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VFR800A's Escape From the Crumb Snatchers System
IP Address: Last Update: January 09, 2008 at 05:59:42
Amplifier: John Hogan integrated fi primer 6sn7/300b; Don Allen 807 SEP; and Scott 222-D/LK-48B.
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): Don Allen preamplifier.
Speakers: Altec 848A Flamencos (similar to Valencias), Wharfedale W-70s, and John Kalinowski BLH cabinets with Fostex FE166ES-R fullrange drivers.
CD Player/DAC: MiniMax HDCD player and Don Allen modified Marantz CDP (same circuit as Philips with better isolation and heavier chasis).
Turntable/Phono Stage: VPI Scout with Dynavector DV-20X-L MC cartridge. Don Allen phonostage with Bogen mic transformers. Also have a very nice Pioneer PL-41 w/ Shure M97xE.
Other Source(s): Scott 350-D FM tuner.
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: Speaker cables from Walmart - Yard Master Patio Cord, check it out: http://www.6moons.com/audioreviews/zigmahornet/zigmahornet.html.

Interconnects by Don Allen.
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): Ikea Lack Rack - DIY lightweight rack. TechCraft Avalon from hhgregg.
Tweaks: Ferrite cores/clamps on cheap power cords. Sand bags. Stacks of business cards.
Room Size (LxWxH): 14' x 11' x 8'
Room Comments/Treatments: Four bass traps in corners and thinner traps used for first reflection points and front wall between speakers.
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Classic rock, blues, jazz and folk.
System Goals/Comments: Goal is to attain reasonably high levels of performance at minimal cost. I'm quite happy with what I've achieved with the help of all members here.
System Strengths: Incredible tone, coherence and transparency. Spectacular imaging, and stunning vocals and acoustics. Natural bass - best I've heard so far.
System Weaknesses: Doesn't communicate the full force and impact of certain types of music (i.e., Rock). AC/DC, Doors Led Zep, Queen, Pink Floyd, etc. gets played on the Altecs with the Scott and PL-41 with Shure M97xE.
Video/HT System: None

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