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CliffH's Home Office System
Last Update: May 02, 2003 at 06:11:42 IP Address:
Amplifier: Van Alstine Super 70i (hand modified Dyna 70, EL 34s, 25 watt/ch) & Aragon 4004 MarkII
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): Sound Valves VTP101i; 6 Sovtek 12AX7LPSs, (3 line, 3 phono) hand made in Columbus Ohio, cd direct input, MM/MC, Alps vol pot
Speakers: Boston Acoustics Lynfield VR40, 3-way tower, 91db, dual 7" woofs, 5 1/4 mid, alum. AMD tweet., walnut veneer, designed by Phil Jones formerly of Acoustic Energy & Platinum Audio
CD Player/DAC: Denon DCM 460
Turntable/Phono Stage: Thorens TD 165, Denon DL160 moving coil
Other Source(s): Sony ST J60 tuner w/ Gemini FM600 amplified antenna; RCA Gemstar TruFlat 19" tv/dvd.
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: Audioquest F-14 w/ Van Alstine w/ gold dbbl bannas on speaker end & gold single bannas on amp end, Radio Shack 12 ga mega w/ Aragon w/ gold dbbl bananas ea end, Audioquest Turquoise w/ Van Alstine, Radio Shack "black gold" w/ Aragon, Audioquest Turquoise Denon to Sound Valves
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): Salamander designs 5-shelf & 2-shelf, both in cherry finish, Radio Shack surge protector, Grado SR40S
Tweaks: Vibrapods under Thorens
Room Size (LxWxH): 11' x 12 x 8'
Room Comments/Treatments: Very small room, nevertheless, I've configured an equilateral set up w/ a perfectly positioned sweet spot for my leather recliner, 2 equipment racks and 2 floorstanding tower speakers while still finding room for 2 bookcases (1 floor to ceiling, 1 waist high) a desk, and my computer work station.
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): In this system I focus on small jazz combo stuff and symphonic stuff, but not the large scale works, except occasionally, when I swap the Dyna/Van Alstine (25 w/ch) for the Aragon solid state.
System Goals/Comments: A transparent system w/ natural timbres. The preamp has dual outputs with one going to each amp. I have dedicated speaker cables for each amp terminated w/ dbbl bananas so I simply connect whichever amp I'm in the mood for or which better suits the particular music I plan on listening to, typically the Van Alstine for vinyl and the Aargon for cd.
System Strengths: Very transparent & intimate sound, tube warmth, non-fatiguing, great soundstaging.
System Weaknesses: Still working on more effective turntable isolation.
Video/HT System: Integrated
TV/Projector: RCA Gemstar TruFlat 19" TV/DVD.
Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: See my "Den Systems"

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