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Cory M. 's Magne-ficent Planars and Firebottles System
IP Address: Last Update: May 26, 2013 at 12:33:39
Amplifier: ASL Hurricane DT monoblocks on the ribbons

Triode/ Pentode switchable
Dynamicap coupling capacitors on front end & PIOs on power side
Winged 'C' KT88 or 6P3S-E output tubes
Various driver 6SN7s
Various 6F8G/ VT-99 input tubes
A mini- "review" I wrote regarding this tube type

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2 Bogen Challenger CHA-33 P.P. 6L6GC amps (restored/ hot-rodded) on the midrange sections

Dual Bendix 6106 rectifiers
RCA black plate 6L6GC outputs
Mullard 10M 12AX7's and 6AV6's

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2 Counterpoint SA-220 Hybrid Tube/ MOSFET amps, bridged as monos on the bass panels

650 W.P.C. into 5 ohms
RFT EZ80 rectifiers, RCA 6FQ/CG7 cleartops
47 uF Solen bypass "fastcaps" on power supplies
Dynamicap coupling capacitors

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Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): Philly Audio Blues 7B Ver. II

Brimar 5Z4G or Telefunken AZ11 mesh anode rectifier
Western Electric 396As or many 5670/2C51 variants
(tube rolling common, some listed here have been my favorites)
Upgraded various parts

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Speakers: Magnepan MG-IIIA's -Planar/Ribbon

Mahogany hardwood frames. Built by my grandpa, my dad and myself.

--"Gunn- style"--

Actively tri-amped and calibrated via DEQX

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DEQX PDC-2.6 active crossover and speaker/ room calibration processor

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2 Tube Audio Design Aural Ecstasy SW-150 subwoofers- 12" active


Grado SR-80 Headphones with Altoids tin Cmoy amp for private listening

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CD Player/DAC: On the edit systems page, it states "Bold items are required" This section is bold, but the Turntable/ Phono Stage section is NOT. Why?

Oppo Digital DV-970-HD SuperAudio/DVD-A universal player

Oppo Player
Turntable/Phono Stage: Michell Engineering Gyro 'SE'

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Magnepan Unitrac I carbon fiber unipivot tonearm

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Homebrew 4x 12AX7 Tube phono preamp w/ outboard power supply

'99 vintage Sovtek 12AX7LPS's
Western Electric 274A rectifier

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Dynavector Karat 17D3 moving coil cartridge

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Vintage Gramer Co. M.C. step-up transformers

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H.P. 6201B laboratory D.C. power supply for T.T. motor

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Other Source(s): Android phone for MP3s, Tune-In Radio and Pandora
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: Mapleshade Double Golden Helix Plus silver plated copper wire on the mids & ribbons


HD-14G/ carbon Techflex 'shotgun' cables for bass

Shunt filter R/C networks at ends (Homemade "High Definition Links")
J.W. Miller 5502 RF chokes on all drivers to prevent Maggies acting as antennas

Heartland Cable (Omaha, NE) & homemade magnet wire interconnects


HD14G/ Techflex & T.A.D. power cords
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): Dedicated 20A, 12 AWG circuit for sources
Dedicated 30A, 10 AWG circuit for amplification
Same phase, separate from all other RFI inducing household appliances.
Isolated ground.


Adcom ACE-515 AC conditioner


Monster Power HTS-3500 mk.II line conditioner

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Tweaks: Nitty Gritty 2.5fi record cleaning machine

Nitty Gritty 2.5fi

Hickok 533a dynamic mutual transconductance tube tester

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+Lots of tubes to 'roll' in & tailor the sound

Vibrapod cones or spikes under components

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Caig DeOx & ProGold applied on connection points

Room Size (LxWxH): 24' x 12' x 9'
Room Comments/Treatments: Fake Ficus trees behind Maggies
Fiberglass stuffed triangle 'pillows' in corners
Spraypainted foam pads
*Cheap stuff!

I definitely need to work on room acoustics more.
The DEQX works wonders with phasing and first reflection taming (not to mention everything else it does, without injecting bad vibes of its own.) Recommended highly.
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): EVERYTHING (yes, even country and (very little) rap)

If the artist is sincere in their works and the communication heartfelt, whatever it may be, then it is good music.
System Goals/Comments: Very satisfying, lifelike sound. I love it.

But, I will continue to tweak and upgrade... because it's fun!

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System Strengths: Sounds like music

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System Weaknesses: Oh, all the technicalities

Video/HT System: Integrated

Mitsubishi 82" 3D DLP HD Television


Processor/Receiver/Amplifiers: NAD 3020 integrated amplifier for rear surround channel

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Speakers (Center, Surrounds, Sub): The infamous Insignias

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Phantom center channel

T.A.D. subs, as listed above
Sources (DVD/VCR): Sony Playstation 3 for Blu-Ray and streaming Netflix

Other HT Gear: Movies

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Comments on HT System: Gotta have it, but tunes come first.

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