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IP Address: Last Update: January 11, 2020 at 20:33:02
Amplifier: DIY Mauro Penasa design "MyRef" Rev FE monoblocks with integral passive line level xovers for mids and highs. I have yet to hear a better amp for less than $3k, including tubes. Yamaha P2500S with active xover for bass. It's a better amp than you might expect.
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): Wyred 4 Sound STP-SE with Stage 2 upgrades
Speakers: 4 way: Homemade mids/tweets PLLXO/actively crossed to homemade bass bins ($900 total of ten Peerless, Vifa, and Satori drivers). Homebrew 6 cu ft sealed sub with Madisound 1259 driver and 500W plate amp.
CD Player/DAC: Marantz SA-11S1 tweaked with metalized poly film coupling caps, Furutech IEC
Other Source(s): Bluesound Node 2i
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: IC's and speaker cables are homemade using OCC solid core copper/teflon with Vampire connectors. SACD to preamp balanced IC is VH Audio UniCrystal Silver/Airlok.
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): Homemade rack with inert base and high mass loading, thick wooden shelves. Homemade power cords with Furutech connectors. Homemade granite/wood CLD amp stands.
Tweaks: Jupiter copper foil/beeswax, Mundorf SIO, Audyn True Copper, Jantzen Alumen Z, Sonicap, Clarity Cap, and Black Gate caps. SparkoS Labs discrete opamps, Vishay naked Z-foil resistors. I do my best to keep the parts houses in business.
Room Size (LxWxH): 24 x 12 x 8
Room Comments/Treatments: Real Traps bass trap at junction of ceiling/walls behind each speaker, carpeted floor, stuffed furniture.
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): classical (80%), rock and pop (15%), jazz (5%)
System Goals/Comments: The usual: 3D inner clarity (call it air) with sweet midrange and smooth treble and accurate deep bass.
System Strengths: I, or anyone else, can make amplifiers, speakers, and cables that sound as good as or better than most of what can be bought for ten times the money.
System Weaknesses: Failing hearing. Room distorts imaging, but near field is holographic.
Video/HT System: None
TV/Projector: got rid of my TV

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