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ctmurphy's Charles' Main System System
IP Address: Last Update: June 01, 2008 at 07:31:03
Amplifier: B&K ST1200
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): Conrad Johnson PV10B
Speakers: Snell Type A Original
CD Player/DAC: Rega Planet 2000
Turntable/Phono Stage: Rega Planar 3 with Grado Prestige Black Cartridge
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: Audioquest Slate Speaker Cables, Kimber Kable PBJ Interconnects, MIT Terminator 2 Interconnects
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): Monster Cable HTS3500
Tweaks: I've taken everything apart at least once but aside from having the PV10 upgraded to PV10B status and adding some EAR feet to the preamp haven't tweaked much yet. But I plan to rebuild the Snells with better caps (have already measured and drawn up a schematic of the crossovers and conferred with a few people at Snell over it). I also may make some physical improvements to the physical construction (improving the mid/high baffle for starters, seems to be made of 1/8" chipboard and has a lot of resonance).
Room Size (LxWxH): 12 x 20 x 8-12
Room Comments/Treatments: Sloped ceiling and open on one side to the lower level, put a 6x8 quilt on a frame with fiberglass behind it on one wall for absorbtion, that's it (still a little to bright).
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): 80's Alt Rock, Jazz, Chamber Music
System Goals/Comments: The system is based on some components I had been lusting after since I was in High School (and on into College). I wanted a system that was the antithesis of the hard, tizzy, etched sound I have had to live with in my car, from the TV, and CD walkmans.
System Strengths: The Snells go up against the long wall and sound BIG and fill the room. They have a certain easy quality about the treble that I love. And they don't go down as deep as their size would suggest but the bass is solid and never bloated or boomy. The CJ preamp may have something to do with the magic in the treble, I've always liked the way tubes handle the higher frequencies, maybe not entirely accurate but musical. Cymbals don't irritate me anymore.
System Weaknesses: I prefer to remain ignorant.
Video/HT System: None

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