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|Last Update: February 23, 2007 at 16:25:57||IP Address: 188.8.131.52|
|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
|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.|
|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|
|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.|