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thetubeguy1954's Thetubeguy's Audio System System
IP Address: Last Update: August 20, 2023 at 11:47:15
Amplifier: I own a 135LB, 40W/ch, Mastersound Reference 845, parallel SET amp/integrated amp, that I use as a power amp. It uses a pair of Create Audio 12AU7 tubes, a pair of Bendix 6900 driver tubes. and a quad of Shuguang WE845 that sound jaw-droppingly good.

I installed an Acme Audio Labs, special-coated, silver cryo fuse that caused a significant sonic improvement for its quite low $24 cost shipped to my door!
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): Don Sachs Audio custom SP-14 tube preamp, with four Shuguang WE6SN7 tubes and a 6BY5 rectifier tube. This is a great-sounding preamp that works so well with the Mastersound amp that it almost sounds as if the Mastersound was used in its development but, I know it wasn't!
Speakers: I own a pair of piano black lacquer Reference 3A Taksim speakers. These speakers use Reference 3A's own designed single full-range/wide-range drivers with beryllium tweeters attached by a single cap! I've been using single full-range/wide-range based speakers for over 10+ years now and these Reference 3A Taksims have all the virtues of those types of speakers, but with much better highs and what really surprised me was their amazing "where are the subwoofer" lows at times!
CD Player/DAC: I'm using a YBA Genesis CD-4 CDP as a transport with a tubed Musical Paradise MP-D2 DAC modified to use 6N8S tubes in place of 6922 tubes <<< This MP-D2 DAC is a real sleeper and bested my Audio-gd Reference 7.1 DAC! Garry makes great DACs and when you learn how inexpensive they are, you simply have to buy them! Heck, they sound so good you'd buy them even if they weren't inexpensive...
Turntable/Phono Stage: None
Other Source(s): None, but would like a Marantz 2130 tuner.
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: IC: Xangsane SP9003Ag and Odin "Gold"

Digital: Xangsane SP9001Ag

Speaker wire: NordOst Valhalla II.

Power Cords: (5) Xangsane P6008AGg
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): None
Tweaks: My tweaks have mainly been in the way of using much better tubes & wires than my equipment originally came with. However, I've added a few pieces of Shungite and two PS Audio Noise Harvesters to my system with great results.
Room Size (LxWxH): 12' 8" x 15' 8" x 8' to 10' sloped ceiling.
Room Comments/Treatments: None.
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): My taste in music leans towards mellow, soft, melodic music. My preferences in order are:

1) Smooth Jazz (Daria, Fourplay, Pat Coil, Bill Cunliffe, Sophie Milman, Jaimee Paul, Karrin Allyson etc.)

2) Prog-Rock (Genesis, Starcastle, Kansas, Marillion, Supertramp, Yes, Trillion etc.)

3) New Age (Paul Serrie, Max Lasser, Glen Hegelson, Phil Sheeran, etc.)
System Goals/Comments: My goal is the goal I believe everyone who owns an audio system's goal should be, i.e., --When I close my eyes, I want to be 'transported' to the event, in the location it was recorded in!!!-- and if it was recorded in a recording studio, I want it to sound exactly as the recording engineer intended for me to hear it sound. Nothing more and nothing less...
System Strengths: Dynamics, transient response, clarity & transparency, retrieval of inner detail, purity of harmonics, tone & timbre, along with a very wide, and very deep, sound-stage that doesn't increase the size of the singers, musicians or their instruments, beyond what's natural.

When people visit my home for the first time, I'll often hear them say one of two things! Either they'll say:

"I am hearing things on my recording that I've owned for years, that I never heard on any other audio system before now!"

Or they'll say "I don't believe it, but I'm now clearly able to understand many words I was never able to understand before now."
System Weaknesses: I wished my audio room was larger...
Video/HT System: Separate
TV/Projector: I use a 70" Sony UHDTV.
Processor/Receiver/Amplifiers: Sony Home Theater Reciever.
Speakers (Center, Surrounds, Sub): Two Monsoon MH-505 speakers. With a small 8 inch subwoofer!
Sources (DVD/VCR): It's an inexpensive Sanyo DVD player, but it's just to enjoy movies better, not to listen to music critically on.
Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: Computers, Planting plants that attract hummingbirds and butterflies. Plus I love Olde English Bulldogges & American Bulldogs like Truman the American Bulldog I rescued in Jan of 2021.

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