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monsterbill's Omega + tubes System
IP Address: 76.14.3.41 Last Update: February 01, 2017 at 18:54:26
Amplifier: Almarro A205A MKII w/ NOS Phillips EL84 and NOS RCA blackplate 12ax7
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): none
Speakers: Omega Super 3R (version 1, but upgraded from Fostex to RS5 drivers (2015)); also Sennheiser HD600 headphones
Sources:
CD Player/DAC: IMac-->Audirvana Plus-->Chord Mojo DAC. Apple lossless and streaming.

Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: Stan Warren THHN starquad speaker cables
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): Stan Warren starquad THHN power cord on Almarro.

Monstercable HTS 1000; Sola isolation transformer on the computer stuff.

P&S 5262 outlet.
Tweaks: Ferrite clamps on all the computer power cords; ferrite on the DAC's USB cord; Omega speakers: EVS Ground enhancer on ground (brought out low mids), dampening on driver basket and backplate;
Almarro amp: replaced coupling caps with big ol' AmpOhms, Herbie's tenderfoots and tube dampeners.
Room Size (LxWxH): 10 x 12 x 8
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): .
System Goals/Comments: I'm trying to build a non-fatiguing nearfield computer setup with a nice developed midrange.

Pretty different philosophy than I would have for a main system. Here, I'm looking for a sound sweeter than the source material, so essentially looking to use the tube amp as a euphonic "filter," rather than a neutral presenter.
System Strengths: Detailed, but warm enough to soften-up bad source material (MP3s). Nice PRAT. Much more harmonically rich than I was previously able to accomplish without tubes. Not great for everything, but I'm really digging it for quiet late night music.
System Weaknesses: Not really neutral, but that wasn't the goal here. Missing extended frequencies, particularly lacking in bass extension, although what is there has impact and musicality. Amp is noisy. Volume pot is pretty cheesy, thinking about replacing.
Video/HT System: None

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