|Thom's Main System|
|IP Address: 126.96.36.199||Last Update: October 02, 2014 at 05:34:29|
|Amplifier:||Cary V12R - Ruby Tubes EL34s, 1963 Raytheon black plate, windmill-getter 5751, EH EL84 current sources|
|Preamplifier (or None if Integrated):||Cary SLP-98P|
Manley Chinook phono stage
First Sound Presence Deluxe Mark II
Gone, but not forgotten ...
ARC SP-10 "Mk II"
ARC SP-8 "Mk II"
ARC SP-6 Rev E
|Speakers:||Merlin VSM-MMe - Vandersteen 2Wq subwoofer|
|CD Player/DAC:||Esoteric DV-50|
Museatex Bitstream DAC
|Turntable/Phono Stage:||VPI Aries 1 - JMW 10.5i Memorial arm w/ Nordost Valhalla - SDS controller|
Benz Micro Reference 2 Silver low-output moving-coil cartridge.
SP-10 takes low output MC straight in and offers front panel switchable loading.
|Speaker Cables/Interconnects:||Audioquest Original Emerald RCA|
Zu Cable Gede RCA
TG Audio Lab HSR "new style" speaker cable
|Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.):||Hickok 6000A dynamic mutual conductance tube tester|
2 dedicated 20 amp circuits
|Tweaks:||DIY Mapleshade Isoblocks (two layers of rubber/cork HVAC isolation pads)|
|Room Size (LxWxH):||20 x 16 x 9|
|Room Comments/Treatments:||Moved into new home with a 'wing' in the unfinished basement. Ideal room, but just cement block walls and floor and the moment. IOW, needs lots of work.|
|Music Preferences and Comments:|
|Music Used (Genre/Selections):||Eclectic - heavy electric blues/rock, folk, pop, jazz, old-metal/nu-metal, some Classical|
|System Goals/Comments:||Stick a fork in me ... I'm done!|
|System Strengths:||flexibility - does many things well - none perfectly, but lack of fatigue while maintaining musicality, imaging and detail suits me as best compromise for what I've invested in time and money|
|System Weaknesses:||depends on the day and how I feel - basically, after this long I'm getting a bit more than neurotic about it :-)|
|Video/HT System: Separate|
|Speakers (Center, Surrounds, Sub):||Spendor S9e|
|Sources (DVD/VCR):||Sony BDP-S360 1080p Blu-ray|