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Metralla's usa System
IP Address: 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

Travel System
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
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
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
URL Link: http://www.geocities.com/ghtoz
Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: Solution architect designing and implementing Cisco VoIP contact centers for Hewlett Packard.

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