|13th Duke of Wymbourne's Stately Music System|
|IP Address: 126.96.36.199||Last Update: November 29, 2018 at 15:29:42|
|Amplifier:||Presently using one amp per channel from a pair of Meridian M3 active speakers.|
DIY mono blocks to follow ..... eventually.
|Preamplifier (or None if Integrated):||Deltec CTA80.|
Deltec, from Wales, long defunt (became DPA Digital, also long defunct). CTA80 was their first product of early eighties vintage, designed by Rob Watts (of Chord DAC fame).
Only used as a phono/pre for vinyl and has not been used much for many years.
|Speakers:||Quad ESL-57. Late model pair (serial #51993 & #52052) with removed stuffing and raised on rather stylish (if I may say so) DIY stands.|
Completely renovated mid-2018 using refurbished panels, new HT boards, cross-over components and clamp boards supplied by Electrostatic Solutions (I did the fitting).
|CD Player/DAC:||Wadia 830 connected directly to the power amps.|
|Turntable/Phono Stage:||Linn LP12+Ittok+AT OC-9. LP12 is early eighties vintage with Lingo PSU (pre-Cirkus). Has not been used much for many years but I plan to bring it out of retirement.|
|Other Source(s):||Schiit Eitr for USB-to-SPDIF conversion into the Wadia digital input. |
The Wadia was bought in 2000 and it came fitted with optional digital inputs. At the time I had no use for them and did not want to pay for them but my dealer only had the tricked-out version. Now I am glad as I can play 24/96, which may be all the hi-res I need.
|Speaker Cables/Interconnects:||Speaker cables - ChrisVH CAT-5, full 27 pair ~ 5' long.|
Interconnects - twisted pair using Belden 1506 co-ax inner cores a la Jon Risch.
|Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.):||Equipment mounted on Tripod (older UK design) welded steel design. Hollow uprights and cross braces are sand filled.|
|Room Comments/Treatments:||Room is large & open plan with a solid floor and vaulted ceiling (speakers are at the low ceiling end firing towards the high ceiling end). Listening fairly near-field on an equilateral triangle approx 7' per side. Speakers are 4' front front wall with large DIY absorbtion panels in corners to damp the dipole back wave (45" x 72", using 2.5" thick recycled denim insulation).|
|Music Preferences and Comments:|
|Music Used (Genre/Selections):||Baroque and chamber music, especially Vivaldi, JS Bach, Corelli, Handel & Scarlatti. From the classical age Mozart, Haydn & Beethoven.|
Radiohead, XX, London Grammar, XTC, Belle & Sebastian, U2, REM, The Smiths, Elvis Costello, Yes, Lou Reed, Talking Heads, 10,000 Maniacs, Lloyd Cole and many more.
|System Goals/Comments:||To forget about the system and just enjoy the music. The quads make a really big contribution to the enjoyment of anything played through the system.|
|System Strengths:||Brings out the best in all recordings.|
|System Weaknesses:||Quad bass quality is excellent and goes deep but the quantity is lacking. Also, the Quads creak and complain about high volume bass.|
DIY dipole woofer project coming one day (eyeing GR Research/Rythmik open baffle)
|Video/HT System: None|
|Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation:||Interests - Rugby referee in SoCal.|
Listening to music (obviously), comedy programs and The Archers (UK radio soap).
Watching sport and re-runs of Inspector Morse and Lewis.
Occupation - Engineering Director/IC Designer