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alfoncine@gmail.com's CHAFUSTIC System
IP Address: Last Update: April 11, 2014 at 09:58:14
Amplifier: Modified Antique Sound Lab "Hurricane" 200 Watts Monoblocks. Triode mode: 100 watts per monoblock
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): Audio Research SP9 Mk III
Speakers: Martin Logan CLS IIz Electrostatic Panels
CD Player/DAC: Modified MHZS CD 33G.
Turntable/Phono Stage: Denon DP 75 Especial VPI Edition. Turntable body mounted on a floating heavy and hard plinth made of sandwiched steel, aluminum, lead and wood weighting about 15 kilos and it is over springs on a wood base with aluminum spikes.
The total weight of the turntable is around 30 kilos.

GST 801 tonearm with a Denon DL 103SA Special Edition MC cartridge.

Modified Denon AU-300LC Step-Up-Transformer.

VPI Scout (not in use now) with 300 rpm motor, antiskating device, CMC silver plated RCA jacks (modification), Soundsmith counter intuitive VPI tracking azimuth adjustment and Denon DL 103R MC cartridge.
Other Source(s): Technics 1506 reel to reel tape recorder.

Nakamichi 680 ZX Discret Head Cassette Deck (Eventually used).

Technics FM Stereo Tuner ST 9030 (Not in use now).
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: Denon DP75 Phono cables: 1877Phono Spirit.

Between Denon Step-Up-Transformer and phono input of preamplifier: Cardas Twinaxial Micro with AudioNote silver plated RCA connectors.

Between Reel to Reel Tape Recorder: Mogami W3105 with 1877Phono ZSP4 RCA connectors.

Between CD player and preamplifier: Jupiter silver/silk wire with Cardas SLVR RCA silver plated connectors.

Between Cassette Deck and preamplifier: Jupiter silver/silk wire with Cardas SLVR RCA silver plated connectors.

Between preamplifier and monoblocks: Connex/DH Labs BL-Ag "balanced" pure silver interconnects with AudioNote silver plated RCA connectors.

Speaker cables: Pure silver (99.99) 16 AWG with Teflon/Air insulation and Cardas GRS Rhodium plated spades.

Except the 1877Phono Spirit, all these cables were terminated by me using WBT 4% silver solder.

Power cables: Belden 83803 for the monoblocks and Belden 19364 and other shielded cables for the rest of equipment with Marinco and Oyaide male and female plugs with EMI RFI aluminum shielding shells; terminated by me.
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): Bada LB 5500 Power Conditioner.

Custom made Rack with 2 inches metal tubes filled with sand, MDF shelves and steel spikes at the bottom.

VPI HW-16.5 Record Cleaner.
Tweaks: MHZS CD 33G modified with Solen Metalized Teflon coupling capacitors.

Denon AU-300LC Step-Up-Transformer modified with much better cables and silver plated AudioNote RCA plug and jack connectors.

Ebony wooden isolation feet in all the gear.

Audio Technica AT-618 Disc Stabilizer.

Achromat by Funk is on the turntable plate.

Hospital grade AC duplex outlets are on the wall.
Room Size (LxWxH): 6.80 meters x 4.20 meters x 3.00 meters
Room Comments/Treatments: Large curtains on windows and carpet over concrete floor.

The listening room is separate from the house.
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Jazz, Tango, Cumbia, Cuban, Brazilian, Mexican and other Latin American music.

More than 800 LP records, about 200 Compact Discs and much less open reel and audiocassette tapes. Most of them are Jazz.
System Goals/Comments: Listen to music as natural and clean as is possible.

Fulfilled Goals. I am satisfied with my system, but totally unsatisfied with the current music formats.
System Strengths: Transparent sound, natural bass without the coloration of boxes, very close to reality with LP records, except for noise.

Much better with Dolby B Reel tapes.
System Weaknesses: Sources and formats. Because to the annoying noise of Vinyl (AnoiseLog) Format and the incomplete information and jitter of Compact Disc, a (DiJitter) Format. Both defective of origin, limited and corrupted and sources are incapable to correct these issues.
Video/HT System: None
Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: Hi End Audio. Independent Movie.

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