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kenster's Viper Room System
IP Address: Last Update: May 09, 2013 at 07:44:21
Amplifier: McIntosh MC275 mk V retubed with Genalex KT-88's, EAT ECC803s in V1 and Genalex NOS in driver/phase splitter tube positions
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): Sonic Euphoria PLC autoformer attenuator
Speakers: Nola Viper 1AX's upgraded with the Nola Reference lll AlNiCo midrange and tweeter drivers and magnesium woofer. Crossover caps upgraded to Mundorf Supreme and Supreme SGO in tweeter circuit. A modified REL Strata lll substituting a HSU Research HRSW12V driver/enclosure mounted driver end up, midway up the wall in the corner across from the listening position. MIT T2 cable between REL amp and sub. REL amp/Low Pass x-over removed from sub cabinet and remounted on component rack. Amp/x-over transformer removed from interface panel and mounted on rack self via isolation feet. PS caps in the REL amp upgraded to Mundorf Electrolytic AG. REL Strata lll driver/enclosure is in rear corner of room. Subwoofer cabinets and Alon cabinets are damped with magnetically coupled 1/2" steel plates and Tekna-sonics vibration absorbers,
CD Player/DAC: N/A
Turntable/Phono Stage: VPI Scout with a JMW-9 Signature tonearm with the queing lever/platform removed from unipivot tower and mounted seperately on plinth. Lyra Kleos cartridge. Upgraded HRX mini feet, 300 RPM motor. Yamatek vibration transducers on motor, bearing housing and junction box. Phono stage is currently the Parasound JC-3. TT plinth damped with a Tekna-sonics C5 mounted to steel support plate. Walker Audio Resonace Control Disc mounted inside motor housing. 1" x 10" x 4.5" 10 lb. steel weight tightly coupled to spindle base/bottom steel plate to add mass and mitigate plinth resonances.
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: Speaker cables are MIT Shotgon S1.3 Bi-wire. Synergistic Research REL SPEC Resolution Reference Tesla cable from amp to REL. AudioQuest Sky 72VDC DBS from Scout to Preamp. AudioQuest Cheetah/150VDC from phono preamp to Sonic Euphoria PLC. MIT Oracle 3.2 from Sonic Euphoria to amp.
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): Platinum Power PP-1 high current balanced AC power conditioner with PS Audio Lab ll PC hardwired to the conditioners input EMI/RF filter. Oyaide R1 in first outlet slot in outlet daisy chain on PP-1. Acrolink P-4030 with Oyaide P-004/M1 connectors from PP-1 to amp. Oyaide R1 AC receptacle and Oyaide WPC-Z wall outlet mounting system as main system feed. Synergistic Research Hologram A from PP-1 to JC-3. SR TC-3 HC feeding REL amp/x-over. All SR active shielding MPC's and Walker Audio TT motor controller is powered by a Monarchy Audio AC regenerator. JC-3 is sitting on an SR Tranquility base.
All fuses have been changed out to Synergistic Research SR20 fuses.
Tweaks: TT is on a sandwich of 1/2 inch MDF screwed to another piece of 3/4 inch MDF44 which sits on a 1/2 inch piece of granite which is resting on an 8 inch inner tube. This tube sits on a 2 inch piece of polished granite which sits on equipment rack. Rack spiked feet are sitting on Walker Audio resonance control discs and also employs Yamatek pendulum vibration mitigation. Amp is sitting on Alto-Extremo NeoFlex adjustable magnetic vibration supports which sits on sand filled Target stands spiked to the floor. PLC are also on magnetic isolation by Spike Sound Will and these are also sitting on a sand filled Target stand spiked to the floor.

Tekna-Sonics and Golden Sound acoustic disc vibration absorbers on speakers, subs, components, ASC quarter rounds and shelves of system rack. Shelves of rack have been replaced with 2 inch polished granite.

All batteries on the AQ cables have been removed from the cables and are sitting on Walker Audio resonance control discs.
Room Size (LxWxH): 119 x 119 x 96
Room Comments/Treatments: Have ASC tube traps on rear wall along with a huge thick blanket. ASC quarter rounds in the 2 corners behind speakers from floor to ceiling. ASC tube traps on rear and side walls. Michael Greens Room tune Pack. RPG Studio panels on the side walls. ASC quarter round at rear corner intersection behind listening futon. System is set up on the diagonal axis of the room. Room is fully treated with Golden Sound acoustic discs.
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): 60's 70's and 80's Rock and Roll with the occasional heavy metal and progessive rock thrown in. Also like Jazz and some country music. Like some classical...particularly Mozart.
System Goals/Comments: Goal was to achieve 2C3D listening experience. With the addition of the Oyaide products, and the Golden Sound discs, this has finally been met.
System Strengths: Outstanding 3-D imaging and impact along with PRaT intact.
System Weaknesses: IMHO...none but I have it on a rigorous exercise program.
Video/HT System: Integrated
TV/Projector: Philips 42PF9956 plasma monitor
Processor/Receiver/Amplifiers: EICO 2050 Integrated amp/Oyaide P-046 AC plug.
Speakers (Center, Surrounds, Sub): Acarian systems Lotus SE mk lll for front left and right. REL Stadium lll for sub. No center channel or rear speakers.
Sources (DVD/VCR): Marantz DV6200 DVD fitted with an Oyaide P-079 AC plug. PrimaLuna Prologue 8 for CD duties.
Other HT Gear: PS Audio Power Plant P600 AC regenerator with all AC receptacles swapped for Oyaide SWO-XXX. Oyaide SWO-DX AC receptacle/WPC-Z wallplate. SR Element Tungstun PC from wall outlet to PP-600. PS Audio UO fitted with a SR Teslaplex outlet provides isolated power from the P600 to the satellite receiver and the ProLogue 8. SR REL SPEC Resolution Reference Tesla cable from amp to REL Stadium lll. REL PC is built with Oyaide P-004/Furutech FI-50M connectors and Acrolink P4030 cable. System has a full complement of Yamatek vibration transducers. MIT2 Biwire speaker cables and Audioquest Jaguar/72VDC DBS and Panther/72 VDC DBS cables. ASC half and quarter rounds along with ASC wall panels. HT components with the exception of the Prologue 8 is sitting on a Steve Blinn audio rack which employs Yamatek pendulum vibration mitigation. Prologue 8 is sitting on a seperate granite/steel stand with an air bladder interface. All fuses have been changed out to Synergistic Research SR20 fuses.
Comments on HT System: The outstanding 3-D imaging and solid phantom center image the Lotus' deliver negate the need for center and surrounds.
Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: 4X4 exploring in 'The beast' or the Jeep....mainly ghost towns with leaving nothing disturbed.

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