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hartwerger's Modestly Magical System
IP Address: Last Update: June 20, 2008 at 07:59:18
Amplifier: Music Reference RM 9 MKII. Output tubes are Siemens EL34 tubes from Ram. Driver tubes are Ram Low Noise 6922 for V1, and Amperex 6922 PQ White Label made in USA. Amp rests on Silent Running Audio Tremorless isolation shelf.
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): Herron VTSP 1A/166.
Speakers: Merlin VSM-M w/ upgraded Bam and lead free jumpers and lead free power cord for Bam
CD Player/DAC: Lector 7T w/ PSU.
Turntable/Phono Stage: Rega P2 with P3 tonearm and Goldring 1042 and Herbies Way Excellent Deluxe TT Mat. Mapletree Audio Design Ultra 4A (modded w/ Jensen caps and Vishay Nude resistors) used as phono stage (using Mullard GZ35 tube in power suppy and stock tubes in phono stage for the time being).
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: Luminous Synchestra Signature 10' speaker cables. Mac Palladium interconnects everywhere except from preamp to amp. APL silver from pre to amp. Power cords include: Revelation Audio Precept II on source, Black Sand Violet Z1 on preamp, Mac HC on PPC power strip.
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): PPC power strip from BPT w/ Oyaide SWO-XXX outlets. Includes BPT's home brew surge protection and minimalist approach to filtering, and silver wiring option.
Tweaks: Eightnerve Adapt Triangles in all corners. Michael Green Room Tunes Mini-Pak. Using 2 rectangles in corners behind speakers, and 2 echobusters on in middle of corner behind speakers and one on parallel corner behind listening seat.
Room Size (LxWxH): 18 x 14 x 8'
Room Comments/Treatments: Mostly absorb high frequencies which provides for smoother treble and better able to hear into the midrange and bass.
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Everything. And, I do mean everything.
System Goals/Comments: Would like to increases transparency and make a more life like presentation (like I used to have with the Magnepans, but with more dynamics). Would like a bigger/deeper soundstage to hear into the music better.
System Strengths: Smooth treble and clear midrange.
System Weaknesses: Awful bass null at listening seat. Room is a shared family room so not possible to eliminate TV and furniture that is effecting the sound. Also not able to add bass traps or treat first reflection points.
Video/HT System: Separate
TV/Projector: Sony 27'
Processor/Receiver/Amplifiers: Marantz SR 7200
Speakers (Center, Surrounds, Sub): Bose cubes (single cube, quite old) for sides, Infinity for center, 30 year old Kenwoods for rears
Sources (DVD/VCR): marantz
Other HT Gear: none
Comments on HT System: Doesn't sound great, but it works and its fun. Don't watch as many movies as the kids do anyway
Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: hiking, biking, cooking, reading, going to concerts and hanging out

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