofon OM-30 och OM-40

 

MM/MC-PHONOSTEG:

– Sentec PP-9
CENTER/SURROUNDS:

– DALI Concept CT

– B&W LCR60

– LTS:
Surround
Lillcenter
Storcenter

– Gale 3050C* (CP)

 

EARPHONES:

– B&W P5

– AKG K271 studio

– Beyer Dynamic 990 Pro

– Sennheiser HD 600 Avantgarde

– Philips HS900

Martin Dellstig – Co-Editor

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One Response to Recommended Equipment

  1. Avatar
    Rainer Schmiedel 21 November, 2015 at 11:34 #

    Hi Martin, another excellent fit is the combination Luxman C02 / M02. I use this vintage combo together with a pair of OA 116 and a pair of OA 14. The bass is increased slightly using a Canton Fonissimo (passive) subwoofer. In total I have 12 sonab speakers “working” at home – crazy? No, not at all!

    best regards from Frankfurt area, Germany
    Rainer

    Rainer Schmiedel
    65779 Kelkheim

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