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Audiophilander's Reference System, audio w/video System
IP Address: Last Update: April 25, 2018 at 11:27:12
Amplifier: Primary system (audio w/V): Sanders Magtech Stereo Amp. & Wyred4Sound SX-1000R monoblocks (back-up option) Secondary system (A/V): Quad 909 amp. Primary system back-ups: Transcendent Super Compact 150, mono-block tubed amps (built by Bruce Rozenblit), Monarchy Audio SE 100 mono-blocks
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): Primary system (audio w/V): Sanders Sound preamp.; Secondary system (A/V): Audible Illusions L2, Audible Illusions L3B (unconnected back-up; both designed & built by Art Ferris; replaces AIM3A)
Speakers: Primary System: Magneplanar 3.7i, HSU Research ULS-15 subwoofer Secondary system: Gallo Nucleus Reference 3.2 supplemented in lowest octave by the Reference SA amp. Note: Gallo Nucleus Solo & Micros employed in surround Primary system.
CD Player/DAC: Primary system: NAIM CDX2 (main CD source), Teddy Pardo's XPS power supply & Burndy cable, Oppo BDP-95 ModWright Delux tube modification (CD back-up, SACD, BD, etc). Secondary system: Parasound C/DP-2000 Ultra Compact Disc Player w/HDCD, Oppo BDP-83 SE (modified for multi-region/zone access; plays SACD, DVD-A and CD as well as all video formats)

Turntable/Phono Stage: None, to date. Still considering if there's a good analogue option that fits in well with my other gear & listening preferences (previously owned Formula Four damped uni-pivot & vintage FONS turntable).
Other Source(s): See video system comments below.
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: Primary system: Grover Huffman custom-made (silver wire & contact) interconnects for SACD/CD, DIN silver & balanced interconnects (NAIM CD player & Sanders preamp), JIB SB-005 Premium speaker cables, Mediabridge Ultra shielded subwoofer. Secondary system: Acoustic Research interconnects, VansEvers tfc Network Type III speaker cable.
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): computer grade surge protection & back-up power supply for A/V components and amps.

6 Shelf Vantage Point Rack
Tweaks: Tube rolling for AI L3B pre-amp & ModWright Oppo & PS 9.0
Room Size (LxWxH): 24' x 24' x 20'
Room Comments/Treatments: Audio/video storage cases (irregular sizes & shapes). New residence has fine acoustic properties (listening room/living room has vaulted ceiling, irregular wood paneling to break up standing waves & tightly woven carpet over padded concrete foundation.
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): [Rock (remasters)] - Joe Bonamassa, UFO, Argent, Dire Straits, Jimi Hendrix, Jethro Tull, ELP, Yes, Led Zeppelin, Santana (SACD), Black Sabbath, Blue Oyster Cult (SACD), Doors (SACD) James Gang, King Crimson (BD), Genesis, Grand Funk, Ten Years After, The Who, Deep Purple (Machine Head SACD), Pink Floyd (Dark Side of the Moon SACD, favoring the black label Harvest import CD), Rolling Stones (SACD), CCR (SACD), etc., [Classical & classically influenced] - Holst (Planets), Copland (Bernstein, cond. - SACD), Beethoven, Rimsky-Korsakov, Vanessa Mae, California Guitar Trio, Andreas Vollenweider, etc., [Female vocalists] - Diana Krall, Joan Osborne, Kate Bush, Pat Benatar, etc., [jazz] such as Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Art Blakey Jazz Messengers, Charlie Parker, Dave Brubeck (note: mostly older jazz, especially those that are well recorded; just say 'NO' to free form). Accumulating HDCD & SACD titles in various genres and some DVD-A software. Note: Thus far have been unimpressed by the musicality of most DVD-A titles purchased.
System Goals/Comments: Occasional refinement of sound via tweaking to obtain nuanced musical satisfaction. My system is very satisfying to my musical tastes. Overall, I am quite happy with my system as it is now. Note: I've added relatively unobtrusive surround speakers (Gallo Micros) for use with video sources, utilizing one of my older Solos for the center channel.

Upgrade main system with better surround options and enhance second system (objective for later this year and next)
System Strengths: Too numerous to mention. Very fluid presentation front to back, nice soundstage, loads of inner-detail top to bottom, warm mids, good low end punch via Maggies augmented by Hsu sub.
System Weaknesses: Few, mostly satisfied. Soundstage could be a little wider.
Video/HT System: Integrated
TV/Projector: Main system: Panasonic PT-AE4000U 1080P projector. Second system: SONY Bravia 1080P
Processor/Receiver/Amplifiers: Yamaha HD receiver for surround (main system).

Denon HD-receiver (second system)
Speakers (Center, Surrounds, Sub): Gallo Nucleus Solo (center)

Gallo Strada (side/back)
Sources (DVD/VCR): TiVo (30/120 hour HD/standard definition hard drive recorder - one in each system)

Oppo BDP-83 SE modified for all region and zone access (main system; second system has an OPPO BDP-83, also modified, but without SE upgrade)

Samsung HD-DVD (main system)

Samsung HD-DVD (spare, second system)
Other HT Gear: DNP Supernova 100' screen; Oppo HDMI switcher (main system)

Comments on HT System: Excellent for movie watching, stereo & surround listening enjoyment (full NTSC and PAL conversion capability; Blu-ray & HD-DVD).

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Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: Tennis, music, movies, esp. classic silent films & movie serials (cinema & DVD), historical literature, film history, scientific journals & SF, political debate, fine food and drink (Belgian ales; Islay single malt scotches), collecting vintag

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