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carlo's Mix and Match System
Last Update: May 13, 2002 at 10:35:55 IP Address:
Conrad-Johnson's Sonographe SA-250

Harmonic Tech wiring on power section, Tara Labs at line level, IEC added

125 w/ch into 8 ohms (250 into 4)

Antique Sound Labs MG Head DT Headphone Amplifier

Mullard 12au7 and Ei el84s

Preamplifier (or None if Integrated):
Anthem Pre1L

Power supply improved, selected caps and diodes replaced by AudioConcepts

w/NOS Mullard (Great Brittan) 6922, NOS (70s) Sovtek 6h23

PSB Stratus Bronze

90db, 4 ohms

Headphone Setup: Sennheiser HD580 w/Clou Jaspis Red replacement cable, Grado SR225 & SR60.

Fed by the MG Head DT above or by the Anthem's hybrid headphone jack

Silverline SR11s w/ Lovan Stands

(on the way)

CD Player/DAC:
AH! Njoe Tjoeb 4000 w/NOS ('64) Phillips "Amprex Factory" e88cc

Arcam Alpha 9

Turntable/Phono Stage:
Rega Planar 3 (w/OL RB250)/Grado Prestige Gold

Currently considering/auditioning Basis and VPI tables as next upgrade.

Other Source(s):
Phillips 79831 Receiver (vintage) used as a phono stage and tuner.

Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects:
Speaker Cable: ChrisVH Cat5 (biwired)

Interconnects: Tara Labs Reference Generation 2, Master Generation, and Air 3. Kimber PBJ w/WBT0147.

Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.):
Power: PS Audio P300 (w/Multiwave) for sources. Monster HTS2500 for headphone gear. 2 Eagle outlets (Home Depot), will upgrade once I find a "permanent" address.

Spare Tubes (swapped in when I'm feeling adventerous): Amprex PQ, Siemens Rohre 7308, Phillips ECG 6922, Valvo 6dj8.

Stands: IKEA Lack tables for sources and preamp (one component per table). Underside has 1 layer of Dynamat. Amp sits on cement slabs spray painted with Dynashield Spray. Line Conditioner on cement bricks. Speakers on granite slabs.

Misc: Nitty Gritty 1.5FI, Auric Illuminator, lots of record brushes and cd cleaners.

AH: Dynamat all over the chassis (like 5 lbs of it), 12.5lb weight on top lid. Black Diamond Racing Cones. Installed IEC jack, DIY power cord. Disconnected headphone output.

Arcam: DIY psuedo-rollerblocks, Tek-Line PC12W power cord.

Pre-Amp: Vibrapods, Tek-Line PC5W power cord.

Amp: BDR Cones, Tek-Line PC12W power cord.

PS Audio: PS Audio The Lab powercord, raised six inches from DIY stand for better ventillation. Fan disconnected (no problems with heat).

Room Size (LxWxH): 18 x 13.5 x 8
Room Comments/Treatments:
Dedicated room. Plants in the corners behind the speakers, which are set up in a variation of the Audio Physics Method.

There's a bit of mid bass bloom in the room... treatments will be coming.

Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections):
Pre 1979 Dylan, Radiohead, The Velvet Underground/Lou Reed, Joni Mitchell, Ani DiFranco, Liz Phair, Stevie Wonder's cool years, NIN, Tricky, whatever comes my way.

Heavily immersed in the punk/rock and roll of the late 60s-70s (Stooges, Kinks, New York Dolls, etc). Also new to the Acid Jazz movement.

System Goals/Comments:
A musical yet affordable system for long term listening and personal enjoyment.

System Strengths:
Speaker Setup: Biggest strength is balance. Transparency and pace is very good but not great. Soundstage has focus and depth. Detail is decent, attack and decay of instruments are natural. Musical and involving.

Headphones: Fast, dynamic, and highly detailed sound. Senns and Grados each have their strengths; having both is fantastic.

System Weaknesses:
I've heard better... I try not to think about it.

The room mandates a switch to stand mounts, the system needs speakers that resolve better than the Bronzes. An upgrade to the analog front-end is also a priority.

Video/HT System: Separate
Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: Great books, food, films, and music. I enjoy a spontaneous adventure every now and then.

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