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steve.austin's Vinyl and Tubes System
IP Address: Last Update: December 10, 2019 at 11:39:34
Amplifier: Cary SLA-70 Class A 35w/ch. Also Audio Research VS-55 (50 w/ch) and vintage Luxman MQ60 (30 w/ch).
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): Cary SLP90.
Speakers: Coincident Triumph Signature UHS + REL Stadium III subwoofer. Also, new pair of Audience Clairaudient 1+1's, which are AMAZING and will likely replace the Triumph Sigs.
CD Player/DAC: Theta Pearl transport + California Audio Labs Alpha DAC (w/Brimar CV4004's). Wadia i70 iPod dock. All digital through a Genesis Digital Lens.
Turntable/Phono Stage: Basis 2001. Denon DL-103SA, Sumiko Celebration and Benz Ref 1 carts. Various step-up transformers (some homebrews made w/Hashimoto HM3, Altec 4722, Cinemag, Haufe, Ampex, BeyerDynamic, etc. transformers plus EAR MC3, Cotter/Verion, Audio Note and Quicksilver SUTs).
Other Source(s): McIntosh MR65 (not MR65B) tube tuner retubed with some premium NOS Amperexes, Valvos, GE's and RCA's. Sounds soooo good.
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: Cardas Golden Presence phono cable. Kimber Monocle speaker cables/Kimber Silver Streak & PBJ throughout. Illuminations D60 and Orchid AES/EBU digital IC's.
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): Monster power conditioners.
Tweaks: Lots of NOS tube rolling. Turntable on a Rega wall shelf.
Room Size (LxWxH): 18 x 20 x 9
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Classic 50's & 60's jazz, 'alternative' rock, selected electronica (e.g. Aphex Twin), classical.
System Goals/Comments: Lots of lp's and CD's but much prefer vinyl. I think I'm finally done -- finally sounds just like what I've been going for.
System Strengths: Effortless, well-integrated sound. I'm a big proponent of stand mount speaker/sub combinations - much easier to dial things in.
System Weaknesses: At this point, none, really.
Video/HT System: None

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