|ivan_terrible's GTT System|
|IP Address: 18.104.22.168||Last Update: April 16, 2016 at 00:21:38|
|Amplifier:||Entirely home made, with addition of a well tweaked pair of old Bogen 8417 100W valve amplifiers, recently sorted out (at last).|
|Preamplifier (or None if Integrated):||Home made based mostly on stuff from Lindsley Hood. |
It was made in 1977 and is still very good, but the 5W solid state ICs onboard only do the rear channel stuff now.
|Speakers:||Home made with some (can't remember the make) bookshelf speakers, mysteriously finding their best location underneath them to improve the treble performance.|
|CD Player/DAC:||Straight out of the notebook from a professional 24/96 PCMCIA sound card from Digigram. I got that cheap, because nobody want the EXCELLENT PCI interface that came with PCMCIA, and threw the entire standard "under a bus".|
|Turntable/Phono Stage:||I used to have a nice Garrard based DD turntable until someone stole it.|
|Other Source(s):||A couple of nice old Sony DAT machines which I have had to repair from time to time.|
|Speaker Cables/Interconnects:||Home made using thick copper wire which someone else wanted to throw out & for reasons I can't fathom.|
|Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.):||NONE.|
Estonian electricity is made by burning oil shale, that's been in the ground for a long time.
It's the cheapest 230V in Europe until recently which means I don't want anyone to come and "stabilise" or "condition" it at all, 'cos it will just end up more expensive.
|Tweaks:||Measuring everything from end to end with my nice Neumann KM microphones, so as I can see the entire response of the system as it is installed in the room.|
|Room Comments/Treatments:||It took ages to remove the thick coating of soviet paint from what turned out to be a beautiful pine floor. |
I like wood floors, they also often sound quite good.
|Music Preferences and Comments:|
|Music Used (Genre/Selections):||Stuff I can usually learn to play without having to spend hours and hours on the fingering & bowing, then rehearsing too hard.|
I like challenges, so still fighting my way through various Paganini & Ernst pieces.
|System Goals/Comments:||To make the speakers last a little longer, not rattle the walls and building structure too much. |
Quadruple/hextuple amping the entire surround sound system, then putting some 8" drivers in that can actually go down to 40HZ without actually ending up being melted by the amplifiers.
I want some quad ESL panels with multiple amps and electronic crossovers to go with what I have.
|System Strengths:||Absolutely stunning sound quality, which appears to make the vast majority of "hi end" 100K USD type systems sound absolutely disgusting by comparison.|
I use it to listen to live uncompressed source material, as my recording and studio monitors.
|System Weaknesses:||The speakers melting when listening too long to live surround recordings of Reggae.|
|Video/HT System: None|
Will get one some day with a draw down screen.
|Processor/Receiver/Amplifiers:||Original BBC Matrix H / UHJ decoder built from discrete component bits.|
I hate SACD, use DVD-A instead.
|Speakers (Center, Surrounds, Sub):||I have some really nice old AR Sugden omnidirectional/linear phase speakers which I have rarely seen anywhere.|
|Other HT Gear:||HT?|
|Comments on HT System:||Does that mean more than 650volts or 950volts?|
|Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation:||Motor racing (hillclimb),portrait photography, economics, swimming in extreme temperatures, fitness.|
I have to work on knackered old British sports cars for a living sometimes, usually putting right the things other people have screwed up.