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TubeDriver 's TubeDriver's Old Faithful System
IP Address: 108.56.75.135 Last Update: February 27, 2019 at 19:22:45
Amplifier: 2-stage 300B mono blocks (NOS PT and chokes, MQ FS-030 OT)
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): DIY single stage SET 1626 preamp (LCLC filtered with more iron than most 50wpc stereo amps) or autoformer passive preamp.
Speakers: Big 2-way horns
Sources:
CD Player/DAC: Holo Spring R2R NOS DAC (upgraded with internal XU208 USB module) with WireWorld USB cable. PlayStation PS-1.
Turntable/Phono Stage: Thorens TD124/SME M2-9/Denon 301/II or Well Tempered Super, ZU DL-103 both tables with Artemis Labs PL-1 phono preamp (modded).
Other Source(s): MacBook Pro with 1TB SSD (optimized for audio use only) using Roon, Qobuz Hi-Rez, JRiver MC 23 and Tidal. Supra Cat8 Ethernet cable. Ipad Pro as Roon control.
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: DIY, AudioNote, DNM, AntiCables, AudioQuest, Supra Cat8, WireWorld USB
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): Bryston BIT-15 Balanced Power, SoundDesign racks, Pangea power cables for phonostage, DAC, amps, dedicated 20A line (20A panel mounted BrickWall conditioner/surge) for amps and dedicated 15A line (Bryston BIT) for sources.
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Jazz, Jazz, Jazz, rock, JamBand/Funk, Indie music.
System Goals/Comments: Trying to capture some of the dynamic energy, authentic tone/timbre and emotional connection present in live performances.
System Strengths: I like it a lot!
System Weaknesses: Nothing is perfect.
Video/HT System: Separate
Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: DIY vacuum tube audio

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