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Pat S.'s Tube gear on a budget System
IP Address: Last Update: August 10, 2011 at 00:41:27
Amplifier: Cayin TA-30 35 WPC tubed integrated amplifier. Tube compliment: (4) new production Tung Sol EL-34B, (2)12AX7/5751: various (currently Raytheon 5751),(2) Tungsram or Philips E80CC in place of 12AU7's.
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): None
Speakers: Legacy Classic
CD Player/DAC: Ah! Njoe Tjoeb CD 4000 with (2) Amperex 7308
Turntable/Phono Stage: Phono Stages: Bottlehead Seduction with (2) Amperex 7308, Lounge Audio LCR and Audio Technica AT-PEQ3. Turntables: Homebrew Rega/VPI hybrid turntable with Rega RB-250 (Incognito wire and Expressimo Heavyweight modifications). Ortofon 2M Blue and Shure V15VxMR cartridges. Pioneer PL-550 Direct Drive TT with Shure M91ED and M97XE cartridges. Mitsubishi LT-20 Linear Tracking TT with Audio Technica AT-92E and Shure M97XE cartridges.
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: Audioquest Crystal speaker cables. Morrow Audio MA-1 interconnects.
Tweaks: My brain.
Room Comments/Treatments: Very lucky to have a spouse that will tolerate audio equipment in our living room that I'm pretty sure looks butt-ugly to her!
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Nearly every genre and time period. Mid to late 70's roots and dub reggae is a big favorite. So is late 70's to mid 80's punk and post-punk. Small combo jazz. Wes Montgomery. Chet Atkins. Bitches Brew-era Miles. Just about ANY Miles, really. Country and Chicago blues, classic rock, etc...
System Goals/Comments: To have a system I can listen to for hours without boredom or fatigue.
System Strengths: Can handle all styles of music at all volumes. Good synergy among components. Even the CD player has tubes in it! Has no snob appeal.
System Weaknesses: Promotes the disease of tube rolling.
Video/HT System: None
Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: Playing electric and acoustic guitar, electric bass, banjo, mandolin, and lap dulcimer. Collecting LP's. Vacuum tubes.

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