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|waldenpuddle 's Still tinkering but VERY satisfied System|
|IP Address: 126.96.36.199||Last Update: February 07, 2008 at 14:57:10|
|Amplifier:||Fully restored pair of Ampex 6973 monoblock amps.|
Wyetech Labs KT88 based amp (1 off design by Wyetech company founder Roger Hebert) w/matching preamp (see below)
|Preamplifier (or None if Integrated):||1.) Musical Fidelity Nu-Vista preamp / outboard power supply.|
2.) Wyetech labs P-6 (that's how it's labeled) Prototype preamp with phono stage. As I understand it...it is sort of a HIGHLY upgraded MFA luminescence. Uses ALL octal based triodes (6EM7, 6DN7, 6SN7 etc....) ENORMOUS power supply using 6AS7 / 6080 Tubes! This preamp is currently being upgrdaded by Michael Samra.
|Speakers:||4 x QUAD ESL 57's in custom Stack Racks. ABsoutely beautiful!|
LS3/5A's with upgraded outboard crossovers.
|CD Player/DAC:||Musical Fidelity X-RAY (bought at a thrift store!!) Genesis Digital Lens and MF X-24K DAC (great upgrade from original X-DAC)|
|Turntable/Phono Stage:||Sold in 2006|
|Other Source(s):||Previous tuners:|
Musical Fidelity X-Plora: While swapping components during a listening test I touched a live wire to it. POOF!!! (now I just use the cool chassis for a plantholder!)
Fisher FM-1000 tuner / Fisher Doc Modified
Scott 4310 Tuner (sold to Asylum member)
Fisher R-200 tuner / using this one right now.
Fisher FM-200 (NOT FM-200B) This tuner and the 202-R are both VERY, VERY sensitive Mono tuners. Kind of like Mono versions of the FM-1000.
Rel (Radio Engineering labs) Loctal based 645 receiver.
REL Precedent Mono tuner
|Speaker Cables/Interconnects:||IC's: Wasatch Cable Works 105 interconnects all the way around.|
Speakers: Wasatch and Kimber
Power = 4 x Absolute power cords for the Quads
|Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.):||Bybee Signature power conditioner for the components and a seperate Bybee TAD (older model) condition for the 4 Quad ESL's|
Bybee TAD power conditioner 1 side digital / 1 side analog
Bybee RCA Filters
Bybee Speaker Filters for all 4 quads and LS3/5A's
|Tweaks:||Bybee speaker filters|
All kinds of cones
Weights on speakers and extra bracing in the Quad frames
Some antivibration mats
ERS applied sparingly to CD and DAC
Bybee IC filters
Custom Brass / Ebony vibration cones under all components
Mission Iso-Plat platforms
Michal Green Designs Amp Clamps
Townsend inflatable Seismic sink for CDP
|Room Size (LxWxH):||34 x 34 x 12|
|Room Comments/Treatments:||Update: Starting to treat room based on some things that I saw at the recent trade show. I'll post more later...|
This room is HUGE!!
|Music Preferences and Comments:|
|Music Used (Genre/Selections):||Classical / Folk / Acoustic / Blues / some classic rock / Grateful Dead.|
|System Goals/Comments:||'proper' balance between Bass/Mids/Highs. Revealing soundstage and 'punch' at lower volumes. Long listening sessions that leave me refreshed / NOT fatigued!|
|System Strengths:||A great combination of vintage (ampex, Fisher and Quads)and modern high end (Manley, Musical Fidelity Perpetual Tech, Bybee) Great value for the money. Some rare / unusual pieces, and the overall sound is astonishingly good.|
|System Weaknesses:||A relatively complex system with a LOT of parts that can potentially cause problems. Diganosis of problems can be a REAL, REAL pain!!|
However, I am VERY satisfied with the overall sound, and one good listening session can easily overcome a few hours of frustration....
|Video/HT System: None|
|Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation:||Skydiving / Information Design /|