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Jim McShane's Main System System
IP Address: 24.15.32.233 Last Update: May 14, 2014 at 15:55:10
Amplifier: McShane designed all triode amp based on Harman-Kardon Citation II using KT-90 output tubes, 7062 Amperex USA drivers, and CV4024 Mullard inputs (will also accept 12AY7/6072s). Separate dual mono power supply chassis with 5 transformers and soft recovery or Schottky rectifiers. 2400 uf of photoflash and film caps per channel. Slow start regulated heaters for front end tubes, DC for power tubes. McShane designed regulated supply for the input voltage amp tubes.
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): McShane designed passive
Speakers: Modified Acoustic Research AR-9 (higher quality x-over parts, special cone treatment for woofer cones).
Sources:
CD Player/DAC: Sony XA-777ES SACD
Turntable/Phono Stage: George Merrill/AR turntable, SME 3009 arm, Shure V-15V-MR cartridge. New phono stage under construction (it has been for years!).
Other Source(s): Denon DVD-1600 DVD-A player. Pioneer F-99X tuner
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: DH Labs Silver Sonic speaker cables, Hitachi LC-OFC and Goertz ICs
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): Dedicated AC breaker/line for the amp, 2nd dedicated line for a Monster HT 2500 conditioner for all electronics but the amp. Salamander Designs Archetype rack.
Room Comments/Treatments: No room treatments. Many soft surfaces (carpeted floor, upholstered furniture)
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Classical (not much opera!), Rachmaninoff, Ravel, Russian composers; Pop/rock especially with great vocal work (Wondermints, Brian Wilson, Jeff Larson, etc.), some jazz (Chet Baker, Art Pepper, Bill Evans, Tri-Fi, etc.)
System Goals/Comments: Sound as close to a live performance as possible.
System Strengths: Very close to live as compared to outdoor concerts!
System Weaknesses: None I can hear.
Video/HT System: Separate
TV/Projector: 2002 model Mitsubishi Diamond series 55' HDTV - still superb after 12 years, but a newer unit is due soon.
Processor/Receiver/Amplifiers: Onkyo TX-DS898 7.1 channel AV receiver, 110 watts/channel spec.
Speakers (Center, Surrounds, Sub): Vance Dickason designed home theater kits from Parts Express. Same for 250 watt powered subwoofer
Sources (DVD/VCR): Panasonic RP-91 DVD (fantastic!)
Other HT Gear: Monster HT 2500 power conditioner. Better Cables Silver Serpent component video cables. Monster and AR IC and speaker cable.
Comments on HT System: Very good MOVIE system, okay for audio but not in the same league as main system.

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