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|IP Address: 18.104.22.168||Last Update: February 18, 2013 at 01:32:38|
|Amplifier:||Fully Balanced Dual Mono Plinius SA 102s-|
Silver SA 102/ mono/ serial # 1865-
Black SA 102/mono/ serial# 2173-
P8 200 watt stereo class A/AB amplifier strapped for center / serial # 2154
SA100 mk 3 stereo con fig. for surrounds serial # 8153
|Preamplifier (or None if Integrated):||Plinius M8 Preamplifier 2 Channel w/ht bypass # 2085 / Conrad Johnson Met 1 multichannel preamp serial# 2951071|
|Speakers:||Mains; Mirage mc2 for center|
Mirage om6 mains
Surrounds Mirage OM10s surrounds
Magneplanner mmgs, perhaps a move?
Stereo Subs; 2 Bag End 18 Infrasubs utilising Bag Ends ELF patented crossover one on the left/right outside mains volume dialed in between 9;00/12;00 / clean-seamless- tight, excellent subs
Mirage BPS 400 for .1 effects in the rear of setup away from walls -- killer .1 effects
|CD Player/DAC:||2 Sony cdpcx 400 jukeboxes / Monarchy 24/96 DIP / 2 More SONY CDPCX355 300 Disc Jukeboxes, Going for a total of nine into DACS three digital feeds via daisychaining... |
Sony C222ES SACD
Kora Hermes 24/192 oversampling DAC w/ CV2492/E88CC Mullard 1975 Pearl Cryovalves matched pair gold pins
|Turntable/Phono Stage:||Technics SL1200 MK2|
Stanton 681 EEE MK3 cart
Dennon dl-s1 MC cart
Audio Tech. 440 MLA cart
Bellari Vp 129 Phono into Plinius M8 Preamp
Jolida jd 9 MC phono
1965 ECC83/12XA7 MULLARD...
nos telefunken ecc83/12ax7 smooth plate
Stock tube wasnt bad but the refinement is welcome...
KAB Mods and tuberolling to follow...
|Other Source(s):||Magnum Dynalab 102 triode tuner w/ remote,gold faceplate, Kimber Kable /|
MD ST 2 indoor ant.
APS 13 roofmount w/ Channel Master 9521 remote antennae rotator, WOW, potential reached!!!
Mullard 1964 nos tubes platinum matched pair
|Speaker Cables/Interconnects:||Transparent super bi-cables on 102s- 10 inch amp tails for spread to positive posts in 102s mono operation/ |
Plus bi cables on center 10 inch spread also/
Plus bi cables on surrounds- normal tails
High current dual runs while expensive worth it in my system allowing amplifiers and speakers to 'see' the highs and lows distinctly separate from one another--not subtle improvements in all areas!
Transparent ultra rca interconnects from Pioneer Elite VSX74TXVi AV receiver front left right outs. to Plinius M8 processor inputs
Also Transparent Ultras from Kora Hermes rca outs to Plinius m8
Transparent Ultras rca Magnum Dynalab tuner to m8 preamp. Wrmth of copper...
Multiple runs of Siltech 220i for CJ preamp
xlr Siltech SQ28 from plinius m8 to sa 102s-9 feet, better synergy nice ballance in highs with Trans.
Transparent 10 gauge super powercords for amps/ Kora dac Transparent digital
streightwire rapsody, megalink digital and homegrown audio siverlace... all transparent eventually
Dayton Glass toslink for jukeboxes - big improvement over monster light-speed!
|Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.):||Current design pc8 plus video with sequential turn on, coaxial ins for tuners outside 2nd antenna, phone line etc.. voltage readout, French piezo alarm, gas arrestor fuses... ample protection|
3 Apc S Type 15 line conditioners with battery backup, silver faceplates aesthetically very pleasing with many useful features
3 20 amp 220 volt circuits. 10 gauge romex dedicated lines for SA amplifiers
several 15 amp 120 volt circuits for conditioners/ front end equ.
Lovan Classic series racks w/ gold caps flanking monitor
Adona Amplifier stands 2 silver frames w/wt. marble for silver SA 102-100mk3/
Black frame w/blue pearl granite for black SA102 amp
|Tweaks:||Cable Elevators |
Cardas emi/rfi logo caps on unused rca/xlr
|Room Size (LxWxH):||19 x 19 x 15 cath.l|
|Room Comments/Treatments:||Considering some tube traps etc...|
|Music Preferences and Comments:|
|Music Used (Genre/Selections):||Classic rock /Alternative rock,|
Jazz both modern and classic jazz from golden era, Contemporary jazz
Classical orchestras to stretch system limits new ground for me- jazz and classical- Ive found the new living stereo sacds to be very nice along with Bill Frisells new direct to disc CD titled 'East/West be an absolute stunner talk about unheard of gems! Enjoying most of his catalogue- utterly unique guitarist
Some Motown and some country and select bluegrass pretty diverse with exceptions of Rap or Opera--- NOT!
