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FidPup 's Listening Room System
IP Address: 108.87.23.157 Last Update: June 07, 2012 at 05:53:49
Amplifier: McCormack DNA-1 Deluxe (SMC Audio Revision A "Gold", with Plitron toroidal transformer and soft-recovery diode bridge "Platinum" upgrades)
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): conrad-johnson Premier Three (c-j's power supply capacitor upgrade, silver wiring and stepped balance control revisions factory installed)
Speakers: Vandersteen 3A (Sound Anchors support braces)
Sources:
CD Player/DAC: Marantz SA-11S1 SACD/CD player
Turntable/Phono Stage: AR ES-1 turntable (Audio Advisor custom aluminum armboard and Vinyl Nirvana replacement springs installed)
Rega RB300 tonearm (Incognito wiring upgrade and Express Machining "Heavyweight" counterweight)
Shure V15 V cartridge
Other Source(s): Magnum Dynalab FT-101A "Etude" tuner
(six-element directional FM antenna with rotator in attic)
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: Monster Interlink Reference 2 interconnects
Monster Powerline 2 Plus (biwired double run) speaker cables
Shunyata Research Diamondback and MIT Z-Cord power cords
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): MIT Z-Center power conditioner (modified with five PS Audio Power Port outlets)
PS Audio Power Port wall outlets
Target audio rack
Tweaks: None!
Room Size (LxWxH): 15.75 x 11.25 x 8
Room Comments/Treatments: Rear wall behind speakers has open double doorway, so no rear reflections!
Large wool oriental rug covers hardwood floor between couch and speakers.
Adjustable steel jack post (sitting on concrete basement slab) stabilizes floor under equipment rack - rock solid!
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Classical, Jazz, American "old-time", Irish/Scottish traditional, folk/acoustic, "classic" rock, a little of everything!
System Goals/Comments: Just want to relax and hear music!
System Strengths: Very life-like, and relaxing to listen to. Floats a really nice orchestral image.
I can enjoy the music without thinking about the "sound".
System Weaknesses: Could use just a bit more "air" on top (possibly my cables, but more likely my ears!).
Video/HT System: None
Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: I enjoy playing fiddle, banjo, dulcimer and guitar (old-time and Irish music), home recording, electronics construction and modifications, stringed instrument repair, birding!

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