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knotscott's My Keeper System System
IP Address: 104.229.196.251 Last Update: July 26, 2020 at 11:02:50
Amplifier: Twin Dynaco/VTA ST-70 tube amps, vertically bi-amped in triode mode
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): Lazarus Cascade Basic
Speakers: Sterling Acoustics "Acumen" transmission line with 8" Focal kevlar woofer, 5" Focal kevlar midbass, modified Seas tweeter, proprietary passive crossover. Dayton SUB-1200 operates below 40hz.
Sources:
CD Player/DAC: Denon DCM-440/Topping E30 DAC
Turntable/Phono Stage: Audio Technica LP-120XUSB with VM95SH nude shibata stylus
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: Monoprice 4-conductor/12 awg OFC, solid silver ICs
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): Lightspeed CLS 3200
Tweaks: Vertical Bi-amp/tri-wired - unique set of matched EL-34 tubes for mids/highs, a different matched set for the woofers...am using Convergent (CAT) capacitors throughout. TT has a cork/rubber mat, platter undercoated with flex-seal, record weight/clamp, added grip tape to counterweight for additional mass and to move the pivot point up, Navcom pucks under feet.
Room Size (LxWxH): 24 x 20 x 9
Room Comments/Treatments: wall to wall carpet, lots of upholstered furniture, open on one back corner to a an area with a vaulted ceiling.
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Folk rock, jazz, vocals, classical, rock, blues.
System Goals/Comments: It took me > 30 years to get here...I just wanna enjoy it, but I may open up the TT and undercoat the plinth sometime soon. The speakers were approaching state of the art in the early 1990s, and have an incredibly well tweaked crossover of very high grade parts...as the system has evolved, they just keep sounding better.
System Strengths: This system has excellent clarity and separation, a huge wide sound stage with delicate detail that's open and natural. Vocals float with very low coloration, very low sibilants, and lots of "aaaahhhh" factor. Impressive sound, but not an "in your face" manner....it's well behaved, very easy and inviting to listen to. Poor man's high-end nicely done.
System Weaknesses: High volume ain't happening...100-103db tops, but I almost never go there. Floor is suspended ply over joists, and makes noise when walked on, so it is likely a factor in bass. It's an old school stereo system not integrated with the flat screen TV, but man that would be fun for movies!
Video/HT System: None
TV/Projector: SONY 55" flatscreen
Sources (DVD/VCR): Phillips
Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: Woodworking, speaker building, tube amp/guitar amp buiding, PC building, water skiing

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