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chaskelljr2@yahoo.com's High Resolution/Small Room Audio System
IP Address: 216.59.114.122 Last Update: March 09, 2019 at 10:59:29
Amplifier: Adcom GFA-5400 (125 Watts Per Channel @ 8 Ohms, 200 Watts Per Channel @ 4 Ohms).

Creek Audio OBH-21SE Headphone Amplifier.

I am considering upgrading to a Bryston 3B SST Power Amplifier and BP-26 Preamplifier sometime in the near or distant future.
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): Adcom GFP-750 (Active/Passive Line Stage with Balanced Inputs and Outputs, and Remote Control. Formerly Rated Class A in Stereophile).
Speakers: Vandersteen 2Ce Signatures (29Hz. to 29kHz., 86dB of Sensitivity with 2.83 Volts/Meter, +/-3dB, 7 Ohms Nominal Impedence and 4 Ohms Minimum Impedence, finished with Polished Rosewood End Caps).

Sennheiser HD-600 Headphones.
Sources:
CD Player/DAC: Marantz SA-11S1 Super Audio Compact Disc Player (For CD & SACD Playback).

Logitech Squeezebox Touch + Tara Dak Upgraded Power Supply (for Logitech Squeezebox Touch).

G-Technology G-Drive External Hard Disk Drvie (2 TB Storage Capacity).

PS Audio Digital Link III Digital-To-Analog Converter (with Cullen Circuit Stage III Modifications).

Apple iPhone 5S (32 GB w/i-Tunes + Remote Control Apps).

ASUS N56DP Laptop Computer (with 8 GB Memory (expandable to 16 GB Memory), 1 TB HD, 15.6" Display, 64-Bit Windows 7, with i-Tunes loaded on it).

i-Tunes Software (installed on the ASUS Laptop Computer and the Apple i-Phone 4S is courtesy of Apple Computer, Inc.).

The Digital Audio Setup (sans the Marantz SA-11S1 Super Audio Compact Disc Player) is hooked up to the internet via a Linksys Cable/DSL Router.
Turntable/Phono Stage: VPI Scoutmaster w/Dust Cover + JMW-9 9" Memorial Tone Arm + Nordost Wiring + VPI Synchronous Drive System + Grado Sonata Reference Master One Phono Cartridge (also, see "Tweaks" Below).

Thorens TD-160 2-Speed Belt-Drive Turntable + Jelco SA-750D "S-Shaped" 9-Inch Tone Arm (In Bronze) + Ortofon 2M Blue Phono Cartridge.

PS Audio (G-Phono) GCPH Phono Stage.

VPI HW-16.5 Record Cleaning Machine.
Other Source(s): Magnum Dynalab FT-101 FM Tuner.
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: Signal Cable Analog 2 Interconnects (used throughout).

Signal Cable Analog 2 Balanced Interconnects (to connect the Marantz SA-11S1 SACD Player to the Adcom GFP-750 Preamplifier).

Signal Cable Ultra Speaker Cables (bi-wired for the Vandersteen 2Ce Speaker System).

Signal Cable Silver Resolution Digital Coaxal Cable (to connect the Logitech Squeezebox Touch to the PS Audio Digital Link III DAC).
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): Furman Elite-15 DMi Power Conditioner.

Magnum Dynalab Signal Sleuth + Magnum Dynalab ST-2 FM Antenna (for Magnum Dynalab FT-101 FM Tuner).

Salamander Synergy 40 (wood/preforated steel side/glass door configuration right along with a jade marble top (which has been customed cut at a local marble/stone dealer) to match the marble top of my neoclassic end table) Equipment Stand (in Cherry Wood).

Matching Salamander Synergy Amp Stand (also in Cherry Wood).

Heavy Cast Iron Vanderstands.
Tweaks: VPI Outer Platter Ring and Metal Record Clamp for the VPI Scoutmaster Turntable.

Nordost Wiring outside the Junction Box behind the JMW-9 Memorial Tone Arm (see "Turntable/Phono Stage" entry above).

Bren1 Record Clamp (for Thorens TD-160 Turntable).

Signal Cable Magic Power Cord (x6)(for Adcom GFP-750 Preamplifier, Creek Audio OBH-21SE Headphone Amplifier, Marantz SA-11S1 Super Audio Compact Disc Player, PS Audio GCPH Phono Stage, PS Audio Digital Link III DAC, and Furman Elite-15 DMi Power Conditioner).
Room Size (LxWxH): 16 x 16 x 14
Room Comments/Treatments: My music room has wall-to-wall carpeting, wooden mini blinds, heavy draperies, a neoclassic cherry wood end table with a jade colored marble top, a small computer desk with my computer system housed right into it, a camal back loveseat, a leather recliner with matching ottman, and of course, an equipment stand with my audio system housed right inside of it.

