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John Carter's dCS/Spectral/Wilson/MIT/Shunyata System
Last Update: March 31, 2004 at 07:30:07 IP Address:
Amplifier: Spectral DMA-360 Monaural Reference
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): Spectral DMC-30SL
Speakers: Wilson Audio Specialties WATT/Puppy System 6 in Mercedes Silver finish.
CD Player/DAC: dCS Verdi SACD/CD transport; dCS Purcell upsampler; dCS Elgar Plus processor. Digital interconnects are Nordost Valhalla Digital AES/EBU and Bandridge ProfiGold IEEE1394 Firewire.
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: MIT Oracle V2.1 ultra-wide bandwidth; MIT Oracle V2.1 Proline balanced; Tara Labs 'The One' balanced.
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): Shunyata Research Hydra-8 supplying the front end and pre-amp via Shunyata Research Anaconda VX, Black Mamba V2 and Python power cords. Shunyata Research Taipan cables supplying the power amplifiers directly from the wall outlet. A 20amp Elrod Statement II supplies the Hydra-8. All electronics are on a Townshend Audio Seismic Sink stand, with Mana Acoustics Sound Bases under the speakers.
Tweaks: Symposium Ultra platform under the pre-amp.
Room Size (LxWxH): 6.10m x 3.51m x ?
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Good examples of all styles except rap/hip-hop and dance.
System Goals/Comments: To faithfully and accurately reproduce the source material, without colouration or imparting character of its own. To create a lifelike and believable rendition of real live musicians and their instruments, with timing and spatial cues rendered intact.
System Strengths: See above.
System Weaknesses: The room!
Video/HT System: Separate
TV/Projector: Loewe Aconda 32" 9381 ZW
Sources (DVD/VCR): Denon DVD-2900; Panasonic NVHD660
Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: My main passion is for music. I also enjoy films, reading and cars/motoring. Ex first-category racing cyclist. You could say hi-fi is a \\\\'hobby\\\\', but only as a means to an end rather than a means in itself. I am an Analyst/Programmer on the IBM AS/400 platform.

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