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CBernardino's CBernardino's System System
IP Address: Last Update: August 10, 2021 at 05:42:56
Amplifier: Modified (by Bill Thalman of Music Technology, Inc.) Pathos Acoustics TT RR with upgraded capacitors (Dueland Cast PIO Tinned Copper Film, Mundorf Supreme silver/gold/oil, Auricap XO, etc.), and resistors (Vishay Z-foil); failed volume control replaced with vintage Alps "Black Beauty" volume pot; Stage III Concepts hookup wire, Bybee Music Rails, Yamamoto teflon tube sockets, etc.; 1950's Sylvania long black plate 12AX7 tubes; backup amp is modified (by Music Technology Inc.) Unison S6 with Jupiter Copper Foil capacitors, Vishay resistors, Bybee Music Rails, etc.; Psvane EL-34PH or Gold Lion KT77 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. 8/2021 upgrade of stock Tang Band woofers to Eton and air motion transformer super tweeter to Fostex FT96-EX2; rewired with Duelund DCA tinned copper and Stage III Concepts hookup wire.
CD Player/DAC: Marantz SA8005 SACD/CD player with Modwright "Truth" modifications - 1950's Tungsol long black plate 5687 tubes in the player; GEC U52 5U4G or Sophia Aqua 274B rectifier tube in the separate Modwright PS 9.0 power supply; Audio Magic Illusion Liquid Air umbilical between player and power supply.
Other Source(s): None
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: Verastarr Grand Illusion speaker cables; Townshend Fractal F1 interconnects.
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): Environmental Potentials E-2050 on main breaker panel. Dedicated breaker box and 20A line )JPS Labs in-wall cable) to Oyaide R-1 wall outlet; Bybee Power Purifier "Stealth" power conditioner (2014 version)connected to Oyaide R-1 outlet via Verastarr Grand Illusion 2 HC AC cord; Hemingway Z-Core Beta AC cable to Pathos TT or Unison S6; Echole Omnia AC cord to Modwright PS 9.0 power supply; Echole Obsession Signature AC cord and Lessloss CMARC 640X Firewall to Modwright modified Marantz SA 8005; Gutwire Perfect Ground Cable from unused rca input on Pathos TT or Unison S6 to unused AC wall socket.
Tweaks: Pathos TT and Unison S6 sit on Marigo Labs Mystery Feet and custom isolation platform; Modwright/Marantz SA 8005 SACD player sits on Dalby Audio Lignum Vitae footers and Townshend Seismic Sink air platform; Modwright PS 9.0 power supply sits on ASI "Topline" footers and custom isolation platform; Bybee Stealth sits on Yamamoto ebony cones/cups and Sound Mechanics isolation platform; Large Quantum Physics Noise Disruptor on top of Modwirght Marantz SA 8005, and Bybee Stealth. Acoustic Revive QRS-8 quartz tuning dots, Harmonix RF-57 mk. II tuning bases, Bybee Quantum Signal Enhancers, Marigo VTS dots, and fo.Q damping tape strategically placed. Shunyata Dark Field Elevators under AC cords and speaker cables; Shun Mook ebony wood mini tube resonators on amplifier 12AX7's; Akiko Triple AC Enhancer plugged into spare outlet, and Akiko mk. III universal tuning sticks on speaker cables. Also using High Fidelity Magnetic Wave Guides, Nordost QRT QV2's and Qk1's, and audio grade fuses.
Room Size (LxWxH): 16 ft. x 10 ft. x 8 feet
Room Comments/Treatments: Dedicated listening room with acoustic drywall, ZR Acoustics panels behind speakers and listening position, RPG BAD panels on side and rear 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: Room Acoustics - addressing that now with ZR Acoustics panels.
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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