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Sordidman's Cats and Music System
IP Address: Last Update: January 07, 2016 at 09:57:00
Amplifier: Blue Circle BC204 hybrid stereo power amp.
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): H attenuator inside APL
Speakers: Merlin VSM-MX in Piano Black Gloss wid Master, lead-free BAM.
CD Player/DAC: APL AKM DAC based universal player
Turntable/Phono Stage: Dead Dual 506
Other Source(s): MacMini AIFF-ITunes + Pure Music from a 2008 MacMini: USB (out via M2Tech HiFace ver2)& digital input on the APL. (Mini connected to NAS).
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: Cardas Golden Reference speaker cables.
Blue Circle balanced Interconnects. APL Digital coax cable from HiFace 2.
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): Blue Circle BC62 AC cords all around.
DKM Design AudioRak Model 2 S330t
Tweaks: Aurios roller bearings with Tungsten Carbide bearings under the APL. Thing-a-ma-bobs roller blocks under BAM. Mapleshade board & cork things.
Room Size (LxWxH): 20 x 13 x 15
Room Comments/Treatments: 6 X 8 area rug. Plants in front of the windows. Speakers set up along the long room axis.
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Experimental British Pop. Downtempo Electronica, House, Dance Lounge, Jazz Lounge, Modern World/Arabic/Eastern/Latin downtempo, Post punk and post punk dance. Ambient, some drum & bass. Some old Prog-rock, commercial jazz and a little classical and choral. I generally avoid most music and musicians from the USA. Cats lounging everywhere.
System Goals/Comments: True sounding instrumentation and musical gestalt. Prevent cat from sleeping on amp.
System Strengths: Detail and sense of 'air' around the highs. Good instrument separation. Lovely midrange balance. Relatively realistic instrument weight.
System Weaknesses: Room is a bit live. Amp is a little soft in the bass. Getting some vibration leakage.
Video/HT System: None
TV/Projector: Hitachi LCD, 35'
Sources (DVD/VCR): APL Universal and Sony BluRay. DirecTV.
Kimber HDMI switcher cause there's no love on the Hitachi TV audio/video pre.
Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: competitive cyclist, (Dolce Vita Racing), songwriter/lead bass guitar player, (and sometimes 6 string, {sic}). Philosophy student and IT Manager/Coach.

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