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Vladimir Dorta's Stereo Music Only System
IP Address: Last Update: June 02, 2008 at 08:09:13
Amplifier: Stello M200 monoblocks
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): Monarchy Audio M24 original (all tube) version
Speakers: ACI Sapphire XL on dedicated Sound Anchors, Hsu High-End Crossover set at 91Hz, (2) AV123 MFW-15 subwoofers in stereo configuration
CD Player/DAC: None
Turntable/Phono Stage: None
Other Source(s): Squeezebox 2 (Bolder digital & analog mods, Sonicap Platinum bypass caps, Deluxe Power Supply Mk II), coaxial digital output to M24 via Kimber Kable Silver Streak interconnect

Chaintech AV-710 sound card, Signal Cable mini-to-stereo interconnect, JMT PPA head amp with bass boost, AKG K601 headphones
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: several
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): (2) butcher block stands for Stellos
Tweaks: CAIG cleaning fluid on all connections
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Classical, Jazz Standards
System Goals/Comments: Natural sound reproduction in small room. Monarchy Audio tube DAC was big improvement over SB2 analog. Coaxial (maybe) a bit better than glass-fiber optical
System Strengths: Soundstage and imaging, natural timbres, smoothness. Monarchy is first-row immediate, with all the tube goodies and none of the bad. Dynamics and ambience have increased thanks to MFW-15 subwoofers
System Weaknesses: Lack of extension to 20Hz probably due to room. Some irregularities but bass is surprisingly even to 40Hz. Nearfield listening because of small room
Video/HT System: None

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