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orb 's Synergy System
IP Address: 74.12.91.237 Last Update: November 16, 2013 at 18:56:41
Amplifier: Jeff Rowland Concentra II
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): -
Speakers: Usher Be-718 (w/Sonicaps Platinum bypass caps on tweeter)
Sources:
CD Player/DAC: Benchmark DAC-1 Pre
Turntable/Phono Stage: Turntable: VPI Classic / Rega Planar2

Cartridge: Dynavector 20X(1mV) / Dynavector 20X-H / Grado Statement Sonata

Phonostage: Jeff Rowland Concentra II integrated phonostage with upgraded caps / Dynavector P75mkII
Other Source(s): Logitech Squeezebox Touch
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: Cardas Clear/Clear Light/Golden Reference/Neutral Reference/Golden Presence interconnects / diy silver interconnects / Nordost Frey speaker cables
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): PS Audio PPP / Shunyata Venom 3 / PS Audio Lab II / DIY equipment rack
Tweaks: Turntables on Russian Birch platforms on air tube isolation / dac, amp, power conditioner on sand box / Black Diamond Racing cones #4 under each platform coupling to rack / Vibracones & Vibrapods / Symposium Rollerblock Jr. / Herbie Audio Lab Iso-cups / Furutech Gold wall outlet / HIFI-Tuning fuse on amp
Room Size (LxWxH): 15 x 12 x 7
Room Comments/Treatments: Fully carpeted basement room with brick front wall treated with diffusors, diy cd rack (acting as diffusors). Side walls treated with diffusors. Rear wall behind listener treated with Sonex. Using the Audio Physic set up method with great results.
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Jazz, acoustic and vocal music, rock, some classical
System Goals/Comments: Wanted an extremely simple system with lots of synergy. Upgrade of phonostage caps makes sound from analog rig absolutely addictive.
System Strengths: Speakers disappear leaving performers on a deep/wide/airy soundstage. Feeling of being in the presence of live musicians. Synergy of components successfully conveys the emotion of the music.
System Weaknesses: Could use a bigger room.
Video/HT System: Separate
TV/Projector: Sony Bravia 40" LCD / Optoma HD70 projector / Gray Wolf screen
Processor/Receiver/Amplifiers: Aragon Stage One pre/pro / Acurus 125x5 amp
Speakers (Center, Surrounds, Sub): PSB B25 (x5) / PSB Subsonic 5i
Sources (DVD/VCR): Oppo DV-970HD / Motorola VIP1232 PVR / Logitech Squeezebox 3
Other HT Gear: LAT AC2 power cable on pre / PS Audio Lab II power cable on amp / Transparent The Wave 200 speaker cables / Transparent The Link 200 interconnects / Monster HTS 5100mkII power conditioner
Comments on HT System: Decent
Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: Golf, Autosport, Industrial Design

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