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|adhoc's "velvet glove, iron fist" System|
|IP Address: 188.8.131.52||Last Update: July 22, 2007 at 02:41:40|
|Amplifier:||Eddie Current HD-25 - running Sylvania 6SN7GT "BadBoys" & 1950 vintage RCA 6AS7G|
|Preamplifier (or None if Integrated):||DIY SUTs with 2x Lundahl transformers.|
|Speakers:||AKG k501, Grado RS-1|
Mulling over some Harbeth Compact-7s... Decisions, decisions...
|CD Player/DAC:||Heavily modified [DIY] CD4398-based DAC running streamed FLACs via coax, from a HDD-based setup.|
A TDA1541A-based DAC is under construction now.
|Turntable/Phono Stage:||TT #1: Garrard 401 > Hadcock 242 Silver > MusicMaker mkIII |
TT #2: Linn LP12 > Infinity Black Widow (damped version) > AT-33PTG
Hagerman Cornet2 - RCA Command 5814A *or* CBS/Raytheon 5814, Sovtek 12AX7LPS, RCA 5Y3G.
|Music Preferences and Comments:|
|Music Used (Genre/Selections):||At least 85% classical - particular favourites include Bach (Bach!), Beethoven, Mozart, Mahler and Schumann. |
I have recently discovered a passion for Brahms after being initially completely put off by Hahn's recording of the Violin Concerto.
Favourite performers include - Vladimir Horowitz, Nathan Milstein, Clara Haskil and 2 (sadly) forgotten artists - Henryk Szeryng & Hermann Krebbers.
Despite my reservations about her Brahms, I recommend freely to anyone who care to listen to keep an eye out for Hilary Hahn (that Stravinsky recording!) after a live experience with her brought the house down. The (3rd and final) encore was (what else) Bach's Chaccone from Solo Partita #2 - amazing playing from one so young.
|System Goals/Comments:||To both convincingly portray large scale orchestral works with the magnitude and depth required, yet be able to convey the subtle emotion and intimacy of a solo instrumental piece. |
So far, solo/chamber pieces are the strength of my system.
|System Strengths:||Breadth (immense!) of the soundstage. |
Clarity (never sharp, never sibilant!) & separation.
A completely non-fatiguing (velvet glove) with an "unassuming" sound with no single area that "shouts out"...
...yet if the situation calls for it an *extremely* powerful driving bass (401 - the iron fist) can be called into play.
|System Weaknesses:||Not the last word in bass definition; could use a tad more deep bass. |
Certain recordings can present with slightly recessed lower-mids.
Would not mind a little more spatial information.
|Video/HT System: None|