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|tantra's Tantra's Tube Rig System||
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|Last Update: May 16, 2006 at 11:37:56||IP Address: 188.8.131.52|
|Amplifier:||Conrad Johnson Premier 12 monoblocks.|
NAD S200 (backup amp).
Gallo SA subwoofer amp for second voice-coils of Ref3's.
Creek OBH 21 SE headphone amp.
|Preamplifier (or None if Integrated):||ModWright 9.0SE|
|Speakers:||Gallo Reference 3's (driven second voice coils).|
REL Storm III subwoofer.
Sennheiser HD650 headphones.
|CD Player/DAC:||Sony DVP 999ES CD/SACD player|
|Turntable/Phono Stage:||Project Perspective turntable.|
EAR 834P phonostage.
Sumiko BluePoint Special EvoIII cartridge.
|Other Source(s):||Magnum Dynalab 90T tuner.|
|Speaker Cables/Interconnects:||Nordost 2-flat cables for main speakers.|
8-AWG FEP-coated copper cables for second voice coils.
Mixture of DIY 4-strand silver and AQ Diamondback interconnects.
Stock power cords.
|Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.):||Tripp-Lite LCR2400 line conditioner.|
|Tweaks:||Musical Fidelity X-10v3 Tube Output Buffer for iPOD and laptop sources.|
Modified Gallo Ref 3 bases of 3' solid maple.
|Room Size (LxWxH):||19 ft x 17 ft x 2-floors|
|Music Preferences and Comments:|
|Music Used (Genre/Selections):||Jazz, mainly BeBop. Occasional rock and classical.|
|System Goals/Comments:||I tried to build on the strengths and minimize the weaknesses of each component. Gallo Ref speakers have wonderful treble, good but not great midrange, and wonderful bass with second voice-coil driven. Using tube preamp and amps to warm-up the midrange. Using Gallo Subamp plus REL subwoofer to strengthen the bass. Using speaker-level output from C-J's to drive Gallo Subamp and REL subwoofer. Bass is fast and tight, strong as you want it to be, and really well integrated.|
|System Strengths:||Best bass I have heard in any system including big transmission-line systems and Vanderstein 5's. Midrange is warm and liquid. Not at all syrupy. High end is fantastic, no glare or grain. Fast leading-edge transients with CDT tweeters. Holographic imaging with deep soundstage.|
|System Weaknesses:||Not the most transparent system I have heard. Better transparency with the S200 solid-state amp. Soundstage height is limited.|
|Video/HT System: None|