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Last Update: April 27, 2003 at 15:59:05 IP Address:
Amplifier: Pair of Quad II tube amplifiers.
Tubes: Mullard GZ34 rectifier, Mullard EF86 and Harma STR KT66.

2 Quad 303 power amps.
Both slightly modified (not bridged!!) for delivering higher current. This gives 60W in 8ohms and 90W in 4ohms.

Quad 405, also slightly modified (BB op-amps, lesser input sensitivity).

For more info on mods, mail me.

Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): Quad 44 control unit. An extremely flexible pre-amp which uses 5 plug in boards as inputs. Mine has 1x radio, 1x aux and 3x tape. There are three outputs, 5V/1.6V/500mV which may be used simultaneously.
The 44 is modified by me. I replaced all op-amps with Burr Brown types like the OPA134, 604 and 627. I also upgraded the power supply by using better transistors and adding capicitance.
After modifications the 44 becomes a very nice sounding pre. One should listen for itself of course......

Quad 33 completely stock, not in use.

Speakers: B&W Nautilus 805 on original sand filled B&W stands.
Mostly connected to the Quad II amps and sometimes to the 405. Depends on my mood and musical taste.....
And even sometimes horizontal bi-amped with 405 on lows and II's on highs.

Koss ESP9 headphones (electrostatic),
Stax SR30Pro (electret) earspeakers,
Stax SR5 (electrostatic) earspeakers,
Stax SR202 (electrostatic) earspeakers,
Stax sets are used with an SRD7mkII adaptor.

Grado SR60 with Musical Fidelity X-CanV2 tube amplifier (stock tubes, JAN Philips 6922).

CD Player/DAC: AH!Tjoeb 4000 with AH!Noisekiller, Supercrystal, Tjoebsjoes and Tjoupsampler (192kHz/24bit).
I upgraded the tubes to Siemens E288CC. These tubes are a lot better than the standard Philips JAN6922. E288CC offer nicer bass, more liquid midrange and don't have any grain on the treble.

The Philips JAN6922 sounds a little grainy, especially on voices.

Turntable/Phono Stage: Luxman PD300 with VDS/Infinity Black Widow GF tonearm, Shure V15VxMR.

The BW GF and Shure V15 combo sounds best with the fluid damper in place. Nice quiet background, no pumping woofers, and really good sound.

Lehmann Black Cube standard as phonostage.

Other Source(s): Quad FM4 and FM3 tuners. The FM4 has been upgraded to the latest version by TransTec (Dutch representative). FM3 is not in use.

Revox B77mkII HS 1/4" two track (7,5 and 15ips tape speeds)

Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: MITerminator 5 between the cd player and pre (bought it just to try if a better cable makes difference, well it doesn't justify the price difference for me).
DIY cabling between my pre and power amps (microphone cable terminated with Eichmann Bullet plugs).
DIY cabling between other sources and pre.

The tonearm has it's own stock cable still connected.

Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): None.
Tweaks: Upgrades to pre and power amplifiers.
Added damping material to the Tjoeb case.
Room Size (LxWxH): 4 x 4 x 2
Room Comments/Treatments: It's a small room (a bedroom). It's hard to place the speakers properly. But it sounds fairly good.
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): All kinds of genres, but primarily progressive rock from the '70s till now.
Other genres are symphonic rock music, metal and blues.

Some bands:
Marillion, Fish, Pendragon, Camel, Arena, Genesis, Pink Floyd, Iron Maiden, Fates Warning, Savatage, The Gathering, Radiohead, Threshold, Pain of Salvation, Dream Theater, Porcupine Tree, etc etc.

System Goals/Comments: Despite the small room, and (to some people) old amplifiers it sounds very good.

The modified Quads sound better than some much more expensive setups I've heard.

System Strengths: Great imaging, pretty wide soundstage. Detail is good, but could be better.
The most important: I enjoy listening!
System Weaknesses: I don't have a record cleaner. That's a real weakness when listening to some records.

I would like a little more (low) bass. So a sub would be nice.

Video/HT System: Separate
TV/Projector: Old Philips CGA monitor (CM8833-II), which can be used as a composite video display
Processor/Receiver/Amplifiers: Quad 44 and above power amps.
Speakers (Center, Surrounds, Sub): Nautilus 805, no surround, no sub.
Sources (DVD/VCR): Sony SLV E630 hifi-stereo VCR.
Marantz DV4200 DVD-player (if anyone has mods, let me know).
Other HT Gear: None.
Comments on HT System: My room is small and connecting the VCR to the 44 pre gives me enough movie sound.
Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: Interests/hobbies: computers; collecting records and buying lots of cd's.

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