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Last Update: February 23, 2007 at 16:25:57 IP Address:
Amplifier: pair Musical Fidelity e300 as monoblocs

each 2 x 100watts into 8 ohm. 2 x 160 watts 4 ohm

Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): Musical Fidelity Nu-Vista Class A Tube, 4 x 6CW4 Nuvistors replaced the original E200 pre-amp so have lost the balanced i/c optoin.
Speakers: Linn Keilidh bi-amped floorstander 2 way with crossover at 2.8Hz. 4 Ohms nominal.
CD Player/DAC: Teac VRDS-T1 transport
Musical Fidelity X-Dac(MK1)+ X-10D line conditioner, which does seem to make it all a tad more musical...either that or my hearing wants it to.
Turntable/Phono Stage: Linn LP12 with various Doug Hewett (Manticore) upgrades, some of which were prototypes that Doug never got round to finalising once he ill and then retired the business.

Manticore Musician arm - superbly engineered and sounds outstanding to me in comparison to the Basic+ it replaced and that now sits on my son's Revolver Rebel

Denon DL-304 mc cartidge
Manticore MB6 power supply
Manticore (Jon Nicoll) mc phono preamp and phono stage.

Other Source(s): Musical Fidelity E500 tuner with an off the shelf 75 ohm coax connecting to a roof mounted fm ariel. Generally superb sound though I suspect a better coax would improve matters...diy project I keep putting off.
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: Van den Hul D-502 Hybrid (silver/carbon) tonearm cable.
Van den Hul The Second and AudioQuest Quartz interconnects. But have now AxBx blind tested
my own DIY i/c's. Absolutely not a ha'peth of difference including from some I made from just hooking an RCA to the inards of an old steam iron flex. Linn K400 bi-wire speaker cable.

Currently experimenting with own home made ics and CAT-5 speaker cable.

Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): Mana Acoustics metal rack with glass platters, and Mana wall shelf with 'soundtable' tt isolation patform. In reality just over-priced angle iron painted black.
Tweaks: None to speak of.
Room Comments/Treatments: Untidy bachelor living room with too much clutter, and not enough soft furnishings.
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Richard Thompson, Tom Waits, Cpt Beefheart, Massive Attack, James, Yo La Tengo, 'Madchester' indie, Victoria Williams, Talking Heads, SAHB, Spiritualized, Moby, Sandy Denny, Pentangle, John Hiatt, Nick Drake, BS&T, Family, Nick Cave, Lou Reed, Chemical Brothers, Aaeron Copland, Michelle Shocked, Paul Simon, Graham Parker, Ian Dury.

Listen a lot to BBC Radio 3 for clsssical and world, but don't buy any. BBC 6 Music for modern guitar bands.

Have huge classical vinyl collection I've picked up from thrift/charity shops, but apart from the obvious I haven't really got round to listening to them properly yet.

System Goals/Comments: Apart from getting round to calling Doug Hewett to see if he'll finish off my Sondek I'm fairly happy with overall sound.

I prefer to spend on music.

Any future hardware investment will probably be on home theatre, or at least a big TV.

System Strengths: I enjoy the music it makes. Never find it tiring, certainly not from FM tuner and LP12. From where I sit I can 'see' the musicians on stage in my room...not quite absolutely live, but good enough for now.
System Weaknesses: I think I need to spend a good deal on amplification and speakers to make a significant improvement. Probably could do with making my living room more music friendly
Video/HT System: None
Sources (DVD/VCR): Thompson
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Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: Enjoy countryside/fell walking/off-road cyclng. Skiing (when not injured). Beer (English bitter ale). History. Follow Manchester United (soccer). Work as an interim HR Manager/Consultant.

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