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notout's neo Machine Age System
IP Address: Last Update: June 22, 2022 at 17:53:54
Amplifier: Cary SLAM-100 monoblocks (modified to enable per-power-tube biasing; featuring RCA/Tung-Sol 6SU7GTYs, Sylvania JAN VT-231s; (revived) Genalex Gold Lion KT-88s; Mundorf MCap Supreme silver-gold-oil, Jupiter copper foil paper & wax, and Black Gate N coupling caps; Solen and United Chemi-Con power-supply and filter caps; Dale, Holco, RikenOhm, Shinkoh resistors)

Voiced with Jupiter copper foil paper & wax, Duelund JDM silver foil & wax PIO, surplus Soviet K72[P]-6 teflon, Solen and Aeon tin foil polypropylene, Vitamin Q PIO, and Cornell Dubilier silver mica bypass caps
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): one-off passive controller designed and built by Steve Barchak of Monett, Missouri!
Speakers: Quad ESL-63s (Crosby-modified and Picquet-rebuilt)

REL Strata III sub-woofer
CD Player/DAC: Heart Audio/Marantz CD6000SE player
Line Magnetic LM-32 DAC
Turntable/Phono Stage: Redpoint Testa Rossa XS turntable

Origin Live Encounter tonearm with Pete Riggle's VTAF

Goldring Excel VX cartridge

Art Audio Vinyl One phono stage (with surplus Soviet FGT-I teflon and Cornell Dubilier silver mica bypass caps)
Other Source(s): Onix BDW1 tuner

Revox A77 tape deck

Nakamichi 500 cassette deck (oldest piece in the system, circa 1973)
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: Kimber 4TC speaker cables (terminated with Audioquest spade lugs)

home-made ChrisVH-designed silver interconnects (terminated with Eichmann copper bullet plugs) throughout
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): turntable atop Redpoint-recommended granite machinist's table

other source equipment in custom, open-sided, spiked, maple rack/hutch

power amps atop custom spiked acacia stands
Tweaks: ZeroSurge power conditioners for all AC-powered equipment; dedicated mains line for entire system
Room Size (LxWxH): 18' x 12' x 8'
Room Comments/Treatments: No treatments to speak of - hardwood floor, good postwar lath-&-plaster walls, thick rug on floor between speakers and listening position
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): 'rock' (mostly psychedelic, progressive, post-punk, indie, electronica; mid-'60s to present); Western (medieval, Renaissance, mid-19th century to present) and Indian classical; mid-'50s through '70s jazz; European, Middle Eastern and African folk musics; ska, rock steady, early reggae, calypso; '50s-'70s rhythm&blues and soul
System Goals/Comments: 'The closest approach to the original sound' (with apologies and thanks to Quad Electroacoustics)
System Strengths: soundstaging!; tonal accuracy; natural ambience, unforced presentation
System Weaknesses: Stock power cords currently on all equipment; too much furniture in listening room!
Video/HT System: None
URL Link: http://sites.google.com/ucsc.edu/slam-100-bypass-project/home
Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: Listening to recorded and live music (not always as obvious as it seems!); gastronomy; hiking (urban and rural); gardening; backroads exploration

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