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Citizen Dan's Old School Hifi System
IP Address: Last Update: December 08, 2008 at 02:09:17
Amplifier: 2 Mcintosh MC75 monoblocks, 1 Bottlehead SEX amp as backup
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): Van Alstine Transcendence 5 all Tube Preamp with phono option. (Currently building Bottlehead Seduction phpno preamp, Foreplay linestage, and SEX headphone amp to replace)
Speakers: Four original Large Advents stacked two on ea. channel (just purchased four KLH Nines, awaiting shipping)
CD Player/DAC: Bah! None at all, none at all.
Turntable/Phono Stage: Dual 701 with Shure V15 MkIII for LPs and 45s paired with Bottlehead Seduction. (Currenyly building Thirens TD-125 Mk II to replace. Tonearm TBD)
Other Source(s): Pioneer open reel 4 track, Dyna FM-3 tube Tuner, Eico AM Tuner, Nakamichi LX-480 and 550 tape decks, Iphone.
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: I just use the largest gauge oxygen free speaker wire that works with my amp. I do not really screw around with boutique speaker cable or interconnects, but I don't buy the cheap radio shack interconnects, either
Room Size (LxWxH): 30 x 20 x
Room Comments/Treatments: I just moved into a new home and I have the whole basement for my listening room. This is a much larger space than I had before. Now that I have so much space, I will be looking into room treatments for sure.
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Jazz/Exotica: Horace Silver, Clifford Brown, Esquivel, Prez Prado, George Shearing
78s: Bob Wills, Fats Waller, Milton Brown, Luis Armstrong, Dock Boggs, Charlie Poole
Country: Merle Haggard, George Jones, Kitty Wells, Conway Twitty, Jerry Lee Lewis
Rock: Stones, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Buddy Holly

R&B: Elmore James, Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Ray Charles
System Goals/Comments: I want my system to be basically a time capsule of the best system you could've assembled in 1965. I am
satisfied with the Mc-75/KLH Nine amp/speaker combo, though I might get two more MC-75s so I have one amp per speaker. My preamp is the only non-vintage component of my system, even though I built it myself. Eventually, I will buy a vintage preamp such as a C-20, Citation 1, or a Marantz 7. I'm also shooting for a Thorens TD124 turntable. If I get filthy rich, Ill get a Marantz 10b tuner.
System Strengths: It sounds pretty damn good for being so old.
System Weaknesses: The Dual turntable AND Advent speakers are serviceable but they are really not up to the class of the Mcintosh amps. Once I bought the MC-75s, I became compelled to upgrade everything else. The Van Alstine T5 has a killer phono section but the linestage is underwhelming, also it is not very featureful at all.
Video/HT System: None

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