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vrgard's vrgard's system System
Last Update: August 25, 2003 at 11:01:50 IP Address:
Amplifier: Bottlehead Paraglow monoblocks with John Tucker Paraglow II upgrade and MagnaQuest cobalt EXO-35 transformers. Housed in custom mahogany bases by John Rutter.
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): Bottlehead Foreplay Whole Deal (gold RCA's, Anticipation mod, Sweet Whispers, magnet wire), upgraded with Auricap output capacitors, RRSF (high voltage snubber) and filament snubbers. Housed in custom mahogany base by John Rutter.
Speakers: Bottlehead Straight 8's with updated crossover and Auricap capacitors. Mahogany veneered cabinets by Ernie Morris.
CD Player/DAC: Sony SCD-C222ES CD/SACD player
Turntable/Phono Stage: Michell Gyro SE and Rega RB300 arm with Clearaudio Heavyweight counterweight and a Michell clamp. Running a Koetsu Black cartridge into an EAR MC3 step up transformer. Bottlehead Seduction phono stage with C4S upgrade.
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: DIY Jon Risch design CC (cross connect) 89259 speaker cables.
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): DIY Jon Risch design power filter and conditioner (one for amps & preamp and one for sources).
Room Size (LxWxH): 13.5 x 12.5 x 8
Room Comments/Treatments: Only room treatments are bookshelves filled with LPs and some books. Oh, and an area rug on the hardwood floor.
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Small combo jazz, primarily from late 50's to early 60's, and female jazz vocalists. Throw in some rock and blues from the late 60's and early 70's on occasion.
System Goals/Comments: Objective was not absolute dynamics, but rather, very "real" quality to voices and instruments. Soundstage depth and width was a nice side bonus!
System Strengths: See goals/comments above.
System Weaknesses: Not really a rock & roll or orchestral system. It's just a low powered, very sweet sounding system.
Video/HT System: Separate
Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: Patent Lawyer

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