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gnat 's April 2005 System
IP Address: Last Update: September 19, 2008 at 15:13:38
Amplifier: Avant Electric, custom modified Comandor model, 6F12P->6C33C. SE-IDHT, ~15W
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): Custom made input selector,DACT-based (hi, Jack G:).
Speakers: Epos ES12. 89 db, 8 Ohm.

Custom made speaker stands: steel, 40 cm, lead/sand filled.

REL Q50 subwoofer.
CD Player/DAC: Marantz CD17
Turntable/Phono Stage: AudioNote TT1 table, Rega RB300 arm, Project 4 cart, Goldring D42 stylus.

Custom made phonostage. Tubed, JAN 6072A + 6N2P.

Custom made record clamp.
Other Source(s): Sony ST-SE520EE tuner. So-so outdoor antenna.

Toshiba V-E61R VCR used as *audio* tapedeck (rarely).
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: Spkr: Acrotec 1050.

IC: Tara Labs Prism 11, Prism 22, AudioNote AN-A, custom made AN-C based, Acrotec 2050, custom made(by Genn:) - flat/WBT connectors/copper, Nordost Blue Heaven, Nordost Black Knight, Audioquest Sidewinder.
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): Main rack: Made from Apollo Adagio 4 component rack (metal frame, 4 mdf shelves). Original rack was simply split (cut) into two racks, 2-shelves each so that new racks are half-height of original one.

Auxiliary rack: no-name generic AV rack. Wooden legs, 3 glass shelves.

Record cleaning mashine: VPI H-16.5
Tweaks: Sorbothane and blutak here and there. :)

Chewing gum couples speakers to stands.

Concrete slabs under spkr stands, under and on subwoofer.

Granite slabs under the main rack and under TT.

Decca 2+2 record brush.

ES12 ports are foam-plugged.

O-legs Absorber, great room treatment device made by Mothra Research.

Bib Groov-Kleen

Inak BOLIDE Shock absorbers (just feets under amp)
Room Size (LxWxH): 5.5m x 3.2m x 2.5m
Room Comments/Treatments: Short wall spkrs placement, ~1.5 m between spkrs, 3-4 m to the listener

Furniture placed properly.

Rugs, ceiling panels, curtains etc used to tune sound reflection / difraction / absorbtion to my taste.

Cork covers some strategic places to increase room soundproofing
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Almost everything, especially opera, blues, country, trad. jazz.

~1000 CDs / ~1000 LPs / few VHS cassettes (with *audio* records).
System Goals/Comments:

Goals: it should improve my life quality. :)

Comments: rolling it back to the start:

- Custom made input selector replaced custom made pre-amp previously used as, well, input selector. :)

- modified AE Comandor replaced Audionote AN-P1

- Toshiba V-E61R replaced Toshiba HF-5CZ

- added VPI HW 16.5 RCM

- Marantz CD17 replaced Micromega Minium CD

- D42 replaced 'native' stylus in Project 4

- current speaker stands replaced Atacama SE24

- Acrotec replaced Ixos 603

- ES12 replaced Castle Isis

- added current main rack (noname one:)

- AN-P1 replaced power section of 304

- custom made pre replaced one built in 304

- custom made phonostage replaced one built in 304

- added HF-5CZ

- added turntable

- Micromega Minium CD replaced JVC F5TH 5-disk changer

- added subwoofer

- added tuner

- NAD 304 int amp replaced NAD 310 int amp

- oops... here I started. F5TH->Prism22->310->603->Isis, SE24, Adagio 4.

[Last Updated: April 10, 2005 at 12:23:23. After that, I pressed "pause". :)]

System Strengths: Allows 60 hrs/week listening.
System Weaknesses: - Volume limited: room soundproofing insufficient.

- Bass limited by room size.
Video/HT System: Integrated
TV/Projector: 43'' RPTV Toshiba 43CSH9UR

(it replaced 21'' TV Loewe Concept 505,

which replaced 21'' Panasonic TC-21D2)
Processor/Receiver/Amplifiers: Same as in audio setup
Speakers (Center, Surrounds, Sub): Same as in audio setup
Sources (DVD/VCR): DVD Toshiba SD-140E (connected to TV in progressive mode with AudioQuest UIQ-G component cable). My old pre-amp (tubed, 6N8S) is ised as input buffer

VCR Toshiba V-E61R used as *video* deck.
Other HT Gear: None
Comments on HT System: Just big TV connected to 2-channel music system

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