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s.hum's Audiostatic Valve Magic System
IP Address: Last Update: March 06, 2009 at 11:56:33
Amplifier: Audiomat Prelude Reference, 30w Class 'A' PP EL34 valve integrated - the 'heart and soul' of the system
- HAL-O Damping Instruments on valves
- ESP Essence Power Cord
- Symposium Svelte Shelf
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): None
Speakers: (Michael Geschka GmbH) Audiostatic ESL 'Wings' with 'Fins'
- Blue Circle BC68 Power Cords with In-Line Filter
- Polished black granite base
CD Player/DAC: Audio Note CDT-TWO transport
- ESP PowerFlo Pro Power Cord;
- Symposium Rollerblock 2's with tungsten carbide bearings;
- 3/4' acrylic base;
Stello DA220 MkII
- ESP PowerFlo Pro Power Cord;
- Symposium Point Pods and Couplers;
- 3/4' acrylic base
Other Source(s): For the *few* times I am not listening to music, DVD;
Looking to add an analog valve tuner and analogue setup to access extensive vinyl collection... some day.
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: Luminous Audio Technology Renaissance OFC speaker cables;
- Luminous Audio Technology Synchestra Reference CCC IC (DAC, DVD)
- Luminous Audio Technology Allegro Signature silver AES/EBU digital IC (transport)
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): Equi-Tech 1.5Q Balanced AC Power to all components
- ESP PowerFlo Pro Power Cord
Blue Circle BC86-MKII Noise Hound;
ESP PowerFlo PRO Power Distributor
Tweaks: Herbie's Audio Lab Grungebuster CD dampening mat (a great cheap tweak)
Room Size (LxWxH): 13 x 21 x 8.5
Room Comments/Treatments: Speakers arranged 8' from back wall, 7' apart, 2 degree toe in, 12' to listening position;
Equipment stand along side wall acoustic shadow;
Carpeted floor in fully furnished living room with stucco ceiling and non-symmetrical room corners
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): 35% Opera;
30% Classical (period, chamber, choral, orchestral, avantgarde, minimalist);
25% Jazz (trio, vocal, ensemble, band);
10% Other (alternative, world, celtic, folk, country, sound tracks, ambient)
System Goals/Comments: To hear into the musical performance (in all its emotional depth and nuance) without notice of any system deficiencies (artifacts and distractions);
Collect *more* s/w
System Strengths: The fluidity of valves with the articulation and top to bottom authority of the Prelude Reference resulting in stunning musicality expressed through the utterly transparent 'Wings';
Tonality, musicality and presentation of the AN CDT and Stello DAC;
Noiseless background, clarity, tonality, dynamic contrast and power reserve of the Equi-Tech 1.5Q;
Simplicity and economy of design
System Weaknesses: Room (treatment - a constant source of tweaking and experimentation) isn't 'absolutely' perfect;
Previous minor room modes significantly reduced with 'Wings'+'Fins';
Multi-function room and personal aesthetic dictate room treatment approaches (but result in a lot more time listening to music)
Video/HT System: None
Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: Fly fishing, metaphysics, reading, writing;
When I have to: telecommunications network consulting

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