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jdmcderm's Main System System
IP Address: Last Update: August 02, 2016 at 14:40:55
Amplifier: VTL Deluxe 300 mono blocks, factory upgraded to MB-450 Signature, including Magic transformers, internal Cardas wiring and B+ fuse rail. I am told they measured close to 500 watts per side last time they were bench tested at VTL.
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): Benchmark DAC2 HGC used as a preamp and DAC
Speakers: Vandersteen Quatro Wood CT
CD Player/DAC: Oppo BDP-105
Turntable/Phono Stage: VPI Classic 3 turntable in Rosewood with VPI SDS
Benz Micro LP-S cartridge
Musical Surroundings Nova II Phono Stage
Other Source(s): MacBook Pro for streaming via Audirvana Plus
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: SPEAKER CABLE: Paul Speltz Anti Cable (Level 3 bi-wire)
INTERCONNECTS: Kimber KS-1036, Harmonic Technology Inex Innovation Photon cable (on loan), Bob's Devices Silver phono
POWER CABLES: Shunyata Python Helix Alpha (on loan), Kubala-Sosna Emotion, Argentum Acoustics Proteus-12, Cardas Golden Reference
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): PS Audio Power Plant Premier
PS Audio Power Port Premier outlets
VPI HW-16.5 and Ultrasonic Records V8 Record Cleaning Machines
Audio Power Industries Power Wedge VI & 116
Amps are plugged directly into the wall
Tweaks: Stein Music E-pads
Stillpoints Ultra Mini
PS Audio Noise harvesters
HiFi Tuning Premium fuses
Cardas Myrtle wood blocks
Original Vibrapods and cones
Stillpoints Component stands (for amps)
Connections treated with CAIG DeoxIT and ProGold.
Room Size (LxWxH): 16' x 14' x 8'
Room Comments/Treatments: Speakers are placed along the long wall of the room 8' apart and 10-11' from the listening chair, approximately 40" from the back wall. Speakers raked for optimal tweeter position at listening seat and are toed in 2". Left wall of the room contains a brick fireplace. Right side of the room opens to the entry hall. The rear of the room is partially open to the kitchen (as is the listening chair), Room has wood floors and contains cloth furniture.
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Lots of Jazz and Classical, with classic rock, pop, folk and country thrown in. I listen to almost as much new music as I do familiar to find my next favorite.
System Goals/Comments: I want my system to draw me in to the music. Neutrality and resolution are high on the goal list.
System Strengths: The Quatro's are really special and the VTL amps are dead neutral and beg you to keep turning up the volume.
System Weaknesses: The room for starters. Treatments are problematic (domestically), but not out of the question. Moving to the Quatros (from 2Ce Signatures) has highlighted the need for a better preamp and phono stage, probably in that order.
Video/HT System: None
Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: When I am not listening to music, I dream of being a singer/songwriter as I exercise for good health.

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