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Barry 's Barry's Stuff System
IP Address: 100.14.116.183 Last Update: December 03, 2018 at 14:26:31
Amplifier: 2-channel, tri-amped system, so 3 stereo amps. Two are totally custom matched hybrid tube/SS. Total power is 1,300 watts per channel - that's probably enough.
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): Expensive ARC tube preamp. Wife thought I was kidding when I told her how much. Lifetime of flowers in progress, but cats will eat them.
Speakers: Magnepans and a pair of 5' Kinergetics tower sub-woofers. System has one passive 2-way and one active external 3-way crossover that are both one-of-a-kind.
Sources:
CD Player/DAC: Marantz SACD/CD player.
Turntable/Phono Stage: TW Acustic Anniversary TT with BN upgrades. Nice Triplanar VII tonearm and Lyra cartridge. Very nice ARC REF phono that's tube-rolled after 4 listening trials.
Other Source(s): Great Sansui tuner, totally modded, with big APS roof antenna, rotator, and big fat RG-11 cable. Learned later after I got the bill the installation contractor did lots of government work. Good civics lesson - now have a better understanding of US national debt.
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: Yes, cables help! Acoustic Zen.
Tweaks: Decades' worth includes over 200 TX2575 resistor mods, cap upgrades, and extensive tube rolling and matching (W/ Amplitrex AT1000) for example. Speaker rewiring and cap upgrades. System has DSP on subs only. Laser distance meter and levels, and REW used for XO setup and speaker positioning that took a few hundred hours of experimenting. Burn-in CD and Audio Dharma cable cooker. Finally got around to using the Adjust + software I bought improving cartridge set-up for phase & crosstalk. Also purchased Center Stage footers - love 'em.
Room Size (LxWxH): 14 x 27 x 8
Room Comments/Treatments: Dedicated room and wife. GIK, RPG, and RealTraps used. Wife says room needs more padding....
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Lots. Need to listen to even more classical and jazz.
System Goals/Comments: Sounds good. Only took 45 years. Well not everyone agrees - wife has cloth ears.
System Strengths: Keeps me off the streets at night, while transporting me to far away places. Pretty much done tinkering & buying now so won't have eat cat food any more.
System Weaknesses: Way, too complicated. Was too often down for upgrades but smoother sailing now.
Video/HT System: None
Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: Many. Work no longer has to be one of them.

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