My room also has a three paned bay window on the front end of my listening room with a closet that is located in the rear area of the room. This is where my music collection is stored.
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Modern R&B (80's-to-Present Day R&B -- Aaliyah, Alicia Keys, Anita Baker, Ashanti, Beyonce, Brandy, Erykah Badu, India.Arie, Janet Jackson, Jill Scott, Lauryn Hill, Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, Patti LaBelle, Rhianna, Stephanie Mills, Teena Marie, Toni Braxton, Whitney Houston, Babyface, Maxwell, Michael Jackson, Brian McKnight, Jeffery Osborne, Peabo Bryson, Keith Sweat, R. Kelly, Usher, Luther Vandross, Destiny's Child, En Vogue, TLC, Guy, The Jacksons, LeVert (and Gerald LeVert), Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, and Twista!).

Classic R&B (60's and 70's R&B -- Donna Summer, Dionne Warwick, James Brown, Jerry Butler, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, Al Green, Issac Hayes, Donny Hathaway, Billy Preston, Lou Rawls, Barry White, The Chi-Lites, The 5th Dimension, The Impressions, The Isley Bros., The O'Jays, The Stylistics, The Whispers, The Emotions, The Pointer Sisters, The Staple Singers, and almost anything recorded on Atlantic or Motown).

Rap/Hip-Hop (Busta Rhymes, DMX, Drake, Dr. Dre, 50 Cent, Heavy D, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Lil Wayne, LL Cool J, Ludacris, NAS, Notorious B.I.G., Outkast, P Diddy and the Family, Public Enemy, RUN-DMC, Snoop Doggy Dog, 2 Pac, Timbaland and Magoo, Two Chainz, Yung Joc, Foxy Brown, Lil' Kim, Queen Latifah, Salt-N-Pepa, and Trina).

Funk (Bar-Kays, Cameo, Commodores, Con-Funk-Sion, Earth Wind & Fire, Kool and the Gang, Mandrill, Ohio Players, Sly and the Family Stone, Bootsy's Rubber Band, Brides of Funkenstien, Mothership Connection, Funkadelic, Parliment Funkadelic, Parliment, Zapp featuring Roger Troutman, Heatwave (Funk Group From the 1970's), Prince, and Rick James).

Jazz (BB King, George Benson, John Coltrane, George Duke, Duke Ellington, Kenny G, Earl Klugh, Bob James, Boney James, Al Jerreau, Quincy Jones, Najee, Grover Washington, Jr., Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Phyllis Hyman and Sade).

Rock (Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel, Elton John, Santana, Bruce Springsteen, Hall and Oates, The Beatles, Culture Club (early 80's only), Fleetwood Mac, The Rolling Stones and Tina Turner).
System Goals/Comments: For System Strengths and Weaknesses, see the corresponding sections below.
System Strengths: For once, the system is very comforting to listen to. The Vandersteens have me listening to recordings in my collection in which I haven't listened to in years.

With that said listed above, my "System Strengths" are as follows:

(01). Deep Bass (in a small room..... without subwoofers...... there are "passive radiators" in the bottom rear of the Vandersteens that are providing the deep bass).

(02). Midrange is smoother and more liquid.

(03). High-End is clear and extended (not harsh and edgy....... its got to be the MOSFET design of the Adcom GFA-5400 Power Amplifier).

The "PRT" (Phase, Rhythm and Timing) is JUST right.

I AM HAPPY AS A SANDBOY!!!!! :-)
System Weaknesses: "System Weaknesses" are as follows:

(01). The Vandersteens require considerably more power from the amplifier to perform and sound their best.

(02) The Vandersteens can be kind of finicky when it comes to placement. The 2Ce Signatures were really not designed to be "small room" speakers to begin with, but I am so in love with the rich and full bodied sound they deliver, that I am willing to do whatever it takes to accomodate them in my modest sized listening room.
Video/HT System: None
Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: I am a Computer Support Specialist by trade. I am also a home business owner. My hobbies include watching movies, listening to music (which is why I have the systems that are listed above), surfing the internet, reading, Washington Redskins Football, Los Angles Basketball and hanging out with family and friends.

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