|Tobias's Second-hand treasures System|
|IP Address: 188.8.131.52||Last Update: June 20, 2019 at 08:21:37|
|Amplifier:||Audio Space Nova 34 monoblocks: 4xEL34 p-p, 60W rated power in ultralinear, 38w triode. Design based on Marantz 9.|
|Preamplifier (or None if Integrated):||Klyne SK-5A factory upgraded.|
|Speakers:||Capriccio Continuo Admonitor, own stands.|
|CD Player/DAC:||Amarra and iTunes on Mac Mini 2009 w/Acopian linear PS. Music library on external FW drive w/linear PS. Calyx 24/192 USB DAC w/Calyx linear PS|
|Turntable/Phono Stage:||Well Tempered Labs Amadeus GTA.a turntable with Symmetrex arm, Charisma Reference Two, Denon DL103R cartridges, Moon 310LP/820S phono stage|
|Other Source(s):||TEAC 8030S cassette deck|
90% restored Nakamichi 581
|Speaker Cables/Interconnects:||Speakers : Double Helix Flagella & Atlas Ichor|
Interconnects : TEO Splash Rs, TEO Kronon in doubled configuration using Audio Sensibility OCC silver splitters / Audio Sensibility Signature Silver (phono)
|Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.):||Dedicated AC line to Topaz 15KVA ultra-isolator, two 0.47 mF 600V Auricaps across input|
Topaz iso transformers on digital and preamp
Four JAS Audio Cu/Ag 9 AC cords on IsoClean system power bar, preamp and amps.
Acoustic Zen El Nino on DAC PS
Target TT-1l turntable shelf
|Tweaks:||BDR cones w/ Herbie's Grounding Bases under phonostage and preamp.|
3" flat grain maple platforms under amps (on floor).
Herbie's Baby Booties under converter.
Herbie's Grounding Bases under speaker spikes.
NOS driver tubes (12AX7, 12AU7) in power amps
Herbie's tube dampers, all tubes.
Herbie's IsoCup & lampblack ball footers under amps.
Herbie's Way Excellent turntable mat, 4mm
|Room Size (LxWxH):||17 x 12 x 8.25|
|Room Comments/Treatments:||Speakers are on long wall 27 inches out. Wool rugs on walls & ceiling at first reflection points. Superchunk corner trap.|
|Music Preferences and Comments:|
|Music Used (Genre/Selections):||Early music: a cappella masses by Ockeghem, desPrez, sung by Tallis Scholars, Clerks' Group, Huelgas Ensemble.|
Baroque performances by Cantus Kölln, Andrew Manze & Academy of St-Martin-in-the-Fields.
Grateful Dead: American Beauty.
Bluegrass: Tony Rice Unit.
Local Montreal jazz: Donato, Fortin, Catherine Potter.
Indian: Zia Mohuiddin Dagar, Nikhil Bannerjee.
|System Goals/Comments:||Make every dollar count double, squeeze all possible performance out of gear with tweaks and mounting, share music.|
|System Strengths:||Low-level detail without harshness, transparency, immediacy.|
|System Weaknesses:||Can't play loud or bassy music because of downstairs neighbours.|
|Video/HT System: None|
|Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation:||All-season bicycling, Kashmir Sha|