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Busybusy's Big Bang System
Last Update: March 25, 2002 at 13:03:30 IP Address:
Amplifier: None!
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): BAT VK5SE, upgraded with Amperex 6922 and Tungsol 5881. This is it. Can't think of a better line stage. Tried VK50SE too, but VK5SE's tube voltage regulation seems more musical, plus ability to swap NOS.


Spectral DMC20.2, balanced module, bypassed speaker protection switch (big improvement)

Transcendental Ground Grid (2000-2000)

Audible Illusion M3A Gold Board (1998-2000)

Audible Illusion M3 (1996-1998)



Speakers: Did a CARA optimized, moved the SCM50ASL less than 1 feet, and a MAJOR improvement. I am even more impressed by ATC more than ever.

ATC SCM50ASL - 3 way active crossover, tri-amping active loudspeaker

CD Player/DAC: DCS 972 added. Compared to a short-lived Purcell (in my system), the 972 seems to have a more accurate clock with more transparency.

Marantz CDR-620 + Apogee PSX100-SE + Stealth Varidig digital cables. CDR-620 clock-sync'd with PSX-100SE master clock.

Marantz SA-14 SACD player (excellent transport too).

Turntable/Phono Stage: Linn LP12/Ekos/Lingo/Urushi

The Urushi was newly retipped by Koetsu Japan, in its 100+ hours just broken in. The original Sugano Senior's Alnico magnets were specially requested to be retained, instead of using the more powerful neodymium as in current Koetsu by Sugano Jr.

Koetsu Onyx Sapphire back to storage...

Extremephono tonearm cable

Aurios MIB

Carbon platform

Tom Evans Groove 100 Ohm/60dB gain version


Linn LP12 Aro/Armageddon/Troika (1999-2001)

Linn Linto (2001-2001)

ARC PH3 with 6922 Siemens (2000-2001)

Krell KPA dual mono (2001)

Vendetta Research SCP-2B (2001)

Mana Reference TT stand


Koetsu Urushi, Koetsu Rosewood Signature

Koetsu Step-up

Cotter Mk2P Step-up

Other Source(s): Kenwood MiniDisc
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: Stealth cables: M5, PGS, Balanced power AC, M21 AC, Extremephono Linn phono cable, Stealth Varidig digital cable
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): Dedicated AC
Tweaks: Aurios, carbon graphite equipment suport
Room Comments/Treatments: Extensive use of carbon graphite compoenents to enhance mechanical grounding.
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Classical/Jazz/Anything
System Goals/Comments: Dynamic, linear, honest, neutral, loud without distortion, micro and macro dynamics.
System Strengths: The above
System Weaknesses: The above
Video/HT System: None
URL Link: http://www.extremephono.com

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