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Joe Rosen's Main System
Last Update: February 19, 2000 at 17:03:46 IP Address:
Amplifier: Custom-made, push-pull 6528's Class A very high-feedback
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): Custom-made. Phono 4X 12AX7 in mu-follower. Line Stage 2X 12AU7, mu-follower.
Speakers: B&W P2H/E (1969),assorted modified QUADs,etc.
CD Player/DAC: Yamaha CDX-1120 as stand alone, Yamaha CDX820 w/Sonic Frontiers UltraJitterbug & Aragon D2A2
Turntable/Phono Stage: J.A. Michell Gyrodec LE w/Goldmund mat & clamp, Linn Ittok and Basik arms, Bang & Olufsen MMC1&2 catridges.
Other Source(s): Sanyo VHR9412 hi-fi VCR, assorted open-reel and cassette tape decks.
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: Custom unshielded interconnects made from 16-guage type E military wire, speaker cable is same, tonearm cable is 22 guage in braided sleeve
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): Target wall mount for turntable, tip toes for amp and table
Tweaks: Plug polarities, absolute phase, custom power cord for amp, silk inserts for Goldmund mat & clamp,speakers have new crossover, wiring and structural mods
Room Size (LxWxH): 10' x 11' x 8'
Room Comments/Treatments: No treatment needed. Lath/Plaster walls, heavy carpeting, high ceiling, basement underneath. Room has almost no reflections at all. Very warm & clear with excellent bass support, some standing waves.
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Techno-Ambient, Rock, some Jazz & Classical
System Goals/Comments: To be reliable, and to suspend disbelief. It does both, and can be a major time soak.
System Strengths: Shocking presence, extremely neutral timbrally, very very low distortion, low listening fatigue, really makes sense of the music, easy to use.
System Weaknesses: Takes long time (1hr.) to warm up, amp noisy, pre noisy, CD stills sounds like crap next to 'table, amp sensitive to subsonics and speaker fussy, tweeters need regular maintenance, visitors don't want to go home
Video/HT System: None
Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: Bicycling.

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