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Ned's 2 ch. stereo System
IP Address: 96.239.66.186 Last Update: April 21, 2021 at 21:08:03
Amplifier: PASS LABS X150.5
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): REFERENCE LINE Preeminence One Series II (passive linestage), or:

BENCHMARK DAC2 HGC used as dac, preamp and headphone amp.
Speakers: MAGNEPAN MAGNEPLANAR 3.6R planar speakers modded with bypassed fuse & tweeter attenuators & Cardas crossover jumpers


Sources:
CD Player/DAC: AUDIOLAB 6000CDT transport (big improvement over prior Mark Levinson/Proceed CDD)

BENCHMARK DAC2 HGC.

Logitech SQUEEZEBOX TOUCH w/Channel Islands power supply fed into Benchmark DAC2
Other Source(s): SONY BDP-S790 Blu-ray player

ONKYO INTEGRA T-9090II analog FM tuner w/modded power supply & output section

-HEADPHONE SYSTEM:
-Focal Clear, Campfire Audio Andromeda, Shure SE846, Beyerdynamic DT1350, Grado SR125i
- Auralic Taurus II amp
- Chord Mojo dac/amp
- Benchmark DAC2 HGC dac/amp
- Astell & Kern AK120
- Cables: WyWires Platinum
- Shunyata Venom Defender pwr conditioner
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: NORDOST VALKYRIA speaker cables (3m bi-wire)

NORDOST VALKYRIA interconnects

Cardas Golden Reference jumpers on Maggies

Digital: STEREOLAB/Stereovox XV-Ultra (2), glass opticals: Wireworld Supernova 6, Lifatek, HDMI: Wireworld Starlight 5.2

SHUNYATA RESEARCH powercords: Delta NR(2), Alpha HC, Python Helix Alpha (2)
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): -SHUNYATA RESEARCH HYDRA 8 power conditioner with Venom Defender
-Sound Anchor speaker stands, spikes
-Home made amp stand (2" thick MDF)
Tweaks: -Audio Prism Quiet Line filters (10)
-Hi Fi Tuning Fuses-Benchmark DAC2, amp
-Cardas RCA & XLR caps
-PS Audio Power Port wall outlet
-Shot of vodka, scotch, wine.
Room Size (LxWxH): 17 (half open) x 16.5 x 8.2'
Room Comments/Treatments: Oriental rugs, large abstract paintings (cotton canvas, artist me), fake ficus ('fakus') tree, bookcase w/actual books
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Acoustic jazz, classic rock, latin, blues & r&b, classical
System Goals/Comments: Musicality, natural timber, transparency and detail, soundstage, realism
System Strengths: See above. I think I've come very close to my goals.
System Weaknesses: I'm extremely satisfied and sometimes can't believe the system sounds so good. But I occasionally miss the bass impact of a dynamic speaker. Also, as an apartment dweller I can't play the system as loud as I'd like so the Maggies may not always be at their best.
Video/HT System: Integrated
TV/Projector: SONY 52" LCD/LED.
Processor/Receiver/Amplifiers: Pass Labs X150.5, per above.
Speakers (Center, Surrounds, Sub): Magnepan 3.6, per above.
Sources (DVD/VCR): Sony BDP-S790 Blu-ray player.
Comments on HT System: Two channel only.
Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: Occupation: Finance. Also artist, workout loony, ex trombone player, jokester.

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