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|Peter LC's The Shouting Shoeboxes System||
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|Last Update: June 01, 2003 at 15:06:13||IP Address: 126.96.36.199|
|Amplifier:||Accuphase E-206, 2x110 W/8 Ohms; 2x160 W/4 Ohms (lab-specs), damping factor: 90, |
7 inputs, pre-out & main-in option, 4-band defeatable equalizer, balance-control, 2 pair of speakers possible; A, B, AB, Off.
|Preamplifier (or None if Integrated):||None|
|Speakers:||Rogers LS 3/5a; 15 Ohms, rated @ 25W speech & music, sensitivity 86 dB/1W/1m, single-wired version, bare wire connection both @ amp and speakers, front-grills left in place as firmly factory-recommended.|
Stax Lambda-SRD7/SB - justifiably called "Earspeakers" by Stax - directly connected to switchable "B" speaker-connections @ amp.
|CD Player/DAC:||Marantz CD-16 D (actually a very early CD-14).|
|Turntable/Phono Stage:||Rega Planar 3, Linn Akito II/b, Audio-Technica AT-OC9ML/II.|
|Other Source(s):||harman/kardon TD 420 tape-deck.|
|Speaker Cables/Interconnects:||Speakers: Audiolab Hiflex; 2,5 mm/2x 5 m, Interconnects: Tonearm to amp: Linn Analogue Interconnect, CD to amp: Van den Hul The Source, TD to amp: VdH The Source, amp to TD: Monitor Patmos.|
|Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.):||Speakerstands: 70 cm (28 inch) Standesigns with matching top-plates, sand-filled, Blu-Tak used for speaker-mounting. |
Rack: Standesign, non-backwards-tilting model with 4 platforms, 4 side-situated pillars.
|Tweaks:||Placed the rack on four pavement tiles, put the tape-deck on felt patches, Rega positioned on self-adhesive thick felt patches, Teflon-tape on subplatter in order to reduce drive-belt adhesion/friction, Teflon-tape between armtube and counterweight; eliminating "wobble", very careful leveling of main-platter, all equipment running/switched on 24/7 except TD which is on stand-by, put thick felt patches between MDF-platforms -of TD and amp- and rack itself, used bubble-plastic for the same purpose with the CDP, removed the Celestion-made brass tweeter-grills from the Rogers' Kef T27-units.|
|Room Size (LxWxH):||5,5 m x 5,5 m x 2,4 m|
|Room Comments/Treatments:||3 adjacent windows, speakers placed between them @ 30 cm from walls, relatively thin curtains, carpet, listening seat exactly pin-pointed @ 3 m from speakers, speakers placed @ 2 m apart, slightly turned towards listener, rack with units @ right side of the room.|
|Music Preferences and Comments:|
|Music Used (Genre/Selections):||Anything GOOD and SINCERE, really: From Gesualdo to Tom Waits, Schoenberg to PJ Harvey, Chet Baker to Eric Vloeimans, Gentle Giant to Sonic Youth, Hendrix to Neil Young.|
|System Goals/Comments:||Neutrality, resolution of detail, hideous-looking stuff not allowed, I fullfilled a dream with the Accuphase; pre-owned, the earlier E-200 series are amazing bargains, even when still relatively expensive for +10 year-old products. The h/k tape-deck can rival Nakamichis, especially concerning Dolby C-quality and sheer sonic stability.|
The Marantz is my first CD-player that actually seriously approaches, sometimes even equals my Planar 3 - never surpasses it though. A 2000-motor-unit for the Rega is a consideration for the near future.
As you can see, I don't have a tuner - I'm allergic to radio in general so did the wise thing and ditched the Nikko tuner I owned for a while. Never regretted selling it.
|System Strengths:||Within the price-range I paid for the system; resolution of detail, depth of imageing; especially the turntable: Non-obtrusive character yet authoritative when required. The speakers really sing through the amp; they need a lot of power and current and when supplied with those, they truly live up to their legendary status.|
Stax 'phones: Get a pair if you haven't yet. The best buy in my set.
|System Weaknesses:||Obviously: lack of deep bass - not surprised, are you? Otherwise, I'm quite pleased at the moment. Sometimes it can sound a bit too clean and unforgiving.|
|Video/HT System: Separate|
|TV/Projector:||Small Grundig, floor-placed.|
|Speakers (Center, Surrounds, Sub):||Monaural, from the TV itself.|
|Sources (DVD/VCR):||VCR: Some JVC from WAY back... Actually, one of the first "HiFi"-VCR's.|
|Comments on HT System:||Old and tired stuff, still making up my mind on improving things. I'm not in a hurry though.|
|Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation:||Caring for/driving in Emeralda - my \'70 Lancia Fulvia Coupe, road-cycling in France/Switzerland, hiking in Scandinavia, cathedrals, watches, pocket/fixed-blade knives... I work in a classical CD-store inside Europe\'s largest bookstore, Donner Boeken in Rotterdam.|