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CBernardino's CBernardino's System System
IP Address: Last Update: July 22, 2019 at 14:01:24
Amplifier: Modified (by Nick Doshi of Doshi Audio) Pathos Acoustics TT RR hybrid "INPOL" integrated amp with upgraded capacitors (Mundorf silver/gold/oil, Blackgate, etc.), and resistors (Audio Note); failed volume control replaced with Alps "Black Beauty" volume pot; 1950's Sylvania long black plate 12AX7 tubes; 2nd amp is modified (by Music Technology Inc.) Unison S6 with Jupiter Copper Foil capacitors, Vishay resistors, Bybee Music Rails, etc.; Psvane EL-34PH power tubes and Mullard CV 4004 preamp tubes.
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): None
Speakers: Custom Bache Audio Metro 001's with 3/4" bamboo cabinet and upgraded crossover (Audyn True Copper Max capacitors,etc.); custom Soundocity outrigger bars (threaded hole) and Isoacoustics Gaia 2 footers.
CD Player/DAC: Marantz SA8500 SACD/CD player with Modwright "Truth" modifications - 1950's Tungsol long black plate 5687 tubes in the player; MWT U52 5U4G rectifier tube in the separate Modwright PS 9.0 power supply; Audio Magic Illusion Liquid Air umbilical
Other Source(s): None
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: Verastarr Grand Illusion speaker cables; Townshend Fractal F1 interconnects.
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): Environmental Potentials E-2050 on main breaker panel. Dedicated breaker box and 20A line to Oyaide R-1 wall outlet; Bybee Power Purifier "Stealth" power conditioner (2014 version)connected to Oyaide R-1 outlet via Isoclean Supreme Focus AC cord; Verastarr Grand Illusion 2 AC cord to Pathos TT or Unison S6; Lessloss C-Marc AC cord to Modwright PS 9.0 power supply; Audio Magic Clairvoyant Liquid Air AC cord and Lessloss 5X Firewall to Modwright modified Marantz SA 8500 transport; Gutwire Perfect Ground Cable from unused rca input on Pathos TT or Unison S6 to unused AC wall socket.
Tweaks: Pathos TT or Unison S6 sits on custom modified Marigo Labs Mystery Feet and Sound Mechanics CY Crystal platform; Modwright/Marantz SA 8500 ES SACD player sits on Aoustic System International (ASI) "Topline" footers and Townshend Seismic Sink air platform; Modwright PS 9.0 power supply sits on ASI "Topline" footers and custom isolation platform; Yamamoto ebony cones/cups and custom isolation platform under Bybee Stealth power conditioner; Large Quantum Physics Noise Disruptor on top of Modwirght Marantz SA 8500, and Bybee Stealth. Acoustic Revive QRS-8 quartz tuning dots, Harmonix RF-57 mk. II tuning bases, Bybee Quantum Signal Enhancers, and Marigo VTS dots strategically placed. Shunyata Dark Field Elevators under AC cords and speaker cables; Shun Mook ebony wood mini tube resonators on amplifier 12AX7's and Marantz player 5687's; Akiko Triple AC Enhancer, High Fidelity Magnetic Wave Guides, and Nordost QRT QV2's on power strip plugged into Oyaide wall outlet; HiFi Tuning Supreme, Synergistic Blue, Telos, and Audio Horizon fuses; WA-Quantum Chips on capacitors and transformers.
Room Size (LxWxH): 16 ft. x 10 ft. x 8 feet
Room Comments/Treatments: Dedicated listening room with acoustic drywall, RPG 'BAD' absorption/diffusion panels on walls and ceiling, and ASI "Sugar Cubes" strategically deployed.
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Jazz, Blues, R&B, Pop, some Classical
System Goals/Comments: While I will always be a tweaker/upgrader, I am finally "off of the audio merry-go-round". The system now, in its custom designed and built dedicated listening room, is better than I ever thought I'd have.
System Strengths: Natural musicality with outstanding tone, timbre, prat, soundstaging, etc.; no etch or strain whatsoever and no obvious electronic artifacts. With good recordings the equipment disappears and there is just music.
System Weaknesses: ????
Video/HT System: None
Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: Work in real estate development; enjoy cycling, cooking, fencing, F-1 racing, garden ponds, Philadelphia sports teams, live music, etc.

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