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James W.'s ParaWOW! System
Last Update: January 25, 2001 at 17:05:35 IP Address:
Amplifier: Electronic Tonalities Paraglows w/Vaic SL-C37 Meshplate 2A3's. Just rewired star ground

to Buddha's example in latest Valve. 12awg solid core silver with berylium copper mesh

shield drained to AC ground. AC ground isolated from Starred ground with yin/yang

diode arrangement. Now running GE 5 star 5965's instead of stock 5965's. Much better


Beeswax impregnated silver in signal path at line level copper on output,using Talon 4 braid geometry. ,solid core 5/9's 12 awg ground wire combining star grounding and paralleled out of phase diodes. Filament and, propietary dualthree braid from Talon Audio. Power cord now a 4 braid version of same. Vampire OFC RCA's and Cardas copper silver plated single knob binding posts. Sound Absolutely Amazing! Have isolated all the iron and

run drains to the AC ground. All mills

non-inductive wirewounds for 5965's. Running

2.5K Caddock Kool Tab for 2A3 Cathode resistor. Have replaced SCR metalized poly's

output coupling caps with SCR film and foil caps tied to the cathode. More Wow! Will be

running cobalt EXO-36 trannies.

Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): Sweet Whispers/w Holco resistors with Talon Audio dual three braid internconnect As soon as possible will do a DHT 26(with C4s and parafeed if possible.
Speakers: Talon Audio Khorus( They just sound ubelievable although I must live with mid 90db levels. I don't think I can

get this kind of musicality out of a horn.h man! Have new crossover and internal wire

upgrade that improves the sound substantially!

CD Player/DAC: CAL CL-20 has been replaced with a Marantz DV-18, which has been noticeably modified. Phenomenal with DVD's significantly better looking and the sound is quite a bit better

than the CAL as well. Keeps my wife into the

system.(Movie afficianado)

Turntable/Phono Stage: Sold my moded Well Tempered Van Den Hul MC-One rig. The CAL kicks it's butt.(Believe it or not!)
Other Source(s): None
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: Talon audio dual 4 braid interconnects and

speaker cables. Wow!

Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): Proprietary(Talon Audio) rebuild of an APC 1250R Line Conditioner. By far the best I've had.

Atlantis Lowboy(forget the name now.) TV sits on top and

it matches the room and keeps everything tidy.

Tweaks: Townshend Seismic Sink on top of a Lovan Tri-isolator

base with an Audio point 1/2"

isolation cone and two RATA oak cones on top of that. Bedinin Clarifier. Russ Andrews Anti-static spray.

Amps on Aircraft S-grade aluminum Fiberglass composite

shelves sitting on a Travertine block on top of 2 Audio points and a DH ceramic cone. (You're right

I am certifiable, but it works. Neoprene damping rings on input tubes. Proprietary power cords(Can't talk about them) and

Shunmook spatializer against

the walls in line with the front of the speakers.(Yes they do really work and I got em free.) Going to try the

Paraglows on framed Handballs under a Golden

Sound Isolation Pad. Get some cheap air isolation going. Cut down some small wood flower pots, lined with rough side of velcro

look cool and work very well as 2A3 dampers.

Spent $4.00 on them at local craft store.

Stained them to match my amplifier bases.

Room Size (LxWxH): 17' x 13' x 8'
Room Comments/Treatments: Proper Placement of the speakers and my furniture. New high tech windows going in

within two to three weeks. Will lower the

outside noise level and sound less reflective

than the current windows.(And they actually

should improve energy/heating efficiency,Wow!) The room is now quieter with less background noise from outside. Had

to reposition speakers slightly to get the

ambiance right. a half inch did the trick!

Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Alternative Female Vocals, Baroque chaber music,Scottish and Irish Folk. Enjoy small

and medium scale orchestral works, particularly 20th century english composers.

The occasional soundtrack will find it's way

onto my Bedini Clarifier before playback.

Braveheart and Conspiricy Theory are both

quite good. 96/24 Chesky's, Reference Recordings HDCD's

and anything that falls in between those cracks.

System Goals/Comments: Want to build a C4S 26 preamp when I

have the time money and circuit understanding

System Strengths: Harmonics, Timing, Bass, Soundstaging, Focus, Sheer Musicality. Unbelievable sense of Palpable Air. The High frequencies shred anything I have previously owned. It's like breathing the air of the recording venue it's so darn palpable. The noise floor has

dropped significantly with the mods I have

done to the Paraglows(Thanks Quest!) Hum is

all but non-existent with just AC heating.

Still gotta go D.C. as soon as I can scrape

a few more buck together and find the time.

It's much better with Mesh and the Holco's on

the attenuators are sweeter and more open with more clarity,detail, and focus.

System Weaknesses: More efficiency, who care,frankly it sounds so good right now I don't care that Talon

will be coming out with a 95db variation

in the future.

Video/HT System: Integrated
TV/Projector: Maganvox 27". You would be suprised how good it looks with DVD's on a proprietary Silver Video Cable)
Processor/Receiver/Amplifiers: Run it straight through the amps.
Speakers (Center, Surrounds, Sub): Same as Audio. So good I could care less about Surround. (Run DVD's on Pro Logic preferably)
Sources (DVD/VCR): Marantz DV-18 DVD. Oh baby does it look and sound even better.

Pretty good Panasonic VCR with their nifty hard heads.(No I don't remember what they call them)

Other HT Gear: Nope and I could care less.
Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: My wife's home projects. Gardening, Painting, Redecorating. In return she lets me do this stuff.(It's a fair trade.)

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