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akatana2112's Landru System
IP Address: 199.46.251.153 Last Update: December 12, 2016 at 21:37:56
Amplifier: Channel Islands Audio D200 MKII
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): Main: Wyred4Sound STP SE
Backup: Hattor Audio Passive with Takman REY
Speakers: Von Schweikert Audio VR33
Sources:
CD Player/DAC: Channel Islands Audio VDA2 with VAC1
Turntable/Phono Stage: Technics SL-Q200
Audio Technica AT311EP
Schiit Mani
Other Source(s): Gustard U12 with Kingdel fanless Core i5 PC
Sony DVP S7000 modded with IEC power jack
Rotel RT1080 Tuner - modified
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: Speakers: DIY Wireworld Oasis 7 external bi-wire
Pre-to-Power: Nordost White Lightning XLR
DAC output: DIY adapters with Nordost White Lightning XLR
TT/PhonoPre: JPS Ultraconductor RCA
Tuner: Wireworld Eqinox 7 RCA
Sony DVP: Lifatec Silflex glass
Gustard U12 output: Oyaide DR-510
Computer USB: Oyaide Neo d+ Series Class S USB
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): Furman Elite 15 power conditioner
Cullen Cable Avius - analog components and Sony DVP
Signal Cable MagicPower - power conditioner input
Signal Cable MagicPower Digital Reference - digital components
Tweaks: Herbie's threaded stud gliders on speakers
Tuner modded with AD8066 OpAmp/Nichicon's/Takman REX
DIY DH Labs BL-1 low voltage AC umbilical to power DAC
PC powered by Acopian A12MT400 linear power supply with DIY DH Labs BL-1 DC umbilical.
Room Comments/Treatments: My room is super-deep and open to lower level so I can't build any pressure. Very high vaulted ceiling with peak running front to back.
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Rush - 2015 remasters on vinyl and 96-24, 70s vinyl and early CDs: 2112, A Farewell to Kings, Hemispheres
Pink Floyd - 2011 CD remasters: Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, The Wall
UFO - 2008 CD remaster and old vinyl: Strangers in the Night
Fiona Apple - CD: Tidal
Steve Vai - CD: Alive in an Ultra World
Yamato Sound Almanac - CD remasters from 2012-2014: 1983 Part I is my favorite.
Tony Bennett, Sly Stone, Patsy Cline, Snoop, Dre, Ennio Morricone, Barry Gray, Uli Jon Roth, Classical KUSC especially w/Jim Svejda.
System Goals/Comments: I finally crossed the threshold of giddiness! I had to update all of my cabling to more recent designs to get there.
System Strengths: w/Active Preamp: Nicely layered soundstage, good microdynamics with articulate and consistent bass. Drive!
w/Passive Preamp: Vocals and bass are full and thick. Solid and realistic center image.
System Weaknesses: Deep gut-moving bass is missing
w/Active Preamp: Perhaps slightly lean with less solid center image
w/Passive Preamp: Lack of soundstage depth and bass speed.
Video/HT System: Separate
Comments on HT System: Connected to the audio system only through an optical interconnect (Audioquest Forrest)
Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: Guitar, bicycling, automotive, electronics, engineering

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