Audio Asylum Inmate Mike Mal's Dedicated system System

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Mike Mal's Dedicated system System
Last Update: December 16, 1999 at 12:43:37 IP Address:
Amplifier: Mark Levinson 33H
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): Mark Levinson 380S
(Hopefully a Ref 32 someday)
Speakers: Von Schweikert VR8 w/Audio Point Spikes
CD Player/DAC: Sony SACD SCD-1
(just got!!)
Turntable/Phono Stage: VPI TNT IV w/ Graham 1.5(latest Mod) Krell ref phono pre-amp Benz Ruby cart & Audioquest 77fe
Other Source(s): TEAC Cassette (for car and Walkman)
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: Transparent Reference Speaker
Transparent Ulta Interconnects
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): Furman Balanced AC power filter for pre-amps; MIT ISO-duo for digital; VPI HW 17F Record cleaning Machine; Big Rock Base for TNT on VPI Rack; Air Mass platforms throughout;
Tweaks: Shakti Stone; Shakti Wire Wraps; Bedini Ultra clarifier; Benz Aesthetics Cartridge Demagnetizer

Room Size (LxWxH): 17 x 13 x 13.5
Room Comments/Treatments: ASC Tube Traps; Double Sheetrock walls with 2x6 construction; System power with four 30 amp isolated circuits. No windows & solid door. Bookcase across back wall for diffusion. Three Argent Room Lenses
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Until the receipt of the SACD, I was 99% vinyl... SACD could change everthing. Variety of music jazz, rock, classical... no country
System Goals/Comments: Goosebumps!
The system as a window to the emotion of the music
System Strengths: 3d soundstaging and the ability of the speakers to "disappear" leaving only the music
System Weaknesses: Lowest bass impact slightly missing from the "sweet spot" listening position
Video/HT System: Separate

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