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|Michael Amster's Home System System||
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|Last Update: December 14, 2006 at 01:19:12||IP Address: 126.96.36.199|
|Amplifier:||AKSA 100 wpc amp for 2-channel. - upgraded to Nirvana Plus status.|
3 channel amp AKSA 2X55 wpc amp for rear channels HT and 100 wpc center channel - Nirvana Plus.
|Preamplifier (or None if Integrated):||PS Audio PCA-2 with HCPS power supply|
|Speakers:||Front Dynaudio Contour 3.0|
|CD Player/DAC:||Slimdevices Squeezebox player|
Digital board only modified ART DI/O DAC uses two Welborne Labs PS-1 and the INA103 output stage.
|Turntable/Phono Stage:||Modified Thorens TD-124 turntable - all rubber replaced, all bearings cleaned and lubed, acrylic armboard, Technical & General idler wheel, motor remotely located from chasis, heavy birch plinth, suspended on 4 vibrapods, and platter mat. Table is dead silent, dead pitch accurate and very rhythmic. A huge step up from original.|
SME 3009/II improved non-detachable headshell rewired with discovery wire from clips to RCAs with no breaks.
Dynavector DX20-H cartridge.
Thorsten Loesch Analog Addict Phono - battery powered and very nice.
|Other Source(s):||Panasonic H-1000D DVD/CD|
|Speaker Cables/Interconnects:||Ribbon based DIY Speaker cables|
PS Audio Transcendent
VDH recipe Eichmann Bullet Plug terminated interconnects
|Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.):||Adcom ACE-515|
Medical grade isolation transformer. Will probably do a DIYCable Risch power filter next.
StudioTech U-60 rack.
|Tweaks:||DIY ICs, speaker cables and Asylum recipe power cords throughout. Felt around tweaters in diamond pattern.|
|Room Size (LxWxH):||26 x 14 x 10|
|Room Comments/Treatments:||Reflective room w/hardwood floors and plaster|
walls. A little bright, but not too bad. Use a rug between speakers for first floor reflection.
|Music Preferences and Comments:|
|Music Used (Genre/Selections):||Alternative Rock|
Jazz (especially Miles/Coltrane)
Classical (romantic era, still learning/building collection)
|System Goals/Comments:||Good dual use HT/Music system not an all out high-end audio. Looking for bang for buck|
|System Strengths:||Soundstage and clarity - Dynaudios are great. The AKSA has made a big difference in low level detail and air.|
|System Weaknesses:||Planning to build the JR PC and filters. Next step might be room correction.|
|Video/HT System: Integrated|
|Processor/Receiver/Amplifiers:||B&K Ref 50|
|Speakers (Center, Surrounds, Sub):||Dynaudio Contour Center|
Dynaudio Audience 50s surround
HSU Research HRSW12V subwoofer w/100W amp
|Sources (DVD/VCR):||Panasonic H-1000D|
Dish 911 HD satellite receiver
|Other HT Gear:||Blue Jeans 7710A component video cables.|
|Comments on HT System:||Great sound - picture is not bright enough for daytime viewing. Calibrated with Avia DVD.|
|URL Link: http://mamster.wnx.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=1088&g2_serialNumber=2|
|Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation:||Computers, cooking, languages, bicycling|