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|geof's Work in progress System||
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|Last Update: April 26, 2005 at 19:47:17||IP Address: 22.214.171.124|
|Amplifier:||Two AKSA-100s with Nirvana upgrades, which are kits produced by the Australian company Aspen Amplifiers (formerly Printed Electronics). Each channel is rated at just over 100 watts into 8 ohms. Each amplifier is a stereo pair, giving me a total of four channels for biamping. The AKSAs are excellent.|
|Preamplifier (or None if Integrated):||Adcom GTP-502- OK solid state preamp with tuner included. Tuner isn't the best- reception kinda weak even with antenna. Slightly unbalanced. I haven't heard other preamps in the system so I have nothing to compare it with. |
I am currently constructing the GK-1 hybrid SS/tube preamp, also by Aspen Electronics. This will replace the Adcom preamp, however I will still leave the Adcom in the system for it's tuner.
|Speakers:||B&W Nautilus 802. about 90dB at 1 watt / 1 meter. -6dB at 27Hz according to B&W.|
|CD Player/DAC:||Adcom GCD-750. Good CD player, although I may upgrade in the next few years.|
|Speaker Cables/Interconnects:||DIY Cable with cross-connected Belden 89259 a-la Jon Risch. The cables are directly soldered to the amplifier PC boards. Interconnects are simple Monster Cable. Will try making DIY interconnect w/ Belden 89259. The AKSA-100N amps were soldered using Ultraclear Wonder Solder.|
|Room Size (LxWxH):||25' x 12' x 8'|
|Music Preferences and Comments:|
|Music Used (Genre/Selections):||Mostly Jazz, Classical, and various Electronic. Basically 'Everything except country'. Actually with this system I am learning to like other music I have not really appreciated before.|
|System Goals/Comments:||My goal is to produce a sensual auditory experience that relaxes me, fills my mind with colorful images, and inspires me to new heights.|
Now comes true confessions: I bought and put together this system in several acts of madness, in the few months after my father passed away and I had the urge to be 'irresponsible' with a part of the inheritance. I started out with the goal of not exceeding $4k (hahaha!) and bought the above amp and preamp, plus a Sony DVD-CD and B&W CDM7-NTs. Upgrade fever hit me, and I traded the CDM7's for N804's, and the DVD-CD for the above Adcom CDP. Still somewhat mad, I later on traded up to N802's. Recently I decided to reward good work by upgrading the preamp and amp. I just added two AKSA-100Ns to biamp the speakers, and am constructing a new preamp.
|System Strengths:||Speakers and Amps.|
|System Weaknesses:||Interconnects, Acoustics, Preamp.|
|Video/HT System: None|
|Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation:||Hobbies: Other hobby is theatrical dance- mostly Jazz, Modern, and African. |
Occupation: President of a tiny microelectronics/aviation firm. Ph.D. electrical engineer by training. Specialize in analog integrated circuits and camera chips.
Location: Washington, DC