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audiobasic2000's AudioBasic System
IP Address: 216.239.79.15 Last Update: February 18, 2012 at 11:58:25
Amplifier: Meitner MTR-101 mono blocks.
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: STAX ELS-F81s (73db sensitivity) modified with Cardas Binding posts and on Target 14-15" stands (spiked at the bottom). The Staxes are powered by Cardas Hexlink 5Cs. Definitive Technology Pro Sub 100T resting on a 1/2' thick 16'x16' granite slab on top of a 12" Target stand (spiked at the bottom).
Sources:
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 Cardas Hexlink 5C power cord.
Turntable/Phono Stage: Sota Sapphire (original MDF armboard replaced with a composite acrylic & aluminum one). Denon 304 mounted on a RB300 modified with Cardas and Expressimo Heavy Weight fed into Cardas phono wire to 8347 Sowters (1:18 ratio) into the phono stage 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 3/4' maple cutting board resting on Navcoms Silencers resting on a 3/8' thick granite shelf sitting on a spiked Permier 5 shelf audio stand underneath.
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 5 speaker cables, DIY Silver cables from amp to sub, 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.): Equitech Son of Q 1.5R with 1 Oyaide SWO-XXX Ultimo and 2 Eagle outlets for analog devices.
Tweaks: Oyaide SWO-XXX Ultimo Cryo Treated wall outlet. Navcom Silencers under some components. 5lb dumbell on top of case over the DVD transport. 20lbs of dumbells on top of sub.
Room Size (LxWxH): 11 x 11 x 8
Room Comments/Treatments: ASC Tube traps at 4 corners and 1 in middle behind Premier 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. Meduim 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: Sony 27' Wega.
Processor/Receiver/Amplifiers: Kenwood VR-506 (100W/channel).
Speakers (Center, Surrounds, Sub): Misson 760 resting on spiked Premier 26' aquarium rock filled twin pillared speaker stands with 2x5lb dumbells bolted between the 2 pillars of each stand.
Sources (DVD/VCR): Toshiba combo VCR/DVD player.
Comments on HT System: Nothing to marvel at.

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