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Brian Elliott's Two Channel System
Last Update: April 25, 2003 at 04:19:35 IP Address:
Amplifier: Bel Canto 200.2 (two - running bridged)
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): Sonic Frontiers Line 2 Special Edition and Classe 47.5
Speakers: Vandersteen 3A Signaures
CD Player/DAC: Electronic Visionary Systems Modified Sony. Audiomeca Ambrosia DAC
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: PS Audio xStream to DAC. Wireworld Gold Eclipse RCAs to preamp. Acoustic Zen Matrix balanced to amp. Analysis Plus Oval 9 and Silver (bi-wire configuration).
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): P. S. Audio Power Plant 300, Exact Power EP 2000, P. S. Audio Ultimate Outlet. Two Quantum Symphony units. Blue Circle Power Pillow.
Tweaks: Bright Star Gemini units with Little Rocks for the transport and preamp. Symposium Shelf for the DAC and DIP with mass loading. Symposium Roller Blocks for the transport. D H Cones in a few other locations. Various devices from Peter Belt.
Room Size (LxWxH): 26' x 18' x 12' peaked (highest)
Room Comments/Treatments: Large plants; a few hidden Sonex sheets; three large, complex wood carvings on the walls for diffusion; Michael Greene corner pillows (think they were called Corner Tunes) at all ceiling/wall corners (because of architectural details, eight are used). My wife absolutely hates these things, but I've been standing firm.
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): I listen about equally to Jazz, Classical, and pop.
System Goals/Comments: Highly realistic sound with a dynamic, but not edgy presentation. After thirty years of serious listening (I'm in my mid fifties) and lots of equipment, including tubes, I don't think I'll ever get there. Particularly as I consider the recording / engineering process is as variable, and no better, than our systems.
System Strengths: The major musical pieces are there. The Bright Star stuff helps a lot with solid state systems. Also, I'm quite happy with the EVS - Sonic Frontiers - Classe' general presentation. No listener fatigue with a natural (albeit slightly sweetened) presentation.
System Weaknesses: I want a transcendent experience EVERY time I sit down to listen. Given the vagaries of musical performance, the recording process, and playback systems and listening rooms, it ain't ever gonna happen. Besides, maybe this is a good thing. Being continually stoned on music wouldn't really be much different than other things, would it?
Video/HT System: None

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