Delta as well as all blues... once you've settled into a system, the music becomes my explorational playground - so to speak...
|System Goals/Comments:||To stay with the proverbial moving bullet when it comes to AV processing. Tired of waiting for higher end manufacturers to incorporate current technologies into there respective lines,not that its their fault as much as I like Classes AV preamp I believe from this point on I will stay with Recievers that are highly disposable every so often...they seem to keep up with the technology that drives this market better IMHO.|
|System Strengths:||Can play just about any format;|
'Mirage speakers dynamics/ soundstage-like on pink floyds live 'pulse'cd these speakers have a way with ambient information that put you they're!Any well recorded CD or source material is a sonic treat. USE DISCRETION with my power on hand and keep it under a certain volume level or they'll tend to-- lets be honest 'Blow your friggin ears out' but keep the volume dialed in right and you're they're. :o}
Also the midrange is very nice- WARM AND VERRRY LIQUID with this front end.
And of course system synergy: Plinius no doubt a remarkably musical line of amplification. Tops IMHO....
|System Weaknesses:||Mirage again=exactly the opposite of Audio Physics Virgos,yet similar- in a word 'imaging'. In this regard they re not tightly detailed or pinpoint but they're ability to lay out instruments and separate sounds is fantastic. Never do I hear sound overlapping or congealing. Also prefer passive bass instead of internal mosfet amp. Don't get me wrong Thomas Norton a tough reviewer that was tech. man at stereophile mag. at the time before J.A. declared the mirage om6 a class 'B full range $$$' WITH NO COLORATIONS AND THAT ONE WOULD HAVE TO LOOK LONG AND HARD TO FIND A SPEAKER THAT COVERS THIS MUCH OF THE FREQUENCY SPECTRUM' also very seductive and pulls you in sound .The dynamics are fantastic even with plinius 102 monoblocks purchased in July of 2004 these Handle the power to resolve more information without breaking a sweat. Imaging is surprisingly good with my current setup, albeit not of the cookie cutter variety. KEEPERS.|
|Video/HT System: Integrated|
|TV/Projector:||Pioneer elite 730 hdmi 65 inch crt high definition; great set actually preferred over plasma for its deep blacks and rich colors, not to mention it looks like my mirage speakers and pioneer set came out of the same factory with the piano gloss black and gold piping...|
|Processor/Receiver/Amplifiers:||Arranging purchase of classes ssp300. The heck with it...|
Got a great deal at Tweeter on a---
Pioneer Elite VSX-74TXVi AV Receiver
With Ilink for single cable full bandwidth SACD, DVD AUDIO,PCM CD ETC.. resolution from my Elite 59AVI,bass management crossover ect.
also includes XM ,ipod,
MCAXX Auto Calibration with microphone reads my systems speaker sizes/ setup along with room and sets settings, tweak able if you like,
|Speakers (Center, Surrounds, Sub):||Mirage om6-om10s mc2/bps 400-.1 low frequency sub used only in movies, BIG BIPOLAR .1 LOW FREQUENCY EFFECTS/ two bag end 18 infrasubs - these operating out of my plinius m-8 rcas and only through my home theatre bypass and 2 channel music listening, yes all three subs in movie mode are active but system [subs] are usually kept very low using subs internal volume, I get a very satisfying smooth musical bass tone at all times,all three subs are sealed acoustic suspension as are the om6 no tuned ports except my mc2 center and om 10 surrounds. Very clean and dynamic.|
|Sources (DVD/VCR):||Dish Network VIP 211 w/ HDMI feed, sirius radio through Pioneer Rec. etc.|
Oppo bdp 105
Pioneer elite bdp 95
Pioneer Elite 59av
Toshiba SD 3109 HDCD
|Other HT Gear:||Apc s type 15 line conditioners with battery backup, silver beauties all 3 of them|
|Comments on HT System:||Absolutely love it.|
Would like to thank local dealers Columbia audio/video for speaker's.
Audio Consultants for tuner and cabling.
And finally Mick at Quintessence audio [plinius] for pleasurable buying experiance.
In closing also Vincent Galbo for his guidence and help buying my Plinius P8 and Black 102, and for all his help on my initial Plinius SA 100mk3.
All my equipment was purhased new with the exception of my SA 100mk 3. Nothing wrong with used though I prefer: being first
|Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation:||My Faith... |
My Ever patient and tolerating Wife...
My 2 Lovely Daughters...
Outdoors, Fishing on the big lake Michigan for Salmon and Perch...
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