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XLR8OR's Main Room System
IP Address: Last Update: September 28, 2018 at 01:32:12
Amplifier: Krell KAV300i
Triode Corporation TRV-M300SE Mono Block Power Amplifiers modded Russian PIO
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): EAR 864B Pre Amplifier
Speakers: Coincident Victory II
CD Player/DAC: Marantz CD94 MKII - TDA 1541S DAC
EAR Acute CD Player
Benchmark DAC1
Eastern electric minimax DAC
Audioengine D3 dac
Turntable/Phono Stage: VPI Scout Turntable, JMW-9 Tonearm & Anti-Skate Mechanism
EAR 864B Phono Stage
Clearaudio Concerto MOMC Cartridge & Headshell Mass
Other Source(s): Slim Devices Squeezebox 3
Slim Devices Transporter
internet audio and 24 bit flac files
Sony ja30es minidisc player
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: Triangle silver ghost speaker cable
Harmonic Technology Pro-9 Bi-Wire Speaker Cables
HT magic link 2
Acoustic Zen absolute silver
Harmonic Technology Magic Link Two RCA Interconnect
Tara Labs RSC Air 1 Series 2 RCA Interconnect
VPI Phono 2 Tonearm Grade RCA Interconnect
Discovery Cable Essence XLR Interconnect
Tweaks: Finite Elemente Ceraballs
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Everything from 60's & 70's Rock, Funk, Retro 80's, Rap, Dance, Soundtracks, Classical and Jazz.
System Goals/Comments: Solid state v Valve SET-best of both worlds reference
NOS tubes all round. The late 50's are the best ....
System Strengths: Outstanding soundstage and extension from top to bottom. Krell sounds like analogue. The EAR 864 Preamp and Marantz CD player work splendidly together and really make CD sound a joy to listen to. The Marantz actually eclipses the Acute CD player by a long shot and it's in the DAC section where it demolishes the Wolfson DAC. The sound of 300B SETs are PURE reference...look nowhere else and listen to no-one else who tries to tell you otherwise.
System Weaknesses: My tube rolling sickness. Finding the correct combination of PCC88, ECC83 and ECC82 tubes for the EAR units and the 300B SET mono blocks. The 12AX7 and 12AU7 rolling is also fun. The E80CC works exceptionally well in the 12AU7 position. My love and addiction of tube rolling .... I already said that .... :)
Video/HT System: None
Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: Troublemaker

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