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audiobasic2000's AudioBasic System
IP Address: Last Update: September 13, 2019 at 11:11:33
Amplifier: Muse 100 or Acoustat TNT-200.
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): MFA Magus A2 version using 2xSovtek 12AX7LPSs, 1xSylvania Black Plate 12AT7, and 1xAmperex 'O' getter 6922 all with tube damping rings. Captive power cord cut near power supply and fitted with an IEC inlet which in turn is powered by a Cardas Golden V power cord.
Speakers: Acoustat 1+1 powered by and IEC to 3-prong adapter to Cardas Hexlink 5Cs. HSU VTF-2 sub resting power by a Quadlink power cable. The sub sits on a 1/2" thick 16"x16" granite slab on top of a 12" Target stand (spiked at the bottom) and resting on spike disks on small cedar block resting on DiversiTech type vibration pads.
CD Player/DAC: Oppo HD-970 powered by a Cardas Hexlink 5C through an IEC to C14 polarized adapter feeding a Grant Fidelity DAC-09 powered by a Oyaide Black Mamba V2 power cord.
Turntable/Phono Stage: Lenco L78 in heavy Baltic birch ply plinth housed and screwed in a Birdseye maple shell. The original Lenco tonearm with a Denon DL-304 and on opposite side, a Fidelity Research FR-24 MKII with a Lyra Argo. Stock
Lenco tonearm cable but with RCAs replaced. Audio Sensibility DIN to RCA for the FR-24 MKII. Both arms connected to a Melos MA-333 tube phono stage and the Melos into the tape in of the Magus. Turntable rests on 3x5/16" steel hex coupling nuts (instead of stock rubber feet) on steel balls on spike disks on a 1" BOOS maple cutting board resting on 2"x2"x7/8" DiversiTech type vibration pads resting on a 3/8' thick granite shelf on the top spikes of a Target 5 shelf audio stand.
Other Source(s): Yamaha K-960 Cassette Deck and T-530 tuner with Magnum Dynalab unipole ST-2 whip antenna.
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: Cardas Golden V speaker cables, DIY Silver cables from amp to sub, Cardars Golden 5 or Audio Metallurgy GA-0 interconnects between pre & amp and CD to pre, Hexlink 5Cs from cassette to pre, and Twinklinks from tuner to pre.
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): Two BPT iso-trans (one for digital sources and the other for analog sources, the latter including the amp). Some of the outlets on the BPT used for analog have been swapped with Oyaide outlets. Wall outlet is an Oyaide R1.
Tweaks: Navcom Silencers under some components. 5lb dumbell on top of DAC which in turn sit atop the DVD transport. 20lbs of dumbells on top of sub.
Room Size (LxWxH): 11 x 10.8 x 8
Room Comments/Treatments: ASC Tube traps at 4 corners and 1 in middle behind the Target 5 shelf audio rack and 1 in middle behind the listening position. 2 Room Tunes floor standing absortive/reflective panels at the first reflection points. Medium weight wall curtain behind speakers and audio rack. A good splattering of 1388.com coin tweaks.
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Gospel, Classical, Jazz, New Age, and Easy Listening Pop.
System Goals/Comments: Enjoying the music rather then listening to it.
System Strengths: Musical, mostly transparent, coherent, extended, detailed, and somewhat expressive.
System Weaknesses: Last iota of low level/micro dynamics.
Video/HT System: Separate
TV/Projector: LG 32" LCD.
Processor/Receiver/Amplifiers: Yamaha AX-900U (100W/channel).
Speakers (Center, Surrounds, Sub): Misson 760s resting on spiked Premier 26' twin pillared speaker stands. Pillars filled with aquarium rock and 2x5lb dumbells bolted between the 2 pillars of each stand.
Sources (DVD/VCR): Lenovo PC used as media/music player with another Grant Fidelity DAC-09
Comments on HT System: Nothing to marvel at.

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