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notout's neo Machine Age System
IP Address: 50.1.51.59 Last Update: August 10, 2016 at 02:50:49
Amplifier: Cary SLAM-100 monoblocks (modified to enable per-power-tube biasing; currently featuring RCA/Tung-Sol 6SU7, Sylvania VT-231; Gold Lion, Sovtek, and Svetlana Winged-C KT-88; Jensen copper foil paper-in-oil coupling caps; Black Gate, Nichicon, Solen caps; Dale, Holco, RikenOhm, Shinkoh resistors)
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): one-off passive controller designed and built by Steve Barchak of Monett, Missouri!
Speakers: Quad ESL-63s (Crosby-modified and Picquet-rebuilt)

REL Strata III sub-woofer
Sources:
CD Player/DAC: Heart Audio/Marantz CD6000SE player
Turntable/Phono Stage: Redpoint Testa Rossa XS turntable

Origin Live Encounter tonearm with Pete Riggle's VTAF

Goldring Excel VX cartridge

Art Audio Vinyl One phono stage
Other Source(s): Onix BDW1 tuner

Revox A77 tape deck

Nakamichi 500 cassette deck (oldest piece in the system, circa 1973)
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: Kimber 4TC speaker cables (terminated with Audioquest spade lugs)

hand-made ChrisVH-designed silver interconnects (terminated with Eichmann copper bullet plugs) throughout
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): turntable atop Redpoint-recommended granite machinist's table

other source equipment in custom, open-sided, spiked, maple rack/hutch
Tweaks: two DIY, star-ground, dual-quad outlet boxes with Leviton hospital-grade receptacles and hand-wound ChrisVH-designed Flavor 2 power cords; dedicated mains line for entire system
Room Size (LxWxH): 18' x 12' x 8'
Room Comments/Treatments: No treatments to speak of--hardwood floor, good postwar lath-and-plaster walls, thick rug on floor between speakers and listening position
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): 'rock' (mostly psychedelic, progressive, post-punk, indie, electronica; mid-'60s to present); Western (medieval, Renaissance, mid-19th century to present) and Indian classical; mid-'50s through '70s jazz; European, Middle Eastern and African folk musics; ska, rock steady, early reggae, calypso; '50s-'70s rhythm&blues and soul
System Goals/Comments: 'The closest approach to the original sound' (with apologies and thanks to Quad Electroacoustics)
System Strengths: soundstaging!; tonal accuracy; natural ambience, unforced presentation
System Weaknesses: After years-long hiatus requiring cartridge re-tipping, further amp modification, and speaker rebuilding, back on song but more maintenance required than i'd like; currently lacking any anti-vibration devices under equipment; stock power cords currently on all equipment
Video/HT System: None
Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: Listening to recorded and live music (not always as obvious as it seems!); gastronomy; hiking (urban and rural); gardening; international politics

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