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Jim Hodgson's Only System
IP Address: Last Update: November 10, 2018 at 16:15:27
Amplifier: Jeff Korneff 45
Adapted for 596 (rectifier) and 7193 (input)

DIY First Watt Aleph J

DIY First Watt Sony VFET (built by Radu Tarta)
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): Jeff Korneff 76
Adapted for 596 (rectifier) and 6F8 (cathode follower)

Luminous Axiom II
Speakers: Altec 804A / EdgarHorn 650Hz round Tractrix horn

Altec 414Z / Altec 614 bass reflex cabinet (3/4" birch ply)

Crossover consists of two paralleled 1uF caps (Sprague Hyrel PIO and Ampohm FP-CA-AU metallized polypropylene) and a fixed resistor (Mills 12W wirewound) L-pad

Also, currently experimenting with ~2 cu. ft. cabinets built from 3/4" birch ply to 1960s Altec 402/755 specifications; drivers are 8" Richard Allan "The New Golden Eight" (running full range) and Altec 3000G tweeters (with 1uF PIO caps)
CD Player/DAC: Museatex Melior CD-D transport

Sonore microRendu

Schiit Eitr

Timbre TT-1 DAC

Museatex idat44 DAC with John Wright's Plus and BlackGate updates
Turntable/Phono Stage: Basis Ovation

Graham 1.5t

Grace F-9E

Wright Sound Company WPP100C
Other Source(s): Fisher KM-60 FM tuner (restored and aligned by Al Pugliese at the Fisher Radio Corporation)

Altec 305A AM tuner
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: TG Audio HSR speaker cables

Cardas SE-15 speaker cables

Crystal Cable Micro, FMS MicroWave, Soundstring Omega Pro-Line, and VH Audio Pulsar interconnects

Stereovox XV2 digital interconnect with Timbre TT-1

Belkin Synapse Platinum digital interconnect with Museatex idat44

Sonore (Cardas) USB A-to-B adapter with microRendu
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): Dedicated 20-amp AC line

Furutech GTX-D (G) AC wall receptacle and 102-D outlet cover

PS Audio P5 Power Plant power regenerator on PS Audio PowerBase isolator and power conditioner

PS Audio Ultimate Outlets (after Power Plant to further isolate digital components)

Power cords include: TG Audio SLVR (for Timbre TT-1 DAC), FMS SineWave 62 (for TT motor), and VH Audio Flavor 2 (for tube amps) and Flavor 4 (for all PS Audio units and SS amps).

Mapleshade Samson V.1 and V.2 equipment racks
Tweaks: Isolation / coupling devices include: Symposium Rollerblock Jr., Aurios Media Isolation Bearings, Polycrystal cones, and TG Audio Pointy Things.

But really: "don't bombard me with dumb nonsense about ... weird tweaky bullshit that will never make or break any approach."
-JC Morrison, Joenet Mailing List, 07/15/98
Room Size (LxWxH): 12' x 12' x 9'
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Everything from Scarlatti to Skynyrd
System Goals/Comments: "Audio today consists of a much wider range of practice than you'll find reported in the glossy mags. Some of the most interesting activity in the hobby takes place outside the borders that commercial producers of contemporary equipment accept as their playing field. ... [O]ne should keep an open mind about different ways of being."
-Joe Roberts, Sound Practices, Summer '92

"Hifi is just a hobby. To be crude, the world is going to shit and we worry about nonsense. Do you think that once you die and look back over your life you'd remember your hifi components? Do you think you could relate to any of the concerns and obsessive behavior over it then? If not, why take this stuff so serious now? It's simply not relevant. Having fun is."
-Srajan Ebaen, High Fidelity, 01/01/12
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System Weaknesses:
Video/HT System: None

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