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CBernardino's CBernardino's System System
IP Address: 75.148.5.49 Last Update: August 31, 2018 at 08:04:57
Amplifier: Modified (by Nick Doshi of Doshi Audio) Pathos Acoustics TT RR hybrid "INPOL" integrated amp with upgraded capacitors (Mundorf silver/gold/oil, Blackgate, etc.), and resistors (Audio Note); failed volume control replaced with Alps "Black Beauty" volume pot; 1950's Sylvania long black plate 12AX7 tubes; "Backup" amp is Unison S6 with Psvane EL-34PH power tubes and Mullard CV 4004 preamp tubes.
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): None
Speakers: Custom Bache Audio Metro 001's with 3/4" bamboo cabinet and upgraded crossover (Audyn True Copper Max capacitors,etc.); custom Soundocity outrigger bars (threaded hole) and Isoacoustics Gaia 2 footers.
Sources:
CD Player/DAC: Modwright-Sony "Ultimate Truth" XA-5400ES SACD/CD player w/Psvane CV-181T Mk. II tubes in the player; 1940's/50's Tung Sol or RCA 5U4G rectifier tube in the separate Modwright PS 9.0 power supply; Audio Magic Illusion Liquid Air umbilical.
Other Source(s): None
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: Verastarr Grand Illusion speaker cables; Klee Acoustics, Verastarr Grand Illusion, or Dueland DCA20GA interconnects from 5400es to Pathos TT or Unison S6.
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): Environmental Potentials E-2050 on main breaker panel. Dedicated breaker box and 20A line to Oyaide R-1 wall outlet; Bybee Power Purifier "Stealth" power conditioner (2014 version)connected to Oyaide R-1 outlet via Isoclean Supreme Focus AC cord; Verastarr Grand Illusion 2 AC cord to Pathos TT or Unison S6; Lessloss C-Marc AC cord to Modwright PS 9.0 power supply; Audio Magic Clairvoyant Liquid Air AC cord to Modwright modified Sony 5400ES transport; Gutwire Perfect Ground Cable from unused rca input on Pathos TT or Unison S6 to unused AC wall socket.
Tweaks: Pathos TT or Unison S6 sits on Sound Mechanics CY Crystal platform;Yamamoto ebony cones/cups under Modwright/Sony 5400ES SACD player, separate power supply,and Bybee power conditioner; Eden Sound Terrastone with brass insert spike bases under Pathos TT; Marigo Mystery Feet under Unison S6; Townsend Seismic Sink 3D air platform under 5400ES; Large Quantum Physics Noise Disruptor on top of 5400ES, and Bybee Stealth Power Purifier. Acoustic Revive QRS-8 quartz tuning dots, Harmonix RF-57 mk. II tuning bases, Bybee Quantum Signal Enhancers, and Marigo VTS dots strategically placed. Shunyata Dark Field Elevators under AC cords and speaker cables; Shun Mook ebony wood mini tube resonators on 12AX7's; Akiko Triple AC Enhancer and High Fidelity Magnetic Wave Guides (2) on power strip plugged into Oyaide wall outlet; HiFi Tuning Supreme, Synergistic Blue, and Audio Horizon fuses; WA-Quantum Chips on capacitors and transformers.
Room Size (LxWxH): 16 ft. x 10 ft. x 8 feet
Room Comments/Treatments: Dedicated listening room with acoustic drywall, RPG 'BAD' absorption/diffusion panels on walls and ceiling, and ASI "Sugar Cubes" strategically deployed.
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Jazz, Blues, R&B, Pop, some Classical
System Goals/Comments: While I will always be a tweaker/upgrader, I am finally "off of the audio merry-go-round". The system now, in its custom designed and built dedicated listening room, is better than I ever thought I'd have.
System Strengths: Natural musicality with outstanding tone, timbre, prat, soundstaging, etc.; no etch or strain whatsoever and no obvious electronic artifacts. With good recordings the equipment disappears and there is just music.
System Weaknesses: ????
Video/HT System: None
Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: Work in real estate development; enjoy cycling, cooking, fencing, F-1 racing, garden ponds, Philadelphia sports teams, live music, etc.

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