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Antonio Machado's Antonio Machado System
Last Update: April 17, 2006 at 16:23:02 IP Address:
Amplifier: McCormack DNA-225 power amplifier upgraded to "Platinum Edition" by the manufacturer Steve McCormack
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): McCormack RLD-1 pre-amplifier upgraded to 'Platinum Edition' by the manufacturer
Speakers: Ambience Superslim 1800 s.e. speakers (true ribbon/hybrid speakers with a dynamic woofer at the bottom). www.ambiencespeakers.com.au, over a double marble platform, then the Auralex Sub-Dude platform with Studiofoam wedges underneath, then six Walker Audio Resonance Control Discs, then a ERAUDIO space Harmonizer and then the speakers. At the back of the Sspeakers, Tekna Sonic vibration absorbers and on top a Harmonic Resolution Damping Plate with a marble slab over it to maximize the contact of the Damping Plate with the speaker's dynamic box. Castle Classic Active Subwoofer over a set of Walker Audio Super Tune Kit.
CD Player/DAC: Metronome 'Signature' T-20 transport
Metronome 'Signature' C-20 digital analog converter
Turntable/Phono Stage: Acoustic Signature Final Tool with Alpha power supply, E.A.R. 834p tube phono driver (mm/mc), Origin Silver tonearm, Shelter 501 cartridge, Origin Live Reference 1 meter interconnects, all in Billybags # 2300 audiorack.
Other Source(s): Magnum Dynalab MD100R high-end FM tuner, upgraded to MD100TR level (to Triode Level) including a new Board containing Triode Audio Amplification Stage using two matched military grade Phillips 6922 Triode tubes plus Kimberly Silver Wire (KCAG)
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: High-end Power cords and interconnects (Nordost, Quest, Origin Live, King Cobra v.1 from Power Snakes, Acoustic Zen Krakatoas, etc.) Transparent Music Wave Ultra bi-wire speaker cables (their second from the top)
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): Shunyatha Hydra Power Line Conditioner (from Power Snakes); Richard Gray Power Company RGPC1200s power line conditioner (their top-of-the-line); Richard Gray Power Company 240 volts Substation (a true 2.5kw substation, a stepdown transformer) Billybags # 5007 staggered shelf component with truss and Billybags # 2300 audiorack specifically dedicated to vinyl package (turntable, external power supply, phonodriver, accessories, etc.). Also a 2000 CD storage from Billybags, strong, sturdy and very well-designed (as expandable as you need to). Ensemble Isolink Duo Isolation Transformer, a single unit comprising two isolation transformers in one chassis, 175va and 250va in two decoupled screened compartments; each one with one dedicated inputs and two separate outputs, to isolate digital from analog or digital from digital (the 175va bank for the transport and the 250va for the d.a.c.)
Tweaks: Walker Audio Super Tune Kit over/under all my components; Harmonic Resolution Nimbus, spacers and all-polymer pads; ERAUDIO space Harmonizers; Harmonic Resolution Damping Plates; Shatki Stones everywhere...
Room Size (LxWxH): 16 x 13 x standard
Room Comments/Treatments: I have no Room Correction Treatment
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Classical music and Opera
System Goals/Comments: Very satisfied and continue upgradign the system
System Strengths: I think everything is aproximately at the same level.
System Weaknesses: Room Acoustics
Video/HT System: Integrated
TV/Projector: Panasonic CT36HX high definition, tube, direct TV.
Processor/Receiver/Amplifiers: Same above
Speakers (Center, Surrounds, Sub): Same above
Sources (DVD/VCR): Toshiba SD-V390 DVD video player and videocassette recorder
Other HT Gear: none
Comments on HT System: none
Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: History of Art. Good books (I read one book per week).

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