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Dr. Fuse's Living Room System
IP Address: Last Update: June 12, 2021 at 16:20:12
Amplifier: Conn 7868 PP tube amp
Nikko Alpha II
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): Audio Experience "Symphonies" tube preamp
Speakers: Custom Alternate Audio Planar/ribbons (85Hz-30kHz)
Tannoy 8" mid-subs with outboard crossover(46Hz-90Hz)
Velodyne cht-10 (26Hz-60Hz)
CD Player/DAC: Denon DCD-670
Turntable/Phono Stage: Mission 775S with Rega RB300 arm (Denon DL-300 and K&K Basic SUT)
Thorens TD-160 (Empire 4000D/VividLine stylus)
Dual 1218 for 78s and 45s
EAR 834 tube phono preamp clone (Zero Zone)
Other Source(s): Mac Mini for streaming
Hardon Carman TD262 Cassette Deck
Monarch STA-1 Tube receiver for FM Radio
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: Generic/homemade
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): VPI PLC (AC synchronous motor speed controller for turntable)
Tweaks: DIY fluid damper on manual turntables
DIY isolation stands for turntables
$10 Schumann Frequency generators (jury is out!)
Room Size (LxWxH): 24 x 14 x 11
Room Comments/Treatments: Acoustic wall treatments
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): 20th century classical
indie rock
System Goals/Comments: Find an excellent NOS $2000 LOMC for $20
Find some excellent vintage 7868 and 12AX7 tubes for free
Repair problematic planar panel (yikes and boo!0
System Strengths: Frequency extension is good; analog signal is totally tube; a good balance of attractive warmth and fullness, and transparency and detail; Low distortion in speaker reproduction (except for a very narrow frequency band at very high volumes as noted above); huge soundstage, very good imaging; no listener fatigue;
System Weaknesses: One planar speaker has a buzz/breakup when dealing with difficult waveforms (timpani, etc) at around 124 Hz) at very high SPLs
Tiny hint of motor noise and rumble in Mission table, if subwoofer turned up to very high SPLs
Hiss in R channel of PS Audio DAC, audible at very high SPLs

Video/HT System: Separate
TV/Projector: n/a
Processor/Receiver/Amplifiers: n/a
Speakers (Center, Surrounds, Sub): n/a
Sources (DVD/VCR): n/a
Other HT Gear: n/a
Comments on HT System: n/a
Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: The usual ;)

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