I had a lot of equipement left over after upgrades over the years and decided to put them together to make the best 2 channel system I could with what I had. When I thought of it, something that sounds this good can be put together for $600 or less.
Here's the whole package.
Homemade tower speakers cost about $200 to build. They weigh 213 pounds each and sound amazing. Very complex enclosure inside I invented after 15 years of trial and error. Patent pending so no secrets revealed here.
Scott LK-48 B tube amp I picked up at Altenrative Audio in Atlanta for $200. I updated the looks a bit by adding machined aluminum knobs and painting the chassis and transformers gloss black. I always loved the sound of this thing. That is a Sony 200 disc changer which makes it convenient to listen from disc to disc. You can pick these up for less than $150 new now, although this cost me $280 when it was the latest thing. You could go with a single disc used for dirt cheap and spend the rest of your money on quality cables. The end result is amazing- It takes me away from my massive home theater system now and the to have a stiff drink and listen to forgotten music. What a cheap escape.
Let's just say it's a combination of several enclosure types used in such a way to produce a flat frequency response extremely efficiently. Many people ask where the sub is, but I am only running MCM 8" woofers. They are crossed over at 120 Hz so the 6.5's don't contribute to the bass at all. Bummer that the tweeters inside the 6.5's blew (they are coaxial like KEF loudspeakers). Imaging was noticeably better before I was forced to put the titanium tweeters up top.
Sound is as pure as I've heard, thanks. I used to go to Audio Alternatives in Atlanta with any girl I was dating at the time. The owner (Allen) is a great guy who would set me up with some vinyl and dual Nakamichi Golden Dragon tube amps and wring that cost more than my car, dim the lights, leve the room, and close the door. Not totally up to par with that system, but sure does remind me of my single days. I think by now I have gone through most of the 200 discs in the changer and I haven't felt the need to so much as adjust the bass or treble controls. Just sounds natural.