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PeteRiggleAudio's Pete Riggle Living Room System System
IP Address: Last Update: January 11, 2008 at 23:51:24
Amplifier: Guilty Pleasure home built 845 integrated amp. Driver tubes: 6AU5GA. Gain tubes: 6SN7.
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): None.
Speakers: Cain and Cain Ben, 8 inch old style Fostex Sigma drivers (with whizzer), 96 dB/w/m. VBT Magellan subwoofer.
CD Player/DAC: Hagerman USB (USB to SPDIF converter), Scott Nixon Saru DAC. Using Itunes, lossless, with Itunes octave equalizer turned down 3 dB at 1 kHz and 2 kHz.
Turntable/Phono Stage: Thorens TD124; VTAF, VTAF Teflon Upgrade; Rega RB250 with Origin Live internal and external wiring and Counterweight for the Common Man (CCM) by Pete Riggle Engineering and Audio; SME 3009 with VTAF and VTAF Teflon Upgrade; Heron MC phono stage. Denon DL103 cartridge.
Other Source(s): Scott 350B tuner.
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: Speaker Cables: 16-3 white jacketed Woods brand patio cable from Wall Mart (we call it XTC or White Lightning, remarkably good, remarkably cheap,use 2 wires as ground, third wire as hot). Hudson Audio silver braided interconnects from phono stage to amp. Monster Prolink STUDIOLINK 500 interconnects from DAC to amp. XTC interconnects from tuner to amp.
Tweaks: VTAF and VTAF Teflon Upgrade for Rega RB250 and SME 3009 Series II unimproved, Riggle Counterweight for Common Man on Rega RB250, Origin Live wire on Rega RB250Herbies Halos on Guilty Pleasure integrated 845 amp and on Herron MC phono stage.
Room Size (LxWxH): 26 feet x 26 feet x 8 feet
Room Comments/Treatments: Speakers located 6 feet from front short wall, 12 feet apart, angled facing listener. Listening from sofa 9 feet from short rear wall. Good room. No treatment required.
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Eclectic. Ancient, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Modern, folk, jazz, rock, pop, big band, atmospheric stuff, Bhuddist Monks. Mostly like luscious juicy stuff.
System Goals/Comments: Goals: Relaxed transparent sound, wide sound stage, deep sound stage, no distracting tendencies, suitable for wide range of music styles.
System Strengths: Goals pretty much met. Good enough to enjoy every time it gets played. Marginally wife approvable. Excellent for a system limited by houshold requirements and wife approval.
System Weaknesses: One can always do better. Hope to accomplish this with a Cogent wanna-be (which will be called the Po Boy, or Death Star)and a pair of Beveridge Model IISW in the Bad Boyz and Girlz Benevolent Association Club House nearing inauguration.
Video/HT System: None
URL Link: http://www.vtaf.com
Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: Wife and family, people . . . especilly young people, fly fishing, hiking, reading, writing, concepts,engineering, science, woodcraft, metalcraft, travel, conversation.

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