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Dave Billinge's Music System
IP Address: Last Update: August 10, 2022 at 02:13:39
Amplifier: Musical Fidelity 750K Superchargers for front 3 channels - upgraded power supplies by JS Audio plus all three front channels fully upgraded by JS Audio in 2017.
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): Marantz AV8805 for all multichannel uses. Use my old Lyngdorf DPA-1 for some stereo only listening.
Speakers: Quad 2905 FL/FR, Quad 2805 Centre, ATC SCM50ASL (fully updated 2018 with the latest tweeters) SL/SR, 2 x B&K Electronics Monolith Plus FF subwoofers. Pair of ATC SCM10 passive speakers on temporary duty as RR/RL
CD Player/DAC: Oppo UDP205 for multichannel Blu-ray Audio, SACD and one or two DVD-A.
Turntable/Phono Stage: Nottingham Analogue Hyperspace upgraded to current spec with graphite platter, Teres Verus rim-drive motor and controller, Origin Live SDS platter mat, Origin Live Illustrious Mk3 tonearm, Ortofon Jubilee, Musical Fidelity kW Phono Stage upgraded JSAudio 2020, Equarack footers provide superb isolation
Other Source(s): Amazon fireTV stick
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: Front channel Speaker Cables Chord Signature, all I/Cs Missing Link Silver Cryo Reference, rear channels Belden 8760; Standard HDMI for DVD/SACD Multichannel sources
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): Separate spur, Ben Duncan 1kW mains conditioner on the front power amps.
Tweaks: Stillpoints under Oppo. Aurios 1.2s under equipment stand.
Supra, Kimber & Missing Link mains cables on all equipment.
Room Size (LxWxH): 7 x 5 x 2.5
Room Comments/Treatments: wood floor with large rugs - heavy floor-length curtains over all doors and windows
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Exclusively classical; mainly orchestral, chamber and opera
System Goals/Comments: The closest approach I can afford to reality. Regular attendance at concerts by the local Bournemouth Symphony orchestra and by various London orchestras is my reality check.
System Strengths: Clarity, detail, dynamic range. Vinyl sounds best (oh what a surprise) but with the Quad ESLs digital sources are close behind.
System Weaknesses: A slight flatness over the sound that acts as a reminder that this is not the real thing.
Video/HT System: Integrated
TV/Projector: Epson EH-TW 9400 4K 16:9 HD
Processor/Receiver/Amplifiers: Marantz AV8805 (as above)
Sources (DVD/VCR): Oppo UDP205
Other HT Gear: The Amazon Fire Stick Max 4K streams various channels including BBC iPlayer, Netflix, Prime TV and Berlin Digital Concert Hall
Comments on HT System: I am sure there are better systems but I have not been invited to view any.
Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: Classical music in all its forms. Frequent concert and opera goer. Reader of murder mysteries for my light entertainment. Retired from university as Principal Lecturer in Information Systems.

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