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Mike FL's My music machine System
Last Update: January 11, 2007 at 11:41:51 IP Address:
Amplifier: Cayin 265Ai

Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): none
Speakers: Castle Stirling 3's
CD Player/DAC: ESound CD-E5
Turntable/Phono Stage: No vinyl so no turntable
Other Source(s): vintage Mitsubishi DA-F20 tuner

Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: River Cable Flexygy6 speaker cables in a true double pair biwire configuration

Canare L-5CFB from Blue Jeans Cable.

Gutwire B-12 Wattgate terminated AC cables on integrated and CDP

Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): Brickwall PW8R15AUD series mode surge filter. Salamander Archetype 3.0 rack
Tweaks: 15 Amp 12ga dedicated Romex AC line with Pass & Seymour industrial grade outlet. Isoclean fuses in amplifier and CDP,

Bright Star Isonodes or Vibrapods on all components, Cardas RCA caps on unused component RCA's, Auric illuminator on all my CD's. Caig Pro Gold and/or Deoxit on all connectors. Signal Cable and DIY cable lifters used on PC's and speaker cables that tend to touch the carpeted floor.

Room Size (LxWxH): 10 x 12 x 8
Room Comments/Treatments: short hair carpet on hard wood
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Rock, Techno, Classical, Jazz, Opera. Anything except country music.
System Goals/Comments: Still trying different interconnects. I might try another power conditioner or Powervar and acoustic absortion panels.
System Strengths: This is the most enjoyable and balanced system I've had. The Cayin has added a new level of clarity, detail and speed compared to the NAD C370 I once had. The E5 CDP is miles ahead of the NAD C541i it replaces in detail retrieval, soudstage and smooth grain free highs.
System Weaknesses: A few minor annoyances. The highs are slightly bright and I'm trying to tame that. There is a barely audible buzz through the tweeters that the Brickwall can't kill. The binding posts on the speakers are really cheap and the plastic nut strips easily. I'm contemplating changing them to WBT.
Video/HT System: Separate
TV/Projector: JVC AV-20F475 flat screen TV. this TV could have better corner distortion correction but its image clarity and color accuracy is excellent.
Processor/Receiver/Amplifiers: Harman/Kardon 690i vintage receiver for small stereo HT setup.
Speakers (Center, Surrounds, Sub): Polk RT35i
Sources (DVD/VCR): Toshiba SD-3950
Other HT Gear: V3DFX box, Flexygy speaker cables, Outlaw PCA interconnects, Ultralink component cable and Bright Star isonodes for DVD.
Comments on HT System: Except for the TV, all the home theater components were bought second hand. Very inexpensive, good sounding system for a small room.
URL Link: http://pages.videotron.com/mikedf/page3.html
Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: Photography, movies

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