|Daverz's Living Room System|
|IP Address: 22.214.171.124||Last Update: May 16, 2019 at 22:46:59|
|Amplifier:||Currently using my Bryston 3B-SST (XLR connection, 23 dB gain setting).|
Rogue Audio M-180 tube monoblocks
Current tubes are the Preferred Series KT88, Preferred Series 7025/12AX7, and JAN Philips 5814.
I usually listen in triode mode.
|Preamplifier (or None if Integrated):||BAT VK-3iX with phono board. This is just the standard 6922 tube version. |
Current tubes are Amperex Orange Globe 6Dj8 and JJ 6V6S.
|Speakers:||Vandersteen Quatros (maple with black cloth)|
|CD Player/DAC:||Raspberry Pi 3B+ with piCorePlayer connected via USB to an Auralic Vega DAC.|
Previously used DACs:
Cambridge Audio 840C
Neko D-100 DAC (1V version)
|Turntable/Phono Stage:||Michell Gyro SE Mk. 2 turntable with the HR power supply upgrade and the Orbe clamp.|
SME 309 magnesium tonearm, with the Michell arm decoupler installed on the armboard.
Loading is 50 Ohms.
Audio Technica AT33PTG
Benz Wood L2
Benz Ace HO
Audio Technica 150mlx
Dynavector DV-20XL (with micro-ridge stylus and threaded mounting holes.)
|Speaker Cables/Interconnects:||Anti-Cables in shotgunned bi-wire configuration (3' per side).|
SigmaAcoustics silver tonearm cable
Bluejeans XLR cables (Belden 1800F with Neutrik connectors). The runs from the pre-amp to the amps are 25'.
|Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.):||VPI HW-16.5 record cleaner (2010 version)|
|Tweaks:||Caig DeoxIT Gold|
|Room Comments/Treatments:||The room is an irregularly shaped second floor living/dining room with attached kitchen, vaulted ceilings from 11-19' high, and an open loft.|
Some Auralex panels on the wall, a couple Echo Buster panels, 2 EchoBuster Bass Busters, and a couple wool blankets draped here and there.
|Music Preferences and Comments:|
|Music Used (Genre/Selections):||Mostly classical (orchestral and chamber music, and mostly late Classical to mid 20th Century), and some 70s/80s pop music.|
60s-80s rock/pop and new wave. I like a nice tune and a good lick. Beatles or Stones man? Beatles, but even closer: the Kinks.
Jazz (still exploring)
|System Goals/Comments:||Analog sources must make coherent sense of and get the most music out of often mediocre vinyl. As much of a sense of the original acoustic space must be reproduced as possible. Warm string tone, clear and articulate midrange, non-muddy bass. But the electricity of hard rock music must not be sacrificed.|
|System Strengths:||Wide, deep, dimensional soundstage. Scary deep and accurate bass (and no EQ set yet!) Detail without brightness. Neutrality.|
|System Weaknesses:||The Quatros are fussy about tilt.|
Not a system weakness, but there is too much street noise leaking into the room.
|Video/HT System: None|
|TV/Projector:||Banished from the listening room.|
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