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Peter LC's The Shouting Shoeboxes System
Last Update: June 01, 2003 at 15:06:13 IP Address:
Amplifier: Accuphase E-206, 2x110 W/8 Ohms; 2x160 W/4 Ohms (lab-specs), damping factor: 90,

7 inputs, pre-out & main-in option, 4-band defeatable equalizer, balance-control, 2 pair of speakers possible; A, B, AB, Off.

Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): None
Speakers: Rogers LS 3/5a; 15 Ohms, rated @ 25W speech & music, sensitivity 86 dB/1W/1m, single-wired version, bare wire connection both @ amp and speakers, front-grills left in place as firmly factory-recommended.

Stax Lambda-SRD7/SB - justifiably called "Earspeakers" by Stax - directly connected to switchable "B" speaker-connections @ amp.

CD Player/DAC: Marantz CD-16 D (actually a very early CD-14).
Turntable/Phono Stage: Rega Planar 3, Linn Akito II/b, Audio-Technica AT-OC9ML/II.
Other Source(s): harman/kardon TD 420 tape-deck.
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: Speakers: Audiolab Hiflex; 2,5 mm/2x 5 m, Interconnects: Tonearm to amp: Linn Analogue Interconnect, CD to amp: Van den Hul The Source, TD to amp: VdH The Source, amp to TD: Monitor Patmos.
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): Speakerstands: 70 cm (28 inch) Standesigns with matching top-plates, sand-filled, Blu-Tak used for speaker-mounting.

Rack: Standesign, non-backwards-tilting model with 4 platforms, 4 side-situated pillars.

Tweaks: Placed the rack on four pavement tiles, put the tape-deck on felt patches, Rega positioned on self-adhesive thick felt patches, Teflon-tape on subplatter in order to reduce drive-belt adhesion/friction, Teflon-tape between armtube and counterweight; eliminating "wobble", very careful leveling of main-platter, all equipment running/switched on 24/7 except TD which is on stand-by, put thick felt patches between MDF-platforms -of TD and amp- and rack itself, used bubble-plastic for the same purpose with the CDP, removed the Celestion-made brass tweeter-grills from the Rogers' Kef T27-units.
Room Size (LxWxH): 5,5 m x 5,5 m x 2,4 m
Room Comments/Treatments: 3 adjacent windows, speakers placed between them @ 30 cm from walls, relatively thin curtains, carpet, listening seat exactly pin-pointed @ 3 m from speakers, speakers placed @ 2 m apart, slightly turned towards listener, rack with units @ right side of the room.
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Anything GOOD and SINCERE, really: From Gesualdo to Tom Waits, Schoenberg to PJ Harvey, Chet Baker to Eric Vloeimans, Gentle Giant to Sonic Youth, Hendrix to Neil Young.
System Goals/Comments: Neutrality, resolution of detail, hideous-looking stuff not allowed, I fullfilled a dream with the Accuphase; pre-owned, the earlier E-200 series are amazing bargains, even when still relatively expensive for +10 year-old products. The h/k tape-deck can rival Nakamichis, especially concerning Dolby C-quality and sheer sonic stability.

The Marantz is my first CD-player that actually seriously approaches, sometimes even equals my Planar 3 - never surpasses it though. A 2000-motor-unit for the Rega is a consideration for the near future.

As you can see, I don't have a tuner - I'm allergic to radio in general so did the wise thing and ditched the Nikko tuner I owned for a while. Never regretted selling it.

System Strengths: Within the price-range I paid for the system; resolution of detail, depth of imageing; especially the turntable: Non-obtrusive character yet authoritative when required. The speakers really sing through the amp; they need a lot of power and current and when supplied with those, they truly live up to their legendary status.

Stax 'phones: Get a pair if you haven't yet. The best buy in my set.

System Weaknesses: Obviously: lack of deep bass - not surprised, are you? Otherwise, I'm quite pleased at the moment. Sometimes it can sound a bit too clean and unforgiving.
Video/HT System: Separate
TV/Projector: Small Grundig, floor-placed.
Processor/Receiver/Amplifiers: None
Speakers (Center, Surrounds, Sub): Monaural, from the TV itself.
Sources (DVD/VCR): VCR: Some JVC from WAY back... Actually, one of the first "HiFi"-VCR's.
Comments on HT System: Old and tired stuff, still making up my mind on improving things. I'm not in a hurry though.
Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: Caring for/driving in Emeralda - my \'70 Lancia Fulvia Coupe, road-cycling in France/Switzerland, hiking in Scandinavia, cathedrals, watches, pocket/fixed-blade knives... I work in a classical CD-store inside Europe\'s largest bookstore, Donner Boeken in Rotterdam.

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