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Brevoortia's Old with the new System
Last Update: October 05, 2003 at 13:14:58 IP Address:
Amplifier: Roksan Caspian integrated
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): none
Speakers: Spendor S1

Stands: two aged (farm scrap) 29" high, 10"deep and 8" wide red oak beams w/arrow filed points as feet

CD Player/DAC: Arcam FMJ CD23T, yes it was worth the money.
Turntable/Phono Stage: Acoustic Research (AR) model XA
tweaks: motor upgrade, dampened plinth & platter. Formula 4 tonearm Grado Gold cartridgw w/DIY cardas DIN-RCA-.99999 silver 24 guage interconnct w/LAT International RCA plugs.

RJM audio custom phono tube amp (Amperex orange globe 6dj8's)


Other Source(s): Sansui TU-515 tuner.
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: speakers DIY Cat5 (VenHaus)

homegrown audio's super silvers

Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): DIY black walnut shelf unit glued with tight-fitting routed joints & 2x2 leg posts.


Tweaks: DIY acrylic-sorbothane-arrow points isolation stands for CD player and amp

DIY acrylic puck-sorbothane-arrow point feet for stand

Sorbothane sheets between speaker and speaker stand top. Feet of speaker stands rest on sorbothane underlain by cork (so they can slide along the wood floor when moved)

Room Size (LxWxH): 14 x 16 x 9
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): joe jackson, lyle lovett, Morphine, & Cowboy Junkies, Nick Lowe, Ry Cooder, Clapton
System Goals/Comments: If you're a newbie wondering if an upgrade is worth it, I now say yes. Ask me if I can help. In 2 yrs I upgraded an NAD reciever to a Roksan Caspian integrated. Put a vinyl system together. Changed from B&W 602's to Spendor S-1's, and Marantz to Arcam (see below). Also greatly improved rack & stands
System Strengths: Upgraded from Marantz CD63 to Arcam FMJ CD23.

WOW! Detailed, natural, & great soundstage.

Still, the vinly sounds spectacular.

System Weaknesses: room dimensions, I'm likely going to insert the bottlehead.com foreplay preamp to bypass the Caspian's preamp stage.
Video/HT System: None

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