|Chuckster's Main Audio Stereo System|
|IP Address: 22.214.171.124||Last Update: March 28, 2015 at 13:28:21|
|Amplifier:||Tube Monoblocks; Adcom GFA-555 Stero amps; Modified Dynaco ST-70; other misc. types and models as I happen to acquire here and there|
|Preamplifier (or None if Integrated):||Blue Circle BC21 (NOS Sylvania and/or Ken-Rad 6SN7 tubes)|
|Speakers:||Paradigm Studio Reference 80; EPOS Epic 2; another older pair of Vandersteen 2Ce hanging around (again!!!)|
|CD Player/DAC:||Sony SCD-XA5400ES|
|Turntable/Phono Stage:||Thorens TD-2001; Dynavector 10x4 Mk.II cart; Jolida JD9 Phono Pre-amp|
|Other Source(s):||Marantz SA8260 (Hey,check it out: it's currently for sale here on the Asylum Trader: http://www.audioasylumtrader.com/ca/listing/SACD-Players/Marantz/SA8260/Class-A-CD-SACD-Player/88337|
Contemplating putting together a computer audio source/system...
|Speaker Cables/Interconnects:||Speaker Cable: Kimber Kable 4TC/8TC Bi-wire; Polk Audio cable; cheap 16 gauge with bare ends |
Interconnects: Signal Cable (various lengths); Wireworld Equinox III.
Power: JPS Labs Power AC+; Blue Circle BC62; Audio Magic Xstreme; Shunyata Diamondback Platinum; Virtual Dynamics Power 3;
|Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.):||Monster HTS2000 Power Filter. |
IKEA Furniture Cabinet; Target VF-1 Pro Amp Stand.
Someday (when I hit the Lotto) maybe have a Billy Bags rack-they are TOUGH!
|Tweaks:||Acme Audio Cryo-treated outlet for amplification. |
VPI 16.5 Vacuum Record Cleaner, Disc Doctor Brushes, Home-brew Record Cleaner solution, Hunt EDA Record Brush, Shure Stylus Force Gauge, Cardas Frequency Sweep/Burn-In Record (+ various "Old-School" Test Records), Disc Doctor and Discwasher SC-2 Stylus Cleaner/Brushes, for vinyl.
Ayre Myrtle wood blocks, Black Diamond Racing "Type 4" cones, Maplshade Heavy Footers; Vistek Aurios 1.0; Vibrapods; some sandbags here and there for various dampening applications.
Auric Illuminator Disc Treatment, XLO/Reference Recordings Burn-In/Test Disc. Caig Pro-Gold Treatment.
|Room Size (LxWxH):||14' x 12' x 8'|
|Room Comments/Treatments:||Carpeted room; no formal/exorbitant priced room treatments (yet?).|
|Music Preferences and Comments:|
|Music Used (Genre/Selections):||Anything/Everything. Too numerous and varied to list. Qualifier: it affects me in such a way that I simply respond, 'I *enjoy* this music/song/performance'.|
|System Goals/Comments:||To involve me in the music: with new music I'm not familiar with, or with music I think I know intimately. To reproduce as accurately as possible whatever instrument/sounds are in the source material. To make me respond: 'Wow-this is what the terms 'Involving', 'Musical', 'Dimensional Purity', 'Soundstage', 'Air & Space/Seperation of Instruments', 'Tonal correctness', etc. mean. to distinguish the differences b/w a twelve/six-string guitar, nylon strings; a full/baby grand piano; etc. To ultimately realize that all this freaking money, time, and effort spent on this hobby/passion/addiction is *worth* it (maybe)! To be able to have a system/set-up where I have the legitimate opportunity to hear any potential differences with any and all changes within the system.|
May consider a return to monoblock amplification as well as a desire for true SET amplification at some point.
Would add Billy Bags rack (if money was no object): after 'seeing' them in person they seem to be the most solid/sturdy racks.
Room environment could be improved through set-up (furniture, rugs, materials that room is constructed with, etc.) and more consideration on treatment. I eventually want a completely dedicated 'listening room'.
|System Strengths:||Full-size and -bodied sound; nice soundstaging and musical conveyance/sound reproduction. Any potential upgrades/tweaks must build on system synergy, room environment, and what my ears tell me.|
|System Weaknesses:||Sometimes feel like I want more power (eg. when I'm trying to crank-up The Beastie Boys!). |
Room Treatment/Set-up: The Final Frontier.
|Video/HT System: None|