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era's Audio Nirvana 2 System
IP Address: Last Update: February 09, 2009 at 23:18:31
Amplifier: Fisher X-100B valve amp from 1962. Push Pull. 20 watts. Four Philips ECG 7868 power pentodes and six Groove Tubes 7025 double triodes. Upgraded signal capacitors (Sprague Orange Drop)

Fisher X-101D from 1960. Push Pull. 25 watts. Four Sylvania 7591A power pentodes and six ECC83 double triodes. Upgraded signal capacitors (Sprague Orange Drop).

Dynaco ST-70 power amplifier. Push Pull. 30 watts. Four Groove Tubes EL34 and two Sovtek 7199 on driver stage. Mullard GZ34 at rectification. Rebuilded with TPC kit.

Two Vieta A-217 valve amps from 1960. Push Pull. 17 watts. Four Groove Tubes EL84 power pentodes, four Groove Tubes ECC83 double triodes and one Groove Tubes ECC82 double triode. Ruby Tubes GZ34 double diode as rectifier.

Quad II mono power amplifiers. 1955. 15 watts. Class A. GEC KT66 (x2) power tubes, Mullard EF86 (x2) driver tubes, Mullard GZ32 rectifier tube.

H.H. Scott 299 A Type 2 chassis. 1958-1960. Push Pull. 17 watts. Ruby Tubes EL84 x4, Haltron 6BL8 x 2, Ruby Tubes 12AX7 x 4, Siemens 5AR4 x 1.

Leak TL/12 Plus power amplifiers. Push-Pull ultralinear. Class A. 12 watts. 2x EL84 (Ruby Tubes), 1x ECC81 Philips JAN USA, 1x EF86 Mullard, 1x GZ34 General Electric.

Mcintosh MC240.Push-pull. 40 watts. Philips ECG 7581A (6L6GC), Sovtek 12AX7LPS (x3), National 12AU7 (x2), 12BH7 (x2)

Fisher 400 Receiver. 25 watts/channel in push-pull and Class AB. Sylvania 7868(x4), 12AX7 (x12), 6HA5, 6AB4, 6HS6, 6AU6 (x2), EM84A. Golden Syncrode with a Nuvistor. Built: 1964-1968.

Bell 2220B. Mono power amps in push pull and class AB. 20 watts channel. Tubes: Tung-Sol 5881 (x2), GE 12SC7 (1), GE 6SL7GT (x2), GE 6SN7GTA (1), 5U4G. Built: 1953

Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): DIY Passive Preamp with multiple inputs and outputs. Used to control every amplifier from a single unit.

Quad 22 preamp. ECC83 (x2) and EF86 (x2).

Leak Varislope 2 Stereo preamplifier. 4x EF86 Mullard.
Speakers: Vieta Allegro Prestige. Two way design.Power handling: 100 watts. Sensitivity: 91dB/1 watt/1 meter, 8 ohm. Van del Hul internal wiring.

2 pairs of Quad ESL57 Electrostatic Loudspeaker. The best speakers you can find.

KEF Q 35. 2 Way floorstander Uni Q Driver. 91 dB / 6 ohms.
CD Player/DAC: Marantz CD 63 SE

Philips CD 630

Turntable/Phono Stage: Thorens TD 124 MK II with SME 3012R Tonearm and Rega Elys Cartridge. Van del Hull MC 502 interconnect with WBT RCA plugs. DIY plinth made with DM and wood venered. Looks great. And sounds even better.

Vieta G100 belt driven TT. Shure M110HE cartridge.

Thorens TD-150 MKI with SME 3009 Improved and Sony XL-MM1 cartridge.

One NAD PP-1 and one NAD PP-2 phone stages.

Garrard 301 motor unit with SME 3009 tonearm and Shure M97x cartridge in custom plynth.
Other Source(s): Philips N5151 cassete deck

Quad FM II Tube tuner

Leak Troughline Stereo tuner

Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: Interconnects: Straigth Wire Laser Link II

Speakers: Straigth Wire Waveguide 3' biwireable.

Van den Hul Clearwater

Goertz MI-2 for Quads
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): Nikklas shelves from Ikea.
Tweaks: Dual layer mat on the two TT. Felt on one side and cork on the other.
Room Size (LxWxH): 9 x 5 x 3
Room Comments/Treatments: Carpet on floor. Curtains and furniture acting as the sound treatment. It is my week end place and it is a secondary objective.
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Jazz and ready to listen to everything new.
System Goals/Comments: Valves are great and greater with vintage amplification. Vintage audio equipment is absolutely fabulous. Rarely we can see hi-fi equipment giving its best after 40 years of operation, as does all the equipment I have. I'm absolutely in love with machines like the TD124, the Quad gear (specially the speakers) and the american 'tanks' like the MC240.
System Strengths: Everything. The best I have listened for years (and I listen a lot of equipment) is what I have here.
System Weaknesses: Weakness? It sounds far better than many ultra hi-fi systems.
Video/HT System: None
URL Link: http://www.audio-nirvana.com
Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: Collecting, restoring, listening to Vintage audio equipment.

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