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hinduclient's Main System
IP Address: Last Update: April 02, 2020 at 17:54:44
Amplifier: GamuT D200 mk2 (2003)
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): BAT 42SE solid-state (2008)
Speakers: Dynaudio Contour 1.8's mk2: 87db sensitivity (1999) - update - replaced 6.5" drivers with new ones (2012). It cost a grand but way cheaper than buying new speakers. Grado 225 headphones
CD Player/DAC: Cary 303/200 (2004), The Cary DAC receives a digital feed from a Sonos Port
Turntable/Phono Stage: I've given up on vinyl
Other Source(s): Sonos internet feed for Pandora, online radio etc. - awesome!
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: Harmonic Technology: Silver Magic Links XLR ICs, Pro-9+ 10' run speaker cable terminated w/ locking bananas, ethernet from router to Sonos ZP90
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): Two direct 20a AC lines via 12ga romex 15' from power box for 1) amp & pre 2) CD, DVD, tuner, TV & vcr: all terminated with Pass & Seymour 20a 5262 outlets. Harmonic Tech Pro-AC II power cables from wall to amp, pre & cdp.
Tweaks: occasional altitude adjustment
Room Size (LxWxH): 15 x 15 x 12
Room Comments/Treatments: oriental rugs, tiffany lamps, overstuffed chair & sofa
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Baroque, Classical, Chamber, Romantic, Neo-classical, Modern, Contemporary, Jazz, Latin jazz, Folk & Acoustic guitar
System Goals/Comments: to enjoy musical expression
System Strengths: The Cary/Sonos digital front-end is killer!!! I like the Sonos distribution a lot. The Cary uses an HDCD decoder. Tracks ripped to FLAC lossless retained the HDCD magic.

The BAT/Cary pre/amp combo together with the GamuT amp creates a transparent and detailed presentation. The Cary also does double duty as a coax input from Sonos ethernet distribution into my main system. I tend to listen to everything from FLAC lossless fed into the Cary DAC. I'm finding it hard to go back to plunking down a CD to hear one song. The Gamut D200 is a revelation of detail, bass extension, and bell-like clarity on top. It is non-fatiguing. Combined with the Dynaudios, music flows across a sound stage both wide and deep. The gear is a shade to the warm side of neutral. I think live music is a shade warm too. Think of all that wood in the violins, cellos, bass etc ...

It's paid for!!!
System Weaknesses: none - I'm livin' the dream :-)
Video/HT System: Integrated
TV/Projector: Sony 46" EX620 LCD/led (2010).
Processor/Receiver/Amplifiers: same as above
Speakers (Center, Surrounds, Sub): same as above
Sources (DVD/VCR): Sony DVD Bluray
Other HT Gear: Harmony One Universal remote - a great addition - one remote that works well for all devices.
Comments on HT System: Two-channel system is geared to music, however, video sound is excellent due to the Sony DVD/Bluray soundstage & imaging are 3D with (only) 2 speakers
Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: Acoustic guitar ('74 Gurian S3M), writing, bicycling the passes of Colorado, hiking Colorado & the Southwest, Argentine Tango, visiting the great music halls - last stop was the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam

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