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musetap 's Honey I'm Home! System
IP Address: Last Update: March 13, 2024 at 15:41:19

August of 2022:
VTV Hypex NCore NC252MP

Preamplifier (or None if Integrated):

Schitt Saga+
Hybrid Tube Buffer Stage:

Frequency Response: 20Hz-20Khz, -0.2db, 3Hz-200KHz, -3dB
THD: <0.001%, 20Hz-20KHz, at 1V RMS
IMD: <0.001%, CCIR (active stage)
SNR: >108db, A-weighted, referenced to 1V RMS
Output Impedance: 180 ohms
Maximum Output: >10V RMS

Passive Stage:

Output Impedance: varies, maximum 4.8 kohms

Both Passive or Active Stage:

Gain: Approximately 1 (0dB) through either passive or active stage
Input Impedance: 10 kohms
Crosstalk: >-75dB, 20Hz-20KHz

Inputs: 5 RCA pairs, selectable via front switch or remote
Outputs: 2 RCA pairs, selectable via front switch or remote
Buffer Stage: Hybrid push-pull tube-BJT buffer stage with equalized transconductance
Volume Control: relay-switched stepped attenuator with discrete thin-film resistors , 64 1dB steps
Power Supply: One 24VA transformer with regulated +/-100V rails, plus 6.3VDC heaters and 5VDC for microprocessor
Power Consumption: 25W typical

Psvane UK-6SN7 HIFI series Vacuum Tube

Speakers: As of October 2023: REFERENCE 3A de Capo in piano black.
Took too long to finally get a pair but well worth the wait and
they exceed expectations.

Needed a bit more bass and rather than messing with a
sub, bought a Schiit Loki Mini+ and only use the bass setting
to boost the bass to the right for me level.
GREAT addition, no muss, no fuss.

These are AMAZINGLY FINE monitors, only replaced because of the de Capos.

Swan D2.1SE
Type: 2-way, 4th order vented box monitor loudspeaker \
Frequency Response: 43Hz to 20kHz
Distortion: 65Hz to 20kHz = 1% (2.83V/1m)
Sensitivity: 85dB/W/m
Nominal Impedance: 8 Ohms
Power Range: 10 to 120 Watt
Dimension: 205 x 303 x

CD Player/DAC:


Sylvania 7308 tjoebs, Herbie's tube ringies, some light damping of
the inside top, going to play with some footers.

Added Burson V6 opamps with "extensions" by drilling a
section of the case top off, effectively "hot rodding" this
great old CDP. Worth it? Yep!

Would LOVE to upgrade the power cord/change the inlet.
Any (relatively easy) ideas are VERY welcome...

Turntable/Phono Stage: RETIRED/SOLD/GONE as of August 2019.
Currently no TT.
Perhaps again, someday.
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects:

Audioquest Cheetah 72v DBS ICs >pre>amp & Audioquest Cheetah 72v DBS ICs CDP>

Black Cat LectraLine silver speaker cable, 2M with bananas.

Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.):

Furutech SP-15A outlet > TG Audio SLVR> PS Audio Duet Power Center (on isolation pads). The speakers and Duet are on the top of 26" high wood record shelves each weighted down by several hundred LPs. Solid!


Been using this for nearly 20 years? Anyway, will NEVER be without it.
It IS efficacious!, Irrational or not!!

Econotweaks Detail Magnifiers

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Mapleshade cones, Mapleblock boards, Auric Illuminator or Jenna Labs Esoteric 3D-X, Millennium cd mat REPLACED with more satisfying Herbies Super Black Hole CD mat, various other Herbie's products, Caig power booster & Progold and Golden Sound acoustic disc vibration absorbers here and there, and there too!


EVS - Electronic Visionary Systems Ground Enhancer Accessory on amps


Ionic Lifestyle negative ion generator

Teflon Tape Tweak!

Room Size (LxWxH): 13 x 13 x 12
Room Comments/Treatments:


Small room regularly dusted and vacuumed and full of furniture, plump book and record cases, pictures, paintings, sculpture and other trappings of a comfy life. Cat hair galore! Many different surfaces/materials for them sound waves to move around and dance with...

Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections):

I prefer good music or...better. A bit of almost any genre gets played - Jazz, Cuban, African, Celtic, Middle Eastern, Rock, Chamber, Soul, Latin, Vocal, Instrumental, Electric, Acoustic, Ellington, Roots, New, Old and In-Between, etc.

System Goals/Comments:

Goal(s)? That it keep working.
It's an incredibly satisfying system of great used/tweaked specifically chosen components bought on a modest budget. VERY musical... A larger room would be nice to fully experience the joys of this system and offer better speaker placement.

System Strengths:

Present, involving, engaging, musical... captivating- so EASY to listen to. An eight hour listening session can leave me still wanting more...

System Weaknesses:

Well, the sweet spot can get awfully crowded at times...Currently? Too enraptured to notice... any problems have more to do with the room or myself than with the system. Since it's the Living Room, room tweaks/treatments are hampered if not downright frowned upon.
Video/HT System: Separate
URL Link: http://s183.photobucket.com/user/musetap/slideshow/Cat%20Record%20Covers
Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation:

Wife, fish, cats, birds, plants, food, walking, books, records, film and stuff.

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