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Old Pa's Life Plus Fifteen Years of Stereo System
Last Update: November 20, 2004 at 12:53:59 IP Address:
Amplifier: Bryston B14ST/HeadRoom Maxed Out Home Reference with Stepped Attenuator/AudioValve RKV Mk II
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): Bryston BP25MC
Speakers: B&W Nautilus 800

Sennheiser HD600 headphones
AKG K1000
Audio Technica W1000

CD Player/DAC: Meridian G08
Arcam FMJ 23
Ah! Njoe Tjoeb Super 4000 w/ upsampler & mods
Denon DVM-3700 HDCD
Turntable/Phono Stage: Rega Planar 25/Benz Glider L2
Other Source(s): Yamaha K-1020 cassette, Yamaha T-85 tuner
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: LAT International; SS-1000 cables and IC-200 MKII interconnects; Nordost; Outlaw
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): Sanus 5 shelf rack filled with 60# steel shot and 50# Italian marble slab under Rega Planar 25
Tweaks: Preamp inverted phase right channel output utilized (corrected at speaker connections), Fried subwoofers and Sanus equipment rack are spike mounted to tile/concrete floor, regularly CAIG cleaned contacts (power and interconnect), hospital grade AC duplex, AC lines segregated from interconnects, NBT expanding bananas; all pretty conventional stuff
Room Size (LxWxH): 22.5 x 13.5 x 8'
Room Comments/Treatments: Sonex junior panels covering wall behind speakers, speakers are 2.0' into 2350 cu. ft. room; heavily padded wall-to-wall carpet, filled bookcases, and substantial upholstered furniture create medium liveness and reduce direct reflections without additional room treatments
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): 70s-90s AOR and album Rock, 50s-60s instrumental Jazz (Bop, Cool, Hard Bop, some Fusion), small and large ensemble instrumental Classical (baroque through early 20th Century) - I am not voluntarily in vinyl; vinyl is a now inseparable part of my musical history.
System Goals/Comments: Realism and Clarity; 35 years worth of effort to get a system that sounds good with all program material, satisfy my DIY needs with modifications, repairs, and tweaks. The ability to get through a month's high fidelity magazines without exercising a credit card.
System Strengths: Present system recently caused my wife to accuse me of having bought all new recordings - if she noticed all of the additional clarity, life, and emotionally involving nature of recent tweaks and mods, then anybody will. A system I can pretty much forget about and enjoy the music.
System Weaknesses: NUT BEHIND THE WHEEL; I still am learning things and don't always know what I am hearing. Technology also keeps improving (not just marketing). Some modern equipment sounds better and tighter. Compromises with cost have provided good bang-for-the-buck, but not technological ultimate. I do not believe that any improvement in sound is worth whatever the seller is bold enough to ask. A listening room twice as big (with twice as high a ceiling) would always help, but this is the best I have ever enjoyed.
Video/HT System: Separate
TV/Projector: 35' Mitsubishi
Speakers (Center, Surrounds, Sub): Monitor incorporates sub, left and right small Boston Acoustic 2-ways
Sources (DVD/VCR): Sony DVD, Mitsubishi VCR (HIFI and VHS-S)
Comments on HT System: I am not a home theater kind of guy. I am a two-channel stereo kind of guy. The video system allows for enjoying cable or a movie, but is not the center of any universe.
Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: Current events, history, science and technology / field stock english springer spaniels, listening to music, reading, photography, homebrewing, hunting, shooting and reloading, cycling, golf, motorcycling, aggravating wife / Lawyer and Criminalist

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