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August West's Hell's BELs System
IP Address: Last Update: January 04, 2011 at 16:58:16
Amplifier: BEL 1001 MkV monoblocks (solid state)
COMMENT: 200 Watts each. They don't sound like solid state or tubes, just music! Amp also sounds very good in user-selectable 50 Watt/channel stereo mode.
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): Joule Electra LA-150 MkII (upgraded from MkI by Jud Barber at Joule Electra in October 2008)
Speakers: Merlin VSM-MXe (purchased April 2008; Master BAM upgrade early 2011)
CD Player/DAC: Purpose-specific Underwood HiFi / Music Hall CD25.2 CD player "T Mod" with additional primary Power Supply upgrade (and upgraded op amps in analog output section); Audio Aero Prima SE DAC
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: Grover Huffman
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): Audience PowerChord "e", Grover Huffman
Tweaks: Vibration management: Symposium Ultra Platform & Svelte Shelf, Rollerblock II & Rollerblock Jr, Herbie's UltraSonic tube dampers. Fuses by Isoclean and HiFi Tuning.
Room Size (LxWxH): 8 x 18 x 14
Room Comments/Treatments: Dedicated 20 Amp circuit
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Jazz, Grateful Dead, John Hartford, bluegrass, classic rock.
System Goals/Comments: Accurate, involving musical rendition. Natural sound that draws the listener in without embellishments.
System Strengths: Accurate, involving musical rendition. Natural sound that draws the listener in without embellishments.
System Weaknesses: There is not a weak link in the system - every component is truly special. The Merlins don't do the bottom half octave but I don't miss it.
Video/HT System: Separate
TV/Projector: Panasonic TC P46G15 - 46" plasma TV - widescreen - 1080p (FullHD) - HDTV
Processor/Receiver/Amplifiers: Acurus A100X3 amp with very good PSE HL-1 tube/FET hybrid 2-channel preamplifier (also worked well with the BEL 1001 MkV amp)
Speakers (Center, Surrounds, Sub): 2.1 System: Sonus Faber Concertino with Onix Rocket 500W UFW-10 subwoofer, Grover Huffman speaker cables.
Sources (DVD/VCR): Sony PS3
Other HT Gear: BEL "The Wire" P1 interconnects; Headroom amp and Sennheiser HD595 headphones w/upgrade to 12' Cardas cord.
Comments on HT System: Better picture than 46" Samsung LCD (which ain't bad).
URL Link: http://cgim.audiogon.com/i/vs/s/f/1247897889.jpg
Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: SCUBA diving
Playing guitar

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