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Steve Parry's The Evolving Music System System
IP Address: Last Update: April 24, 2016 at 00:08:44
Amplifier: Antique Sound Lab Cadenza monoblocks (push pull 845 triodes) with Vampire Wire OFC input jacks, Jensen transformers on the inputs and aftermarket tubes.
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): Meridian Core 818v2
Speakers: Audio Note AN-E/SPe HE with lead and sand filled Audio Note speaker stands, Track Audio speaker spikes.
Sennheiser HD600s with Cardas headphone cable.
CD Player/DAC: DAC built into the Meridian played by Apple Mac Mini (2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor with SuperDrive upgraded with 8GB RAM and 115GB SSD by OWC). Powered by a Mojo Audio Joule III power supply and internal power supply filter, hard wired. Running Yosemite OS X. External Mercury Elite-AL Pro 2TB Quad Interface drive with an identical drive for a backup. UpTone Audio USB REGEN and Audioquest JitterBug for PC audio. Pure Music, Audirvana Plus, Amarra Symphony with iRC, XLD, and Carbon Copy Cloner software.
Turntable/Phono Stage: Technics SL-QD33 with Ortofon OMP 10 P-mount cartridge. Interchangeable LP, mono and 78 styli. Phono preamp is the Hagerman Audio Labs Cornet3 with aftermarket tubes.
Other Source(s): Otari 5050B-II reel to reel recorder; MOG, Spotify and Pandora for the computer. iPhone as a low rez source.
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: Discovery Essence, Mogami W2549, and Harmonic Technology Truth Link ICs; speaker wire is Discovery Essence as a shotgun biwire. Audioquest Diamond USB cable from Mac Mini to Meridian, Audioquest Diamond FireWire cable to primary hard drive and Carbon FireWire cable to secondary (backup) hard drive.
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): iPhone 6 as remote for computer-based music. Furutech e-TP60 power distributor, Furutech GTX-D(R), Maestro and Oyaide XXX wall outlets, Discovery power cords for the ASL power amps, JPS Digital AC-X power cord for Meridian. Harmonic Technology Pro AC-11 power cord for Mojo Audio power supply for the Mac Mini. Audioprism Quiet Line Filters II and III throughout the house. Dedicated subpanel for room fed by separate 50 amp 240V line. Double cryoed breakers and subpanel parts. JPS in wall ac wire for dedicated lines. Separate breakers for each outlet. Adona audio rack and amp stands with Stillpoints and Hard Hats under amps and Mac Mini. Additional shelves on rack for Mojo Audio power supply and Mac Mini.
Tweaks: Shunyata Dark Field v2 cable elevators along with Jenga blocks. Ayre IBE disc. NOS and after market tubes by Kevin Deal/Upscale Audio, Jim McShane, Tubemonger, Sam1104 and others. Nordost ECO 3, Flitz, and Caig Pro Gold. HIFI-Tuning Supreme fuses in the amps. Quicksilver Gold contact enhancer. Dynamat damped stainless steel wall plates. Windows are damped with Dynamat cut into "dots" and placed in the corners.
Room Size (LxWxH): 24'7 x 15'7 x 9'
Room Comments/Treatments: Dedicated room. Echo Busters Corner Busters. GIK Acoustics 242 and 244 acoustic panels. Wool and cotton rug makes the synthetic carpet sound better. Ikea shelving with books, magazines, records.
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Jazz, Pop, Christian popular, classical preference is for chamber, baroque, piano, harpsichord and organ. I enjoy Bach, Vivaldi, Couperin, Mozart.
System Goals/Comments: Pleasure, and a fun hobby. I love music and I love the gear. Audiophile since 1980.
System Strengths: Dedicated room. Smooth and dynamic, I never want to stop listening.
System Weaknesses: Windows all on one side of the room. Bouncy second floor room on wood joists. Slowly but surely I am getting there; a hobby for life!
Video/HT System: Separate
TV/Projector: Panasonic 54 inch diagonal plasma TV.
Processor/Receiver/Amplifiers: Onkyo TX-SR706 surround receiver with pre outs going to an ATI 1505 5 channel amp.
Speakers (Center, Surrounds, Sub): Aerial 10T, CC-3a and SR-3R speakers, and a HSU 1225 HO subwoofer.
Sources (DVD/VCR): DirecTV HDTV with DVR, Panasonic Blu-ray player, Sony DVD-R/RW, JVC VCR, Wii, AppleTV.
Other HT Gear: Logitech networked remote.
Comments on HT System: Fun for the whole family, and in a separate room from the music room, thank goodness!
Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: Interests: church, family, stunt kites, concerts, movies, motorcycling, bicycling, art museums, travel, a good meal. Consultant.

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