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Kevin Shen's Upstairs Living Room Stereo System
Last Update: September 13, 2006 at 12:48:18 IP Address:
Amplifier: Hafler DH-200 Power Amplifier
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): Home made passive preamplifier which has a source selector (to switch between the tuner and the CD Player) and a volume controller dial. This component is connected between the power amplifier and the source components- the tuner and the CD player
Speakers: Mission Model 70 Mk. II
CD Player/DAC: Denon DCD-570
Turntable/Phono Stage: None
Other Source(s): Pioneer TX-9500 II AM/FM Tuner
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: Double-wired 16 Gauge copper speaker wires
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): 750 Joule Surge Protector
Tweaks: None
Room Size (LxWxH): 15'4' x 10'6' x 8'
Room Comments/Treatments: Upper level of my split-level house
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Classical, Rock, 1980's music, Christian/Gospel, Christian Talk Radio, and Politically Conservative Talk Radio
System Goals/Comments: A musical sounding system consisting of good vintage components; this is my secondary system for my living room and I like it just the way it is, as it serves its purpose very well. I have no intentions (at this time) to change or upgrade anything on this system. As the proverbial saying goes, 'If it ain't broke...don't fix it'. With this system, I almost always use the tuner, listening to FM radio stations.
System Strengths: The Hafler DH-200 power amplifier is rock-solid and gives a rich, musical sound. I originally intended to skip the preamplifier stage so that I can have as direct of a connection from the source to the speakers. I built a passive preamplifier so that I can switch between my tuner and my CD player and to have full control of the volume level of this system. This system is particularly unusual in that I intentionally built a component to bypass the need for a complete, full-fledged preamplifier. The Pioneer TX-9500 II tuner is particularly a strength, as this is one of the best vintage tuners (circa late 1970's). It picks up FM stations amazingly well, up to par with many contemporary tuners in today's market that cost between $750 US and $1,000 US. Because I use this system mostly to listen to FM radio stations, this tuner is a particularly great fit to this system.
System Weaknesses: The sound quality of this system is NOT at all close to that of my Media/Reading Room Hi-Fi/High-End System (see my other system entry on this web site). This system is musically satisfying, built entirely on second-hand vintage/classic components. This system has limitations, in that it is definitely up to par with a truly hi-fi/high-end system.
Video/HT System: None
URL Link: http://www.kevinshen.org
Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: electronics, automobiles- particularly BMW, cooking, Church activities, Christian devotional/Bible reading, conservative (Republican) politics, campaigning for the Republican Party, promoting politically conservative causes, home improvement work, computers; Occupation: Computer Network Systems and Security Engineer

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