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free.ranger 's only System
IP Address: Last Update: November 26, 2008 at 07:06:47
Amplifier: Ayre V-5xe (150W/ch)
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): Ayre K-5xe (line amp)
Speakers: Infinity Renaissance 80's (approx. 1990 vintage)
CD Player/DAC: Ayre CX-7e
Turntable/Phono Stage: SOTA Nova tt (upgraded 2004), Graham 2.2 tonearm, Ayre P-5Xe phono amp, Dynavector Karat D17 Mk II cartridge
Other Source(s): Parasound Halo T-3 tuner (replaces garage sale Yamaha T-1020 tuner)
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: Cardas balanced Golden Ref IC's, Analysis Plus Oval 8 speaker wire (20' runs)
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): Audio Power Powerpack II ('Power Wedge') AC line conditioner, used because it provides multiple AC sockets.
Tweaks: -
Room Size (LxWxH): 15 x 15 x 9
Room Comments/Treatments: carpet, gyp board walls w windows. No special sonic installation.
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): 70/30 jazz/classical. Classical is 70/30 small groups/orch.
System Goals/Comments: Emphasis on performances. Harmonic richness (warmth) preferred over absolute neutrality and extreme detail.
System Strengths: The non-etched easy tone of the Ayre electronics, and the detail of the foil diaphragm Infinity speakers. Electronic units from same manufacturer reinforce synergy of the system.
System Weaknesses: Infrastructure. The speakers are getting old. Drivers are not made anymore. Parts are scarce.
Video/HT System: None
URL Link: http://www.donbethelphoto.com
Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: --/photography and motorcycling/retired civil engineer (see photography website listed as 'Homepage')

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