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William's Eclectic electrics System
IP Address: Last Update: January 26, 2019 at 06:22:07
Amplifier: Tube Audio Design TAD-1000 push-pull triode/pentode monoblocs w/ Shuguang Treasure KT-88s' 12AX7s are cryoed JJ. Some NOS American tubes are ready to be rolled in. Run triode, no feedback.
AND Odyssey Kismet mono blocks in Stratos cases, all of Klaus's upgrades (caps, terminals, etc.)
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): Sonic Frontiers Line-1 full SE+ upgrades done by Parts Connection ,w/ cryo'ed Voskhod 6h23s, plus Burr-Brown volume control chip upgrade. Herbie's tube dampers.
AND Doge 8 Clarity with NOS Mullards and "GE Made in Holland" (!) NOS Tungsrams.
Speakers: Magnepan MG 1.6qr, jumpers bypassed, Hi-Fi Tuning fuses.
KEF LS50 on filled Skylan stands
Zu Omen Dirty Weekend
CD Player/DAC: Doge 6, upgraded tubes (Tung-Sol and JAN), Herbie's dampers. Sony XA 5400ES, Metrum DAC, AND PS Audio Perfect Wave transport and DAC.
Turntable/Phono Stage: VPI Classic, SDS, Stainless arm wand, Grado Statement Reference, Fosgate Signature with mix of cryoed NOS Mullards, Soviet military, and current JJs. AND phono section of DOGE 8 Clarity ,now new version with more loading and resistance setting flexibility
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: Discovery Essence/ Essential throughout (analogue signals,speakers) Wireworld HDMI between PS Audio day and transport
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): Axiom rack, Wiremold AC strips, Densen Demagic disc, AA's Nittygritty sourced manual vacuum record cleaner. Monarchy, Ven Haus, NBS Pangea and MIT power cords.PS Audio Octet . High Fidelity cables MC-0.5
Tweaks: Aurios or Symposium Rollerblocks under preamp, phono stage and digital sources, Dynamat under shelves and in larger uprights, Bedini Clarifier;
Acoustic Revive Shumann wave generator. I kid you not. Shunyata Venom Defender
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): eclectic, tilted toward rock/pop, tending these days towards jazz. Used vinyl is a treasure trove...or at least it was, until the LP became a thing, again.
System Goals/Comments: Getting the semiconductors out seemed a step in the right direction. Tube CD player and tube amps radically changed the system. But I am now fundamentally agnostic on ss/tubes: Odyssey amps are wonderful , give up nothing to valves. And the PS Audio stack is fantastic, without thermionics Ditto the Odysseys.
System Strengths: Presence and color, and the Shuguang Treasures upped depth of field, big time. But going to the Kismets, I lost nothing and gained more oomph. Keeping both!
System Weaknesses: I ain't sweating it. (But I keep making incremental improvements for fun.)

Video/HT System: None
Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: Just some guy. Oh, and I like metal bikes.

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