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thetubeguy1954's Thetubeguy's Audio System System
IP Address: Last Update: April 12, 2021 at 07:51:14
Amplifier: T+A Amp 8 from Germany. This little 80W/ch solid-state amp has taken me by surprise. I needed something to use with the Mastersound being temporarily out of commission. This little amp is quite simply the best sounding solid-state amp I've heard for anywhere near it's $3.6K asking price. I just cannot wait until I've brought it over to a few friend's homes and heard it in their system in place of their solid-state amp. I firmly believe it will sonically beat and even smoke, most of their amps including a bit more expensive solid-state amps!

I can tell everyone reading this the Don Sachs Audio tube SP-14 preamp and the T+A Amp 8 is a formidable combo that needs to be heard to be believed. I'm almost 67 and moving a 135LB amp is getting to be too much for me, plus the Don Sachs preamp & T+A Amp 8 sound so good, I can ALMOST consider selling the Mastersound.
Mastersound Reference 845 is down for now. It needs a complete check-up to determine what's wrong...

Negative Feedback is 0 dB, with a frequency bandwidth of 15 Hz to 40 kHz. The dimensions are 15.7" W x 25.2" D x 10.2" H Weight: 135 lbs ---{mainly from 4 trannies the size of coffee cans}--- with a power output of 40W/ch.
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): Don Sachs Audio custom SP-14 tube preamp. This piece is amazing sounding piece and simply needs to be heard.
Speakers: I own a pair of piano black lacquer Reference 3A Taksim speakers. These sound a lot like the single full-range driver speakers I've been using for the past 10+ years only with their beryllium tweeters they have much better highs and what really surprised me was their amazing "where are the subwoofer" lows!

It's immediately apparent upon first listening to the Reference 3A Taksim speakers, they possess many wonderful sonic virtues. When set-up properly with the right components and wires, the bass is extremely extended, tuneful, and authoritative. While the highs are delicate sounding, and of course, there's the wonderful sounding midrange that normally only single full-range drivers are known for!

These speakers have the best presentation of pitch, tone, timbre, inner-detail, decay, dynamics, and transient response I've ever heard in my home. When I'm listening to music if I'm not sitting in the "sweet spot" in the audio room, I thoroughly enjoy listening to the music without the need to be jumping out of my seat like a Mexican jumping bean to be in the "sweet spot!" After all, where's the "sweet spot" in the jazz bar you visit or the concert you attend? Perhaps the need to be in the "sweet spot" to truly enjoy listening to your audio system, is revealing some shortcomings in your system's performance?
CD Player/DAC: I'm using a YBA Genesis CD-4 CDP as a transport with a tubed Musical Paradise MP-D2 DAC <<< This DAC is a real sleeper and bested my Audio-gd Reference 7.1 DAC!
Turntable/Phono Stage: None
Other Source(s): None, but would like a Marantz 2130 tuner.
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: IC: NBS Professional IV and Teo Audio GC Ultra

Digital: 1/2 of a pair of Atelier Rullit ICs.

Speaker wire: Snake River Audio Cottonmouth Signature.

Power Cords: One Hi-Diamond D3.5
One Sablon Corona
One Snake River Audio Cottonmouth Signature (Thanks Johnny)
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 what I believe everyone who owns an audio system's goal should be. To have the audio system be able to reproduce the actual event as it was recorded, in the space it was recorded in. I want to be 'transported' to the event, NOT have a facsimile of the event transported to me.
System Strengths: Dynamics, transient response, clarity & transparency, retrieval of inner detail, purity of harmonics, tones & timbre, along with a wide, deep, sound-stage that doesn't blow-up the size of the singers, musicians or their instruments.

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 understanding many words I was never able 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, Plants & Dogs

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