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Morse's Humble System
Last Update: March 30, 2004 at 03:30:25 IP Address:
Amplifier: Primary: DIY 2A3 based on JE Labs design. SovTek 2A3's, 5AR4; Reflektor made 6SL7's

Secondary: DIY TDA2030A based GC

Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): None.
Speakers: Primary: DIY Fostex FE164

Secondary: DIY RS40-1354/RS40-1270D

Tertiary: Heavily modded EPI 100's. They're keepers, but are temporarily without an amp or a place to set them up.

CD Player/DAC: Sony DVPC660 DVD player, moderately tweaked
Turntable/Phono Stage: NAD 5120; offline at the moment due to lack of a separate headamp.
Other Source(s): TV sound available through secondary amp. Secondary amp and speakers mainly used for casual listening and TV sound.
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: DIY IC using Dayton Pro Microphone Cable and Dayton connectors. RS Megacable on speakers with gold plated spades for the amp and gold plated pins for the speakers.
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): Sennheiser 600 headphones on a DIY Morgan Jones 6922 amp (Earmax Pro clone); JR power filter on DVD; amp has builtin "X2" cap for RFI.
Tweaks: Surge suppressor on TV retrofitted with P&S 5266-X plug, and DIY mains cables used throughout, with P&S 5266-X plugs, Marinco IEC320 connectors and 12SJ3 cable.
Room Size (LxWxH): 11ft x 12ft x 8ft
Room Comments/Treatments: All walls lined with books on both freestanding and wall mounted shelves, except for area behind speakers, where eggcrate foam is used. Deep pile carpeting on the floor.
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Classical and Rock and Roll with a little of everything else besides.....
System Goals/Comments: Increase overall musicality; specs be damned!
System Strengths: Good sense of depth to soundstage. Very smooth and musically pleasing without fatigue. Good PRat with new speakers and tweaks to source.
System Weaknesses: Bass response intentionally limited due to cramped quarters; also limits "neighbour annoyance factor."
Video/HT System: Integrated
TV/Projector: Panasonic D27, 27" standard def TV
Processor/Receiver/Amplifiers: q.v.
Speakers (Center, Surrounds, Sub): q.v.
Sources (DVD/VCR): q.v.
Other HT Gear: Monster S video cable
Comments on HT System: Currently it's integrated with my main audio system due to space limits. In time that will change!
URL Link: http://home.earthlink.net/~shidenkai/index.html
Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: My other obsessions are history, learning Nihongo (Japanese language), literature, and "retrotech" DIY electronics.

Occupation: grad student, working on my PhD (chemistry). Already have MSc (physics) and BSc\'s (physics, math).

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