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rongon 's living room music system System
IP Address: Last Update: December 01, 2015 at 09:47:32
Amplifier: homebuilt DC-coupled 2-stage push-pull 2A3 amp with Tango OPT's (balanced inputs)
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): Homebuilt 6CG7>6DJ8 line amp (unbalanced in/balanced out) w/ Niles selector switch and Intact Audio inductive volume control
Speakers: Snell Type C (original version but with rear-firing tweeters)
CD Player/DAC: Pioneer Elite PD-D6-J
Turntable/Phono Stage: Technics SL-1200mk2, Denon DL110, Schiit Mani RIAA preamp (for now)
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: Belden or Canare shielded interconnect w/ Switchcraft metal RCA plugs. Experimenting w/ interconnects made from twisted-pair solid Ethernet cable.
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): Large 20A Corcom EMI/RFI power filter
Room Size (LxWxH): 24 ft x 12 ft x 8 ft
Room Comments/Treatments: mass loaded vinyl under carpet
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): classical (Bach to Berg), jazz (not pop-jazz)
System Goals/Comments: Within my limited budget, I'd like to get the system to sound a bit less electronic and more natural.
System Strengths: Does natural timbres very well for a relatively inexpensive system.
System Weaknesses: Not much power on tap, which makes speakers to amp matching critical. Imaging is not that great, but that's mostly the room. Needs treatment.
Video/HT System: Separate
TV/Projector: Sceptre 32" 1080p LCD
Processor/Receiver/Amplifiers: Panasonic SA-XR57 (run in stereo)
Speakers (Center, Surrounds, Sub): Snell E-II
Sources (DVD/VCR): Sony Bluray player
Other HT Gear: Chromecast
Comments on HT System: The receiver sounds pretty good, but it's not as smooth/'musical' as the music-only system. Still, it's good for movies, TV and some tunes. It's surprising how good SACDs resampled to 24bit/176.4kHz can sound using the HDMI connection from the Bluray player to the receiver. The receiver's analog inputs sound awful.
Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: Hiking, skiing

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