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audiothiest's "Magnavox Mess" System
IP Address: Last Update: April 28, 2013 at 23:32:22
Amplifier: Audio by Van Alstine Omega III 260 (updated 1996); ADCOM GFA-535 (mod); Tangnetsoft PPA and PiMeta2 headphone amps (DIY); HeadRoom Litte w/Premium module + tweaked More Pwr Supply; Meier Corda II headphone amp.
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): Audio by Van Alstine Fet-Valve (1993) hybrid with Gold Aero premium 12AX7A tubes + Ensemble TUBESOX ; NAD 1600 Tuner-Preamp; Proton 1100 (mod)
Speakers: Paradigm Export Monitor Mk.2 (1992) with Audio Stream matching metal spike-feet stands (lead shot filled).
Cambridge Soundworks and Monsoon Audio (plannar) sub/sat systems for PC.
CD Player/DAC: Musical Fidelity A3 24 DAC (DIY modified); PC with Asus Xonar ST, modified Magnavox CD-650; various Uni players (Pioneer, Philips); DAPs: Colorfly CK4; QLS QA-350 wav DP; Teclast T-51
Turntable/Phono Stage: VPI HW-19 with Sumiko BP-Special cart. and Rega RB-300 tonearm; various platter and tonearm tweaks.
Other Source(s): Mostly PC with Asus Xonar XT audio card. Also use M-Audio 24-96 audio card
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: DIY, Tara RSC, Straight Wire
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): Chang Lightspeed; Rack: Premier Audiosream
Tweaks: Ferrite rings, NAVCOM feet, VPI bricks.
Ensemble TUBESOX; Sumiko Tweek chemical.
Blu-Tak for speakers.
Room Comments/Treatments: Various SONEX panels used: Juniors and Pyramid.
See link below for pix.
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Modern/contemp./20th centr. classical, Film soundtrack, electronica, trance, psy, some rock/pop
System Goals/Comments: Increase system ergonomics while decreasing audio system's size/footprint ... e.g., iPad instead of CD player.
Increase economy (bang-for-buck) via more DIY projects; better web research (reading reviews, posting queries online, etc.) for decision-making.
System Strengths: Sonics: Neutrality, accuracy
Economic: bang-for-buck
System Weaknesses: Takes up space; DIY components older and unattractive
Video/HT System: Integrated
Other HT Gear: Most of my listening now via headphones and IEMs. Either thru computer (at home) or (when outside) HQ iPod-like devices, like HiFi Man
Comments on HT System: See link below for much more details and pix!
URL Link: http://www.gammaelectronics.com/HTPC-and-HiFi/audio_video_analytical_laboratory/home_AV_system.html
Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: DIY computer projects.

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