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Ripple's Home Stereo System
IP Address: 73.219.164.130 Last Update: May 17, 2018 at 16:50:07
Amplifier: Classe Audio CAP-151 integrated amp. w/internal phono board (Feb. 2003)
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): Cary Audio PH-302 Mk II Phono Preamp (Nov. 2017)
Speakers: Martin Logan Aerius original w/supplied power cords (May 1993)

Sound Dynamics 300ti (Feb. 1997)

Dahlquist DQ-10 (May 1981) (awaiting rebuild)
Sources:
CD Player/DAC: Classe Audio CDP-10 (August 2009)
Turntable/Phono Stage: Denon DP-60L w/captive interconnect (Sep. 1983)

Technics SL-1200 MK2, KAB Cardas tonearm wire to RCA upgrade, stock Technics and Sumiko HS-12 headshells, Mogami OFC Quad IC. (May 2010)

Benz Micro ACE med. output cartridge (Oct. 2001 & Feb. 2007)

Benz Micro Wood SM med. output cartridge (Feb. 2013)

Audio Technica AT-MONO3/LP mono cartridge (Sept. 2014)

Audio Technica AT-ART9 cartridge (July 2016)

Audio Technica AT33MONO mono cartridge (May 2018)
Other Source(s): Classe Audio CT-10 AM/FM Tuner (Mar. 2010)

Nakamichi ZX-7 cassette deck (Dec. 1982, overhauled at ESL January 2006.)
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: Speaker Wire: Mapleshade Clearview Double Golden Helix bare-wired with Silclear. Tinkertoys used as cable lifts and to maintain separation of each run. (January 2006)

Interconnect from phono preamp to int. amp - Mogami 2549 (Nov. 2017)

Interconnect for CDP: Mapleshade Clearview Excalibur Ribbon. Passive 'tone controls' in use to tweak frequency response. (April 2004)

IC for tuner, Signal Cable Analog One. (Jan. 2003)

Interconnects for cassette deck: Kimber Kable Hero (August 2006)

Power cord for amp, CDP and tuner: Classe Audio supplied cords.
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): Monster Cable HTS-2000 line conditioner (May 1999)

Fanfare FM-2G antenna (Jan. 2003)

Vantage Point equipment rack (Oct. 1997)
Tweaks: Strips of polyester batting are used, minimally, on ICs and speaker cable to tailor frequency balance (essentially, passive EQ). Mapleshade Silclear contact enhancement used on all connections. Dynamat Super sound dampening applied to interior of component covers and chassis.
Room Size (LxWxH): 204 in. x 175 in. x 98 in.
Room Comments/Treatments: Aerius speakers placed 54 in. apart (center to center) and each is 60.5 in. from side walls to speaker center. Speaker fronts are 35.5 in. from front walls with slight toe-in. Listening position (head) is 9.5 to 10 ft. from front speaker plane. 300ti speakers assume similar placement when used. Room treatment consists of bookcases, NSF wire shelving with LPs and Peruvian tapestries.
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Rock, classical, acoustic, female vocal, preferably on LP.
System Goals/Comments: Musicality with no listener fatigue. Components replaced only at failure or upgraded only with serious improvement. I'd rather listen to music than screw with the system.
System Strengths: Tonally fair as there are a few narrow frequencies that are accentuated. Outstanding imaging and soundstage - speakers are 4.5 feet apart but soundstage is wall-to-wall with images up to 4.5 feet outside of the speakers. Depth is good.
System Weaknesses: A difficult room that accentuates any non-linearities - tweaking is a must. Extreme bottom weak, need a sub but not a priority.
Video/HT System: Separate
TV/Projector: Mitsubishi 20-inch CRT Model CS-2045R (July 1988 to October 2017, RIP)

Samsung 40" 6300 series UHD TV (Nov. 2017)
Sources (DVD/VCR): Samsung BD-J63004K UHD Upscaling Blu-Ray player
Comments on HT System: Two channel only.

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