|mr.bear's Bearcave Main System|
|IP Address: 188.8.131.52||Last Update: August 22, 2017 at 11:11:32|
|Preamplifier (or None if Integrated):||For analog sources: Threshold Forte Model 2.|
For digital sources and HT: Lexicon MC-12.
|Speakers:||Thiel CS3- active electronic bass equalizer not used. |
Focal "Cobalt" subwoofer with the 13-inch "W" cone- a very musical unit.
|CD Player/DAC:||Sony UHP-H1 Universal Disc Player- beautiful sound from Redbook CD's.|
|Turntable/Phono Stage:||#1= Sony PS-X50 + Dynavector XX-1 + Luxman SUT- a fortuitous combination.|
#2= Sony PS-X55 + Pickering XUV-4500-Q.
|Other Source(s):||Yamaha T1 FM tuner.|
Dedicated music PC Dell Optiplex 960 SFF w/Windows 7 playing WMA Lossless digital files via Outboard CM 6631 USB DDC
|Speaker Cables/Interconnects:||Interconnects mostly DIY with Mogami Neglex & Canare F10's. Lifatec glass fiber optical cables sound lovely but that's a result of the components, their age and some kind of synergy.|
Speaker cable Kimber 8TC.
|Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.):||Teac C-3RX Cassette Deck; superb Luxman D-408 LaserDisc player; Sony SLV-676UC VHS.|
Schiit headphone amp and basic Sennheiser 650's,
Some sort of big Monster Power HT AC conditioner runs everything- I got it for free and it sounds OK
|Tweaks:||Putting my money into records and going to see live music.|
|Music Preferences and Comments:|
|Music Used (Genre/Selections):||Fusion jazz, jazz, rock, classical, organ.|
|System Goals/Comments:||Goal: 1) Bass as good as my string bass playing in this same room. |
2) Digital file playback sweet and warm, toe-tapping good. Currently it sounds to my fuzzy ears extremely close to the same recording via CD. This is "good enough" performance for my systems overall ability to resolve but I think future improvement is possible.
|System Strengths:||The Thiels were voiced in the Golden Age of Vinyl and sound real nice. Having listened to them for 35 years now, it seems a significant upgrade would cost thousands and I have no craving to change. |
More and more digital material playing these days and my LP collection is thinned out to around 2500 and going down!
|System Weaknesses:||My Lexicon has 27 cables of various sorts sticking out of the back- its becoming a bit of a nightmare but it's pretty robust.|
|Video/HT System: Integrated|
|Processor/Receiver/Amplifiers:||Lexicon MC-12- see comments.|
|Speakers (Center, Surrounds, Sub):||Tried many different centers. None proved worthwhile- 2.1 is the only path.|
|Comments on HT System:||The Lexicon MC-12 can play music pretty nicely if set for "2-channel." Although I dread A/D and D/A conversions, its a necessary evil to derive the crossover and as long as these conversions happen on the same circuit-board it feels pretty transparent.|