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Daverz's Living Room System
IP Address: Last Update: October 07, 2019 at 19:09:34
Amplifier: Currently using my Bryston 3B-SST (XLR connection, 23 dB gain setting).


Rogue Audio M-180 tube monoblocks

Current tubes are the Preferred Series KT88, Preferred Series 7025/12AX7, and JAN Philips 5814.

I usually listen in triode mode.

Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): Currently running the DAC directly into the Bryston and using the Auralic Vega DAC's digital volume control.


BAT VK-3iX with phono board. This is just the standard 6922 tube version.

Current tubes are Amperex Orange Globe 6Dj8 and JJ 6V6S.
Speakers: Buchardt S400 (white)

Previous speakers:

Used Vandersteen Quatros (cloth) for about 10 years.
CD Player/DAC: Raspberry Pi 3B+ with piCorePlayer connected via USB to an Auralic Vega DAC.

Previously used DACs:

Cambridge Audio 840C
Neko D-100 DAC (1V version)
Turntable/Phono Stage: Michell Gyro SE Mk. 2 turntable with the HR power supply upgrade and the Orbe clamp.

SME 309 magnesium tonearm, with the Michell arm decoupler installed on the armboard.

Loading is 50 Ohms.

Other Cartridges:
Audio Technica AT33PTG
Benz Wood L2
Benz Ace HO
Audio Technica 150mlx
Dynavector DV-20XL (with micro-ridge stylus and threaded mounting holes.)
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: Bryston 10 AWG speaker cable with large spades.

SigmaAcoustics silver tonearm cable

Bluejeans XLR cables (Belden 1800F with Neutrik connectors). The runs from the pre-amp to the amps are 25'.
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): VPI HW-16.5 record cleaner (2010 version)
Tweaks: Caig DeoxIT Gold
Room Comments/Treatments: The room is an irregularly shaped second floor living/dining room with attached kitchen, vaulted ceilings from 11-19' high, and an open loft.

Some Auralex panels on the wall, a couple Echo Buster panels, 2 EchoBuster Bass Busters, and a couple wool blankets draped here and there.
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Mostly classical (orchestral and chamber music, and mostly late Classical to mid 20th Century), and some 70s/80s pop music.

60s-80s rock/pop and new wave. I like a nice tune and a good lick. Beatles or Stones man? Beatles, but even closer: the Kinks.

Jazz (still exploring)
System Goals/Comments: Analog sources must make coherent sense of and get the most music out of often mediocre vinyl. As much of a sense of the original acoustic space must be reproduced as possible. Warm string tone, clear and articulate midrange, non-muddy bass. But the electricity of hard rock music must not be sacrificed.
System Strengths: Wide, deep, dimensional soundstage. Scary deep and accurate bass (and no EQ set yet!) Detail without brightness. Neutrality.
System Weaknesses: The Buchardt's are missing the bottom octave.

Not a system weakness, but there is too much street noise leaking into the room.
Video/HT System: None
TV/Projector: Banished from the listening room.
URL Link: http://forum.audiogon.com/cgi-bin/fr.pl?vevol&1249597860

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