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Jorge F's Main system (current) System
IP Address: Last Update: April 06, 2015 at 01:01:07
Amplifier: DIY integrated amp, built in the box of an old Marantz PM-52, and using some original components of it. Estimated max. power over 80W.
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): None.
Speakers: Heavily modified old B&W P5.
(original specs can be found @ B&W website)
CD Player/DAC: Heavily modified old Pioneer PD-91.
Turntable/Phono Stage: - Basis 1400 turntable
- Basis RB250 tonearm with Incognito kit upgrade
- Audio-Technica OC-9 LO cartridge
- Pro-ject Speed Box SE speed controller (230V)
- DIY phono stage built upon on a Rotel RQ-970BX
Other Source(s): Modified Sony ST-S730ES tuner.
DIY DAC (Analog Devices), receiving signal both from cable tv box and computer.
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: CAT5/CAT6 24awg interconnects, stripped TV cable as speaker cable.
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): None. Actually, the amplifier has a power bypass feeding the sources.
Tweaks: Difficult to list, given almost all components are modified ones :-)
It's a multiple source system and is supposed to remain like that. That implies some compromises. Anyway...
Interconnects are made from the wires of network cables.
Speaker cables are made from cable TV wires.

The CD player has been hugely modified, having had almost every gadget and facility removed, such as digital out and headphones circuitry, in a word, "minimised". Special care has been taken in what concerns ground loops.

The tonearm got the Incognito kit, including the separate earth wire lacking in the original OEM RB250.
The Basis 1400 as a custom dust cover, inspired by the Basis original one. A special turntable base might appear, unless I opt for a Target wall-mount rack I have in the attic.
The Basis 1400 motor is fed by a Project Speed Box SE controller.

The Sony tuner had ground loops chased.

The speakers had the treble components removed from the crossover PCB and moved away from it. All the wiring has been replaced by similar to speaker cables. The original spikes have been replaced by Soundcare Superspikes with custom bolts. A new DIY plinth, larger than the speaker, was added.

The room doesn't need sonic treatment given it's small and filled up with the room common furniture (even the computer and a TV are in there).
Room Size (LxWxH): 3.7 M x 3.3 M x 2.7 M
Room Comments/Treatments: Unusually full room (common room furniture), due its small size.
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Mostly classical. I also listen to almost anything, mainly sixties rock and also jazz. Although, pop and reggae aren't allowed...
System Goals/Comments: Still trying to get the best of the system, which implies simplifying it. It's not easy with a multiple source system, but I keep trying.
Gave up high-end long ago (couldn't really afford it anyway), and I guess I was very lucky with my choices, given the huge sound improvement, but I'd like to have it even simpler...
System Strengths: Clarity, detail, speed, attack, low noise, excellent dynamics.
System Weaknesses: None
Video/HT System: None
TV/Projector: 32" LCD TV screen.
Processor/Receiver/Amplifiers: (Cable TV box)
Speakers (Center, Surrounds, Sub): None
Sources (DVD/VCR): Sometimes I pick the living room cheap DVD player. The computer sound card can also be connected to the amplifer.
Other HT Gear: None
Comments on HT System: None
URL Link: http://i164.photobucket.com/albums/u22/one_o_six/System%20and%20turntables/DSC_0324vs_zps1e239a03.jpg
Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: - Reading.
- Attending live concerts.

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