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Tobias's Second-hand treasures System
IP Address: 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
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
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

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