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ctmoneymgr's Home Music Listening Room System
IP Address: Last Update: October 24, 2010 at 19:53:45
Amplifier: Anthem Amp-2 SE (tube hybrid; purchased new in 2002)) with Siemens E188CC (c 1962) tube input, Class A driver stage and AB output. Rated at 200 W/Ch into 8 ohms.
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): PS Audio 4.6, with PS Audio M-250 external power supply (both purchased new in 1989)...note: pre-amp operated in 'straightwire' mode 99.9% of the time to by-pass internal line amp
Speakers: Chartwell LS3/5a (BBC mini-monitors; purchssed slightly used in 1978) 15 ohm on 24 in. stands...sensitivity is 83 db for 1W @ 1M; Satterberg MW-2 Subwoofers (acquired 2nd-hand in 2006); Rogers AB1 Bass Extenders (used alternately with the Satterbergs).
CD Player/DAC: Primary CD Player #1 (placed into service in 2007): Ah! Njoe Tjoeb 4000 with Ediswan 6922/CV5358/CV2492, plus the following upgraded components: AH! TjoUpsampler 24/192 Upsampling Board, Tjoeb Shoes, Ah! AC Direkt Power Cord and AH! AS Direkt KB8 RCA interconnects; Backup CD System/DAC #2 (not currently in use; initially placed into service in 1997)): California Audio Labs (CAL) DX-2 CD Transport/CAL Sigma II Tube Analog Processor (DAC) with GE 5751 Blackplates (c 1959) replacement for 12AX7 direct coupled tube output stage
Turntable/Phono Stage: Denon DP 30-L; Grado 'Gold' F-9 MM Cartridge
Other Source(s): Primary Tuner #1: Adcom GFT-555; Backup Tuner #2: Adcom GFT-1A FM, both via RS Six Element Triple Drive Antenna; Also, Harman/Kardon hk3500 Cassette Deck (not in use).
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: Monster Cable/Interlink 500 interconnects throughout, with Audioquest Digital Two for DAC interconnect; Zu Cable Julian 8' Speaker Cable
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): Dedicated 20 amp cicuit; Panamax MAX 8 with AllPath Protection; Signet SK305 Stylus Cleaner; Custom designed and built record cleaning machine (not in use).
Tweaks: Replaced internal wiring to speaker crossovers. Custom-made Chris Venhaus power cords are 'da bomb'
Room Size (LxWxH): 14.5 x 14.5 x 7.5
Room Comments/Treatments: Ongoing evaluation of placement of speakers for best stereo imaging...LS3/5a speakers placed approx. 6 ft. apart face forward, and positioned 3 ft. from side walls and at least 4 ft. down the room...listener positioned approx. 5-6 ft. in front of speakers in the nearfield, giving extraordinary 3-D sound stage
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Listen/collect ALL genres of music, including blues, classic and modern rock, classical, folk, non-jazz instrumental, music soundscape...preference for be-bop and post be-bop era in Jazz (large collection of Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, etc.). Favorite all-time modern band is Steely Dan.
System Goals/Comments: Versatility/flexibility in listening sources for general listening pleasure
System Strengths: Vintage tubes worth every penny; Custom-made Power Cords also worth the extra expense; Superb stereo imaging; Dedicated listening room a definite plus
System Weaknesses: Weak link is pre-amp...Anthem power-amp is an excellent fit; recently added Satterberg subs to get full dynamic range; now considering tubed pre-amp and phono pre-amp (Bottlehead?)
Video/HT System: Integrated
TV/Projector: Sony 30" Wega FD Trinitron (KV-30HS420)
Processor/Receiver/Amplifiers: Audio processed thru PS Audio 4.6 Stereo Pre-amp, with PS Audio M-250 external power supply...pre-amp operated in 'straightwire' mode to by-pass internal line amp
Speakers (Center, Surrounds, Sub): Chartwell LS3/5a (BBC mini-monitors) 15 ohm on 24 in. stands...sensitivity is 83 db for 1W @ 1M; Satterberg MW-2 Subwoofers.
Sources (DVD/VCR): Sony CD/DVD (DVP-NS41P)
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Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: Occupation is Entrepreneur and Investor -- Business interests include an Investment Management firm and a Software Company; Interests include Camping, Golf, Gourmet Cooking, Hiking, Music, Kayaking, Skiing and Volunteer Activities.

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