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SteveLim's Home System Setup System
IP Address: Last Update: March 24, 2014 at 18:15:32
Amplifier: BRYSTON 7B-SST Monoblocks 600W/Ch Power Amplifier
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): BRYSTON BHA-1 Headphones Amp & Preamplifier
Speakers: Professional Monitors Company FB-1
(2-Way Transmission-Line Floorstander)
CD Player/DAC: dCS Puccini CD/SACD Player
dCS Puccini U-Clock
Turntable/Phono Stage: None.
Other Source(s): Modified Philips DVP532 DVD-player
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: VH Audio Chela Speaker cable.
DIYed Belden 89259 Interconnect with Cardas plugs.

Purchased ChrisVH Pulsar Interconnect with Silver Bullet-Plug (1m Cyro'd) for Source-to-Preamp connection.

DIYed ChrisVH CAT5 27pair with Cardas Spades speakercable(for Mids/Low)

DIYed Cat5 in Starquad twisted construction (8pair) with Cardas Bannana-Plugs speakercable (for highs).

DIYed ChrisVH Flavor-2 (using on Belden 83802 cable) for Amplifier.

Puchased ChrisVH assembled Flavor-2 (Non-Cryo'd) and Gold Flavor-4 (Cryo'd) for CD-Player and Preamp respectively.

DIYed Extension Cord (from wall-socket to distribution-plug) based on ChrisVH Flavor-2 with slight modifications :
(a) Double runs of Belden83802 for Hot/Neutral
(b) Aluminium-Foil and Tinned-Copper Braid shielding built around the Rubber-Hose and grounded at the wall-socket end only.
(c) The Ground-Wire spirals outside this foil-braid shield with a Ferrite-Clamp at the Distribution-Rack end.
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): Audioprism Quietlines on mains line immediately parallel to system , also at refrigerator.

DIYed Filters (using X1 and X2 safety-rated Caps) spread around the house.

Preamp and Amp seperately sit on spikes on the floor (solid concrete flooring).

CD-Player sit on DIY-Rollerblocks also on concrete floor.
Tweaks: Sandbag on top of CD player.

CD Player on DIY Rollerblocks (using Steel-Bearings and Spoon sitted on Cement with embedded layers of Bitumen-Damping-Strips ; and standing on 3x nails partially embedded in the concrete to serve as spikes foot).

Auricap 0.47uF/600V added at Mains inlet inside CDPlayer, Amplifier and Distribution-Rack.

Ferrite Clamps used ONLY on CDPlayer mains-cord.

Ferrite-Clamps also used ONLY on the return path of the speakercable just at the Amplifier connection.

Ferrite-Rings used at various appliances around the house. Only on selected areas of the system (as mentioned above) after careful listening.
Room Size (LxWxH): 8m x 3m x 2.5m
Room Comments/Treatments: Diffuser on Front-Wall.
Ecophon Panels on Ceiling
Bass Traps at corners of room
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Jazz Music/Vocals
Classical (esp. Piano Concertos)
Big Bands

System Goals/Comments: To achieve a palpable and realistic reproduction of instruments/voices/soundstage.
System Strengths: Good (big) soundstage , especially for large Orchestral music and Big Band.
System Weaknesses: Sub-Bass/Low-Bass details
Video/HT System: None
TV/Projector: Philips 42' Plasma 42PF9966 with Pixel-Plus-2, Active-Control and Ambilight features)

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