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|maxlorenz's Daddy's toy System||
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|Last Update: November 13, 2005 at 02:52:34||IP Address: 22.214.171.124|
|Amplifier:||Two DIY stereo power amps based on Hypex's UcD180 modules: 180W/4 Ohm; class D amps for the 'active' secondary system.|
Monarchy Audio SE100 Deluxe Monoblocks (MOSFET Class A; 100Watt/8ohm-200Watt/4ohm) for the 'passive' system.
|Preamplifier (or None if Integrated):||DIY Transformer based Volume Control-TVC- with S&B TX102 MKIII OCC transformers (goto bentaudio.com)|
Behringer active analog CX as preamp in 'active bi-amp' secondary system.
|Speakers:||Tannoy Definition D-500 (polipropilene 8''Dual concentrics plus 8'' bass units; 91dB/2.8V/m-6ohm)|
Secondary system: active bi-amp with Paradigm Monitor3 and two DIY Kappa 15A Eminence Woofers (140 lts box' volume).
|CD Player/DAC:||NAD C542 CD player as -->DH Labs Silversonic D75 coaxial digital cable--> Monarchy Audio's DIP upsampler-->PS Audio's xStream Statement balanced digital cable-->Bolder Cable and self heavily modified M-Audio superDAC 2496|
*cheap, moded Sony DVP-NS325 as transport (second system)
|Speaker Cables/Interconnects:||DH Labs BL-1 unbalanced ICs as digital cable; PS Audio xStream Statement RCA IC; PS Audio Statement bi-wire speaker cables (1m).|
power:PS audio xStream Prelude to one monoblock-Signal cable PC to the other.
|Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.):||DIY mains conditioner/surge protection. DIY rack of 3'' width pine wood.|
|Tweaks:||DIP upsampler. ERS material over some Power Supplies. Toroidal choke on DVD transport. Quantum Electroclear modules.|
|Room Size (LxWxH):||7 m x 3.3m x 2.4m|
|Room Comments/Treatments:||All concrete room (awful sounding), so had to make: DIY 'quick and dirty' recipe tube Bass Traps, on corners. DIY Panel Bass Traps, on front/back walls. DIY 'room lens'. Now it sounds 'decent'|
|Music Preferences and Comments:|
|Music Used (Genre/Selections):||Almost only Classical: symphonic (Shostakovich; Beethoven; Bruckner, etc); more and more chamber music (Brahms; Beethoven; Vivaldi; Bartok); Opera (Wagner; some Verdi; I'm very fond of historic recordings).|
|System Goals/Comments:||Trying to rich an emotionally moving and also a very transparent system (at the least cost possible) and forget about components. Comming: Quantum AC products; more Bybees. Change transport.|
|System Strengths:||Sweet and detailed, un-digital sounding (reminiscent of tubes). Great imaging/soundstage. Good instrument separation. Great dynamics and agility.|
|System Weaknesses:||Noise allways can be lower, as a principle.|
|Video/HT System: None|
|Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation:||Antique cars. Sports: volley-ball. Amateur opera singer. Would love to learn electronics and DIY components. Maybe someday...|