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Frank Mena's My Humble System System
IP Address: Last Update: October 20, 2020 at 18:19:14
Amplifier: DIY built Baby Huey EL84-Push -pull amp with Magnequest MQ-565 nickel pinstriped output transformers
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): Salas 6V6 preamp from DIY Audio.
Speakers: Onken 414Z with 802D.... ala JE Labs crossover ... up to 3000hz for 414 with the rest taken care of via Altec 802D with 32B horn.
CD Player/DAC: Looking to make a Rasp Pi music server connected to a HD in the near future
Turntable/Phono Stage: Garrard 401 in four layer slate with 1/8th inch aluminum layer between slate layers
Nigel Speed Motor controller: Lenco Heaven
Phono- Stage... Salas Simplistic NJFET RIAA with Cinemag Step Up
MC Carts : DL-103R & AT33Sa
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: White Lightening Extension wire. Pete Riggle wrote a blurb in 6-Moons. I scoffed till I tried it..
Room Comments/Treatments: In the basement ...speakers raised 2 inches above floor. Sound absorption panels and Skyline 3D diffusor on wall behind speakers. I have them on French Cleats on the wall. Bass traps in the corners behind the speakers
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Jazz, instrumental guitar & blues, pop.
System Goals/Comments: To see what I could do on a modest budget.
and have a balance of natural sound and musical engagement ....what-ever that means.
System Strengths: Musicality!! Vocals sound pretty amazingly real with the Altec 414 Baby Onken & Altec 802-d 32B horn.
System Weaknesses: Speakers are still being broken in with new crossovers caps (k75-10 bypassed with ssg-3)
Video/HT System: None
Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: Trained as an analytical chemist. Photography, multi-day bicycle touring/camping, Gravel Bike riding. Seeing step-son perform with his Jazz ensemble & also seeing him at school for his Jazz concerts (he is studying to be a musician at Humber College

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