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IP Address: Last Update: May 02, 2012 at 14:43:06
Amplifier: YBA Integre DT alpha
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): none
Speakers: JM Reynaud Evo 3
CD Player/DAC: Arcam CD22
Other Source(s): Kyocera tuner
Schiit Bifrost DAC ... now my main source
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: DIY Risch coax cross-connect speaker
DIY interconnects
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): DIY Risch filter and isolation transformer, Volex cords with DIY terminations
Room Size (LxWxH): 15 x 22 x 12
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): jazz, W. classical, Indian classical, blues, R&B
System Goals/Comments: detail w/o listening fatigue, accuracy, timbre, resolution of complex passages
System Strengths: More or less does the above. Especially good for jazz -- gets dynamics right and timbres of bass and horns. The YBA-Reynaud match is as good as people (including JMR himself) say.

The addition of the Bifrost has given much better detail and timbre. So far it is not fatiguing.
System Weaknesses: For some tastes the system would be too polite and laid-back. The character of music reproduction is much dependent on the Arcam's DAC, which is not built for visceral slam. Quality of recordings matters. System adds no harshness, but does not euphonize or glamorize either.
Video/HT System: None
TV/Projector: Panasonic
Processor/Receiver/Amplifiers: NAD 304
Speakers (Center, Surrounds, Sub): Krix Equinox
Sources (DVD/VCR): Pioneer DV-343
Comments on HT System: DV-343 is surprisingly good for CD playback. Not audiophile-quality, but balanced and very listenable.

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