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Rascal's Rascal's Own Doin' ! System
Last Update: March 03, 2003 at 06:04:42 IP Address:
Amplifier: Berning ZH-270 (two) integrated stereo amplifiers, horizontal bi-amped. I use Telefunken ECC801S (special 12AT7) tubes, Raytheon black plate triple mica 6829(special 12AV7) tubes, and cryoed 6JN6 power tubes (from Allan Bhagan).
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): Marchand passive XM-46 crossover used for low pass only, with Russian Teflon Caps for high pass filter directly into the Berning ZH-270. No preamplifier! (Betters my tube XM-126 in everyway!)
Speakers: Magnepan 3.6R with Mye Stands... BEST ADVICE! Get good stands for your Magnepans before you start spending money on other tweaking!
CD Player/DAC: Sony DVP-S9000ES SACD/CD, modified by Richard Kern with Allen Wright's (Vacuum State Electronics) boards.
Turntable/Phono Stage: None
Other Source(s): None
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: Neotech OCC Silver on high pass and OCC copper on low pass for speakers;

Neotech OCC silver interconnects with Rhodium plated OCC copper RCA plugs.

Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): Acme Audio silver plated 20Amp Outlet in the wall through Electroglide(original)Reference power cord to my Transcendent Sound Balanced Power supply; out through an Electroglide(original)Reference power cord to a Bybee/Curl Signature Power Purifier; then through Neotech OCC copper power cords to modified from Bybee purifier to the Berning ZH270 power amplifier's and the Sony DVP-9000 SACD/CD/DVD player.
Tweaks: Stillpoints Universal Resonance Damper isolation devices under all components including under the Mye Speaker Stands.
Room Size (LxWxH): 26 x 22 x 10
Room Comments/Treatments: Speakers set up as per Stereophile Review for Magnepan 3.6 (on long wall firing across width)
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): I enjoy just about all WELL recorded music.
System Goals/Comments: My only regret is I should have gotten better Magnepan stands from the very beginning! The best Tweak/dollar value spent without any doubt!
System Strengths: Very quick, transparent, detailed with great soundstage. Very good Bass!
System Weaknesses: There are no perfect systems, but this one is the best I have heard in my home over the last forty years.
Video/HT System: None

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