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EL34Addict's EL34 Addiction System
Last Update: August 09, 2002 at 20:26:58 IP Address:
Amplifier: A pair of beautiful Dynaco Mark IV monoblocks (A-470 output tranny's, currently w/ original driver boards and quad caps) -OR- one Rega Elicit integrated amp (~90wpc into 6 ohm Vandy's, a sensible British solid state amp w/ dual mono design)
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): Audible Illusions Modulus 3 (paired w/ the Mark IV's, none if using the Rega)
Speakers: Vandersteen 2Ce's w/ the Vandy "T" bases
CD Player/DAC: Magnavox CDB650 (on it's last legs! *sob*)
California Audio Labs Alpha Tube DAC
Turntable/Phono Stage: Rega Planar 3 (w/ RB300 arm and Elys cartridge)
Other Source(s): Harmon Kardon TD-292 cassette deck
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: Spkr cables: Tara Labs Phase 2 (bi-wired)
Interconnect: Tara Labs Quantum 66
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): All gear on a Target rack
Lovan footers under the Vandy spikes
Tweaks: Soon: total retube of the Mk IV's - matched Svetlana EL34/6CA7's and NOS Philips 5AR4/GZ34 rectifiers (keeping the GE 7199's for now)
Next: Joe Curcio's upgraded MkIV driver board, which will obviate the need for the 7199's. His is a dual triode design using two 6922's or 7308's.
After: probably will give Joe's quad capacitor upgrade a try. I have aesthetic issues with this, but fortunately the cages are in excellent condition and may obscure this mod somewhat.
Room Comments/Treatments: It's a living room, not a listening room. What can I say? Performance suffers accordingly.
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Examples of my fav vinyl: "Mingus Plays Piano" impulse Mono A-60; "Air Raid" India Navigation IN-1064; Coltrane "Expression" impulse A-9120; John Patton "Blue John" Blue Note BST 84143; Thelonius Monk "Criss Cross" Columbia mono CL-2038; Roland Kirk Quartet "Rip Rig and Panic" Limelight LS 86027; Albert Marcouer's 1st Lp, Atlantic 40 546B (France); Stravinsky "Rite of Spring", Monteux & PCO RCA Victor mono LM-2085 (three copies: two 16S/17S pressings and a 19S/19S); RCA Victor LM-1913 "Delibes Sylvia and Coppelia" Monteux and members of the BSO (1S/5S pressing and truly magical at that). There is much, much more, but these are some of the highlights.
System Goals/Comments: Presence, transparency, imaging, and musicality -- not necessarily in that order. I opt for a delicate lifelike sound over sheer power.
System Strengths: Value, value, value! None of these components is the best in its catagory, and yet they each provide the best blend of performance and "fit" that I was able to acheive on a limited budget.
System Weaknesses: No power treatment, and poor room placement. The Planar 3 could probably use a wiring upgrade and a new Elys cartridge.
Video/HT System: None

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