Audio Asylum Inmate Byzen's Main and HT System

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Byzen's Main and HT System
Last Update: September 18, 2000 at 15:17:32 IP Address:
Amplifier: Custom built WE91A(SET 300B monoblks)at 8W/each (w/ JBL)
Golden Tube Audio SE-40 (modified with KT66 and RCA red base 5692)at 40W/channel (w/Rodgers LS3/5A)
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): VanAlstine SuperPAS w/ all Tele 12AX7 smooth plates
Counterpoint SA2 Pre-PreAmp for Phono
Speakers: Vintage JBL Backloaded Horns (Westrex C43 or JBL 4530 enclosures laid on their sides like giant Paragon across one end of room) with D130 + LE175 w/HL91/Lens + 077; +100dB
Rodgers LS3/5A; 86dB
CD Player/DAC: Sansui CDP717 (one of the original high-end 1-bit players)with new CAL Sigma II 96/24 DAC
Turntable/Phono Stage: Linn LP12 w/ Grace G-714 teak tonearm and modified w/pure silver wiring. Cartridges: Koetsu Rosewood/Grace F10L/Zen (modified JVC MC1)- all moving coils
Other Source(s): McIntosh MR-65B FM Tuner w/ Kenwood K-6060A Scope for multipath fine tuning
Nakamichi 700 Tri-Tracer Cassette Deck
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: Canare mic wire w/ RCA plugs for interconnects.
Tweaks: AT pods under Linn LP12
Room Size (LxWxH): 20' x 14' x 5~12'
Room Comments/Treatments: Room like small 'Club' with gabled roof slanting up to peak and down towards listening position
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Jazz and Classical with some '60s Classic Rock
System Goals/Comments: seek transparency and dynamics with 'they are here' type sound venue
System Strengths: very live and dynamic with a beautiful palpability or 'realness' to the sound (WE91A + JBL Horns)!!
System Weaknesses: Counterpoint SA2 Headamp is too noisy - search for bad tubes (6DJ8) or find reasonable MC step-up trans.
Video/HT System: Separate
TV/Projector: 27" Mitsubishi
Processor/Receiver/Amplifiers: Mitsubishi "Interplay" w/ Heath W5M amps (KT66s)
Speakers (Center, Surrounds, Sub): Maggie MG1s
Sources (DVD/VCR): Sony Hi-Fi VHS VCR
Sony Beta VCR
Pioneer Laser/CD Player
Comments on HT System: This is all that I've found that I require for current family room video/audio system.
Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: Swimming, fishing, building amps with horn speakers for friends' systems.

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