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newanvil 's Blue Notes, Apples, Triangles and tubes System
IP Address: Last Update: December 24, 2012 at 07:14:04
Amplifier: PrimaLuna ProLogue 2 w/new Reissue Gold Lion KT88s
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): None
Speakers: Focal 726V floorstanders
CD Player/DAC: NAD C 521 BEE
Turntable/Phono Stage: Music Hall mmf-9, Lyra Delos cart and Simaudio Moon LP3 phono stage
Other Source(s): Harmon Kardon TU 905 tuner
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: Blue Jeans Cable 25 ft. run speaker cables, Silver Sonics and Audioquest interconnects
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): PS Audio High Current Ultimate Outlet, Belkin power strip
Tweaks: Focals are mounted on Audio Selections cones set on paving bricks on wood floor, TT is on decoupling cones on Vibrapod sandwich and has None-Felt mat
Room Size (LxWxH): 12 x 12 x 9
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): I started out 20 years ago collecting UK Apple Beatles records, and progressed to first issue Blue Notes, Impulses, Prestiges and the like. Mostly, it's British Invasion and 1950s and 1960s hard bop jazz, with quite a bit of of big band and a smattering of classical.
System Goals/Comments: Unfortunately, the next step up in overall system upgrades is going to cost quite a bit of money - right now, I've got pretty much the best system I think I can get for the money (well under $10,000 USD). The main thing is the LP collection. It's taken me more than 20 years and a lot of disposable income, but I've got about 2,000 records, and every one is pretty much dead silent. In quite a few cases I've gone through either two, three or four copies of an LP until I got an acceptable copy, or have spent many hours cleaning vinyl to achieve the sound I want. The beauty is that I know whenever I pull out a record, it's going to sound like a CD when it comes to noise but like vinyl when it comes to sound quality.
System Strengths: Very low noise floor on TT and cart, detailed speakers, warm tube sound.
System Weaknesses: Hard to think of one - this is a better sounding system than I ever thought I'd own.
Video/HT System: None
URL Link: http://www.thesentimentalist.com
Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: I'm a freelance writer in Chicago who's learning how to use a digital camera.

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