Audio Asylum Inmate Michael Frankel (SayItRealFast)'s Two-Channel System System
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Michael Frankel (SayItRealFast) 's Two-Channel System System
Last Update: April 01, 2007 at 16:37:09 IP Address:
Amplifier: Bryston 4B-SST
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): Bryston BP-25
Speakers: B&W N803
CD Player/DAC: Ayre CX-7 CDP.
Turntable/Phono Stage: VPI Scout / JMW9 (supported by custom Black Diamond Racing pucks and blocks)

Dynavector Karat 17D2 MK.II MC Cartridge

EAR 834P Black

I use a WallyTractor to align the cartridge

Other Source(s): Computer
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: From TT to phono stage: AudioQuest Viper RCA 1M

From phono stage to preamp: RadioShack AV gold plated RCA 1M (I'm as surprised as you are.)

From CDP to preamp: AudioQuest Python XLR 1M

From preamp to power amp PS Audio Extreme Statement XLR 2M

Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): PS Audio P500 power plant/ultimate outlet; I've set it at 120V with a 60hz sine wave (the VPI Scout loves it that way :-)

PS Audio Juice Bar power strip.

PS Audio PowerPort (outlet);

Four PS Audio Statement power cords.

I also have a VPI 16.5 record cleaning machine.

Tweaks: The preamp, CDP, and P500 sit on a separate 10-pound maple butcher-block with four home-grown spiked feet.

The amplifier rests on a Target VFI Amp Stand. I replaced the stand's flimsy shelf with a 15-pound butcher-block.

The CDP also rests on three Black Diamond Racing Pucks (Mark IV); beneath each puck is a Duruma-311 Vibration Isolator.

Underneath the pre-amp are three Black Diamond Racing Cones (Mark IV)

Room Size (LxWxH): 30' x 15' x 15'
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Jazz, eclectic, acoustic, interesting...inviting...whatever...
System Goals/Comments: What I don't want: a 'club' system.

I want to perceive the human beings making the music. I want to be there with them in their groove.

In its way, the system is a time-machine. :-)

System Strengths: Wide sound-stage; airy; musical; dynamic; good PRAT; very listenable and non-fatiguing; engaging. Midrange to die for. Very revealing and transparent. Speakers disappear.
System Weaknesses: Still figuring that out. :-)

Don't get the lower-octaves below 40hz or so. But that's okay (for now).

Video/HT System: None
URL Link: http://pbase.com/sayitrealfast
Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: photography, bicycling, snowshoeing, hiking, eating...

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