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scousepasty's The listening room. System
Last Update: August 27, 2006 at 15:27:56 IP Address:
Amplifier: 2xARC Classic 120's. 2xARC Classic 150's.Modified with Pabst motoren,Germany, type 4840n fans, hard wired mains cables & G.E. 6550A valves. Bi-amped through powered cross-over. 120's feed subwoofers, 150's feed electrostatic panels.
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): ARC LS Reference 2 Mk2, and an ARC Reference Phono stage also used with a Mark Levinson 25S phono stage .
Speakers: Quad ELS63 mounted on Gradient SW63 subwoofers. Quads repanelled and upgraded by Quad Music Gewerke, Germany.
CD Player/DAC: ARC CD7 & a Meridian 602 player modified & upgraded by Audiocom.Meridian 606 DAC modified and upgraded by Audiocom. Used to warm-up system and listen to recordings that I have not been able to find, afford or have not been issued on vinyl
Turntable/Phono Stage: Turntable 1: VPI HR-X with SMS power supply and VPI phono cables. Lyra Titan Mono, Clearaudio Titanium, Koetsu Urushi Black, Koetsu Red K Signature cartridges, fitted into JMW 12.5 armwands & connected to choice of 2 phono stages ML 25S or ARC Reference with VPI phono cables.

Turntable 2: SME20/2 with SME V arm, usually with an Lyra Parnasuss stereo cartridge or a Lyra Titan mono installed and connected to the phono stage with XLO signature phono cables.

Other Source(s): Revox Tuner.
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: 1xpairx3metres Deltec Black Slink speaker cables.

1xpairx3.5metresDeltec Black Slink speaker cables

1xpairx7metres Black Slink speaker cables.

Kimber Select KS 1130 balanced interconnects between Gradient cross-over, pre, phono & power amps & between C.D.& DAC and pre-amp.

Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): Russ Andrews wall sockets and Nordost Brahma power cables with Russ Andrews Power connectors. Separate earthing cables.

HNE Custom Granite racking for amps and VPI turntable. Custom oak racking for SME tuntable, pre-amps, phono stage and C.D./DAC.,tuner.

Tweaks: Cardas caps.
Room Size (LxWxH): 39ft x 24ft x 8.5ft
Room Comments/Treatments: Room now has adjoining bays making it into 39ft x 24ft full room size with extension but we had to add support pillars and more windows. Allows me to have all the equipment[and my piano]sited away from the speakers and the main listening position.The downside of that is that I get alot of exercise when changing L.P.'s.
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Vinyl - last inventory was 11,600 10' & 12'& c.d.'s. American jazz & blues.Opera and Operetta, I.E., Gilbert & Sullivan.

American Country. English Folk.

American Blues. American Jazz.

The 3M's - Mahler, Mendelssohn, Mozart.

System Goals/Comments: 'The closest approach to the original sound'.

I've spent a long time - since 1980, building this particular system, with the goal of achieving my opening statement. Some days are diamonds and some days are stones, not always the system can be faulted, but I know when it's me that's out of tune. I've been very lucky to have some Audio Dealers who were willing to let me audition stuff in my home. Which to me is where it counts. My present wife tells me it's because I spend so much money with them - can that be true?

System Strengths: Very good sound on vocal and accurate positioning of instruments.
System Weaknesses: Bad recordings cannot be tolerated and rock music is the worst for this. Not sure that I would like to move house to one with big old rooms with high ceilings, to experiment with larger speakers systems. Only limiting factor is the present wife who doesn't much like old houses and likes this house too much.
Video/HT System: None
TV/Projector: We do not own or wish to own a T.V. The only thing we watch on t.v. is football (soccer). To do this we [the present wife and I] go to our local pub, which has a big plasma screen and all the satellite sports channels, serves real ale and is usually full of avid footie fans. Life time Liverpool FC supporter.
Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: Football,Steam traction engines, pre-1949 Morgan sports cars/ gardening and painting/ Rotating Equipment Engineer-Oil&Gas Industries.

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