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Chris from Lafayette's Main System
IP Address: Last Update: June 23, 2023 at 17:26:15
Amplifier: Mark Levinson No. 534 (FR, FL) (2019 07)

Parasound Halo A23 1703 (Rear Height)

Primare i35 (LS, RS) (2021 06)

Two Benchmark AHB2's, bridged (one for Center, one for Subwoofer) (2022 02, 2022 04)

Carver m 1.0t (Front Height)
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): JBL Synthesis SDP-55 Pre/Pro (2021 06)
Speakers: VMPS Ribbon Monitor 2's (Front)

Magneplanar MGCC2 (Center)

Magneplanar MGMC1's (Surround)

Focal.JM Lab Chorus 705 (Front Height)

Dali Oberon On-Wall (Rear Height) (2022 03)

VMPS 15" (with 15" passive radiator) (Sub)
CD Player/DAC: Sony UDP X1100es (HDMI connected)
Other Source(s): Apple Mac Mini (2020) - M1 chip with 8 core CPU, 8 core GPU, and 16 core Neural Engine. 16 GB unified memory and 2 TB SSD storage (2021 07)

Mac Mini is USB connected to an exaSound e38 7.1 channel DAC:

Music files reside on an external 8 TB SSD locally attached (2021 07) and backed up to a conventional RAID drive in another room.
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: Speaker Cable - replaced my 'audiophile' speaker cable with hardware store outdoor lighting cable (12 gauge) terminated with Furutech Rhodium spade connectors (go figure!). (Bi-wired.) Also "InstallGear" OFC, 10 gauge (height speakers) - from China via Amazon.

RCA (Unbalanced) Interconnects: Tchernov "Special" and "Original" series, QED "Performance" series, and locally made ("Supernal") copper-silver series

XLR (Balanced) Interconnects: Audioquest Mackenzie, Chord Shawline, WBC (Mogami, Neutrik, Amphenol).

HDMI - Audioquest Forest
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): Stax SRS-4040 II Electrostatic Ear Speaker System (SR-404 Signature / SRM-006t) (2008 04)

Furman Elite-15 PF i Power Conditioner
Room Size (LxWxH): 19.5 x 14 x 8
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): 99% Classical
System Goals/Comments: I find multi-channel to be a true liberation of the sound from the confines of the speakers. De gustibus, YMMV, and all that. Over the past year, I've expanded the system to a 5.1.4 Dolby Atmos set up - this is living! ;-)
System Strengths: Detail, dynamics, deep bass
System Weaknesses: Wish I had a bigger room - I'm running out of space! ;-)
Video/HT System: Integrated
TV/Projector: LG Evo G3 OLED 77" (OLED77G3PUA) with micro lens array ("Brightness Booster Max")
(2023 05 12)
Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: Program note writer for a couple of Harmonia Mundi releases. Currently review for Music Web International. Formerly reviewed for High Fidelity Review web site, as well as a number of local newspapers.

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