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fathom7's Tube Return to musicality System
IP Address: Last Update: July 30, 2010 at 07:06:24
Amplifier: Jolida 302B (tubes rolled in: Svet EL34s; Mullard CV4024's; Siemens E81CCs triple mica blacks Have Vintage NOS JJ Tesla Blues as well for fun from time to time in place of the Svets
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): None
Speakers: JMR Trentes with Magic Stands and JMR cable just what the Trentes need
CD Player/DAC: Sony SCD C555ES (fully modded); Audio Alchemy DTI Pro 32; Muse Model 2 Plus DAC
Turntable/Phono Stage: None Yet -- still looking
Other Source(s): ReVox A77 MkIII Dolby R2R Deck; Wadia 170i transport for the iPods in the house
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: JM Reynaud HP216A biwires to the Trentes; Mixed Bag ICs -- Stereovox HDXV from Wadia to Audio Alchemy; Wireworld Supernova 6+ glass fiber toslink from Sony to AA DTI Pro32; Stereolab (nee Stereovox) VX2 from DTI to Muse DAC; Acoustic Zen Silver Reference 2 from Muse to amp; Auricle Audio Encore Limited Edition from Sony to amp for SACD output; Nordost Black Knights from Revox to Amp (they fit the tiny connects on the tape deck and are good cables. Also in the spare cable box are a handful of Bybee filters -- I cannot tell the difference with or without them in place and a set of Boulder Cable cryo'ed silver interconnects with inline Bybees.
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): Panamax 1000+ liner conditioner

Zu Cable Mother power cords (x2) All power cords replaced with Zu or Ridge Street.
Tweaks: Solid myrtlewood plinths under all equipment -- points on the Audio Alchemy custom fitted, points on the plinth holding the Sony as well.
Room Size (LxWxH): 14 x 20 x 9
Room Comments/Treatments: Just basic furniture and plaster -- hardwood floor -- area rug.
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Lots of Jazz female vocals (Joni Mitchell; Diana Krall; Jane Monheit; Gretchen Lieberbrun; Karrin Allyson; Carla Cook; Tierney Sutton; Susan Werner; Bonnie Raitt) -- Evenings with the Beatles -- Queen occasionally -- and a host of eclectic stuff ranging from Steely Dan to the Mothers of Invention through Nat King Cole to Leon Russell and Sarah Brightman with a little Rachel Loshak and Quincy Jones thrown in. Did I neglect to mention Steve Tyrell, Chet Baker and Ry Cooder? alas.
System Goals/Comments: Maximizing what I can afford.Nearly optimized for what I have. The end reult is a box of interconnects cables that are not in the system. Still budget conscious for each piece. The cumulative on cables though -- well -- what was I thinking.
System Strengths: It's the mixture or combination of parts that equals something much greater than one would think. There is synergy among the pieces. The mods on the Amp and player are most useful. Finding the right tube combinations also makes a huge difference. The way this amp works with the Trentes is marvelous as well. Placement of the speakers is kind of critical I've noticed. There isn't a "sweet spot" but you do need to work with the positioning to get a broad area of full appreciation of the output. The soundstage is huge and deep -- really deep now with the Siemens tubes. Lots of fun and wonderful sounds.
System Weaknesses: The new roll in of the Seimens tubes at the front end put the next level of musicality into the system. even better than the Mullards I had been using. BTW -- DO NOT use Sylvanias in this application. They are good tubes but they get VERY bright in this rig. Bias setting also critical -- for me -- 38mV is where it's at. Just about dead center for the range of acceptable. Easy to change and fun to explore. Now I can just sit and listen to the music.
Video/HT System: Separate

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