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TubePopper's April 14, 2009 System
IP Address: Last Update: April 14, 2009 at 07:59:33
Amplifier: AES Six-Pacs w/1990 Tesla EL 34's, Westinghouse UNILINE 6BQ5's, NOS RCA 12BZ7's. Occasionally shift to a VAC PA 100/100 w/Genalex Gold Lion KT 88's and NOS Amperex BB 12AU7's.
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): Bryston 12B or Klyne SK5A w/Quicksilver MC xformer
Speakers: Homebrew Dynaudio/Dynaudio 2-ways with NHT 1249 woofers in separate Grenier cabinets. NorthCreek and my x-overs wired w/Kimber. A pair of Epos M5's now do most of the satellite duty.
CD Player/DAC: AH! NT 4000 w/NOS Amperex BB 6DJ8's
Turntable/Phono Stage: Oracle Delphi III (mods), SME 4 IV, Alpha Genesis 2000II MC, Koetsu Onyx, Shure V15V MR
Other Source(s): Harmon Kardon CD-491 Cassette deck, Magnum Dynalab FT-101A tuner w/ Channel Master 4409 antenna on rotor, peak of roof.
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: Kimber 4VS (2 runs/biwire), all interconnects are 22 ga. 3-wire solid core braided Radio Shack hookup wire w/ Vampire RCA's. Occasionally shift to some Kimber PBJ's
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): All AC cords are as short as possible, with hospital grade plugs to dedicated AC circuits on 30 amp breakers. NittyGritty 1.5 Fi cleaner, homebrew fluid, Zerostat, Cecil Watts Parostat, Audioquest carbon fiber brush, Skillions of Far West Record Supply LP sleeves, Original FluxBuster.
Tweaks: Cramolin, Sorbothane here and there, keep it all clean.
Room Size (LxWxH): 22.5 x 14 x cathedral
Room Comments/Treatments: Sonex in upper cathedral triangle areas. When we built this home, we designed the "family room" specifically for 2-channel stereo (16 years ago). 6" walls, 2x12 joists on 12"enters, 3/4" flooring, glued and screwed (!). Yes, 10 ga./30 amp circuits (3) to the racks, 12 plugs.
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Anything from Beethoven to Brubeck to Bonnie Rait to Belafonte to Buffett. 3500 LP's, 250 or so CD's.
System Goals/Comments: Listen to music and forget the toys
System Strengths: My wife likes the music
System Weaknesses: It doesn't sound like Carnegie Hall (and never will)
Video/HT System: None
TV/Projector: A standard KMart 26" CRT TV on a digital convertor box with huge Channel Master antenna/rotor. (We live in a rural area, so no cable, too many trees, so no dish.) We seldom watch TV or movies more than 5 hours/month, and that only during football season. REDSKINS !!!! (pray). Mmmmmm.....lots of golf this spring.
Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: Retired U.S. Navy submariner, Retired research vessel Captain, Avid pistol target shooter and ammunition reloader. (Yes, at 69 I use a LOT of ear protection!)Tinker with and drive like a maniac in a 2002 Cadillac Crimson pearl F55 STS.

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