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kmmd's Main 2-CH/MCH Audio/HT System
IP Address: 99.44.170.159 Last Update: March 15, 2012 at 06:59:39
Amplifier: ModWright KWA 150 SE (3.6/R L/R mid/ribbon tweeter), Bryston 7B SST monos (3.6/R L/R bass), MWI KWA 150 run as a monoblock (CC), Odyssey Stratos Extreme S.E.+ "glass ceiling" Monoblocks (Surround)
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): Antelope Zodiac Gold DAC with Voltikus PS (direct to amp) or ModWright Instruments LS 36.5 with AC Bybees, Black Gate AC capacitor, Goldpoint attenuator and Bybee main out upgrades
Tubes: NOS 1956 Philips Miniwatt metal base GZ34 and NOS Reflektor 6H30 DR Supertubes

Modified Anthem AVM 20 v2.21
by Chris Johnson @ Parts ConneXion

Mods to CD/2-Channel Balanced/6-Channel Inputs, L/C/R/SL/SR Outputs and AC Bybees
Speakers: Magnepan MG 3.6/R (Mains), modded (re-wired) CC3 + MG 10/QR pair (3-speaker Center channel wired in series), MG 1.6/QR (Surrounds), Velodyne DD-15 "master" and DD-12 "slave" both v.2.2.2
Sources:
CD Player/DAC: Audiolab 8000CD & Audiolab 8000DAX
Other Source(s): 2011 Apple i7 Mac Mini with 256GB SSD and external HD using firewire, ModWright Denon DVD-5900 with tube rectified, dual-discrete SS voltage regulation PS 9.0
Tubes: NOS 1954 Philips Miniwatt metal base GZ34 and 1991 NOS Platinum Kuhl Tube 6H30N-AP=6N30P-DR Russian

Universal Truth tube (L/R/SL/SR) and Signature Center mods, XO3 clock, AC Bybees, Silver Slipstream Bybee on digital coax out, Slipstream Bybees on L/C/R/SL/SR analog outs, Revelation Audio Lab Reference Cryo-Silver Tube Power Supply umbilical and 'PRECEPT II' Cryo-Silver Reference A/C Mains cable for tube power supply - Debuted at the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest representing ModWright!!!
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: Speaker Cables: Alpha Core Goertz MI-2 pair for main speakers, MI-3 to sub from 7B SST. Maple Shade Golden Helix with custom jumpers to connect 3 speakers in series for CC and MI-1 for surrounds.

ICs: WireWorld Gold Eclipse 5.2 (LS 36.5 -> Marchand), Gold Eclipse 5 (Marchand -> KWA 150, DVD-5900 -> LS 36.5 and HT bypass), Gold Eclipse III+ (DVD-5900 -> AVM20 for MCH audio), Silver Eclipse III+ (Marchand -> 7B SST monos, Monoblock for CC, and DAX -> AVM20), Silver Eclipse 5.2 (AVM20 -> surround Odyssey Stratos Extreme S.E.+ "glass ceiling" Monoblocks) and Equinox III+ (LFE and DD-15 RCA out to DD-12)

Digital cables: WireWorld Silver Starlight USB, Nirvana T-2 BNC (CD ->DAX), Kimber Illuminations D-60 (DVD-5900 -> pre/pro), Audioquest/CinemaQuest Optilink 4 fused silica quartz for Pioneer Elite BDP-95FD to AVM 20

Video cables: WireWorld Silver Starlight 5.2 HDMI x 2, Starlight 5 DVI-HDMI and Starlight III+ (F-conn)
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): Power Conditioners: Running Springs Audio JACO for amps and sub

Running Springs Audio Haley for all digital front end equipment, Blu-Ray player and plasma

Second Running Springs Audio Haley for ModWright pre, Anthem AVM pre-pro, ModWright tube 5900 PS, Marchand and KWA 150 SE

Modified Marchand XM-44 2-way electronic crossover with Burson Audio dual discrete op amps in main input and left/right high pass and low pass in place of all stock OPA2134 op amps, BlackGate NX HiQ 0.1uF decoupling capacitors, Bybee Slipstream quantum purifiers on V+ and V- and Silverstar HiFi tuning fuse.

Power cables: Revelation Audio Lab PRECEPT 6TWG Cryo-Silver Reference A/C Mains cable for MWI KWA 150 SE, PRECEPT II for DVD-5900 tubed PS, Black Sand Silver Reference Mark V for Extreme "glass ceiling" and BDP-09FD, RSA Mongoose/Cardas Golden Reference for JACO and Haleys, Kaplan Cables 3 amp inline conditioner/cord copper for LS 36.5, DVD-5900 and AVM20, VenHaus Audio Flavor 4 with Gold WattGates for 7B SST's, JP Cables Maximum AC Reference Velodyne subs, Purist Audio Design Proteus Rev. B with Ferox and Venustas for CD and DAX, Shunyata Research Python Helix CX for Marchand and Python Helix Alpha for CC KWA 150 amp
Tweaks: Dedicated 20-amp line, Mye Sound stands, HiFi Tuning fuses everywhere, Finite-Elemente Ceraballs, Cardas jumpers for 3.6/R, 1.6/QR & 10/QR, Walker Audio SST, Auric Illuminator, Caig DeoxIT & ProGold G100, Home Theater Master MX-700, Herbie's Audio Lab UltraSonic 35 (GZ34's) and 9 (6H30's) tube dampers
Room Size (LxWxH): 26 x 26 x 9 System is in 15 x 15 x 9
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Jazz, Vocals, New Age, Alternative
System Goals/Comments: It's just about there...well, for now...hehe
System Strengths: Musical, Neutral, Transparent, and Accurate. Incredibly involving and dynamic with excellent imaging, layering and soundstage reproduction. My all ModWright Instruments front end, preamp and amp elevate the system to another dimension. Excellent separation, blacker blacks, wider and deeper soundstage, improved low level detail, ambience retrieval and incredible extension and presence. 'Holographic!' Maggies disappear and present the music/multichannel/HT environment. Dual Velodyne subs rock the house for HT.
System Weaknesses: Well...the room and acoustics in a brand new house BUT other things I need to buy first.
Video/HT System: Integrated
TV/Projector: Pioneer Elite PRO-150FD 60-inch plasma on
Bell'O PVS-4216 stand
Sources (DVD/VCR): Pioneer Elite BDP-09FD Blu-ray using HDMI
DIRECTV PlusŪ HD 24 DVR using HDMI
Denon DVD-5900 above using DVI-HDMI
Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: BMWs in particular e39 5-series and e92 twin turbo 3-series, Java (not the computer language), living an MDs life in the Bay Area

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