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jamesmking's home system System
IP Address: Last Update: July 19, 2012 at 12:39:35
Amplifier: leema hydra (late model)
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): kinshaw perception pre with driver upgrade from Mr. Hawkins
Im waiting for a new version from Peter Hawkins
Speakers: quad esl 2805
stax 4040 mk 2 earspeaker system
CD Player/DAC: tascam dv-ra1000hd
kinshaw perception dac (getting out of date can't do >48K sample rate)
Turntable/Phono Stage: kinshaw perception mk 3 protoype
garrard 401, loricraft plinth, power supply, ceramic bearing.
hadcock 242 with single run of discovery wire
ortofon cadenza bronze
vpi ring clamp
funk achromat turntable mat
Other Source(s): dcs 905 adc
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: speaker cable cardas golden reference
interconnects van den hul first ultimate
digital van den hul second
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): true colours super constrictor power block
ps audio p500
true colours super constrictor mains leads
cardas golden reference on phono and power amp
Tweaks: sound dampening on metal panels of all the kinshaw equipment
turntable on a target wall shelf
ps audio p500 mains regenerator
quicksilver gold conductive paste
nm sonic purifiers on mains cables
amr fuses in plugs and in equipment
Room Comments/Treatments: none
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): classical
System Goals/Comments: musical system with good imaging and dynamics smooth and listenable for long periods.
most problems now sorted.
upgrading from quad 63s to 2805s was also very worthwhile. The 2805s are an improvement in every way. Better dynamics, better imaging, better low level detail, more controlled and deeper bass, more extended treble.
The veritas power amp tended to throw sound at you and the mid is a little weak and recessed. This was shown up even more when I changed to Quad 2805s. The leema hydra is an considerable improvement in musicality.

The van den hul frists and seconds worked far better than the townshend isolda - which wher too bright.
The cardas golden reference mains cable offers a less mushy and more controlled sound with deeper bass than the true colours boa constrictor.
System Strengths: dynamic, detailed, unstrained, musical
System Weaknesses: The room. too small for Quad 2805s, wrong shape (almost square) not symmetrical means more bass on right hand side than left hand side.

on switch on leema hydra pulls so muh current the ps audio p500 goes into protect for about half a second crashing my dcs 905 adc. So I have had to connect the lemma to the p500s filtered output. Result slight loss of bass depth and articulation.
Video/HT System: None

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