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KeN488G's Main System
IP Address: Last Update: October 04, 2008 at 00:16:58
Amplifier: Classe CA-201 200 w/ch connected to preamp in balanced mode w/ Tara Labs Air I interconnect (1m).

Musical Fidelity X-Can v3 headphone amp
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): Classe CP-60 w/ separate power supply.
Speakers: main: Magnepan 3.3 w/ Cardas Maggie Jumpers
subwoofer: REL Britiannia B2
headphones: AKG 240M headphones
CD Player/DAC: Arcam FMJ CD-33T
Turntable/Phono Stage: SOTA Sapphire IV w/ SOTA clamp, Audioquest PT-8 arm w/Lapis cable, Grado 'The Reference' cartridge
Other Source(s): Carver TX-11 FM tuner w/Wineguard indoor ant. Sansui D550M 3-head cassette deck.
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: Cardas Quadlink 5C speaker cable (8')

CD to Preamp Cardas Quadlink 5C (1/2m)

Tuner to Preamp Straightwire (1m)

Cassette to Preamp Monster M350 (1m)

Preamp to Headphone amp MIT-330 (1m)
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): API Power Wedge, which is connected to a dedicated 20 amp line, for TT, CD, Preamp and Power Amp. Triplite Isotel, on a separate circuit, for Tuner, FM ant. and Cassette Deck.
Tweaks: SOTA TT sits on Sims Navcom pucks which sit on a 50 lb. marble slab on top of a CWD cabinet. Mod Squad Softshoes under the CD player.

Room Size (LxWxH): 20' x 12' 6' x 8'
Room Comments/Treatments: The room itself is somewhat problematic, as it has only three and 1/4 walls, it flows into the dining room. The speakers are placed at the end with a wall behind them, firing toward the opening to the dining room. I also wish it were another three feet wide. The basic Roomtunes system is used, and Sonex panels behind the speakers and on the wall behind and adjacent to them, also a thick shade and curtins on a picture window behind the speakers, and well placed pillows as well as the usual wall to wall carpeting and couches and bookcases used for record storage. I've found that the Roomtunes, Sonex and curtains, shade and well placed pillows to have had a greater effect than some expensive tweaks advocated in the various audio magazines over the years.
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): I mostly listen to Classical, especially large orchestal works, Rock from the mid '60's to the mid '90's, and Blues from all era's. I also listen to some Jazz and Bluegrass as well.
System Goals/Comments: I recently upgraded the cd source to an Arcam FMJ cd-33T from a Rotel RCD-955. Its still breaking in, but the jump in resolution is major already! I need to augment the bass of the Maggies, a subwoofer to work well with them is a long term goal. 1/5/07 -- Three months ago I added a REL Britiannia B2 subwoofer, and the results are excellent! It intergrates seemlessly with the Maggies and adds a new demension to the sound. Because of the room, placement of the sub took some experimentation, but the results are worth the effort, I am very happy with the now full range system.
System Strengths: Tonally very neutral, slightly on the warm side, but I like it. Excellent soundstage and imaging. A very exciting system in terms of transient response, very alive sounding. Spectacular reproduction of the voice. It resolves the inner detail of complex musical passages very well. All the foregoing dependent on the quality of the recording, if the original recording is bad, this system will give you that back. Why are so many of my favorite albums recorded so poorly???
System Weaknesses: The maggies don't have quite enough bass, which is exacerbated by the room. This situation has been alleviated by the addition of the REL Britiannia B2.
Video/HT System: None

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