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Thom's Main System
IP Address: 173.10.138.225 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
Sources:
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.
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
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
TV/Projector: Sony KDL-52XBR4
Processor/Receiver/Amplifiers: Luxman R-117
Speakers (Center, Surrounds, Sub): Spendor S9e
Sources (DVD/VCR): Sony BDP-S360 1080p Blu-ray

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