|Metralla's usa System|
|IP Address: 18.104.22.168||Last Update: September 22, 2012 at 15:55:31|
|Amplifier:||Lamm ML2.1 18w SETs based on the 6C33C-B triode (1 is used in the voltage regulation stage, 1 used in the output stage). Psvane 12AX7. 6C33C-Bs and 6N6P from Lamm.|
Power cord: TG Audio Lab HSR-A Gen II
|Preamplifier (or None if Integrated):||Remote-controlled BAT VK-50SE. Original tubes.|
Power cord: TG Audio Lab SLVR
|Speakers:||Coincident Super Eclipse. |
Series II with the Revelator tweeter, TSR internal wire. Black finish. Black extender feet with extra large all-brass spikes.
|CD Player/DAC:||Sony SCD-XA5400ES SACD player.|
Power cord: TG Audio Lab SLVR
|Other Source(s):||Computer Audio System|
DAC: Metric Halo LIO-8 DAC. Balanced Output: TRS stereo jacks. Digital Input: FireWire.
Analogue I/C: Balanced 3' Mogami (2534 Neglex Quad) 1/4 inch TRS (male) to 3-Pin XLR (male)
Digital I/C: 14' FireWire cable supplied by Metric Halo
Computer: 2011 Mac Mini (2.3GHz Intel Core i5) running "headless" over wired Ethernet
RAM: 8GB RAM Crucial
Drive: Intel 120GB SSD
Power Cord: Supplied Apple power cord plugged directly into an Acme Audio silver-plated Pass & Seymour 5242-I outlet
Audio Files Storage : External mains-powered WD 3.5" SATA 1TB HDD connected over USB
Backups Storage: External USB-powered WD 2.5" SATA 2TB Passport HDD connected over USB
DVD/CD ROM: External mains-powered HP DVD/CD Writer connected over USB
Software: OS X 10.7.4 (Lion), iTunes
File Format: AIFF
Source: iPod Classic 160GB (black)
I/C: Audio Line Out dock using Jena wire and a Switchcraft 1/4" right-angle plug
Amp: Headroom Supreme, Headroom Total Airhead 2
Phones: Bose QC15 Noise Cancelling Headphones
|Speaker Cables/Interconnects:||Speaker Cables|
6' DIY silver foil (99.99% pure, 1.25" wide by 0.008" thick) using the simplest construction. Each foil mummy-wrapped with wide Teflon tape, then placed together and mummy-wrapped with two layers of Teflon tape. Ends folded and cut-outs made to fit binding posts - no connectors.
Interconnects - SACD to pre-amp
3' Grover Huffman Balanced Silver Reference Series II with Switchcraft XLRs
Interconnects - pre-amp to power amps
Mogami 2534 Neglex Quad Cable balanced interconnects from Markertek - $50 for 2m pair. XLRs on the Lamm are pseudo-balanced.
|Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.):||Running Springs Audio "Maxim" Deluxe Power Device - 4 outlets.|
Acme Audio silver-plated Pass & Seymour 5242-I dual-outlet receptacle.
PolyCrystal 18' rack, natural oak, 2 UHD shelves. Top shelf replaced with a massive soapstone (steatite) slab.
|Tweaks:||Herbie's HAL-O Damping Instruments on the eight 6H30s in the BAT. Acme Audio silver fuse in the preamp. Herbie's HAL-O Damping Instruments on XLRs at preamp and SACD ends.|
|Room Size (LxWxH):||26' x 13' x 8'|
|Room Comments/Treatments:||Apartment lounge room. Thick wall-to-wall carpet. Speakers on the long wall.|
|Music Preferences and Comments:|
|Music Used (Genre/Selections):||Female vocal, classic rock, jazz, classical. Complete collection of DCC Gold remastered CDs; all of the MFSL UDIs (Japan). My tastes have become far more eclectic since I bought the SACD player. 1000 SACDs but not growing now. I've been buying a lot of second-hand original CDs lately - made in Japan and West Germany in the '80s and early '90s. These sound better than the later reissues and remasters.|
|System Goals/Comments:||The Lamms replaced my Welborne Labs Laurel IIx SETs using WE300Bs. Not sure what to do with the Laurels.|
One day I will get the Vacuum State Electronics upgrade to my 5400.
I have a set of 6H30s for the BAT - but it keeps on going. I'll have to put them in one day, though.
|System Strengths:||Realistic, enchanting, musical, accurate tone. Powerful SET response. Quite dynamic for an apartment system.|
|System Weaknesses:||I live in an apartment so I don't play it very loud. I guess I need a house.|
|Video/HT System: None|
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|Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation:||Solution architect designing and implementing Cisco VoIP contact centers for Hewlett Packard.|