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Tony Doman's Oldies but goodies System
Last Update: November 28, 2001 at 00:27:39 IP Address:
Amplifier: Quad II monoblocks; Trio W-41 tube amp (14 wpc) being refurbished
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): DIY preamp based on Ben Duncan's AMP-01 from HFN & RR
Speakers: B&W DM2a on square-section Linn-type stands; Sennheiser 414X phones
CD Player/DAC: CD42 occasionally brought in from sunroom (see system: "Just a sittin' and a rockin'")
Turntable/Phono Stage: Thorens TD125/Grace G707/AT140ML; Linn LP12/Mission 774/A&R P77; Thorens 160/TP16/Shure M75EDII; Thorens 150/Grace 840F/Ortofon OM20; Kenwood KD600/Rega RB300
Other Source(s): Tandberg 64 and 62 Reel-to-Reels; Aiwa ADF 360 cassette deck
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: DIY pre-power ICs based on CT100 network cabling; Neotech bi-wire (doubled) speaker cable
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): Anti-surge plug block connected to wall outlet. Mounted on DIY bookshelf/record storage cubes.
Room Size (LxWxH): 5m x 4,5 m x 2,2m
Room Comments/Treatments: Single-storey detached house. Floor wood blocks on concrete. Brick walls. System in lounge with sofa, armchairs, curtaining behind, three wooden cupboards/sideboards.
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Jazz, preferably acoustic, from Swing to Avant Garde, but I love Weather Report too; R&B; "classical"; anything guitar, favourites being Wes, Joe Pass, Baden Powell, Bonfa. Small CD collection, about 1 500 vinyl LPs.
System Goals/Comments: Short-term goal is ongoing replacement and upgrading of passive components in the older gear. Long-term, a modern leading-edge deck; undecided whether to go for a bit more power and electrostatics, or Class A and maybe horns. Not wedded to either tube or SS approaches, but so far I am leaning towards tube.
System Strengths: Natural, unforced sound with good mid clarity and deceptive bottom-end power
System Weaknesses: Age, more with regard to speakers than anything else. Could use more power.
Video/HT System: None
Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: Writer: Associate Editor, CAR, Cape Town, South Africa. Guitarist (classically schooled, now playing mainly jazz, latin, acoustic styles). Competitive cyclist. Dabble in DIY electronics.

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