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Jolojl's Musical budget system in progress System
Last Update: August 13, 2006 at 05:48:31 IP Address:
Amplifier: Unmoddified SI T-Amp. Really needs 100-200 hours of break-in.

A good amp. It's got 'PRaT' as the English say, it's coherent, has very very good detail, and good soundstage and imaging.

Major drawbacks are: a bit truncated notes, not full-bodied enough (that is, a bit 'thin') and a bit muddled with large orchestral music. Can sound a bit 'synthetic' sometimes.

Will soon be replaced by either a better tripath amp (Charlize, Octopus or some 41Hz amp) or an entry level tube amp (Almarro A205, Decware Taboo, Sophia Electric Baby, Onix SP3). The RWA Sig. 30 would probably be what I want but it's too expensive (that simple...).

Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): None
Speakers: Snell K original. This is a great loudspeaker. Very natural, tight and swinging with good soundstage (better width than depth) and imaging. Specially percussion (and other acoustic instruments) can sound spookingly real.

Drawbacks are: lacks a bit of tonal 'body' and instrumental 'fullness' (sounds a bit 'bleached' as I've seen it described), apart from not going lower than 70 hz (which really can't be considered a drawback since it's part of the design).

They are last on the list of updates (if ever to be sold). I am really attached to their sense of naturalness, air and openness. Will try to compensate the somewhat 'bleached' sound with choice of amplifier.

CD Player/DAC: Transport: CD/DVD player Sony DVP S725D. Dull and digital as CD-player but serves very good as transport. Also used as DVD player.

DAC: Sigtone NOS DAC by Derek Shek. Good DAC with good hifi features (soundstage, imaging, details, bass etc.) but more than that, it's a music maker.

Turntable/Phono Stage: None
Other Source(s): Tuner: Creek T40
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: Digital cable: DH Labs D75. Have also used a Supra Trico, but the DH Labs betters the Supra in every way.

Analogue Interconnect: DH Labs BL1. Will probably try Speltz Anti-ICs when the opportunity comes.

Speaker cable: Supra Ply 2.0. Replaced a set of Linn K20. Anti-cables ordered.

Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): None
Room Size (LxWxH): 11 x 12 x 9
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Music listened to: jazz (Coltrane, Mingus, Dolphy etc.), classical (mostly chamber music), blues and gospel (mostly 30s-60s), some rock (Steely Dan, Hendrix, Costello, etc.) and Joni Mitchell. Occasionally larger orchestral music (operas, symphonies and concertos: Beethoven, Mozart, Mahler etc.) as well as occasionally bands as Zeppelin and Soundgarden.
System Goals/Comments: As 'real' as possible, at least for small settings.
System Strengths: Musical and enjoyable!
System Weaknesses: Many, I'm sure...
Video/HT System: None

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