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Ned's 2 ch. stereo System
IP Address: 74.108.115.249 Last Update: January 17, 2018 at 20:18:55
Amplifier: Pass Labs X150.5
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): Reference Line Preeminence One Series II (passive linestage), or:

Benchmark DAC2 HGC used as dac, preamp and headphone amp.
Speakers: Magnepan Magneplanar 3.6R planar speakers modded with bypassed fuses & tweeter attenuators & Cardas jumpers from crossover

Audioengine 5 & Platinum Audio monitors
Sources:
CD Player/DAC: Mark Levinson/Proceed CDD transport w/new upgraded cd mechanism.

Benchmark DAC2 HGC.

Logitech Squeezebox Touch w/Channel Islands power supply fed into the DAC2
Other Source(s): Sony BDP-S790 Blu-ray player

Onkyo Integra T-9090II analog FM tuner w/modded power supply & output section

-HEADPHONE SYSTEM:
-Focal Clear, Campfire Audio Andromeda, Shure SE846, Beyerdynamic DT1350, Grado SR125i
- Auralic Taurus II amp
- Chord Mojo dac/amp
- Benchmark DAC2 HGC dac/amp
- Astell & Kern AK120
- Cables: WyWires Platinum
- Shunyata Venom Defender
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: Nordost Valkyrja speaker cables (3m bi-wire)

Nordost Valkyrja interconnects

Cardas Golden Reference jumpers on Maggies

Digital: Stereovox/Stereolab XV-Ultra (2), Wireworld Supernova 6 glass Toslink, Wireworld Starlight 5.2 HDMI.

Shunyata Research powercords: 4 Python Helix Alphas.
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): -Shunyata Research Hydra 8 power conditioner
-Sound Anchor speaker stands, spikes
-Home made amp stand (2" thick MDF)
Tweaks: -Audio Prism Quiet Line filters (12)
-Hi Fi Tuning Fuses-Benchmark DAC2, amp
-Cardas RCA & XLR caps
-PS Audio Power Port wall outlet
-Powerwraps (tuner)
-Audioquest ferrite chokes (tuner)
-Shot of frozen vodka, scotch, wine.
Room Size (LxWxH): 17 (half open) x 16 x 8.2'
Room Comments/Treatments: Oriental rugs, large abstract paintings (cotton canvas, artist me), fake ficus ('fakus') tree and bookcase w/actual books, Auralex Studiofoam as bass traps
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Acoustic jazz, classic rock, latin (incl. latin jazz), blues & r&b, classical
System Goals/Comments: Musicality, natural timber, transparency and detail, soundstage, realism
System Strengths: See above. I think I've come very close to my goals.
System Weaknesses: I'm extremely satisfied and sometimes can't believe the system sounds so good. But, I occasionally miss the bass impact of a dynamic speaker. Also, as an apartment dweller I can't play the system as loud as I'd like so the Maggies may not always be at their best.
Video/HT System: Integrated
TV/Projector: Sony 52" LCD/LED.
Processor/Receiver/Amplifiers: Pass Labs X150.5, per above.
Speakers (Center, Surrounds, Sub): Magnepan 3.6, per above. For casual use, Audioengine 5 monitors with upgrades.
Sources (DVD/VCR): Sony BDP-S790 Blu-ray player with digital audio into Benchmark DAC2 HGC.
Comments on HT System: Two channel only.
Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: Occupation: corporate finance. Also artist, workout loony, ex trombone player, jokester.

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