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Tubey-wan's Audio Nirvana System
IP Address: Last Update: November 24, 2009 at 22:18:13
Amplifier: Exposure VIII Super
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): Exposure VII dual
Speakers: a) pair Magneplanar MG1.6QR

b) pair Hsu Research TN1225 passive subwoofers

c) AKG 701 headphones
CD Player/DAC: OPPO DV-983HD SACD/DVD-Audio/CD player(new).
Turntable/Phono Stage: Systemdek IIX;Rega RB300 with Cardas rewire;Denon DL-160&REGA SUPER ELYS &ELYS 2 + ART DJ Pre II phono preamp. HEED II power supply unit.
Other Source(s): B&K TS-108 tuner. Terk indoor FM Aerial. Aiwa F-770 3-head HX-PRO cassette deck and Maxell MX-S cassettes when I can get 'em! Tried Sony CD-II IT High-Bias: EXCELLENT & marginal difference!
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: Knuconceptz: Au plt/99% Cu 12awg spkr cables; Au plated Cu 'eks' interconnects. Exposure DIN-DIN pre-pwr cable.
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): 'NAIM'/Wiremold power strip. Sound Organisation Turntable table - an original! Exposure XII PS. FURMAN M-8x Power conditioner.
Tweaks: Use SOTA Supermat(acrylic) on top of a Extreme Phono mat over the Glass platter on the Systemdek. Added a J.A Michell finger adjuster with the Rega arm nut on top of the Armboard for VTA adjust on tonearm. Added Pete Riggle brass counterweight: superb! Detail & imaging up by an order of magnitude.
Room Size (LxWxH): 20 x 20 x 9
Room Comments/Treatments: none - YET!
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Progressive Rock; Classical, New Age and Trio Jazz.
System Goals/Comments: Disaster w/B&K's/VP129/HD841. Replaced with old Exposure System amps: STILL kicks hindquarters!the Exposure's are actually better than the B&K stuff IMHO, despite being actually older: better control.
System Strengths: VERY Musical! It SINGS!It ROCKS! Ultra-3D stereo imaging. All those LP's/SACD's, and especially Redbooks that bored me, don't any longer. The HEED put my 'dek in LP12 territory IMO - from memory of my '81 Linn/Valhalla.
System Weaknesses: Weaknesses?!? WHAT weaknesses??!! Philistines!! Well, all right, it could use the last 0.5% in terms of detail & depth rendition...but the cries of... 'YOU SPENT HOW MUCH ON...???!!!" make it all worthwhile! Can't beat a Zero WAF!
Seriously, am not to happy with the current Oppo or previous Samsung UDP, since they do not play SACD's very well in normal Stereo. The feeling of listening to CD is VERY strong: especially on the so-called hybrid discs. Pity. Addendum: the Oppo 983 solves that, and the 1.6QR's just get better and better, such that the HSU's are almost redundant for Music now. Still, every so often...!
Video/HT System: None
Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: Fire Protection Engineer.
Spaceflight activist w/Mars Project & Planetary Society. Armchair Panzer General. Bend-swinging on my 1973 Ducati 750 Sport & HONDA VFR 800. Brandishing a soldering iron & tool kit.

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