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thetubeguy1954's Thetubeguy's Audio System System
IP Address: 68.205.89.236 Last Update: November 26, 2018 at 08:15:47
Amplifier: An Italian, Mastersound Reference 845 SET integrated amp/amp depending on how the switch is set. This amp produces 40W/ch of the sweetest, most natural sounding music I've ever heard from any amp in my home. It's a parallel, single-ended Class A design, with four WE845 output tubes, two Bendix 6900 driver tubes & two very special 12AU7 tubes in the "preamp" section.

Negative Feedback is 0 dB, with a frequency bandwidth of 15 Hz to 40 kHz. The dimensions are 15.7" W x 25.2" D x 10.2" H Weight: 135 lbs ---{mainly from 4 trannies the size of coffee cans}--- with a power output of 40W/ch.
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): No preamp at this time, but the Mastersound is capable of being used as either an integrated or a power amp by a simple turn of a knob on the front of the amp! So who knows what will happen if I hear the right preamp connected to the Mastersound?
Speakers: I own Beauhorn Virtuosos speakers that I upgraded by removing the original Lowther DX4 drivers and replacing them with the Lowther PM5 drivers with Ticonal magnets. Of course, I use the custom, large, wooden, "mushroom" phase plugs!

It's immediately apparent upon first listening to the Beauhorns Virtuosos, they possess many wonderful sonic virtues. When set-up properly with the right components and wires, the bass while not extremely extended, it is taut and tuneful. Listening to a stand-up bass in a nice acoustic jazz band will raise the hairs on your arms. The highs are nice and delicate sounding, and there's the wonderful sounding midrange that single full-range drivers are known for!

This particular Beauhorn/Lowther combo has the best presentation of pitch, tone, timbre, inner-detail, decay, dynamics, and transient response I've ever heard in my home. When I'm listening to music if I'm not sitting in the "sweet spot" in the audio room, but instead find myself sitting at my laptop at the dining room table. I find myself literally jumping out of my seat like a Mexican jumping bean! As sure as the sun is bright, over & over I'll be sitting at the laptop perusing audio sites on the internet on the laptop, when I suddenly hear the first couple of notes of a song I really like and I find myself jumping out of my seat and racing to get back into the "sweet spot" in the audio room!

Why do I do this? Because the Beauhorns are about to present another of my "favorite songs" and I want to be, no I have to be in the "sweet spot" in the audio room when that song is played... The funny thing is now that I have these Beauhorn speakers in my system. It seems I'm discovering I have more & more "favorite songs" I want to listen to every day!

Finally, I feel I must address the comment I was told was in Beauhorn Virtuoso reviews and I later verified for myself. I believe anyone who says "Where's the highs and lows" either didn't take the time to set these speakers up properly or used the wrong combination of audio components and wire! Why do I feel this way? Well, I guess answering the question: "Would the Beauhorns benefit from the usage of a super-tweeter and/or a subwoofer?" will explain why I said that! First, would the Beauhorns benefit from using either super-tweeters or a subwoofer?

The truth is yes, they probably would. But I honestly don't believe they need either of those when set-up properly. I don't and haven't used either a super-tweeter or a subwoofer myself in the past year plus that I've owned them and yet I thoroughly enjoy listening to the Beauhorns without either! That said, I believe there are many, many speakers that would benefit from using either a super-tweeter and/or a subwoofer and truth be told I "might" add a subwoofer someday...
Sources:
CD Player/DAC: I'm using a YBA Genesis CD-4 CDP as a transport with a tubed Musical Paradise MP-D2 DAC <<< This DAC is a real sleeper and bested my friend's PS Audio NuWave DSD DAC!
Turntable/Phono Stage: None
Other Source(s): None, but would like a Marantz 2130 tuner.
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: IC: Snake River Audio Cottonmouth Signature

Digital: Snake River Audio Boomslang.

Speaker wire: Snake River Audio Cottonmouth Signature.

Power Cords: One Hi-Diamond D2
One Sablon Corona
One Snake River Audio Cottonmouth Signature (Thanks Johnny)
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): None
Tweaks: My tweaks have mainly been in the way of using much better tubes & wires than my equipment originally came with. However, I've added two PS Audio Noise Harvesters to my system with great results.
Room Size (LxWxH): 12' 8" x 15' 8" x 8' to 10' sloped ceiling.
Room Comments/Treatments: None.
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): My taste in music leans towards mellow, soft, melodic music. My preferences in order are:

1) Smooth Jazz (Daria, Fourplay, Pat Coil, Bill Cunliffe, Sophie Milman, Jaimee Paul, Karrin Allyson etc.)

2) Prog-Rock (Genesis, Starcastle, Kansas, Marillion, Supertramp, Yes, Trillion etc.)

3) New Age (Paul Serrie, Max Lasser, Glen Hegelson, Phil Sheeran, etc.)
System Goals/Comments: My goal is what I believe everyone who owns an audio system's goal should be. To have the audio system be able to reproduce the actual event as it was recorded, in the space it was recorded in. I want to be 'transported' to the event, NOT have a facsimile of the event transported to me.
System Strengths: Dynamics, transient response, clarity & transparency, retrieval of inner detail, purity of harmonics, tones & timbre, along with a wide, deep, sound-stage that doesn't blow-up the size of the singers, musicians or their instruments.

When people visit my home for the first time, I'll often hear them say one of two things! Either they'll say:

"I am hearing things on my recording that I've owned for years, that I never heard on any other audio system before now!"

Or they'll say "I don't believe it, but I'm now clearly understanding many words I was never able understand before now."
System Weaknesses: There could be more bass...
Video/HT System: Separate
TV/Projector: I use a 70" Sony UHDTV.
Processor/Receiver/Amplifiers: Audio Research SP-9 preamp with two NOS Voskhod "rocket-logo" 6N23P tubes inside and a Harman Kardon Citation 16a power amp.
Speakers (Center, Surrounds, Sub): Two Monsoon FPF-1000 front speakers (TV used as a "center channel") and two Monsoon rear speakers that came from their MH-505 system for computers. It uses the same ribbon tweeter used in the FPF-1000 with a 3" "mid/woofer that blends perfectly with the front mains.
Sources (DVD/VCR): It's an inexpensive Sanyo DVD player, but it's just to enjoy movies better, not to listen to music critically on.
Comments on HT System: I probably won't add a subwoofer as the front Monsoon FPF-1000 with their two 8" drivers get quite low. Often when there's a low frequency effect people usually ask where the subwoofer is located and are quite surprised to discover there is no subwoofer!
URL Link: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/singleendedtriodes/
Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: Computers, Plants & Dogs

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