Audio Asylum Inmate richard_moss's Wish/Actual System
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richard_moss's Wish/Actual System
Last Update: December 27, 2001 at 22:01:31 IP Address:
Amplifier: Wish: Sun 2A3 in kit

Actual: Music Fidelity A-1 with blown capacitors

Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): Wish: Antique Sound Lab Headphone OTL as pre

Speakers: Wish: Pi

Wish 2: StaxBasic Headphone or

A-1000 Earspeakers

Actual: Spendor BC 1

CD Player/DAC: Wish: Toobj 4000, whatever current import model

Actual: NAD 855

Turntable/Phono Stage: Rega 2; Ortofon Cartridge OM10(?)
Other Source(s): Wish: AudioLab Tuner (listen to lots of FM)

Speculative Wish: XM Radio (Digital Radio) Tuner

(except they are so ugly; maybe when B&O produces one.)

Actual 1: Proton Tuner

Actual 2: Sangean A 909 Shortwave Radio using headphone in as line level out.

Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: Actual: Believe it is Audio Quest Type 4 (brown vinyl, 4 solid strands.)

Wish: Goertz

Tweaks: MacOS Speaker Placement Software; Radio Shack sound meter; various Stereophile test cds
Room Size (LxWxH): 22 x 18 x 86
Room Comments/Treatments: Very hard; it's an office bedroom, other than desks and workbench and wood chairs there's only a bed.
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Classic; like St. Colombe, Zelenka, most baroque; Jazz, Sun Ra, Albert Ayler, Mingus; World Music, Brenda from South Africa, pop.
System Goals/Comments: Question for Inmates: Can an 2A3 system using horn speakers, e.g. Pi, work in limited space? or Is it better to do something like Wave & Axiom Ti3?
System Strengths: BC-1's have been 20 year mainstay of system; I perceive them as accurately reflecting the sound of voices I know well from having worked at NPR.
System Weaknesses: OTH, comparing BC-1s to, for example, JM Lab speakers they don't seem as quick. Very far from sounding like friend's much higher end electrostatics (the Magneplanar that's far taller than the average American male.)
Video/HT System: None
URL Link: http://www.achalatutelary.org(Summer 2002) http://www.foggspecialistbags.com (Spring 2002)
Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: B&W photography, Buddhism, Animal Law & Welfare, law student

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