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mitch2's Sounds Good System
IP Address: Last Update: December 02, 2020 at 10:53:04
Amplifier: SMc Audio DNA-1 Ultra G20 Monoblocks - 650 wpc
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): SMc Audio TLC-1 Signature Edition, which is very close to the SMc VRE-1 and the best preamp I have heard, solid state or tubed.
Speakers: Aerial LR5s supported on custom made Sound Anchor Signature stands that are decoupled from the floor using a combination of Herbie's Giant Fat Dots and damped springs.
CD Player/DAC: Metrum Adagio, which allows remote volume control by adjusting the reference voltage - so out of the signal path
Turntable/Phono Stage: sadly, none
Other Source(s): Antipodes DX music server containing onboard music files and also running Roon/Tidal into the Metrum Ambre endpoint then I2S into the Adagio.
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: DIY using copper in cotton for ICs, or top Furutech OCC ICs. Harmonic Technology Pro 9 SCs, NOS 7awg WE PCs to amps and other PCs by Neotech, Furutech, Oyaide, and Isoclean.
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): Power: Isoclean 60A3 conditioner through dedicated 20A line for front end, and amps directly to dedicated 20A lines.
Rack: DIY very heavy oak with mdf and plywood top. Equipment sits on DIY constrained layer platforms and also on Z-slabs salvaged from a Zothecus rack, and then on Herbies. MUSE player also has a Black Diamond platform above the other bases. Amps on Herbies Extra Firm Tenderfeet over DIY constrained layer platforms spiked to the floor with edenSound Bear Paws.
Tweaks: Ground enhancers, brass weights from edenSound, Herbies SuperSonic Stabilizers, cable lifters and separators using foam tubes.
Room Size (LxWxH): 44 ft. x 18.5 ft. x 9 ft.
Room Comments/Treatments: Carpet, upholstery and leather stuffed furniture, cellular fabric window treatments. Fiberglass behind equipment wall. Floor is concrete below the carpet.
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Popular vocalists (Van Morrison, C-boy Junkies, Shelby Lynn, Eva Cassidy, Donald Fagen, etc.), blues/rock (Warren Hayes is a most favorite performer, Allman Bros., others), Blues (many), Rock (Humble Pie, Nirvana, SoundGarden, Chilies, Nickelback, others), some jazz.
System Goals/Comments: Musical enjoyment and ease of operation.
System Strengths: Excellent dynamics and power handling with dense/rich tonal qualities, and good clarity.
System Weaknesses: None really.
Video/HT System: Separate
Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: Bicycling - road and mountain, pool/billards,

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