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mitch2's Sounds Good System
IP Address: 107.4.59.207 Last Update: February 23, 2015 at 11:36:54
Amplifier: Acoustic Imagery Atsah monoblock amps using Ncore NC1200 amplifier modules for 350 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 9 supported on custom made Sound Anchor stands with edenSound Bear Paw footers - I have owned these the longest of anything in my system.
Sources:
CD Player/DAC: Metrum Hex
Turntable/Phono Stage: sadly, none
Other Source(s): Antipodes DX music server
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: DIY using copper in cotton or top Furutech or Neotech bulk cable and Furutech connectors.
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, musical, musical, defined as dimensional with excellent note development attack, sustain, decay), tonally coherent, clear and grainless, and dynamic with bass you can feel, all in a relatively non-tweaky easy to use rig.
System Strengths: See above. Right now, a good combination of gear. The Atsahs are great "reach out and touch you" amps for solid state, and provide enough power to make the Aerials really sing. The Antipodes server is outstanding and bested a very tricked out Mac mini.
System Weaknesses: None really.
Video/HT System: Separate
Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: Bicycling - road and mountain, pool/billards,

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