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Steve Siener's Stereo-only System System
IP Address: Last Update: October 08, 2009 at 17:48:38
Amplifier: NuForce Reference 9 SE V2 mono blocks
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): Placette Audio Remote Volume Control
Speakers: Von Schweikert Unifield 3
CD Player/DAC: Alex Peychev of APL Hi-Fi latest (as of Sept, 2009) "4.0" Denon 3910 design featuring 6 32-bit mono AKM DACs in parallel and transformer-coupled tube output stage with digital input for PCM source. Sony ES Carousel hooked up to digital input for playing 5 discs uninterrupted. Slim Devices Squeezebox Wireless Internet tuner as 2nd digital source for APL Denon 3910 digital input.
Other Source(s): Vintage 1960's McIntosh MR71 tube tuner,
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: Analysis Plus Oval 9 biwire speaker cable & Analysis Plus Oval Copper interconnects
Tweaks: Aurios under SACD player
Room Size (LxWxH): 25' x 25' x (up to) 15' at peak
Room Comments/Treatments: Wall hangings; a few pillows in 'first reflection' locations
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): All kinds but lately listening to lots of Jazz and Classical. Generally don't care much for overly accessible, commercial stuff.
System Goals/Comments: 1) Enjoyable & engaging.

2) Bring me as close to the original musical event as possible.
System Strengths: Super clean and dynamic. To my ear great tonal accuracy.
System Weaknesses: All around, it's among the best I've heard. No system I have heard accurately reproduces the power and dynamics of, e.g., a lively drum solo - mine also falls short here...but not sure I'd want that kind of SPL in my room anyway.
Video/HT System: Separate
TV/Projector: Sony VPL-VW100 'Ruby' 1080p SXRD front projector projecting onto a 110' diagonal 16:9 Vutec SilverStar screen.
Processor/Receiver/Amplifiers: Chiro C-802 preamp/processor. Bel Canto eVo 2 amps driving front and rear speakers. NuForce Reference 8 V2 mono amp for center speaker.
Speakers (Center, Surrounds, Sub): All Von Schweikert: VR-4jr (fronts), LCR-22 (center), TS-210 (surrounds). SVS 20-39 PCi (subwoofer).
Sources (DVD/VCR): Oppo DV-983H DVD player. Sony PS3 for Blu-ray.
Other HT Gear: Sony SCD-XA777ES (not HT but for multichannel SACD) feeding into an RE Designs SCPA-1 6-channel analog preamplifier.
Comments on HT System: Managed to find a home for many of my old 2-channel system components in the HT setup, thanks to buying separates. In fact, I have two HT systems from my spare components.
URL Link: http://sgsiener.tripod.com/
Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: music, modern art, film, health & fitness, outdoors, travel, world affairs. Work in Silicon Valley as a software engineer.

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