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213Cobra's Triodes System
IP Address: Last Update: March 30, 2010 at 18:46:06
Amplifier: Audion Golden Dream Parallel Single-Ended 300B tube monoblocks
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): Audion Premier 1.0 tube preamplifier
Speakers: Zu Druid Mk 4.08 pair. Also Stax SR5 electrostatic earspeakers (headphones) with a vintage Stax SRA3 tube preamp/phoneamp to drive them.
CD Player/DAC: Pioneer Elite BDP-09fd Blu-ray/CD
NAD M55 Universal Player
Pioneer Elite DV58av Universal Player
Turntable/Phono Stage: Luxman PD444 turntable / Victor UA-7045 tonearm, Yamamoto Cherry & Ebony wood headshells / Signet TK9LCA & Denon 103D cartridges / + / Stax UA70 12" tonearm / Zu103 cartridge / Cine-Mag step-up transformer, Bel Canto Phono 1 phono stage
Other Source(s): Transcriptors Vestigal Tonearm; Luxman T110 tuner; Tandberg TCD440A cassette deck
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: Zu Ibis speaker cables; Zu Varial interconnects.
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): Monster AVS2000 Signature voltage stabilizer; Monster HTPS7000 Signature power conditioner;
Tweaks: Turntable sits brass cones on Aurios Classic media bearings, on 3-1/2 inches of rock maple; various NOS line level tubes for preamp and Audion amps input stages
Room Size (LxWxH): 23' x 12' x 8' - 12'
Room Comments/Treatments: Pioneer Elite PRO-150FD 60 inch high-def plasma
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): ominivorous music consumer
System Goals/Comments: Expression + Resolution + Tone + Presence, all in balance. This is achieved and upgrades that disrupt this balance are not allowed. Both systems must be fully integrated in the family living space -- I do not endorse dedicated listening rooms for home hifi.
System Strengths: Tonal & spatial intimacy; simplicity; emotionally satisfying to listen to. Very involving. Uniform bottom to top tonal & transient behavior. The Zu speakers are notable for utter absence of fatigue from sustained listening. The Audion triode power amplifiers are key to the outstanding musicality of this system.

Same strengths apply to separate HT/Audio system using Zu Definitions + Audiopax amps.
System Weaknesses: none worth mentioning
Video/HT System: Separate
TV/Projector: Pioneer Elite PRO-151FD 60 inch 1080p plasma TV

Room is 20' x 14' x 8.5'
Processor/Receiver/Amplifiers: Strictly 2 channel: Klimo Merlino Gold tube preamplifier > Audion Black Shadow 845 tube monoblocks, EAR MC3 step-up transformer, Jasmine LP 2.0 phono preamp
Speakers (Center, Surrounds, Sub): Zu Definition 2.0. 2 Channels are enough.
Sources (DVD/VCR): Pioneer Elite BDP-09FD Blu-Ray/CD player; Luxman PD444 turntable on brass cones on Aurios Classic media bearings / Rega RB1000 tonearm w copper offset counterweight / Denon DL305 cartridge/ + / Denon DA-302 vintage broadcase tonearm / Denon DL-103D cartridge
Other HT Gear: Monster AVS2000 Signature voltage stabilizer

Panamax 5510PRO power conditioner

Full Zu Varial + Ibis signal wire chain
Comments on HT System: Dynamic, impactful theater attributes with sensational music-only performance. Modest physical footprint for overall effect achieved.
Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: muscle cars, guitars, music, astronomy, history, politics; computing

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