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Dave Billinge's Music System
IP Address: 82.17.6.245 Last Update: June 15, 2018 at 12:25:42
Amplifier: Musical Fidelity 750K Superchargers for front 3 channels - upgraded power supplies by JS Audio plus all three front channels fully upgraded by JS Audio in 2017.
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): Marantz AV8805 for all multichannel uses. Use my old Lyngdorf DPA-1 for some stereo only listening.
Speakers: Quad 2905 FL/FR, Quad 2805 Centre, ATC SCM50ASL (fully updated 2018 with the latest tweeters) SL/SR, 2 x B&K Electronics Monolith Plus FF subwoofers.
Sources:
CD Player/DAC: Sony SCD777ES VSE Level 5+ modded for stereo SACD and RBCD; Oppo UDP205 for multichannel Blu-ray Audio, SACD and one of two DVD-A.
Turntable/Phono Stage: Nottingham Analogue Hyperspace upgraded to current spec with graphite platter, Teres Verus rim-drive motor and controller, Origin Live SDS platter mat, Origin Live Illustrious Mk3 tonearm, Ortofon Jubilee, Musical Fidelity kW Phono Stage, Equarack footers provide superb isolation
Other Source(s): Humax PVR for Radio & TV on Astra 28
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: Front channel Speaker Cables Chord Signature, all I/Cs Missing Link Silver Cryo Reference, rear channels Belden 8760; Standard HDMI for DVD/SACD Multichannel sources
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): Separate spur, Ben Duncan 1kW mains conditioner on the front power amps.
Tweaks: Stillpoints under Sony SCD777ES and Oppo. Aurios 1.2s under equipment stand.
Supra, Kimber & Missing Link mains cables on all equipment.
Room Size (LxWxH): 7 x 5 x 2.5
Room Comments/Treatments: wood floor with large rugs - heavy floor-length curtains over all doors and windows
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Exclusively classical; mainly orchestral, chamber and opera
System Goals/Comments: The closest approach I can afford to reality. Regular attendance at concerts by the local Bournemouth Symphony orchestra and by various London orchestras is my reality check.
System Strengths: Clarity, detail, dynamic range. Vinyl sounds best (oh what a surprise) but with the Quad ESLs digital sources are close behind.
System Weaknesses: A slight flatness over the sound that acts as a reminder that this is not the real thing.
Video/HT System: Integrated
TV/Projector: Epson TW 2000 16:9 HD
Processor/Receiver/Amplifiers: Marantz AV8805 (as above)
Sources (DVD/VCR): Oppo UDP205
Other HT Gear: The Amazon Fire Box streams Netflix and Humax PVR FreeSat box does BBC iPlayer
Comments on HT System: I am sure there are better systems but I have not been invited to view any.
Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: Classical music in all its forms. Frequent concert and opera goer. Reader of murder mysteries for my light entertainment. Retired from university as Principal Lecturer in Information Systems.

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