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Brian C.'s Aaaah! Mono fantastico! System
IP Address: Last Update: January 25, 2011 at 08:43:03
Amplifier: 'Bluesatron' integrated with 834P-based phono stage and RCA 801/Tribute amorphous-core OPT impedance-converter stage for milliwatts output, sufficient for the TP1.
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): None.
Speakers: Single Lowther TP-1 Corner Reproducer. Very high efficiency (approaching 50% so 40 milliwatts input is loud enough for me!)
CD Player/DAC: None.
Turntable/Phono Stage: Garrard 401/SME 3012 S1/Ortofon S-15M/T or Ortofon SPU-G/T plus Tannoy Variluctance:1 mil for '50s vinyl,3 mil for shellacs.
The Ortofon transformer secondaries are connected in series for potent mono output.
Other Source(s): Stellavox SP-7 tape recorder with ABR big-reel adaptor and 19cm/s & 38cm/s IEC head blocks. 1957 Bush VHF64 radio in another room and Mono Quad (II + ELS) with Lenco L70 upstairs.
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: Single Cat 5 twisted pair for the Lowther.
Gotham GAC-1 for interconnects.
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): IKEA Froejstra solid birch supporting tables on oak flooring over concrete.
Tweaks: I'm not the tweaky sort
'Cos life is too damn short :o)
Room Size (LxWxH): 21ft x 10ft x 8ft
Room Comments/Treatments: Lively sounding untreated room particularly suited for jazz.Nice view of the garden from favourite seat.
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): I'm an old jazzer so...

System Goals/Comments: Mono is so much more fun than stereo ever was in this narrow room!
System Strengths: Pleasure, sheer pleasure. I particularly love '50s vinyl through the Tannoy 1 mil cartridge.
System Weaknesses: None! I am content with this gorgeous set-up. Meets my needs.
No angst ;o)
Video/HT System: None
URL Link: http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i83/mapleheds/SimplePleasures.jpg
Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: Have an interest in a vintage-equipped studio in London. All the best stuff from '50s & '60s Ampex, Studer, Neumann, AKG, Schoeps, Altec etc. Mono a speciality ;o)

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