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Jim Hodgson's Nearfield Horn System
IP Address: 74.101.154.81 Last Update: June 15, 2020 at 04:42:09
Amplifier: bass
Ultra Fi (Larry Moore) 845 "Monaco"

low midrange
Fi (Don Garber) 2A3 monos

high midrange
Fi SuperX 2A3 stereo

tweeter
First Watt Sony VFET (built by Radu Tarta)
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): The Horn Shoppe "Truth" unity gain buffer

Two miniDSP 2x4 HD units for crossover, EQ, and time alignment
Speakers: bass
John Hasquin-designed 65 Hz folded hyperbolic (T=0.8) horn with JBL 2220J

low midrange
Altec 803B 300 Hz 2x8 multicellular horn with Altec 290E

high midrange
Altec 32C 800 Hz bent exponential horn with TAD TD-2001

tweeter
Yamaha JA4281B
Sources:
CD Player/DAC: CD playback via:

Museatex Melior CD-D transport

Museatex IDAT44 (with John Wright Plus and BlackGate updates)

Streaming with Roon / Qobuz via:

Small Green Computer SonicTransporter i5

Sonore microRendu

Schiit Eitr

North Star Design Model 192 with Empirical Audio TurboMOD
Turntable/Phono Stage: Basis Ovation

Graham 1.5t

Grace F-9E

Wright Sound Company WPP100C
Other Source(s): Fisher KM-60 FM tuner (restored and aligned by Al Pugliese at the Fisher Radio Corporation)

Altec 305A AM tuner
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: TG Audio HSR speaker cables

TG Audio HSR, Yamamura Millennium 5000, Crystal Cable Micro, FMS MicroWave and MicroWave2 interconnects

Stereovox XV2 and Belkin Synapse Platinum digital interconnects

Locus Design Axis USB cable
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): Dedicated 20-amp AC line

Furutech GTX-D (G) AC wall receptacle and 102-D outlet cover

PS Audio P5 Power Plant power regenerator on PS Audio PowerBase isolator and power conditioner

Furutech e-TP60 power distributor (after Power Plant's high-current receptacle for all tube power amplifiers)

PS Audio Ultimate Outlets (after Power Plant for further isolation of digital components)

UpTone Audio UltraCap LPS-1 (for microRendu)

Poweradd Pilot Pro 32,000 mAh lithium-ion polymer batteries (for miniDSP units and Museatex DAC)

Michael Wolff Silver-Carbon Gain and Silver-Carbon Source, TG Audio SLVR and HSR-i2, FMS SineWave 62, and VH Audio Flavor 4 power cords

Mapleshade Samson V.1 and V.2 equipment racks
Tweaks: Alan Maher Designs prototype Quantum Power Station (aka "Hammond Choke Tweak") inline with Furutech e-TP60

Isolation / coupling devices: Symposium Rollerblock Jr., Aurios Media Isolation Bearings, Finite Elemente Ceraball Universal, and TG Audio Pointy Things

But really: "don't bombard me with dumb nonsense about ... weird tweaky bullshit that will never make or break any approach."
-JC Morrison, Joenet Mailing List, 07/15/98
Room Size (LxWxH): 12' x 12' x 9'
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Everything from Scarlatti to Skynyrd
System Goals/Comments: Some thoughts that have guided me:

"Audio today consists of a much wider range of practice than you'll find reported in the glossy mags. Some of the most interesting activity in the hobby takes place outside the borders that commercial producers of contemporary equipment accept as their playing field. ... [O]ne should keep an open mind about different ways of being."
-Joe Roberts, Sound Practices, Summer '92

"The very first thing that should be horn loaded in a system is the bass ... midrange is second."
-Jeffrey Jackson, Audio Asylum, 10/27/03

"Hifi is just a hobby. To be crude, the world is going to shit and we worry about nonsense. Do you think that once you die and look back over your life you'd remember your hifi components? Do you think you could relate to any of the concerns and obsessive behavior over it then? If not, why take this stuff so serious now? It's simply not relevant. Having fun is."
-Srajan Ebaen, High Fidelity, 01/01/12
System Strengths:
System Weaknesses:
Video/HT System: None

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