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|Sam H's Sam H System||
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|Last Update: February 18, 2006 at 01:35:21||IP Address: 184.108.40.206|
Plinius SA250 Mk 4, 250W, S/N 1225, manufactured May 2002.
|Preamplifier (or None if Integrated):||June 2002|
Plinius M16, S/N 7823, retrofitted with Auricap signal capacitors ( replacing Hovland Musicaps ) May 2002 - this seems to have been an improvement,
Primary speaker system for large rooms:
JM Labs Mezzo Utopias
Alternative system for smaller rooms;
Lambert Audio Virtuosso Minors;
1 x 165mm type LS65/1/8LC bass/mid
1 x TR01/8 true ribbon
rear mounted 200mm passive radiator enclosure;
40Hz - 35kHz @ -3dB, 90dB/1W/1m, X-over 4kHz, bi wired, Tara Labs RSC Prime 500 internal wiring, bass mid direct connected with no crossover components and run full range, Hovland Musicaps in cross over to tweeter, 466mm H x 252mm W x 311mm D, 14kg ea )
|CD Player/DAC:||April 2005|
Sony CDP-XA7ES retrofitted with Black Gate modified LC Audio X03 clock, Black Gate modified LC Audio ZapFilter balanced audio stage, lots of Black Gate capacitors in the various power supply stages, panel damping, internal re-wire .... Sounds fabulous!
|Turntable/Phono Stage:||June 2002|
Pioneer PLL1000 & Empire EDR.9
|Speaker Cables/Interconnects:||June 2002|
Speaker cables - Tara Labs RSC 1800 Prime Bi Wire
Interconnect cables - Tara Labs RSC Air 1, XLR ( CD - Pre, Pre - Power )
|Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.):||April 2005|
Superseded toys :
Home made mains power filter unit; passive RF filter unit using tubular ferrtite cable shields with filter capacitor between and line and neutral - circuit topology similar to Schaffner 'FN329 medical' but built using discrete components with much higher power handling.
Power cables to pre amp and power amp are 4mm2 with Phillips CST-17-11-60-3S4 tubular cable shileds at each end.
Black Diamond Racing Cones
Polycrystal 42' 5 shelf rack
Polycrystal Iso Reference footers
Polycrystal Collossal Speaker Spikes
|Room Size (LxWxH):||6.7m x 5.1m x 2.5m - 3.5m|
|Room Comments/Treatments:||April 2005|
Fully carpeted over poured concrete floor.
Curtains on windows.
Speakers on long wall. Sloping ceiling.
Opening into adjoining room increases effective volume.
|Music Preferences and Comments:|
|Music Used (Genre/Selections):||Rock, Jazz, Indie, World|
|System Goals/Comments:||April 2005|
Much happier with everything since modifying Sony CDP-XA7ES with LC Audio XO3 clock and Zapfilter, and obtaining JM Labs Mezzo Utopias.
A fully balanced SACD will be a useful addition when more software is available and when I find a machine I like that sounds as good as my modified XA7ES.
Experimenting with power cords.
|System Strengths:||April 2005|
I enjoy it. So does everyone else who listens to it.
|System Weaknesses:||April 2005|
Investigating possible improvements using different power cables.
|Video/HT System: Integrated|
|TV/Projector:||Loewe Calida 5784ZP 84cm ( June 2002 )|
|Speakers (Center, Surrounds, Sub):||N/A|
|Sources (DVD/VCR):||DVD, VCR|
|Other HT Gear:||N/A|
|Comments on HT System:||Not a priority|
|Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation:||Occupation - Electrical Engineer (Industrial Power Distribution and Process Control)|
Other interests : live music, photography, trout & salmon fishing, wine, tennis, cycling, Jaguar cars