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Dave Pogue's Wretched Excess System
IP Address: Last Update: January 16, 2024 at 10:27:10
Amplifier: Monoblock SETs (19 wpc) designed and built by a friend; Linlai 845DG output tubes, Sophia EL34 driver tubes, Mullard ECC31 input tubes; solid state rectification.
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): Aesthetix Calypso Signature; backup is Sanyo Plus C-55 (no kidding)
Speakers: Gallo Nucleus Reference Ultimates, circa 1996, on 4" Mapleshade stands.
CD Player/DAC: Oppo/ModWright BDP-105 SACD/CD player with Sophia 6SN7 output tubes and 274B rectifier tube. Tascam CD-RW700 CD recorder.
Turntable/Phono Stage: Re-plinthed Lenco L75 with Boston Audio Mat 1, Jelco SA-750E tonearm; Soundsmith Zephyr Mk 3, Denon DL-103 w/elliptical re-tip, Decca Super Gold Mk. VII, Grace F-9E, Shure V15VxMR (Jico stylus), Pickering TL-2S, Sonus Blue/Gold Carts.

Upgraded Empire 298 w/Jelco SA-750DB arm, with Audio Technica AT-MONO3/LP HOMC and Ortofon 2M 78 rpm carts plus others used on Lenco table.

Jelco and Nerve Audio phonocables.

Phono stage: Aesthetix Rhea

Other Source(s): Otari MX5050 BII2 open reel deck feeding deHavilland 222 (Mk II)tape head preamp. Sanyo Plus Series T55 tuner; Nakamichi BX-300 cassette deck.
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: Speaker cables are 12G Duelund; PCs are Oyaide Black Mamba, Eichmann Express, and Pangea AC-14SE, many reterminated with Furutech AC/IEC ends; ICs are balanced Clear Day, Furutech, and HMS, unbalanced ZenWave Audio, Clear Day and Mogdan solid silver. Stereovox XV-2 digital cable.
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): PS Audio P10 and P5 Regenerators, dedicated 20 amp circuits
Tweaks: Audiodharma 3.5 Cable Cooker (absolutely essential), HiFi Tuning Fuses, cones/points, maple platforms, Waipuna Sound and Cardas myrtle blocks, IsoBlocks, roomtunes/corner tunes, hockey pucks, "Rebar chair" cable lifters, various switchers and TT mats
Room Size (LxWxH): 40' x 18' x 8'
Room Comments/Treatments: Equipment cabinet (open) on front wall is 9' wide, 6' tall. Spkrs out 6' from this wall, 4'+ from sides. Great-sounding room.
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): 1. Jazz, 2. Classical, 3. Blues, 4. Rock and other
System Goals/Comments: Openness, musicality, involvement, dynamics, balance, warmth.
System Strengths: Same
System Weaknesses: No downloads, no server, no streaming (if these are "weaknesses")
Video/HT System: Separate
Comments on HT System: Very basic: Marantz receiver, Oppo BDP-83SE player, Sharp TV, Radio Shack XV-5 speakers
Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: Art collecting (painting, sculpture), now retired, was ad agency CEO

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